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2006 November Sweeps November 17 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:

Doctor Who (Sci-Fi Channel; ends at 7 PM)-Part 1 of 2.  The TARDIS experiences trouble near a black hole, and Rose and the Doctor encounter the mysterious Ood.

7 PM:

Ghost Whisperer (CBS; ends at 8 PM)-Melinda must help a former rock star who appears to be terrorized by his father's ghost who wanted his son to be a classical musician.  Though it initially seems that it's Brandon's (guest star Neil Hopkins) father's ghost who is terrorizing his son, Melinda discovers that Brandon's father has a ghost of his own, Jared (guest star J.P. Pitoc), Brandon's deceased former bandmate. Jared was jealous of Brandon's talent and now Melinda must find a way to quiet Jared's fury so that his father can give Brandon the encouragement he needs to return to his music.  J.C. Chasez ('N Sync) guest stars as one of Brandon's former band mates.  Jay Mohr returns in the recurring role of Professor Rick Payne.

Deal or No Deal (NBC; ends at 8 PM)-Tonight, two sisters, Casey Penston of Panama City Beach, Florida and Courtney Rudy of West Point, Tennessee, will take on the Banker as the amounts double up to a $2 million top prize.  In addition, lime-green fan Zanny Henseler of Lebanon, Illinois, will be seeing green as she plays for the top prize of $1 million.

Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-Two-hour episode.  Mrs. Suzanne Parodi of Hayes, VA, and Mrs. Vered Solomon of Newbury Park, CA, trade places to try out the ultimate life change...switching families to take over a family from another walk of life.  The adjustment is a challenge as one mom goes on a luxury vacation in Palm Springs and one has to dress up for a Renaissance Fair.  Then, when it’s time to say goodbye, each leaves behind a letter that could change her new family forever.  Once back in their own homes, they read the letters and learn how they will have to spend the show’s $50,000 prize.

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

Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi Channel; ends at 8 PM)-Galactica has a surprise visitor, a lieutenant who was believed to have been killed during a secret mission ordered by Adama.  The soldier's arrival makes Adama reexamine his past and his role in the war with the Cylons.

Ice-T’s Rap School (VH1; ends at 7:30 PM)-Season finale.  It's the moment of truth.  In the hours leading up to the Public Enemy show, not only do the kids have to survive pre-show jitters, but their star hype man Leir suddenly takes ill.  Meanwhile, Flavor Flav drops by to give some last minute performance advice.  After 6 weeks of blood, sweat, and tears, the York Prep Crew takes the stage.

8 PM:

20/20 (ABC; ends at 9 PM)

Close to Home (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-Annabeth prosecutes a disgruntled, recently laid-off employee for the murder of one of his colleagues and then learns that his two sons' fingerprints are also on the weapon, raising questions about how to handle the case.  Uncertain as to who actually pulled the trigger, Annabeth wants to gamble and charge the father and his two sons with the murder after cell phone records place all three men near the scene of the crime, leaving it up to the jury to decide.  Meanwhile, Maureen and Conlon worry that Annabeth is taking this case too personally, seeking the justice for the victim's wife that she was denied in her husband's murder.

Las Vegas (NBC; ends at 9 PM)-Vegas heats up as Boston Medical Examiner Jordan Cavanaugh (guest star Jill Hennessey) and police officer Woody Holt (guest star Jerry O’Connell) come to the Montecito hot on the trail of a murder and a missing rare violin.  Meanwhile, the Montecito is dealing with its own missing items-someone has robbed the casino’s safe deposit vault containing a priceless item...Lawrence Taylor’s favorite Super Bowl championship ring. Amidst the chaos Danny and Delinda try to figure out the best way to tell Ed that they are moving in together.

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

Monk (USA; ends at 9 PM)-Special new episode.  While celebrating Christmas with Natalie, Monk receives quite a surprise when his estranged truck-driver father, Jack (guest star Dan Hedaya), whom Monk hasn't seen in 39 years, comes to town.  When Monk decides to accompany his dad on a cross-country route, they soon find out that a partner in Jack's company is missing and that Jack's truck may hold some interesting clues.

