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2006 February Sweeps March 1 Listings

(Show titles in the larger size are the shows I recommend; reruns are not listed; all times are in the Mountain Time Zone)

7 PM:

“George Lopez” (ABC; ends at 7:30 PM)-Angie's scam artist brother, Ray (guest starring Andy Garcia as Ray), reappears after a long absence looking to make amends with his estranged daughter, Veronica (guest star Aimee Garcia), and the Lopez family, but George is the first to see through Ray's transparent scheme when Ray asks Veronica to tap into her inheritance to invest in a new company.

“Still Standing” (CBS; ends at 7:30 PM)

“Deal or No Deal” (NBC; ends at 8 PM)-Part 3 of 5.  Last night, contestants were surprised when the new stakes were revealed.  The top prize was $1.5 million...and as the week progresses, the top prize will escalate each night by an additional one-half million dollars, concluding on Friday, March 3 with a $3-million-dollar prize.  Mark Adrian from Burlington, New Jersey and Cindy Pridgeon of El Cajon, California compete.

“American Idol 5” (FOX; ends at 8:30 PM)-90-minute episode.  The Top 10 boys perform for America, hoping to win enough votes to stay in the competition.  As for last night...Mandisa turned in yet another great performance.  Even though the judges didn't like her, I liked Kinnik's version of Gretchen Wilson's “Here for the Party.”  I think that Kat McPhee and Heather Cox will be the next females to go on Thursday.

“America’s Next Top Model: Where the Girls Are” (UPN; ends at 8 PM)-Special.  Updates on contestants from previous seasons...including Nicole Linkletter (the fifth season winner who participates in her Paris photo-shoot), Yoanna House, Camille McDonald, and Eva Pigford...before the sixth season premieres next Wednesday.

“One Tree Hill” (WB; ends at 8 PM)-A normal day becomes deadly when a despondent student brings a gun to Tree Hill High.  While lives hang in the balance, Nathan and Lucas put themselves at risk to protect their friends and loved ones.  Why did I know that they were going to do a Columbine plotline when they had that social outcast get mocked two weeks ago?

7:30 PM:

“Freddie” (ABC; ends at 8 PM)-Freddie has a lovely dream that The Pussycat Dolls are in his bedroom, but is sadly awakened by Grandma's nagging.  Freddie helps Chris interview potential chefs for his new restaurant, and they meet the eccentric Martin (guest star George Takei) and easygoing, inexperienced Spyder (guest star Kiko Ellsworth)...whom Chris hires on the spot, over Freddie's objections.  Chris has some wild ideas for his new restaurant that Freddie tells him won't work.  When Chris gets upset though, Freddie realizes he has to be a supportive friend, so he buries his objections to help Chris create a restaurant that is truly his own.

“Still Standing” (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-Second new episode.

8 PM:

“Lost” (ABC; ends at 9 PM)-A desperate Claire, along with Kate and Rousseau, attempts a return to the scene of her kidnapping where she believes she might find the cure for Baby Aaron's mysterious illness.  Meanwhile, Jack and Locke must keep their prisoner a secret from the rest of the survivors.  It was weird two weeks ago when the timer ran out and became symbols...just to start the clock over again.  Was the clock giving the button-pusher a grace period?

“Criminal Minds” (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-Gideon, Hotchner, and their team reopen the unsolved case of a serial killer who has attacked someone for the first time in 20 years.  The serial killer resurfaces after 20 years of silence and contacts the Behavioral Analysis Unit with the promise that he will kill another victim in the next five days.  As the team springs into action, Gideon enlists the help of a former colleague who worked the case when it was fresh to help find the killer.

“Spying on Myself” (A&E; ends at 8:30 PM)-Series premiere.  A reality series in which people are disguised so they can interact with people they know and hear what is said about them.  In the premiere, a woman goes undercover to find out what her best friend really thinks about her fiancι.

“Project Runway 2” (Bravo; ends at 9 PM)-In Part 1 of a two-part second-season finale, the remaining three designers return to their respective homes to create their line, which will ultimately be showcased in a face-off at fashion week.  Included: a look at the contestants' personal lives, as Tim Gunn visits them at their homes.

