Next week: give thanks for Jon and Kate Plus Eight’s finale, and Mythbusters, Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs marathons

Next week is Thanksgiving week, and while I’ll update with breaking news for the first part of the week, I’ll be taking some time away from the TV, so there will be a double Amazing Race post on Nov. 30. Here’s what to watch if you need to get away from family or friends during the holiday week:

The Past

The Forward

  • Sunday, Nov. 22
    The Next Iron Chef 2 [Food Network, 10 p.m.] ends its run with a kitchen stadium face-off, and either Jehangir Mehta or Jose Garces will become the next Iron Chef.
  • Monday, Nov. 23
    The premiere of the family reunion/weepfest show Find My Family [ABC, 9:30 p.m.] follows Dancing with the Stars‘ [ABC, 8 p.m.] final performance episode of the season, but it’s Jon and Kate Plus Eight [TLC, 9 p.m.] that has its final episode ever. It’s an hour, but who cares, it’s over! Hallelujah! Also tonight: Intervention [A&E, 9 p.m.] and Hoarders [A&E, 10 p.m.]. (Correction: the shows’ new seasons don’t start until Nov. 30.)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24
    Dancing with the Stars gives a shitty mirrorball trophy to someone after wasting two hours during its finale [ABC, 9 p.m.]
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25
    The Biggest Loser airs a two-hour “where are they now?” special [NBC, 8 p.m.] that tracks down more than 40 former contestants to see how they’ve done with their weight loss since being on the show. So You Think You Can Dance [Fox, 8 p.m.] votes off two more and gets its top 10.
  • Thursday, Nov. 26
    In honor of Thanksgiving and the spirit of celebrating with friends and family, TV networks give us marathons of TV shows, so we can be distracted for an extended period of time. A number of reality show marathons will be broadcast today, so you can hang out with people you like better than your family. Discovery will air a Mythbusters marathon [9 a.m.to 3 a.m.] all day; it’s so easy to get sucked in and watch them have fun testing myths and, well, things that only loosely qualify as myths but are still fun to watch. (Discovery will also air Deadliest Catch all day Friday and Dirty Jobs all day Saturday, which is even better). ESPN’s documentary series 30 for 30 will air four of its films [ESPN, 3 to 7 p.m.]. If there’s any chance you’ve missed TLC’s new docudrama Cake Boss, there’s a 21-hour marathon [TLC, 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday] of the show. Random episodes of Top Chef (the pre-season three reunion cook-off, the Martha Stewart episode) and The Real Housewives of Orange County will be on Bravo [9 a.m. to 11 p.m.] during the day and evening. Logo offers an alternative to football and pretty much everything else with a marathon of the entire first season of the campy, blurry, cheap, fun competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race [Logo, 2 p.m.] Finally, there’s not much in prime-time, because while I love Survivor, I don’t love its clip shows, one of which airs tonight [CBS, 8 p.m.] and looks back at “the first 27 days.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.