Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry / Tue. Nov. 26 / 9 p.m. / NBC
The special is a celebration of Parton’s 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. It will feature new interviews as well as a performance from Parton on the Opry stage where she’ll deliver some of her biggest hits in front of a live audience. In addition, her superstar friends – Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Margo Price, Hank Williams Jr., and others – will also be on board to celebrate Parton’s career and perform.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / Wed. Nov. 27 / 8 p.m. / ABC
The return of the 1973 special features Charlie Brown stuck preparing a Thanksgiving meal for all of his friends when his only culinary skill is making toast. Though he has help from Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock, things don’t go as planned, but it is a Thanksgiving dinner to remember. The special is followed by This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers where history comes to animated screen life in a informative program about the Mayflower voyagers. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew are with them as they experience firsthand the lifestyle of the early settlers and celebrate the first Thanksgiving.
A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special / Wed. Nov. 27 / 9 p.m. / NBC
NBC is coy about this special except to say that it is “All-things Thanksgiving going back through the 44 seasons of SNL.”
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade / Thu. Nov 28 / 9 a.m. / NBC
For many, it’s not Thanksgiving without a viewing of this famous parade which has traveled down the streets of New York City since 1924. This year’s parade will be hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker of NBC News’ TODAY. Appearing or performing onboard one of Macy’s signature floating stages will be Natasha Bedingfield, Black Eyed Peas, Chicago, Ciara, Josh Dela Cruz, Celine Dion, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Debbie Gibson, former NASA astronauts Kay Hire & Janet Kavandi, Chris Janson, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, NHL legends Dominic Moore and Eddie Olczyk, the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, NCT 127, Ozuna, Billy Porter, Kelly Rowland, That Girl Lay Lay, TLC, Tenille Townes and Chris Young and of course, Santa Claus.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade / Thu. Nov. 28 / 9 a.m. / CBS
CBS’s view of the Macy’s parade with hosts Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight. The special will feature portions of the 93rd annual parade and Miranda Lambert will perform the songs “Bluebird” and “Settling Down” from her recently released new album Wildcard.
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration / Thu. Nov. 28 / 8 p.m. / ABC
And so ends another brief Thanksgiving holiday as Disney ushers in a celebration of Christmas whether you are ready for it or not. Thinly disguised as a vacation promo, this yearly special is actually pretty entertaining with lots of musical performances. This year’s special is hosted by Matthew Morrison, Emma Bunton, and Jesse Palmer presenting from Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California. During the prime-time special, viewers will be treated to several Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a behind-the-scenes look into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California.
Frosty the Snowman & Frosty Returns / Fri. Nov. 29 / 8 p.m. / CBS
One holiday classic Rankin Bass animated tale followed by the lackluster cheap imitation that pales in comparison. Not that we aren’t bitter or anything.
It’s a Wonderful Life / Sat. Nov. 30 / 8 p.m. / NBC
The NBC annual tradition continues as the iconic 1946 film once again returns to primetime. Directed by Frank Capra, It’s a Wonderful Life stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a discouraged and despairing savings and loan manager who contemplates suicide before a guardian angel, Clarence, intervenes and allows him to see what his small town of Bedford Falls would be without him — and all that is right in his world.
Coming Next Week:
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town / Sun. Dec. 1 / 8 p.m. / ABC
The Great Christmas Light Fight Premiere / Mon. Dec. 2 / 8 p.m. / ABC
Making It Premiere / Tue. Dec. 2 / 10 p.m. / NBC
How the Grinch Stole Christmas / Tue. Dec. 3 / 8 p.m. / NBC
CMA Country Christmas / Tue. Dec. 3 / 9 p.m. / ABC
Christmas in Rockefeller Center / Wed. Dec. 4 / 8 p.m. / NBC
A Charlie Brown Christmas / Thu. Dec.5 / 8 p.m. / ABC
A Saturday Night Live Christmas / Thu. Dec. 5 / 8 p.m. / NBC
Same Time, Next Christmas / Thu. Dec. 5 / 9 p.m. / ABC
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