TV This Week Nov. 23 - 29: ‘The Whale: Revenge From the Deep’

Martin Sheen in “The Whale: Revenge From the Deep” on Animal Planet.
Martin Sheen stars in the new TV movie “The Whale: Revenge From the Deep.”
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This week’s TV Movies



There’s no shaking off Taylor Swift, just one of the myriad performers slated for the “2014 American Music Awards.” 8 p.m. ABC

Who’s a good dog? The one that helps a lonely lady (Teri Polo) get a new lease on life in the new TV movie “The Christmas Shepherd.” 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel

Chin up! The former host of “The Tonight Show” is feted in Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize.” 9 p.m. KOCE


LeToya Luckett, Cleo Anthony, Taraji P. Henson and Gladys Knight explore the ties that bind in the new TV movie “Seasons of Love.” 9 p.m. Lifetime

“Richard Pryor — Icon” remembers the comic who turned taboo topics like race, sex and even his own drug addiction and firey mishap into comedy gold. 10:30 p.m. KOCE


Vote for your favorites, then complain they was robbed when they don’t win, on the two-night season finale of “Dancing With the Stars.” 8 p.m. ABC; also8 and 9 p.m. Tue.

Behavioral expert Daniel Pink tries to win friends and influence people — lots of people — in the new unscripted series “Crowd Control.” 9 p.m. National Geographic Channel

“Eric Greenspan Is Hungry,” and he’s got meat on his mind in this foodie travelogue. 10 p.m. National Geographic Channel


Jessica Alba and Anderson Cooper get genealogized on the season finale of “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.” 8 p.m. KOCE


“Return to the Wild — The Chris McCandless Story” retells the tale of a young man whose restless wanderings came to a tragic end in Alaska in 1992. 9 p.m. KOCE

A college football player and a mountain biker, each paralyzed while pursuing the sport he loved, share their stories on “State of Play.” 10 p.m. HBO

The new documentary series “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns” lifts the veil on five young novitiates on the path to taking their vows. 10 p.m. Lifetime


The Peanuts gang gathers for “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” and “Saturday Night Live” reheats some Turkey Day sketches. 8 p.m. ABC; 9 p.m. NBC

Call him Ishmael: Martin Sheen plays a survivor of the 19th-century maritime mishap that inspired Melville’s “Moby Dick” in “The Whale: Revenge From the Deep.” 9 p.m. Animal Planet

“Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Live at Outside Lands” finds the “Thrift Shop” duo performing for fans at a festival in San Francisco. 11 p.m. VH1



Floats? Marching bands? Musical performances? You get all that and more with “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” and “The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS.” 9 a.m. NBC; 1 p.m. CBS

Your next stop, 18 straight episodes of Rod Serling’s classic anthology series “The Twilight Zone.” 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. KTLA

Stuff yourself stupid with “NFL Football.” They’ve got Bears versus Lions, Eagles versus Cowboys, and Seahawks versus 49ers. 9:30 a.m. CBS; 1:30 p.m. Fox; 5:30 p.m. NBC

Big woof! John O’Hurley and David Frei host “The National Dog Show” and Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch host “Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular.” Noon NBC;8 p.m. Fox

Taylor Swift and Jimmy Kimmel, plus President and Mrs. Obama, take part in the inspirational special “Thank You, America! With Robin Roberts.” No, no … thank you! 8 p.m. ABC

There’s a new half-man in town as young Edan Alexander joins the cast of “Two and a Half Men.” 9 p.m. CBS


It’s more “Basic Instinct” than maternal instincts in the new series “Momsters: When Moms Go Bad.” 7 and 7:30 p.m. Investigation Discovery

“Santa Hunters” try to bag the big man on camera in this new family-friendly tale. 7 p.m. Nickelodeon

Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain and a Broadway star does likewise in “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home.” 9 p.m. KOCE

Men dance sans pants in the revealing 2014 male-stripper doc “La Bare” directed by “Magic Mike’s” Joe Manganiello. 9 p.m. Showtime

Night moves: Bob Seger shares the stage with Jason Aldean on “CMT Crossroads.” 10 p.m. CMT

Lock up your daughters and hide those sacred cows, Britain’s baddest bad boy is back in the standup special “Russell Brand: Messiah Complex.” 10 p.m. Epix


“50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary” celebrates the trio that brought beatnik cool and stirring harmonies to the folk-music boom of the 1960s. 8 p.m. KOCE

Candace Cameron Bure is keeping “Christmas Under Wraps” in this TV movie. 8 p.m. Hallmark

Aubrey Plaza supplies the voice of the internet’s most famous feline in “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.” 8 and 10 p.m. Lifetime

They’re out of their gourds in the new special “Punkin Chunkin: Super Chunk!” 9 p.m. Discovery Channel

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