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2006 May Sweeps May 21 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.

Dateline NBC (NBC; ends at 8 PM)-Two-hour episode.

7 PM:

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

Cold Case (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-Season finale.  When a drug counselor's debit card is used one year after his death, Lilly and the team reopen the 2005 case.
During the investigation, Lilly is strangely drawn to the victim, Joseph Shaw (guest star Kenneth Johnson), a popular drug counselor who was killed two days before he was set to testify against one of his students.  Lilly becomes so fixated on Joseph that she takes home a photo of him from the evidence and places it on her nightstand at home.  Normally a "by the book" investigator, Lilly becomes so enthralled with the victim that she breaks some procedural rules, putting herself and the other investigators in danger.

The Simpsons (FOX; ends at 7:30 PM)-Season finale.  After a passionate kiss between Marge and Homer airs on the Isotope Jumbotron, struggling second baseman Buck Mitchell turns to the couple for marital advice.  The Simpsons are able to get Buck and his sexy singing wife, Fiona (guest voice Mandy Moore), on track, and the Isotopes' season turns for the better.  Things seem to be coming up aces for the Simpsons until Buck catches Homer giving Fiona a post-show neck massage, which results in both couples separating.

Charmed (WB; ends at 8 PM)-Series finale.

7:30 PM:

Family Guy (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-90-hour season finale.  After a competitive swim lesson, Stewie tries to destroy his rival by blowing up the lifeguard tower, but when his plan backfires and he has a near-death experience, Stewie turns to the bottle to numb himself.  A bizarre chain of events leads Stewie and Brian on a road trip to San Francisco, where Stewie confronts a guy he believes is his real father, but when it turns out he’s actually Stewie in the future, Stewie gets a glimpse of his dismal adult life and realizes he must return to his own time and rewrite history.  Meanwhile, Peter’s rants on everyday irritations become a new hit segment on the Quahog Nightly News.  This was actually the direct-to-DVD feature movie Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story that was released last September (though I'm pretty sure that it has been significantly edited.)   Jason Priestly, Tori Spelling, and Jennie Garth guest voice as their "Beverly Hills, 90210" characters.

Hogan Knows Best (VH1; ends at 8 PM)-Linda's feeling lethargic and overweight and thinks she needs advice beyond Hulk's "train hard, say your prayers, and eat your vitamins."  She hires a new age guru to visit the house and give all the Hogans a healthy lifestyle makeover.  The guru tries to replace all the items in the Hogan refrigerator and helps cleanse the property of "hungry ghosts."  When the guru suggests colonics for everyone, Hulk decides he's had enough and schemes with the rest of the family to break free of the guru's hold.

8 PM:

Desperate Housewives (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Two-hour season finale.  A series of flashbacks take us back to moving-in day on Wisteria Lane for Bree, Susan, Gaby, and Lynette, and to how Mary Alice Young brought them all together.  Also, in other flashbacks, the Applewhites' dark past in Chicago is revealed.  Meanwhile, Bree gets some frightening news, Susan moves into a trailer after her house was set on fire, Lynette discovers Tom's secret, all is not well in the house of Solis when Gabrielle and Carlos learn more about Xiao-Mei, and Zach inherits a lot of money from his grandfather Noah, who has passed away.  Lastly, one of the housewives finds out they're pregnant.  I thought that Creepy Paul was odd...but his next door neighbor, Felicia Tilman, takes the cake with her extreme frame job last week.  By the way...I bet "Tom's secret" isn't really an affair.

10.5: Apocalypse (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-Miniseries; part 1 of 2.  The deadly seismic activities that peaked with a 10.5 earthquake and devastated the West Coast in the first miniseries have altered the core structure of the earth and now threaten to jeopardize North America and the Western hemisphere, causing catastrophic events.  In a desperate bid to save lives...and the country...President Hollister (Emmy-Award and Golden Globe winner Beau Bridges, The Ballad of Jack and Rose), once again calls upon one of the nation's top seismologists, controversial scientist Dr. Samantha Hill (Emmy-Award winner Kim Delaney, "NYPD Blue") and her supervisor and former boyfriend Dr. Jordan Fisher (David Cubitt, "Medium.")  At a loss for how to interpret this continued seismic and now volcanic disruption, Hill re-discovers her seismologist father's (Frank Langella, Superman Returns) much-discredited hypothesis from years past that if correct, predicts even greater ruin and a complete altering of the North American Continent.  The movie also stars Dean Cain ("The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story"), Oliver Hudson ("The Mountain"), Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon ("NYPD Blue"), Carlos Bernard ("24"), Carly Pope ("Popular") and Barbara Eve Harris (Ignition.)

SuperGroup (VH1; ends at 9 PM)-Series premiere.  The five Rock Warriors descend on their spectacular, if gaudy Vegas digs and meet their new Bandmates.  Manager Doc McGhee delivers their mission...they must become a band, write a new song, and perform for a live Las Vegas Audience in just 12 days.  As tough as that sounds, it seems the most daunting task will be agreeing on a name for the band.  While Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) get to live their childhood dream, being in a band with Ted Nugent, Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) resists Ted's pull toward "Old Man Rock" and the two bump heads during rehearsal.  To quote Evan, "At some point, somebody's going to have to tell somebody else that something sucks."  The band also includes Jason Bonham (Bonham, The Jason Bonham Band; son of the late drummer for Led Zeppelin, John Bonham.)

12:30 AM:

Robot Chicken (Adult Swim; ends at 12:45 AM)-The Senior Mutant Ninja Turtle rock the nursing home!  Rob Schroeder is fighting crime in style in his new hit series "Rick Shaw."  Order your movie tickets from Fan-Dingo, the paper bags wants you to.  The cast of Final Fantasy VII get jobs at a burger chain.  The Booger Man makes a mess.  Bugs Bunny goes hip-hop in 8 Carrot.

1 AM:

Minoriteam (Adult Swim; ends at 1:15 AM)-The Minoriteam and the Villains are driven by a space lord into the Universal World Games.  There, they must complete the games in one week or the universe will implode.  It marks the first time the Minoriteam and Villains team up.

1:15 AM:

Moral Orel (Adult Swim; ends at 1:30 AM)-The virtue of loyalty inspires Orel to be faithful to an evil new friend.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 10 AM, watch “Hogan Knows Best” when it airs early at this time on VH1.  At 7 PM, watch “Cold Case;” record “The Simpsons”/the beginning of “Family Guy” on TiVo.  At 8 PM, watch “Desperate Housewives;” record the rest of “Family Guy” on TiVo and “10.5: Apocalypse” on VCR 1.  At 9 PM, watch the rest of “Desperate Housewives;” record the rest of “10.5: Apocalypse” on VCR 1.  At 9:30 PM, record “SuperGroup” on TiVo when at repeats at this time on VH1.  At 12:30 AM, watch or TiVo “Robot Chicken.”  At 1 AM, watch or TiVo “Minoriteam”/“Morel Orel.”

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