Review: Thanksgiving 2011 TV schedule includes parade, football and Lady Gaga


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Thanksgiving Day 2011: TV schedule includes parade, football and Lady Gaga
Thanksgiving Day usually involves some down time on the couch before or after the big feast. The TV schedule for Thanksgiving Day 2011 is strong and features the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a slew of football games, including three NFL match-ups and one college game, and a Lady Gaga primetime special. There’s literally something for everyone, including the kiddies. Here are the Top TV picks for Thanksgiving Day 2011. All times listed are ET.

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9:00 a.m.: Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
The 85th annual event features 59 giant balloons, 800 clowns, and a ton of marching bands. Performers include Avril Lavigne, Mary J. Blige, Scotty McCreery and Mannheim Steamroller. Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira serve as hosts for the NBC broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

10:00 a.m.: Man Vs. Food Nation: The Feast Special. Adam explores the nation for the best places to dig into hearty helpings of Thanksgiving family-style feasts. He finds these massive meals in Hawaii, Pennsylvania and Arizona – each a different and unique take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Travel Channel.
12:00 noon: National Dog Show. Three hundred canines vie to be best of show at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia annual event. NBC.
12:30 p.m.: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions. The Packers are the first undefeated team to play on Thanksgiving since the 1962 Packers. FOX.
2:00 p.m.: Miracle on 34th Street. The ultimate holiday classic about dreams coming true. NBC.
4:00 p.m.: Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have won three straight games to tie the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East. The Dolphins have become the first NFL team ever to follow a 0-7 start with three victories in a row. CBS.
8:00 p.m.: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. In the 1973 special, Charlie Brown wants to do something special for the gang. The dinner he arranges is a disaster, but the ending is delightful. ABC.
8:00 p.m.: Texas at Texas A&M. This is the 118th meeting of these two rivals. ESPN.
8:00 p.m.: Punkin Chunkin. The annual pumpkin catapult contest is held in a Delaware cornfield. Discovery.
8:30 p.m.: San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens. NFL’s first meeting of brothers as opposing head coaches. NFL Network.
8:30 p.m.: Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown. The first new Peanuts special in five years is a reason to be thankful. ABC.
9:00 p.m.: Radio City Holiday. Radio City Music Hall is transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the 2011 holiday season. HGTV.
9:30 p.m.: A Very Gaga Thanksgiving. Lady Gaga serves up her first holiday special, complete with musical performances and a sit-down chat with Katie Couric. ABC.
10:00 p.m.: Holiday Inc. New York City landmarks are transformed overnight for the holidays. HGTV.
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