John-O-Hurly-InsertAnother Thanksgiving Holiday tradition happens on Thursday, November 28 on NBC (12-2 p.m. across all time zones), and it celebrates America’s continued fascination with man’s best friend. It is “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” and it will be hosted by actor, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld,” “Dancing with the Stars”) and expert analyst David Frei, an AKC-licensed judge and host of USA Network’s “The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.”
NBC’s Mary Carillo will report from the benching area and inside the show ring. The telecast will showcase some 1,500 purebred canines competing for the title of “Best in Show,” with $20,000 in prize money and enormous prestige at stake. Unlike traditional dog show coverage, the National Dog Show offers the country’s 65 million pet-owning households an afternoon of family-oriented features, facilitated by the open format of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia event. As one of the only remaining “benched” dog shows, all of the competing breeds are on display all day for the visiting public.