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2006 November Sweeps November 28 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:

A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC; ends at 8 PM)-Special.  In the Emmy and Peabody-winning animated cartoon from 1965, the gang mounts a holiday pageant as Charlie Brown bemoans Yuletide commercialism.  Also: a new set of animated "Peanuts" vignettes, based on previously published strips.

NCIS (CBS; ends at 8 PM)

Friday Night Lights (NBC; ends at 8 PM)-While Tim Riggins and the team celebrate their victory, a frustrated Brian "Smash" Williams takes drastic measures to improve his performance on the field.  Coach Taylor’s daughter Julie considers going on a date with rookie quarterback Matt Saracen, meanwhile Saracen trains "Smash" at his new job at the Alamo Freeze.  After dinner with Coach Taylor and his wife Tami, Riggins, and his brother clash in a heated fight.  Riggins and Lyla watch from the stands as Jason takes part in his first quad rugby game, one that will end with a vicious confrontation between him, the woman he loves, and his best friend in the world.

Standoff (FOX; ends at 8 PM)-When a father finds his teenage son’s notebook full of violent images and blueprints of his high school, he turns to CNU to prevent a hostage situation before it’s too late.  Unfortunately, Matt and Emily are one step behind and by the time they arrive at the school, the tormented teens have already kidnapped their enemies.  With the tables turned, the harassed become the bullies as they torture their captives and broadcast it over the Internet.

The Gilmore Girls (CW; ends at 8 PM)-When Christopher questions Lorelai about why she has avoided involving him in the daily life of Stars Hollow, she admits her concern that her old friends may not accept him.  Christopher makes an effort to bond with the townspeople, and Lorelai brings him to the town knit-a-thon, where his well-intentioned gesture brings the event to an early end.  When Olivia throws a 2002-themed birthday party for Lucy, Rory gets her chance to confront Marty about his coldness toward her.  Finally, Luke is touched by the birth of Liz and T.J.'s baby, and when he learns that Anna is planning to move to New Mexico with April, he demands equal rights as a parent.

Dog the Bounty Hunter (A&E; ends at 7:30 PM)-Dog prepares to leave Colorado and decides to go for one last capture.

The Great American Christmas (USA; ends at 9 PM)-TV movie.  Howie Mandel narrates this documentary, which profiles six families around the country who celebrate the holiday in unique and inspiring ways.

8 PM:

Big Day (ABC; ends at 8:30 PM)-Series premiere.  A sitcom following the chaotic wedding day of Alice (Marla Sokoloff) and Danny (Josh Cooke.)  First up: Alice fights with her mom over the salad being served at the reception, and there's a contact-lens problem for one of the groomsmen.  The show also stars Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me") as Jane, Kurt Fuller (Anger Management) as Steve, Miriam Shor as Becca, Stephen Rannazzisi as Skobo, and Stephnie Weir ("MADtv") as Lorna.

The Unit (CBS; ends at 9 PM)-When Jonas is captured and brutally tortured by Georgian rebels, it is up to Col. Ryan and the Unit to rescue him before it’s too late.  After Col. Ryan is shut down by his contacts in Washington D.C. to negotiate a prisoner exchange to free Jonas, he makes plans for the men of the Unit to rescue him.  Meanwhile, Tiffy faces legal repercussions for her traffic accident and an unlikely source provides legal support.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC; ends at 9 PM)

House (FOX; ends at 9 PM)-House and the team take on the case of Alice, a young girl with pancreatitis.  Since her divorced parents can’t agree on how to proceed with her treatment and won’t let House bully them into making a decision, House’s only option is to take them to court and let a judge rule on the matter.  When Alice’s condition continues to worsen, House is forced to take her parents to court again, but in a surprising ruling, the judge awards guardianship of Alice to Dr. Cuddy, leaving her to determine the young girl’s medical care.  Meanwhile, House’s reduced access to Vicodin is beginning to take its toll and he hits Cuddy up for more of the medication, but instead of writing a prescription, she strictly rations his pills.  Detective Tritter wants House to find a non-addictive way to cope with his pain before House kills somebody.  As part of his strategy to get one of House’s team members to crack, Tritter freezes Cameron and Foreman’s bank accounts, and ultimately offers Foreman a deal to come clean about House’s drug use.

