“Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,” 9 a.m. to noon, NBC and CBS.
It's time for size,
spectacle and Santa. The parade ranges from young “Sesame Street”
people to 90-year-old Tony Bennett. And both networks also front-load
with their own performances.
NBC (which reruns
this at 2 p.m., after the dog show) has the casts of its “Hairspray
Live,” plus Broadway's “Cats,” “Holiday Inn” and “Waitress”
and Cirque du Soleil's “Paramour.” CBS has Sting, Miranda
Lambert, “The Color Purple,” “School of Rock” and Gloria
Estefan's “On Your Feet.”
Football, all day.
What used to be a
single Thanksgiving game in Detroit has now become a three-network
marathon. This year brings good match-ups, including several teams
that have thrived with back-up quarterbacks.
CBS start this with
the Lions hosting the Vikings at 12:30 p.m. ET; they share the
division lead with 6-4 records. Then it's Fox, with the Cowboys
(9-1) hosting the Redskins (6-3-1) at 4:30 p.m. ET. And at 8:30 p.m.
(with preview at 8), NBC has the Colts hosting the Steelers, with
both teams at 5-5.
“Magical Holidays Celebration,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
Since the holidays
are about family, this makes sense: The special will be hosted by
siblings (Derek and Julianne Hough) and will include a husband-wife
duet (Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood).
Sofia Carson also
hosts, as part of her mega-weekend, sprawling across three networks.
She co-hosts and performs in specials on ABC and Disney (Friday),
then stars in a Freeform movie Sunday. Also performing tonight at the
Disney parks are Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, OneRepublic, Jordan
Fisher, Boyz II Men, China Anne McClain, Forever in Your Mind, Dove
Cameron, Flo Rida and more.
ALTERNATIVE: “Anne of Green Gables,” 8-9:30 p.m., PBS (check
Anne Shirley sees
life in great bursts of words and colors and possibilities. As an
orphan, she's accidentally invaded the quiet world of a good-hearted
but colorless brother and sister. Their home and lives are drab;
their surroundings (on Prince Edward Island in Canada) are gorgeous.
This is a great
story that is filmed often, including PBS' masterful miniseries in
1985 and its sequels. Despite being directed by the gifted John Kent
Harrison, this version isn't nearly as good, wedging too much into 85
minutes. Still, even a fairly good “Anne” is a fine way for
families to wrap up a holiday.
-- “A Place to
Call Home,” any time, www.acorntv.com.
This follows the “Scandal” formula: If you have smart dialog and
subtle actors, viewers will forgive hideous soap-opera twists. There
have plenty of those: Olivia Bligh miscarried and, to save her
marriage, arranged to pretend an unwed mother's baby is her own. The
marriage failed anyway, because her husband is gay. Now it's 1954
Australia and a rich schemer has put poison in Sarah's drink. Yes,
this is overwrought ... yet fairly involving.
-- “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. This is tonight's only CBS rerun, a terrific
one. Leonard and Penny host their second wedding, a bit more formal
than the first, but things are awkward: His dad and Sheldon's mother
(Emmy-winners Judd Hirsch and Laurie Metcalf) spent the night
-- “Christmas in
Homestead,” 8 p.m, Hallmark. A movie star is filming in a small
town, where the widowed mayor's daughter is her biggest fan.
-- “The Great
Indoors,” 8:31 p.m., CBS. Human Resources has banned Jack from
giving input to his young colleagues. It sees that he made Clark cry.
-- “Mom,” 9
p.m., CBS. When Violet has mononucleosis, her mother and grandmother
rush to help ... and soon learn that there are bigger problems than
Family,” 10 p.m., ABC. In a transplanted rerun, Phil is unhappy
that his daughter (Sarah Hyland, 26) is dating veteran weatherman
Rainer Shine (Nathan Fillion, 45).