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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 2021-11-25

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9 a.m. on NBC The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade “Today” co-hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker anchor this three-hour special covering the 95th edition of a beloved Thanksgiving tradition, a parade featuring 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 inflatables, hundreds of clowns, 10 marching bands, and an assortment of musical acts, among other diversions. Demonstrating that the Great White Way is back and thriving, the Broadway casts of “Wicked,” “Moulin Rouge!” and “SIX” will perform numbers from those productions. Other featured guests include Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Jordan Fisher and Jon Batiste, among many others. 12:02 p.m. on NBC The National Dog Show Actor John O’Hurley and expert analyst David Frei return to co-host this holiday special, which has proven to be catnip (pardon the expression) for family viewers over the 20 years NBC has carried it. NBC correspondent Mary Carillo will report from backstage and inside the show ring. In the toy group, a new breed called the Biewer Terrier will be introduced to the national audience in this year’s competition, bringing the total recognized breeds to 209. Last year, a graceful Scottish Deerhound named Claire took home the Best in Show title. 7 p.m. on ABC The Magic Maker In this new one-hour special, illusionist Adam Trent breaks the cardinal rule of magicians by putting magic in the hands of everyday people to help them get through some of the biggest and most emotional moments of their lives. Segments range from Trent helping a soldier “magically” reappear to his family after serving overseas to teaching a nervous young matrimonial hopeful how to walk on water to pop the question to his true love. Trent spends his holiday helping to make dreams come true. 7:20 p.m. on NBC NFL Football Save room for dessert? The third and final NFL match-up of the holiday comes with this prime-time clash between the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills and the NFC South-contending New Orleans Saints. Josh Allen and the Bills have looked every bit the Super Bowl favorite they were forecast to be in preseason, dominating opponents with the largest points differential of any NFL team. The Saints, meanwhile, had uncertainty thrown into their season when quarterback Jameis Winston went down with a torn ACL in Week 8. 8 p.m. on FOOD Christmas Cookie Challenge Hosts Ree Drummond and Eddie Jackson are in a nostalgic mood for the new episode “A Very Retro Christmas,” so they task their five elite bakers with creating Christmas cookies that reflect holiday seasons from decades past. That trip down memory lane continues as the cookie experts create 3D edible snow globes with 360-degree shine. They also draw inspiration for their flavors from globe-shaped ingredients such as blood oranges, grapes and golden berries.

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