On TV this Thursday: Murphy Brown hosts Thanksgiving, Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns for its second revival season and the cast of One Tree Hill reunites in a Christmas movie. Here are 15 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern:
What to Watch Today
Murphy Brown Thanksgiving, One Tree Hill Reunion, Dogs, Parades, Football and More
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
Season 2 premiere (all six episodes): The cult favorite returns just ahead of the original series’ 30th anniversary (on Nov. 24).
Season 2 premiere (all eight episodes): Detectives Judd Tolbeck and Nick Cullen embark on a new stakeout; the department is rocked by a massive corruption scandal; Max Greenfield (New Girl), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror), Nasim Pedrad (SNL), Chris Gethard (Broad City) and Jessica Alba (L.A.’s Finest) guest-star.
Pee-wee's Playhouse Marathon
Through Friday at 6 am | Pull up a “Chairry” and watch back-to-back-to-back episodes of the classic Saturday-morning children’s program. (Reruns will then air weekly, beginning Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8:30 am.)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Today‘s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb,
Megyn Kellyand Al Roker anchor the annual fete, with appearances by John Legend, Martina McBride and Diana Ross, plus performances by Broadway’s Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, The Prom and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade
ET‘s Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight anchor the competing broadcast, with performances by Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen and King Kong.
The National Dog Show
John O’Hurley and David Frei return to host a bevy of canines vying for Best in Show at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.
Three games: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions (12:30 pm, CBS); Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys (4:30 pm, ABC); New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons (8:15 pm, NBC).
Friends: Thanksgiving Marathon
Enjoy all the holiday-themed episodes before dinner (1 pm, TBS), or wait until after you’ve had your second helping of Rachel’s signature English trifle (7 pm, Paramount). (But first, take our quiz!)
MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown
Two hours: Celeb competitors include Terrence Howard (Empire), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother), Lil Rel Howery (Rel) and NFL greats Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice.
The Christmas Contract
One Tree Hill reunion alert! A web designer (Hilarie Burton) and her BFF’s brother (Robert Buckley) enter a legally binding agreement: If he helps her avoid an awkward run-in with her ex during a return visit home, she’ll build him a website to help promote his upcoming novel. (Oh, the stakes!) Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner and Tyler Hilton co-star. (View complete holiday weekend movie guide!)
Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic
60 minutes: This 20/20 special offers a behind-the-scenes look at the forthcoming Emily Blunt-led sequel, including interviews with the cast and crew.
Meghan's New Life: The Real Princess Diaries
60 minutes: This special takes a closer look at how the former Suits star is adjusting to her royal beginnings as the Duchess of Sussex.
Murphy invites Phyllis, Miguel and his parents (OITNB‘s Selenis Leyva and George Lopez‘s Valente Rodriguez) over for Thanksgiving dinner.
'Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion
60 minutes: Former cast members Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner, Stephen Colletti and “surprise guests” celebrate the season.
I'm Coming Home
60 minutes: Stage and screen star Kristin Chenoweth, country music sensation Jake Owen and Shark Tank entrepreneur Daymond John return to their childhood hometowns and reconnect with their roots.