Thursday: ‘Servant,’ Low Flying Balloons

ServantM. Night Shyamalan has come up with a creepy new series “Servant” (Apple +, streaming) in which Lauren Ambrose and Toby Kebbell star as a couple who hire a live-in nanny to care for the doll they’ve gotten to replace their dead son. The first three episodes will be available today; there will be 10 in the first season. And they’ve already picked up a second season ahead of the premiere.

The holiday also means new episodes of the other series on the service, one day earlier than the usual Friday: “The Morning Show,” “See,” “For All Mankind” and “Dickinson.”

There’s no stopping Christmas movies now, so there’s a new one “Holiday Rush” (Netflix, streaming) in which Romany Malco plays a New York DJ who is trying to spoil his kids with gifts while trying to stay on the air. Darlene Love, La La Anthony and Sonequ Martin-Green also star.

A new eight-epidote comedy series with Dennis Quaid, Bridgit Mendler and Bret Morin, “Merry Happy Whatever” (Netflix, streaming).

The day begins with The 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC, CBS, 9 a.m.). The balloons, should the expected high winds allow them, will includes Yayoi Kusama’s polka dotted sun, “Love Flies Up to the Sky,” which will fly among Smokey the Bear, SpongeBob SquarePants and all the movie and series characters they want to promote. Performers include Celine Dion, Chicago, Ciara, Billy Porter, Black Eyed Peas, Debbie Gibson, Kelly Rowland, NCT, Idina Menzel and Lea Michele. Broadway shows represented include the ones about Tina Turner, the Temptations, Beetlejuice and Hadestown. It’s followed by The National Dog Show (NBC, noon).

A new anime action series “Levius” (Netflix, streaming) begins its first season. But a planned stand-up special by Christian comedian John Crist will not be premiering as scheduled today on Netflix because of charges of sexual misconduct.

The country star tries to hit one out of the park in the “Garth Brooks Yankee Stadium Concert” (A&E, 9 p.m.).

Christmas comes with a whole lot of company promotion in the two-hour special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” (ABC, 8 p.m.) hyping the theme parks and the upcoming “Star Wars” flick.

Julia hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for the growing clan on “Almost Family” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

Lance Bass looks at people who have already done their decorations on “Outrageous Holiday Houses” (HGTV, 11 p.m.).

Football is a thing on this day so there is the traditional Chicago at Detroit (Fox, 12:30 p.m.), followed by Buffalo at Dallas (CBS, 4:30 p.m.) and New Orleans at Atlanta (NBC, 8:20 p.m.).

Megan Park encourages her sister (Hilarie Burton) to make “A Christmas Wish” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) in a new made for TV movie. Then Christian de la Fuente shows up.

If you missed it the other night, “The Chaperone” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) is back on “Masterpiece.”

The oven will scarcely be turned off from now to Christmas with the new “Santa’s Baking Blizzard” (Food, 9 p.m.) accompanying a new  episode of “Christmas Cookie Challenge” (Food, 8 p.m.),

The guys don’t like what the women did either on “Temptation Island” (USA, 10 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies has family fare all day with “The Phantom Tollbooth” (6:45 a.m.), “The Secret Garden” (8:30 a.m.), “The Muppets Take Manhattan” (10:15 a.m.), “Heidi” (noon), “Tom Thumb” (1:45 p.m.), “National Velvet” (3:30 p.m.), “Annie” (5:45 p.m.), “Sitting Pretty” (8 p.m.), “Yours, Mine and Ours” (9:45 p.m.), “You Can’t Take It With You” (11:45 p.m.), “Room for One More” (2 a.m.) and “Father of the Bride” (4 a.m.).

Hockey has New Jersey at Montreal (NHL, 7:30 p.m.).

College basketball includes Temple vs. Maryland (ESPN2, 11 a.m.), Texas A&M vs. Harvard (ESPN2, 1:30 p.m.), North Carolina vs. Michigan (ESPN, 1:30 p.m.), Long Beach State vs. Providence (ESPNU, 2 p.m.), Gonzaga vs. Oregon (ESPN, 4 p.m.), Memphis vs. North Carolina State (ESPN2, 4 p.m.), Fairfield vs. Southern California (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Wake Forest vs. College of Charleston (ESPNews,4:30 p.m.), Davidson vs. Marquette (ESPN2, 6:30 p.m.), Alabama vs. Iowa State (ESPNU, 6:30 p.m.), Texas Tech vs. Iowa (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.), Central Florida vs. Pennsylvania (ESPNU, 8:30 p.m.), Southern Mississippi vs. Seton Hall (ESPN2, 9 p.m.), San Diego State vs. Creighton (Fox Sports 1, 10:30 p.m.) and Pepperdine vs. Arizona (ESPN2, 11 p.m.).

College football has Mississippi at Mississippi State (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Paris Hilton, deborah Norville, Aaron Sanchez (rerun). The View: Michael Douglas, “Disney on Broadway” (rerun). The Talk: Kelly Osbourne (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Keegan-Michael Key, Naomi Osaka, Melissa McCarthy (rerun). Kelly Clarkson: Jennifer Garner, Matt Iseman, Sandy Zimmerman (rerun). Tamron Hall: Jordin Sparks (rerun). Wendy Williams: Bellamy Young. The Real: Lil’ Kim, Eva Marcille (rerun).

Late Night

Stephen Colbert: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, MasterChef Junior contestants (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, the Teskey Brothers (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Tracy Morgan, Brian Regan, Jason Aldean. Seth Meyers: The Meyers Family. James Corden: Ashley Tisdale, Taran Killam, Cherry Glazerr (rerun). Lilly Singh: Snoop Dogg.

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