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2006 November Sweeps November 15 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:

Dancing with the Stars 3 (ABC; ends at 8 PM)-Season finale; results show.  Either Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke and Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff will find out who has won the third season's ugly mirror ball trophy.

Jericho (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-When Jericho receives a surprise visit from several seedy out-of-towners, the residents realize they need a plan to keep intruders out.  Emotions run high when the townspeople meet to discuss ideas for securing their borders.  One solution that strikes a nerve with several citizens involves a strategy that would isolate a large part of the town from the other.  Meanwhile, Emily wakes up on the day she was supposed to get married and imagines how her wedding day would have gone if Roger was still there.

The Biggest Loser 3 (NBC; ends at 8 PM)-Host Caroline Rhea reveals to the players that the rest of the game will be played as individuals.  The contestants are excited when they find out they are getting a makeover and fashion photo shoot to go along with their newly thin bodies.  In a very dramatic challenge, one player faces a fear while riding a stationary bike 30 feet in the air and another has a meltdown and doesn't want to compete.  Highs and lows at the weigh in when one of the contestants hits the 100 pound loss mark but another doesn't lose a pound.

Bones (FOX; ends at 8 PM)-When the bodies of twin teenage boys kidnapped five years earlier are discovered in Pennsylvania, Booth and Brennan find themselves on the trail of the Grave Digger, a notorious serial killer whose M.O. is to kidnap, bury his victims alive, and make a single, exorbitant ransom request.  If the money is not paid in the specified period of time, there is no further communication and the victims are left to die.  During the investigation, Brennan and her scientist colleague Dr. Hodgins become the Grave Digger’s latest victims, forced to try to solve their own kidnapping from an underground grave.

America’s Next Top Model 7 (CW; ends at 8 PM)-During an intense acting challenge, one model chastises the group while another reveals something traumatic in her past.  The model who expresses herself the best lands a role on the CW hit show "One Tree Hill" (the winner will be on tonight's episode.)  Later, the models freak out when Tyra delivers news of their overseas trip.  Things heat up when the models shoot a sultry commercial in a foreign language with a male model.  Special guests include director and guest judge Dennis Rovira and acting coach Tasha Smith.

8 PM:

Day Break (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Two-hour series premiere.  Detective Brett Hopper (Taye Diggs, "Kevin Hill") is having a hellacious day; the kind of day where nothing goes his way and he just can't wait to put it behind him... only he can't, because he's living the same day over and over again.  In the premiere episode, Hopper is accused of killing Assistant District Attorney Alberto Garza.  He offers a solid alibi which no one believes.  He realizes he's been framed.  He runs, discovering en route that not only he, but also his loved ones are in danger.  He then wakes up and relives the same day over and over again.  In order to break the cycle and move on, he has to figure out who framed him and solve the complex mystery surrounding Garza's death.  He is also forced to heal the fractured relationships with those he loves.  Either Hopper can break this day, or this day will break Hopper.  Caught in the vicious cycle of his horrific day is girlfriend Rita Shelten (Moon Bloodgood, Eight Below), who is the first to be sacrificed by the mysterious individuals out to frame Hopper; Rita's ex-husband and Hopper's ex-partner, Chad Shelten (Adam Baldwin, Independence Day, Serenity, Full Metal Jacket)...now with Internal Affairs...is jealous of the relationship and knows much more about what's going on than he's willing to admit; Hopper's sister, Jennifer Mathis (Meta Golding), not only has to deal with the abuses of her husband but is in danger as she and her children are used as pawns to get to her brother; Hopper's partner, Andrea Battle (Victoria Pratt, "Mutant X," "Cleopatra 2525"), is under scrutiny by the department and Internal Affairs...can she be trusted?; and reputed gang leader Damien Ortiz (Ramon Rodriguez) discovers that his police-protected cover has been inexplicably blown and that he is somehow connected to Hopper's dilemma and now a target in the conspiracy.  Only when Hopper figures out why his life is broken and how to fix it will he awaken to a brand new day.  He will not only try to save himself but those close to him who are now in danger.  However, he must carefully weigh each decision he makes, as all will have consequences...advantageous or disastrous.

