- At 8 FOX has a new Cops.
- ABC has College Football at 8, Texas Tech at Oklahoma.
- FOX News Channel has a new Huckabee at 8.
- ABC Family has the movie Once Upon A Christmas at 8, followed by Twice Upon A Christmas.
- Also at 8: Food Network has All Star Thanksgiving Recipes.
- At 8:30, Nickelodeon has a new True Jackson, VIP, then a new Naked Brothers Band.
- At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
- Hallmark has the movie An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving at 9.
- CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
- At 10, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
- TLC has a new Trading Spaces at 10.
- BBC America has a new Graham Norton Show at 10.
- At 10:30, Cartoon Network has a new Naruto.
- At 11, FOX has a new Mad TV, then a new Talk Show with Spike Feresten.
- At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live, with Tim McGraw, Ludacris, and T-Pain.
Check your local TV listings for more.
- At 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap, followed by new episodes of Supernanny and 20/20.
- CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8.
- NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, then new episodes of Crusoe and Lipstick Jungle.
- FOX has new episodes of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? and Don't Forget The Lyrics.
- The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8, followed by a new episode of The Game.
- There's a new Washington Week on PBS at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
- MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
- TLC has a new Real Simple, Real Life at 8, followed by a new What Not To Wear.
- Food Network has Thanksgiving-themed shows all night, starting at 8 with two episodes of Good Eats and then Thanksgiving Disasters and Road Tested with The Neelys.
- Cartoon Network has a new Batman: The Brave and the Bold at 8, then new episodes of Secret Saturdays, The Clone Wars, and Ben 10: Alien Force.
- Also at 8: Disney has a new Suite Life on Deck.
- At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Stargate Atlantis, followed by a new Sanctuary.
- At 10, CBS has a new Numb3rs.
- E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.
Check your local TV listings for more.
After the jump, the late night talk show listings.
I know, you probably can't remember a Thanksgiving commercial to save your life. There have been a ton of them over the years, but 99.9% of them have to do with department store sales ("Before Thanksgiving Sale!" and "After Thanksgiving Sale!" with a "Thanksgiving Sale!" thrown in for good measure) and they all seem to blend into each other after a while. But there are have been a few over the years that are worth looking at again, and after the jump we'll take a look at them.
Come late November, most TV families sit down for turkey and stuffing just like the rest of us.
Except, your family's dysfunction seems like child's play compared to the secrets, fighting and just plain goofiness that emerges around these dinner tables.
Ah, Thanksgiving! Take our quiz on some of TV's special-ist Thanksgiving episodes ever.
It's called Rosie's Variety Hour, because it's hosted by Rosie, it features variety, and it's going to last 60 minutes. Rosie will do a monologue and introduce musical and comedy acts, and they'll be big prizes for people in the studio audience and people watching at home. Rosie compares the show to Carol Burnett, Ed Sullivan, and Sonny & Cher. She had me at the first two. I'd love to see a show like that on TV again. Not sure about the last one, but I think I know what she means.
If the show is a hit, you might see it as a weekly series.
On a cool Thanksgiving morning old (Underdog) and new (Stewie from Family Guy) parade balloons battle it out for a inflatable bottle of Coca-Cola. As they cross the skyline of New York City fists fly and heads are butted. But, in the end, neither is the one who claims the prize. That honor goes to the honorable Charlie Brown, who seems to have finally won something in his life.
This was a cute and gentle commercial by Cola-Cola, which rarely disappoints when it comes to Super Bowl ads. I never realized that the Underdog and Stewie Thanksgiving Day balloons had such angry looks on their faces. That was an advantage in this commercial as we saw the two balloons battling it out. I enjoyed when Underdog slammed Stewie against the building. Nice job overall.
So last week was the big bomb buster. Sarah kissed Chuck, Bryce came back from the dead, Morgan got a girl to touch him... pretty crazy stuff. Now, we get to see the aftermath of Chuck-nobyl and what it means for the future of Team Bartowski.
But I knew the risks when I signed up to be a television blogger. As my blogging mentor Hyman Roth once told me, "This is the business we have chosen, Jay." My list after the jump...
- At 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, then new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and October Road.
- CBS has a new Survivor at 8, followed by new episodes of CSI and Without A Trace.
- Also at 8: Disney has a Hannah Montana marathon.
- At 8:30, Showtime has 1995's Home for the Holidays.
- At 9, Great American Country has a holiday concert with Little Big Town.
- There's a new Divine Design on HGTV at 9.
- At 10, Bravo has a new Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.
- Sundance has a new Iconoclasts, with Wynton Marsalis and John Besh.
- Late night repeats of shows like Friends, Will and Grace, and Everybody Loves Raymond are airing holiday episodes tonight (check local listings).
Damages getting uber-renewed
As the first season of Damages ticked down toward its finale, I wasn't the only one afraid that F/X was being quiet about the show's renewal status. It wasn't until recently that we were blessed with the news of not only one new season, but two! Many of us fans have already gone into speculating what the major plot will be for the second season, but to now wrap our minds around a third ... wow.
The Shield having all remaining episodes in the can
The WGA strike is obviously going to be a huge downer for TV watchers everywhere, if it hasn't been already. Some shows will take months to reappear, possibly if at all! Thankfully one of my beloved shows, The Shield, apparently won't be affected by the strike, as it has its final season all wrapped up for us like a fat present under the tree (even if it does air in the spring).
Television is a big part of my life. I've grown with it. I spend hours with it every day. So it's about time, I give thanks for having television in my life!
But sometimes it's the everyday things which we take for granted -- things like entertainment and television -- which get overlooked. I've been a reading fanatic and a television fan all of my life. Without those two mind diversions, my life would be very different ... perhaps not a good different.
So when I heard I had a chance to write about what I'm thankful for in (or on) television, I jumped at it.
Thanksgiving is about overindulgence; cramming our bodies to bursting with turkey and potatoes and gravy and cranberry sauce and just when we think we're going to heave if we have one more bit, it's the one day in which it is socially acceptable to unbutton your pants so you can squeeze in that last slice of pumpkin pie. Gluttony with approval, thanks be to the cook! As it turns out, TiVo is about overindulgence too, which is why it tops my list.
Now I can follow Everybody Hates Chris, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Chuck and Prison Break (Curse you Mondays 8/7 Central!) without missing a beat. Of course, one night of primetime television takes eight hours to watch, but isn't it worth it in the end? "I love you, honey, I should be done here by two am!"
- AMC is showing Alfred Hitchcock movies all day and night.
- At 7am, NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, and CBS' Early Show will all have Thanksgiving features, including cooking tips and reports from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving Day, you wonderful people, and don't forget your stretchy pants.
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