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2006 May Sweeps April 30 Listings

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

6 PM:

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC; ends at 7 PM)-Part 1 of 2.

60 Minutes (CBS; ends at 7 PM)

Dateline NBC (NBC; ends at 7 PM)

6:30 PM:

King of the Hill (FOX; ends at 7 PM)-When Bobby gets a job to earn money for trendy jeans, he meets a young, urban freeloader, Derek (guest voice Dax Shepard), and realizes there might be an easier way.  Bobby and Joseph toss the job and join Derek and his friends panhandling outside hip stores.

7 PM:

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC; ends at 8 PM)-Part 2 of 2.

Cold Case (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-Lilly and the team tackle a 1945 case involving an ambitious reporter recently demoded to writing trivial advice columns after a heady period covering Eleanor Roosevelt.  The case takes shape when Lilly discovers that the journalist was pushed off a ramp at a busy train station and her broken purse strap suggest her death might have been a purse snatching gone bad.  However, as the investigation continues, Lilly learns that the journalist had several enemies, including a competitive co-worker and plenty of angry readers who thought a woman's place was in the home and not gallivanting around the world with Eleanor Roosevelt.  Now, Lilly and company must narrow down their search for a murderer.

The West Wing (NBC; ends at 8 PM)-While Santos is wrapped up in choosing his new Vice President, Helen is overwhelmed by the issues facing the new First Family.  Meanwhile, Vinick must find a new road now that the election is over.

The Simpsons (FOX; ends at 7:30 PM)-Springfield is in an uproar after Principal Skinner makes a sexist comment at the end of an “Itchy and Scratchy” musical.  Principal Skinner is replaced by Melanie Upfoot (guest voice Frances McDormand), a women’s educational expert, who decides to divide the school into two different schools: one for boys, and one for girls.  Studious Lisa soon becomes frustrated when she isn’t learning anything from “girls’ school.”  When the Principal refuses to allow her to take math at the boys’ school, Lisa decides to dress up as a boy.  While Bart teaches her the ropes of boyhood, Lisa wins the math award at the Student Achievement Awards and learns what it’s really like to be a part of the “boys’ club.”

Charmed (WB; ends at 8 PM)

The Surreal Life 6 (VH1; ends at 7:30 PM)-The Surreal Lifers learn that today is Battle of the 80's Hair Bands.  CC and the rest of the gang are challenged by Poison tribute band Posin to rock their wigs off performing the Poison hit "Talk Dirty to Me."  Tawny is road manager of the band and sets off the rest of the house with her bizarre behavior and inability to run the show.  Alexis and Steve both mutiny, and CC is sure this will be the time he grabs a drink because the pressure to perform well is overwhelming.  Later, Andrea unleashes her hatred of Florence to a bewildered Maven.  She claims that Flo unfairly judges her, and sees her only for her Playboy work.  Andrea complains that she takes her clothes off because she can, and challenges Florence to "take your clothes off.  You won't look half as good as I do."

7:30 PM:

The War at Home (FOX; ends at 7:30 PM)-Season finale.

Hogan Knows Best (VH1; ends at 8 PM)-Brooke is practicing her songs for a big showcase at a Miami nightclub and she asks Jerry, a fellow touring musician, to come to Florida to help her prepare.  It seems that Jerry is more than just a friend though.  Hulk gets worried he may no longer be the main man in Brooke's life.  So he decides to put Jerry through various tests of manhood to see if he's Hogan material.

8 PM:

Desperate Housewives (ABC; ends at 9 PM)-Karl breaks up with Edie, who has no idea that Susan is now the "other woman;" Lynette tries to help Ed heat up his sex life; Bree finds out that Peter (recurring guest star Lee Tergesen) has another addiction; and Lily's father comes back to claim his daughter.

Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Tom Selleck stars as New England police chief Jesse Stone in this strong whodunit about the murder of a troubled 14-year-old prep-school girl found floating in a local lake.  The investigation reveals the girl was pregnant and was estranged from her parents, who never reported her missing.  This is the third "Jesse Stone" TV-movie, following "Stone Cold" and "Jesse Stone: Night Passage," to be adapted from the novels of Robert B. Parker.  Orla Brady, William Devane, Steven Flynn, and Viola Davis also star.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC; ends at 9 PM)

Family Guy (FOX; ends at 8:30 PM)-While visiting the Griffins, Brian’s gay cousin Jasper announces he’s engaged to his partner and wants to be married in their home, but when Mayor West bans gay marriage in Quahog to cover up an unrelated scandal, Brian becomes a crazed activist and resorts to hostile ways to change the mayor’s decision.  Meanwhile, Lois questions her view toward gay marriage and Chris joins the extremist “Young Republicans” group to win a girl’s heart.

So NoTORIous (VH1; ends at 8:30 PM)-After an argument with her friends, Tori encounters Farrah Fawcett's masseur, Howard, who has accidentally gotten into the wrong elevator.  Howard is a gregarious, ingratiating guy who offers Tori a free massage and suggests she buy all her friends massages to patch things up.  Tori's gesture backfires though: Howard is an inveterate gossip who passes information from one friend to the next, and the friends find themselves in a downward spiral, digging deeper in their collective history to reopen old wounds and find new reasons for recrimination, resentment, and rancor.

8:30 PM:

American Dad (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-Stan wants Steve to be popular and goes to desperate measures giving him steroids to make him bigger, better, and part of the in-crowd at school, but when the steroids have an unexpected side effect, Steve gets a lot more attention than anyone expected.  Meanwhile, after Haley makes a movie about Francine’s life as a housewife, Francine is determined to start a new career as a doctor.

9 PM:

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Izzie grills George about the personal details of his life, Addison takes Alex to task about a sensitive case, and Burke feels the pressure when he treats his musical hero.  This show has not aired a new episode for a while now.  Do you remember that Chris O'Donnell joined the cast at the end of the last one?

Crossing Jordan (NBC; ends at 10 PM)

12:30 AM:

Robot Chicken (Adult Swim; ends at 12:45 AM)-People of all ages love the new toy, Morning Wood!  A man's groin is possessed in Idle Nuts.  Live in fear when a giant midget attacks!  A cleaning woman finds the Batcave the hard way.  Atreyu and Falcor kick off a Neverending Party!  An evening news broadcast spins out of control.

1 AM:

Minoriteam (Adult Swim; ends at 1:15 AM)-The White Shadow traps the team in a mirror world, where everything is backward and their powers are muted.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 9 AM, watch “Hogan Knows Best”/“The Surreal Life 6” when it airs early at this time on VH1 (the shows are switched in the early airings.)  At 10 AM, watch “So NoTORIous” when it airs early at this time on VH1.  At 6:30 PM, watch “King of the Hill.”  At 7 PM, watch “The West Wing;” record “Cold Case” on TiVo and “The Simpsons” on VCR 1.  At 8 PM, watch “Desperate Housewives;” record “Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise” on TiVo and “Family Guy”/“American Dad” on VCR 1.  At 9 PM, watch “Grey’s Anatomy;” continue recording “Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise” on TiVo.  At 12:30 AM, watch or TiVo “Robot Chicken.”  At 1 AM, watch or TiVo “Minoriteam.”

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