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:

LIVE SPECIAL, 8am, CBS
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.)

LIVE SPECIAL, 8am, NBC
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.

HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8pm, ABC
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.

HOLIDAY SPECIAL, 8pm, Fox
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.

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 8pm, Fox
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.

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9:30pm, ABC
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.

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 10pm, NBC
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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didnt watch gaga's show .. did she wear a turkey in her show ?
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WHAT not even one show?
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Uuuhhhh. Fox has two specials airing today at 8pm?
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I'm Canadian so today just means no new TV. I was looking forward to more Community then I remembered it was Yanksgiving.



Will just play more Skyrim and watch some backlogged stuff on the PVR.
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No Thanksgiving where I live; I really don't understand this Holiday anyway. Why do you have to eat turkey? And is it always on November 24? (I know I could just look it up on the internet but I'm too lazy... xD)
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In the U.S it's always on the 4th Thursday in November (since its inception in 1863). If you read my writeup below, you'd see Canadians have been less consistent on the date. We eat Turkey because it was introduced to the early Pilgrim settlers by the Native American tribes and was a staple of the first Thanksgiving feasts.
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thanks! *scrolling down to your previous post*
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Pretty sure it is more of a, "Thank God they didn't invent guns over here yet..." *Doe-Eyed First Nations Looking Surprised*
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Since real thanksgiving was in October this is just a regular Thursday usually devoid of new tv.
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not that it's relevant but is it only me, or is there a problem with the search tab at the upper right side of the screen?
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i wish I liked watching football on TV. It just makes me mad that I am not there live.
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Football
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Who cares about all of this when footballs on.
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Days like this are why the tv Gods invented streaming video.
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The REAL Thanksgiving is in October.



Canada's Thanksgiving can be traced back all the way to 1578. A full 20 years before the first documented Thanksgiving in the U.S. I guess you guys did make Thanksgiving a National holiday before us (in 1863) , and have been celebrating it on the same day for 148 years. Where as we made it a National holiday in 1872, didn't celebrate in annually until 1879, initially held it on the same day as you guys, changed the date several times over the years, until in 1957, it was officially declared to be the second Monday in October.



So, yeah . . . . ah, dammit. I think I just disproved my own theory. Whatever. I'm gonna go watch some American Football.
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FUNNIEST History lesson I've ever had.
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Q: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada? (USA)



A: Only at Thanksgiving.



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Blargh, nothing.
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Fast forward through some of the parade, Ice Age, new Charlie Brown, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, some football.
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None of the Thanksgiving specials for me.



Maybe I'll just watch some football.
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Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas

They're getting a REALLY early start on Christmas. :)



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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 85th Anniversary special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and Happiness is a Warm Blanket.
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maybe one or both of the Charlie Brown specials, reruns...
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The only thing that remotely interests me is the Punkin Chunkin. The Mythbusters are fantastic!
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Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas... and maybe Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.
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the only thing remotely interesting to me is the dog show.. and even then i don't care at all.. i have the Peanuts things on Blu-ray so why bother with watching them on TV?
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Booooo
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I agree, nothing at all!
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That would be an "absolutely nothing" for me. That holiday season of yours is a real trial for those of us not living in the US ;)
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Hear, hear.



Or uh, read, read...?
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It's a trial for us too, AnoukvdZee. :)
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