1) “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” 9 a.m. to noon, NBC, repeats 2-5 p.m. It’s not like the spectacle (shown here) of previous years; floats and balloons will travel one block, in front of NBC cameras, with no one curbside. But there will be spectacle, Santa and performances, some taped in advance. The “Hamilton” cast will be there; so, separately, will Leslie Odom Jr., who won a Tony in the show. Other casts are “Mean Girls,” “Get Ready,” “Jagged Little Pill”; individuals include Dolly Parton, Bebe Rexha, Sofia Carson, many more.
2) Post-parade fuss. NBC has the “National Dog Show” at noon, but many viewers will switch to a football triple-header. It’s Houston (with a 3-7 record) and Detroit (4-6) at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS and Washington and Dallas (both 3-7) at 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox. Then Pittsburgh (the only undefeated team, at 10-0) hosts Baltimore (6-4) at 8:20 on NBC. In Eastern time zones, CBS’ variation on the parade (new music plus floats from past parades) will be 9 a.m. to noon; in the West, it will be after the game.
3) “Magical Holiday Celebration,” 9-11 p.m., ABC. Each year, this starts the season zestfully, with performances in the Disney parks. This year, it’s semi-festive: Derek and Julianne Hough will open with a new song-and-dance number; then the siblings (plus Trevor Jackson) introduce highlights from the four previous years. That includes Kelly Clarkson, Ciara, OneRepublic, Jason DeRulo, Shaggy, Megha Trainor, Pentatonix, Aloe Blacc and the “Frozen” duo of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.
4) “The Masked Singer,” 8 p.m., Fox. After showing reruns on their regular night (Wednesday), this show and “I Can See Your Voice” have new hours tonight. For “Singer,” it’s time to choose the two Group C people in next week’s semi-finals, So far, the group uas unmasked comedian Bob Saget and talk-show host Wendy Williams. Remaining are Broccoli, Jellyfish ad Mushroom.
5) Also: ABC has a couple of fairly good cartoons – “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” at 8 p.m. and “Toy Story That Time Forgot” at 8:30. CW wraps up its rerun of the four-night “Gilmore Girls” mini-series, from 8-10 p.m. And CBS has reruns – which is a good thing, because the first two “B Positive” episodes are at 8:30 and 9:30. Fueled by Broadway star Annaleigh Ashford, both are hilarious.