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2006 May Sweeps May 22 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:

Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball (ABC; ends at 8 PM)-Special.  As the one-year anniversary of her memorable Legends Ball nears, Oprah Winfrey brings to television her personal archival footage from the three-day, once-in-a-lifetime celebration honoring 25 legendary women in the fields of art, entertainment and civil rights.  This historic celebration included an unforgettable luncheon, a glamorous white-tie ball and a heart-bursting gospel brunch.  In this one-hour special, Oprah shares her memories, candid celebrity interviews and intimate behind-the-scenes moments from this special event.  The 25 legendary women celebrated include Maya Angelou, Shirley Caesar, Diahann Carroll, Elizabeth Catlett, Ruby Dee, Katherine Dunham, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Nikki Giovanni, Dorothy Height, Lena Horne, Coretta Scott King, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Toni Morrison, Rosa Parks, Leontyne Price, Della Reese, Diana Ross, Naomi Sims, Tina Turner, Cicely Tyson, Alice Walker, Dionne Warwick, and Nancy Wilson.  Throughout the weekend, the "young'uns" paid homage to the "legends" for their great contributions, and they include Alicia Keys, Ashanti, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Kimberly Elise, Missy Elliott, Tyra Banks, Iman, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen, and Alfre Woodard, among others.

The King of Queens (CBS; ends at 7:30 PM)-Season finale.  When Carrie decides to put Arthur in a retirement home after he accidentally sets it on fire, Doug is delighted with the prospect of getting his basement back so that he can turn it into a media room.  While Doug is cleaning up the scorched basement in preparations for his new media room, he finds some playbills that reveal that Arthur was once a well-respected actor.  When Doug confronts Arthur about his days in the theater, Arthur confirms that he was an actor, but that he gave it up to raise Carrie.  Doug starts feeling guilty for abandoning Arthur and tries to convince Carrie to let him stay.  Meanwhile, Danny and Spence agreed that after two years in their apartment, Spence would get the larger bedroom back from Danny, though Danny now refuses to move into the smaller room, so Spence moves into the room with Danny and a classic standoff begins.

Deal or No Deal (NBC; ends at 8 PM)-Pittsburgh Steelers' fan Jeff Griffiths of Chardon, Ohio gets a bit of coaching when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connects with him via satellite from the Steelers' locker room, and dental hygienist Cindy McQuay of Palmdale, California, also plays for the top prize of $1 million.

24 (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-Two-hour season finale.  As the clock approaches the final hours of an extremely terrifying day underscored by the Presidential assassination of David Palmer and the threat of nerve gas, Agent Jack Bauer seeks to avenge the painful loss of innocent lives as well as CTU beloveds Edgar Stiles, Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler, and newcomer Lynn McGill.  Meanwhile, shocking developments are uncovered as the investigation takes an unbelievable turn.  I think that Logan is going to bite it in the end, but I've heard rumors that he will be on the run next season and Jack will be chasing him.  Does Logan have enough smarts to outwit Jack?  Aside from the hokey almost-demise of Senator Heller, this has been a great season!

Heavy: The Story of Metal (VH1; ends at 8 PM)-Special; part 1 of 4.  The "Welcome To My Nightmare" segment traces metal's roots in the late-60's in the bombed-out industrial town of Birmingham England (home of metal pioneers Black Sabbath) to the spectacular rise of Kiss and "glam metal" in the early 70's.

7:30 PM:

The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-Christine is relieved to finally meet another working woman at her son's snooty exclusive private school.  Shut out once again by the cliquey, judgmental moms at Ritchie's school, Christine runs into a down-to-earth working woman, Belinda, who invites her over for a drink after work.  Belinda's job, however, isn't quite the type of position Christine expected her to hold, which throws yet another wrinkle in her attempt to fit in with the other school parents.  Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus' half-sister, Lauren Bowles ("Watching Ellie"), guest stars in the episode.

8 PM:

Alias (ABC; ends at 9 PM)-First of the last two episodes.  Sloane takes Marshall and Rachel hostage in order to discover a crucial clue to Rambaldi's ultimate endgame, as Sydney, Vaughn, and APO race to stop him.

