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TV Junkie: Thanksgiving Weekend - Pick at the Carcass of Extended Weekend Programming

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Friday - Today

"The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" (TCM, 5:00 p.m.) An evening of stop-action animation starts with this one followed by "Jason and the Argonauts" and "Mysterious Island"

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"NHL Hockey" (5:30 p.m.) Kings @ Stars

"NBA Basketball" (KCAL, 6:00 p.m.) Lakers @ Jazz

"College Football" (ESPN2, 6:00 p.m.) Fresno State @ Louisiana Tech

"College Basketball" (PRIME, 7:30 p.m.) Long Beach State @ USC

"Ghost Whisperer/Close To Home/NUMB3RS" (CBS, 8-11:00 p.m.) All new episodes, if you care.

"The Family Man" (NBC, 8:00 p.m.) Wall Street playboy Nicolas Cage relives his life married to Tea Leoni, could that be so bad?

"20/20" (ABC, 10:00 p.m.) Emmitt Smith talks about post-NFL life, Stephen Baldwin (you know, the one that looks like a fat version of Jim Breuer) discusses being a born-again Christian (that should be good), and actresses Mayim Bialik ("Blossom") and Danica McKellar ("The Wonder Years") discuss their lives after being child stars

"Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS, 11:35 p.m.) Dr. Phil does the Top Ten, Helen Hunt interviewed, and DJ Shadow & Q-Tip perform(!)


The morning is mainly random college football games with nothing of local note and more of the same for the afternoon, oh yeah, and the same goes for the evening into late night

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"NBA Basketball" (the CW, 5:00 p.m.) CLippers @ Timberwolves

"College Football" (ABC. 5:00 p.m.) Notre Dame @ USC

"Lost Highway" (IFC, 6:15 p.m.) David Lynch's '97 flick with Bill Pullman & Patricia Arquette, and Richard Pryor's in there too

"NHL Hockey" (FoxSports, 7:30 p.m.) Flames @ Kings

"White Christmas" (TCM, 7:00 p.m.) This is the drunk Bing and Danny Kaye '54 vintage, with nary a black character in the movie, so it's very white

"48 Hours Mystery" (CBS, 10:00 p.m.) Hey, it's Thanksgiving Weekend, whaddaya say we rehash the Jon-Benet Ramsey murder again?


"NFL Football" (Fox, 10:00 a.m.) Saints @ Falcons followed by Bears @ Patriots

"Motorcycle Racing (CBS, 12:00 p.m.) LG World Championship of Freestyle Motocross From Pomona(!)

"Singin' In the Rain" (TCM, 1:00 p.m.) the classic, pray for rain LA

"NFL Football" (CBS, 1:00 p.m.) Raiders @ Chargers

"Hollywood Christmas Parade" (the CW, 5:00 p.m.) bands, floats, Hollywood, Christmas, parading

"60 Minutes" (CBS, 7:00 p.m.) Gen. John Abizaid offers his ideas about stabilizing the situation in Iraq (oh hey now, that's a great idea); a pill that dulls memories (I don't think Americans have a problem with that)

"Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 9:00 p.m.) Holiday block party on Wisteria Lane

Photo of 1st Hollywood Christmas Parade (1931) from the AP