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27 TV Characters Who Would Cook a Mean Thanksgiving Dinner

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They say food is the way to a man’s heart, but I’d say food is the way to anyone’s heart. 

TV characters have been using their culinary skills to win me over for years now. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to reach into the screen and grab whatever dish they were cooking. 

Food brings people together, and there’s nothing like bonding over a good meal, especially during the holidays when everything revolves around dinner… and Black Friday shopping.

If it’s Thanksgiving, we want to be invited to the houses below.

1. Gabi Diamond – Young & Hungry

Gabi Diamond - Young & Hungry

Gabi Diamond is a spunky, ambitious and self-taught young chef who scores the gig of a lifetime whipping up meals for tech billionaire Josh Kaminski. There isn’t a problem in Josh’s life that Gabi can’t fix with her Julia Child-inspired comfort food.

On the Menu: Gabi’s famous grilled cheese and stuffed mushrooms with garlic, eggplant, and fresh grated parmesan.

 

2. Monica Geller – Friends

Monica Geller - Friends

Chef Monica has scored the title “queen of Friendsgiving.” Throughout the series’ ten season run, Monica has cooked up a storm, hosted plenty of parties and laid out massive holiday spreads. Sure, over the years, the sous chef improved the Thanksgiving menu, but we’d still gobble up the mac and cheese she made Chandler for their first Thanksgiving.

On the Menu: Mac N Cheese, a variety of potatoes, mockolate deserts, roast turkey, stuffing, yams with marshmallows in concentric circles, cranberry sauce, “amazing” vegetarian stuffing and generous pours of red wine.

 
 

3. Sookie St. James – Gilmore Girls

Sookie St. James - Gilmore Girls

The Gilmore gals love to eat so it’s a good thing they have Sookie around because she loves to cook. She’s the executive chef at the Independence Inn and later, the co-owner and head chef at the Dragonfly Inn where she whips up mind-boggling food creations and even scraps and redoes whole menus at the last minute.

On the Menu: Deep fried turkey with all the trimmings!

4. Red – OITNB

Red - OITNB

Red, the Fiery Russian, runs the kitchen at Litchfield and doesn’t let the fact that she’s in prison or that she’s scant on resources hinder her creativity in any way. Have you ever met anyone who tried to cook a full Thanksgiving meal on a tight budget? I’m talking $1.05 per prisoner. And she did it well. Just imagine what she could do with quality ingredients that she isn’t growing out of the prison garden.

On the Menu: Handmade creamy corn and leek quiche, golden corn on the cob from the garden, turkey and pumpkin pie. Sorry, no gravy.

 

5. Pacey Witter – Dawson’s Creek

Pacey Witter - Dawson's Creek

Pacey is a chef at a fancy and pricey restaurant so he can cook up just about anything that your heart desires. And his meals tend to make things at the dinner table a little less awkward with every bite.

On the Menu: A Thanksgiving Dinner that you’ll probably have to eat at the restaurant cause he’s busy cooking.

 

6. Mrs. Patmore – Downton Abbey

Mrs. Patmore - Downton Abbey

The lavish meals on Downton Abbey don’t just cook themselves. Mrs. Patmore is the head cook who takes great pride in her cooking, even ordering around her assistant cook, Daisy.

On the Menu: Kedgeree.

 
 

7. Jacob – Grace and Frankie

Jacob - Grace and Frankie

A man with the nickname the “Yam Man” can cook Thanksgiving dinner for me any day. We have a major soft spot for him as he even attempts to cozy up to Frankie using his cuisine.

On the Menu: Candied Yams.

 

8. Pops – Riverdale

Pops - Riverdale

A burger with fries and a side milkshake? No one makes ’em better than Pop Tate which is why a Thanksgiving reservation at his Chock’lit Shoppe would probably have to be made months in advance. That, or you can go to TGIT’s.

On the Menu: Burger, fries, milkshake, turkey on rye – hold the tomatoes.

