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2006 November Sweeps November 12 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:

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC; ends at 7 PM)

60 Minutes (CBS; ends at 7 PM)

Football Night in America (NBC; ends at 6:30 PM)

Dr. Dolittle 3 (ABC Family; ends at 8 PM)-The television premiere of the direct-to-DVD sequel of the 1998 movie and the 2001 first sequel.  A teenage Maya Dolittle (Kyla Pratt) is sent to a dude ranch to work out her growing pains and discovers that, like her father, she has the ability to talk to the animals, which serves her and her furry friends well, as the ranch is in danger of closing because of financial problems and some crooked neighbors.  John Amos ("Good Times") fills Eddie Murphy's shoes as Dr. Dolittle.  Also known as Dr. Dolittle 3: The Daughter Is In.

6:30 PM:

NFL Football (NBC; ends at 9:15 PM)-Chicago at NY Giants.

7 PM:

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC; ends at 8 PM)

The Amazing Race 10 (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-The teams race through Helsinki, where they must dive 243 feet to retrieve a clue.  At the Roadblock, teams are forced into a claustrophobic setting in order to complete the task.

The Simpsons (FOX; ends at 7:30 PM)-After Bart gets out of a commitment to join the Army at 18, Homer falls prey to a couple of Army recruiters and lands himself in basic training.  Homer, of course, treats it like summer camp and infuriates his hard-nosed colonel (guest voice Kiefer Sutherland) when he is unfazed by the constant hazing and humiliation.  Homer is assigned as the enemy of the Army’s war games, but when the war games get out of hand and Springfield becomes the battlefield, Homer and the Springfield community must join forces before the city goes up in smoke.

7th Heaven (CW; ends at 8 PM)-Ruthie is in a state of panic when she learns that Eric and Annie (who does not appear in the episode) are flying to Scotland with the intention of bringing her back to Glenoak.  After agonizing over the decision, Kevin decides it's time to tell Lucy about her father's fatal heart condition.  Meanwhile, Sandy figures the best way to get rid of her overzealous boyfriend is to accept Martin's marriage proposal, and Kevin discovers that Jane (guest star Sarah Mason) is hiding a big secret from the Camdens.

Hogan Knows Best (VH1; ends at 7:30 PM)-Linda and Hulk don't understand when their neighbors mention they keep kosher, but when Linda insists on throwing a block party, Hulk and Nick must find kosher food before the guests arrive in order for the Hogans to avoid another neighborhood controversy.

7:30 PM:

American Dad (FOX; ends at 8 PM)-After Francine tells Stan she’s looking for excitement in their marriage, Stan gets in the driver’s seat and becomes involved in drag racing to spice things up.  Meanwhile, Hayley breaks up with her boyfriend, Jeff, who is emotionally crushed until he joins Steve’s world of online gaming.  When Hayley finds out, she tries to sabotage their fun.

Breaking Bonaduce (VH1; ends at 8 PM)-Danny fears he's losing his family, so he sees his psychiatrist to get his medication levels checked.  Since Gretchen is very close to filing for divorce, Danny decides the only way to win her back is by spending more time with his kids and taking on more parental duties.

8 PM:

Desperate Housewives (ABC; ends at 9 PM)-Bree meets Orson's mother Gloria (Dixie Carter), and the women don't exactly hit it off.  Meanwhile, Gaby decides to get back into modeling, and Lynette is suspicious of her new neighbor.

Cold Case (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-When a mailman is found dead in his home, several bags of undelivered mail are discovered, including a letter postmarked 31 years ago and is now a major piece of evidence in the 1975 case involving a missing girl.  Lilly and the detectives learn that the missing girl, Melanie (guest star Savannah Stehlin), was abducted from her bedroom window and her best friend's, Cherise's (guest star Gabby Soleil in 1975; Judith Scott in 2006) brother Terrell (guest star Dee-Jay Daniels in 1975; Bobby Hosea in 2006) was the number one suspect.  The case takes shape when postal workers from 1975 admit that they would not deliver mail to the Black families in the neighborhood and did not like the friendship between Melanie and Cherise.  In 1975, racial discrimination made everyone a suspect and now Lilly and the team must find out what really happened to Melanie.

The Girls Next Door (E!; ends at 8:30 PM)-The women prepare to participate in a "Body by Jake" workout video.

