What to watch and listen to this week: Thanksgiving classics, LifeAfter podcast
'Tis the season for sweater weather, pumpkin pie and trying to find a TV show the whole family will enjoy while waiting for the food. If you manage to wrestle the remote away from the family member who insists on watching the news, give these shows a try.
Friday Night Lights: The rule in my house was always "no football on during Thanksgiving dinner." Friday Night Lights is no exception to this rule, but it's probably more exciting than the real games. Netflix.
Parks and Recreation: Parks and Rec is sure to please everyone. It's the perfect show to play in the background while cooking, and if you fall asleep after three plates of food, you'll probably wake up to the gang making fun of Jerry. Netflix.
Transparent: A solid dysfunctional family dramedy about a divorced father who comes out as transgender to his adult children. A great pick for families with TV snobs. "What do you mean you haven't watched Westworld?" Amazon.
Doctor Who: A bonkers, yet lovable sci-fi series full of time-traveling, outer space adventures and strange creatures. A fantastic choice for the kids and kids at heart. Amazon.
Watch this week
Cake Wars, 9 p.m., Food Network: The teams celebrate the 50th anniversary of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by creating a modern twist on the Dr. Seuss classic.
SERIES PREMIERE: Search Party, 11 p.m., TBS: The series premiere of a dark comedy showing four self-centered twentysomethings gathering together after their college friend's disappearance.
Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, 8 p.m., PBS: The second part and conclusion with insights from Eric Holder, Shonda Rhimes and DeRay Mckesson.
This Is Us, 9 p.m., NBC: Jack and Rebecca take the kids on an unexpected detour on their way to Thanksgiving dinner at her parents' house.
SEASON FINALE: Dancing with the Stars, 9 p.m., ABC: The winner is announced in the 23rd season finale.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 8 p.m., ABC: Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock help Charlie Brown throw together a delightful Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings when Peppermint Patty invites herself over to Charlie Brown's house.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors, 8 p.m., CW: Joe and Gia Mantegna pay tribute to the most memorable moments in Walk of Fame history with performances by Penn and Teller, Mike Love and the Beach Boys, Daughtry, BC Jean, Candice Glover, Pia Toscano, David Foster and Michael Bolton.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m., NBC and CBS: Thousands line the streets of New York City to celebrate Thanksgiving and the oncoming holiday season. This year, the parade celebrates 90 years.
National Dog Show, 12 p.m., NBC: John O'Hurley hosts the 15th annual showcase of purebred dogs competing for Best in Show.
Special: Anne of Green Gables, 8 p.m., PBS: A new TV adaptation of the classic story about two older siblings who adopted a young orphaned girl who eventually steals their hearts.
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, 8 p.m., ABC: Julianne and Derek Hough host a celebration from Walt Disney World with musical performances by Sofia Carson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson.
Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special, 8 p.m., OWN: Oprah Winfrey interviews President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama as the holiday preparations are made at the White House.
Where the GE Podcast Theater and Panoply's first series together, The Message, gave nods to 1940s radio shows, their LifeAfter series jumps into the future with a story about immense loss in the world of social media and artificial intelligence.
The Message premiered in 2015 and follows a fictional podcaster documenting the NSA trying to decypher a verified alien message. The message plagued researchers for decades, and many died mysteriously while trying to decode its meaning. The series has an X-Files feel and the revelations in the final episode will make your jaw drop.
This year, the GE Podcast Theater released LifeAfter. The series follows a low-level FBI employee, Ross, as he spend most of his days listening to voice messages from his wife on a Black Mirror-esque social media site. His wife Charlie has been dead for eight months. This isn't just about a grieving man consoling himself, there's more to Charlie's messages than Ross realizes.
While the first series focused on fear of deciphering the unknown, LifeAfter delves into what happens to our digital selves after we are gone and what part social media plays in the grieving process.
So far LifeAfter has released two episodes.
Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and panoply.fm.
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