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November sweeps secrets

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 4th 2007 6:24PM
NetworksSweeps period is not only important for networks but also for TV viewers. Sweeps periods are when some of the biggest events in a TV series happen: deaths, explosions, extra special guest stars, etc.

To prepare you for November sweeps, I've combed through the networks' sweeps press releases and official episode descriptions and extracted what seems to be the juicy information for almost all scripted series on the five major networks.

All spoilers listed after the jump are actually spoilers the networks want you to know!

30 Rock (NBC): Al Gore, Meredith Vieira and David Schwimmer guest star in an episode during which Jack has come up with the idea of creating a green mascot for NBC. Jack attends a cocktail party honoring Colin Powell, and there, he falls for C.C. (played by Edie Falco), a Democratic congresswoman from Vermont.

Aliens in America (The CW): Justin competes with Raja to come up with the best idea for the homecoming float. Raja shocks the Tolchucks when he starts smoking. Justin and Raja share the job and costume of the school mascot. Justin and Raja outdo themselves with an outrageous school prank.

Back to You (FOX): Gracie's class takes a field trip to the WURG newsroom. Chuck and the guys come to the rescue when Kelly and Montana discover a vicious raccoon in Kelly's attic right before Gracie's birthday party is set to begin. When a younger rival anchor asks Kelly out, Chuck can't hide his jealousy.

Big Shots (ABC): Duncan's reputation could block a huge deal for Reveal, so he enlists Cameron to help him appear like a perfect father. James puts his current relationships aside to focus on a custody battle when Stacey tells him she's moving to California.

Bionic Woman (NBC):
Jaime and Tom must work together while on a mission in Paris. Becca lands herself in jail. Jaime over hears a disturbing conversation between Antonio and an assassin and her relationship with Tom moves forward.

Bones (FOX): A Jeffersonian employee is found dead in the building's incinerator. The team rehashes some high school memories of their own while investigating the death of a student who was buried in a time capsule. The team is back on the case of the Widow's Son serial killer. Booth and Brennan must take care of a baby who miraculously survived a car accident that killed his mother.

Boston Legal (ABC): Everyone thinks Denny Crane has finally lost it when he fires an associate lawyer for being fat. Jerry is overcome with anxiety when he feels it's time to give his very first kiss to former client Leigh a fellow Asperger's syndrome sufferer and objectophile whom he's been dating.

Brothers & Sisters (ABC): When the Walkers suffer a very tragic, private loss, Kitty brings in an expert (guest starring Danny Glover) to advise Robert on his campaign. Justin reaches a critical new low point with his addiction.

Cane (CBS): Alex fights to save the future of Duque Rum and uncovers a dark secret that may incriminate the Samuels.

Carpoolers (ABC): Laird hooks up with his hot but crazy ex-wife (played by Rebecca Romijn). The guys feel guilty but swear secrecy when they believe that a prank they pulled caused a rival carpool's car to catch fire.

Cavemen (ABC): Joel joins new apartment neighbor Jake in a motivational networking program. The apartment is burglarized.

Chuck (NBC): Chuck returns to Stanford and makes shocking discoveries about himself and why Bryce emailed him. Chuck is torn when he meets pretty girl Lou (Rachel Bilson). Morgan starts developing a new relationship with an unlikely girl. Bryce Larkin returns after being ruled dead earlier in Chuck's life.

Cold Case (CBS): The series marks its 100th episode with the team investigating the murder of a woman who made headlines in 1938 by vanishing the night of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast as her family prepared to outrun the "aliens." The team learn the consequences of Internal Affair's investigation of Valens.

Criminal Minds (CBS): The team tracks a cannibalistic serial killer who believes the devil is his protector. Frankie Muniz guest stars as a famous comic book artist who becomes involved in the search for a serial killer.

CSI (CBS): The CSI team investigates the death of a boy in Las Vegas who might be a kidnap victim missing from New York six years ago in an episode that is a cross over with Without a Trace. Sara bids farewell to Grissom and the CSI team.

