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2006 May Sweeps May 16 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:

Celebrity Debut (ABC; ends at 8 PM)-Special.  Hosted by Brian Austin Green star of ABC' s recently canceled comedy "Freddie," this special unfolds the lives of the stars with early interviews, rare appearances, and forgotten footage.  Peer into the lives of the world's biggest stars just moments before their lives changed forever, and hear in their own words their feelings about stardom just minutes before it happened for them.  Meet John Travolta, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Felicity Huffman, Andre Agassi, and other surprise stars from film, television, and sports before they strolled down the red carpet, partied at glitzy premieres, won major awards, and embraced worldwide acclaim.  Observe their humble career beginnings, as they give their very first unfiltered and uncensored interviews.  Witness their first roles, false starts, and their hopes and dreams.

NCIS (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-Season finale; part 2 of 2.

American Idol 5 (FOX; ends at 8 PM)-Tonight the three remaining finalists...Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, and Elliot Yamin...will sing a song of their choice, a song chosen by the judges, and a song chosen by legendary music producer, Clive Davis.  Can I say that it was a major shock and shame that Chris Daughtry got booted last week?  He was one of my favorites, along with Taylor.  I don't have the "McPheever" and I think that Elliot is as about as soulful as Michael Bolton.  Please do a good job Taylor...so we can have our first 50-year-old American Idol (I know he's 29, but c'mon...)

Dog the Bounty Hunter (A&E; ends at 7:30 PM)-Dog lectures high school students about the dangers of drugs before going after Joseph, a dangerous fugitive who won't be easy to capture.  Dog gets special help from a UPS driver, but has to reject the assistance of another potential ally...4-year-old Garry, who wants to go after Joseph, but is dragged back to the house kicking and screaming.

Love Monkey (VH1; ends at 8 PM)-Series finale.  On the eve of Wayne's first album release, screaming teenage girls, greedy music executives, and manipulative publicists are all trying to now get a piece of him.  Tom is trying to protect Wayne, but Tom's old mammoth label Goliath keeps tempting him and his parents with a lucrative new contract offer and that True Vinyl is too small to take his career to the next level.  Meanwhile, Karen and Mike prepare for the birth of their baby, Bran learns whether or not she got the big promotion, Shooter must finally decide if he'll take over the family business, and Jake must choose if wants to face the repercussions of coming out professionally.

8 PM:

Boston Legal (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-First of two new episodes.  Denny Crane and Alan Shore travel to the Los Angeles office of Crane, Poole & Schmidt for business and wind up unexpectedly taking on a case with a decidedly Hollywood flavor.  Once there, they spend time with senior partner Barry Goal (guest star Robert Wagner), a powerful and cagey attorney who, like Crane, is no stranger to the spotlight.  Back in Boston, Shirley Schmidt must once again defend Professor Clifford Cabot (returning guest star Ed Begley, Jr.), this time on charges of soliciting a prostitute...an act he claims was purely for the purposes of academic research.  Denise Bauer and Marlene Stanger (guest star Parker Posey), who are both vying for partnership at the firm, compete to assist Schmidt in the case.  Meanwhile, Brad Chase's teenaged niece is accused of giving pharmaceutical drugs to a boy at a party and is charged with his murder.

The Unit (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-First of two new episodes.  The Unit is called in to consult on a bomb planted in an Atlanta bank, but they must take over control when they learn that the bomb might be nuclear.  Jonas and his team take over, but when they hand control back to the bomb squad, the Unit's specific recommendations regrettably are not taken into consideration.  Meanwhile, Bob and Kim take a vacation, but Kim soon discovers that Bob has whisked her away on a mission and needs her help.

Scrubs (NBC; ends at 8:30 PM)-First of two new episodes.  J.D. challenges a urologist's (guest star Elizabeth Banks, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) assessment on a consult for a patient who might need a risky surgical procedure, feeling that she's playing it safe professionally and personally, since he also starts to fall for her.  Along the same lines, Elliot considers breaking up with her boyfriend/intern Keith for being too weak, especially when he's being picked on by Dr. Cox.

House (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-A 16-year-old female Hurricane Katrina victim suffering from hallucinations about the tragedy is brought to House by his ex-bandmate Crandall (guest star D.B. Sweeney), who tells House he recently found out she’s his daughter.  House takes the case despite feeling more pain than usual in his leg.  He wants to run a paternity test to make sure his friend is not being scammed, but Crandall refuses.  As the team treats the patient, House still has his suspicions, and when her treatment requires a bone marrow transplant, Crandall offers himself up, but must be tested to see if he’s a match (while still refusing the paternity test.)  As House works his way through the girl’s lies to find clues to diagnose and treat her, he is forced to tell some lies of his own.  Meanwhile, Cuddy asks House to review two medical files, and it doesn’t take long for him to figure out that she’s looking for a sperm donor.  House takes the search a step further though and sets Cuddy up for a big surprise.  Have you ever noticed that House never gets "normal" cases?  That's what makes this show so good!

