Televisualist: The Inferior Thanksgiving
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Televisualist: The Inferior Thanksgiving

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.

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No, Bindi Irwin, watch out! Your partner is a stingray in disguise!


Turner Classic airs Being There, the 1979 Peter Sellers movie that was his last great film before his death. Fun fact: when he died, he left almost all of his estate to his third wife, who he was completely estranged from at the time of his death. His three children from his previous marriages received 800 pounds each and a note to “stand on your own two feet.” So, yes, he was kind of an asshole. But the movie’s still good. (8 p.m.)


Ask Mayor Tory is a one-hour town hall with John Tory, hosted by Citytv’s Cynthia Mulligan and Star columnist Royson James. Over/under on actual difficult questions John Tory is asked on a Rogers-produced program: one. (Rogers 10, 8 p.m.)

It’s the finale of Dancing with the Stars: this year’s finalists are former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, Steve Irwin’s daughter, Bindi, Carlos PenaVega (who is apparently a big deal to the Disney Channel tween set), and Alek Skarlatos, who is one of those Americans who stopped the terrorist gunman in Europe earlier this summer. The smart money appears to be on Bindi Irwin, unless a crocodile shows up. (CTV2, 9 p.m.)


The Making of the Wiz Live! is a behind-the-scenes special/hype show for The Wiz Live!, which would be NBC’s annual, live musical theatre event (after The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live!). It’s a making-of special, so they’ll cut out any failed attempts since they want everybody to watch the live show. But we do dig Ne-Yo’s Tin Man makeup. It’s pretty great. (NBC, 8 p.m.)


The annual Thanksgiving football is available for all Americans who do not want to talk to their families. This year’s offerings include the Philadelphia Eagles at the Detroit Lions (Sportsnet, 12:30 p.m.), the Carolina Panthers visiting the Dallas Cowboys (Sportsnet, 4:30 p.m.), and the Chicago Bears versus the Green Bay Packers (Sportsnet, 8:30 p.m.).

It’s time for the TV airing of Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade—sort of related and actually true story, Televisualist recently had in-laws visiting from out of town, and they were totally stoked to go see the Santa Claus Parade because they thought, it being Toronto and the Big City, that our Santa Claus Parade would be like the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, “with the giant balloons and everything” but were disappointed to find out that, “because of the wires, I guess,” we do not do this. Anyway, giant Snoopy balloons ahoy! (NBC, 2 p.m.)

For people who don’t like football, AMC offers The Godfather and The Godfather Part II and, yes, even The Godfather Part III, even though that one isn’t really very good. (5:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 2 a.m. respectively)

And if you don’t like football or the mafia, you can always watch The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration, where celebrities praise dog rescues and show off lovely dogs available for adoption. And if you don’t like football, the mafia or dogs—jeez, we dunno, read a book or something. (Fox, 8 p.m.)

History Television officially breaks out the “we waited long enough, now Christmas stuff is legit” show on American Thanksgiving by airing Christmas Through the Decades, and while we are irked with what is the TV channel equivalent of getting up at 5 a.m. and waking up your parents because you can’t wait to open the presents, it is technically legit, we guess. Anyway, the first episode is about the ’60s, because of course it is. (8 p.m.)


It’s the annual Rotary TV Auction! Watch! Bid! Wonder why the Rotary Club exists! (all day, Rogers 10)

The Weekend

It’s the Grey Cup! This year, the Ottawa Redblacks make their first Grey Cup appearance ever (and the first appearance by any Ottawa team in the Grey Cup since 1981) as they take on the Edmonton Eskimos—and really, given all the quite appropriate kerfuffle over the name of Washington’s professional football team, should Edmonton not rename their team already? Discuss. (TSN, 6:30 p.m. Sunday)