A look at some noteworthy programs this week:
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (WABC 7, Monday, 8:00 p.m.)
The annual showing of this timeless classic Peanuts cartoon is always a must see. Despite being from 1973, the show holds up quite well and is a welcome reminder of simpler times. But would you really eat a Thanksgiving dinner catered by a beagle?
He's a Bully, Charlie Brown (WABC 7, Monday, 8:30 p.m.)
After the classic Thanksgiving special comes the last television special Charles Schulz worked on before his death. This new special focuses on Charlie Brown’s efforts to retrieve Re-Run’s marbles from a bully. Will it live up to the classics? Will Charlie Brown get the marbles? We’ll find out Monday.
2006 American Music Awards (WABC 7, Tuesday, 8:00 p.m.)
On the upside, Jimmy Kimmel hosts this year’s show. On the down side, it is another needless three-hour long award show and one created by Dick Clark to boot.
Tony Bennett: An American Classic (WNBC 4, Tuesday, 8:00 p.m.)
This NBC special celebrates his 80th birthday by singing duets with Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Barbra Streisand, and Stevie Wonder. Just because of Tony Bennett showing up, there's more talent on NBC than over on ABC with the American Music Awards.
Independent Lens Democracy on Deadline: The Global Struggle for an Independent Press (WNET 13, Tuesday, 10:00 p.m.)
Filmmaker Cal Skaggs follows journalists in Afghanistan, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone and the United States looking for the impact of journalism on democracy.
Madonna: The Confessions Tour, Live From London (WNBC 4, Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.)
If you weren’t willing to spend the money to see Madonna’s controversial concert at Madison Square Garden in July, this is your chance to see some of it.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (WNBC 4, Thursday, 9:00 a.m.)
If you want to avoid the crowds, decide to sleep in, are afraid of getting hit by a balloon, or you are out of town, NBC’s coverage of the 80th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is your best bet. You could watch the unofficial coverage on CBS, but they don’t have Al Roker.
New York Voices: The Greenmarket at 30 (WNET 13, Friday, 10:30 p.m.)
If you were wondering how the city’s greenmarkets came into being, Thirteen’s public affairs series celebrates the 30th anniversary of these unique New York City institutions. Historian Barry Lewis, best known from Thirteen’s “A Walk Through” series will be featured in the program, so expect some interesting historical tidbits.