The National Dog Show
An annual television tradition of the Thanksgiving holiday is maintained as the Philadelphia Kennel Club's event -- showcasing more than 2000 canines of 170-plus breeds -- is broadcast again. John O'Hurley ("Seinfeld") is back as host, with David Frei returning to offer commentary while Mary Carillo adds reports from the sidelines. The ultimate aim for the four-legged contestants and their owners, of course, is to be declared "Best in Show."
On a day known for overconsumption, the NFL presents an outsized helping of football action, starting with this clash in Detroit between the Lions and Chicago Bears. That's followed on Fox by the Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys, then the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Seattle Seahawks in prime time on NBC.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS
Formerly anchor partners on "The Insider," Kevin Frazier -- who has moved on to co-host "Entertainment Tonight" -- and Thea Andrews reunite to cover holiday festivities in various parts of the country. Expectedly, highlights of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York are included. Taylor Swift and the Broadway casts of "Matilda" and the revival of "Pippin" are among the featured performers.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
It's a holiday tradition on the streets of New York, just as it is in many living rooms. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker segue from their weekday "Today" jobs into their hosting roles as the 88th annual edition of this gala is televised. New character balloons include Thomas the Tank Engine and Pikachu of "Pokemon" fame. Among scheduled performers are KISS, Hilary Duff, Idina Menzel, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, the Muppets and Cirque du Soleil.
Two teams with their eyes trained on bowl-game berths clash tonight at College Station, Texas, where Kenny Hill and the Texas A&M Aggies defend home turf from Anthony Jennings and the SEC West rival LSU Tigers. As of early November, conference play had not been kind to the Aggies -- they were 0-3, including a 59-0 blowout loss to Alabama on Oct. 18. The No. 16 Tigers, meanwhile, have held their own against the SEC, including a 10-7 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 25.
Thank You, America! With Robin Roberts
The "Good Morning America" co-host spotlights the positive efforts of people throughout the country in this new special. Among those featured: a sanitation worker and his wife, founders of a food pantry for the homeless; and a couple who have been foster parents to nearly 100 children. Also, Taylor Swift talks with Roberts about the meaning of Thanksgiving for her, and Jimmy Kimmel helps stage a surprise for someone in his talk show's studio audience.
The Big Bang Theory
There's bittersweet timing to this airing of "The Thamksgiving Decoupling," given the recent passing of actress Carol Ann Susi, who supplied the voice of Howard's (Simon Helberg) mom. The gang gathers at that character's house for the holiday, to Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) dismay. Penny and Leonard (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Johnny Galecki) confront a mistake from her past. Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch also star.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
A Thanksgiving-night marathon of the show is in store, as "Supernatural" regular Misha Collins and comic Brad Sherwood are the guests in the first of four encore episodes. Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles appear in all of them. taking suggestions from the studio audience to improvise sketches and songs on the spot. Aisha Tyler is the host.
Food Truck Face Off
In Toronto, an overwhelming first day of competition in the city's historic Roundhouse Park includes humiliation and missteps for both teams. Day two has the competitors hustling customers in downtown Toronto. Zane Caplansky, Alpana Singh and Steak Shapiro are the judges; Jesse Palmer is host.
Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular
Two-time Oscar winner -- and longtime animal advocate -- Hilary Swank is a co-host (with Jane Lynch) and executive producer of this new two-hour special, which encourages the adoption of rescue dogs through relevant stories. The show also has a sense of fun, honoring canines with such titles as best howler and best celebrity lookalike. Other participating stars include Betty White, Scarlett Johansson, Miranda Lambert and spouses Fergie and Josh Duhamel.
The Trouble With Angels
Film legend Ida Lupino directed this delightful 1966 comedy about two teenagers (Hayley Mills, June Harding) who turn a convent school on its wimpled ear with their "scathingly brilliant" pranks, despite their forbidding mother superior (Rosalind Russell). It adds up to ideal family fun that is surprisingly uncloying and unexpectedly touching in its final scenes.
One of entertainment's most enduring actors, multiple Emmy winner Edward Asner, guest stars as Christy and Bonnie's (Anna Faris, Allison Janney) neighbor in the new episode "Kimchi and a Monkey Playing Harmonica." Christy's main concerns are the new romances being enjoyed by Baxter (Matt Jones) and Bonnie ... particularly in the latter case, since the beau in question is Alvin (Kevin Pollak). Sara Rue ("Less Than Perfect") also guest stars.