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Sarah Silverman's Thanksgiving Special (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 22nd 2010 6:45PM
Sadly, 'The Sarah Silverman Program' is no long with us. That does not mean Silverman will stop delighting, shocking and occasionally disgusting us with her endearingly foul wit. Her latest holiday video on Funny Or Die is a perfect example of just that.

The stand-up comic/actress/writer recalls a Thanksgiving when she was six years old and her well-intentioned father took her to their neighbor's farm to choose a turkey. (A similar version of the story appears in her recent book 'The Bedwetter.') As adults, it's easy to predict the future of whichever turkey young Sarah chose. However, to a child that outcome was not immediately apparent.

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14 Food TV Shows to Help You Cook Thanksgiving Dinner

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 19th 2010 4:15PM
dear_food_network_logoIf there was ever a time of year when programs on the Food Network and Cooking Channel come in handy, it's Thanksgiving. There's nothing more intimidating than the prospect of cooking a massive turkey if you've never done it before.

And that's just the turkey! What about the side dishes, the veggies, appetizers. Should it be dressing or stuffing? Sweet potatoes or mashed? And don't forget dessert!

Fortunately, our TV friends are here to help. Almost all our questions have been anticipated and answered. So, before you start surfing the net or turn to the Butterball Hot Line, check out these twelve shows to help you prep for Thanksgiving Day.

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Thanksgiving TV Picks: 35 Holiday Shows, Specials and Marathons

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 19th 2010 11:30AM
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Thanksgiving is just a few days away (hope you're ready to feast). As you get ready for a week of delicious goodness, check out our TV picks for Turkey Week.

FRIDAY, NOV. 19
'Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas' – Doesn't matter how many times you've seen it ... your own heart is two sizes too small if you're not still charmed by the cartoon Grinch and his long-suffering sidekick pooch Max (8PM, TBS)

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'Friday Night Lights' - 'Thanksgiving' Recap - Season Finale

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 11th 2010 3:30AM
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One of the stranger things about 'Friday Night Lights' airing on DirecTV -- before this same season airs on NBC starting April 30th -- is the fact that this was the season finale and it was all set around Thanksgiving. We may be contemplating Valentine's Day on other shows and in our own lives, but in Dillon, Texas, it's a Thanksgiving turkey feast, time to hang Christmas decorations outside the house, and -- oh, yes -- the big local high school football game. The Clash of the Cats - Lions versus Panthers. More about the game, the guests, and the tough decisions to be made after the jump.

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Stouffer's Should Be Doing Product Placement in 'The Middle'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 8th 2010 9:00AM
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How's this for an odd occurrence of non-product placement? On Wednesday night, during the ABC sitcom block -- actually during 'Modern Family' -- there was a commercial for Stouffer's Family Size dinners. The commercial referred to 'The Middle,' making the case for how positive it is for families to sit down and share a meal together.

It was a great idea for a commercial, but did anybody at Stouffer's realize that with the exception of Thanksgiving, the Hecks don't actually cook dinner? They're usually bringing in bags of take out from a burger joint. You see hamburgers and fries and lots of paper products, but it was only for Turkey Day that anybody actually fixed dinner.

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Why is ABC treating Ugly Betty so badly?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 29th 2009 1:28PM
ugly_betty_2009The ratings are in from Friday night -- that was the Friday after Thanksgiving, a night when the major networks were showing movies and reruns -- and, not surprising, the numbers are pretty low.

Oh, wait, one network had new shows, ABC. But the ratings for a new Ugly Betty at 9 p.m. were dismal. Ugly Betty came in dead last with just a 0.9/3, only 3.39 million viewers for that timeslot.

A few weeks ago, I thought -- hoped -- things were looking up for Ugly Betty. It looked like the show was going to get a timeslot switch to Eastwick's Wednesday at 10 p.m. Alas, ABC has done nothing. Eastwick is not picked up for the season and it's still losing in that spot -- it had a 1.2/4 and just 3.89 million viewers this past week. That said, why isn't ABC giving Betty some love with a time change?

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One last Thanksgiving post: Jimmy Fallon writes his thank you notes

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 27th 2009 11:30AM
So we've hopefully recovered from stuffing ourselves with turkey and pie and wine yesterday, but I wanted to post one last thing about Thanksgiving. This is from Late Night. Jimmy Fallon usually does his "thank you notes" on Fridays but he wanted to do a special version for Turkey Day.

[Watch clips and episodes of Late Night and other shows at SlashControl.]

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What Jonathan is thankful for

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 26th 2009 5:08PM
Sons of AnarchyAnother year, another Thanksgiving, and another Fall TV season with plenty of reasons to be thankful. Here's what's winning me over this holiday season...

FX's Sons of Anarchy -- Talk about a complete 180°. This show went from near the bottom of my list last season to one of the most superb dramas on TV right now. Midway through last year's up and down freshman season, I argued that that show had more to offer at a second glance, but for the most part, Kurt Sutter and his team were still finding their footing. Well, they found their footing and then some this year. Season two has been expertly plotted and executed this season and this past week's penultimate episode put the pieces in motion for a season finale that no TV fan should plan on missing.

