CBS' "Thanksgiving Day Parade" Broadcast Features Mary Poppins, Grease and Aiken
27 Nov 2008
Clay Aiken in Spamalot.
Photo by Joan Marcus
"The Early Show" hosts Dave Price and Maggie Rodriguez anchor "The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS," which airs live Nov. 27 on CBS 9 AM-noon ET.
The Thanksgiving special features the 82nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as performances by the Broadway casts of Mary Poppins and Grease as well as the country music duo Sugarland.
"American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken, back on Broadway in Monty Python's Spamalot, and CBS daytime drama stars Jessica Leccia ("Guiding Light") and Julie Pinson ("As The World Turns") will chat with Price and Rodriguez during the broadcast. Patrick Warburton will also offer a "Man on the Street" viewpoint as he reports and interacts with the parade crowd.
Emmy Award-winning producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss ("The Tony Awards") are executive producers of the telecast; Weiss also directs.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.