2006 November Sweeps November 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)
“2006 American Music Awards” (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Special. Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 34th annual gala honoring the music-buying public's favorite artists. Slated performers include Jay-Z; Beyonce; Josh Groban; Mary J. Blige; Dixie Chicks; Gwen Stefani; Nelly Furtado; Pussycat Dolls; Rascal Flatts; Snow Patrol; Tenacious D; Lionel Richie; Snoop Dogg; Akon; Barry Manilow; John Mayer; Jamie Foxx; and Carrie Underwood. Mariah Carey, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nickelback, and Black Eyed Peas lead the field with three nominations each. Presenters include Chingy.
“NCIS” (CBS; ends at 8 PM)
“Tony Bennett: An American Classic” (NBC; ends at 8 PM)-Special. Marking his 80th birthday, the singer performs duets with Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, and k.d. lang.
“Standoff” (FOX; ends at 8 PM)-Matt and Emily save a young woman from a hostage situation, but their work isn’t done, as the woman becomes prey to a stalker. When Emily discovers the woman has developed feelings for Matt, she questions the authenticity of the woman’s claims. As the situation escalates, it becomes clear that the woman is holding secrets, but having saved her once, Matt takes it upon himself to save her again.
“The Gilmore Girls” (CW; ends at 8 PM)-Lorelai invites Rory over to dinner to tell her that she and Christopher got married in Paris. Rory pretends to be thrilled while Christopher is in the room, but later tells Lorelai how hurt and angry she really is. Back in town for the start-up of his new internet company, Logan invites Rory to the launch party, where she meets a magazine editor who suggests she write an article on the event. Rory writes a judgmental article, describing the guests as spoiled elitists. Logan is hurt and angry, accusing Rory of hypocrisy since she is living rent-free in his apartment. Defensive at first, Rory realizes she is living a double standard and decides to find her own apartment. Meanwhile, when April faces a medical emergency, a frantic Luke turns to Lorelai for help.
“The Unit” (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-Jonas travels to Latin America to assassinate an oil minister who is threatening to cut off his country's oil supply to the U.S., but the mission is placed in jeopardy when details of it are leaked to a newspaper. Making things even more difficult for Jonas is the fact that the woman who is posing as his wife takes her role very seriously and comes on to him. Back at the base, Molly worries that Crystal is overspending. In Washington, D.C., Col. Ryan testifies before eight congressmen.
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (NBC; ends at 9 PM)
“House” (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-House’s newest patient is 18-year-old Jack (guest star Patrick Fugit, Almost Famous), brought to the hospital after experiencing a heart attack and massive vomiting. Barely an adult himself, Jack has been the parent to his younger brother and sister since their parents died. After a brief perusal of Jack’s file, House thinks he’s got the diagnosis, seals it in an envelope and turns the process into a game, challenging Cameron, Foreman, and Chase to figure it out on their own. When Jack is given an option that would lead to a possible reprieve from his worsening illness, he’s faced with a decision that could break up his little family forever. Meanwhile, in an attempt to extract a confession, Tritter (recurring guest star David Morse) makes it almost impossible for Wilson to practice medicine, driving a friendship-ruining wedge between House and Wilson.
“Veronica Mars” (CW; ends at 9 PM)-Selma Rose (guest star Patricia Hearst), the wealthy grand-daughter of the founder of Hearst College and a member of the Hearst College Board of Trustees, mysteriously disappears the night before she is to cast a swing vote that will determine the fate of the Greek system on campus. Keith, with Veronica's help, is hired by Dean O'Dell (recurring guest star Ed Begley, Jr., "Arrested Development") to investigate the disappearance. Meanwhile, Veronica has been rehired as a photographer at the Hearst Free Press, but she and Logan fight over her involvement in the rape case.
“3 lbs.” (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-A brain tumor threatens the lives of a pregnant woman and her unborn child, but she refuses to have radiation treatment out of fear it could harm the baby. Complicating matters are seizures the woman experiences. When Hanson operates to control the seizures, it results in unexpected side effects. Also, Jonathan becomes involved with an attractive attorney who represents one of his patients, a man accused of a violent crime.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-An accident leads Detective Dani Beck and Detective Eliot Stabler to the parents of two foster children and some questionable medical practices involving a controversial "rebirthing" therapy. As the detectives dig deeper into the case, they discover other gruesome secrets involving the children, which lead Beck to make some surprising choices about her life and a profound decision about her career.
“Nip/Tuck” (FX; ends at 12:05 AM)-Christian proposes to Michelle even though he doubts his ability to maintain a long-term relationship; a lonely Sean takes a morbid case for reasons that have as much to do with himself as with the patient (guest star Catherine Deneuve); and James wants to use the McNamara/Troy O.R. for her own operations. Mario Lopez returns as Dr. Mike Hamoui.
At 7 PM, watch “2006 American Music Awards;” record “Tony Bennett: An American Classic” on TiVo, “The Gilmore Girls” on VCR 1, and “Standoff” on VCR 2. At 8 PM, watch the second hour of “2006 American Music Awards;” record “The Unit” on TiVo, “Veronica Mars” on VCR 1, and “House” on VCR 2. At 9 PM, watch the rest of “2006 American Music Awards;” record “3 lbs.” on TiVo and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” on VCR 1. At 11 PM, watch “Nip/Tuck.”