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2006 May Sweeps May 15 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:

Presidential Address (NBC & FOX; ends at 6:30 PM)

7 PM:

The King of Queens (CBS; ends at 7:30 PM)-When Doug strikes up what he thinks is a friendship with another driver from a rival delivery service, he quickly realizes that their friendship is nothing more than a façade.  When Doug starts hanging out with Joe, a driver at Priority Plus, his fellow drivers lose all respect for him. When Joe invites Doug to join him at a Neil Diamond concert, he discovers that Joe was only acting like his friend to get him alone so that he and his fellow Priority Plus drivers could play a trick on Doug.  In the Eastern and Central time zones, the entire lineup will air in its entirety following the President's address.

Deal or No Deal (NBC; ends at 9 PM)-In a special two-hour edition, surprises include some friendly banter with Regis Philbin ("Live with Regis and Kelly") and host Howie Mandel when Miami, Florida native Lauren Potter is asked for her "final answer."  In addition, contestant Renee Stokes of La Costa, California receives the surprise of a lifetime when she is connected via satellite to her husband, who is a U.S. marine stationed in Fallujah, Iraq.  Also, Jim Moniz of Honolulu, Hawaii tries his Hawaiian luck when he plays for the top prize of $1 million.  The episode also features Howie surprising former contestant Sheetal Shetty at home with her $375,000 check, Erin Birch donating a portion of her $167,000 prize money to the Special Olympics, and a chance for audiences to meet some of the past $10,000 "Lucky Case Game" winners.  In the Eastern and Central time zones, the episode will be clipped by 25 minutes.

Prison Break (FOX; ends at 8 PM)-Season finale.  With the escape in motion, Michael, Lincoln, and the inmates take flight outside the prison walls, risking life and limb to evade capture.  Warden Pope and Captain Bellick embark on a relentless pursuit to capture the escapees; the Vice President fears she will lose her command as well as her life; and Veronica tracks down the most significant piece of evidence to prove Lincoln’s innocence.  In the Eastern and Central time zones, the episode will air 20 minutes later than previously announced.  The teasers for last week's episode were obvious about who was going to make it and who wasn't.  Sucre's cousin is a little big to climb walls, and Westmoreland was a goner because of that side wound.  The brothers will probably live, but everyone else is fair game.  I heard that they might change the title to something else next season now that they've actually broken out of prison.  FOX has already renewed the show, but we'll have to find out on Thursday, May 18, if that rumor is true when FOX presents its fall schedule at the network upfronts.

One on One (UPN; ends at 7:30 PM)-Season finale; part 2 of 2.  When Breanna mistakenly says Arnaz's name while kissing her boyfriend Calvin (guest star BJ Britt), she realizes that she may not be over her relationship with her ex, but Arnaz has other plans, and he tells Michelle (recurring guest star Brandy) he wants to go to Paris with her.  Meanwhile, Lisa unexpectedly finds love right under her nose, and Sara finally lures her boyfriend Andrew (guest star Christian De La Fuente) into bed and learns that he hasn't been honest with her.

7:30 PM:

How I Met Your Mother (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-Season finale.  In an attempt to capture Robin's heart, Ted declares his love to her. Once again, Robin resists and prepares for a weekend away with her Metro News co-anchor, Sandy Rivers (Alexis Denisof, "Angel," husband of Alyson Hannigan.)  Ted makes one last romantic gesture which leaves their fate as a couple in Robin's hands.  Meanwhile, when Marshall finds out about Lily interviewing for a summer program, a heated fight ensues.  Amy Acker ("Angel") guest stars as Penelope, a graduate student who once had a fling with Barney.

All of Us (UPN; ends at 8 PM)-Season finale.  Enlightened by a trip to India, Robert's sister, Carmen (guest star Tisha Campbell-Martin), returns to make up for past mistakes, which includes feeling responsible for Robert and Neesee's divorce, so she attempts to reunite them by putting them in romantic settings.  Meanwhile, prompted by Carmen's efforts to bring the former spouses together, Robert reflects back on their wedding day and the big fight that ultimately ended their marriage.