8:30 PM:

“Free Ride” (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-Series premiere.  This show is a partially improvised comedy that follows recent UC Santa Barbara graduate Nate Stahlings (Josh Dean) as he boomerangs home to move back in with his parents in their small Midwestern town, Johnson City, MO.  Upon his return, he discovers his mom Margo (Loretta Fox) and dad Bob (Allan Havey) are knee-deep in marriage therapy and his bedroom has been turned into a gym.  The good news is that Nate reconnects with cute former-classmate-turned-local-bank-teller Amber Danwood (Erin Cahill); the bad news is she’s newly engaged.  Nate also hooks up with Mark Dove (Dave Sheridan), a guy who peaked in high school and has been cruising downhill in his monster truck ever since.  Dove takes Nate under his “wing” to show him the local party scene, which turns out to be way more mild than wild.  Also starring Dan Wells as Steve Moss, Kirby Heyborne as Dillon, Jordan Black as Calvin, Steve Berg as Ronnie, and Chad Brokay as Tyler.

“Spying on Myself” (A&E; ends at 9 PM)-Second new episode.  A woman dons a disguise to have lunch with her estranged father.

9 PM:

“The Barbara Walters Special” (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Four of the hottest stars in show business...history making George Clooney, the newest TV super star Patrick Dempsey, “sexiest man alive” Matthew McConaughey, and comeback queen Mariah Carey...sit down with Barbara Walters to share their thoughts and perspective on their meteoric year.  This year, for the first time, the special will air on the last night of sweeps and will air on a different night other than Oscar night.

“C.S.I: NY” (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Mac, Stella, and Det. Flack uncover the latest fantasy game sweeping New Yorkers of every class and status...an assassination game called “water gun wars,” where each player receives a pack of photos from an unknown source, and then must track and shoot their targets with a water gun or balloon before another player kills them first.  Meanwhile, when a woman (guest star Paula Trickey, “The O.C.”) is found dead in her Manhattan apartment, Danny, Sheldon, and Det. Kaile Maka (Kelly Hu, X2: X-Men United) trace her steps to an exotic cuisine event where the main course includes live centipedes, Brazilian cockroaches, live octopus, and fried tarantulas, among other delicacies.  Kevin Rahm (“Judging Amy”) and Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld”) guest star as a chef who prepares exotic foods and his patron at an exotic cuisine event.

“Law & Order” (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-After a teenaged runaway is found shot in the chest, Detectives Fontana and Green begin to suspect his upstate “soccer mom,” who admits she killed her vicious son out of fear that he would follow in his criminal father's footsteps.  As A.D.A.'s McCoy and Borgia charge her with second-degree murder, the defendant's attorney claims that her client did society a favor by ending her son's life prematurely...and new video evidence might sway a jury.

10 PM:

“Real Housewives of Orange County: The 100 Presentation Reel” (Bravo; ends at 10:30 PM)-Special.  Profiles feature families of Orange County, California.

11:30 PM:

“Drawn Together” (Comedy Central; ends at 12 AM)-The housemates pitch in when Xandir decides to open up about his sexuality to his parents.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 7 PM, watch “George Lopez”/“Freddie;” record “American Idol 5” on TiVo, “Deal or No Deal” on VCR 1, “One Tree Hill” on VCR 2, and “America’s Next Top Model: Where the Girls Are” on VCR 3.  At 8 PM, watch “Lost;” record “American Idol 5”/“Free Ride” on TiVo and “Criminal Minds” on VCR 2.  At 9 PM, watch “The Barbara Walters Special;” record “Law & Order” on VCR 1, “C.S.I: NY” on VCR 2, and “Project Runway 2” on VCR 3 when it repeats at this time on Bravo.  At 10 PM, watch “Real Housewives of Orange County: The 100 Presentation Reel.”  At 11:30 PM, watch “Drawn Together.”  At Midnight, watch the two episodes of “Spying on Myself” when it repeats at this time on A&E.

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