Fox, Thursday, 9 ET/PT
What you expect from TV on Thanksgiving are parades, football, marathons and repeats of holiday specials like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC, 8 ET/PT). What you don't expect is a new episode of a scripted network series, but that's what you're getting from Glee, which explores the love triangle among Marley, Jake and Ryder, and sends Blaine into battle with the Warblers. Whether that turns out to be a wise ratings idea remains to be seen.
Michael Jackson: Bad 25
ABC, Thursday, 9:30 ET/PT
ABC offers the broadcast premiere of Spike Lee's well-reviewed movie about the making of the music videos tied to Michael Jackson's album Bad. What we're shown is Jackson at the peak of his fame and just off the peak of his creative powers — and the film is a reminder that we once cherished him for his star power and talent, before he became a figure of tabloid fun. It should also serve as a lesson to some of the contestants remaining after Thursday's X-Factor results show: This is what it means to be an artist, a term your judges throw around too freely, and this is the toll fame can take.
VH1 Classic, Thursday, 8 ET/PT
The best movie Thanksgiving night is clearly The Godfather over on AMC (8 ET/PT), but that's not exactly the kind of movie you want to sit around with your kids and watch after dinner. So let's go with Mel Brooks' classic and still hilarious Western spoof, one of those rare comedies that gives crude a good name.