What to Watch This Thanksgiving: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Michael Jackson: BAD25, and Glee

By Jen Trolio

Nov 22, 2012

What to watch on Thursday, November 22...

9am, NBC
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Same as it ever was: Big balloons! High school marching bands! Morning news anchors saying dumb things as they struggle to fill airtime! A classic. (NBC will air an encore after the National Dog Show for late sleepers.)

12 noon, NBC
The National Dog Show
Arf! Bark! Woof! John O'Hurley and David Frei host.

Most of the day; NBC, CBS, and Fox
So Much Football
There are three match-ups today: The Detroit Lions vs. the Houston Texans on CBS, the Washington Redskins vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Fox, and the New England Patriots versus the New York Jets during on NBC. Check your local listings for times.

8pm, Fox
The X Factor
This not an accidental duplicate listing of the National Dog Show; Fox is keeping its regular schedule tonight even though it's a national holiday. As such, two more contestants will be eliminated during tonight's live episode of The X Factor. Maybe when they sing for their lives they'll peform Adam Sandler's "Thanksgiving Song"?

8pm, AMC
The Godfather
Depending on how much like spending time with your family, this mob classics might offer the perfect Thanksgiving dinner digestif.

8pm, Science
Punkin Chunkin 2012
This annual gourd-smashing extravaganza draws all manner of professional engineers and amateur inventors, all of whom are eager to propel pumpkins as far as possible using trebuchets, catapults, air cannons, and assorted other contraptions. The Mythbusters crew hosts.

9pm, Fox
Because nothing says "Thanksgiving" like a superhero-themed new episode of Glee! In "Dynamic Duets," the love triangle between Marley, Jake, and Ryder gets more intense, and the Warblers try to woo Blaine away from the New Directions. Also everyone picks a superhero alter ego as part of Finn's first glee club assignment, and judging from the promo photos, the costumes alone will make the episode worth tuning in for.

9:30pm, ABC
Michael Jackson: BAD25
This Spike Lee documentary chronicles the making of Michael Jackson's legendary 1987 album Bad and the music videos and world tour associated with it. It's full of archive footage and interviews with an astounding array of household names, from Grammy-winning producer Quincy Jones to Martin Scorsese to Justin Bieber. Watch it and be reminded that Jackson had an amazing music career before he became a tabloid topic.


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