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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 19, 2021

• Ted Turner is 83

• Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 79

• Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 72

• Robert Beltran (Big Love, Star Trek: Voyager) is 68

• Kathleen Quinlan is 67

• Journalist Ann Curry is 65

• Allison Janney (Mom, The West Wing) is 62

• Meg Ryan is 60

• Jodie Foster is 59

• Gymnast Kerri Strug is 44

• Adam Driver (Star Wars films) is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1863: President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.

• 1965: Kellogg introduced a new pastry called “Pop Tarts.”

• 1969: Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man’s second landing on the moon.

• 1990: Pop group Milli Vanilli was stripped of its Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It’s True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals.

• 1997: In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to septuplets in the second known case where all seven babies were born alive. They would go on to become the first set of septuplets to survive infancy.

• 2004: In one of the worst sports brawls in U.S. history, Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson of the Indiana Pacers charged into the stands and fought with Detroit Pistons fans. Officials called the game with 45.9 seconds left on the clock giving the Pacers the 97-82 win.

• 2008: An Ohio man was indicted on a felony cocaine possession charge. His name: Dalcapone Alpaccino Morris.

• 2019: LeBron James hit 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the LA Lakers’ beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 to become first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 teams.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Have a Bad Day Day

• Play Monopoly Day

• Equal Opportunity Day

• International Men’s Day

• International Stand Up to Bullying Day

• Blow Bagpipes Day

• World Toilet Day

DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 20, 2021

• President Joe Biden is 79

• Musician Joe Walsh is 74

• Bo Derek is 65

• Sean Young (Blade Runner, Stripes) is 62

• Ming-Na (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Mulan) is 58

• Sabrina Lloyd (Sliders, Numb3rs) is 51

• Joel McHale (Community) is 50

• Ashley Fink (Glee) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1982: Drew Barrymore became the first 7-year-old to host Saturday Night Live.

• 1984: Cooking at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, company president Edward Rensi flipped McDonald’s’ one-billionth hamburger. The first one had been sold 35 years and 11 months earlier.

• 1985: Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.

• 1992: Queen Elizabeth’s weekend home, Windsor Castle, was heavily damaged by fire, but no one was hurt. Neighbors helped the Queen and Prince Andrew save most of the royal treasures.

• 2005: A housewife in Japan reported that she had turned the dishwasher to ‘run’ just before leaving on a 21-day vacation to visit family in another city. When she returned, the digital display on the dishwasher showed it had run not once, but 459 times in her absence.

• 2017: Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, once the world’s largest covered stadium, was destroyed in a controlled implosion.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Absurdity Day

• Beautiful Day

• National Adoption Day

• Universal Children’s Day

• Family Volunteer Day

• Future Teachers of America Day

• Hug A Runner Day

• Name Your Computer Day

• National Adoption Day

• Peanut Butter Fudge Day

DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 21, 2021

• Marlo Thomas is 84

• Goldie Hawn is 76

• Nicollette Sheridan is 58

• Michael Strahan (Good Morning America) is 50

• Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is 46

• Wrestler Brie Bella is 38

• Wrestler Nikki Bella is 38

• Jena Malone is 37

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1877: Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record sound.

• 1969: The first ARPANET link was established. ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), developed by the United States Department of Defense, was the world’s first operational packet switching network, and the ancestor of the Internet.

• 1980: The Dallas episode “Who Done It?” aired on U.S. television. It was one of the highest-rated episodes of a TV show ever aired.

• 1995: Toy Story was released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.

• 1995: British Airways Captain Rex Gravely received a Royal SPCA plaque for diverting a jumbo jet 1,000 miles to save a miniature Shitzu dog named Louise. When the jet’s cargo-hold over-heated, 200 passengers voted to divert the Houston-to-London flight to Boston to save the dog.

• 1996: Cathy Mullikin of Jackson, Tennessee, cooked her Thanksgiving turkey a week early, and she may not have been the only one. Cathy was one of 40-thousand people who got a free 1996 calendar from the county hospital that showed Thanksgiving on the wrong Thursday.

• 2013: The song Happy by Pharrell Williams was released. It would be Billboard’s Song of the Year for 2014 and win a Grammy in 2015.