 
 

9. Maggie Amato – Younger

Maggie Amato - Younger

Maggie’s lasagna makes people cry. Or so I’m told. It’s apparently so good, even real Italians become emotional when taking a bite of the dish. For Americans, lasagna might not be a Thanksgiving staple, but then again, we never say no to the meaty, cheesy goodness.

On the Menu: Make ‘Em Cry Lasagna.

 

10. Abuela – Jane the Virgin

Abuela - Jane the Virgin

Abuela is a staunch believer in family dinners so there’s no doubt in my mind that she would throw a Thanksgiving feast with a little Latino flair. Just be prepared for Abuela to bestow her wisdom about life and love onto you during the meal.

On the Menu: Pernil, Thanksgiving tamales, and pumpkin flan.

 
 

11. David Rossi – Criminal Minds

David Rossi - Criminal Minds

Rossi believes cooking is an art form and tends to retort to the kitchen when tensions are high. That being said, he often cooks for his work family to help them eat off a bad work day.

On the Menu: Carbonara, his grandmother’s specialty.

 

12. Hilda – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Hilda - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

In a cannibalistic household, you have to admire Hilda for remaining a vegetarian. Unlike her sister, Zelda, Hilda is the nurturing, gentle soul who keeps things real. She’s always in the kitchen preparing something like a vegetable pie for the Dark Lord.

On the Menu: Vegetable pie and Aunt Hilda’s “Truth-Telling” cake. You’ve been warned.

 
 

13. Hannibal Lecter – Hannibal

Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal

Hannibal puts much detail into his culinary skills, whipping up meals that appear succulent and mouth-watering. And though we have no doubt that the feast would look incredible, our appetites would be ruined by the whole cannibalism aspect.

On the Menu: Turkey that, most definitely, isn’t turkey.

 

14. Karen – One Tree Hill

Karen - One Tree Hill

Karen’s cafe was a staple in tree hill even before she was accepted into a cooking course in Italy. Though, I’m not sure the family dinner would be all that pleasant given their longstanding family drama.

On the Menu: Turkey-Breast Roulade with Mushroom Stuffing and garlic bread.

 

15. Janet – The Good Place

Janet - The Good Place

Listen, Janet cooked up a wicked plan with Michael, so I have no doubts about her culinary skills. She can get anything done and summoned with the snap of her fingers including a mouth-watering dinner.

On the Menu: Frozen yogurt in two flavors: Thanksgiving turkey and full cell phone battery, clam chowder, shrimp.

 

16. Liv – iZombie

Liv - iZombie

Liv is always experimenting with new dishes as she attempts to make brains taste better than they do. Seriously, we’re willing to pay for a zombie cookbook and just replace the protein, for obvious reasons.

On the Menu: Gnocchi Stuffed with brains, spaghetti with brains and lots of hot sauce.

 

17. Izzy – Grey’s Anatomy

Izzy - Grey's Anatomy

It’s revealed that Izzy can’t really cook during a Thanksgiving episode, but that doesn’t exclude her from our list because she’s a killer baker. The more stressed she is, the more muffins she bakes which is a win for her colleagues.

On the Menu: Her mother’s chocolate chip cupcakes with coconut extract.

 

18. Granny, Regina and Sabine – Once Upon a Time

Granny, Regina and Sabine - Once Upon a Time

Despite being cursed, Storybrooke is a “foodie town.” Granny’s is the heart of StoryBrooke and her lasagna is a staple for the locals. Regina’s signature dish is also lasagna, however, she also enjoys using apples as the main ingredient. And no one makes beignets quite like Sabine.

On the Menu: Granny’s lasagna, Regina’s apple cider, Sabine’s beignets.

 
 

19. Midge Maisel – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Midge Maisel - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Mrs. Maisel’s priorities in life include food and family. One blog described her as a “domestic goddess who cooks brisket like Julia Child,” so obviously, she’s in charge of Thanksgiving dinner.

On the menu: Retro appetizers like deviled eggs, gougeres and martinis with olives followed by meatloaf, shrimp and egg rolls.