Pepper Dennis (WB; ends at 9 PM)-Pepper shocks the city when she breaks the story of an election campaign scandal.  However, in the process of this developing story, she also finds her own love connection with the soon-to-be mayor, Curtis Wilson (guest star Henry Simmons, "NYPD Blue.")  Charlie accidentally walks in on the couple in a passionate kiss and finds himself having to deal with some jealousy.  Meanwhile, Kathy's job is in jeopardy as the woman she was temping for returns from maternity leave.

King of Cars (A&E; ends at 8:30 PM)-The big Thanksgiving sale is the dealership's best shot to pull in high numbers during the slow winter season.  Hoping to bring in a record number of customers, Chop and the gang go all out to create a wacky special "Chop Show" infomercial, with live animals, popping pilgrims, and a host of Thanksgiving characters.  If the show pays off and the customers come, will the salesmen be able to prove themselves or will they face Winter cutbacks?

Salon Diaries (Bravo; ends at 9 PM)-Special.  Stylist Brandon Martinez, Jonathan Antin's bad-boy nemesis in Season 1 of "Blow Out," tries to fire up his career at a high-end salon in Los Angeles after being fired from Jonathan Salon.  Included: the tattooed coiffeur shows off his chops in the celebrity-laden establishment during the all-important Oscar week.

The Real World: Key West (MTV; ends at 8:30 PM)-The roommates open the tanning salon, and Paula is angry at John for sleeping on the job.

8:30 PM:

Scrubs (NBC; ends at 8:30 PM)-Season finale.  Smitten, J.D. tries to plan a perfect date with Dr. Kim Briggs on their night off, but Elliot gets in the way.  Meanwhile, Dr. Cox and Jordan celebrate a milestone in their young son's life.  Later, baby fever sweeps the hospital as the staff tries to pick a name for Turk and Carla's expected baby, but no one could guess who at Sacred Heart has to sweat out a pregnancy next.

Jamie Kennedy’s Blowin’ Up (MTV; ends at 9 PM)-Series premiere.  Actor-comedian-writer-producer Jamie Kennedy and his friend Stu Stone try to become hip-hop stars.  First up: Method Man advises them to have a hot rapper drop a verse on their single, and Jamie gets Bob Saget to collaborate.

9 PM:

Boston Legal (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Season finale.  Alan Shore takes on the attempted murder trial of the beautiful and sexy Courtney Rae (guest star Jeri Ryan), a Hollywood celebrity who shot a paparazzo she felt was a threat to her life.  Meanwhile both Denny Crane and the LA firm's senior partner, Barry Goal, are captivated with Ms. Rae.  Denise Bauer thinks the sly new associate, Marlene Stanger, will ruin her chances of making partner, so she employs some back-stabbing techniques of her own.  Also, after Brad Chase's sister fires him from defending his teenaged niece at her murder trial, the girl takes it upon herself to re-hire her uncle.

The Unit (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Season finale.  After Jonas and his team assist the U.N. in capturing a Bosnian general who is a war criminal, the Unit members find themselves in jeopardy when the general escapes capture.  Despite encountering several obstacles, the Unit detains a former Yugoslav general wanted for war crimes and lets the U.N. take credit for the capture.  However, unbeknownst to the team, the criminal escapes U.N. custody and is now seeking revenge on the Unit.  Meanwhile, things become unstable at home when Tiffy thinks Mack re-upped with the Unit and Kim learns some disturbing news.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-Season finale.  Former rock star Derek Lord (guest star Norman Reedus) goes on a national talk show and lectures about the abuse of psychiatric drugs.  Meanwhile, an unstable young woman Jamie Hoskins (guest star Brittany Snow, "American Dreams"), who loses her virginity, goes off her prescribed medication, gets behind the wheel of a car, and mows down 10 people.  As these events are played out in a highly charged way, the argument about prescribed "meds" is challenged.  I hope that Tom Cruise doesn't sue.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 7 PM, watch “Celebrity Debut;”  record “Love Monkey” on TiVo and “American Idol 5” on VCR 2.  At 8 PM, watch “Boston Legal;” record the two episodes of “Scrubs” on TiVo, “The Unit” on VCR 1, “House” on VCR 2, and “Pepper Dennis” on VCR 3.  At 9 PM, watch the second “Boston Legal;” record “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” on TiVo and the second “The Unit” on VCR 1.  At 11 PM, watch “Salon Diaries” when it repeats at this time on Bravo; record “Dog the Bounty Hunter” on TiVo when it repeats at this time on A&E.  At Midnight, watch “King of Cars” when it repeats at this time on A&E.  Watch “The Real World: Key West” and “Jamie Kennedy’s Blowin’ Up” when it repeats throughout the week on MTV.

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