Thanksgiving viewing guide 2017: What’s on TV

FX will air a family movie marathon on Thursday, including “Smurfs 2,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” and repeat airings of “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions” throughout the day (7 a.m. – 11 p.m.).

FXX will celebrate Thanksgiving holiday-themed “The Simpsons” marathon on Thursday evening (8 p.m. – 12 a.m.), followed by 12 back-to-back episodes of the CBS comedy “Mom” on Friday (12 – 6 p.m.).

AMC will have a “Godfather” Thanksgiving, airing the Francis Ford Coppola film trilogy throughout the day and into the early morning (9 a.m. Thursday – 6 a.m. Friday).

TBS will host some “Friends” for the holiday, airing the NBC sitcom’s Thanksgiving episodes back-to-back on Thursday (1 p.m. – 6 p.m.).

The annual spectacle of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC, hosted by “Today” trio Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.).

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Mike Myers, "The Gong Show": $3 million
Jamie Foxx, "Beat Shazam": $3 million
Alec Baldwin, "Match Game": $3 million
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol": $12 million
Conan O'Brien, "Conan": $12 million
David Letterman, Untitled Interview Show for Netflix: $12 million
Anderson Cooper, CNN: $12 million
George Stephanopoulos, ABC News: $15 million
Ryan Seacrest, "Live with Kelly & Ryan": $15 million
Pat Sajak, "Wheel of Fortune": $15 million
Jimmy Kimmel, "Jimmy Kimmel Live": $15 million
Stephen Colbert, "The Late Show": $15 million
Jimmy Fallon, "The Tonight Show": $16 million
Robin Roberts, "Good Morning America": $18 million
Megyn Kelly, NBC News: $18 million
Kelly Ripa, "Live with Kelly & Ryan": $22 million
Katy Perry, "American Idol": $25 million
Matt Lauer, "Today": $25 million
Judith Sheindlin, "Judge Judy": $47 million
Ellen DeGeneres, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show": $50 million
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Following the parade, NBC will broadcast the 2017 National Dog Show, hosted this year by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia (12 p.m. – 2 p.m.).

A two-hour compilation of the best holiday sketches from “Saturday Night Live” will air on NBC on Wednesday night (9 p.m. – 11 p.m.).

VH1 will spend the long weekend marathoning throwback classics including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Coming to America,” “Pretty Woman,” “Grease,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Space Jam” and “Dazed and Confused” (6 a.m. Thursday – 8 p.m. Sunday).

As part of the run-up to its annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming block, Freeform will air all eight “Harry Potter” films on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (12:30 – 11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. – 12 a.m. Sunday).

Though not holiday themed, fans of “Star Trek” can catch a marathon of the original series, “Voyager” and “The Next Generation” on BBC America throughout the weekend (3 a.m. Thursday – 3 a.m. Sunday).

Starz will air all 10 episodes of “Outlander” Season 3 on Thursday, ahead of the new episode on Sunday night (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.).

MTV will air all five “Twilight” movies back-to-back on Saturday, bookended by the Oscar-nominated film “The Blind Side” (11 a.m. Saturday – 1 a.m. Sunday).

Football fans will be treated to three games on Thanksgiving day: Vikings @ Lions on Fox (12:30 p.m. ET), Chargers @ Cowboys on CBS (4:30 p.m. ET) and Giants @ Redskins on NBC ( 8:30 p.m. ET).

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump (C), first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron, National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family and members of the Draper County, Minnesota, 4-H chapater pose for photographs after Trump pardoned, Drumstick, the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, applauds after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, next to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, right, and son Barron Trump, second right, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Barron Trump joins his father U.S. President Donald Trump as he makes remarks before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks after he pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, as First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, waves after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, next to son Barron Trump, second right, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner (L) holds his son Joseph as Ivanka Trump (C) adjusts her daughter Arabella's (L) coat during the pardoning of Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (C) looks on as Tiffany Trump kisses brother in law and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner (3rd L) as they sit with Trump's grandchildren Arabella (2nd L) and son Joseph (C) during the pardoning of Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, right, and son Barron Trump, left, listen before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Barron Trump joins his father U.S. President Donald Trump as he makes remarks before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks with his son Barron Trump and first lady Melania Trump before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump's daughters Tiffany Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump embrace before the pardoning ceremony for the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, right, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, attend a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, left, talks to Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, before a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Donald Trump speaks as First Lady Ivanka Trump looks on before a turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks as his son Barron looks on before a turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her children, Arabella and Joseph Kushner, take a close look at 'Drumstick,' the National Thanksgiving Turkey before his pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany Trump (C) looks on with Ivanka Trump's daughter Arabella Rose Kushner at the turkey Drumstick, after the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump claps after he pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, as First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on during the pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump pets the turkey, Drumstick, after the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany Trump (C) pets the turkey, Drumstick, as Ivanka Trump (R) and her daughter Arabella Rose Kushner look on after the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Tiffany Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump and Sharlene Wittenburg (L) look at 'Drumstick,' the National Thanksgiving Turkey following his pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump (C), first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron participate in a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks as he pardons the turkey, Drumstick, as his son Barron (R) looks on during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron applaud after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron applaud after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump claps after giving a pardon to the turkey, Drumstick, during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump (C), first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron participate in a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump waves after he pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, as First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Staff from the National Turkey Federation jump in to calm "Drumstick" the turkey as it flaps its wings causing U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany (R) to jump away after it was pardoned by the president during the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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