What to Watch This Weekend: Once Upon A Time, Leverage, and The Walking Dead

Hopefully you'll be spending your post-Thanksgiving weekend chillaxin' with your families and just enjoying some cool holiday vibes. Feel free to not watch television at all! But if you must, here are some things:

What to watch on Friday, November 25...

HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8pm, CW
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
This is a cartoon version of the song that every town's worst radio station plays a million times every Christmas (when not playing "Christmas Shoes"). Basically a dude named Jake Spankenheimer (comedic name) has to find his grandma and save Christmas or something. I don't know.

HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8pm, CBS
Hoops&Yoyo; Ruin Christmas
Here's a brand-new holiday special based on a popular line of greeting-card characters? Again, don't look at me. The synopsis involves two creatures named Hoops and Yoyo who accidentally fall through a wormhole and disrupt a young Kris Kringle from becoming Santa Claus. Are you with your family? Maybe just turn off the TV and have a nice conversation instead. Life is very short!

HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8:30pm, CBS
The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story
This is another brand-new holiday special, but this one is based on a children's book and also a billion dollars worth of merchandising? I'm not a historian. However: It's about an elf who helps a boy believe in the magic of Christmas. Does he tell the boy to avoid watching animated Christmas specials based on toys or greeting cards? I don't have all the answers.

9pm, CW
Olive, the Other Reindeer
Nobody could have ever predicted that Olive, the Other Reindeer would one day be the most respectable holiday special on television the night after Thanksgiving, but here we are. This 1999 special features the voices of Drew Barrymore, Joe Pantoliano, Ed Asner, Dan Castellaneta, and Jay Mohr. It concerns a dog who travels to the North Pole and attempts to fill in for an injured Blitzen.

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, TBS
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse
This is a Tyler Perry sitcom based on his hit film franchise Why Did I Get Married? Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!


PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 8 p.m., Cartoon Network
ThunderCats, 8:30 p.m., Cartoon Network
Tyler Perry's House of Payne, 9 p.m., TBS
20/20, 10 p.m., ABC
Boss, 10 p.m., Starz
Onion News Network, 10 p.m., IFC
Sanctuary, 10 p.m., Syfy
Marvel Anime: X-Men, 11 p.m., G4



What to watch on Saturday, November 26...

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8pm, Lifetime
Dear Santa
Hey, Amy Acker! It's Amy Acker, you guys. The former Angel actress stars in Dear Santa, the story of a young woman who intercepts a girl's letter to Santa requesting a new mom and then seeks out the girl and her widower father to BECOME that new mom? Okay not gonna lie, this sounds like a horror film.

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8pm, Hallmark
Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas
If you thought Nancy Meyers' The Holiday was too high-budget and plausible, here comes Trading Christmas, the story of a widow (Faith Ford) and a writer (Tom Cavanagh) who trade homes for the holidays, run into complications, and meet-cute with new love interests. You will think I am lying, but the director's name is Michael Scott.

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9pm, Syfy
Storm War
When a demented mad scientist uses weather satellites to zap Washington, D.C., his two estranged sons band together to take pops down. Okay, this looks good.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Cops, 8 p.m., Fox
Holiday Block Party 2011, 8 p.m., HGTV
America's Cutest Pet, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
Celebrity Ghost Stories, 9 p.m., Biography
Primeval, 9 p.m., BBC America
Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC
48 Hours Mystery, 10 p.m., CBS
Bizarre E.R., 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health


What to watch on Sunday, November 27...

8pm, ABC
Once Upon a Time
Tonight Henry tempts death when he hopes to travel to the fairytale world via a sinkhole he found. Elsewhere, Jiminy Cricket (!) attempts to find a new vocation. This show.

MIDSEASON PREMIERE, 9pm, TNT
Leverage
America's favorite schemers return tonight to investigate the mysterious vanishing of several Boston-area homeless veterans. Jeez, serious stuff, basically. Godspeed, schemers.

MIDSEASON FINALE, 9pm, AMC
The Walking Dead
Life on the farm continues to deteriorate, but Rick and Hershel must band together to deal with a "grave threat." Also Dale and Shane continue to butt heads, possibly for lady-related reasons.