 

20. Bob – Bob’s Burgers

Bob - Bob's Burgers

Bob is really big on Thanksgiving traditions which explains why there’s been several Thanksgiving episodes thus far. Bob is particular about having the perfect Thanksgiving as it blends his love of cooking with tradition. He even names and talks to his turkey!

On the Menu: Salad, rolls, cranberries, mashed potatoes and the turkey.

 

21. Grandma Ruby – black-ish

Grandma Ruby - black-ish

If you’re looking for gravy-slathered Thanksgiving options that are bad for your heart but make your stomach happy, look no further than Grandma Ruby’s holiday feast! After all, Thanksgiving is no time to be health conscious.

On the Menu: Granny’s specialty – a soul-licious spread of fried pork chops, biscuits, and thick-ass gravy.

 

22. Lily – How I Met Your Mother

Lily - How I Met Your Mother

Lily has the cooking skills of a gourmet chef but only cooks on special occasions. When she does dabble in the kitchen, her friends are in for a real treat.

On the Menu: Seared scallops, turkey, and mango chutney.

 

23. Alex Kamal – The Expanse

Alex Kamal - The Expanse

Alex is a blessing because not only is he a badass pilot, he’s also an incredible chef which, believe it or not, comes in handy when your in space.

On the Menu: Piping hot lasagna.

 

24. Max – 2 Broke Girls

Max - 2 Broke Girls

Max’s cupcakes are considered to be some of the best in town. While she offers some regular flavors, we’re particulary draw to the “specialty” ones. Who wouldn’t want delicious cupcakes as a Thanksgiving dessert?f

On the Menu: Cupcakes in two flavors – “The Salty and Spice” cupcake and “Beer Batter Maple Bacon” cupcake.

 

25. Raj – The Big Bang Theory

Raj - The Big Bang Theory

Raj takes Thanksgiving very seriously and it’s all hands on deck in his kitchen. However, the result? A holiday spread that will leave you full.

On the Menu: Corn, gravy, yam, rolls, cranberries, and turkey.

 

26. Regina – A Million Little Things

Regina - A Million Little Things

Regina is a talented chef with dreams of re-opening her own restaurant that will be successful this time around.

On the Menu: Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for all of her closest friends.

 

27. Violet Bordelon – Queen Sugar

Violet Bordelon - Queen Sugar

After years of baking some of the best pies in town, Aunt V was presented with the opportunity to sell them commercially and turned her passion into a business called, “Vi’s Prized Pies.”

On the Menu: Aunt Vi’s Prized Pies, obviously.


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2022 Emmy Awards: Full Winners List

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2022 Emmy Awards: Full Winners List

The 74th Emmy Awards graced us with their presence on Monday, Sept. 12.

And they did not disappoint. Broadcasting and streaming live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, TV’s finest delivered a night full of incredible and promising moments, including so many inspiring wins and acceptance speeches. 

Here’s a list of winners from the evening! Congrats to everyone!

 

Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

“The Beatles: Get Back” (Disney+)

Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

“George Carlin’s American Dream” (HBO)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Special, Pre-Recorded

“Adele One Night Only” (CBS)

Outstanding Variety Special (Live)

“The Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show” (NBC)

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul
Euphoria
Ozark
Severance
Squid Game
Stranger Things
Succession – WINNER
Yellowjackets

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Brian Cox, Succession
Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game – WINNER

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Adam Scott, Severance
Jeremy Strong, Succession

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show
Zendaya, Euphoria – WINNER

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nicholas Braun, Succession
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Park Hae-soo, Squid Game
Matthew Macfayden, Succession – WINNER
John Tuturro, Severance
Christopher Walken, Severance
Oh Yeong-su, Squid Game

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Patricia Arquette, Severance
Julia Garner, Ozark – WINNER
Jung Ho-yeon, Squid Game
Christina Ricci, Yellowjackets
Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul
J. Smith Cameron, Succession
Sarah Snook, Succession
Sydney Sweeney, Euphoria

