Marathon will include classic shows, news

Wrapping up its year-long 60th anniversary celebration, KTLA is going retro this Thanksgiving weekend.

The Tribune-owned outlet – the first commercial TV station west of the Mississippi – will blow out its normal sked beginning Friday night, running instead a roster of classic TV series that have run on KTLA at one time or another.

KTLA’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday newscasts will also spend time on stories that shaped Los Angeles, as seen through the station’s news team (including legendary reporter Stan Chambers, and the late anchor Hal Fishman).

The 60-hour marathon will include episodes of black-and-white entries such as “The Jack Benny Program,” “The Honeymooners” and “The Munsters,” as well as 70s fare like “CHiPs,” “Happy Days” and “Wonder Woman,” 80s entries such as “Charles in Charge” and “Doogie Howser,” and more recent shows including “Friends” and “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

Station will also air classic kids shows, including “Time for Beany, “Popeye & Friends” and “Underdog.”

“It’s a very impressive list of television programs and we are proud to have had them air on our station,” said KTLA vice prexy/GM Vinnie Malcolm.

The 60-hour marathon begins Friday at 10 p.m. during the “KTLA Prime News” and runs through Monday at 10 a.m., after a special “retro” edition of the “KTLA Morning Show.”

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