You might get goosebumps when Carol Burnett yanks on her ear after receiving “The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize” (7 p.m., TPT, Ch. 2), a star-studded celebration with great clip choices and heartfelt tributes from Tim Conway, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Julie Andrews. You’ll be glad you spent your time together.
“Young Lakota” (9 p.m., TPT, Ch. 2), a documentary that’s part of the “Independent Lens” series, profiles Sunny Clifford, a young Lakota woman who returns to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation and gets drawn into a political firestorm raging around the issue of abortion.
“Dancing With the Stars” (8 p.m., KSTP, Ch. 5) wraps up an enjoyable but frustrating season in which a lot of well-deserved contestants got the shaft too early while Bill Engvall just kept sailing along. It’s clear that the viewing audience is voting more on sentiment than talent. Some of the viewers’ power needs to be stripped until they earn it back.
“Saturday Night Live’s Thanksgiving Special” (8 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11) offers two hours of classic clips and the almost near certainty that we’ll once again get to talk turkey with Debbie Downer, the gift that keeps on giving.
You’d think a Thanksgiving Day special with Lady Gaga would feature her emerging from a giant turkey. Instead, we get “Lady Gaga and the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” (8:30 p.m., KSTP, Ch. 5) with appearances by Elton John, RuPaul and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Stick around for the end in which Gaga reveals she’s the biological daughter of Sam the Eagle.