TV picks: Holiday weekend, Nov. 21-25

Snoopy prepares dinner on "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving."

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”
SPECIAL. Before you dig into the turkey and cranberry sauce — or the toast and popcorn, if you prefer — celebrate Thanksgiving with Charlie Brown and the gang.
Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m., ABC

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
SPECIAL. Your annual Thanksgiving dinner appetizer includes the requisite balloons, floats, marching bands, cheerleaders and celebrities such as Flo Rida and Carly Rae Jepsen. You may have to unbuckle your pants for …
Thursday, 9 a.m., NBC

“The National Dog Show”
SPECIAL. … NBC’s second course: The annual John O’Hurley-hosted canine extravaganza to declare Best in Show.
Thursday, Noon, NBC

“Punkin Chunkin”
SPECIAL. Folks head to Delaware to see just how far their mechanical wonders can toss a pumpkin. Do you have a better idea of what to do with that rotting jack-o’-lantern?
Thursday, 8 p.m., Science Channel


“Michael Jackson: Bad25″

SPECIAL. Director Spike Lee honors Michael Jackson’s 1987 album “Bad,” 25 years after it delivered the indelible singles “Smooth Criminal” and the title song, in this documentary. Famous Jackson collaborators and fans such as “Bad” music video director Martin Scorsese and Cee Lo Green offer their perspective on the creation of the album and its enduring genius.
Thursday, 9:30 p.m., ABC

“iCarly”
KIDS. The Web cam comedy that was a TV hit signs off(line) with the finale, “iGoodbye.”
Series finale, Friday, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon

“Trapped in the Closet”
DRAMA. The R. Kelly saga that began as one wonderfully weird tale of infidelity has officially turned into a full-blown music video soap opera. The new chapters nicely reference previous indiscretions (Chapters 1-5, remember, were originally released back in 2005) while introducing new players, like a couples therapist and underworld kingpin, both played by the singer.
9 p.m., IFC

“It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!”
SPECIAL. The sponge turns into clay as the series goes stop-motion animation for a special that finds Plankton desperate to get on Santa’s (John Goodman) nice list.
Friday, 9:30 p.m., CBS

“Whisker Wars”
REALITY. The best beards in the world go head-to-head — or rather face-to-face —for follicular glory as Season 2 of this competitive bearding docuseries kicks off.
Season premiere, Friday, 10 p.m., IFC

“The Chica Show”
KIDS. The breakout star of Sprout’s “The Sunny Side Up Show,” Chica the Chicken, gets her own show to mesmerize the preschoolers — and adults with a soft spot for adorable squeaky puppets — in your life.
Series premiere, Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Sprout

“Downton Abbey Revisited”
SPECIAL. This behind-the-scenes look at the last two seasons, hosted by “Downton Abbey” superfan Angela Lansbury and featuring interviews with the cast, should tide fans over until Season 3 premieres Jan. 6.
Sunday, 8 p.m., PBS

“Liz & Dick”
MOVIE. The only gossip in Hollywood more publicized than the tumultuous relationship of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton is the exploits of Lindsay Lohan. The troubled young actress is Taylor to Grant Bowler’s Burton in the TV movie that will have everyone talking yet again.  
Sunday, 9 p.m., Lifetime



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