CBS’s ‘The Thanksgiving Day Parade’ adds special guests


Guests To Include Bruce Greenwood (CBS’s Nov. 29 Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation, “A Dog Named Christmas”), Jimmy Smits (“God Of Carnage”), Christine Lahti (“God Of Carnage”) and Michael McKean (“Superior Donuts”)

Special guests have been added to the line-up of THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS, airing live from New York City, Thursday, Nov. 26 on the CBS Television Network.  The parade will be broadcast 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon, live ET; 8:00-11:00 AM, live CT; 7:00-10:00 AM, live MT; 9:00 AM,-12:00 Noon, delayed PT.  Bruce Greenwood (star of the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation “A Dog Named Christmas,” to be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 29 on CBS), Jimmy Smits (Broadway’s “God Of Carnage”), Christine Lahti (Broadway’s “God Of Carnage”) and Michael McKean (Broadway’s “Superior Donuts”) will drop-by to chat with anchors Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price from CBS News’ “The Early Show.”

The special, a CBS Thanksgiving tradition celebrating its 49th year, will feature the 83rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York City, as well as a performance by country music artist Reba McEntire.  McEntire is the winner of two Grammy Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards and 15 American Music Awards.

Additional performances during the parade include the Broadway casts of “West Side Story” and “Ragtime” and the off-Broadway cast of “Dreamgirls.” 

Jamie Kennedy (“Ghost Whisperer”) will offer an additional viewpoint of the parade as the “Man on the Street” as he reports and interacts with the crowd.

Rodriguez and Price will anchor from outside the marquee of the Hard Rock Cafe.   The beloved parade is famous for its gigantic balloons of cartoon character favorites, fantastic floats and lively marching bands from across the country.  

Emmy Award-winning producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss (The Tony Awards) are executive producers for THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS.  Weiss will also direct.

(source: information provided by CBS)