Where to be and what to watch…
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/18/2007 7:00:00 PM
Monday, Nov. 19
Thanksgiving is upon us, the time of year when we give thanks to the things that make us happy: centuries of peaceful pilgrim-Indian relations, pumpkin pie and, of course, Weeds. Showtime's season-three finale eerily imitates life, as the residents of Agrestic, Calif., evacuate when a wildfire approaches. If Mary-Louise Parker's Nancy character sees her house go up in flames, half of Los Angeles will be loopy for a week. (Mind you, there are worse times of year to get the munchies than Thanksgiving.) In the spirit of joyous family time, GAC offers up the special Little Big Town: I'm With the Band for the Holidays at 8 p.m. ET, while VH1 trots out the Vibe Awards at 10. T.I., Diddy, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z battle for Hip-Hop Artist of the Year.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
The 92nd Street Y in Manhattan offers “Jeremy Dauber on Sid Caesar: The Man Who Started It All.” Professor/author Dauber examines the role Jews have played in television, and Your Show of Shows funnyman Caesar in particular. (Lest we forget just how funny Caesar is, drop everything and tune in next time you stumble upon madcap gem It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World on the tube.) Elsewhere in Manhattan, the Center for Communication conducts a field trip to see how HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel is produced. And if you watched even an inning of the baseball playoffs on TBS, you swallowed a few ads for new TBS comedy Frank TV. Impressionist extraordinaire Frank Caliendo mimics everyone from Al Pacino to Dr. Phil at 11 p.m. Finally, a shout-out to our B&C colleague John Higgins, who left this Earth exactly a year ago, reassigned to heaven to keep the honchos up there honest.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers holds its “Live Learning” session “How to Incorporate Mobility Into the Mix,” exploring “operational areas that cable operators should be aware of.” The Webinar goes live at 2 p.m. Back on the tube, he was Pee Wee Herman, he was the paraplegic Prince Gerhardt on 30 Rock, and now Paul Reubens guests on Pushing Daisies on ABC at 8. Finally, for a little eye candy with your turkey, it's the season finale of Pageant Place, as the “gorgeous pageant girls who put on their sexiest swimsuits, biggest smiles and won the titles of Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe” try to get along in a Trump mega-aparment. Former Miss USA Tara Conner stars on MTV at 10:30.
Thursday, Nov. 22
It's Thanksgiving Day, and we know all too well what's on TV in your world right now: DVDs of SpongeBob and Wonder Pets in the back of the minivan as you crawl through Turkey Day traffic. If you're not venturing out, there's always the Macy's Parade on NBC and Telemundo at 9 a.m. Hosted by Today pals Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer, the float lineup includes Abby Cadabby and Shrek, and performers include Jordin Sparks and Good Charlotte. There's a half-hour break between the parade and Packers-Lions on Fox, so be sure to jam your family time in before kickoff. Finally, if the holiday brings you to the Windy City, WFLD Chicago's aptly-named Amy Freeze hosts Surviving Severe Weather on the local Fox affiliate.
Friday, Nov. 23
Thanksgiving has come and gone, which officially ushers in the ever-extending season of Crass-, er, Christmas. Let those holiday-themed Wal-Mart and Best Buy ads roll! ABC Family gets into the spirit with an airing of the holiday chestnut White Christmas at 8 p.m. Unlike cold stuffing and that leftover cranberry mush, Bing Crosby just gets better over time.
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