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2006 May Sweeps May 11 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)-In this recap episode of the last four shows, relive the journey that our 12 semifinalists took when they used the $50,000 they were given to finalize their inventions.  The final four inventors will be highlighted and shown moving on to the final round and one step closer to winning one million dollars.

Survivor: Panama (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-With a one-in-four shot at winning a million dollars, the Final Four survivors are feeling the pressure.  A final four celebration gets ugly when one survivor blows up at another and quickly divides the camp.  As the competition heats ups, sparks fly between two survivors in one of the most intense Reward Challenges yet.  Accusations and insults leave everyone on edge.  Additionally, Tribal Council proves to be one of the season's most intense.  Who will be the next to go home?

Will & Grace (NBC; ends at 7:40 PM)-40-minute "Supersize" episode.  As Will and Grace are settling into the idea of raising the baby together, Will's boyfriend Vince (recurring guest star Bobby Cannavale) surprises him with an announcement that will ultimately lead Will to choose between his commitment to Grace and his relationship with Vince.  Meanwhile, Karen shocks everyone when she announces that she has a sister, Gin (guest star Bernadette Peters), who was injured as a child during a game of Twister.  Jack, on the other hand, is comforted by a man (guest star Josh Lucas) after a devastating discovery when his new show "The Badge" premieres.

That ‘70s Show (FOX; ends at 7:30 PM)-When Jackie declares her love to Fez and gets turned down, she makes his life miserable until Fez fights back in an all-out war.  When words are exchanged and Fez takes it too far, Jackie isn’t the only one who gets hurt.  Meanwhile, Bob decides to sell his house and move to Florida, which sparks some life-changing decisions for Donna.

Everybody Hates Chris (UPN; ends at 7:30 PM)-Season finale.  When Julius decides that the best Father's Day gift he can receive is spending the day alone, an upset Rochelle decides to take the kids out to places Julius would never go.  Meanwhile, Chris is determined to find the perfect gift for his father.

Smallville (WB; ends at 8 PM)-Season finale.  Brainiac (recurring guest star James Marsters) unleashes a deadly virus, which will kill millions of people, and refuses to give Clark the vaccine unless he agrees to release General Zod.  Clark turns to Lionel, who once again channels Jor-El.  Meanwhile, Lex is stunned by his newfound powers and shares the discovery with Lana, who decides to stand by her new man, unaware of the shocking turn Lex's life is about to take due to Brainiac's evil machinations.

Behind the Music: Ratt (VH1; ends at 8 PM)-Special.  Ratt is profiled using clips and interviews, including a never-televised interview with guitarist Robbin Crosby, conducted three years before his death in 2002.

7:30 PM:

X-Men: The Last Stand Preview (FOX; ends at 7:37 PM)-Special.  A 7-minute preview of X-Men: The Last Stand.  The third installment of the X-Men movie franchise stars Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry.

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

7:37 PM:

That ‘70s Show: The Final Goodbye (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-Special.  FOX bids farewell to one of its longest-running series with a retrospective special that celebrates 200 episodes and eight seasons by taking a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the show. This special features interviews with all the cast members and director, as well as past guest stars such as Brooke Shields, Bruce Willis, Luke Wilson, Lindsay Lohan, and The Rock.  It also features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and up-close-and-personal segments taped with many of the cast; outtakes from classic episodes and never-before-seen clips rescued from the editing room floor; and an inside look at the final week of taping the show, including some of the funniest and most touching moments.

7:40 PM:

My Name is Earl (NBC; ends at 8:20 PM)-40-minute "Supersize" season finale.  On the suggestion of Darnell, Earl decides to cross off number one from his list, "stole ten dollars from a guy at the Camden Market."  Earl soon discovers though he owes the guy more than ten dollars...in fact he he owes him all of his lotto winnings.  Now penniless and desperately trying to continue with his list, Earl wonders when his karma is going kick in and turn his misfortunes around for the better.

8 PM:

American Inventor (ABC; ends at 9 PM)-In the second hour of back-to-back episodes, viewers will see the four finalists struggle to make a 30-second commercial that best highlights their invention.  The commercials will be shown and America will vote on who should win the one million dollar prize.

