“Saturday Night Live Thanksgiing," 9-11 p.m., NBC.
For its 40th
season, “SNL” is piling up memories. That includes this special,
which debuted last year.
Flashing past us
were decades of quirky moments – Paul Simon in a turkey suit, Adam
Sandler singing “The Turkey Song,” Anna Gesteyer as Martha
Stewart, Christopher Guest as Ed Grimley's dad.
The clips ranged
from Dan Aukroyd to Will Ferrell, from Macauley Culkin to Gwyneth
Paltrow, plus several stars – John Belushi, Chris Farley, Brittany
Murphy, more – who are no longer around.
II: Movies, 8 p.m., CW and cable.
CW has the ideal
film to show on a holiday-eve travel day: John Hughes' “Planes,
Trains & Automobiles” (1987) has Steve Martin and John Candy
facing unending transportation woes.
Cable tops that, led
by the all-time classic “Gone With the Wind” (1939) on AMC.
There's the comedy gem “Tootsie” (1982) on TV Guide Network ...
action with “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012) on FX ... and drama
with Denzel Washington's Oscar-winning work in “Training Day”
(2001) on TNT.
“The Odd Squad” debut, times vary (check local listionngs), PBS.
Something goofy is
happening to a basketball team; special agents Olive and Otto
scramble for a solution, with lab help from Oscar. The result has a
smidgen of math information (mostly just what numbers add up to 13)
and a lot of fun. There are sight gags and likable young actors; we
especially enjoyed Millie Davis, 7, as the juicebox-guzzling boss,
Each half-hour has
two such stories, sandwiched by quirky shorts. Many stations will
have the hour-long opener at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., then will air the
half-hour show at 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
“Nature,” 8, 9
and 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Here are three of the show's
lightest and most accessible episodes. They look at turkeys, ducks
p.m., CBS. Many shows are retreating to reruns on this holiday eve,
but “Survivor” booms ahead. It's now at the halfway point, with
nine of the original 18 surviving.
“A Charlie Brown
Thanksgiving,” 8 p.m., ABC. An all-rerun night at ABC starts with
this 1973 cartoon, with the caterers (Snoopy and Woodstock) planning
a feast of toast and popcorn. The hour is rounded out by the
Mayflower segment of “This is America, Charlie Brown.”
“Cars 2” (2011),
8:30 p.m., ABC Family. Despite a few weak story twists – Mater ends
up in a spy plot – this is a fun film, ideal for families to catch
on a holiday eve.
9 p.m., ABC. While Alex tours the Cal Tech campus, her father and
siblings take part in a psych experiment.
p.m., ABC. Rayna is determined to sign emerging star Sadie – played
by Laura Benanti, who knows music. She's done seven Broadway musicals
(winning a Tony in “Gypsy”) and was Elsa Schrader in last year's
“Sound of Music” on NBC.
(1982), 10 p.m., Sundance. Here's yet one more terrific movie, this
one superbly directed by Ridley Scott. Harrison Ford plays a
futuristic detective, with great supporting roles for Daryl Hannah,
William Sanderson, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer and others.