WATCH | It’s easy to love the annual tradition of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but let’s face it: It’s starting to get as stale as Grandma’s breadsticks. We’ve got ways to upgrade it in 2016.
For the last couple of years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has averaged 22.4 million viewers according to Deadline. Not bad, but the 2015 edition still fell about 6 million viewers short of cracking the Nielsen Top 10 for the year. If NBC wants to shake things up, we’ve got a few suggestions.
1. Have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host it.
Look, the "Today" show hosts have done a fine job with the running commentary, but you know Tina and Amy’s improv skills would deliver unprecedented hilarity.
Viewers might take notice, too: When the comic duo hosted the Golden Globes for the first time 2013, there was a 6 percent surge in ratings; and when they returned to host in 2014, they ushered in the highest Golden Globes Nielsen rating in a decade.
2. Turn the ho-hum, lip-synced performances into something closer to "Lip Sync Battle."
Many songs on the promenade are more lip-synced than Ashlee Simpson's "SNL" performance. Have those singers face off in "Lip Sync Battle" mode; Chrissy Teigen can pick the winner.
3. Give us parade floats full of hologram celebrities.
We’ve already seen Biggie, Tupac and Marilyn Monroe holograms on stationary stages; how cool would it be to wave at all of them on a float?
4. If all else fails, ditch all performances in favor of "Hamilton."
Look, that show is super popular right now, and maybe Lin-Manuel Miranda can also freestyle a rap about the history of Thanksgiving or something.
Parade organizers should strike while the iron is hot, especially if they don’t want to miss their ... shot.