“Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley” is a compelling documentary that has Goldberg paying homage to the pioneering black standup comedian. Included: Commentary from Harry Belafonte, Anne Meara, Robin Williams. 9 p.m., HBO.
Put down your smartphones and check out “Lincoln@Gettysburg.[”] It[‘]s a documentary that explores how Abraham Lincoln was the first world leader to use telegraphs to communicate electronically in real time with generals engaged in war. 9 p.m., KCTS.
“David Blaine: Real or Magic” is a new special that has the magician performing for a few celebrities in their homes. That has us wondering if he might be able to make some celebs disappear for good. 9:30 p.m., ABC.
On “The Middle,” Jerry Van Dyke and Marsha Mason return as Frankie’s overbearing parents for a Thanksgiving feast. Expect bountiful servings of turmoil and hilarity. 8 p.m., ABC.
Billy Joel fans, rejoice. Tonight’s episode of “Glee” has the New Directions paying tribute to the Piano Man. 9 p.m., Fox.
Sadly, we’ll soon have to bid goodbye to “Nikita,” and one of TV’s greatest butt-kickers (Maggie Q). But not before enjoying six final, turbocharged episodes. 9 p.m., The CW.
“Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor,” a simulcast special that has the doctor’s past coming back to haunt him. Matt Smith and David Tennant star. 2:50 p.m. Saturday, BBC America. The special will re-air at 7 p.m.
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