9pm, Showtime
Dexter
Dexter attempts to stay ahead of Miami Metro in his pursuit of the Doomsday Killer(s) (LOL). Meanwhile Deb's latest therapy session uncovers something surprising. Not that her brother is a serial killer. Something else probably.

AWARDS SPECIAL, 9pm, BET
2011 Soul Train Awards
This 24th annual celebration of soul, hip-hop, and R&B; is hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and features performances by Cee Lo Green, Common, Musiq Soulchild, and Natalie Cole. Award recipients include Earth, Wind, and Fire and Gladys Knight. (Better luck next year, T-Boz.)

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8pm, ABC Family
Desperately Seeking Santa
Nick Zano stars alongside Laura Vandervoort (V, Smallville) in this Nick Zano vehicle concerning a woman who starts a sexy mall santa contest in which Nick Zano participates. Plus romance, etc.

SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, TV Guide Network
Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On
In possibly the saddest-titled reality series ever conceived (I know it was their hit song, but still), the ladies of Wilson Phillips attempt to record a comeback album and Chynna announces her intention to compete on Dancing With the Stars. Oooh, I hope she wins!


PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
19 Kids and Counting: World Tour, 8 p.m., TLC
Amazing Race, 8 p.m., CBS
Being Chaz, SERIES PREMIERE, 8 p.m., OWN
Holiday Engagement, ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8 p.m., Hallmark
Ned Bruha: Skunk Whisperer, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
The Simpsons, 8 p.m., Fox
Allen Gregory, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Boardwalk Empire, 9 p.m., HBO
Family Guy, 9 p.m., Fox
Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith, ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9 p.m., ABC
Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, 9 p.m., Food Network
Sister Wives, 9 p.m., TLC
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, 9 p.m., Bravo
American Dad!, 9:30 p.m., Fox
All-American Muslim, 10 p.m., TLC
Hell on Wheels, 10 p.m., AMC
Homeland, 10 p.m., Showtime
Hung, 10 p.m., HBO
Kourtney and Kim Take New York, SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10 p.m., E!
Reed Between the Lines, 12 a.m., BET
Talking Dead, 12 a.m., AMC



What are you watching this weekend?

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Nov 28, 2011
Person of Interest and Leverage always NCIS
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Nov 27, 2011
Saturday: Merlin. Sunday: Dexter, The Walking Dead, Leverage
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Nov 27, 2011
The Walking Dead, Dexter and OUAT
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Nov 27, 2011
Once Upon A Time I suppose. I'm starting to lose interest.
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Nov 27, 2011
Till Sunday there is jack on tv!
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Nov 27, 2011
Sanctuary, Merlin, Once Upon A Time, Walking Dead, Dexter, Leverage, Homeland, Hung
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Nov 27, 2011
The Soup and OUAT
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Nov 27, 2011
Haha Talking Dead.



There are talkers in the barn!
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Nov 26, 2011
Leverage, Walking Dead, Dexter
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Nov 27, 2011
^ditto, just add Lost Girl. :)
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Nov 26, 2011
OUAT
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Nov 26, 2011
Boss, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Hell on Wheels, Homeland and Hung
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Nov 26, 2011
Amazing Race and The Walking Dead.
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Nov 26, 2011
How is Hell on Wheels a midseason finale? They've only shown 3 episodes? I hope they plan on more than 8 episodes for season one.

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Nov 26, 2011
Sanctuary, The Walking Dead , Leverage , Once Upon a Time and Hell on Wheels
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Nov 26, 2011
Sanctuary and X-men tonight , nothing on sat.(unless there is actually new Primeval ,watched it on the reg BBC and havent seen anything new in quite awhile) Walking dead , Dexter and Mcfarlane on the menu Sunday(saving Bordwalk Empire till the end of series 2)
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Nov 26, 2011
Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Homeland, Hell on Wheels, and Dexter.



