Although it’s a holiday week here in the States—first we celebrate Thanksgiving by watching sports and overeating to avoid talking to our families, and then we recover from that by fighting over cheap shit in stores—there’s plenty of reality TV on its way.
That includes several Thanksgiving Day marathons of reality TV shows. First, though, here’s what’s premiering this week.
After Dancing with the Stars ends its season tonight (ABC, 8 p.m.), five reality shows will debut:
- The Final Table (Netflix, Nov. 20), a cooking competition featuring competitors from around the world.
- Brothers in Arms (History, Tuesdays at 10) follows brothers who own a store that sells military things.
- My Windfall Dream Home (HGTV, Fridays at 9) follows people who won the lottery and want help buying a house, and they get it from David Bromstad.
- The Last Alaskans (Discovery Channel, Sundays at 10), one of television’s best shows, returns for its fourth season.
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Food Network, Sundays at 10) is a competition between gingerbread artists.
Thanksgiving reality TV specials and marathons
On Thanksgiving eve, competing against ABC’s broadcast of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and CBS’ regular episode of Survivor are two reality competition specials:
- On Double Dare (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.), Kenan & Kel’s Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell each compete, captaining teams of kids.
- On Hollywood Game Night (NBC, 8 p.m.), Jane Lynch presides over drunken celebrity fun.
On Thanksgiving Day itself, MasterChef Junior returns with a special “Celebrity Showdown” (Fox, 8 to 10 p.m.; it may start later if the Dallas/Washington game takes longer).
Six celebrities will be paired with either their kids or former contestants, and then face off in three separate battles. The winners will receive donations to their favorite charities.
Here are the match-ups:
- Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet with MasterChef Junior season 5’s Shayne versus Empire’s Terrence Howard and MasterChef Junior season 6 finalist Avery
- How I Met Your Mother’s Alyson Hannigan and her daughter Saty versus Rel star and comedian Lil Rel Howery and his daughter Brittni.
- NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith and MasterChef Junior season 6’s winner Beni versus NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice and MasterChef Junior season 4 winner Addison
Thanksgiving will also have several marathons of reality shows, if you want to escape your dysfunctional family by watching other dysfunctional people.
Here are 11 that should get you through the day:
- Jersey Shore (MTV, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- Chrisley Knows Best (USA, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
- Forged in Fire (History, 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday)
- Adam Ruins Everything (truTV, 7:30 to 10 a.m.)
- My Lottery Dream Home (HGTV, 8 a.m. to noon)
- Impractical Jokers (truTV, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday)
- Fixer Upper (HGTV, noon to 8 p.m.)
- Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday)
- The Carbonaro Effect (truTV, 2 to 9 p.m.)
- Long Lost Family (TLC, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday)
- House Hunters (HGTV, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday)
Also this week
The Judge (PBS, Monday, Nov. 17, at 10:30) tells “the story of the first-ever female judge in Palestine’s religious courts,” according to PBS, who enforces “Shari’a law in a way we’ve never seen before.”
Frontline and ProPublica continue their reporting on American white supremacist groups on Documenting Hate: New American Nazis (PBS, Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 9)
Ferrari: Race to Immortality (Starz, Monday, Nov. 19, at 9) focuses on the team created by Italian racing driver Enzo Ferrari.