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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 21-27

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 20th 2011 2:30PM
HIMYMMONDAY, NOVEMBER 21

'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)

Ted and Barney make a very bromantic decision together, while Robin tries to convince Marshall and Lily that moving to the suburbs is a terrible idea. We've already seen the episode, and it's one that fans absolutely shouldn't miss.

'You Deserve It' (9PM ET, ABC) series premiere
A six-episode unscripted series in which contestants aren't out to win money for themselves, but are playing for someone else -- someone they feel deserves it. Starting with a $10,000 round and going up to a $250,000 round, contestants purchase a series of clues to help them solve the puzzles and win money for their chosen recipient. The beneficiary, who is in another location under constant hidden-camera surveillance throughout the show, gets the surprise of a lifetime when family, friends, Brooke Burns and a camera crew burst in with life-changing news.

'Castle' (10PM ET, ABC)
A sniper on a killing spree is terrorizing New York City. With the clock ticking down to the next murder and nothing to go on except a killer with no apparent motive but to instill terror, this could prove the team's toughest case yet. The hunt is made even more complicated when Beckett begins to experience increasingly strong moments of PTSD -- moments she tries hard to hide from Castle and the detectives.



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22

'Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy' (8PM ET, Bio)
two-hour special presentation
A two-hour special exploring the life and work of the ventriloquist. In addition to exclusive interviews from Dunham, the special will feature original interviews from Dunham's family and friends, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the process behind the creation of Dunham's latest character, Achmed Junior. Finally, viewers will get front-row seats to the on-stage dynamics between Dunham and his dysfunctional family of original comic characters including Walter, Peanut, Achmed, Jose and, for the first time, Achmed Junior.

'Millionaire Matchmaker' (9PM ET, Bravo) season finale
Patti is her own client when she takes a giant leap and tells her team, "Mama wants a mixer!" After ending things with her fiancé a year ago, Patti is ready to use her own business for help in finding true love. Is she ready to let go of "Businesswoman Patti" and embrace "Dating Patti?"

'Parenthood' (10PM ET, NBC)
An inappropriate moment at work disrupts Adam and Kristina's marriage. Meanwhile, Crosby and Jasmine reconnect after clearing up Jabbar's misunderstanding of their relationship. In an attempt to boost his college applications, Drew seeks out extracurricular activities and Amber is uncertain about her future. Also, a meeting with Zoe's boyfriend may jeopardize Julia and Joel's adoption plan.



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23

'The Middle' (8PM ET, ABC)

ABC has you covered with a night of Thanksgiving comedy this week: Frankie's parents, Pat (Marsha Mason) and Tag (Jerry Van Dyke), invite the Hecks to spend a few days at their house to celebrate Thanksgiving together. But the festivities begin to fall apart quickly when Frankie's sister, Janet (Molly Shannon), and her family also join in, and soon the siblings are at each other's throats over their widely differing parenting techniques.

Suburgatory'Suburgatory' (8.30PM ET, ABC)
Depressed that she has to spend Thanksgiving in the suburbs, Tessa convinces Dallas to take her to the city for a girls' day out. During their fun day, they run across George making out with a woman while he was supposed to be "working." Angry with George for lying to her, Tessa confronts him during the Royces' Thanksgiving dinner. Meanwhile Lisa refuses to wear a special dress Sheila picked out for her, so Sheila decides to literally turn up the heat.

'Modern Family' (9PM ET, ABC)
When an old neighborhood kid returns to town as a hugely successful internet billionaire, it gets Phil thinking of what could have been. Jay feels Manny could use a little dose of constructive criticism, and Cameron is offended when Mitchell questions the authenticity of his colorful childhood stories. It all comes to a head at Thanksgiving with the family divided between the "Dreamers" and the "Pritchetts" -- and nothing settles the score like a punkin chunkin challenge.

'Happy Endings' (9.30PM ET, ABC)
Jane needs a dress to wear to her charity event, but she's a little leery when Alex offers to design one for her; Penny helps a panicked Max babysit his niece and nephew; and Dave and Brad's new friendship with their oddball mailman, Drew (Rob Riggle), isn't quite what they had hoped for.

'Extreme Couponing' (10PM ET, TLC) season finale
Charitable donations are featured when a pair try to get more than $1000 worth of groceries without spending a penny; and an Ohio woman who believes in strength in numbers tries to get extra food.