• 2017: CBS TV host Charlie Rose was fired after allegations of sexual harassment by eight women.

• 2019: Elon Musk launched Tesla’s electric Cybertruck with shatterproof windows that when demonstrated on stage shattered.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• False Confession Day

• World Hello Day

• International Day of the Bible

• Gingerbread Day

• Pumpkin Pie Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

700: Frozen food manufacturing plants in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

The typical Thanksgiving meal will cost 14 percent more this year over last. [I priced out our family’s meal and the biggest increase will be the KFC family pleaser bucket.]

It’s thought that up to 1.6 million Americans may have lost their sense of smell permanently because of COVID-19. [Which, for any family member coming to my house for my Thanksgiving dinner, is a blessing.]

Thanksgiving is Thursday. [But I thought I’d get a head start, so I started breaking in my fat pants today.]

A survey found that as we grow older, more people are interested in  staying mentally sharp and avoiding physical disability than keeping a youthful physical appearance. [The folks that took this survey are right: Looking older is no big deal, especially when money can make anyone seem attractive.]

A couple who stole millions in COVID relief funds left a note for their three teen kids and vanished. [Which, for the kids, sounds like an early Christmas present.]

CVS will close 900 stores. [And because it’s know for the world’s longest receipts, the drugstore chain will also save the lives of 1.2 million trees each year.]

National Geographic has selected 25 “must see” destinations for 2022. [Sorry, shopping malls, you’re not on the list.]

Amazon has launched its Black Friday deals early. [Perfect timing — I just paid off the credit card from last Christmas.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

THANKSGIVING DINNER TO COST 14% MORE THIS YEAR COMPARED TO 2020 _ The average cost for a Thanksgiving Day feast is expected to jump by 14 percent over last year, according to an analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The organization said the average cost for Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people will be $53.31, or less than $6 per person, this year. In 2020, the price tag was $46.90.

… The AFBF blamed “several mitigating factors” for the bump in price, including the Thanksgiving centerpiece. Turkeys are up roughly 24 percent over last year, the biggest increase among all food items considered. Taking turkey out of the basket of foods reveals a 6.6 percent price increase compared to last year.

OVER A MILLION AMERICANS MAY HAVE PERMANENTLY LOST THEIR SENSE OF SMELL TO COVID-19 _ New research Thursday aims to quantify a life-altering aftereffect of COVID-19: a lingering loss of smell, also known as anosmia. The study estimates that up to 1.6 million people in the U.S. have experienced chronic anosmia lasting at least six months following their coronavirus infection.

… Anosmia can be caused by different things, including respiratory viral infections like COVID-19. But it took some time before anosmia was recognized as a clear symptom of COVID — one that might even be more common among mild cases. Often, this loss of smell is accompanied by a loss of taste, the two senses being closely dependent on each other. Sometimes, people can also experience parosmia, or a distorted sense of smell that can cause everyday scents to smell like trash, sewage, or other putrid odors.

… Studies have estimated that anywhere from 30 percent to 80 percent of COVID-19 sufferers can develop some level of anosmia. But research has indicated that most (upwards of 90 percent) regain their sniffer sense in as little as two weeks, possibly because the infection tends not to damage the olfactory nerve itself but the cells supporting it. Since so many people have contracted COVID in the U.S, though, even a relatively rare complication like long-term anosmia can still affect plenty of people.

MAN WINS $25,000 A YEAR FOR LIFE AFTER USING SAME LOTTO NUMBERS FOR 4 YEARS _ A Wisconsin man said sticking with his lucky lottery numbers for four years paid off when he won a jackpot of $25,000 a year for life from the Michigan Lottery. Curtis Olson bought a ticket for the October 31 Lucky for Life drawing using 05-07-11-21-29. Olson chose to receive his prize as a one-time, lump sum payment of $390,000, rather than the annuity payments of $25,000 a year for life.

DENVER SNOW RECORD MAY BE SHATTERED WITHOUT A FLAKE FALLING _ Snow shovels are gathering dust in Denver as the city has yet to measure any snow since the spring, and AccuWeather meteorologists say that it could be weeks before the next chance for significant accumulation in the Mile High City.

