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In this turkey wasteland, there will always be Peanuts for all

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, November 26. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC, 8 p.m.): It seems like only yesterday there was simply too much television. Now, with Thanksgiving only a day away, it’s no longer as easy to find something good (or so bad it’s good) to watch. Luckily, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang are always the right medicine for any and every holiday. Sure, Charlie Brown’s life is one big never-ending rain cloud. But he and the rest of the Peanuts gang still have something to be thankful for: longevity. For that, we should all be thankful.

Also noted

Adventure Time (Cartoon Network, 7 p.m.): Have you stuffed yourself with too much Adventure Time yet? Trick question: That’s impossible. Tonight, a wizard competition is being held in the Land of Ooo. Oliver Sava didn’t make it past the preliminary try-outs of the wizard competition, but that’s not going to keep him down.

Gravity Falls (Disney XD, 8 p.m.): Really getting into the Thanksgiving spirit, Mabel decides to steal a love potion from an actual love god in order to get her matchmaking on. Love—much like the aroma of turkey and candy canes that don’t know their place—is in the air. Alasdair Wilkins doesn’t quite understand why this episode of Gravity Falls is on Wednesday, but much like when it comes to Mabel’s love potion, he’s not going to fight it.

Regular coverage

Survivor (CBS, 8 p.m.)

TV Club Classic

Lost (Classic) (1 p.m.): Rose, Bernard, and Ana Lucia—Myles McNutt’s Classic reviews catch up with all three of those supporting characters in the episodes “S.O.S.” and “Two For The Road.” Without saying too much, season two coverage is almost over, so if you’re not caught up, now is as good at time as any to get your re-watching and reading into gear.


Elsewhere in TV Club

If you’re in an intentional comedy type of mood, there’s a new One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes; Brandon Nowalk takes a look at Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris’ transition from radio to television with the news parody The Day Today. And Marah Eakin has 11 Questions for actor and comedian Rhys Darby, who is also making an appearance on tonight’s episode of Hot In Cleveland (TV Land, 10 p.m.). Fingers crossed: If we’re lucky, maybe the first question will simply be Marah taking attendance. (Present.)


If you’re in the mood for something else, Libby Hill has a pre-air review of the Grumpy Cat movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. As the cat that is perpetually grumpy, how can she possibly ever categorize whether or not one Christmas is ever worse than the other? Well, the F grade for the movie might help a bit with that one. (If I were that cat and had to be paraded around the way she is, I’d be grumpy as hell, too.)

What else is on?

Red Band Society (Fox, 8 p.m.): Are you watching the Red Band Society? If you are, you might be interested to learn that the words “intensifies,” “rekindle,” and “reconnect” are all used to describe various plot points for this episode. One can only assume that Red Band Society has strangely become a nighttime soap paying tribute to Melrose Place. I’ve always thought Octavia Spencer had a Heather Locklear-like quality about her.


The Making Of Peter Pan Live! (NBC, 8 p.m.): How excited are you for NBC’s next live performance? If the answer is “super,” then you should definitely check out this behind-the-scenes special. That way, come December 4, you won’t just be super excited. You’ll be absolutely excited.

Criminal Minds (CBS, 9 p.m.): CBS has got everyone’s parents covered with a whole night of new episodes, first with Survivor, then Criminal Minds, and Stalker, to top it all off. It’s exactly the line-up you want the night before you go on about all the things you’re thankful for—a night of betrayal and violence. This week’s Criminal Minds involves “a remorseful killer with an uncontrollable urge to murder people,” which honestly sounds like a raw deal. The killer wants to change, but impulse control is a bitch, you know?


Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving (NBC, 9 p.m.): Sometimes you just need to laugh. So curl up in front of the television and check out a two-hour compilation of Saturday Night Live’s Thanksgiving-themed sketches. That’s 40 years worth of Thanksgiving (and ideally, laughs) right there.

Stalker (CBS, 10 p.m.): In the perfectly-titled episode “Crazy For You,” Beth has a “shocking discovery” about her own stalker. Maybe, just maybe, she learns to be thankful for her stalker. After all, she couldn’t do her job if it weren’t for people like him. Let’s give it up for stalkers, people! The hardest working folks in the business (the business of life), I always say.


The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (HBO Zone, 6:15 p.m.) / Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (HBO Zone, 8 p.m.): If you’re thankful for Steve Carell: Movie Star, then HBO Zone has a double feature that might test just how thankful you really are for him. Especially Burt Wonderstone.

College Basketball: Georgia vs. Gonzaga (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.): The University of Georgia and Gonzaga University are going head-to-head in an NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal in Madison Square Garden. There are always more games on the air, but only this game has the Bulldogs versus the Bulldogs.


Lucha Underground (El Rey, 8 p.m.): This week’s main event is a street fight between Prince Puma and Big Ryck. Apparently, Konnan is having second thoughts about his protege accepting the match against Ryck, but that’s what he gets for having a noble babyface for a protege. This ain’t WWE, Konnan.

In case you missed it

Benched: Emily L. Stephen’s review of the latest episode of Benched, “Shark, Actually,” states that the show is finally “finding its feet.” That’s good to hear, because any show with a Happy Endings cast member is a show worth supporting.