Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS Will Feature Performances by Taylor Swift, Casts of 'Matilda' and 'Pippin'


The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS, featuring performances by global superstar and seven-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift, will be anchored by Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier and Thea Andrews, co-host of The Insider, live from New York City Thursday, November 27 on CBS. The parade will be broadcast 9 a.m.-12 p.m., live ET; 8-11 a.m., live CT; 7:00-10 a.m., live MT; 9 a.m.-12 p.m., delayed PT.

A CBS Thanksgiving tradition in its 54th year, the special will feature portions of the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York City. Additional performances during the parade will include the Broadway casts of the hit Broadway productions "Matilda" and "Pippin."

Frazier and Andrews will anchor from a site along the parade route in New York City. The beloved parade is famous for its gigantic balloons of cartoon character favorites, fantastic floats and lively marching bands from across the country. This will mark the fourth consecutive year that Frazier has hosted and Andrews’s second year as host for The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS.

Taylor Swift is the only artist in history to have three million-selling weeks with 2010's "Speak Now," 2012's "Red" and 2014's "1989." Swift is the youngest winner in history of the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the music industry's highest honor, and is the first artist since The Beatles, and the only female artist in history, to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Her fifth studio album, "1989," is the highest selling release since 2002. "Shake It Off," the first single off the critically acclaimed "1989," topped "Billboard's" Pop, Hot AC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S. "1989" topped "Billboard's" Top 200 charts and iTunes's sales charts in 95 countries upon its release and sold almost 1.3 million albums, making it the highest-selling release of 2014. Her current single, "Blank Space," topped the Hot 100 chart upon its debut.

Currently, Frazier co-hosts Entertainment Tonight with Nancy O'Dell. The Emmy Award-winning entertainment news program is in its 34th season. Prior to joining Entertainment Tonight as co-host, Frazier co-anchored its sister show, The Insider. He has appeared as an entertainment expert on news and entertainment programs, including CBS News’s The Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s Larry King Live and Nancy Grace, and HLN’s The Joy Behar Show. Also, since September 2013, Frazier has hosted Game Changers with Kevin Frazier, which spotlights professional athletes who use their public image to make positive changes in the lives of fans in need, as part of the Saturday morning Dream Team lineup on the Network. Frazier began his broadcasting career as a local sports reporter. Prior to first joining Entertainment Tonight in 2004, he served as host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, NBA Shoot Around and NBA Fastbreak. He has also served as a sideline reporter for the NFL on Fox telecasts.

Andrews co-anchors the nightly, half-hour newsmagazine The Insider, which is in its 11th season. Before joining The Insider, Andrews worked on Entertainment Tonight as a correspondent and as an anchor on Entertainment Tonight Weekend. Prior to that, Andrews was known for her work on ESPN where she served as a national correspondent, a co-host for ESPN’s hit show Cold Pizza, and later as the co-host of ESPN Hollywood. During her time with ESPN, Andrews co-hosted the Triple Crown morning shows, The ESPY Red Carpet Show, The Indy 500 Parade, Michael Jordan’s Celebrity Golf Invitational and contributed to ABC Sports live coverage. Also, Andrews has hosted TNT’s 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Red Carpet Show, CMT’s Next Superstar and Top Chef Canada. Additionally, she appeared as herself in the series The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful, on the Network, True Blood, Torchwood, the feature film Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and had a recurring role in the ESPN original series Playmakers.

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.

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