It's a rrr-ruff job, but somebody's gotta do it! NBC's 12th annual airing of The National Dog Show Presented by Purina (noon ET) — hosted by John O'Hurley and David Frei — will, as usual, follow the network's telecast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Last year, the canine contest drew 19.3 million viewers. O'Hurley tells TV Guide Magazine why so many people decided to "Sit!" and "Stay!"
Most of television does its civic duty and turns to Washington, D.C. for State of the Union coverage (9/8c), as President Obama presents his first address of his second term. (As a curtain raiser, PBS' Frontline — check tvguide.com listings — relives those fun times when the White House sparred with the opposition over the deficit, taking the nation to the brink of the "fiscal cliff" in an installment appropriately titled "Cliffhanger.")
A different sort of dog-and-pony show — emphasis on dogs as show ponies — unfolds on USA Network...
David Frei and John O'Hurley
The National Dog Show — that most surprising of Thanksgiving TV traditions — will air for the 10th year right after the Macy's Parade (Thursday, noon/11c, NBC). We got the program's esteemed cohost, pup expert David Frei, to unleash a few thoughts.
David Frei, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
David Frei brings his encyclopedic knowledge of everything dog to his 18th year as cohost of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which concludes its 131st competition tonight (at 8 pm/ET, on USA Network) at New York's Madison Square Garden.
TV Guide: How can you keep doing this? Don't all the dogs look alike after a while?David Frei: The dogs are different every year. The breeds are the same, but there are different dogs and different levels of accomplishment in the show-dog world, so it stays very exciting from that standpoint.
TV Guide: Are you a fan of Christopher Guest's mockumentary Be