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TV best bets with ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Soul Train Awards, Beyonce & Taylor Swift music specials

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The top show on fall TV “Dancing With the Stars,” ends its 11th season Tuesday on ABC with a raft of controversy over Bristol Palin making it to the final three. But former Atlantan Kyle Massey is also a surprise finalist. Jennifer Grey, in comparison, is the one expected finalist and is still the favorite to win.

Then there’s an awards show that celebrates an old dancing show that doesn’t even exist anymore: “The Soul Train Awards,”pre-taped earlier this month at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and airs on Sunday on Centric and BET. Atlantan Ne-Yo (right) is among the performers.

People who are into more current music can enjoy specials featuring Taylor Swift on NBC or Beyonce on ABC Thanksgiving night.

MONDAY

“Antiques Roadshow” 8 p.m. GPB (14th season debut)  — The grand-daddy of “Pawn Stars” and “Auction Kings.”
“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Buzz still out there about Bristol Palin making it into the finals over Brandy.
House” 8 p.m. Fox — A man falls ill after reenacting the Crucifixion.
How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS — Ted spends Thanksgiving with Zoey.
Two and a Half Men” 9 p.m. CBS — Charlie spends wildly on his ex Courtney, back from prison.
“Skating With the Stars” 9:11 p.m. ABC (new series) — Among the stars willing to fall on their buns: Bethenny Frankel, Sean Young and Vince Neil.
“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny’s ex-wife helps out on a case.

TUESDAY

“Glee” 8 p.m. Fox — Sue’s “Nazi-hunting” mother (Carol Burnett) visits.
“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — An agent has a flashback to the first NCIS mission.
“Dancing With the Stars” 9 p.m. ABC (11th season finale) — This is Jennifer Grey’s mirror-ball trophy to lose.
“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS  — The team keeps searching for a black book containing top-level secrets.
“Raising Hope” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Jimmy invites Hope’s maternal grandparents to Thanksgiving.
“Auction Kings” 10 p.m. Discovery — Locals bring in a gold Faberge Pencil and an ancient hand cannon to Atlanta’s Gallery 63.
“The Good Wife” 10 p.m. CBS — Alicia defends an alderman accused of taking a bribe from a Muslim extremist group.
Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX — Jax ponders revenge with a SAMCRO family member held hostage.
“Parenthood” 10 p.m. NBC  — Crosby works to impress Jasmine’s mother.

WEDNESDAY
“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC — Mike’s brother Rusty (Norm MacDonald), who is temporarily living in a tent, comes to Thanksgiving.
“Human Target” 8 p.m. Fox — Chance protects a woman whose husband was his target seven years earlier.
“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Filler episode featuring “highlights and previously unaired footage.”
“Kung Fu Holiday” 8:30 p.m. NBC — Po is torn between family and work.
“The Biggest Loser” 9 p.m. NBC — Updates on more than 30 contestants.
“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Manny tries to play doctor by reading a medical Web site, exacerbating Jay’s stomach ailment.
“Hell’s Kitchen” 9 p.m. Fox — Five contestants (including Atlanta’s Nona Sivley) prepare dishes at downtown L.A. food trucks.
“Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Too Far” 10 p.m. ABC — Interviews with Heidi Montag, Janice Dickinson and Dead or Alive lead singer Pete Burns.
“Terriers” 10 p.m. FX— Hank, Britt and Laura Ross unravel the Ocean Beach conspiracy.

THURSDAY

“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” 9 a.m. to noon, NBC  — Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer host with guests such as Julie Andrews, Miley Cyrus and Ciara.

“Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” 8 p.m. CNN – Anderson Cooper hosts a celebration of everyday people working to improve the world. Sugarland, Bon Jovi and John Legend perform.
“Punkin Chunkin 2010” 8 p.m. Discovery — Pumpkins were launched – and damaged – in the making of this special.
“Taylor Swift: Speak Now” 8 p.m. NBC — The popular country singer promotes her new album.
“The Town Christmas Forgot” 8 p.m. Hallmark — Lauren Holly (no pun intended) stars as part of a family stranded in a small town during Christmas.
NBC’s People of the Year” 9 p.m. NBC — There’s more than a month left but Lauer is already spotlighting notables of 2010.
“Beyoncé: I Am” 9:30 p.m. ABC — Kanye West and Jay-Z visit Beyoncé during her world tour.

