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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog