or


[11/20/20 - 09:20 AM]
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R) Ushers in the Holiday Season with Its 94th Edition Nov. 26 on NBC, with Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Kicking Off the Show and Featuring a Special Appearance by Dolly Parton
This year the procession will forgo marching down the traditional 2.5-mile route in Manhattan in order to avoid gathering large crowds.

[via press release from NBC]

MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE(R) USHERS IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ITS 94th EDITION NOV. 26 ON NBC, WITH JIMMY FALLON & THE ROOTS KICKING OFF THE SHOW AND FEATURING A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY DOLLY PARTON

Broadway Performances Include "Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations," "Hamilton," "Jagged Little Pill" and "Mean Girls"

Three-Hour Parade Airs Live at 9 a.m. (All Time Zones) With an Encore Presentation Set for 2-5 p.m.

WATCH THE LIVE PARADE EVENT FROM HOME ON NBC

NEW YORK - Nov. 20, 2020 - This Thanksgiving the time-honored phrase Let's Have a Parade(TM) will cue the start of a reimagined celebration that will safely bring the magic of the 94th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R) - the nation's most cherished holiday tradition - to once again kick off the holiday season.

Ready to spread holiday cheer and with an expected television audience of more than 50 million viewers, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker of NBC News' "TODAY" host the LIVE broadcast from 9 a.m.-noon in all time zones. Telemundo will simulcast the parade in Spanish, with the event hosted by Adamari Lopez, Jessica Carrillo, Rodner Figueroa and Nastassja Bolivar.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation's biggest and most anticipated holiday celebration. To safely bring the spectacle to millions nationwide during this unprecedented time, the annual production will shift to a broadcast-only event. This year the procession will forgo marching down the traditional 2.5-mile route in Manhattan in order to avoid gathering large crowds.

Since its inception, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has served as a reflection of the finest of American popular culture. From the best of music to the brightest lights on Broadway and everything in between. The impact of this year's pandemic related cancelations on some of New York City's most beloved arts, entertainment and cultural events was a huge loss felt by both New Yorkers and visitors alike who enjoy them annually as part of New York City's thriving and vibrant communities. To give the nation a dose of the lost magic of some of these beloved events, this year's Macy's Parade will feature a selection of performances representing a sampling of the annual traditions that had to scale back, cancel or indefinitely postpone their events or performances.

The star power will be from variety of global music genres from pop, R&B and country and Latin music, with a few noteworthy special appearances thrown in the mix. Joining the festivities will be Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke, Sofia Carson, CNCO, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots (opening the show), Karol G, Tori Kelly, Patti LaBelle, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, Matthew Morrison, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street(R), Leslie Odom Jr., Keke Palmer, Dolly Parton (on behalf of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store(R)), Pentatonix, Bebe Rexha, Jordin Sparks, Sebastián Yatra, and Brett Young; with an extra special appearance by the one-and-only Santa Claus.

The Macy's Parade will feature performances from the casts of Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations, Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill and Mean Girls. In addition, the show-stopping Radio City Rockettes(R) will bring their signature magic to Herald Square.

Returning for a fourth year by popular demand, the Macy's Singing Christmas Tree will feature the harmonious voices of 60 Macy's colleagues who will join us from their homes across the country coming together in a golden-voiced chorus filled with the spirit of the holiday season.

Entertaining viewers nationwide with their signature flair will be a special performance from the all-female samba drumline Fogo Azul NYC along with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and Mermaid Queen Lynn Nottage and Dick Zigun representing the Coney Island USA Mermaid Parade; Danza Fiesta representing the National Puerto Rican Day Parade; The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Band representing the NYC Pride March; the Sugarplum Fairy from George Balanchine's The Nutcracker(R) representing the New York City Ballet; the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums representing the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade(TM); and a special performance entitled CaribeFuturism featuring a collective of acts including partners Pan in Motion, Batingua Arts, Sesame Flyers, and Kaisokah Moko Jumbies with Carnival Queen Kay Mason representing the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.

The fun doesn't stop there with additional performances from The Big Apple Circus, The NYPD Police Band, The West Point Marching Band and the step skills of Zeta Phi Beta.

"There is nothing quite like this extraordinary holiday tradition, and we're always delighted to bring it to millions of viewers across the country, especially this year" said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs, NBC Entertainment. "Our performers - from singers, dancers and Broadway stars - are all excited to bring a smile to those watching from home and enjoying their Thanksgiving."

For the first time in Macy's Parade broadcast history, in an effort to create a more inclusive experience for blind and visually impaired viewers, NBCUniversal is proud to present the full NBC broadcast with live audio description on the Secondary Audio Program channel (SAP), provided by Descriptive Video Works. This year's broadcast will be available with additional audio narration, describing the rich visuals of the Parade including the magnificent balloons, floats and performances, to complement the storytelling and celebration that make the Parade an annual Thanksgiving Day tradition for millions of Americans.

"For nearly 100 years the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has served as a milestone celebration that brings joy to millions of families nationwide and kicks off the holidays with unparalleled spectacle," said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "Our safely reimagined event will continue that cherished tradition as spectators nationwide celebrate together at home bringing a much-needed sense of normalcy to our lives. While it will look different in execution this year, we invite everyone to tune in and experience our incredible Parade on television this year featuring our signature character balloons, dazzling animated floats, whimsical clowns, world-class performances including some special surprises, and, of course, the arrival of Santa Claus, who will once again herald the arrival of the holiday season."

INFLATABLE ICONS

Since 1927, when the Parade's character balloons first joined the revelry, the inflatables have become a signature element featuring some of the world's most beloved characters. Over time, the inflatables have morphed from air-filled characters carried on sticks to high-flying giants, balloonheads, hybrid inflatables with vehicles inside (balloonicles) or tandem tricycles (trycaloons).

New giants joining the line-up this year include The Boss Baby by DreamWorks Animation's "The Boss Baby: Family Business" and Red Titan from "Ryan's World" by Sunlight Entertainment and pocket.watch. The newest balloon stars will take flight without the traditional 80-100 handlers, instead employing an innovative, specially rigged anchor tether framework of five specialty vehicles field tested and approved by the relevant agencies in the City of New York. Their Thanksgiving Day flights will be manned by a smaller vehicle team helping to safely reduce the overall number of people needed underneath each balloon.

Also making appearances on the national broadcast are giant balloon favorites including Astronaut Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide; Diary of A Wimpy Kid(R) by Abrams Children's Books; Sinclair Oil's DINO(R); The Elf on the Shelf(R); Chase from PAW Patrol(R) by Spin Master(R) and Nickelodeon; Pikachu(TM) by the Pokémon Company International; Pillsbury Doughboy(TM); Ronald McDonald(R); SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon; and DreamWorks Animation's Trolls.

The televised inflatable lineup also includes Sinclair Oil's Baby DINOs and the Go Bowling balloonicles, as well as Hugg, Bjorn, Jojo and Fleck from Netflix's "The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two," Love Flies Up to the Sky by Yayoi Kusama©, Universal Orlando Resort's The Nutcracker and Smokey Bear by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

ANIMATED WONDERS

The Parade's floating stages have morphed from simple creations initially focused on nursery rhyme stories pulled by horses in the first processions to highly animated wonders that take spectators to new worlds. Conceived and crafted by the incredible artisans of Macy's Parade Studio - a design and production facility that includes carpenters, engineers, electricians, painters, animators, balloon technicians, sculptors, metal fabricators, scenic and costume designers - this year's line-up of floats sets an unparalleled stage for entertainment. The Parade's signature floats are marvels of creative design, engineering, and skillful construction. While they may seem to float as three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide stages, the magic is truly in the design as these floats are built to collapse to no more than 12 ½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to travel safely from the New Jersey home of the Parade Studio to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel for the annual celebration.