C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-Part 1 of 2.  A man accused of murdering his wife and co-workers leads the C.S.I.s on a wild chase through a busy Vegas casino.  As the man barricades himself and a hostage in a casino hotel room, the C.S.I.s sift through the overwhelming evidence in order to determine whether the man worked alone or with an accomplice.  When time begins to run out, one member of the team puts his life on the line and steps in as hostage negotiator in a last ditch attempt to save an innocent victim.

Eve (UPN; ends at 8:30 PM)-Season finale.

Behind the Music: Pantera (VH1; ends at 9 PM)-Special.  Influential heavy-metal band Pantera is profiled using performance clips and interviews, including the fateful day of December 8, 2004, when guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was shot and killed onstage with his new band, Damageplan, by a crazed fan.

8:20 PM:

The Office (NBC; ends at 9 PM)-40-minute "Supersize" season finale.  Michael and the Dunder Mifflin crew hold a Casino Night for charity in their warehouse and take some big gambles.

8:30 PM:

Cuts (UPN; ends at 9 PM)-Season finale.  Still upset over her breakup with Jeremy, Tiffany decides she is ready to move on and accepts her father's (recurring guest star Corbin Bernsen) offer of becoming Senior V.P. of Development for Sherwood Industries, leaving Kevin to run the salon on his own.  Meanwhile, after finding a positive pregnancy test in the Speedy Cuts truck, Walt is convinced that it belongs to Faith, but Ace secretly wonders if it belongs to Candy.

9 PM:

Primetime Thursday (ABC; ends at 10 PM)

Without a Trace (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-When a white teen-aged girl named Emily Grant (guest star Scott Taylor-Compton) and an African-American teen-aged boy named Darnell Williams (guest star Arjay Smith) coincidentally vanish on the same night, Jack attempts to counteract Vivian's prediction that the media and FBI will focus on the white girl's case.  Despite Jack's attempts to generate press on both cases, Emily's disappearance garners all of the media attention and, as a result, gets a steady stream of leads.  As Vivian anticipates, Van Doran (guest star Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe Award nominee Lynn Whitfield, "The Josephine Baker Story") orders Jack to allocate more resources to follow up on the leads on Emily's case, which means diverting FBI attention away from the Darnell Williams investigation.  Well aware of the turn of events, Darnell's mother, Audrey (guest star Tony Award winner Viola Davis, King Hedley II, Seven Guitars, and the upcoming feature film The Architect, also starring Anthony LaPaglia), pointedly asks Jack, who is running the investigations: the FBI or the media?  Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie (Kiss Me, Kate, Passion, Ragtime) guest stars as the missing girl's mother, Karyn Grant.  George Newbern ("Providence," Father of the Bride and its sequel) guest stars as a reporter.

E.R. (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-Freshly back from Darfur, Pratt struggles to get the real story when two abused boys come into the E.R. with their injured father.  Neela is nervous when she is urgently called up to Dr. Dubenko's office, but is quickly relieved when she gets the good news.  Meanwhile, two U.S. Army officers enter the E.R., and the staff worries that it might be bad news.  Clemente comes into the E.R. acting very strange and after putting some of his patients in jeopardy, Kovac forces him to take a break.  After bickering for months, Morris and Albright can't seem to fight the sexual tension between them.

11 PM:

The Showbiz Show with David Spade (Comedy Central; ends at Midnight)-David Spade and his team of correspondents poke fun at all of Hollywood's self-importance, hypocrisy, and mediocrity.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 7 PM, watch “Survivor: Panama;” record “Will & Grace”/“My Name is Earl” on TiVo, “American Inventor” on VCR 1, “That ‘70s Show”/“X-Men: The Last Stand Preview”/“That ‘70s Show: The Final Goodbye” on VCR 2, “Everybody Hates Chris” on VCR 3, and “Smallville” 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 rest of “That ‘70s Show: The Final Goodbye” on VCR 2, and “Cuts” on VCR 3 (at 8:30 PM.)  At 9 PM, watch “Without a Trace;” record “E.R.” on TiVo, and “Behind the Music: Ratt” when it repeats at this time on VH1.  At 10 PM, watch “Behind the Music: Pantera” when it repeats at this time on VH1.  At 11 PM, watch “The Showbiz Show with David Spade.”

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