Turkeys are big on TV today, but so are dogs. So in addition to the 13th annual National Dog Show (NBC, noon) with John O’Hurley and David Frei, there is also the two hour prime time adoption special “Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular” (Fox, 8 p.m.), hosted by Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch, spotlighting rescue dogs and their owners. Celebrities love dogs so guests include Kristen Bell, Paula Abdul, Fergie, Josh Duhamel, Kathy Griffin, Scarlett Johansson, Miranda Lambert, Betty White, Pink and Kesha.
It plays opposite Robin Roberts’ portrait of human heroes across the country called “Thank You, America!” (ABC, 8 p.m.) from the network that just used to build new houses for the deserving folks.
It all starts with the parades of course and the big one is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (NBC, 9 a.m.), the three hour event that includes performances by the Big Apple Circus, Kiss, Nick Jonas, Cirque du Soleil, Idina Menzel, Meghan Trainor, Renee Fleming, Quvenzhane Walllis and performances from such Broadway shows as “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “Side Show,” “The Last Ship” with Sting and “On the Town.” Then there are all the balloons, each attached to a specific toy or other commercial promotion.
Pigskin is another big element of the day with the usual array of football, Chicago at Detroit (CBS, 12:30 p.m.), Philadelphia at Dallas (Fox, 4:30 p.m.) and Seattle at San Francisco (NBC, 8:30 p.m.).