Criminal Minds (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-Gideon, Hotchner, and their team investigate two serial killers in St. Louis who are competing to outdo each other.  As the body count rises, the Behavioral Analysis Team sets a trap to apprehend the serial killer known as the "Mill Creek Killer" (Jason O'Mara, "In Justice.")  Based on that killer's profile, their plan, once they have him in custody, is to make his arrest a media event in order to capture the other serial killer and bring him to justice as well.  Paget Brewster ("Huff") joins the cast as FBI Special Supervisory Agent Emily Prentiss, the daughter of high-powered diplomats who must prove to Gideon and Hotchner that she deserves a place on the team based on her work ethic rather than her family ties.

Medium (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-Two-hour season premiere.  The ghost of Clay Bicks (guest star Thomas Jane, Patricia Arquette's real-life husband), who is an old flame of Allison's shows up at her door.  When Clay decides he wants to stick around the DuBois household, it doesn't sit well with Joe.  Meanwhile, Allison discovers that she and Bridgette are both having a very similar odd series of dreams, with the primary difference being that Bridgette's dreams keep coming to her in the form of cartoons.  When Bridgette's dreams become dark and ugly, Allison begins to realize the connection to a case she is working on.

One Tree Hill (CW; ends at 8 PM)-Brooke has her hands full with her model (guest starring a participant from "America's Next Top Model 7") for the T.A.R.T. fashion show and a new boyfriend (guest star Reynaldo Valentin.)  Rachel makes the cover of Maxim, causing chaos at Tree Hill High.  Meanwhile, Lucas learns of Nathan's dealings with Daunte (recurring guest star Rick Fox, "Oz"), and ultimately has to choose between Nathan and his love for basketball.  Haley takes on a babysitting job only to find herself in over her head and Peyton's half-brother, Derek (guest star Ernest Waddell, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), forces her to confront her deepest fears.

Top Chef (Bravo; ends at 9 PM)-Talents are truly tested when the chefs must create delectable fare from disgusting leftover animal parts, including chicken feet, pigs' blood and lamb hearts.  Chef Michelle Bernstein serves as guest judge.

I Pity the Fool (TV Land; ends at 8:30 PM)-Season finale.  Mr. T tries to cut through the tension at a customer-starved restaurant by putting communication skills on the menu.

9 PM:

C.S.I.: NY (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-When a woman named Julie Rollins (Mel Harris, "thirtysomething") is murdered in her hospital bed after surviving a drunk driving accident that she caused, the C.S.I.'s work to uncover the killer as their list of suspect grows.  Five days after surviving a horrific car accident, the woman who lost control of her car while driving home drunk is murdered in her hospital room shortly after coming out of a coma.  Despite being paralyzed from the waist down, the doctors gave the victim a good chance for recovery, so the team must determine who wanted her dead in spite of her prognosis.  Meanwhile, Sheldon returns to the hospital where he once worked as a promising surgeon and his investigation opens old wounds that led to his departure and caused him to become a medical examiner.

11 PM:

South Park (Comedy Central; ends at 11:30 PM)-Season finale.  Stan Marsh has hit rock bottom.  He’s got no job, no bicycle, and his only way out of a bad situation is to coach the local pee wee hockey team.  Once a hotshot pee wee hockey player himself, Marsh has tried to put those days behind him.  However, he’s still living with the memory of how he let his team down when he missed the winning shot in the big game.  Now, he’s about to find out that being a coach means facing your past.  He’s determined to show his kids what it’s like to be winners!

11:30 PM:

Drawn Together (Comedy Central; ends at 12 AM)-Season winter finale; part 1 of 2 (part 2 will air next spring.)  Clara believes the Rapture has claimed her housemates.  In actuality, they are at the mall, trapped in a compact parking space.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 7 PM, watch “Jericho;” record “Dancing with the Stars 3” on TiVo, “The Biggest Loser 3” on VCR 1, “America’s Next Top Model 6” on VCR 2, and “Bones” on VCR 3.  At 8 PM, watch “Criminal Minds;” record “Day Break” on TiVo, “Medium” on VCR 1, and “One Tree Hill” on VCR 2.  At 9 PM, watch “C.S.I.: NY;” record the rest of “Day Break” on TiVo, and “Medium” on VCR 1.  At 11 PM, watch “Top Chef” when it repeats at this time on Bravo; record “I Pity the Fool” on TiVo when it repeats at this time on TV Land.  At 1 AM, watch “South Park”/“Drawn Together.”

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