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Originally published Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 5:30 AM

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Wednesday TV Picks: 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'

TV picks for Nov. 21, 2012, include the film "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" on the CW; "CSI" on CBS; and "Top Chef: Seattle" on Bravo.

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'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'

A perfectly timed screening of the late John Hughes' 1987 road movie about two strangers (Steve Martin and John Candy) who use several forms of transportation to get home for Thanksgiving. Some of the humor is a bit crude ("Those aren't pillows!"), but Martin does a great stressed-out businessman; Edie McClurg's car rental agent is a stitch ("Gobble, gobble"); and Candy's shower-curtain-ring salesman, Del Griffith, starts off as every traveler's nightmare but emerges as the heart and soul of this comedy. 8 p.m. Wednesday on the CW (

Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff or on Twitter @dougknoop

Also on Wednesday

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (1971), 6 p.m. (ABC Family): A poor boy and his grandfather win a tour through the marvelous factory of a wily confectioner.

"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," 8 p.m. (ABC): The Peanuts gang gathers around Charlie's pingpong table for an unusual feast; a bonus cartoon is "This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers."

"Whitney," 8 p.m. (NBC): When Whitney is hard up for cash, she and Alex decide to share a joint checking account; Mark buys a bar.

"CSI," 10 p.m. (CBS): Five bodies are discovered in what seems to be a meteor site in the desert; when Finlay recognizes one of the casualties, she reminisces about her past.

"My Life is a Lifetime Movie," 10 p.m. (Lifetime): A teacher is accused of being a sex offender; a woman is obsessed with her next-door neighbors.

"Top Chef: Seattle," 10:01 p.m. (Bravo): In the Quickfire, the chefs make dumplings from all over the world; Tom and Emeril lead teams in a Thanksgiving battle for the Elimination Challenge.

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