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Adrien Brody, Succession
James Cromwell, Succession
Colman Domingo, Euphoria – WINNER
Arian Moayed, Succession
Tom Pelphrey, Ozark
Alexander Skarsgard, Succession

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Hope Davis, Succession
Marcia Gay Harden, The Morning Show
Martha Kelly, Euphoria
Sanaa Lathan, Succession
Harriet Walter, Succession
Lee You-mi, Squid Game – WINNER

Outstanding Comedy Series

Abbott Elementary
Barry
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Hacks
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Only Murders in the Building
Ted Lasso – WINNER
What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Bill Hader, Barry
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso – WINNER

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning, The Great
Issa Rae, Insecure
Jean Smart, Hacks – WINNER

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso – WINNER
Toheeb Jimoh, Ted Lasso
Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso
Tony Shaloub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary
Henry Winkler, Barry
Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
Janelle James, Abbott Elementary
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Sarah Niles, Ted Lasso
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary – WINNER
Juno Temple, Ted Lasso
Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Jerrod Carmichael, Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
James Lance, Ted Lasso
Nathan Lane, Only Murders in the Building – WINNER
Christopher McDonald, Hacks
Sam Richardson, Ted Lasso

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Adams, Hacks
Harriet Sansom Harris, Hacks
Jane Lynch, Only Murders in the Building
Laurie Metcalfe, Hacks – WINNER
Kaitlin Olson, Hacks
Harriet Walter, Ted Lasso

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

Dopesick
The Dropout
Inventing Anna
Pam & Tommy
The White Lotus – WINNER

Outstanding Television Movie

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers – WINNER
Ray Donovan: The Movie
Reno 911!: The Hunt for Q-Anon
The Survivor
Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Colin Firth, The Staircase
Andrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven
Oscar Isaac, Scenes from a Marriage
Michael Keaton, Dopesick – WINNER
Himesh Patel, Station Eleven
Sebastian Stan, Pam & Tommy

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Toni Collette, The Staircase
Julia Garner, Inventing Anna
Lily James, Pam & Tommy
Sarah Paulson, Impeachment: American Crime Story
Margaret Qualley, Maid
Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout – WINNER

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus – WINNER
Jake Lacy, The White Lotus
Will Poulter, Dopesick
Seth Rogen, Pam & Tommy
Peter Sarsgaard, Dopesick
Michael Stuhlbarg, Dopesick
Steve Zahn, The White Lotus

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Connie Britton, The White Lotus
Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus –  WINNER
Alexandra Daddario, The White Lotus
Kaitlyn Dever, Dopesick
Natasha Rothwell, The White Lotus
Sydney Sweeney, The White Lotus
Mare Winningham, Dopesick

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – WINNER
Late Night With Seth Meyers
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show
Saturday Night Live – WINNER

Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy – WINNER
The Problem With Jon Stewart
The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow
Fixer Upper: Welcome Home
Love Is Blind
Queer Eye – WINNER
Shark Tank

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

Below Deck Mediterranean
Cheer
Love on the Spectrum – WINNER
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
Selling Sunset

Outstanding Competition Program

The Amazing Race
Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Girls – WINNER
Nailed It!
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowsi and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye
Nicole Myer, Nailed It!
Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank
Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef
Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman, Making It
RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking

Changing The Game
Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches
When Claude Got Shot

Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama or Variety Series

Carpool Karaoke: The Series
I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson
Late Night With Seth Meyers: Corrections
Stephen Colbert Presents: Tooning Out the News
The Randy Rainbow Show

Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

Anthony A. Anderson, Anacostia
Bill Burr, Immoral Compass
Brendan Gleeson, State of the Union
Tim Robinson, I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson
Ikechukwu Ufomadu, Words With Ike (Cake)

Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

Jacinte Blankenship, Intersection
Patricia Clarkson, State of the Union
Desi Lydic, Desi Lydic Foxplains
Rhea Seehorn, Cooper’s Bar
Sydnee Washington, Bridesman

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Between the Scenes
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: Once Upon A Time In Late Night
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Whatcha Packin’ With Michelle Visage
Saturday Night Live Presents: Stories From The Show
Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program

The Boys Presents: Diabolical
Love, Death + Robots
Robot Chicken
Star Wars: Visions
When Billie Met Lisa


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When Does ‘Jeopardy’ Season 39 Premiere?