… This means that that Denver is poised to shatter its all-time record for the latest first measurable snow. The latest date on which Denver has recorded snowfall was all the way back on November 21, 1934. April 21 was the last time that snow accumulated in Denver, and for a brief moment this week, it looked like the snowless streak was about to come to an end. While flurries filled the air on Wednesday morning, when all was said and done, the official weather observations from Denver International Airport concluded that not enough fell to be considered measurable snow.

… Typically, Denver measures its first snow of the new snow season around October 18. To be considered measurable snow, at least point-1 of an inch needs to accumulate. If some snow falls but does not accumulate up to point-1 of an inch, it is officially considered by meteorologists to be a “trace” of snow.

COUPLE VANISHED AFTER STEALING COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDS, LEFT GOODBYE NOTE FOR THEIR THREE KIDS _ A California couple (Richard Ayvazyan and his wife Marietta Terabelian) were facing prison for their role in a massive COVID relief fraud scheme when they cut off their electronic tracking bracelets and fled their home, abandoning their three teenage children. They left a typewritten note for the kids, ages 13, 15 and 16: “We will be together again one day. This is not a goodbye but a brief break from each other.”

… This was late August. Almost three months later — and five months after their convictions in June — the couple still have not been found. The FBI is searching for them. That didn’t stop a judge this week from sentencing the husband and wife in absentia to 17 and six years in prison, respectively. Prosecutors said they and others carried out a scheme to steal more than $20 million in relief funds intended for small businesses during the pandemic.

NO, AMAZON HASN’T BANNED YOUR VISA CARD _ Visa and Amazon are publicly clashing, but U.S shoppers don’t have to worry that their Visa cards will be rejected as they order gifts this holiday season. The brouhaha is over fees Amazon pays Visa for processing payment transactions in the United Kingdom. Amazon claims those fees are too high and says it will stop accepting Visa credit cards on January 19, 2022. But Americans just skimming headlines might miss the fact that this issue involves Amazon in the UK, not in the United States. For now, anyway. There’s been no move by Amazon — at least publicly — to ban Visa cards as a payment method for U.S. shoppers.

RIVER IN HAWAII THAT SMELLS LIKE BEER DISCOVERED TO BE ALCOHOLIC _ Residents of a town in Hawaii alerted authorities to a river that allegedly smelled like beer. They were right. The stream, which flows into a creek in Waipio, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, was smelling so alcoholic that one resident said “you would think it was a beer pub that hadn’t opened its doors for three or four days.” An independent laboratory found that almost 1.2 percent of the water was alcoholic, and almost point-4 percent of the water was sugar — an ingredient for beer.

… The area around Diamond Head is fairly industrial and home to a number of businesses such as Paradise Beverages, which makes beer sold under various labels. The company said it was unsure what was causing the alcoholic spillage, although Hawaii’s departments of health and transportation later confirmed what was at fault.: alcohol in contaminated runoff water from a pipe not far from an interstate. The stream is on the opposite side of the interstate and flowed down into a creek, with a drop of about 100 feet.

WINDS WHIP UP VOLCANIC ASH FROM 1912 ERUPTION IN ALASKA _ Volcano scientists issued an alert this week, warning that a cloud of ash — from an eruption more than century ago — was headed toward Alaska’s Kodiak Island. The ash is from the powerful 1912 eruption of Novarupta, a volcano on the Alaska Peninsula that dropped volcanic ash that is still visible today. Strong northwesterly winds in the vicinity of Katmai National Park and Preserve and Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes on Wednesday kicked up the loose volcano ash.

… The Novarupta eruption was the most powerful of the 20th century and ranks among the largest in recorded history. The ash was deposited in what is now known as the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, depositing about 600 feet of ash in places. High winds and dry, snow-free conditions will produce these ash clouds intermittently.

WHO SPENDS 23 MINUTES IN THE SHOWER? _ A survey, carried out for Travelodge, found that on an average men spend 23 minutes in the shower in the morning, compared to 22 minutes for women. 23 minutes in the shower? Do you spend that much time in the shower? Who has the time for a shower like that before work?

