“Titanic” (1997), 6:15 to 9:30 p.m., HBO; or “Gone With the
Wind” (1939), 7 p.m. to midnight, AMC.
Here are two
powerful pieces of Hollywood history. Each was, for a time, the
biggest box-office hit ever; “Wind” is No. 6 on the American Film
Institute list of best American movies; “Titanic” is No. 83.
Eacg proved an
important point: Even within an epic, big-budget adventure – the
Civil War, an ocean tragedy – you can have solid drama and a
classic love story.
“Empire,” 9 p.m., Fox.
While some networks
retreat to reruns, “Empire” has a new episode with key guest
One is Alicia Keys,
playing a star singer who links – musically and maybe romantically
– with Lucious. The other is Rosie O'Donnell, as Cookie's former
prison colleague. Now Cookie and her sister (Vivica Fox) need her for
a rescue attempt.
ALTERNATIVE: “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
always been TV's best comedy situation, so now ABC gives us a bonus –
a string of three reruns from last year, each set on the holiday.
That concludes with
this one: Phil takes over the turkey duties, helped by his son; his
wife Claire has no confidence and secretly prepares a back-up bird.
Meanwhile, her dad and his wife (Jay and Gloria) find their vacation
scuttled; they plan to secretly stay home ... an idea that quickly
6:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m., cable. Families can find fun tonight, while
waiting for the holiday. ABC Family has “Monsters, Inc.” (2001)
at 6:30 and “Ratatouille” (2007) at 8:30; Disney has “Despicable
Me” (2020) – birthplace of all those popular minions -- at 8.
and 9 p.m., CBS. We're at the mid-point of the eliminations now, with
10 of the original 20 people remaining. Here are two episodes,
including a driving rainstorm that darkens moods.
“Planes, Trains &
Automobiles” (1987), 8-10 p.m., CW. This film fits neatly into each
November, as two mismatched guys (Steve Martin and John Candy) face
transportation disasters, while trying to make it home for
Thanksgiving. It's uneven – most road films are – but has plenty
of fun moments.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. The Thanksgiving-rerun spree begins here. Her kitchen in
shambles, Frankie decides the family should eat out. Things get
complicated when Sue brings Darrin, Brick brings quirky Cindy and Axl
is pressured to invite a girl he doesn't even know.
8:30 p.m., ABC. This was the first Thanksgiving episode for the
Goldbergs, with both parents in consternation. Murray fumes about his
younger brother Marvin (Dan Fogler); Bev frets because her daughter
Erica is skipping the holiday.
Live Thanksgiving,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. With four decades of sketches
to mine, we spend the holiday with Ed Grimley, Debbie Downer, Martha
Stewart and the Loud Family. There's more, ranging from Adam
Sandler's turkey song to Paul Simon in a turkey costume.
“Code Black,” 10
p.m., CBS. Alton Fitzgerald White has played Mufasa – the
patriarch, first voiced by James Earl Jones – onstage more than
4,000 times. Here he guests as Lawrence, in an episode entwined with
the show's tour: Its star receives a jolting diagnosis; its cast
helps a teen with a painful decision.