WASHINGTON, November 21, 2012 ― Thanksgiving eve and hump day are finally here. As you scramble about making preparations for tomorrow’s company, or dash down the road with 38 million fellow travelers, try to remember: this is a holiday for giving thanks.
Acknowledge those less fortunate in any way you can. Not everyone who is poor is lazy, and not every wealthy person is greedy. The issues that divide this country now will be our downfall if we don’t figure out a way to all work together. A little kindness and understanding goes a long way, particularly during the year-end holidays.
Rather than listing four days of reruns, specials and football games, I’m going to showcase those holiday week and weekend highlights that are truly worth noting. Hopefully, this will help make your choices easier. And my vacation a little longer!
I’ll be back with my regularly scheduled format on Sunday. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Be safe, be kind, and be thankful.
Wednesday night: Charlie Brown and the 46th Annual CMA Awards
ABC: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: Charlie is the hapless host and Snoopy is in the kitchen dishing up ice cream, popcorn and toast. Included: the bonus cartoon “This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers,” which finds the gang aboard the Mayflower in 1620.
There is a marathon of reruns of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo starting at 8 p.m. on TLC. I have yet to understand the popularity of this show, and why something like this is on The Learning Channel confuses the heck out of me. Nonetheless, for all you closet fans of this bona-fide turkey, the marathon runs into the wee hours. So after everyone goes to bed feel free to watch without having to admit you like it. All I can say is, bless your heart.
CMT: (repeat) CMA Awards: The 46th annual gala is emceed by five-time hosts Carrie Underwood, a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year, and Brad Paisley, who earned a nod for Entertainer of the Year. Scheduled performers include Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson and the Band Perry.
Thursday: Parades, NFL Football and The National Dog Show
Basically it’s the same Thanksgiving TV as every year, starting off with coverage of Macy’s 86th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9 a.m. on NBC. For those of you who would like online company watching the parade, Washington Times Communities’ Terry Ponick and Jacquie Kubin will be hosting a live online chat during the parade. Check out Jacquie’s lead-in piece on the parade right here. Then tune in tomorrow morning and join in the fun.
A new personal favorite: The National Dog show at 11 a.m. on NBC. There is something appealing about watching the finest examples of man’s best friend strutting proudly about for two hours. Since watching Jane Lynch and Eugene Levy in ‘Best in Show’ I’ve been a huge fan.
To whet your whistle, here’s a YouTube poodle clip (sorry) from a recent show. (And please excuse the opening commercial.):
Football fans: The first game of the day starts at 12:30 p.m. on CBS, featuring the Texans at the Lions.
At 4:30 p.m. on FOX: The Redskins at the Cowboys
At 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Patriots at Jets
For further consideration:
At 7 p.m. on CNN: AC360 Special Report: The Battlefield at Home - Anderson Cooper 360. The challenges that U.S. veterans experience when they return home are examined. Included: the difficulties one wounded warrior has faced in receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Also: questionable charities that claim to help wounded veterans, but don’t.
Friday: Holiday specials for everyone
CBS: Frosty The Snowman
CBS: Frosty Returns
CW: The Happy Elf
Saturday: A day for college football rivalries
ABC: One of the most storied rivalries in college football: Michigan at Ohio State
ABC: Florida at Florida State
CBS: Auburn at Alabama
ESPN: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
FOX: Stanford at UCLA
ESPN: South Carolina at Clemson
ABC: Notre Dame at USC
10 p.m. Boxing
HBO: Scheduled: Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) takes on Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KOs) in a welterweight bout in Ontario, Cal. Berto defeated Jan Zaveck in his last fight, while Guerrero beat Selcuk Aydin.
For those viewers who don’t enjoy watching sports, there is a marathon of Moonshiners starting at 8 p.m. on DSC for you to consider. The show is kind of like a train wreck: you know you shouldn’t gawk, but you can’t help yourself.
That’s it for now. See you on Sunday.