What’s Worth Watching: ‘Survivor’, ‘Rectify’, ‘Neighborhood Sessions’ and more for Wednesday, November 23
Survivor (8/7c, CBS): Now that the most obnoxious players have been voted out, including food-stealing Taylor most recently, a two-hour episode promises to lay out more shifting alliances and betrayals. The now-dominant Gen X tribe members can’t leave well enough alone and begin turning on each other, which should lead to some feisty tribal councils.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 90th Celebration (8/7c, NBC): One of the most enduring traditions of any Thanksgiving spent in front of the TV is the cavalcade of balloons, floats, marching bands and performing acts making their way through Manhattan to Macy’s on Thanksgiving morning. On Thanksgiving eve, even as the iconic balloons are being blown up in New York City, the 90-year history of the event will be replayed in an hourlong special featuring interviews with past participants and current and former hosts from the Today show family.
The Real Designated Survivor (10/9c, ABC): A special edition of 20/20 goes beyond the fiction of ABC’s new hit drama (which takes Thanksgiving week off) to examine the procedures of how the U.S. and other nations deal with threats to the line of government succession. Elizabeth Vargas interviews former designated survivors, Martha Raddatz takes a look back at the aftermath of Ronald Reagan’s attempted assassination, and Pierre Thomas goes inside a Congressional bunker and underground cities built for officials to carry on in the face of disaster.
Rectify (10/9c, SundanceTV): Conflict within the halfway house adds to Daniel’s (Aden Young) nervousness about the impending visit from mother Janet (J. Smith-Cameron) and Ted Sr. (Bruce McKinnon) in another quietly wrenching episode of the drama’s sublime final season. Relationships are tested as Janet weighs an offer on the family tire store that propels Ted Jr. (Lethal Weapon’s Clayne Crawford) to have a reckoning with estranged wife Tawney (Adelaide Clemons), but by the end of the hour, everyone seems more unsettled than ever. And there are only a handful of episodes to go before we say goodbye to these characters forever. Too soon, if you ask me.
Inside Wednesday TV: Nickelodeon celebrates the 30th anniversary of its gloriously messy game show Double Dare with a reunion special (8/7c) featuring host Marc Summers and his sidekicks presiding over new games and vintage footage. … A less happy milestone is commemorated in two PBS specials marking the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks next month. Pearl Harbor: USS Oklahoma: The Final Story (8/7c, check local listings at pbs.org) tells the harrowing account of the capsized battleship that claimed 429 lives, and Pearl Harbor: Into the Arizona (9/8c, check local listings at pbs.org) uses underwater technology to illustrate what happened to the sunken battleship. … Usher returns to his Chattanooga roots for TNT’s latest Neighborhood Sessions special (10/9c), featuring a concert on the football field of the middle school Usher attended, with an emphasis on local efforts in music and arts education.