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On TV this week, Nov. 24-28

On TV this week

MONDAY

First Class All the Way, 7 p.m., Bravo As if having a TV schedule full of nothing but reality shows showing overprivileged rich people doing nothing wasn't enough, are we supposed to sit through a show that has nothing but the lackey making travel arrangements for an overprivileged rich person doing nothing?

Heroes, 9 p.m., NBC Ah, it's nice to see Claire at the center of a storyline. That whole "save the cheerleader, save the world" thing was back when the show was good.

The Rape of Europa, 9 p.m., PBS Not only did the Nazis kill millions, they stole millions of pieces of art. Luckily, a few families eventually got their stuff back, as this doc shows.

TUESDAY

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 8 p.m., ABC We're thankful that this show taught us even popcorn, jelly beans and toast can be a suitable meal.

SEASON FINALE Dancing With the Stars, 9 p.m., ABC, Oh, a few weeks ago Warren Sapp was just a big, fat joke. Now he might be a big, fat winner. FACE!

SEASON PREMIERE The Real Housewives of Orange County, 10 p.m., Bravo Let's go back to sunny California, where Vicki wants a yacht, Jeana lets her husband move back in and the others do stuff that's not as interesting. There needs to be more fistfights.

WEDNESDAY

The 2008 World Magic Awards, 8 p.m., MNT Neil Patrick Harris hosts what is obviously the most important awards show of the season, featuring performances by Hans Klok, Lance Burton, The Amazing Johnathan and others we only see on basic cable specials and obscure networks.

Rosie Live, 8 p.m., NBC If there's one thing we really didn't need to see, it's Rosie O'Donnell hosting a variety show. Is this what happens when MadTV gets canceled?

Top Chef, 10 p.m., Bravo Foo Fighters get fed while we wonder why Radhika, who swore she didn't want to be known as the "Indian chef," keeps making Indian-inspired dishes.

THURSDAY

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m., NBC Lounge on your couch while the turkey thaws in the sink, laughing at all the New York tourists who are freezing while watching giant balloons of Homer Simpson and Underdog.

The National Dog Show, noon, NBC After the parade, hold off the football crowd by suddenly becoming an expert in dog breeds you can't even spell. Everyone knows Pulis are nothing like Komondors, right?

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, 9 p.m., CNN The network tries to jerk the tears by ticking off the names of 10 ordinary people who made a difference in the world. Hosted by Anderson Cooper, who tries to give everything so much gravity we can't get up and change the channel.

FRIDAY

25 Great Holiday Ideas, 9 p.m., HGTV Thanksgiving is over! Decorate your house for Christmas NOW!

Monk, 9 p.m., USA Three homeless men ask Monk to help them investigate their friend's death. He was wandering the desert, following some star, when he got brained by a mugger, see ...

Guy's Family Feast, 10 p.m., Food Because if there's one thing we want to do after Thursday's carbsplosion, it's watch Guy Fieri cook a holiday meal live.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Nov. 24-28 11/23/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 24, 2008 8:47pm]
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