Thanksgiving TV treats: Parade, James Bond

  • Scripps Howard News Service
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2009 1:05pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Weren’t we just talking about Halloween? Well, now, Thanksgiving is here, and that, of course, means parades.

“Today” stars Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer and Al Roker will be the voices of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, kicking off at 9 a.m. today on Channel 5. The event begins at 77th Street and Central Park West and wind down to Broadway. Broadcast on NBC since 1948, the parade is an institution on Thanksgiving.

“Early Show” personalities Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price will headline the 49th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9 a.m. on Channel 7. “Ghost Whisperer” co-star Jamie Kennedy will serve as a roving reporter, talking to the masses lining the streets to see the huge balloons and celebrities. Reba McEntire will perform as well as the casts from “West Side Story,” “Ragtime” and “Dreamgirls.”

And so what do we do after we wake up from our turkey-induced naps and the parades and football games are over?

Syfy — the network formerly known as the Sci-Fi Channel — will be running a marathon of James Bond movies, beginning with “Dr. No” at 8 a.m. today and continuing until 4 a.m. Saturday.

Comedy Central will use the holiday to rerun popular standup specials from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Starting at 8 p.m., the channel will theme the entire prime-time line-up to “The Jeff Dunham Show” and his standup celebration, “Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special.”

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