64% OF AMERICANS DON’T FULLY UNDERSTAND THEIR LOCAL RECYCLING POLICIES _  More than half of Americans have a guilt trip when they don’t know what item should be recycled. The survey found 58 percent of them play the guessing game about four times a week when they’re recycling their trash, and 64 percent would like more guidance on how to properly sort paper, plastic and other materials. That’s why 72 percent feel recycling should be standardized, and seven in 10 believe it’s the government’s job to do it.

STARBUCKS OPENS ITS FIRST CASHIERLESS LOCATION IN NEW YORK CITY _ Starbucks and Amazon have teamed up on a grab-and-go store format. The Seattle-based companies opened their first Starbucks Pickup with Amazon Go location on Thursday in New York, with at least two more New York stores planned for next year. The store offers the full Starbucks menu as well as prepared salads, sandwiches and snacks from Amazon Go. There is also a lounge area with tables and workspaces. Customers can order drinks and food using the Starbucks app or shop the Amazon Go section, which automatically tallies items added to a customer’s cart so customers don’t have to wait in line to check out.

FACEBOOK TESTS GIVING MORE CONTROL OF NEWS FEED CONTENT TO USERS AGAIN _ Facebook parent company Meta said it is testing new ways for users to customize the content they see in their News Feeds. The company said in a blog post Thursday that the test, available to a “small percentage” of users to start, would allow people to adjust their preferences to increase or reduce the amount of content they see from specific friends, family, groups, and pages they’re connected with on the platform.

… Facebook has tweaked the way the News Feed presents content numerous times in the past several years and seems to keep rethinking what content should be prioritized and why. In 2015, it said it was changing News Feeds to favor content from close friends over that from brands and publishers. In 2016, Facebook said again it would adjust its algorithm so posts from friends would get priority over publishers. Then in 2018, the company said it was changing the News Feed so posts that might spark “back and forth discussion” (aka engagement, which is Facebook’s bread-and-butter) would be more likely to appear than more passive content.

HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERBACK SCORES 8 TOUCHDOWNS THE DAY AFTER HIS MOTHER DIED _ We’ve seen some incredible things happen in sports after an athlete loses a loved one. One of the latest examples of this comes out of Red Bank Catholic in New Jersey. Alex Brown, the quarterback for Red Bank, had just lost his mother to a 14-year battle with breast cancer the day before his big game last Friday night. As a high schooler, there’s no telling how a teenager would respond to such a horrible situation. Many would probably not even play the game. However, Brown decided to take this opportunity to play for his late mother, and needless to say, he went OFF. He proceeded to score eight touchdowns in a 58-34 win over Morris Catholic. He tweeted after the game: “Yesterday I lost my amazing mother. Today I scored 8 touchdowns, thank you for watching over me mama.”

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WHAT DOES ALMOST EVERYONE AGREE WITH? _ 🗣 TOPIC: What does almost everyone agree with?

