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TV Junkie: Emmy Winner Denise Cramsey Passes Away; Must-Watch for Tonight & Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Edition

We're very sad to report that Denise Cramsey, the multi-Emmy winning producer whom we interviewed (above) about her most current project, "School Pride" (NBC, Friday's @ 8pm), passed away from a brain aneurism last night at the age of 41. She won her Emmys in 2007 and 2008 for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (ABC). NBC's "School Pride," a show based on community makeovers of struggling schools, has fixed up several schools in Los Angeles and Southern California so far this season (see our write-up here).

We extend our condolences to Denise's friends and family.
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Be sure to check out our interview with Fran Drescher whose new talk show debuts in LA on Friday afternoon at 2pm on KTTV Fox.
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Please check out our picks below for tonight and Thanksgiving Day/Night. Tonight there will be some kids-oriented holiday fare on NBC, then another great episode of "Modern Family", and a truly stellar don't-miss "Terriers" on FX at 10pm, in late night we're hoping that Bob Saget gets very weird on Conan's show. Tomorrow, how could one miss The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade followed by the National Dog Show. Check our listings for a selection of the countless show marathons happening tomorrow. What we're most looking forward to tomorrow night is Discovery's "Punkin' Chunkin' 2010" which will feature a collection of bizarre and dangerous-looking devices designed to fling pumpkins the lengths of several football fields (see the promo vid at the end of this post).
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Start your Thanksgiving early by going to our friend Greg Proops live podcast taping tonight at 8pm Bar Lubitsch 7702 Santa Monica Blvd Admission is Free.

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The TV Junkie Must-Watch: Tonight - "Merry Madagascar"/"Kung Fu Panda" (for the kids), "Modern Family", "Terriers", "Conan" (Eva Mendes, Bob Saget, Neon Trees performs), Fallon (Colin Firth, NFL players Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, Fran Lebowitz, N.E.R.D. performs). Thanksgiving - "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade", "The National Dog Show", "Punkin Chunkin 2010", "Conan" (Jim Parsons, Marisa Miller, comic Brendon Walsh), Fallon (Bill Hader, Victoria Justice, James Otto and Ronnie Milsap perform)

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Tonight

8:00pm Merry Madagascar NBC - Children's holiday special.

8:00pm America's Next Top Model The CW - Season pre-Premiere. Highlights Catching up on cycle 15.

8:00pm Human Target Fox - Chance is hired to protect the wife of a man he killed years earlier; Ames hopes to be taken under Guerrero's wing

8:30pm Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special NBC - Children's holiday special.

9:00pm Modern Family ABC - Cameron's mother (Celia Weston) makes Mitchell uncomfortable; Haley breaks up with Dylan.

9:00pm MythBusters Discovery - Inverted Underwater Car Jamie risks Adam's life to revisit one of the show's most successful myths.

9:30pm The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office PBS/KCET - A chronicle of the work of presidential photographers includes that of Pete Souza, President Barack Obama's chief cameraman.

10:00pm Terriers FX - Hank, Britt and new ally, Laura Ross, unravel the Ocean Beach conspiracy, which puts them and everyone their loved ones in immediate danger.

10:00pm Storm Chasers Discovery - Twister Twilight Zone Reeds cannons are locked and loaded, but multiple tornadoes prove a hard target for an itchy trigger finger.

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11:00pm Conan TBS - Actress Eva Mendes; actor Bob Saget; Neon Trees performs.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - U.S Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta; Sahara Smith performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Singer and actress Cher; actor Jeremy Renner; Robyn performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Billy Bob Thornton; Ice Cube performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Celebrity Paris Hilton; animal trainer Dave Salmoni; Metric performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Dwayne Johnson; chef Paula Deen.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Colin Firth; NFL players Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco; author Fran Lebowitz; N.E.R.D. performs

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What's a Thanksgiving Day without the Macy's parade? Probably less consumery.
Thanksgiving7:00am-? James Bond Movie Marathon Syfy - Just about every 007 movie.

7:00am-? Cake Boss TLC - A "Cake Boss" marathon.

8:30am You Can't Take It With You TCM - (1938) An eccentric patriarch (Lionel Barrymore) meets the stuffy parents of his granddaughter's (Jean Arthur) fiance (James Stewart).

9:00am Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC - New York's 84th annual event features floats and marching bands; celebrities scheduled to appear include Miranda Cosgrove, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, Eric Hutchinson, Jessica Simpson and Kanye West; Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer and Al Roker host.

9:00am-? Man vs. Food Travel - Marathon of the show.

9:00am-? Everest: Beyond the Limit Green - Marathon of the show.

12:00pm The National Dog Show NBC - More than 3,000 canines vie to be Best in Show at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia annual event.

8:00pm Punkin Chunkin 2010 Discovery - After last year's heartache and triumphs, the teams are back for another round of competition in Bridgeville, Del.

8:00pm A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ABC - The Peanuts gather around Charlie's pingpong table for an unusual feast; a bonus cartoon is "This Is America, Charlie Brown"

8:00pm The Messenger Showtime - (2009) A soldier (Ben Foster) struggles with an ethical problem when he gets involved with a fallen comrade's widow (Samantha Morton)

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Jim Parsons; Marisa Miller; comic Brendon Walsh.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Elizabeth Banks; baker Marjorie Johnson; comic Carrot Top.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Dwayne Johnson; actress Katie Cassidy.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Bill Hader; actress Victoria Justice; James Otto and Ronnie Milsap perform.