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The American Thanksgiving signals repeats aplenty in the TV world, but there are still some highlights this week. On Friday, a handful of classic holiday specials kick off the season. I will mention the more popular classic specials, but the focus of this column is what’s new, so I generally mention the classics that people have previously emailed me to find out when they will air. The Grinch, Charlie Brown, A Christmas Story and others will be mentioned when they air. If you’re wondering about your sentimental favourites, drop me a note at email@example.com, and I will include them in future listings when they come up. Happy viewing!
2017 American Music Awards – 8 to 11pm on ABC/CTV
This year’s ceremonies feature performances by Selena Gozme, Christina Aguilera, BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato and Diana Ross, who receives a lifetime achievement award. Her daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross (blackish) hosts.
Apple Tree Yard – 9:05 to 10:05pm on Superchannel – Series Premiere
Dr. Yvonne Carmichael has it all…or so it seems…and nothing is ever as it seems. When a mysterious stranger makes a surprise proposition, it awakens a shocking person within her. This four-part British thriller stars Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin.
Chicago Med – 9 to 10:01pm on Global/Tuesday at 10:01 to 11pm on NBC – 3rd Season Premiere
David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize – 9 to 10:30pm on PBS
Clips and tributes from long-time friends and co-workers highlight this tribute to the former late night talk show host, as he accepts the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Tiny Plastic Men – 6 to 6:30pm on Superchannel – 4th Season Premiere
Marvel’s Runaways – 8 to 9pm on Showcase – Series Premiere
Six teens from different backgrounds united against a common enemy: their evil parents. Based on the Marvel comic.
Single AF – 9 to 10pm on MTV – Series Premiere
This reality series follows a bunch of unlucky-in-love celebrities who look for love with the help of their social media followers.
The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler – 9 to 10pm on Documentary
This bizarrely-titled profile of Hitler follows his early influences on the German people.
Lights! Camera! Christmas! Inside Holiday Movie Classics – 10 to 11pm on ABC
A special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 features actor Peter Billingsley, best known as the character Ralphie in the hit movie “A Christmas Story”, and also includes other stars from classic holiday movies, and featuring behind-the-scenes looks at the most memorable moments from these films.
The Indian Detective – 9:01 to 10pm on CTV – Series Premiere
Comedian Russell Peters stars in this comedic police drama as Doug D’Mello, a Toronto cop who becomes tangled in a murder investigation while visiting his father in Mumbai.
The Stats of Life – 8:30 to 9pm on CBC – Series Premiere
This business related series look at population statistics and demographics to uncover the way Canadians live today.
Classic Holiday Specials:
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – 8 to 9:01pm on ABC
Frosty The Snowman/Frosty Returns – 8 to 9:01pm on CBS
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – 8 to 8:30pm on NBC