Family Guy (FOX; ends at 8:30 PM)-Season finale...though next season's premiere airs next week.  When Peter hurts his hand and his boss Angela (guest voice Carrie Fischer) tells him he needs to pick up the pace, Lois goes to the brewery and helps him play catch-up.  Meanwhile, when Stewie discovers that Brian is dating a very attractive but intellectually challenged girl named Jillian (guest voice Drew Barrymore), he tries to convince Brian to break up with her, but Brian can’t close the deal because she is so hot.

Celebrity Paranormal Project (VH1; ends at 9 PM)-A mental asylum is explored by Traci Lords, Gilbert Gottfried, NFL player Jeremiah Trotter, Evan Farmer (While You Were Out), and Kimberly Caldwell ("American Idol.")

8:30 PM:

The War at Home (FOX; ends at 7:30 PM)

9 PM:

Brothers & Sisters (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Part 1 of 2.  Justin is shaken to the core and his resolve to stay clean is weakened by a disturbing letter that could dramatically alter his future.

Without a Trace (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Though Jack's team thinks he's undercover at an illegal poker club frequented by the missing young man they are seeking, Jack is actually the hostage of a cold-blooded woman.  After learning that Alex Stark, a missing 20-something man, lied to his girlfriend of three months about owning a cleaning service, the team wonders how he was living so luxuriously.  They soon discover his ties to an illegal poker club and that he emptied his account of $48,000 three days prior to his disappearance.  Jack goes undercover as a player at the club and, unbeknownst to his team, is soon at the mercy of Cynthia Neuwirth (Susanna Thompson, "Once and Again," Dragonfly), a dangerous acquaintance of Alex's who is convinced that Jack was hired to kill her.

11:30 PM:

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Adult Swim; ends at 11:45 PM)-Shake is busy expectorating in order to make a mucus-man.  Frylock notes that the mucus must be heated to the proper consistency, so Shake brings home a grill, the Char-Nobyl 6000, which uses "actual pieces of the sun combined with some radioactive vials from Chernobyl."  After starting it, Shake cannot turn the grill off.  The heat it produces is intense, and the ionizing radiation it emits destroys the ozone layer, leading eventually to the enslavement of mankind.

12:30 AM:

Robot Chicken (Adult Swim; ends at 12:45 AM)-Mr. T and the Foo Fighters forge an unlikely alliance.  Stretch Armstrong needs a corn syrup transplant.  A guy dates his GPS navigational system.  Learn the untold origin of Alvin and the Chipmunks!  Roger Ebert and guest reviewer M. Night Shyamalan present upcoming feature films, including Schindler's List 2: Schindler's Pissed.

12:45 AM:

Metalocalypse (Adult Swim; ends at 1 AM)-Murderface searches for a religion after a near-death experience leaves him longing for greater meaning.  He samples everything from Christianity to Satanism before finding his true church.

1 AM:

Squidbillies (Adult Swim; ends at 1:15 AM)-Early learns a lesson about mind control.

1:15 AM:

Moral Orel (Adult Swim; ends at 1:30 AM)-Season premiere.  God's image is twisted in this messed-up 'toon.

1:30 AM:

Frisky Dingo (Adult Swim; ends at 1:45 AM)-Killface plans to kidnap Xander Crews.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 9 AM, watch “Celebrity Paranormal Project” when it airs early at this time on VH1.  At 10 AM, watch “Hogan Knows Best” when it airs early at this time on VH1.  At 11 AM, watch “Breaking Bonaduce” when it airs early at this time on VH1.  At 6 PM, record Dr. Dolittle 3 on VCR 2.  At 7 PM, watch “The Amazing Race 10;” record “7th Heaven” on TiVo, “The Simpsons”/“American Dad” on VCR 1, and the rest of Dr. Dolittle 3 on VCR 2.  At 8 PM, watch “Cold Case;” record “Desperate Housewives” on TiVo and “Family Guy” on VCR 1.  At 9 PM, watch “Without a Trace;” record “Brothers & Sisters” on TiVo.  At 10 PM, watch “The Girls Next Door” when it repeats at this time on E!  At 11:30 PM, watch or TiVo “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”  At Midnight, watch or TiVo “Robot Chicken” and “Metalocalypse.”  At 1 AM, watch or TiVo “Squidbillies”/“Moral Orel”/“Frisky Dingo.”

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