This year four new floats will debut including Big Turkey Spectacular by Jennie-O (Bebe Rexha), Christmas in Town Square by Lifetime(R) (Tori Kelly), Her Future Is STEM-Sational by Olay (Karol G), and Tom & Jerry's Tourist Trap by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The returning float roster and its scheduled performers include Blue's Clues & You! by Nickelodeon (Ally Brooke); The Brick-changer by The LEGO Group (Sebastián Yatra); Central Park by Delta Air Lines (New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder); Elf Pets(R) by the Lumistella Company; Everyone's Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann's(R) (Sofia Carson); Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant(R) (Brett Young); Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel (Pentatonix); Mount Rushmore's American Pride by South Dakota Department of Tourism (Lauren Alaina); Rexy in the City by COACH(R) (Keke Palmer); Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon (CNCO); Santa's Sleigh (Santa Claus); Splashing Safari Adventure by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions (Jordin Sparks); Tom Turkey; and Toy House of Marvelous Milestones by New York Life (Leslie Odom Jr.).

A SAFE PROCESSION

Health and safety continue to be Macy's number one priority. In partnership with local and state government, the Parade was modified to avoid gathering crowds. In addition, Macy's put in place robust health measures across all areas of the production. In constant communication with government agency partners, several contingency plans were developed. This allows the production to adjust plans based on the evolving environment and any subsequent restrictions, helping to ensure the health and safety of all involved.

As part of Macy's comprehensive health and wellness plan, below is a sampling of the current safety procedures and enhancements being implemented. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

· The traditional 2.5-mile Parade route will not be utilized this year, the only way to view the celebration is on television

· All participants, staff and performers will be tested for COVID-19 and undergo wellness checks prior to their Parade participation

· All participants will be appropriately socially distanced during staging and performances, and required to wear face coverings; additional personal protective protocols will be implemented based on the participant's role

· The overall number of participants have now been reduced by approximately 88%, and split over three days

· No participant in the Parade is under 18 years of age

· The majority of Parade participants hail from the New York tri-state area

· Previously selected regional High School and College Marching Band performances were deferred to the 2021 Macy's Parade, with locally based cultural and professional marching and musical ensembles taking over performance duties in the lineup

· A minute selection of elements will be showcased on television from previous Parade appearances

· A selection of Macy's signature giant character balloons will be flown without the traditional 80-100 handlers and instead employ an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles tested and approved by the NYC Department of Transportation and the NYPD

· Macy's traditional Giant Balloon Inflation public event in New York City, the evening before Thanksgiving, will not take place

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC

For the fifth consecutive year, NBCUniversal and Verizon, are partnering on Verizon Live: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which will be streamed beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET on YouTube.com/Verizon, Twitter @Verizon and select Verizon Media properties, including Yahoo.

The award-winning, Emmy-nominated production, hosted by Mario Lopez, will also bring audiences across the country together through innovative and immersive experiences. For the first time ever, a Parade Portal powered by Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband will be accessible to viewers at home. Watching the livestream from both their 4G or 5G enabled mobile devices, viewers will be transported into the center of the activity in Herald Square with 360-degree views. A QR code will be available within the livestream across all platforms, where viewers can easily scan the code for a second-screen experience.

For the first time in Macy's Parade broadcast history, in an effort to create a more inclusive experience for blind and visually impaired viewers, NBCUniversal is proud to present the full NBC broadcast with live audio description on the Secondary Audio Program channel (SAP), provided by Descriptive Video Works. This year's broadcast will be available with additional audio narration, describing the rich visuals of the Parade including the magnificent balloons, floats and performances, to complement the storytelling and celebration that make the Parade an annual Thanksgiving Day tradition for millions of Americans.

For an insider's look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should visit macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind-the-scenes previews, special tours, interactive historical information, educational activities, and more. Fans can also follow @macys on various social media networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

PLEASE NOTE: All talent, performers, elements and information included are subject to change.The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman serves as executive producer, Bill Bracken will co-executive produce and Ron de Moraes directs.

