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2006 May Sweeps May 19 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:

America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC; ends at 9 PM)-Two-hour season finale.

A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Escaping Danger (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-Special.  Dr. Phil McGraw counsels a physically and emotionally abused wife, and guides her through the process of leaving her home and finding safety along with her children.  Also: Dr. Phil confronts the woman's husband in an interview.

Dateline NBC (NBC; ends at 8 PM)

X2: X-Men United (FOX; ends at 9:30 PM)-2003 superhero action movie starring Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, and James Marsden.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (UPN; ends at 9 PM)

Bend It Like Beckham (WB; ends at 9 PM)-2002 sports comedy starring Parminder K. Nagra, Keira Knightley, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

Doctor Who (Sci-Fi Channel; ends at 8 PM)-Stopping off in present-day Cardiff to recharge the TARDIS, The Doctor, Rose, and Jack encounter an old foe in the midst of hatching a scheme that could destroy the entire planet.  The Doctor learns that a proposed Cardiff City nuclear power plant is actually a nefarious alien weapon designed to destroy the world.

8 PM:

Close to Home (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-Season finale.  Annabeth learns there's more to the story after a middle-aged man is shot and killed by a teenage boy who claims he was protecting his friend from a sexual predator whom she met on-line.  During the murder investigation, the D.A.'s office learns that the murder victim was an investigative reporter who was writing a story about the dangers of the internet.  Annabeth must determine if the victim's story is true, or if it was cover which allowed him to act on his pedophilic behavior.  Meanwhile, Annabeth agrees to take a much needed vacation with Jack after he points out that she has been over-worked and distracted lately.  However, a tragic death cuts short their romantic get away and will change her life forever.  Bruce Davison (Runaway Jury) reprises his role as defense attorney Doug Hellman, and it was directed by Paul "Dr. Rocket Romano" McCrane ("E.R.," "24.")

Conviction (NBC; ends at 9 PM)-New episode.  A young woman is discovered murdered shortly after she was seen leaving a local bar.  Soon, the bar's bouncer is accused of her death.  After a shootout at the courthouse, members of the A.D.A's office are involved in a dangerous hostage situation.

The Soup (E!; ends at 8:30 PM)-Joel McHale makes fun of celebrity news and events.

9 PM:

20/20 (ABC; ends at 10 PM)

Numb3rs (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Season finale.  The details surrounding a young woman's death suggests to Don and his team that she could have been murdered by a serial killer.  Upon further investigation, they uncover disturbing evidence that incriminates their suspect but also puts Don's life in danger.  Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) portrays Charlotte Yates, the mother of the suspect.  Meanwhile, Charlie dreams about his late mother, Margaret Eppes (Academy Award winner JoBeth Williams, The Client), which causes him to regret his introverted behavior when she was dying.

Conviction (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-Series finale.  The hostage situation continues, and the show ends for good.

Best Week Ever (VH1; ends at 9:30 PM)-Topics might include:  Upfronts week, the series and season finales from this week, The Da Vinci Code, Cannes Film Festival, the Paris Hilton/Lindsay Lohan fight, and more.

10 PM:

Can’t Get a Date (VH1; ends at 10:30 PM)-Bennet's a protester who is politically active, but romantically inactive.  To regain the confidence he needs to find love, he's going to have to confront old fears by learning how to swim and ride a bike.  Oh, and he should probably stop wearing pajamas in public, too.  Will Bennet be able to get rid of his bad clothes and worse habits long enough to get a date?  Can't get a date?  Yes you can.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 7 PM, watch “A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Escaping Danger.”  At 8 PM, watch “Close to Home;” record “Conviction” on TiVo.  At 9 PM, watch “Numb3rs;” record the series finale of “Conviction” on TiVo.  At 10 PM, watch “Doctor Who” when it repeats at this time on the Sci-Fi Channel; record “Can’t Get a Date” on TiVo and “Best Week Ever” when it repeats on VH1 at 10:30 PM, and “The Soup” on VCR 1 on E! when it repeats at 10:30 PM as well.

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