Before your family dishes out the big bird and all its trimmings this Thanksgiving, many artists will be serving up some musical munchies on television to whet your appetite. And be sure to save room for dessert after the sun goes down, since late-night programs also have some sweet sounds lined up.
Pop, R&B and country are on the menu for the 75th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with performances by O-Town, Boys II Men, Joey McIntyre and Usher slated to take place atop floats cruising down Central Park West and Broadway in midtown Manhattan, according to a Macy’s spokesperson. Tony Bennett, Charlotte Church, Billy Gilman, Kenny G, Jon Secada and LMNT (three O-Town finalists that didn’t make the cut) round out the musical lineup for the event, which will be broadcast live on NBC from 9 a.m. to noon.
Country is the predominant genre of CBS’s “All-American Thanksgiving Parade,” a compilation of highlights from the Macy’s parade as well as holiday marches in Nashville and Detroit. Lee Ann Womack and Ray Stevens lead the musical charge in Nashville, while Lee Greenwood tops the roster in Detroit, according to a CBS spokesperson. The special, airing from 9 a.m. to noon, will also visit Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House for performances by Vince Gill and Brad Paisley.
After the parades, Enrique Iglesias will be among the halftime entertainment at the Detroit Lions-Green Bay Packers game, which begins at 12:30 p.m. ET The late game, the Dallas Cowboys versus the Denver Broncos, will feature Creed as its halftime fanfare (see “Creed, Enrique Iglesias To Perform At Thanksgiving Games” ).
If you’re still awake after the turkey’s sleep-inducing amino acid L-tryptophan takes effect, you can catch U2 on a live broadcast of NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” at 11:35 p.m. ET, according to a network spokesperson. The program will be broadcast to U.S. servicemen and women stationed in 175 countries and aboard 150 Navy ships via the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.
U2 will also be the subject of a CNN profile during the cable channel’s “People in the News” program, which is scheduled to air at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will provide lip service to the “Good Morning America” crew on ABC at 7 a.m., more than a half-day away from “Being Mick,” a one-hour special on the classic rocker that airs on the same network at 10 p.m. and features interviews with Wyclef Jean, Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Pete Townshend, U2 and the Who, an ABC spokesperson said (see “Rolling Stones To Roll Out 40th Anniversary Tour” ).
Later in evening, Ben Folds will appear on NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” at 12:35 a.m., while Leona Naess visits “The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn” at 12:37 a.m.