What to Watch Tonight: Thanksgiving Specials Edition!

What to watch on Thursday, November 24...

International readers, I'm sure it can be quite a chore to have to endure the American holiday schedule, but here's an argument in our defense: Thanksgiving is the best. First off, just look at the name. A whole holiday devoted to saying "thanks!" Also, it's one of the few where it's basically legally mandated to relax, chill out, and just eat things. Other holidays, with their endless errands and wallet-wrecking traditions, just do not stack up. So that is why we are excited. On a personal note, one of the things I'm most grateful for is that you guys put up with my daily ramblings all year. Thank you very much! Now, check out all these hot, juicy, and succulent Thanksgiving specials on the tube today:

Thanksgiving Day Parade
CBS's coverage of the annual NYC parade will be hosted by friendly people named Kevin Frazier and Christina McLarty, with an assist from charming stage actress Laura Bell Bundy. Not only that, but there'll be some musical performances from the likes of John Fogerty and the casts of current Broadway offerings "Anything Goes" and "Memphis." (I don't know, ask your grandparents.)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Over on NBC, the cast of Today provides coverage for the balloon parade, but they'll be joined by such entertainers as Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne, Shelby Lynne, and noted birthday enthusiast Willard Scott.

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
This 1973 holiday classic finds Charlie Brown attempting to host a Thanksgiving dinner, Snoopy's misguided help notwithstanding. As a bonus, this special includes the pilgrim-themed short cartoon "This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers." Teach us about the First Thanksgiving, you bunch of manic-depressive children.

Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas
Not a lot of people know that a holiday with the word "Christ" in the title was celebrated in an era known as "Before Christ." But there you go, a holiday miracle! In this brand-new synergistic holiday treat, Sid accidentally ruins Manny's Christmas decorations and decides to visit Santa's workshop in order to get back on the "nice" list.

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 8pm, Discovery
Punkin Chunkin 2011
Nothing says "family holiday" like homemade cannons firing gourds across icy fields. Tune in for this 2011 competition broadcast out of Bridgeville, Delaware and hosted by the MythBusters team.

Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
In this brand-new Peanuts special (which Fox diabolically scheduled to air opposite CBS's more traditional Thanksgiving special), the saddest kids ever drawn attempt to persuade Linus to stop carrying around his presumably unwashed blanket. Seriously, I bet you could stand that blanket up in the corner.

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving
This is admittedly pretty hilarious of Lady Gaga to do a Thanksgiving special! In it, she'll sing a bevy of hits in addition to things like "White Christmas," but she'll also talk to Katie Couric about her life and assist chef Art Smith in preparing the traditional holiday feast of deep-fried turkey and waffles. Credit where credit's due: At least it's something different.

The 85th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
If watching this year's live event in the A.M. just isn't enough, Matt Lauer hosts this retrospective on the history of the giant, frightening balloon festival known as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Happy Thanksgiving! What are you watching tonight?

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