• Mosquitoes are horrible
• Wet socks are the worst
• Cereal then milk.
• No one enjoys being wet unless they want to be wet.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BANNED FROM ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BBQ FOR EATING TOO MUCH _ A Chinese food live-streamer says he has been blacklisted from a buffet restaurant for eating too much. The man says he was banned from the Handadi Seafood BBQ Buffet (in Changsha city) after a series of binges. The man said the restaurant is “discriminatory” against people who can eat a lot: “I can eat a lot — is that a fault?” He said he didn’t waste any of the food. But the restaurant owner said he loses money when the binge-eating live-streamer shows up. He said, “Even when he drinks soy milk, he can drink 20 or 30 bottles. When he eats the pork trotters, he consumes the whole tray of them. And for prawns, usually people use tongs to pick them up, he uses a tray to take them all.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRA WIRE USED IN JAIL ESCAPE ATTEMPT _ While locked up in a “scary” Florida jail following a DUI arrest, a Florida woman removed the metal wiring from her bra and used it to damage the cell door “in an attempt to escape the jail.” While the alleged plot by Susan Mae Sheppard failed, her MacGyver-like ingenuity deserves a C+ for effort. A corrections deputy reported that Sheppard “removed the metal wiring from her bra and proceeded to use it to make numerous scrape marks into the glass on the bottom of the holding cell door.” Sheppard also allegedly sought to “crawl out of a small opening in the holding cell door feet first and had to be directed to pull her legs back into the cell.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: US TOURISTS FINED $910 FOR BREAKING INTO COLOSSEUM FOR A BEER _ Two American tourists have been fined after breaking into the Colosseum, reportedly to experience the pleasure of having a beer inside the ancient Roman amphitheatre. The pair, ages 24 and 25, climbed on to the second tier of the monument in the early hours of Monday morning. They were spotted at about 5:30AM, chatting over their drinks, by a passerby who alerted police. It is unclear how they managed to enter the monument, which closes to the public at 4:30PM. The intruders told police they were “just having a beer”, but officers fined them $910 for illegally entering the historic monument after hours.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN FINED FOR THROWING BANANA _ A Swedish woman was given a fine for throwing a half-eaten banana at a bus driver who she says almost hit her. The woman said the bus driver stopped just inches away from hitting her and her daughter, whom she was teaching how to drive. The woman said she then got onto the bus to give the driver a talking to when the banana slipped out of her hand, hitting him. The bus driver had a different version of the story. He said when he stopped to let passengers off the bus, the woman ran on, started yelling at him and hit him with the banana. He said, “”She hit me right in the face with the half-eaten banana. I had banana all over me, on my tie, my shirt and my eye.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NEW CHIEF QUITS AFTER ONE DAY _ The borough of Freeport, Pennsylvania, hired the only person who applied to be its new police chief: Matthew Feldmeier, age 58. The town has just 1,700 residents, but the new chief’s first task was to hire two more officers — the department is budgeted for three, including the chief. The next day, the borough secretary arrived at work to find Feldmeier’s badge, keys, and a hand-written letter of resignation. Mayor James Swartz Jr. says he tried to call to find out the reason, but Feldmeier won’t take his calls. The job paid $53,500.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ATTORNEY REMOVES SUSPENDERS AND PANTS _ Attorney Jeffrey Pollack was trying to get into a Pittsburgh courthouse to attend a hearing where he was appearing pro bono. He encountered a security guard who, he says, has been nasty to him for years, refusing to wand him down when the metal detectors alert to his suspenders. The guard, Pollack says, told him to remove the suspenders or leave, so he removed the suspenders, along with what they were holding up. That got him more metal to wear — handcuffs — and a disorderly conduct charge.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

THE WALL (8p ET, NBC) — New.

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — New. Products include an innovative cleaning alternative for every household, a surprising approach to skin care, and an update on Dude Wipes.

WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.

MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Rick is asked to assist with a federal investigation of his childhood friend Robbie (Devon Sawa), so Magnum launches his own investigation to see what the Feds really have on him.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Danny and Baez’s attempts to find the culprit who assaulted a shop owner are hindered by the close-knit community’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation.

THE NEW YORK TIMES PRESENTS (10p ET, FX) — This special looks back at Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE GREAT (Hulu) — In season 2, Catherine (Elle Fanning) is gearing up to finally take the throne, but she quickly realizes that ruling a country is actually a lot harder than she thought. Gillian Anderson joins the cast. 

TICK, TICK…BOOM (Netflix) — Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his directorial debut with this film adaptation of Rent creator Jonathan Larson’s semi-autobiographical musical. Andrew Garfield stars as the playwright, who’s anxious that he hasn’t accomplished enough by his upcoming 30th birthday. (Larson’s suffered an early death at the age of 35, the night before Rent’s off-Broadway premiere.) Vanessa Hudgens and Bradley Whitford also star.

KING RICHARD (HBO Max and in theaters) — Will Smith stars in this film as Richard Williams, a tenacious dad in Compton, Calif., who’s convinced, despite what everyone keeps telling him, that his daughters are going to be great at tennis. Those daughters just happened to be Venus and Serena Williams.

PREMIERE: COWBOY BEBOP (Netflix) — John Cho stars in this highly anticipated live-action remake of the classic anime. It follows a group of futuristic bounty hunters in space who are all trying to outrun the past. Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, Alex Hassell, and more star.

