Memorial Day TV 2015: CMT’s Friday Night Lights Marathon With Jessie James Decker and More!

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CMT is debuting a Memorial Day marathon of Friday Night Lights (the movie and TV show!) hosted by Jessie James Decker. Michael Muller/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

It’s beach season! Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, but as many flock to the nearest body of water to spend time outdoors, plenty of others prefer to stay inside for a three-day weekend of relaxation.

CMT is kicking off the season and its acquisition of the Emmy-winning football drama Friday Night Lights with an FNL marathon — of both the movie and the TV show! — hosted by singer and Redneck Island co-host Jessie James Decker, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal.

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Tim McGraw and Garrett Hedlund starred 2004’s Friday Night Lights movie. Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

The network will debut the movie, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Tim McGraw, at 9:30 a.m. ET on Monday, May 25, followed immediately by the TV show at noon. Fans can vote for their favorite FNL characters on the CMT Facebook page, and the top five favorites will be revealed on-air throughout the eight-episode marathon.

Who will take the top spot, Coach (Kyle Chandler) or Mrs. Coach (Connie Britton)?! Or could a QB pull in (we’re looking at you, Saracen) and steal it?

The day holds plenty of TV options for a variety of tastes — Ion is running cop drama Blue Bloods all day long, while A&E is focusing on crime drama Criminal Minds and its award-winning docuseries The First 48. Bravo will offer episodes of Southern Charm and Shahs of Sunset before new episodes debut in the evening, and MTV will air the entire season of Teen Mom OG before the finale at 10 p.m. ET.

Reality fans can also catch Pawn Stars on History, House Hunters on HGTV, and Cops on Spike.

In the evening, lifetime debuts the Grace Kelly biopic (starring Nicole Kidman) Grace of Monaco at 9 p.m. ET, while History’s miniseries about the fight for Texas independence, Texas Rising, premieres at 9 p.m. ET. 

Tell Us: What is your Memorial Day TV marathon of choice? Who’s your favorite FNL character?

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