Stuffed with Thanksgiving turkey? Tired of flag football with your family? Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons to stay put on the couch all weekend long. Check out our roundup of all the parades, specials, marathons and sports on tap. (All times ET)
Network Parades and Specials
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (9 a.m.- Noon, NBC)
Thanksgiving Day Parade (9 a.m.- Noon, CBS)
The National Dog Show (Noon-2 p.m., NBC)
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (8 -9 p.m., ABC)
Saturday Night Live
It's a Paul call when the shticks-and-skits show delivers the second of three live December episodes. (Jeff Bridges hosts next week.) It's the story of two Pauls tonight when comic actor Paul Rudd, star of the forthcoming film How Do You Know with Jack Nicholson and Reese Witherspoon, teams up with the SNL players to host a roast of the day's topical happenings. Meanwhile, rock icon and former Beatle Paul McCartney is in the wings and takes flight on the Studio 8H music stage in the wake of the deluxe reissue of McCartney and Wings' celebrated 1973 album, Band on the Run. — Dean Maurer
Read on for previews of College Football, Frosty the Snowman, the Heisman Trophy Presentation, An Old-Fashioned Christmas, Lombardi and Taliban.
As evidenced by December's first two Dollhouse double shots, Joss Whedon's take on the ultimate identity theft is hitting on all cylinders. The stories have been taut, and included genuine surprises — especially Ballard's unexpected exit last week. Tonight's two-hour block should continue that momentum until next month, when the final episodes are expected to air. First, Victor returns to the real world when his contract is up. Then, Echo faces a nightmare after she's deemed too dangerous.
Read on for previews of Crash, Sanctuary, Four Weddings and Frosty the Snowman.
It took a while to adjust to holiday specials airing in November. I remember having only one chance to catch these programs as a kid, and that made them a little more special.As the flood of seasonal mirth begins, it's tricky to sift through all the different programs now available 24/7.When choosing what to watch, avoid any sequels or live-action remakes. They simply don't work.Also look for the four fundamental elements of any killer holiday special:1) Unique characters2) Memorable music 3) A lesson learned and4) A Santa appearance.Here are my top-five television holiday specials of all time.This list does not include any feature films. Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life do not qualify for this list.Honorable mention: Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970).Major points for Fred Astaire, the Winter Warlock, Burgermeister MeisterBurger and "Put One Foot in Front of the Other," which almost made the list. Almost.5) Frosty the Snowman (1969)Happy birthday! Yes, it's fu...