Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The remake's got nothing on this delightfully subversive 1971 flick, with its yummy visuals, morality plays and marvelous music. And who could forget those Ooompa-Loompas? Gene Wilder plays the confectioner who offers five kids a tour of his plant and a shot at being chosen his successor. But the winner has to be pure of heart, and four brats are quickly ruled out. That leaves poor but honest Charlie (Peter Ostrum), but Willy has a special test for him.
Two teams with postseason aspirations clash tonight at American Airlines Center in Dallas, where Tyson Chandler and the Mavericks welcome in his old mates in Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Chandler was one of the players jettisoned in team president Phil Jackson's "culture change" in New York, but at this writing all that's produced is a losing record. The Mavs, meanwhile, are winning thanks to Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
In this classic animated special, originally shown in 1973, the pressure is on for Charlie Brown after pushy Peppermint Patty decides she and the gang will have Thanksgiving dinner at "Chuck's" house. First, though, he has to submit to a mortifying ritual: Lucy yanking the football away just as he tries to kick it. Still, everything ends happily as the gang gathers around a ping-pong table for an unusual feast prepared by Snoopy and Woodstock.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Writer-director John Hughes teamed John Candy and Steve Martin in this 1987 comedy about a stuffy businessman (Martin) trying to get home for Thanksgiving. A stroke of bad luck forces him to suffer through a series of mishaps with a good-natured but overly friendly stranger (Candy). Certain lines and scenes from the movie endure as classics. Dylan Baker ("The Good Wife"), Michael McKean and an uncredited Kevin Bacon and William Windom also appear.
The blind taste test always is one of the biggest challenges that contestants on this show can face, and those remaining get their shot at it in the new episode "8 Chefs Compete." The outcome of the latest dinner isn't good, since Gordon Ramsay finds reason to be irritated with both teams -- and to have each offer up one of its members to be eliminated.
The Making of Peter Pan Live!
As with the live television staging of "The Sound of Music" a year ago, cast and crew members are getting ready for a major venture prior to the actual Dec. 4 broadcast. This special traces the rehearsal process for Allison Williams (who will play Peter), Christopher Walken (Captain Hook) and others as they tell the classic story of the boy who never grew up. The effort to create an effective Neverland for the viewing audience also is detailed.
Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto (portrayed here by Jeff Palmer), "My Life as a Turkey" chronicles Hutto's remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising the hatchlings to adulthood deep in the wilds of Florida. Coming as it does on Thanksgiving Eve, the timing of this telecast -- of a program originally shown in 2011 -- clearly isn't coincidental.
What to do about an anniversary gift for your spouse ... that's the dilemma plaguing both Gloria and Jay (Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill) in "Do Not Push." Whether to go for cost over sentiment, or vice versa, is the issue. Alex (Ariel Winter) investigates a possible college for herself, with Claire (Julie Bowen) urging her to choose the school to stay near home. Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) thwarts an attempt at a new family portrait.
The Whale: Revenge From the Deep
This gripping two-hour scripted special revisits the 1820 sinking of the Essex, a New England whaling ship in a sperm whale attack that inspired Herman Melville's literary masterpiece "Moby Dick." Martin Sheen stars as one of the few survivors of that horrifying episode, Old Thomas Nickerson, who shares his traumatic memories as a cabin boy aboard the doomed vessel.
A killer is sorry for a series of murders committed in Virginia, but that doesn't stop the perpetrator from continuing in the new episode "Fate." While working the case, Rossi (Joe Mantegna) also must deal with a personal matter brought on by someone familiar with his past. Amber Stevens ("22 Jump Street") and Tina Holmes ("Six Feet Under") guest star. Shemar Moore, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Thomas Gibson also star.
Red Band Society
A lot of love is in the air in the new episode "How Did We Get Here?" Dr. McAndrew (Dave Annable) tries to renew his former romance with Dr. Grace (guest star Mandy Moore), while Kara and Hunter (Zoe Levin, guest star Daren Kagasoff) get increasingly amorous. Leo and Emma (Charlie Rowe, Ciara Bravo) also see each other in a new light, though news received by Emma could short-circuit their status. Bella Thorne ("Shake It Up!") also guest stars.
Property Brothers at Home
You've seen them transforming the residences of other people. Now you can see how siblings Jonathan and Drew Scott -- along with their older bro, JD -- perform as they attempt a massive makeover on the residence they share in Las Vegas, a project that must be completed in time for a huge Scott family reunion.