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2006 May Sweeps April 27 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:

American Inventor (ABC; ends at 8 PM)-Part 2 of 2; best of the auditions.

Survivor: Panama (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-Since Terry has possession of the hidden Immunity Idol, it's clear the Casaya alliance will have to vote out one of their own at the next Tribal Council.  As the winner of all three individual Immunity Challenges, Terry knows he must win again if he wants to stay in the game.  Will he be able to win his fourth straight Individual Immunity or will he have to finally use the hidden Immunity Idol he found on Exile Island?  Either way, it's clear the Casaya alliance will have to eat one of their own at the next Tribal Council.  When the remaining six are split into two teams of three to compete in the Reward Challenge, the excitement is taken to a new level when the winning team learns they get the chance to compete in a second individual Reward Challenge to win a GMC Yukon.  Which lucky castaway walks away with this season's biggest reward so far?  As the end of the game nears, the survivors begin to focus on the pros and cons of who they remain aligned with.  Can Terry finally talk any of the survivors into forming a new alliance?  With new threats emerging in the game, everyone seems to have their own ideas of what should happen at Tribal Council.  Find out whose manipulative ways win out.  The eleventh tribe member departs the island.

Will & Grace (NBC; ends at 7:30 PM)-Friends and family gather for the funeral of Will's father.  During the reception everyone shares with Will fond last memories of his father, while Will's last memory of his father is not as pleasant.  As he tries to come to terms with their last fight, Marilyn (recurring guest star Blythe Danner) helps him realize the changes he must make in his life.  Will's ex-boyfriend Vince (returning guest star Bobby Cannavale) also attends the funeral service.  Meanwhile, Grace attempts to comfort the grieving younger members of the family and begins to doubt her ability to be a good mother.

That ‘70s Show (FOX; ends at 7:30 PM)-When Samantha’s real husband shows up unexpectedly, Hyde learns that his marriage is null and void.  Jackie is tired of being single so she creates a list of ideal qualities she wants in a man, only to realize her prince charming is right next door.  Meanwhile, Red loses business when a big automotive store opens in town, so he decides to sell his shop and retire.

Everybody Hates Chris (UPN; ends at 7:30 PM)-After finding his father's Playboy Magazine, Chris decides to bring it to school, where bully Joey Caruso steals it, but when Chris and Greg attempt to get it back before Julius knows its missing, things go from bad to worse when the school principal confiscates it.

Smallville (WB; ends at 8 PM)-While in Metropolis, Clark saves the life of a stranger named Graham Garrett (guest star), who vows to repay Clark for his kindness.  Unfortunately, Graham happens to be a hit man with the ability to cloak himself, and he decides killing Lex would be the best gift he could give Clark.  Meanwhile, Clark confronts Lana about her relationship with Lex.

7:30 PM:

That ‘70s Show (FOX; ends at 8 PM)-When Jackie realizes she has feelings for Fez, she turns to Donna for help and sees a therapist for love advice.  After the doctor tells her she is only interested in unavailable men, Jackie is relieved...until Fez gets dumped and she’s still interested.  Meanwhile, Hyde tries to keep Red busy with fix-it projects until his plan backfires when Red embraces retirement.

Love, Inc. (UPN; ends at 8 PM)

8 PM:

American Inventor (ABC; ends at 9 PM)-Three semi-finalists will see how they use the $50,000 they've been given to finalize their invention.  Mary Lou Quinlan, one of our expert judges, will mentor three inventors and guide them through the process of working with product designers, packaging companies, marketing executives, and product testing.  In an ultimate challenge, the inventors will have their new and improved product tested to see if it delivers, and Mary Lou will face the difficult decision of choosing one of her three to move on to the final round, one step closer to winning one million dollars and becoming the next great "American Inventor."

C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-Solving the case of a wealthy defense attorney killed at her son's wedding is compromised when all of the evidence from the case is stolen along with Nick's car.  At first, the C.S.I.s surmise that whoever took Nick's car must also have killed the groom's mother.  However, as they retrace their steps and gather new evidence, the team begins to suspect that someone in the bridal party may be responsible for this "not so happily ever after" occasion.

My Name is Earl (NBC; ends at 8:30 PM)-While hanging out next to a storm drain, Earl and Randy come across an object from their past...a police badge.  Several years earlier, Earl, Randy, and Joy engaged in a scam in which they stole people's shoes, including the contents inside, at a bowling alley.  One item this scam yielded was a police badge.  With the reemergence of this badge, Earl tracks down the police officer it belonged to in order to take care of number 127 on his list, "stole a badge from a police officer."  Earl finds that the cop suffered a demotion as a result of having his badge stolen.  Earl devises a tactic to get the officer's job back.

