@sherds: Not really. The problem is that is I'm one of those "odd" people that doesn't want to know about an episode until I've seen it. That is almost impossible these days. One day after the ep. is shown there's a column about it at a newspaper website, fan site, twitter account, Wikipedia etc. The longer I wait to see the episode the more likely that I'll come across a reference to what happened at some website somewhere on the Internet. Ever looked up your favourite show on Wikipedia? For almost every series on TV right now there's a complete episode by episode summary/synopsis posted there. It's impossible to avoid all those references no matter how hard you try. Just last week The Borgias was cancelled. One of the articles about the cancellation mentioned that the producers set up the last show to wrap it all up just in case it wasn't renewed. That's fine except it also mentioned something about the Pope and his son being reconciled. Thanks a lot! I'm just starting to watch this season. I didn't even know that they weren't the best of friends in Season 3. I might as well just skip everything and watch the last show. The suspense is gone. (I think you get my point).
As for marathons. As I've said already, I find them too much of good thing. After watching a couple of episodes consecutively I become bored no matter how much I like the series. Any freshness is simply gone. What I don't understand is what the station gets out of it. Is it just the ratings? Do a lot of people actually tune in for 12 hours of the .....? What about the people who don't like that particular show? Does one outweigh the other? What's the point to spending $x to produce a series only to use up the programs so quickly? Wouldn't a station want good ratings for say eight weeks as opposed to great ratings for just one afternoon/evening? I don't get it.
(This is badly OT but I just had to get this gripe off my chest. Sorry about that).