For more information on the broadcast, visit http://www.nbc.com/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade and www.nbcumv.com. Please follow @NBC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.





  [november 2020]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[11/23/20 - 08:19 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Night with "Sunday Night Football"
The network cruises to another victory in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/22/20 - 09:56 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: College Football Lifts ABC to Victory
The Alphabet once again takes home top honors in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/21/20 - 08:51 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, FOX Share in Adults 18-49 Honors
Said duo tops demos while NBC is the most-watched network last night.

[11/20/20 - 11:17 PM]
Development Update: Friday, November 20
Updates include: The CW's "Black Lightning" to end after four seasons; Steven Lightfoot to run Apple's "Shantaram"; and Paul James cast in Showtime's "I Love This for You."

[11/20/20 - 12:01 PM]
NBC and Time Partner for Inaugural "Time Person of the Year" Special Set for Thursday, Dec. 10
In addition, the special will spotlight editors' selections for the categories that recognize the influence of individuals in specific sectors: Businessperson of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Athlete of the Year and Guardians of the Year.

[11/20/20 - 11:09 AM]
Animal Planet Premieres Three-Part Television Event "Walking with Elephants" on Dec. 15
The special follows Levison Wood, a passionate explorer and conservationist, as he is led by these magnificent animals on their annual epic migration across Botswana; a journey fraught with risks and dangers as elephants are coming under more threats than ever before.

[11/20/20 - 11:00 AM]
HBO Gives Series Order to "The Last of Us"; Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann Write and Executive Produce
The series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television; while PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and Naughty Dog produce.

[11/20/20 - 10:45 AM]
TLC Spreads Holiday Cheer with Two New Themed Episodes of Fan-Favorite Medical Series "Dr. Pimple Popper: Season's Squeezings" and "My Feet Are Killing Me: Under the Mistletoes"
From pop-aholics to the sock-shock, these specials are just what the doctor ordered to cure any holiday blues.

[11/20/20 - 10:36 AM]
NBC Starts 2021 with a Tina Fey Comedy, Fan Favorite Gameshows and the Return of Emmy Award Winner "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist"
"Mr. Mayor," starring Ted Danson and Holly Hunter, will premiere on Thursday, January 7 with two episodes at 8:00/7:00c and 8:30/7:30c.

[11/20/20 - 10:18 AM]
HBO Max Picks Up Six-Part Documentary Series Inside the Life of Superstar Nicki Minaj
Each of the six half-hour episodes of this untitled project will explore Nicki's brilliantly creative mind and tell the story of her personal and professional journey.

[11/20/20 - 09:20 AM]
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R) Ushers in the Holiday Season with Its 94th Edition Nov. 26 on NBC, with Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Kicking Off the Show and Featuring a Special Appearance by Dolly Parton
This year the procession will forgo marching down the traditional 2.5-mile route in Manhattan in order to avoid gathering large crowds.

[11/20/20 - 08:17 AM]
"Supermarket Stakeout" Returns With Brand-New Season of Fast-Paced Outdoor Cooking Battles Where Luck, Negotiation and Cooking Skills Are the Ingredients to Win
Alex Guarnaschelli is back to host the new season, due on Tuesday, December 29 on Food Network.

[11/20/20 - 08:13 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Thursday Night Football" Delivers Another FOX Win
The network once again takes home top honors in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/20/20 - 08:06 AM]
"Stranger Things" Welcomes Eight New Cast Members to Hawkins
Robert Englund, Eduardo Franco, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sherman Augustus, Mason Dye, Tom Wlaschiha, Nikola Djuricko and Joseph Quinn are all on tap for the latest season of the Netflix series.

[11/20/20 - 07:26 AM]
Crackle Premieres "Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer" on December 1
The animated kids film features the all-star voice talent of Josh Hutcherson, Samantha Bee, Martin Short, Morena Baccarin, Jeff Dunham and John Cleese and is Dove approved for all ages.