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Tune in Tonight for Wednedsay, Nov. 24, 2021

Tune in Tonight for Wednedsay, Nov. 24, 2021

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Released with great fanfare, a built-in audience and virtually critic-proof, “Hawkeye” arrives as a six-episode thriller on Disney+. For those keeping score, It’s the fifth iteration from the Marvel Cinematic Universe related to the big-screen blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame.”

Jeremy Renner reprises his role as Clint Barton, who is also the titular hero/archer. He has a weary dad vibe about him, a sign that he’d rather give this all up and leave the ultraviolence to younger straight shooters like Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld).

As much as “Hawkeye” owes to the Marvel canon, Renner’s exhausted jokey aplomb is pure Bruce Willis-as-John McClane. And just to underscore the “Die Hard” influences, it takes place against a Christmas backdrop with plenty of forced frivolity and carol singing to provide “irony.” It’s the most wonderful time of the year, after all.

“Hawkeye” streams two installments tonight and will complete its six-episode run Dec. 22.

On a similar theme, “Hanna” streams its second season on Amazon Prime. Esme Creed-Miles stars as a genetically altered super soldier raised in Polish exile by a CIA operative. How cozy! Also the basis of the 2011 Saoirse Ronan film of the same name.

AMC anticipates Thanksgiving with six helpings of 1987 comedy “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (5 p.m. to 1 a.m., AMC, TV-PG). This wistful tale, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, is arguably the only “Thanksgiving movie” to have become a yearly tradition. The characters’ desperate efforts to get home for the holiday unfold like an anxiety dream, revealing their complicated relationships with the folks they call loved ones.

Viewers looking for a new Thanksgiving movie tradition might sample 2021 drama “The Humans” (7 p.m., Showtime), adapted from a stage play by Steven Karam. Things take a gothic turn when three generations of a Pennsylvania family gather around the turkey in a Manhattan apartment. This Showtime airing coincides with a limited theatrical engagement for this film, which had a brief film festival run. The cast includes Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein (“Impeachment: American Crime Story”) and Amy Schumer.

Holiday skits from the past five decades unfold on “A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14). Fans of “SNL” alumni can catch Molly Shannon in 1999 comedy “Superstar” (7 p.m. Cinemax), and Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in 2007 skating spoof “Blades of Glory” (8:20 p.m., Cinemax).

The emphasis on “perfect” holiday meals and decorations didn’t begin with Martha Stewart. Decades earlier, Barbara Stanwyck starred in 1945 comedy “Christmas in Connecticut” (9 p.m., TCM, TV-G), as a magazine writer whose reputation rests on her articles about a perfectly enviable home, husband and family, all fraudulent.

Other highlights

A diagnostic debate on “Chicago Med” (7 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).

“NOVA: Universe Revealed” (8 p.m., PBS) concludes with the Big Bang. All five episodes can be streamed at

“The Queen Family Singalong” (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) lets viewers sing along with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and other favorites.

“Secrets of the Dead” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG) recalls efforts to recover a masterpiece by Caravaggio looted from a cathedral in 1984.

Cult choice

The slowly aroused patriotism of a saloon owner (Humphrey Bogart) offers a thinly disguised metaphor for America’s reluctant participation in World War II in the 1942 propaganda film “Casablanca” (7 p.m., TCM, TV-PG), which also happens to be one of the most beloved Hollywood romances ever made.

Series notes

“Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... “The Masked Singer” (7 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG) ... Memories of Pops on “The Goldbergs” (7 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... Rosies and rivets on “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (7 p.m., CW, TV-PG) ... Smutty magazines on “The Wonder Years” (7:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).

“Tough As Nails” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... “Alter Ego” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG) ... Darlene gets an attitude adjustment on “The Conners” (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... Luke and Mary square off on “Batwoman” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... Putting words in a chef’s mouth on “Home Economics” (8:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... A tub full of trouble on “CSI: Vegas” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

Late night

Jimmy Fallon welcomes Julie Bowen, Keke Palmer and Zoe Wees on “The Tonight Show” (10:35 p.m., NBC) ... Andy Samberg, Jesse Plemons and Jon Epcar visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Jeff Goldblum, Caitriona Balfe and Sophie Buddle appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (11:35 p.m., CBS).

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