Lady Gaga’s transformation from edgy newcomer to show business mainstay has gained steam with the announcement that she will be hosting a Thanksgiving special for ABC. It took Madonna almost three decades to get the Super Bowl halftime, but Gaga nabs a holiday special in just three years? The woman is a true pop prodigy.
A Very Gaga Thanksgiving will air at 9:30 p.m. on November 24, the night of Thanksgiving. The intentionally goofy title might raise suspicions that this is some sort of parody, but it appears Gaga is sincere. The 90-minute show will feature the former Stefani Germanotta performing eight songs before a small audience of friends and family. Most of the songs will be Gaga hits, but Tony Bennett will join her on one song (the two got acquainted while working on the Bennett 85th birthday duets album). She will also perform “White Christmas.”
Along with music, the special will also feature Gaga returning to the Manhattan Catholic school she attended, and chatting with newly minted ABC correspondent Katie Couric. “This is a chance to see more of who she is beneath the wild costumes and staged musical numbers,” says Couric, who it’s hard to picture as much of a fan. Chef Art Smith will join Gaga as the pair prepare a classic comfort food menu of deep-fried turkey and waffles.
Everyone is a winner with this kind of special. ABC gets original programming for the holiday (and good counterprogramming against football); Gaga gets a publicity boost heading into the Christmas shopping season; and America’s waffle makers get some long deserved attention.