What to watch and listen to this week: Documentary specials, Limetown podcast
We're just over a week away from the annual gratitude and gluttony feast known as Thanksgiving. Next week we'll have a chunky list of essential TV to binge with family when the after-dinner food coma kicks in. But this week we're welcoming Thanksgiving-themed episodes of prime time favorites, namely ABC family comedy.
A friendly reminder: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres on Netflix next Friday, which means you haveonly 12 days left to rewatch all seven seasons of the original show. We believe in you.
Watch this week
Life After: Chernobyl Revisited, 9 p.m., Animal Planet: Scientists visit Ukraine to investigate the environmental impact after the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
Cake Wars, 9 p.m., Food Network: In the first part of the Christmas special, seven teams face a challenge involving worst gifts under the tree.
Fresh Off the Boat, 9 p.m., ABC: Louis and Jessica open Cattleman's Ranch on Thanksgiving.
The Real O'Neals, 9:30 p.m., ABC: Eileen and Pat decide to invite dinner dates to the family Thanksgiving gathering.
Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, 8 p.m., PBS: The first of two parts shows Henry Louis Gates Jr. examining African-American history since 1965, from Stokely Carmichael to Barack Obama, and James Brown to Beyonce. The special also includes insights from Jesse Jackson, Nas and Donna Brazile.
SERIES PREMIERE: Good Behavior, 9 p.m., TNT: Newly sprung from jail, lady con artist (Michelle Dockery) gets involved in a dangerous relationship with a killer.
SEASON PREMIERE: Sweet/Vicious, 10 p.m., MTV: Two college girls attend class by day and battle crime by night.
The Goldbergs, 8 p.m., ABC: Murray and Uncle Marvin come to the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade to see the car K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider.
Movie: The Great Gatsby, 8 p.m., TNT: F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s classic is remade with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
Modern Family, 9 p.m.: Phil worries about Haley missing out on Thanksgiving tradition when she'd rather spend more time with her new boyfriend.
Empire, 9 p.m., Fox: Empire is hacked, causing feuds to erupts between artists and members of the Lyon family.
Black-ish, 9:30 p.m., ABC: Pops' older sister joins the family for Thanksgiving.
SEASON FINALE: American Horror Story: Roanoke, 10 p.m., FX: Now that Lee is the sole survivor of the massacre at Roanoke, she sits down with season two's Lana Winters for a special interview.
Available to stream today: Burn After Reading, Jackass 3.5, Paddington, The 100 season 3 (all Netflix).
Lovesick, midnight, Netflix: Formerly known as Scrotal Recall, Lovesick follows Dylan, who's been recently diagnosed with chlamydia, as he contacts past lovers to tell them the not-so-great news.
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, 8 p.m., Oxygen: The no-nonsense matriarch quickly exudes a huge impact on a small, rural town as they prepare for a holiday carnival.
If you're anything like me, you still need an escape from the post-election hubbub and the news in general. So, this week I dived into another fictional audio drama, Limetown.
After it debuted in 2015, Limetown rocketed to the top of the iTunes podcast charts.
In six episodes, fictional journalist Lia Haddock from American Public Radio investigates the disappearance of a small Tennessee town home to a mysterious research facility. Like anyone digging up secrets, Haddock encounters terrifying obstacles in her quest to find out what really happened to the people of Limetown.
Creators Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie got the inspiration for Limetown from the X-files, Welcome to Night Vale and World War Z. They also researched real-life towns that have supposedly disappeared like Roanoke and Fordlandia.
The podcast has a certain film-like quality to it with an intimate sound that makes you feel as if you're sitting right next to Haddock as she interviews someone in a park or listening in to her bizarre phone calls.
The episodes listen like interview tapes and recordings seamlessly piled together by Haddock and those she spoke with.
The story that unfolds after just one interview with a survivor is chilling.
Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and limetownstories.com.
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