Thursday TV: Getting Back in a Big Way

Talk about a turkey. The idea at the time was to relocate the Beatles from a familiar studio to a cold one so to better film the creation of an album. They were a little strapped for material, picking up songs they had discarded years before. They snubbed new songs members would bring in, squabbled about arrangements and all but quit mid-project. But they ended up playing live on a rooftop and turning out a few classics before Phil Spector came in to pour overproduction of what was their last released (but not last-completed) album. 

The fact you couldn’t see the “Let it Be” film for decades is enough to make this weekend’s epic three-night “The Beatles: Get Back” (Disney+, streaming) much anticipated. But more than that director Peter Jackson has pored over 70 hours of footage and found eight that reflected the joy of the band members in their creation. Whether it’s an accurate reflection of what went down, or created to further burnish Paul McCartney’s standing, it sure seems like it will be more fun to watch than the original — and an enticing diversion from the all-too-traditional offerings of the day.

Speaking of which, after a purely virtual event last year, the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC, 9 a.m.) returns with crowds, balloons, floats and Santa. New this year is an inflated Baby Yoda. 

The rest of today’s holiday traditions include The National Dog Show (NBC, noon), with kid coverage this year on the National Dog Show Junior (Peacock, streaming, 2 p.m.). And all the day’s football, which includes Chicago at Detroit (Fox, 12:30 p.m.), Las Vegas at Dallas (CBS, 4:30 p.m.) and Buffalo at New Orleans (NBC, 8:20 p.m.). 

A lesser competition tonight: “World Pet Games” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

Hip hop fans may be less interested in mop tops than the Music Box feature documentary on the influential rapper, “DMX: Don’t Try to Understand” (HBO, 8 p.m.). 

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