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TV Outlook A cornucopia of Thanksgiving fare on TV

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Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 6:30 am

A bounty of Thanksgiving programming will be served up for you to feast on.

Here's a look at some of the offerings.

On the parade front Thursday, we'll have "Thanksgiving Day Parade" (9 a.m. EST, CBS). "Early Show" personalities Kevin Frazier and Christina McLarty will emcee, with the cast of "Memphis" performing on one float, live from New York City. Meanwhile, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" (9 a.m. NBC) will have Al Roker of "Today" calling the shots on this 85th presentation of the holiday event.

Nearly 2,000 canines will take part in "The National Dog Show" (noon, NBC). John Hurley will join commentators for it. Close to 185 breeds will compete.

Ready for some football? The NFL presents the Green Bay Packers vs. the Detroit Lions (12:30 p.m. on Fox).

ABC has an eclectic evening set. There's the animated classic, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," airing at 8 p.m. If it doesn't make you gag-gag, Lady Gaga will perform eight songs in "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving." You've probably eaten enough by 9:30 p.m., when it starts, right?

Other highlights for the week of Nov. 20-26 (listings subject to change; check local listings):

SUNDAY

-- "American Music Awards" (8 p.m., ABC). Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Maroon 5 are among the scheduled performers. Winners are based on fan votes.

MONDAY

-- "The Layover" (9 p.m., Travel Channel). Anthony Bourdain (Travel Channel's "No Reservations") unveils this series that looks at restaurants and bars that travelers can check out during brief visits to various cities.

WEDNESDAY

-- "Mobbed" (9 p.m., Fox). Howie Mandel is host of this special in which strangers help a father reunite with a family member -- then those strangers plan to suddenly break out in a song and dance.

THURSDAY

-- "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (8 p.m., Fox). Ray Romano reprises his voice role from "Ice Age" in this new animated special based on the hit film.

FRIDAY

-- "Lucky Friday" (7 p.m., SoapNet). A marathon featuring the trials and heartaches of Lucky Spencer (Jonathan Jackson) contains five episodes of "General Hospital."

-- "Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas" (8 p.m., CBS). This animated special follows the adventures of a pink kitty and a green bunny, stowaways on Santa's sleigh.

-- "Jingle All the Way" (7 p.m., Hallmark Channel). Jingle the Husky Pup looks for a home at a Christmas-tree farm and quickly bonds with a boy in this animated special.

SATURDAY

-- "Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas" (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel). A holiday house swap causes chaos for a widow (Faith Ford) and her daughter.

-- "Storm War" (9 p.m., Syfy). A mad scientist -- is there any other kind? -- unleashes a "weather weapon" on Washington, D.C.

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