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When Does 'Jeopardy' Season 39 Premiere?

Jeopardy! is back with brand new episodes of the beloved game show!

Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik take the podium as permanent co-hosts for the upcoming 39th season, which kicks off September 12, 2022. Jennings and Bialik co-hosted season 38 as well, but they were not officially named hosts yet. 

They will be splitting duties with Jennings kicking off the season in September, hosting the inaugural Second Chance competition and the Tournament of Champions featuring Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, Mattea Roach, Ryan Long, and more. His hosting run will go through the end of December, per TV Line. He will also be introduced for the first time as “host of Jeopardy!”

The coveted Tournament of Champions is slated to begin on Monday, October 31. Throughout the tournament’s run, one episode will air that will not impact the outcome of the competition.

Michael Davis, who is the executive producer this season, said during the Inside Jeopardy! Podcast that the special will pay tribute to the late Alex Trebek on the anniversary of his death.

There’s a lot Jeopardy! content that fans can look forward to this season, including Celebrity Jeopardy kicking off on Sunday, September 25. Bialik will host the celebrity-focused primetime special, exclusively, before taking over hosting duties from Jennings in January. She’s also set to host a couple of new tournaments as well as the Jeopardy! National College Championship depending on her Call Me Kat schedule and availability. Celebrity Jeopardy! will run a full hour with plenty of famous faces testing their knowledge. 

Find out when Wheel of Fortune Season 40 returns right here

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‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’ Renewed for Season 2 — But What Comes Next?

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If you logged onto the internet today and saw Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin trending, you knew it could go either one of two ways—either HBO Max renewed the series for a second season… or, the murder mystery met its match and was a short-lived, yet promising, run. 

Thankfully, it’s the former!

HBO Max has decided to stick around Millwood for a bit longer as it officially renewed the series, per The Hollywood Reporter.

The show’s 10-episode run impressed fans and even tied up loose ends by revealing who ‘A’ was rather than stringing the mystery along for several seasons like its predecessor on Freeform.

“We are so proud of the incredible response both critically and from fans that Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin has received,” said HBO Max head of originals Sarah Aubrey. “Viewers have embraced our new generation of Liars, and Roberto and Lindsay’s brilliantly dark, horror-fueled take on this iconic franchise. Along with Alloy and Warner Bros. Television, we are thrilled to continue the Pretty Little Liars legacy.”

PLL: OS, created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and co-creator Lindsay Calhoon Bring, is now considered a legacy title and joins the ranks of Sex and the City and Gossip Girl, both of which were renewed by the streamer. 

Season 1 starred Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria, Malia Pyles, Maia Reficco, Mallory Bechtel, Sharon Leal, Elena Goode, Eric Johnson, Alex Aiono and Lea Salonga.

Madison evens showed off her excitement in this celebratory tweet:

As for why the season wrapped up its core mystery, Bring previously told TVLine, “It was important to us with a cable show — a short-order show, a serialized show — to complete these stories and complete these mysteries,” adding, “Roberto and I love a complete story, so we wanted to complete these mysteries.” Of course, this begs the question, what’s next?

The door was left slightly ajar with “A” escaping the hospital in order to seek his revenge on Chip, one of the show’s villains in his own right, but with the mystery of the masked killer’s identity revealed, it’s unclear how the series will keep up the intriguing in a second season. However, Aguirre-Sacasa promised it would follow the same group of girls and seemed confident that viewers would remain hooked noting that they have  “some preliminary ideas.”

“We certainly have a lot of places for these characters to go, new mysteries to tell and hopefully new ways to scare people,” he added.

Either way, we can’t wait. 

You can catch up on all the PLL: Original Sin Season 1 content right here!


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