Thursday's TV Highlights: 'The Messenger' on Showtime
Biography: The life and career of Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt are explored in this new episode (7 and 11 p.m. Biography).
Great Performances: Legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim is feted in this new installment (9 p.m. KCET).
Parades: “McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade” from Chicago (6 a.m. WGN America); “Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade” (9 a.m. NBC) and “The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS” (1 p.m. CBS) from New York City.
The National Dog Show: Pampered pooches strut their stuff at the annual event in Philadelphia (noon NBC).
CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute: Everyday folk who go above and beyond are saluted in this special (5 p.m. CNN).
Nutcracker on Ice: Skaters perform Tchaikovsky's musical holiday tale in this special (8 p.m. KCAL).
Punkin Chunkin 2010: Contestants turn pumpkins into projectiles as this annual competition returns (8 p.m. Discovery).
NBC's People of the Year 2010: LeBron James, Kim Kardashian and Justin Timberlake are among the celebrities featured in this new special (9 p.m. NBC).
Beyoncé's: I Am... World Tour: The chart-topping R&B diva is featured in this new concert special (9:30 p.m. ABC).
The Simpsons Movie: The animated TV family hit the big screen with this 2007 feature (8 p.m. Fox).
Football: The Patriots play the Lions (9:30 a.m. CBS), the Saints face the Cowboys (1:30 p.m. Fox) and the Bengals battle the Jets (5 p.m. NFL).
Basketball: The Wizards visit the Hawks (5 p.m. TNT), and the Clippers welcome the Kings (7:30 p.m. TNT).
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