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TV picks for the week of Nov. 19-25

By Dale Roe, Austin American-Statesman –

Christmas TV kicks into high gear with animated classics and not-so-classics. Meanwhile, sports involving footballs, pumpkins and dogs (not all together, although that would be spectacular!) provide a diversion during turkey hangovers. Here’s what to watch and what to avoid on television this week:


“The Layover with Anthony Bourdain” 8 p.m., Travel: Season 2 kicks off with an exploration of my old stomping grounds, where Tony tries to find out if Chicagoans really eat deep dish pizza and noshes on hot dogs, Polish sausage and Italian beef. Yum!

“Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” 7 p.m., ABC: Expect the title of the album from which the contestants are dancing to tonight — Michael Jackson’e “Bad” — to be referenced about 127 times tonight. And that’s just in my living room.

“Two Broke Girls” 8 p.m., CBS: Let’s see … who hasn’t this show offended yet? Oh, I know — the Amish. Let’s take care of that tonight, OK?

—Tuesday: “New Girl” 8 p.m., Fox: Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner guest star as Jess’s mom and dad.

“Happy Endings” 8 p.m., ABC: Either this show is becoming more like “Friends” or this Thanksgiving episode — in which the gang recalls how they met 10 years earlier — is a parody. I fear the former but hope for the latter.

“Covert Affairs” 9 p.m., USA: “A” is for Annie and Amsterdam in tonight’s season finale.


“Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” 7 p.m., ABC: Pretend you’re at the Peanuts gang’s holiday celebration by serving up your own popcorn, ice cream and toast.

“Nova” 8 p.m., PBS: A look at super storm Sandy and new methods of storm protection.

“Chicago Fire” 9 p.m., NBC: A deep-fried turkey starts a fire. I hope Anthony Bourdain wasn’t involved.

“Jim Rome on Showtime” 9 p.m., Showtime: Rome debuts his new sports talk show.


“Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” 7 p.m., ABC: It’s the special so nice, they had to show it twice.

“NFL Football” 7:30 p.m., NBC: Your L-tryptophan coma should be wearing off about now, so check in on the Patriots and the Jets.

“Punkin Chunkin 2012” 7 p.m., Science: The “Mythbusters” B-team (Kari. Tory and Grant) hosts coverage of the annual event.


“Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown” 7 p.m., Fox: The plot of this cartoon — the Peanuts gang tries to convince Linus to give up his security blanket — is so much better than the rejected one based on that Beatles’ White Album song.

“National Dog Show” 7 p.m., NBC: John O’Hurley, “Seinfeld’s” J. Peterman, hosts coverage of the annual competition.

“Frosty the Snowman” 7 p.m., CBS: Jimmy Durante narrates the Rankin/Bass Christmas classic.

“Frosty Returns” 7:30 p.m., CBS: Hey, he warned you that he’d be back again someday.

“Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas” 8 p.m., CBS: The lovable Hallmark card characters cause time-traveling mischief.

“It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!” 8:30 p.m., CBS: As in real life, fruitcake turns the denizens of Bikini Bottom into jerks.


“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” 7 p.m., NBC: Wow. It’s like TV programming took a dive over the fiscal cliff. This much-maligned sequel starring Harrison Ford and the kid from “Even Stevens” is the best I’ve got. Sorry.


“Revenge” 8 p.m., ABC: I smell retcon (retroactive continuity) in this episode set in 2006.

“Liz & Dick” 8 p.m., Lifetime: Lindsey Lohan channels Elizabeth Taylor in this new dramatization of the icon’s relationship with Richard Burton.

“Treme” 9 p.m., HBO: Season 3 concludes.

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