What to Watch Sunday: Carell on The Simpsons, a Mentalist Jailbreak, Turkey Day Tips and More

On TV this Sunday: The Mentalist does the cell-block tango, Steve Carell spends some out-of-Office time with The Simpsons, MythBusters and the Food Network talk Turkey Day and the American Music Awards honors Dick Clark’s memory. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

Noon Thanksgiving Live (Food Network) | Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray and other Food Network hosts answer viewer questions and offer Thanksgiving remedies in this interactive holiday special.

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8 pm The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards (ABC) | Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, PSY and Taylor Swift (among others) are scheduled to perform at the annual music fest, which also will feature a Stevie Wonder tribute to Dick Clark.

8 pm The Dust Bowl (PBS) | Documentarian Ken Burns (Baseball, Jazz) examines the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when the wheat boom and a decade-long drought nearly swept away America’s breadbasket. (This two-hour episode is Part 1; the conclusion airs Monday at 8.)

8 pm MythBusters (Discovery) | Alton Brown must really like Thanksgiving, because he also swings by to help Adam and Jamie figure out if a full Turkey Day meal can be cooked under the hood of a car.

8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | The Office‘s Steve Carrell guest-voices Homer’s bowling teammate, who’s also Fat Tony’s accountant – and who has to run the “business” when his boss gets jury duty.

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9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | Andrea grows closer to the Governor, and Michonne makes a decision about Woodbury.

9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | Dexter tries to keep Debra in the dark about his relationship with Hannah.

9:30 pm* The Good Wife (CBS) | Will suspects a judge (guest star Judd Hirsch, Numb3rs) is biased against his and Alicia’s client, so he takes steps to have someone else hear the case. Meanwhile, Kalinda becomes suspicious of Nick. (Side note: Now she becomes suspicious?) *Tonight’s CBS start times are adjusted because of a football double-header earlier in the day.

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10 pm Homeland (Showtime) | To keep Brody in line, Carrie stages a risky intervention. At a, um, motel.

10:30 pm* The Mentalist (CBS) | With the help of Brett Stiles (returning guest star Malcolm McDowell), Jane orchestrates an elaborate plan to spring Lorelei out of prison so she can lead him to Red John. Simon Baker directed the episode.

Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit the comments with your own tune-in suggestions. 

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  1. Jess says:

    No revenge tonight. :(

  2. I’m very excited for Red Sails in the Sunset! The Mentalist is always my ‘can’t miss’ on Sundays.

  3. ollie says:

    the good wife not sure about the amazing race

  4. Simon Jester says:

    No love for HBO? Walking Dead – Boardwalk Empire – Treme

    • Justin says:

      Walking Dead is on AMC, not HBO, and it is mentioned above.

      • Simon Jester says:

        Sigh. Thank you, Captain Obvious. The commercials every 10 minutes were, in fact, a bit of a giveaway. My point is that OF THE SHOWS I WILL BE WATCHING THIS EVENING, two are on HBO and were ignored in the listing above. (Can’t believe I actually need to explain this.)

        • Bob says:

          Yes, based on your phrasing, it had to be explained. Your comment DOES leave the impression that you believe Walking Dead is on HBO, Captain Not-So-Obvious.

        • whatevs says:

          As pleasant as you seem to be around, your post clearly read as if you thought all shows were on HBO. You’re obviously not as smart as you think you are, and judging by your condescending response in a situation where you are in the wrong, it’s clear how insecure you really are.

  5. POIFanatic says:

    The Mentalist
    The Walking Dead

  6. Blake says:

    The Simpsons
    The Mentalist . . I always love when Malcolm McDowell guest stars on any show

  7. Bonnie Maynes says:

    The Mentalist is the best show on TV. I never miss it.

  8. SK says:

    No Once Upon a Time tonight. :(

  9. Sara says:

    Homeland, Mentalist, Good Wife & The Twinnie Show

  10. VOXPOP says:

    I have NEVER understood the success of steve carrell ,,,he is a complete and utter bore!!

    • Drew says:

      I don’t care much for him, either, but I must say, when he plays a “serious” role, without all the slapstick comedy, like in the movie “Dan In Real Life,” he’s actually not bad at all.

      • VOXPOP says:

        I’VE not had the dubious pleasure of watching him in a dramatic role..but if one shows up on tv aisle give it a shot. thanks for the reply.

      • leysha says:

        i find that with a lot of comedy actors; jim carrey and robin williams (just off the top of my head) are especially good in serious roles

  11. Jared says:

    I’ll be watching the AMAs since OUAT isn’t on this week than move over to Bravo and get my NeNe fix.

  12. William says:

    Family Guy, Walking Dead, Homeland, Dexter, Mentalist and Boardwalk Empire

  13. Julie says:

    Watching TWD, Breaking Amish, The Next Iron Chef, and Housewives of Atlanta

  14. Roni says:

    The Amazing Race, The Good Wife, The Next Iron Chef

  15. mia says:

    I’m so ready for Lorelie to leave The Mentalist. Actually, I’m just getting progressively more annoyed by the Red John plot.

  16. DanielleZ says:

    Boardwalk Empire and Homeland

  17. bobbie says:

    Well, now I have a reason to watch Mythbusters. Though, I doubt I could cook a turkey under the hood of my Prius. Love Alton Brown.
    The Good Wife, Dexter, and the Stumbling Previously Known as Alive.
    booo football! not crazy about music award shows either.

    • Simon Jester says:

      Though according to a recent article, you CAN use your Prius to power your home in the event of a hurricane-related power outage! :-D

  18. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Anxiously awaiting Walking Dead and Homeland over here. Trying to distract myself with Office Space until they come on. As funny as this movie is, it’s not working. And I can’t see how Carrie and Brody alone in a motel together is going to disappoint me. :) I think tonight is the night they hook up this season! Carrie feels it. Brody feels it. I feel it. America feels it.

  19. Babybop says:

    Amazing Race, Breaking Amish, Walking Dead.

  20. Bob says:

    I watched the replay of Mythbusters and yes, you can cook a full Thanksgiving meal under the hood of an older Cadillac V8. However, it takes lots of set up to figure out temperatures throughout the engine compartment, extra materials (strapping, insulation) and specialized containers (which MB manufactured).