TBS (Sun., Nov. 23, 8 p.m. ET)
“This is Thanksgiving hell,” says one of the characters in this strenuously unfunny comedy. Wouldn’t you rather go to Grandmother’s house?
Judge Reinhold plays a prominent but unhappy anesthesiologist who drags his spendthrift wife (Hallie Todd) and two kids from L.A. to Idaho for a Thanksgiving visit with a nutty family headed by his long-lost cousin (Malcolm in the Middle‘s Bryan Cranston). This will give you the flavor of the proceedings: Reinhold brings a cranky old neighbor (Antony Holland) along on the trip, and the geezer contributes to the hilarity by repeatedly passing gas and having a sexual fling fueled by “those Bob Dole pills.” Cranston sweats and strains but can’t save this turkey.