The O.C. (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-Harbor School’s Senior Prom brings out the best and the worst in everyone.  Taylor hits a high at prom, while Summer falls flat with her surprising prom date.  Seth and Anna (returning guest star Samaire Armstrong) come up with a prom plan to win Summer back.  Meanwhile, Marissa convinces Volchok to go to the prom and Ryan brings an unexpected old flame.  When one of the girls is elected prom queen, it truly becomes a night to remember.  Later, when Taylor’s prom funds are missing, Ryan returns to his old ways and prom night turns brutal.  Recently ousted "American Idol 5" O.C. native Lisa Tucker guest stars as herself.

Eve (UPN; ends at 8:30 PM)

Supernatural (WB; ends at 9 PM)-Sam has a vision of a family being attacked in the same manner as the attack on his mom, so he, Dean, and John head off to Salvation, Iowa, to save this family and finally kill the demon using the Colt gun.  However, Meg (recurring guest star Nicki Aycox) calls and lets the family know she is going to start killing their friends unless they return the gun.  John meets Meg to deliver a fake gun, while the boys are left to deal with the demon.

8:30 PM:

The Office (NBC; ends at 9 PM)-When Dwight finds half a joint in the Dunder Mifflin parking lot, he puts on his Volunteer Sheriff's uniform and launches a full investigation...prompting Michael to ask for an unusual favor.  Pam playfully issues a challenge to Jim and he does his best to follow through with it.

Cuts (UPN; ends at 9 PM)-After an embarrassing turn as a guest speaker at Darius' (guest star Omarion) business class, Kevin attempts to save face and prove himself by auditing the class, and participating in a marketing competition.  Countess Vaughn ("The Parkers") guest stars as Kelli, Darius' classmate.  Meanwhile, unhappy with the way he dresses, Tiffany enlists Candy and Faith's help to discreetly give her boyfriend Jeremy a make over.

9 PM:

Commander in Chief (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Mac calls on her new Attorney General to look into the growing urban unrest in nearby Prince George's County, Maryland, which she learns is where Chief of Staff Jim Gardner is from.  At the same time, a friend from Gardner's past unexpectedly visits him at the White House and gives him a first-hand account of the situation, one that hits closer to home.  Meanwhile, Mac is briefed on the situation of the missing surface-to-air missiles that went down in a military plane crash over Pakistan and have now surfaced on the black market, and she must use all means necessary to ensure the weapons don't fall into the hands of terrorists.  On the Hill, Templeton is championing the Templeton Act targeting domestic crime, which Mac threatens to veto, opting for more law enforcement and education over the bill's calls for tougher sentencing.  When Dickie learns of Vince's plans for a commitment ceremony with his partner, he urges him not to invite Mac, lest it hurt her in the polls.

Without a Trace (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-The team attempts to locate a 15-year-old Olympic-hopeful figure skater named Kelly (guest star Katija Pevec) who was last seen at the local ice rink as she practiced for the next day's competition.  Suspects include the ice rink's manager, who used a different surname to hide the fact that he had served time for raping a teen-aged girl, the anonymous person who left a decapitated rat inside Kelly's locker, and the 40-something man with whom she had an emotional conversation in a parking lot two weeks ago.  Meanwhile, though Jack is excited to introduce Anne to his younger daughter, Kate (guest star Laura Marano), Anne is anxious about how Kate will respond to meeting her.  Tracey Needham ("Life Goes On," "JAG") guest stars as the missing girl's mother.

E.R. (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-Abby senses that something is not quite right when a grandmother (guest star Diane Ladd) and her 12 year-old grandaughter are brought into the E.R.  Sam's imprisoned ex-husband Steve (recurring guest star Garret Dillahunt) is brought into the E.R. and all the doctors assume that he is faking, but when further tests prove otherwise, Steve finds his way to the operating table.  Meanwhile, tensions run high when Morris and Albright argue over a patient, but when Morris denies a surgery, Albright quickly changes her tune.  Meanwhile, Pratt heads to Africa to help Carter and quickly realizes how difficult life will be.

11:30 PM:

The Showbiz Show with David Spade (Comedy Central; ends at Midnight)-A look at how Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira announced their new jobs.  Also: Spade's search for a new personal assistant.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 7 PM, watch “Survivor: Panama;” record “Will & Grace” on TiVo, “American Inventor” on VCR 1, the two episodes of “That ‘70s Show” on VCR 2, “Smallville” on VCR 3, and “Everybody Hates Chris” on VCR 4.  At 8 PM, watch “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation;” record “My Name is Earl”/“The Office” on TiVo, the second “American Inventor” on VCR 1, “The O.C.” on VCR 2, “Supernatural” on VCR 3, and “Cuts” on VCR 4 (at 8:30 PM.)  At 9 PM, watch “Without a Trace;” record “E.R.” on TiVo and “Commander in Chief” on VCR 1.   At 11:30 PM, watch “The Showbiz Show with David Spade.”

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