On TV this Thanksgiving: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade shifts gears, Kaley Cuoco’s Flight Attendant is truly ready for takeoff and Melissa McCarthy is tracked by a Superintelligence. Here are 17 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.
What to Watch Today
Thanksgiving Parades, Football and Dogs, New Masked Singer, The Flight Attendant and More
12 Dates of Christmas
Series premiere (three episodes, then weekly): The dating competition follows three hopeless romantics as they set out to find that special someone to bring home for the holidays; Natasha Rothwell (Insecure) narrates.
In a pair of holiday specials, three merry makers complete two craft creations.
The Flight Attendant
Series premiere (first three episodes, then weekly): A flight attendant (The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco) wakes up in a hotel with a dead man — and no idea what happened; Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Zosia Mamet (Girls), T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) and Rosie Perez (Rise) co-star. (Episode 1 will also air on HBO, Friday at 10 pm, and TBS, Sunday at 10:30 pm; read recap.)
Season 1B premiere (three episodes): Andrew blurs the lines between his reality and his undercover persona; Lynn turns to her demons as she struggles with the past.
Star Trek: Discovery
Burnham represents the Federation in a fierce debate about the release of politically sensitive – but highly valuable – Burn data.
Film premiere: An artificial intelligence (voiced by James Corden) chooses to study the most average person in the world (played by Melissa McCarthy); Bobby Cannavale (Spy) co-stars.
Docuseries premiere (first three episodes, then weekly): A high school football team attempts a three-peat for the 6-Man Football State Championship.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The annual tradition shifts to a broadcast-only event, as the procession forgoes marching down the middle of Manhattan in order to avoid the gathering of crowds; the casts of Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill and Mean Girls perform; Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker host.
The CBS Thanksgiving Day Celebration
Entertainment Tonight‘s Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight anchor the competing broadcast, featuring performances by the casts of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen and Come From Away.
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. (Re-airs at 8 pm, replacing postponed NFL football.)
Thanksgiving Day Football
Tonight’s Ravens/Steelers game is postponed, but you still have Texans/Lions at 12:30 pm (on CBS), and the WFT vs. Cowboys at 4:30 (Fox).
Olaf's Frozen Adventure
In this 2017 ‘toon, Frozen‘s Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) sets out to create new holiday traditions for Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). (Toy Story That Time Forgot follows at 8:30 pm.)
Christmas by Starlight
TV-movie premiere: A woman (Travelers‘ Kimberley Sustad) tries to stop the demolition of her family’s beloved eatery before Christmas; Paul Campbell (Battlestar Galactica) co-stars.
The Masked Singer
New episode, special night: After Group C finalists Broccoli, Mushroom and Jellyfish perform, two advance to the Super Six. (Get Name That Tune revival news!)
I Can See Your Voice
New episode, special night: Guest “detectives” include Rick Springfield and Taye Diggs.
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
Revisit past performances by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Derulo, Ciara, Andrea Bocelli, OneRepublic, Pentatonix, Becky G, Shaggy, Boyz II Men and JoJo, Meghan Trainor and Brett Eldridge, and Aloe Blacc; Derek and Julianne Hough co-host alongside grown-ish‘s Trevor Jackson.
♦ ON THIS DAY IN TV HISTORY ♦
On Nov. 26, 1956, The Price Is Right made its debut, hosted by Bill Cullen and airing as part of NBC’s daytime slate.