Two and a Half Men (CBS; ends at 8:30 PM)-Season finale.  As Charlie and Mia make wedding plans, Alan and Jake are concerned about where they will live...and Rose doesn't take the wedding news well.  Things begin to fall apart when their two families meet each other.  They eventually decide on a small ceremony in Las Vegas.

The Apprentice 5 (NBC; ends at 9 PM)-The final four candidates create a new line of uniforms for Embassy Suites Hotels.  One team uses their love of fashion to try to stitch together a win, while the other team models their designs on market research.  The winners hit the town with Trump's own 'apprentices,' while the losers struggle to survive the boardroom.  The winning team dines with Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. for a chance to get last-minute advice and pointers on how to become Donald Trump's next Apprentice.

Everwood (WB; ends at 9 PM)-Andy, Ephram, and Delia are all shocked by a visit from Andy's estranged father Gene (guest star Charles Durning, "Everybody Loves Raymond," Tootsie,), whom they haven't seen for 15 years.  Ephram and Amy take Bright out to celebrate his 21st birthday, but Bright drinks too much, falls through a window, and ends up in the hospital.  Hannah rushes from her date with Nick (guest star Chris Egan, "Empire"), to be at Bright's side.  Nina decides to move to Los Angeles with Jake, which is devastating news for Andy.  Irv and Edna decide to buy an RV and spend their retirement traveling the country.  Did you hear that this show has been canceled?  The series finale airs on June 5.  I realized that the CW had to make some tough decisions (yay "Veronica Mars" renewal!), but I'm still going to miss this excellent drama that exists in my home state, but in a fictional mountain town (that is actually filmed in Utah.)

Punk’d (MTV; ends at 8:30 PM)-Season finale.  The Click Five's Eric Dill, Rihanna, and Hugh Jackman are the last three punkees this season.

8:30 PM:

The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-Season finale.  Christine volunteers to help out at Ritchie's spring carnival and while there, she runs into the mean moms...Marly and Lindsay...who are clucking over the attractive father of a new student at Westbridge.  Christine is excited to learn that the hot dad is her ex-boyfriend, Burton, but her hopes of re-igniting their romance are shot down when she learns Burton has a new girlfriend.

9 PM:

Alias (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Series finale.  Sydney and Jack must find a way to keep Sloane and Irina from putting their deadly plan into action.  Merrin Dungey returns as Francie (I'm guessing it will be in a flashback, since Francie and "Evil Francie" have both been killed.)  While I'm sad to see this show go, I think that it jumped the shark with the episode last season with the Russian zombies and Syd's pregnancy this season.  I hope that Syd and Vaughn live happily ever after with their new baby, but on this show, that is usually never the case.  It's good to see Sloane back to his evil ways though!

C.S.I: Miami (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Season finale.  Horatio and Delko search Miami to bring down the Mal Noche gang once and for all after the murder of someone very close to them (um...Marisol?  Maybe the headstone in the promos wasn't subtle enough.)  However, their quest is jeopardized when the Feds seize the C.S.I. lab with the intent to close it for good, based on the tip from the mole inside.  When the mole is finally revealed to the entire lab, the news sends the remaining C.S.I.s reeling.

Medium (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-Season finale.  Allison has visions of her life had she become the high-powered attorney she originally set out to be, and married someone other than Joe.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 7 PM, watch “The King of Queens”/“The New Adventures of Old Christine;” record “Deal or No Deal” on TiVo, “Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball” on VCR 1, and “24” on VCR 2.  At 8 PM, watch “Two and a Half Men”/“The New Adventures of Old Christine;” record “The Apprentice 5” on TiVo, “Alias” on VCR 1, the rest of “24” on VCR 2, and “Everwood” on VCR 3.  At 9 PM, watch “C.S.I.: Miami;” record “Medium” on TiVo and the rest of “Alias” VCR 1.  At 10 PM, watch “Heavy: The Story of Metal” when it repeats at this time on VH1.  Watch “Punk’d” when it repeats throughout the week on MTV.

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