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TV highlights, Nov. 23 

DESPERATE CROSSING: THE STORY OF THE MAYFLOWER
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23
The History Channel
(Comcast Ch. 70)

Though it’s mostly just a good excuse for stuffing ourselves with turkey before collapsing on a couch to watch football, Thanksgiving helps commemorate a real historical occasion: the fall 1621 feast in which the original pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower celebrated their truce and friendship with the Wampanoag Indians. In truth, they had something even bigger to celebrate: not dying. As seen in this two-hour special, the crossing from England and the subsequent lean years in the New World that followed weren’t all just giblet gravy and hat buckle polishing. Tune in to see one of the great American stories of survival, and the hardships weathered by early immigrants to America.

NOVA: DOGS AND MORE DOGS
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3,
Broadcast Ch. 2)

This Thanksgiving, one of the things we’ve decided to be thankful for is dogs. Whether you’re fat, thin, cute or ugly, your dog just doesn’t care. Want to take a couple days off from showering? Your dog won’t care. Drop food on your shirt? Your dog just thinks, “more for me!” Here, the PBS show “Nova” goes in search of the canine family tree, which saw dogs transformed from wild wolves and foxes into man’s best friend in just under 10,000 years. Included are discussions of genetics, origins, breeding and dog behavior. Not included is a good explanation why your dog always wants to hang his head out the car window when you go for a ride.

FRONTLINE: THE O.J. VERDICT
9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3,
Broadcast Ch. 2)

In the early morning hours of June 12, 1994, someone slaughtered an L.A. waiter named Ronald Goldman and his friend Nicole Brown Simpson. Suspicion soon turned to Brown’s former husband, retired NFL star O.J. Simpson. Though police would eventually uncover a seemingly irrefutable pile of forensic evidence against Simpson — including a virtual river of Goldman and Brown’s blood on O.J.’s shoes, gloves, socks and in his home and car — on Oct. 3, 1995, a jury found him not guilty. While the verdict left many whites confused and angry, it found many blacks rejoicing, convinced that the police establishment had finally received some measure of comeuppance for their treatment of minorities. In this special, “Frontline” reviews the aftermath and this divisive trial.

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