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24

'Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown' (8.30PM ET, Fox)
one-hour special presentation
The Peanuts gang is back and ready to help Linus (Austin Lux) break away from his childhood security blanket. The stakes are high as Linus learns his grandmother is coming to visit, and he must decide whether or not to dispose of his most cherished possession. In an effort to help Linus kick his habit, Charlie Brown (Trenton Rogers), Lucy (Grace Rolek) and even Snoopy pitch in to help. Lucy is quick to attempt her amateur psychiatric skills, while Snoopy employs the age old drag-and-run method. Despite all attempts, Linus eventually learns that security is a valuable quality in life and everyone is entitled to their own version of a security blanket.

'A Very Gaga Thanksgiving' (9.30PM ET, ABC) 90-minute special presentation
Yes, you read that right. Lady Gaga performs eight songs, including "Marry the Night," "You and I," "The Edge of Glory," the holiday classic "White Christmas" and "The Lady Is a Tramp," a duet with Tony Bennett. She also discusses her music and her life in a conversation with Katie Couric taped at her high-school alma mater, the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan; and she joins chef Art Smith to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner of deep-fried turkey and waffles.

'The 85th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade' (10PM ET, NBC) one-hour special presentation
Host Matt Lauer looks back at 85 years of Macy's popular Thanksgiving procession. The Turkey Day retrospective is stuffed with the grand gala's famed floats, balloons and performances.



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

'The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story' (8.30PM ET, CBS)
half-hour special presentation
Based on the bestselling book of the same name, the holiday special follows one of the many scout elves from the North Pole who helps Santa Claus determine who to put on the naughty and nice lists. Named "Chippey" by his adoptive family, the elf is assigned to help a young boy, Taylor McTuttle, who struggles to believe in the magic of Christmas.

'Olive, The Other Reindeer' (9PM ET, The CW) one-hour special presentation
A Christmas special with the voices of Drew Barrymore, Dan Castellaneta, Joe Pantoliano and Edward Asner. After mis-hearing a radio broadcast about Santa canceling his Christmas trip due to an injured reindeer, Olive the dog decides to travel to the North Pole and volunteer to be a replacement. Unfortunately, Olive must deal with an evil postman who's tired of handling all the extra Christmas mail. Will Martini the penguin be able to help Olive realize her dream?

'Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse' (10PM ET, TBS) series premiere
Tyler Perry's latest series looks at the ups and downs of married life and features characters made popular in Perry's 'Why Did I Get Married?' movies. Michael Jai White ('The Dark Knight') and Tasha Smith ('Couples Retreat') are set to reprise the roles of television anchor Marcus and salon owner Angela.



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

'Storm War' (9PM ET, Syfy)
original telefilm
While you're still recovering from Black Friday sales, you need some mindless entertainment to relax with -- try 'Storm Watch,' in which two brothers must band together to stop their father from destroying the weather in Washington, D.C. It stars Stacy Keach (really).

'America's Cutest Pet' (9PM ET, Animal Planet) one-hour special presentation
Alternatively, try this hour-long special of pets doing adorable and funny things on camera.



SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27Once Upon a Time

'Once Upon a Time' (8PM ET, ABC)
As Sheriff Graham deputizes Emma, the ground shakes and a giant sinkhole mysteriously appears at the edge of town. But a curious Henry's life is placed in danger when he decides to explore the innards of the sinkhole to see if its contents can link the inhabitants of Storybrooke to the fairytale world. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world, Jiminy Cricket yearns to leave the family business and transform into the person he wants to be.

'Leverage' (9PM ET, TNT) winter premiere
When homeless veterans in the Boston area begin disappearing, the team must go back to college and infiltrate the world of Skull & Bones secret societies.

'Homeland' (10PM ET, Showtime)
Brody's efforts to sever ties with Abu Nazir trigger flashbacks to his time as a captive. Meanwhile, a shooting results in a public-relations nightmare for Carrie.



What will you be watching this week?

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michael

Lady GaGa is fast becoming the most fascinating entertainer in the world !! A shooting star with a message behind her music. Thur. night, watch Katie Couric reveal & enlighten all of America, the true inner beauty & soul of this incredible, deeply profound human being, Stephanie Angelina Germanette, Lady GaGa !!!!

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