PREMIERE: THE WHEEL OF TIME (Amazon Prime) — Based on the mega-popular book series of the same name, this series follows Moiraine as she embarks on a dangerous journey through a magical world where only some women, and men, are allowed to perform magic. She travels with a group of wildly different people, including someone who is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn (someone who will either save or destroy humanity). Rosamund Pike, Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Zoë Robins, Barney Harris, Madeleine Madden, Daniel Henney, Michael McElhatton, Álvaro Morte, and more star.

CANDY COATED CHRISTMAS (Discovery+) — A Beverly Hills marketing executive’s carefully planned life takes an unexpected turn when she takes a business trip to the picturesque town of Peppermint Hollow, where it begins to seem as if fate, and the weather, are conspiring to keep her there. Molly McCook, Aaron O’Connell, John McCook, and Ree Drummond star.

HARRIET THE SPY (Apple TV+) — This new animated series is based on the classic children’s novel.

THE LINE (Apple TV+) — This four-part docuseries examines the case against a Navy SEAL acquitted in the murder of an ISIS prisoner in Iraq in 2017.

PROCESSION (Netflix) — Filmed over three years, Procession focuses on six men who each suffered abuse by Catholic priests in the diocese of Kansas City, Missouri, when they were boys. The men, working with both the director and a therapist who uses theater in her work, create short films about their trauma.

SATURDAY

THE 2021 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY (8p ET, HBO) — Among this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are Tina Turner, Carole King, the Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Todd Rundgren, LL Cool J and Foo Fighters. The ceremony, held last month in Cleveland, brought together a range of performers including Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Angela Bassett, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Drew Barrymore, and Jennifer Lopez.

A KINDHEARTED CHRISTMAS (8p ET, GAC Family) — Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison star in this new holiday film. While watching her favorite news program, Jamie learns about a neighboring high school’s fundraiser and gives the entire amount anonymously. Her gift sparks more until the entire town gets into the spirit. News of the gift giving draws Jamie’s TV crush to town to do some serious reporting on the identity of the secret Santa. 

FIVE MORE MINUTES (9p ET, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries) — Inspired by Scotty McCreery’s song, Five More Minutes, a woman’s Christmas wish is answered in unexpected ways when her late grandfather’s journal turns up and reveals an untold romance.

WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS (9p ET, CW) — New.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — New. Simu Liu (Shang-Chis) hosts with musical guest Saweetie.

SUNDAY

NFL FOOTBALL (8p ET, NBC) — Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers

2021 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (8p ET, ABC) — Cardi B hosts. Pop singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo is the most-nominated artist with seven, including one for artist of the year. The other nominees for that top honor are Ariana Grande, BTS, Drake, Taylor Swift and the Weeknd. Performances include Rodrigo, BTS (with Megan Thee Stallion and Coldplay), Bad Bunny, Carrie Underwood, Walker Hayes, Mickey Guyton hip-hop artist Tyler, the Creator, Kane Brown, New Edition and New Kids on the Block, and many more.

THE EQUALIZER (8p ET, CBS) — New. Mel’s military proves critical when McCall is hired by the D.A. to find a sniper.

A KISS BEFORE CHRISTMAS (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — This new holiday film features a Desperate Housewives reunion, as James Denton and Teri Hatcher star.  When Ethan casually wishes his life had taken a different course, he wakes up the next day to find nothing is the same. Marilu Henner also stars.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New. Rountree goes undercover when a man takes a busload of hostages and threatens to blow it up unless his daughter’s war crimes are posthumously cleared.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS AND STREAMING _ New movies in (select) theaters, streaming, and video on demand.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

King Richard

C’mon C’mon

The First Wave

The Feast (Theaters + VOD)

Zeros and Ones (Theaters + VOD)

Procession (Netflix)

tick, tick…Boom! (Netflix)

NETFLIX TO PRODUCE 10-EPISODE COMEDY SERIES SET IN LAST BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO _ The last Blockbuster in the world and Netflix are teaming up again. Randall Park (Fresh off the Boat) will star in the comedy series set in the video store. Variety magazine said the show “will explore what it takes — and more specifically who it takes — for a small business to succeed against all odds.”

