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A four-course viewing menu for your Thanksgiving weekendBy Kenny Herzog Special to MSN TVThanksgiving represents so much about the American spirit: gratitude, humility, familial bonds and, more importantly, unapologetic gluttony and remorseless television consumption. 'Twas a time when adults and children alike would set aside these first few days of the commercially approved holiday season by taking in wintry classics like "A Christmas Story" or "Babes in Toyland." But in 2012, with cable guides scrolling longer than the Mayflower's passenger manifest, there's an overwhelming assortment of programming throughout the extended weekend. Some is explicitly Turkey Day-friendly (the annual Macy's parade, various Charlie Brown features, etc.), while a bulk of what's new and in the mix is tangentially related at best but cannily scheduled to seize the outsized number of households glued to their tubes. So, in order to assist your pilgrimage through Thanksgiving's round-the-clock TV deluge, here's a four-course menu of notable broadcasts airing between Nov. 22 and 25. Happy carving! (All times ET/PT.) Bing:More about Al Roker | Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeWhat are your favorite Thanksgiving TV traditions? Connect and sound off on Facebook and Twitter(NBC)
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