- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 27, 2008

Something for all

Thanksgiving is a special day for food and family, but there’s plenty in store for TV viewers - from shows watched in groups to more solitary pleasures.

Among the holiday highlights:

mMacy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (9 a.m., NBC) - Miley Cyrus and season-seven “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta are among the many performers for the 82nd annual Thanksgiving Day extravaganza as it heralds the start of the holiday season.

mThe Godfather (11:30 a.m. AMC) Because Thanksgiving is a family holiday, why not spend a little time with the Corleone clan? Cable’s AMC will air the first two segments of Francis Ford Coppola’s acclaimed “Godfather” saga, beginning with “The Godfather” at 11:30 and followed by “The Godfather II” at 3:30 p.m. - an offer you can’t refuse.

mThe National Dog Show Presented by Purina (Noon, NBC)- Former “Seinfeld” co-star and “Dancing With the Stars” champ John O’Hurley presides over this seventh annual event (hosted by the tradition-rich Kennel Club of Philadelphia) as more than 150 breeds vie for Best in Show honors. David Frei, often called the “dean of dog show commentators,” joins Mr. O’Hurley for expert commentary. The two-hour event also features the appearance of Uno the Beagle, who became an instant celebrity earlier this year when he won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The pooch also received congratulations from President Bush during a White House visit, and he threw out the first pitch at two major-league baseball games over the summer.

mDear Food Network: Thanksgiving Turkey (11 a.m., Food Network) - We can’t imagine that anyone wouldn’t have the holiday bird done by this time. Just in case you don’t, though, host Alton Brown answers every question imaginable about the star of the Thanksgiving meal. “Thanksgiving Desserts” follows at noon; then it’s “Thanksgiving Leftovers” at 1 p.m.

mReal Housewives marathon (1 to 11 p.m., Bravo) - Couch potatoes rejoice: The cable channel is rolling out back-to-back episodes featuring casts from all three of the “Real Housewives” franchise - Orange County, New York City and Atlanta.

mLife After People (8 p.m., History Channel) - Is this really a topic you want to explore right after a big holiday dinner? This curious special ponders the question of whether all remnants of mankind will eventually disappear from our planet. What would happen to Earth if humans ceased to exist? Would ocean life flourish, the buffalo return to the Great Plains and our skyscrapersyield to the wear and tear of time? The special also visits the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl, which were abandoned by people after the nuclear disaster in 1986,. Then, it’s off to the remote islands off the coast of Maine to search for traces of abandoned towns that have vanished from view in just a few decades.

mA Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (8 p.m., ABC) - In this Emmy-winning 1973 animated feature, Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving, and he attempts to put together a Thanksgiving feast. Written by “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz.

m CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute (9 p.m., CNN) - Newsman Anderson Cooper hosts this stirring salute; Grammy winners Christina Aguilera, John Legend and Alicia Keys are among the celebrity performers; and Liz McCartney - who dedicated her life to helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes through the St. Bernard Project - is awarded $100,000 as the 2008 CNN Hero of the Year.

‘TMZ back’ for more


It’s bad news for Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and other trouble-prone celebs with Tuesday’s announcement that TV’s tabloid-style “TMZ” has been renewed for two more years, Variety reports.

Seen locally weeknights at 11:30 p.m. on Fox5-WTTG, the 30-minute show is based on the hugely successful TMZ.com Web site, launched in 2005 as a joint venture between Telepictures Productions and America Online LLC.

The TMZ TV show joined the franchise last year. According to Warner Bros. Inc., the show - now in its second season - is the No. 2 entertainment magazine among adults 18 to 49 years old.

‘Tyra’ bests all talkers

Tyra Banks has reason to be thankful on this day of giving thanks.

Just days after announcing a switch from syndication to a berth on the CW network at the end of the season comes word that her chat fest had the biggest weekly increase of any talk show for the week ending Nov. 16 - jumping 20 percent to a new season high, says Broadcastingcable.com, citing data from Nielsen Media Research.

Viewership for the former supermodel’s show rose 9 percent from last year at this time, making it one of just three shows in first-run syndication to gain year to year. The other two are Warner Bros.’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and NBC Universal’s “The Steve Wilkos Show” hosted by the former head of security for “The Jerry Springer Show.”

Along with “Tyra,” three other talkers hit new season highs. CBS Television Distribution’s “Rachael Ray” climbed 6 percent, with an episode featuring “The View’s” Whoopi Goldberg improving 17 percent on Nov. 11. Besides “Rachael Ray,” NBC Universal’s “Maury” gained 6 percent, and “Wilkos” was up 10 percent for the week.

The top talk veterans didn’t have it so easy. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” fell 5 percent, and “Dr. Phil dipped 3 percent. Similarly, “Ellen,” in fourth place, fell 4 percent for the week.

Meanwhile, NBC Universal’s “Jerry Springer,” in eighth place, was up 10 percent.

cWritten and compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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