What to watch on Thursday, November 28...
Live, 9am ET, NBC
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Today hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and Savannah Guthrie emcee the holiday tradition’s 87th outing. Featured attractions include the Radio City Rockettes, a giant hot air balloon paying homage to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and appearances by Kristin Chenoweth, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with the cast of Sesame Street, the Robertson clan from Duck Dynasty, and more.
Live, 9am ET / Delayed, 9am PT, CBS
The Thanksgiving Day Parade
Kevin Frazier and Thea Andrews host CBS’s spin on the Manhattan festivities, featuring performances by Lady Antebellum and the Broadway casts of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, First Date, and A Night With Janis Joplin.
MARATHON, 10am, TBS
The most telegenic social circle of the ‘90s did love them some Thanksgiving, as demonstrated by this seven-hour marathon featuring all 10 of the sitcom’s Turkey Day forays. Those are followed by a four-episode stretch covering Ross and Rachel’s first break-up arc, because they holidays are nothing without agonizing tension and division among loved ones.
12pm in all time zones, NBC
The National Dog Show
Three new American Kennel Club-sanctioned breeds are among the 1,500-odd purebred pooches vying for Best in Show in the 12th annual competition, hosted by John O’Hurley and canine connoisseur David Frei. But can any breed break the wire fox terrier’s unprecedented two-year winning streak?
MARATHON, 12pm ET, Online
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Stressed out by too much family togetherness and too many kinds of starched foods? Just repeat to yourself: It’s a holiday, I should really just relax. And what better way to do so than with the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon? A staple of the show’s early years, the holiday tradition is renewed online at www.MST3KTurkeyDay.com with a selection of six fan favorite episodes, hosted by creator and longtime Satellite of Love denizen Joel Hodgson.
MARATHON, 12pm, Science
Eight episodes of science, skepticism, and explosions relive some of the favorite moments from Seasons 8 and 9. The stretch kicks off with chef Alton Brown joining the gang for the Thanksgiving-appropriate “Food Fables,” and winds down with the “Zombie Special” at 6pm and the “Breaking Bad Special” featuring Aaron Paul and Vince Gilligan at 7pm.
Punkin Chunkin 2013
The day of precisely engineered chaos isn’t over yet for Kari Byron, Tori Belleci, and Grant Imahara, who host the 2013 world championship of everyone’s favorite gourd-hurling competition. I hope at least one visionary contestant brings to bear a fully loaded Pumpknado.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Peanuts special finds Chuck planning a bountiful feast for his friends, though caterers Snoopy and Woodstock have something very different in mind for the main course. That’s followed by This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyages,” which whisks the gang back in time to Ye Olde Pilgrim Days.
Too diligent to take Thanksgiving off, the New Directionucopias get their giblets in a twist over Blaine’s domineering approach to planning for Nationals. Elsewhere in “Puppet Master,” venue disputes roil Kurt's band, Sue regales us with her tracksuit’s origin story, and guest-stars Demi Lovato and Adam Lambert call their agents to find out if they get holiday pay.
Gradually revealing their true natures yields uneven results for the recently reanimated. Camille finds the town less than welcoming, Simon and Adèle face a rift, and Serge responds to Léna in a surprising way.
Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular
Lady Gaga just released a new record, and Kermit & Co. have a new movie coming down the pike next spring, so what better occasion for them to team up and put on a show? Sir Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RuPaul, and Kristen Bell will also help play the music and light the lights.
12am, Cartoon Network
“Characters deal with changes” in “Bowsley,” and the show’s continued string of generic loglines has me wondering if Eagleheart was secretly taken over by Matthew Weiner.
– Eddie Murphy and Flo Rida on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Sam Clafin on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Christina Aguilera and Jay Mohr on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 12:05am, NBC
– Rashida Jones, Carrie Underwood, and Ariana Grande on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 1:05am, NBC
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?