… Real life Bend, Oregon, Blockbuster owner Sandi Harding said she hasn’t had any contact with Netflix or any of the producers — she just learned about the upcoming show last week on social media. She said she’d love if the crew came to Bend to see how the store runs and shoot some video.

HELEN MIRREN TO RECEIVE THE 2021 SAG LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD _ Helen Mirren, a star with countless hit roles and numerous accolades accredited to her name, will be presented with the 2021 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
 
LADY GAGA DEVOURED CARBS TO GAIN WEIGHT FOR HOUSE OF GUCCI ROLE _ Along with taking nine months to perfect her Italian accent for the role of Patrizia Reggiani in the upcoming drama House of Gucci, Lady Gaga also purposely gained weight. The 12-time Grammy winner deliberately ate excessive amounts of pasta and bread to get a “more rounded figure” to play the disgraced Italian socialite.

… House of Gucci will be released in theaters on November 24.

YELLOWSTONE PREQUEL 1883 ADDS 14 CAST MEMBERS _ Paramount+ announced additional cast for the upcoming series 1883. Created by Taylor Sheridan, 1883 is a prequel to his Paramount Network series Yellowstone and premieres December 19. 1883 previously cast Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sam Elliott and Billy Bob Thornton.

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY CHRISTMAS TRAILER _ NBC pulled the plug on the musical comedy series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist earlier this year, but fans of the show won’t be left completely hanging: while it will be on a totally different network, a Christmas movie is coming out soon to presumably wrap things up for good. Now there’s a trailer which showcases Zoey’s desire to deck her halls for an old-fashioned family holiday celebration. But like Christmas Vacation protagonist Clark Griswold and so many other good-natured holiday lovers before her, she quickly gets in over her head and realizes that a big, family-spanning gathering is more stressful to achieve than it appears. • VIDEO

… Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas premieres on December 1 on Roku Channel.

SNL CLOSES OUT 2021 WITH TWO NEW SHOWS, LIVE COAST-TO-COAST _ To wrap up 2021, seven-time Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish will pull double duty for her Saturday Night Live hosting debut and second appearance as musical guest on December 11. Paul Rudd will host SNL for the fifth time on December 18. Charli XCX will perform as musical guest for the second time during the December 18 show.

… SNL airs live this Saturday with host Simu Liu and musical guest Saweetie.

STAR-STUDDED LINEUP FOR NBC’S 2021 ROCKEFELLER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING SPECIAL _ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — and it’s all thanks to NBC. The network just announced details about the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in New York City and its accompanying live telecast, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, set to take place on Wednesday, December 1. Hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and Craig Melvin, the two-hour holiday special will feature festive performances by Alessia Cara, Harry Connick Jr., Mickey Guyton, Norah Jones, Brad Paisley, Rob Thomas, Carrie Underwood and more. Also set to perform are the world-renowned Radio City Rockettes.

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE ARRIVES ON DIGITAL FOR THANKSGIVING _ After letting loose the goo and goofy hi-jinks of Eddie Brock in October, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is coming home. The movie will arrive for digital viewing on Tuesday and will contain over an hour of extras. These will include explanations of Easter eggs seeded throughout, as well as bloopers.

WINNIPEG HEIST MOVIE TRAILER FOUND, BUT TRUCK STILL MISSING _ The director of a heist flick being shot in Winnipeg, Canada, says his film crew’s trailer and some of its contents have been found after disappearing Monday morning. The film being shot is called Vandits, a film about a teenage posse trying to “pull off a ridiculous heist.” Despite their struggles, the crew remains committed to shooting the film in Winnipeg, and was even able to get work done without the $250,000 in missing gear.


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SHOW CLOSES

A big package of show close clips.

PHONER: THANKSGIVING SIDE DISHES

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? These four calls will spark the local phones on your show. We especially like the woman who forgets an ingredient and simply hangs up!

— Thank you Jeff Roper for sharing the calls. An extra slice of 🥧 for you!

SHOW OPENERS

A big package of show opener clips.

THAT SOUND ON A PLANE

A flight attendant on TikTok demonstrates the sound you never want to hear on a plane.

DROP

What do you call that.

DROP PACKAGE

Lots of Thanksgiving related drops.