FRIDAY
TV’s Funniest Holiday Moments” 8 p.m. Fox — Jane Lynch recounts hilarious holiday moments, including that infamous turkey drop on “WKRP in Cincinnati.”
School Pride” 8 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — NBC’s effort to replicate “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” got very few viewers.
“30 Holiday Decorating Hits & Misses
” 8 p.m. HGTV — You mean that inflatable Santa is not a hit?
Shine a Light” 9 p.m. VH1 — Martin Scorsese directs a Rolling Stones concert.
“Swamp Loggers” 9 p.m. Discovery— Justin is left in charge and put to the test as the crew from two decks reach 100 loads by week’s end.
Outrageous Food” 10 p.m. Food — Tom samples delicious rattlesnake pierogies at Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh.
“Sanctuary” 10 p.m. SyFy — Magnus gets trapped inside an abandoned building.

WEEKEND
“Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle 2” 9 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — Beloved Doris Roberts is back in the most anticipated sequel since “Iron Man 2.”
Triassic Attack” 9 p.m. Saturday SyFy — Colin Ferguson (“Eureka”) directs.
“The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC Family — Mario Lopez and Paris Hilton provide the dog voices.
“Soul Train Awards” 9 p.m. Sunday BET — Shot at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the show honors Anita Baker.
“Fantasia For Real” 9 p.m. Sunday VH1 (second season finale) — Fantasia decides to leave North Carolina and move to Los Angeles.
“November Christmas” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — A Rhode Island community creates magical holiday moments early for a young girl and family in need of an extra dose of joy.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 10 p.m. Sunday Bravo (75 minute special) — Kandi, who likes to be tortured, keeps on working with “artist” Kim on a song.
“The Walking Dead” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — The group checks out the Center for Disease Control, which looks suspiciously like the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre  strewn with dead bodies.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

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Bubba

November 22nd, 2010
10:05 am

Bristol, fall baby fall

Just sayin'

November 22nd, 2010
2:12 pm

I won’t be watching Dancing with the Stars. When I want politics I’ll watch CNN or FOX. When Bristol Palin is still there, but Audrina and Brandy are gone, it’s kind of obvious what’s at work here.

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Jubie

November 22nd, 2010
2:48 pm

It was set up for Jennifer Grey to win all along. She who was already a dancer.

wreckedpizza

November 22nd, 2010
3:23 pm

Let’s see: “Punkin Chunkin 2010” or Taylor Swift on Turkey Day night. I’ll take the punkins, please.

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November 22nd, 2010
4:04 pm

which vote was more important to the teabaggers? Nov 2nd or Nov 22nd?

bevvie

November 22nd, 2010
5:04 pm

Jennifer Grey was in movie that featured dancing and that makes her a dancer already. Crazy logic! Just as crazy as the show was set up for Jennifer to win. What is the crazy logic for Bristol making it to the finals! Call Jubie for the next conspiracy movie. And I do hope that Jennifer wins. Bristol in the finals is a sign of the end of days.

smh

November 22nd, 2010
9:55 pm

Just spent 90 minutes trying to vote for DWTS. I NEVER got through and now my time zone (eastern) is closed. How does that work? :(

Sparkl011

November 22nd, 2010
9:57 pm

@smh….me too. can’t get in to register to vote for 40 minutes :(

ramya

November 23rd, 2010
5:23 am

tellthetruth

November 23rd, 2010
8:58 am

People, Peolpe, it was a setup. Bristol was used as a decoy. DWTS did what Sarah Palin and ABC planned all alone. Keep Bristol on DWTS, get rid of Brandy and move Jennifer back to the top with all 10’s no matter how bad she looked. Short circuit the polls to arouse the young voters to keep their eyes on DWTS and forget to vote in the real election. ABC make billions, Sarah get paid, Bristol don’t win and Jennifer walk away with the Ball! It’s wortking!!!!

Lester Miles

November 23rd, 2010
11:28 pm

You can bet that all the Bristol haters are democrats that support Obama the weakest president since jimmy senile carter. Why can’t people watch the show without spilling out their hatred for an individual that has never done anything to them. Those that say they will never watch the show will be the same ones whining next year if their favorite doesn’t win. It would not have bothered me if any of the contestants won. It is just a show and the winners are not pushed any more than any of the reality show winners (Survivor, wwe. Idol,etc.). If you like hatred then just watch the Joy Behar Show or The View with Elizabeth and the hogs. Have a grreat day.

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