The Week in DVR: Mad Men Marathon! Plus an Anniversary with Regis and Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam

Monday: Mad Men
The comedy stylings of Jimmy Barrett. The sexy manipulation of Bobbie Barrett. Freddy Rumson’s retirement party. Joan’s shocking rape. Roger’s new wife. Betty’s marital infidelity. Peggy’s flirtation with Father Gill. Don’s sojourn to Los Angeles. If you have a spare 13 hours lying around today, we can’t think of a better way to spend it than by watching the gloriously perfect second season of Mad Men, which AMC is being kind enough to run in marathon form. At the very least, make sure to check out the season finale, “Meditations in an Emergency”—which airs at 7 p.m.—to remind yourself where things left off. With season three starting on Sunday night, you might need the refresher. [AMC, starting at 7 a.m.]

Tuesday: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Party like it’s 1999? For the next two weeks, ABC is resurrecting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to celebrate its 10th anniversary (and to no doubt take advantage of the memory jogging provided by Slumdog Millionaire) with Regis Philbin back as jolly host. If Reeg isn’t enough to draw you in, “celebrities” like Lauren Conrad will compete each night for a chance to win $50,000 towards their favorite charity. Here’s hoping Speidi is LC’s Phone-a-Friend for a bright spot in what will surely be a tired attempt at a callback to the show’s admittedly great heyday. [ABC, 8 p.m.]

Wednesday: TV’s 50 Funniest Phrases
NBC’s summer of white noise continues with a rebroadcast of one of the more inane list shows we’ve seen. But like your screensaver, this is still oddly transfixing. The trip down memory lane features everything from I Love Lucy (“Lucy, you’ve got some splainin’ to do,” which will no doubt bring a smile to Senator Tom Coburn’s face) to Seinfeld. Jerry and the gang have three entries here, including the No. 1 choice, “Yada, yada, yada.” While it’s hard to quibble with a list of such pedestrian pursuits, does anyone else think “Hello, Newman,” which clocks in at No. 50, is a more appropriate and legendary choice? [NBC, 8 p.m.]

Thursday: Summer of Sam
Spike Lee’ rambling, messy, frustrating and, ultimately, crappy movie is a must-watch, if only because of the period of time it attempts to capture. That would be New York in the summer of 1977, where, over the course of a few months, the city experienced a blackout, a mayoral race, near bankruptcy, the Yankees triumphant return to glory and a serial killer known as the Son of Sam. In the future, some filmmaker will create the ultimate film about that summer in New York. Until then, we’ll have to settle for Summer of Sam, which, despite many flaws, is light years better than ESPN’s miniseries The Bronx Is Burning. Fun fact: Christopher Moltisanti himself, Michael Imperioli, co-wrote the script. [Encore Drama, 9:30 p.m.]

Friday: Eagle Eye
If you watch Eagle Eye—D. J. Caruso’s millennial generation take on North By Northwest—make sure to click off it before a dreadful post-ending ending that ruins what was a pretty ballsy turn of events. Before that final two minutes of garbage, however, Eagle Eye is perfectly acceptable and completely ridiculous. Almost none of it makes sense, but thanks to Michelle Monaghan and a manic-as-usual Shia LaBeouf, the film hums along hitting all the benchmarks it’s supposed to hit. Forget G.I. Joe; this is likely to be the best late-summer action movie you see this August. [HBO2, 6 p.m.]


The Week in DVR: Mad Men Marathon! Plus an Anniversary with Regis and Spike Lee’s  Summer of Sam