Thanksgiving parade, 9 a.m. to noon, NBC and CBS.
The holiday gets a
big, booming start, with the Macy's parade. That includes 12 bands,
41 balloons, 1,000 clowns and 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers. There
are also 27 floats, often with singers – Mariah Carey, Chris
Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, Jake Owen, Jennifer Nettles and more –
And each network has
extra performances, mainly in the first hour. CBS has Justin Bieber,
“Jersey Boys” and “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”;
NBC has the Rockettes, “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Finding
Neverland,” “The King & I,” “On Your Feet,” “Something
Rotten” and its upcoming “Wiz.”
Football, all day.
triple-header has few winning records. The Lions (3-7, with a
two-game winning streak) host the Eagles (4-6), at 12:30 p.m. ET on
Fox. The Cowboys (3-7, but with Tony Romo back) host the Carolina
Panthers at (10-0) at 4:30 on CBS. And the Packers (7-3) host the
Bears (4-6) at 8:30 on NBC.
Cable adds two
college games at 7:30 p.m. ET. On ESPN, winless Central Florida hosts
South Florida (7-4); on Fox Sports1, Texas (4-6 and scrambling for
bowl eligibility) hosts Texas Tech (6-5).
Disney nature films, 1 p.m. to 3 a.m., NatGeo Wild.
Each year, on Earth
Day, Disney debuts a beautifully crafted nature film in theaters.
Instead of going to one of Disney's four entertainment cable
channels, they've been sold en masse to NatGeo Wild.
Now NatGeo debuts
the gorgeous “Deep Blue” (2003) – penguins, whales and more --
at 1 and 8 p.m. “Chimpanzee” (2012) -- ranging from jungle
tragedy to funny village invasions – is 3 and 10 p.m.. “The
Crimson Wing” (2008), with stunning views of a million-flamingo
gathering, is 5 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.; “Wings of Life” (2011) --
Meryl Streep narrating pollination tales -- is 6:30 p.m. and
II: Dogs, noon, NBC and 8 p.m., Fox.
When the parade has
its last Santa sighting, NBC jumps to the National Dog Show. This
year, John O'Hurley, David Frei and Mary Carillo are joined by the
quirky Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.
At 8 p.m., Fox has
its second “All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration.” Kaley Cuoco hosts,
with guests from music (Miley Cyrus, Sia, Zendaya, Florida Georgia
Line), comedy (Kathy Griffin, Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Handler) and
more (Scarlett Johansson, Paula Abdul and dog-trainer Cesar Milan).
Movies, all day. For
greatness, catch the first two “Godfather” films (1972 and '74)
at 5:30 and 9 p.m. on AMC ... or “Cinderella” (1950) at 1:45 p.m.
on ABC Family. That's followed by more animation, with “Monsters
Inc. (2001) at 3:45, “Ratatouille” (2007) at 6 and “Planes”
(2013) at 8:45.
Strangers,” 7-11 p.m., National Geographic, repeating from 11 p.m.
to 3 a.m. If you missed this well-made mini-series earlier in the
week, you can catch it now... which is logical. This is the story of
the Mayflower and the Plymouth colony, leading to the first
Thanksgiving and beyond. The first half is darkly involving; the rest
gets tangled in confusing tribal politics, but remains involving.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Cuoco competes with herself, hosting Fox's
dog show and being key to this rerun, as Penny. Leonard admits to her
that he kissed a girl during his North Sea project,.
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. This launches tonight's string of five
Thanksgiving-episode reruns, all from last week. Here, Eddie's mom is
determined to take over the family feast.
“Mom,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. We haven't seen much of Violet lately. Now, however, she
announces that she wants to spend more time with her mother, Christy.
p.m., CBS. The murder victim's secret life leaves plenty of suspects.