TV: Planes, Trains & Automobiles marathon, SNL Thanksgiving


Steve Martin and John Candy in the 1987 movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”


Planes, Trains and Automobiles (6 p.m., AMC) – To pre-game for Turkey Day, we get a mini-marathon of the ultimate Thanksgiving movie: an advertising exec (Steve Martin) and a shower-curtain-ring salesman (John Candy) become co-travelers on the way to Thanksgiving in Chicago. From 1987, directed by John Hughes. This runs in repeats until 2 a.m.

Five More Minutes (8 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – This movie inspired by Scotty McCreery’s song “Five More Minutes” premiered this past weekend, but if you missed it, you have another chance. It’s about a woman’s Christmas wish being answered in unexpected ways when her late grandfather’s journal turns up and reveals an untold romance. Here’s everything you need to know about the movie (and song), including when it will repeat and how to find the channel.

Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special (9 p.m., NBC) – SNL highlights memorable Thanksgiving-themed sketches from its 47 seasons.

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Brooke Cain is a North Carolina native who has worked at The News & Observer for more than 25 years. She is the service journalism editor and writes about TV and local media for The N&O’s Happiness is a Warm TV blog.

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