TakePart Tune In: What to Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend

Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

Welcome to TakePart Tune In, our weekly selection of shows that will make you laugh, cry and tune into the world around you.


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Fran Liebowitz is extra feisty in 'Public Speaking.' (Photo: Getty Images)

Monday, November 22

Public Speaking: Outspoken and iconic New York writer Fran Liebowitz is the subject of this HBO documentary directed by Martin Scorsese. The New York Times refers to her as an "endearing narcissist" as she shares her views on writing, politics, gender, art and New Yorkers who walk too slow. (HBO 10pm)


Tuesday, November 23

Food Network Thanksgiving: If you need last-minute recipe ideas for Thanksgiving, look to the Food Network. These shows will give you a little inspiration while preparing for turkey day.

  1. Barefoot Contessa: In Thanksgiving Countdown, you'll learn to make herb roasted turkey breast, sausage and herb stuffing, homemade gravy, and celery root and apple puree. (Food Network 1:30pm/12:30c)
  2. Guy's Big Bite: Want a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a twist? In this one-hour special, expect everything from whiskey sweet potatoes to red devil cranberries. (Food Network 3pm/2c)
  3. Paula's Home Cooking: Interested in some down-home fare? After watching Paula's Southern Thanksgiving, you'll have delicious recipe ideas that may make you loosen your belt buckle a notch or two. (Food Network 8pm/7c)

Wednesday, November 24

Larry King Live: Jack Hanna and the animals are back! Expect to see Jack make Larry pet some adorable and weird animals. (CNN 9pm ET/6pm PT)


Thursday, November 25

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute: The CNN 'Heroes' campaign salutes everyday people who are doing extraordinary things. Over eight weeks, the heroes were featured on CNN, and the public voted on the person they believed to be the biggest changemaker.

After stuffing your face with turkey, relax on the couch and Watch the All-Star Tribute. See who the winner is while rocking out to performances by John Legend, Bon Jovi and Sugarland. (CNN 8pm ET/5pm PT)


Friday, November 26

TV's Funniest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special: Tired from shopping all day? Take off your shoes and chuckle along with this TV special highlighting funny holiday moments. Hosted by Jane Lynch, the special is packed full of clips like when Joey got the turkey stuck on his head in Friends and Al Bundy dressed up as Santa Claus in Married With Children. (FOX 8pm)


Saturday, November 27

Candyman: The David Klein Story: This documentary is the true story of an eccentric candymaker who revolutionized the candy industry with Jelly Belly jelly beans and was later exiled from his sugary empire. Klein may have lost his beans, but he kept his soul. (Documentary 8pm)


Sunday, November 28

Dirty Jobs: These unsung laborers do some of the most unthinkable, yet vital jobs in America. After watching this episode dealing with maggots and pig carcasses, you'll think twice before you complain about your job. (Discovery 9pm)


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