8 PM:

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Two-hour season finale; part 2 of 2.  Izzie and George attend to Denny as the pressure increases to find him a new heart, Cristina suddenly finds herself in charge of an E.R., and Derek grapples with the realization that the life of a friend is in his hands.  Richard goes into interrogation mode about a patient's condition, Callie confronts George about his feelings for her, and Meredith and Derek meet about Doc.  “Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball” was originally scheduled to precede this finale, but it has been rescheduled to air on Monday, May 22.  Part 1 of the finale will rerun in its place.  In the Eastern and Central time zones, the part 1 rerun will be pre-empted by 20 minutes with a 30-second recap.

Two and a Half Men (CBS; ends at 8:30 PM)-Part 1 of 2.  Mia's (recurring guest star Emmanuelle Vaugier) dance troupe is in town and she reserves four ballet tickets for the Harpers, but Charlie is suspicious about her motives for seeing him again.

24 (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-Agent Bauer goes to unrelenting patriotic lengths in pursuit of the incriminating evidence against President Logan.  Meanwhile, the return of Vladimir Bierko reignites the possibility of a devastating new threat.  In the Eastern and Central time zones, the episode will air 20 minutes later than previously announced.  Secretary Heller didn't die from careening his car off that hill?!  What the...?  I love this show, but that might be the equivalent of the amnesia that Teri suffered in season one or the cougar that threatened Kim in season two.

Half & Half (UPN; ends at 8:30 PM)-Part 1 of 2.

Everwood (WB; ends at 9 PM)-Just out of the hospital and wanting to start his life over, Reid asks Amy out on a date.  Amy talks a very reluctant Hannah into a double date with Amy's friend Nick (guest star Chris Egan, ABC's "Empire" miniseries), leaving Bright to deal with his pain and jealousy.  Delia panics when her Bat Mitzvah falls on the same day as the birthday party of the most popular girl at school.  Nina tries to deal with her confusing emotions over Andy and realizes she will have to make a decision when Jake asks her to move to Los Angeles with him.  Harold points out to Rose that they were so caught up in the adoption procedure they've been taking each other for granted.

Punk’d (MTV; ends at 8:30 PM)-Sugar Ray Leonard and Emma Roberts are the punk'd victims this time.

8:30 PM:

The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-Christine objects when Richard and "new" Christine want to take Ritchie to a Rolling Stones concert.  Fearing that Ritchie is too young to be exposed to sex, drugs, and rock and roll vices on display at a Rolling Stones concert, Christine initially forbids it.  Eventually, she relents but immediately regrets her decision and, in a panic, goes to the venue with Matthew to see if she can sneak into the concert in order to keep tabs on Ritchie.

Half & Half (UPN; ends at 9 PM)-Season finale; part 2 of 2.

9 PM:

C.S.I: Miami (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Just as Horatio and Marisol begin their new life together as husband and wife, Mal Noche gang trial is disrupted when a witness helps the defendant escape during his own testimony.  Now free and running from the law, the criminal orders Horatio's death...but ends up shooting someone very close to Horatio instead (if you haven't seen the ads, it's Marisol.)  Meanwhile, a jilted lover from Delko's past reeks havoc with anyone woman close to him.

The Apprentice 5 (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-The final five candidates are challenged to create an in-store display area at Wal-Mart for customers to demo the new Xbox 360.  The team to build the most compelling in-store promotion, as determined by Wal-Mart and Microsoft executives, wins the task and a trip to Hollywood to meet DreamWorks Animation Studios Executive, Jeffrey Katzenberg.  After a corporate re-shuffle, one candidate feels undermined by his team who isn't taking his ideas seriously, while the other team worries that their display will not be completed in time.  The winners meet with Katzenberg, who coaches them through a voice-over session for the new animation film Over the Hedge, starring Bruce Willis and Steve Carell (coming out May 19; good movie, by the way.)

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 7 PM, watch “The King of Queens”/“How I Met Your Mother;” record “Deal or No Deal” on TiVo, “Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball” on VCR 1, “Prison Break” on VCR 2, and “One on One”/“All of Us” on VCR 3.  At 8 PM, watch “Two and a Half Men”/“The New Adventures of Old Christine;” record the second hour of “Deal or No Deal” on TiVo, “Grey’s Anatomy” on VCR 1, “24” on VCR 2, and “Everwood” on VCR 3.  At 9 PM, watch “C.S.I.: Miami;” record “The Apprentice 5” on TiVo and the rest of “Grey’s Anatomy” VCR 1.  Watch “Punk’d” when it repeats throughout the week on MTV.

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