BITS & BREAKS

TWEET OF THE WEEK

A lot of people don’t realize you can usually go the day after a marathon and just drive the route. Very similar experience but way easier. (@DrakeGatsby)

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STREETS, BOULEVARDS, AVENUES, ETC.

Don’t just “list” this… quiz a co-host or record yourself quizzing a spouse on what the various names mean.

As you drive around a city, you’ll see streets, avenues, lanes, courts, parkways, and more types of roads than you can count. Turns out, those naming conventions aren’t just for kicks. They actually mean something. The crew at Vox.com broke it down for us.

• Road (Rd.): Can be anything that connects two points. The most basic of the naming conventions.

• Way: A small side street off a road.

• Street (St.): A public way that has buildings on both sides of it. They run perpendicular to avenues.

• Avenue (Ave.): Also a public way that has buildings or trees on either side of it. They run perpendicular to streets.

• Boulevard (Blvd.): A very wide city street that has trees and vegetation on both sides of it. There’s also usually a median in the middle of boulevards.

• Lane (Ln.): A narrow road often found in a rural area. Basically, the opposite of a boulevard.

• Drive (Dr.): A long, winding road that has its route shaped by its environment, like a nearby lake or mountain.

• Terrace (Ter.): A street that follows the top of a slope.

• Place (Pl.): A road or street that has no throughway—or leads to a dead end.

• Court (Ct.): A road or street that ends in a circle or loop.

WHAT TO SAY (AND NOT TO SAY) AT HOLIDAY GATHERINGS

Debra Fine is a motivational speaker and author of The Fine Art of Small Talk. She offers some ice-breakers and conversation starters for holiday gatherings.

Ice-breakers and conversation starters

• “Bring me up to date with your business, cousin Earl …”

• “Tell me about your favorite holiday tradition, Grandma …”

• “What is your connection to the host-hostess or family?”

• “What do you enjoy most about this time of year?”

• “Tell me about your plans for the holidays …”

• “What do you have going on in the new year?”

• “What are your family’s holiday traditions?”

Conversation killers

• “So, Terry, how’s your boyfriend?”

• “Did you get into a sorority?”

• “When are you two getting married?”

• “When are you two going to make us grandparents?”

• What have you been up to outside of work this year, Maryanne?

Do…

• Make eye contact. Listen. Seek out anyone who’s new to the crowd or alone.

• Avoid “cliche” conversations such as “how’s school?” Instead, say, “Tell me about your craziest teacher (project, field trip) this year.”

• Steer the conversation around the table by asking others for their opinions. Give something back to the conversation that others can pick up on.

• Show interest in someone else’s thoughts — even if they are family members you see every day.

Don’t…

• Give advice without being asked.

• “Network” at a social function.

• Blab on and on.

THINGS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD QUIT BY 30

• Forgetting her parents’ birthdays.

• Making out with her boyfriend at bars for attention.

• Filling her bed with stuffed animals (even one is too many).

• Carrying a torch for anyone she hasn’t seen in the last five years.

• Rebelling against her parents for the sake of rebelling against her parents.

• Declaring an entire gender “all jerks.”

• Holding a grudge against anyone who wronged her in high school.

• Going to bed without washing and moisturizing her face.

• Crushing on any celebrity.

• Thinking she’s got it all figured out.

• Calling her father “daddy.”

• Engaging in sibling rivalry.

• Living paycheck to paycheck.

• Expecting a man to do all the wooing.

• Wishing she had someone else’s life.

• Quitting a job without having a new one lined up first.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average person does this twenty times a day. (Opens the refrigerator)

TRIVIA: Of all the people who hold this type of license, 6 percent are women. (Pilot’s)

ANSWER WRONG AND WIN

• Name a food people eat in movie theaters.

• Name an animal that uses a litter box.

• What color are polar bears?

• Name a sport that a lot of people watch on TV on Thanksgiving day.

• Sisters Venus and Serena Williams are famous for what?

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this news headline: WOMAN USES PLASTIC ______ TO FEND OFF SWORD-WIELDING ATTACKER!

A) Fork
B) Water bottle
C) Grocery bag

A woman in Scotland managed to fight off a sword-wielding attacker at a fast food restaurant armed with only a plastic fork.