9 PM:

Barbara Walters Special: 30 Mistakes in 30 Years (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Special; part 2 of 2.  The conclusion of a retrospective on Walters' specials counting down the 30 biggest "mistakes" she and her guests have made in them.  Featured: Nos. 15 through 1, which include Demi Moore teaching Walters to dance like a stripper, and Walters addressing Arnold Schwarzenegger by another celebrity's name.

Numb3rs (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Don and his team investigate a trail of illegal waste disposal after a sinkhole, which collapses in a school playground, kills an elderly woman and injures several children.  As the FBI tries to prove that a corrupt construction company is to blame because they have been burying containers of toxic waste under school playgrounds, they discover that the students in the school have a higher rate of cancer and neurological problems.  Charlie tries to mathematically prove cause and effect between the pavement materials and the cancer clusters.  Meanwhile, Dr. Mildred "Millie" French (Kathy Najimy, "Veronica's Closet"), Cal Sci's new department head for physics, math, and astronomy...and Charlie's new boss...orders him to spend less time helping out the FBI and more time in their department.  Joshua Malina ("The West Wing") guests stars as Assistant US Attorney Howard Meeks.

Law & Order (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-When convicted mass murderer Leon Vorgitch (guest star Craig Walker) kills two prison guards and escapes from prison, Detectives Ed Green and Nina Cassady rush to apprehend him but not before he ruthlessly murders two more innocent people.  With Vorgitch already serving seven life sentences, District Attorney Arthur Branch urges A.D.A.'s Jack McCoy and Connie Rubirosa to expedite the process and push for a guilty plea, but Vorgitch doesn't bite as an extended trial only means a delay in his transfer to a maximum security prison...and more time for him to escape.  McCoy is then left with little option but to ask the judge to bypass the law and authorize a death penalty case.

Best Week Ever (VH1; ends at 9:30 PM)-Tom & Katie spent their final week living in sin before the big wedding; we offered some suggestions for what to get them.  A big dumb frat guy on MySpace got upset because Borat made him look like a big dumb frat guy in a movie. The nerve!  Emmitt Smith proved he can not only beat you in football, but also on the dancefloor.  Dreamgirls will cost $25 a ticket during the first ten days of its release.  O.J. Simpson half-heartedly pretended he didn’t kill somebody…soon in paperback!  And the internet celebrated its Super Sweet 16.

9:30 PM:

The Wendy Williams Experience (VH1; ends at 10 PM)-Actor and comedian John Leguizamo talks Hollywood with the Queen of Radio.  Then Wendy gets the real scoop on "Flavor of Love 2" with this season's winner Deelishis.  Plus a surprise stop at the BET Hip-Hop Awards red carpet.

10 PM:

Web Junk 20 (VH1; ends at 10:30 PM)-Season premiere.  Jim Bruer takes over as host of this countdown of the 20 funniest Internet clips of the week.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 6 PM, watch “Doctor Who.”  At 7 PM, watch “Ghost Whisperer;” record “Deal or No Deal” on TiVo, “Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy” on VCR 1, “Battlestar Galactica” on VCR 2, and “Ice-T’s Rap School” on VCR 3.  At 8 PM, watch “Close to Home;” record “Las Vegas” on TiVo and and the rest of “Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy” on VCR 1.  At 9 PM, watch “Numb3rs;” record “Law & Order” on TiVo and “Best Week Ever”/“The Wendy Williams Experience” on VCR 1, and “Barbara Walters Special: 30 Mistakes in 30 Years” on VCR 2.  At 10 PM, watch “Web Junk 20.”  At 11 PM, watch “Monk” when it repeats on USA.  Watch “The Soup” at 8:30 AM Saturday morning when it repeats on E!

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