Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
9 a.m./8c NBC
Turkey Day gets stuffed with colorful floats, marching bands, cheerleaders and dancers, no fewer than 800 clowns and, last but not least, those giant, legendary character balloons. Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer and Al Roker anchor coverage of the 84th annual Thanksgiving Day procession in Manhattan, which also boasts slated appearances by a galaxy of stars, including Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue, Kanye West, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, Gladys Knight, Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, the Muppets of Sesame Street and the cast of Broadway's American Idiot. — Dean Maurer

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NFL Football
12:30/11:30c CBS
For the 10th straight season, the Detroit Lions are staring at a sub-.500 record the way a turkey faces its fate in the weeks leading to Thanksgiving. That doesn't mean they can't fulfill their duty of kicking off the NFL's traditional Turkey Day tripleheader, however, which steps up in class a bit this year with QB Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the guest list at Ford Field. Brady has fond memories of the holiday, leading a 20-12 win in the Motor City eight years ago. The football feast continues on Fox, with the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Super Bowl-champion Saints, and to cap things off, on NFLNET, Cincinnati Bengals WRs Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco visit the New York Jets in a gathering of 2010 reality-show subjects. — Roger Leister

The Town Christmas Forgot
8/7c Hallmark
Lauren Holly and Rick Roberts star in tonight's original movie about a family stranded in a small town during Christmas. The residents of the slumping town don't have much, but their kindness and enthusiasm for the holidays is boundless. As the family becomes more involved in the town's activities, they soon find that the good cheer is having a positive effect on them as well. Lauren Holly's son, Azer Greco, also stars. — Brie Hearn

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CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
8/7c CNN
Performances by Bon Jovi, Sugarland, and John Legend with Common and Melanie Fiona highlight the Anderson Cooper-hosted gala at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A., which honors 10 everyday people for their extraordinary charitable work. Presenters include Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Kid Rock, LL Cool J, Demi Moore, Kiefer Sutherland, Marisa Tomei and Renee Zellweger. The 33 rescued Chilean miners and five of their rescuers are also slated to be in the house. — Jeff Gemmill

Taylor Swift — Speak Now
8/7c NBC
Taylor Swift fans are in for a treat as viewers get a behind-the-scenes peek at a few days in the country-pop singer's life as she travels from New York to Los Angeles. Along the way, she stops to perform several songs — including "Mine," "Sparks Fly" and the title track off her 2010 album, Speak Now — in such unusual locations as a tour bus and New York's Central Park. — Brie Hearn

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NBC's People of the Year
9/8c NBC
The most notable folks of 2010 come into a clear focus in this Turkey Day special hosted by Matt Lauer. Varied subjects of headline-splashing stories candidly reflect on the year, including Chilean miner rescuer Brandon Fisher; James Jones, who was dubbed a "hero dad" for protecting his daughter against bullies; Manhattan mosque developer Sharif El-Gamal; NBA player LeBron James; reality-TV figure Kim Kardashian; and pop singer Justin Timberlake. In addition, Scottish singer and Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle performs holiday music. — Dean Maurer

Beyoncé's I Am...World Tour
9:30/8:30c ABC
For fans who'd like to get up-close-and-personal with Beyoncé, this concert special is just the ticket. Sure, this Thanksgiving night musical feast offers performances of hits such as "Single Ladies," "Crazy in Love" and "Halo" from Croatia, Africa, China, Australia and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. But fans also get clips of backstage moments, guest spots by Kanye West and Beyoncé's husband, Jay Z, and home movies of the superstar who says she's "living her dreams." — Fred Mitchell