Veronica Mars (CW; ends at 9 PM)-Dean O'Dell (recurring guest star Ed Begley, Jr.) reinstates the Greek system on campus and, determined to solve the campus rape case, Veronica, along with Mac, Wallace, and Piz, attends a party armed with coasters designed to test for drugs in the drinks of her peers.  Meanwhile, Dean O'Dell hires Keith to investigate whether or not his wife is cheating on him.

My Boys (TBS; ends at 8:30 PM)-Series premiere.  A sitcom about a female sportswriter named PJ Franklin (Jordana Spiro)...a poker-playing, pizza-eating, beer-drinking Chicago lass who hangs out with an all-male posse.  First up: PJ's love life heats up when she meets a fellow sportswriter (Kyle Howard) from a rival paper, but her tomboyish attitude complicates matters.  Betsy Thomas created and executive produces the series.

8:30 PM:

Help Me Help You (ABC; ends at 9 PM)-Bill's advice to the group is not to accept defeat.  With his marriage in ruins, Bill decides to take on a new challenge at work...sports psychology.  He takes on a timid boxing client, Kevin (guest star Kevin Hart.)  However, when the only thing that seems to stimulate Kevin's rage is physically harming Bill's other patient, Dave, Bill is confronted with an ethical dilemma.  Meanwhile, Inger finds herself in a game of Jewish chicken when she dates an Asian man through J-Date...and neither one will admit they're not Jewish...and Michael becomes consumed with trying to beat his assistant's record at a Blackberry video game.

My Boys (TBS; ends at 9 PM)-Second new episode.  Bobby sends PJ mixed signals when he gives her a signed baseball for a gift, only to throw her a curve by dating a blonde yoga instructor.  Meanwhile, Mike plans to woo the woman Kenny hopes to date.

9 PM:

Boston Legal (ABC; ends at 10 PM)-Part 2 of 2.  Shirley Schmidt attempts to reason with her kidnapper, the peculiar Lincoln Meyer (recurring guest star David Dean Botrell), who turns out to be significantly more depraved than she realized.  Meanwhile, Jerry Espenson's legal skills shine as he and Alan Shore defend a woman accused of killing her ex-girlfriend, and Denny Crane is overcome with jealousy when he catches Jerry and Alan bonding over Scotch and cigars.

3 lbs. (CBS; ends at 10 PM)-Hanson sees a former patient who has a recurrence of a life-threatening brain aneurism whose brother is dead set against his operating on her again.  Though he will literally have to stop her heart during the operation, Hanson is confident that he can remove the aneurism and affect a complete cure.  However, he isn't sure that Seger feels as confident about the outcome.  To make the situation even more difficult, the patient's interfering brother wants to prevent the surgery altogether.  Meanwhile, Adrianne is attracted to a patient who doesn't recognize people's faces.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC; ends at 10 PM)-A woman, is found dead in Central Park, and medical examiner Warner can find no apparent reason for her death.  Det. Stabler begins the investigation by himself, talking to the victim’s husband, Wesley (guest star Chris Sarandon), who owns a dance troupe, as his friends Glenn (guest star Bob Saget) and Naomi Cheales (guest star Catherine Bell) pay a condolence visit.  Stabler's investigation unravels a case of drugs, infidelity, and an elaborate plot that impacts everyone involved in the troupe.  Attorney Stella Danquiss, who defends Glenn, is played by guest star Bernadette Peters.  In this star-studded episode, Stabler also discovers Det. Benson is back in town, so he pays her a visit.

11 PM:

Nip/Tuck (FX; ends at 12:07 AM)-Sean drinks heavily as he spends a gloomy Christmas without his family; Christian receives an unexpected gift when a 3-year-old Wilber comes back into his life; and James forces Michelle to help as she takes drastic measures to fill her holiday kidney quota.

Watching/Recording Suggestions:

At 7 PM, watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas;” record “Friday Night Lights” on TiVo, “The Gilmore Girls” on VCR 1, and “Standoff” on VCR 2, and “The Great American Christmas” on VCR 3.  At 8 PM, watch “Big Day”/“Help Me Help You;” record “The Unit” on TiVo, “Veronica Mars” on VCR 1, “House” on VCR 2, the rest of “The Great American Christmas” on VCR 3, and both episodes of “My Boys” on VCR 4.  At 9 PM, watch “Boston Legal;” record “3 lbs.” on TiVo and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” on VCR 1.  At 11 PM, watch “Dog the Bounty Hunter” when it repeats at this time on A&E.  At 12:07 AM, watch “Nip/Tuck” when it repeats at this time on FX.

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