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The Middle Thanksgiving was an instant classic

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 26th 2009 4:00PM
the_middle_couchThere was something refreshingly pedestrian about last night's episode of The Middle. It wasn't about abundance and excess, because as a middle-class situation comedy, the current economic state doesn't reflect having plenty and living beyond your means. Frankie and Mike are doing their best to get by. But they're not bitching about it. That's part of the reason why I'm enjoying this show so much. Like me, Jason also liked this episode quite a bit.

Frankie had to work on Thanksgiving, that's true, and she did protest about that, but not the fact that the family has to plot out their Black Friday shopping at the mall to get every bargain imaginable. They don't complain about being strapped. They accept that they have to cut coupons and be thrifty.

Like the remnant carpet for the bedroom as an anniversary gift, The Hecks are accepting of their middle class.

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What Kona is thankful for

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 26th 2009 3:06PM
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It's Thanksgiving morning as I'm writing this. I've got five pounds of potatoes boiling for our mashed potatoes, the turkey is in the oven, and the butternut squash is cut up for the risotto I'm making. My baby is playing ball with his dad, and the dog is on the couch trying to sleep and just remaining thankful that said baby isn't trying to pet her eyeball right now. I have a lot of things to be thankful for, but as others have said before, me, this is a TV blog, so let's talk about television-related things I'm thankful for.

As we're getting close to the mid-season point, I feel more and more that this is an exceptionally strong season of television-- even with the whole Leno debacle. There are several new shows that I'm quickly falling in love with, and some returning shows that are better than ever. In no particular order, here are things that I am thankful for.

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What's On Tonight: Charlie Brown, Lopez Tonight, Holiday movies & marathons

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 26th 2009 12:21PM
  • Martha StewartHistory Channel has a Pawn Stars marathon all night.
  • Syfy's James Bond marathon continues all night.
  • TV Land has a marathon or Roseanne Thanksgiving episodes (starting at 9).
  • At 7, Boomerang has The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't.
  • At 8, ABC has A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, followed by Beyonce...I Am Yours and Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City.
  • CBS has a new "the season so far" episode of Survivor at 8.
  • ABC Family has the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street at 8.
  • TCM has To Catch A Thief at 8, then High Society.
  • HGTV has 25 Great Holiday Ideas at 8.
  • At 9, NBC has NBC's People of the Year.
  • CNN has CNN Heroes at 9.
  • USA has Elf at 9.
  • Spike has TNA Wrestling at 9.
  • Also at 9: Fine Living has Martha Stewart's Christmas Special.
  • At 11, Food Network has a turkey leftovers episode of Good Eats.
  • At midnight, Lifetime has a Thanksgiving episode of Frasier.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Review: Glee - Hairography

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 26th 2009 1:34AM
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Distractions abounded in this latest episode of Glee. Most of the characters were causing distraction or being distracted from the situation at hand, and we were back to most of the soapy aspects of the show. Teri and Quinn were both thinking about the baby, and Will and Finn remained as in the dark as ever. More on that and other complications after the jump.

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What Jackie is thankful for

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 25th 2009 6:06PM
Oh, the humanity! Les Nessman reports on the turkey dropYes, it's that time of year once again. It's Thanksgiving -- yay, food! With the times such as they are, I'll admit to being more thankful on a regular basis during this year than many years gone by. I have a job (a few jobs actually), a roof over my head, money for food and bills, good friends, family, a bionic knee so I can be a bit like The Six Million Dollar Man, and so much more.

But, since this is about television, I'm going to focus on what I'm thankful for in television and TV-related kind of things. We might share some items on the list, we might not. While the times might not be great for financial dealings, it's a wondrous time for television geeks like you and me. Or, maybe it's just me. So, exactly what am I thankful for? Read on.

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What Mike M. is thankful for

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 25th 2009 5:04PM
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To paraphrase Dexter's Trinity Killer, traditions matter because they give us a sense of history. They also teach us who we are and what's expected of us.

So in celebration of that fiendish character's warped but delightfully old-fashioned worldview, I'm happy to take part in this little Thanksgiving Day tradition we have here at TV Squad. Here are a few things I'm thankful for this TV season ...

Year four of Dexter – Well, duh ... Sure, the Batista-Laguerta relationship is a little dull, and Quinn is a poor stand-in for Dokes, but Dexter's dealings with Trinty and his Dark Passenger are fascinating to watch. John Lithgow's complex and unnerving portrayal of suburban serial killer Arthur Mitchell is sure to earn him an Emmy nod, if not the win.

Community - Here's the thing: It's just so damn funny. And it has the best and weirdest cast of characters on TV. I can't get enough of Señor Chang and Abed.

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What Annie is thankful for

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 25th 2009 2:04PM
tina feyI figured I may as well make this list before I food-punish myself into a turkey-flavored coma this Thursday. It's true, television has gone through its ups and downs in the past year. A bit of residual anger still bubbles within me when I think of Jay Leno shuffling not-so-subtly around Conan O'Brien or the fact that I'll never be as daring or funny as the writers behind Peep Show, but Thanksgiving is not meant for dwelling on silly things like that (it's what the rest of the year's for). Let's review my list of a few (TV-related) things that I'm thankful for, and then I promise I'll let everyone leave and stuff their faces.

Community: I've liked this show since the pilot and I'm thrilled to see it taking off. In the beginning, I enjoyed its snappy dialogue and overall attitude, but feared that it wouldn't find a direction until NBC got impatient and chopped it from the schedule.

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