Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
Off the Wall is ready to talk turkey.
GOBBLE GOBBLE Look for Thanksgiving-themed new episodes of "The Cleveland Show" (Sunday at 7:30p.m., Fox/5), "Bob's Burgers" (Sunday at 8:30p.m., Fox/5), "Mike & Molly" (Monday at 9:30p.m., CBS/2), "Raising Hope" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., Fox/5), "Ben and Kate" (Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., Fox/5), "New Girl" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., Fox/5), "The Mindy Project" (Tuesday at 9:30p.m., Fox/5), "Happy Endings" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., ABC/7), "Don't Trust the B" (Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., ABC/7), "The New Normal" (Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., NBC/4), "Guys With Kids" (Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., NBC/4) and "Chicago Fire" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., NBC/4). There's also "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., ABC/7). Plus: the eternally amusing "Turkeys Away" episode of "WKRP in Cincinnati" (Wednesday 10 p.m.-midnight, Antenna TV). That quadruple dose follows vintage Thanksgivings on "Hazel" (8 p.m.), "Father Knows Best" (8:30), "Good Times" (9) and "All in the Family" (9:30 p.m., all Wednesday on Antenna).
SUPERSTORM SPECIALS Much like the multiple weather fronts that collided to cause chaos in the first place, here come three same-night specials exploring the storm that was Sandy -- the "NOVA" hour "Inside the Megastorm" (Sunday at 7 p.m., PBS/13), "Superstorm Apocalypse" (Sunday at 9 p.m., Discovery) and "Superstorm 2012: Hell and High Water" (Sunday at 9 p.m., History). You can also catch another run of "Superstorm 2012" (Saturday night and Sunday at 7p.m. NatGeo). Video at pbs.org/nova.
AWARDS ALERT Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Linkin Park, Pink, Usher, No Doubt, Christina Aguilera and Psy are among the attractions on the 40th anniversary "American Music Awards" (Sunday 8-11 p.m., ABC/7). Then Nick Cannon hosts the leadership-honoring "Halo Awards" (Monday at 8 p.m., Nick at Nite; Tuesday at 10 p.m., TeenNick), featuring Bieber, Tyra Banks, Josh Duhamel and Emma Stone. Learn more at teennick.com/shows/halo-awards.
LOCAL ANGLE Drive-through drug delivery is the deal on this week's "Drugs Inc." (Sunday at 9 p.m., NatGeo). The episode "Kings of New York" spotlights Long Island users who travel "the heroin highway," also known as the LIE, to get a fix from New York City. More at natgeotv.com/channel/drugs-inc.
MUSIC MAKERS Go inside the sounds on new shows. "Inventing David Geffen" on "American Masters" (Tuesday 8-10p.m., PBS/13) profiles the music and movie mogul. Watch a meeting of the minds between Roosevelt-raised rapper Chuck D and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on "Iconoclasts" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., Sundance). And there's a Thanksgiving night look back at a classic album in "Michael Jackson: Bad25" (Thursday 9:30-11 p.m., ABC/7). Concert events include "Coldplay Live 2012" (Saturday night at 8, EPIX), Mumford and Sons on "Austin City Limits" (Saturday night at 11, WLIW/21) and the Avett Brothers with Randy Travis on "Crossroads" (Friday at 11 p.m., CMT).
NOW IT'S 'FRINGE' SCIENCE After last weekend's super-duper salute to "Firefly," Science kicks off another cult fave. It's launching a weekly run of J.J. Abrams' "Fringe" (Tuesday 8-11 p.m., Science) by finishing off the first season in post-Thanksgiving marathons Friday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and next Saturday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Season 2 starts Nov. 27. Series star John Noble hosts the Tuesday airings, also featuring short-form "Science of Fringe" interstitials. ("Fringe" continues on Fox, too, toward its Jan. 18 series finale.) Massively dynamic extras at sciencechannel.com/fringe.