"Dexter attempts to stay ahead of Miami Metro in his pursuit of the Doomsday Killer(s) (LOL)" - I was flipping through the entertainment section of my local newspaper today, and I read this while trying not to laugh: "There is a great rumour going around about a plot twist regarding one of the characters this season. I don't want to mention it here, because if it turns out that it's true, it would be a substantial spoiler" - HILARIOUS!
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Nov 26, 2011
Did someone say see the 'Walking Dead' now you're talking some good horror for the holidays,i love it if it has a good story,Emmett North Jr.
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Nov 26, 2011
Just Once Upon a Time this weekend.
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Nov 26, 2011
Friday: reruns, maybe Sanctuary... Saturday: Primeval, reruns... Sunday: Leverage, Person of Interest reruns, maybe Once Upon A Time...
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Nov 26, 2011
Friday: Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United
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Nov 26, 2011
Walking Dead, Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland. ps- pretty lame that AMC has fallen into the dreaded mid season, winter, and summer break hiatus b.s.
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Nov 26, 2011
Leverage
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Nov 26, 2011
TCW, Leverage and OUAT
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Nov 26, 2011
Friday > Sanctuary....Sunday > Walking Dead, Dexter, Leverage, Homeland & Family Guy
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Nov 26, 2011
Where are all the shows??? I dont understand the states at all. "everyone is on holiday and its thanksgiving, lets stop all the shows they love and put up a load of reindeer poop"
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Nov 26, 2011
I will definitely be watching my weekend usuals Homeland, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, and Leverage (Yay!). Desperately Seeking Santa officially kicks off my yearly Cheesy Christmas Movie Fest! Since I live many states away from my Best Friend now, every year we drink and watch cheesy Christmas movies together over the phone. It's a blast! I highly recommend it. Oh and right now I'm in a Misfits marathon and I love it!
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Nov 26, 2011
Boss



Boardwalk "AWESOM" Empire



and Dex "we are not stupid!" ter
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Nov 26, 2011
Friday: Boss, Onion News Network, Graham Norton, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Jimmy Carr - Making People Laugh. (Hey America - Jimmy Carr is brilliant!)



Saturday: Match of the Day.



Sunday: HOMELAND (can't come quick enough), The Walking Dead, Dexter, Once Upon A Time, Family Guy, American Guy, Simpsons, Hell On Wheels, Misfits, Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
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Nov 25, 2011
Maybe Boss tonight.



Once Upon a Time, Leverage, The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, Dexter, and Homeland on Sunday.

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Nov 25, 2011
Friday: Sanctuary, ThunderCats.

Sunday: Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Lost Girl.
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Nov 25, 2011
Thank goodness, that at not all of my regular shows are on holiday break yet. So I will be happily tuning in for my usual dose of Once Upon A Time, Homeland, The Waling Dead, and The Amazing Race
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Nov 25, 2011
Boss, Once Upon a Time, Dexter, Leverage
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Nov 25, 2011
Friday: Sanctuary.

Saturday: Nothing.

Sunday: Hung, Homeland, Dexter, The Walking Dead, Once Upon A Time, Hell on Wheels.
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Nov 25, 2011
Whoa, that is the scariest ass looking weekend television I've ever seen. Glad I'm not American, how can you stay thankful amongst that?
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Nov 25, 2011
Price - I enjoyed your great comments as always.

Fri: Sanctuary, The Soup, Hoops&Yoyo, Elf on the Shelf.

Sat: Penguins of Madagascar, football, Graham Norton.

Sun: AFV, Once Upon a Time, Amazing Race, The Walking Dead, Talking Dead, Fox animation, Our America w/ Lisa Ling, Hell on Wheels.
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Nov 25, 2011
Fri: Sanctuary



Sun: Once Upon A Time, Leverage, The Walking Dead, Dexter
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Nov 25, 2011
Boss, Once Upon a Time, The Simpsons, Allen Gregory, Family Guy, American Dad, Boardwalk Empire, and Homeland.
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Nov 25, 2011
Boss, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, Hell On Wheels and Homeland
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Nov 25, 2011
Friday: Sanctuary



Sunday: The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, and LEVERAGE!
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Nov 25, 2011
HOMELAND!!!!!
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Nov 25, 2011
Friday: Flying Wild Alaska and Sanctuary



Saturday: nada



Sunday: Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Hung, and Homeland
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Nov 25, 2011
once upon a time

the simpsons

boardwalk empire

dexter

leverage

the walking dead

american dad

hell on wheels

homeland

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Nov 25, 2011
Personally, I can't stand all those syrupy spirit-of -Christmas specials. They're all the boring same old, predictable as hell. Give me something dark, subversive and surprising anytime.
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Nov 25, 2011
How is Homeland not the headline show in this article?
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