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The Twilight Zone KTLA's annual marathon features 18 classic episodes of Rod Serling's mind-bending anthology series. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. KTLA

Mom Emmy winner Edward Asner and "Less Than Perfect's" Sara Rue guest star in this new episode. 8:31 p.m. CBS

Two and a Half Men Walden (Ashton Kutcher) takes in a foster child (new cast member Edan Alexander) in this new episode of the sitcom. 9:01 p.m. CBS

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Highlights of the annual event include performances by KISS, Idina Menzel, Meghan Trainor, the Muppets, Cirque du Soleil, and cast members from the Broadway shows "On the Town," "Side Show" and "Finding Neverland." 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. NBC

The National Dog Show "Seinfeld's" John O'Hurley and David Frei host the prestigious canine competition presented by the Kennel Club of...

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'Toy Story,' 'One Child,' Bing Crosby, Neil Armstrong and Handel

"Toy Story That Time Forgot" (ABC, Tuesday). The hardy franchise, a year shy of its 20th anniversary, is fielding its second holiday-themed special, and the characters are so familiar by now that the Brigadoon frequency of their reappearance seems no more than a week's vacation. What's nice about the nonfeature-film "Toy Story" (No. 4 due summer 2017), including the theatrical short subjects collectively known as "Toy Story Toons," is the way room is made in front for usually supporting characters, swapping Woody and Buzz into the background: Last year's Halloween special, "Toy Story of Terror," focused on cowgirl Jessie; this year's Christmas edition centers unexpectedly on Trixie the Triceratops and her adventures among a complete play-set's worth of armored battle-saurs -- this means a whole lot of the offbeat and delightful Kristen Schaal (Trixie's voice). They carry the show beautifully together. The special, which I'll review at greater length anon, glancingly engages issues of...

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'The Voice' recap: Only one woman makes it into the top 8

For the second week in a row, “The Voice” voters sent home two female contestants – 16-year-old Reagan James, of Team Blake, and returning contestant Anita Antoinette, of Team Gwen -- on Tuesday’s results show, when the top 10 shrank to the top 8. That leaves only one female contestant, Team Pharrell’s supremely talented DaNica Shirey, still in the running. 

Still, it’s hard to argue that the wrong singers were sent home this week. James and Antoinette turned in so-so performances during a night of stellar singing on Monday night’s live top 10 show. And on Tuesday night’s results show -- which featured Taylor Swift, about whom Blake Shelton is “cray-cray,” performing “Blank Space” and an apparent nod to the issues in Ferguson by Pharrell Williams, who changed a lyric in “What a Wonderful World” to plead for “justice to unfurl” -- they did little to prove they deserved to stick around while singing against Ryan Sill, also of Team Gwen, for the Twitter instant save. 

James strode around...

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'Dancing With the Stars' finale recap: The Season 19 winner is ...

After 11 weeks of competition, 2,788 combined hours of training, a lifetime’s worth of spray tan and too many sparkles to count, we finally have a “Dancing With the Stars” Season 19 winner:

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson!

As the always and forever Carlton said, “Sorry, ladies, dancing is a man’s sport.” The “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star and consummate performer has waited 10 whole years for his shot at the coveted Mirrorball trophy. And now the wait is over. “I cannot believe this,” Alfonso said. “I’ve wanted this forever.”

And really, this was the right choice (and not just because Alfonso will be going on the "DWTS" live tour). The onetime Tap Dance Kid grinned and bore it through back and groin injury to deliver flawless routine after flawless routine with performance factors that were through the roof. Alfonso wanted this so badly he even wrote a rap about it, set to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Kudos also to Witney for impressively showcasing her partner with such fresh and...

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Wednesday's TV highlights: 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' and more

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Property Brothers at Home You've seen them transforming the residences of other people. Now you can see how siblings Jonathan and Drew Scott — along with their older bro, JD — perform as they attempt a massive makeover on the residence they share in Las Vegas. 9 p.m. HGTV

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The Making of Peter Pan Live! As with the live television staging of "The Sound of Music" a year ago, this new special documents cast and crew members preparing for the Dec. 4 broadcast starring Allison Williams as Peter Pan and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. 8 p.m. NBC

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving In this classic animated special from 1973, pushy Peppermint Patty decides she and the gang will be having Thanksgiving dinner at "Chuck's" house. 8 p.m. ABC

The Whale: Revenge From the Deep This gripping two-hour scripted...

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'Hart of Dixie's' Season 4 premiere bumped up to December

"Hart of Dixie" fans need to reschedule their next appointment with Dr. Zoe Hart: The CW has bumped up the comedy's Season 4 premiere date by a month.

Rachel Bilson, her short shorts and the Southern denizens of quirky BlueBell, Ala., will return to TV at 8 p.m. Dec. 15, a Monday, rather than the previously announced Jan. 9.

The premiere episode, "Kablang," is expected to explain the finale's unanswered questions: What new romantic scheme is Zoe up to now that Wade (Wilson Bethel) decided not to move to Atlanta? And did Lemon (Jaime King) return from the singles cruise with a new man after leaving George (Scott Porter) and Lavon (Cress Williams) hanging at the port?

King also hailed the upcoming episodes as the "best season yet" on Twitter.

The small-town comedy will premiere ahead of the fall finale of the critically acclaimed but low-rated rookie "Jane the Virgin."

"Hart of Dixie" will then go on a brief hiatus and return to its regular 8 p.m. Friday slot on Jan. 9.

It's unclear if...

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