It’s going to be “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.” No, that’s not some joke about your Aunt Frannie showing up in a turkey dress for the annual family gathering. It’s the actual name of the 90-minute prime-time Lady Gaga Thanksgiving special that will air on ABC on November 24.
The show, which will team Gaga with veteran TV news announcer Katie Couric, was, of course, conceived and directed by Mother Monster herself and will feature the singer performing eight songs in front of a small audience of her friends and family, according to a press release announcing the show. Couric will also sit down for an interview in which she asks Gaga about the inspiration for some of her songs as the two chat at Gaga’s New York alma mater, Sacred Heart Catholic School.
“We all know Lady Gaga is a phenomenon,” Couric said in a statement. “This is a chance to see more of who she is beneath the wild costumes and staged musical numbers … Lady Gaga as a high school student still bruised by being excluded from the party, Lady Gaga as a devoted daughter and caring sister, Lady Gaga as a 25-year-old woman embracing fame and fortune that seemed to come overnight. She will impress you, delight you and surprise you.”
In addition to her new single, “Marry the Night,” and other songs from Born This Way (“You and I,” “The Edge of Glory”), Gaga will perform “White Christmas” and her duet with Tony Bennett, “The Lady Is a Tramp.” Chef Art Smith will also drop in to share some recipes on the special, including his holiday classic, deep-fried turkey and waffles.
The always busy Mother Monster has other plans cooking up this month. She’ll hit the U.K. “X Factor” for a performance on Sunday, November 13, where’ll also sing “Marry the Night.”