CSI: Miami (CBS): The CSI's investigation of a model's murder sends Horatio back to prison where he must work with a former nemesis to clear his son's name. Dean Cain and Leslie Hope guest star as grief-stricken parents who take matters into their own hands when their son is killed during a family vacation. A wealthy family's nanny turns up dead during a fabulous party.

CSI: New York (CBS): Mac and the team find a man stabbed to death in Madison Square Park and a woman shot dead on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Desperate Housewives (ABC): Victor confronts Gaby about her affair with Carlos, Bree informs Susan that she thinks Mike is addicted to drugs and Danielle delivers her baby.

Dirty Sexy Money (ABC): Karen's cold feet about marrying Freddy cause drama as her wedding day arrives. Patrick's wife finds out about his extramarital affair from an unlikely source.

ER (NBC): County General tries to conserve energy during the rolling brownouts. Kovac returns to Chicago.

Everybody Hates Chris (The CW): Greg gets the royal treatment when he comes to stay with Chris' family. America's Next Top Model winner Eva Marcelle guest stars as Drew's teacher, and Chris' new job teaches him a valuable lesion about the working world.

Friday Night Lights (NBC): Landry comes clean to his father. Jessalyn Gilsig guest stars as Tami's sister. Matt is finding himself more and more attracted to his grandma's live-in nurse.

Ghost Whisperer (CBS): A fake medium's inquiry into the disappearance of a young socialite prompts Melinda to initiate her own investigation.

Girlfriends (The CW): Monica surprises William with the news that she is pregnant. Erykah Badu guest stars as herself in an episode written by series star Golden Brooks.

Gossip Girl (The CW): Things heat up when Serena and Dan admit they are crazy about one another. Nate disappoints Blair on her 17th birthday. John Shay guest stars as Blair's father. The Humphreys and van der Woodsens share an awkward Thanksgiving dinner.

Grey's Anatomy (ABC): Derek asks for more than a physical connection from Meredith. Callie's role as Chief Resident is placed in jeopardy after she delegates much of her job to Bailey.

Heroes (NBC): Some of the heroes band together to face off "nightmare man." West discovers who Claire's father is. An episode will explain what happened in the four months between the Season 1 finale and the Season 2 premiere. Hiro returns from the past but, as soon as he learns of his father's death, he goes back in time. Matt uses his mental abilities to track down the last person in the company photo.

House (FOX): The competition at Princeton Plainsboro for the slots on House's team comes to an exciting conclusion. House is recruited by the CIA to treat an agent with an illness as mysterious as his previous assignments. House and his team are followed by a documentary film crew as they treat a teenager with a major facial deformity who suffered a heart attack prior to a reconstructive procedure. House encounters a magician whose heart failed while performing an underwater escape act.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS): Lily and Marshall host their first Thanksgiving as a married couple. Barney loses his mojo with women.

Journeyman (NBC): Dan puts his own future at risk while trying to help someone in the past. John Schneider guest stars in an episode during which Katie makes a discovery about Livia's past. Jack remains skeptical, but begins to see evidence that Dan might be telling the truth about his travels. Dan learns a difficult lesson about what happens when he goes off-mission while Livia continues to uncover secrets about her purpose in life.

K-Ville (FOX): Cobb revisits his criminal past. Things heat up when Boulet and Cobb uncover details surrounding the murder of an insurance adjuster whose body is found in one of the city's flooded areas.

Las Vegas (NBC): Delinda tries to have the Montecito go green. Danny's alcoholic uncle drops by the Montecito as thieves are about to break into the casino.

Law & Order: SVU (NBC): Benson finds herself in serious danger while investigating the copycat of a serial killer. While investigating the disappearance of a young girl, Stabler is injured by a violent, schizophrenic artist. A young girl's death seems to be linked to the world of ultimate fighting. Stabler's own family suffers a tragedy that leaves Benson and Stabler's unborn son, in serious danger.

Life (NBC): The detectives investigate a kidnapping that may also be a hate crime. Detective Carl Ames, who oversaw Crews' murder investigation, is found dead in the parking lot of the police station. Crews decides to take action towards the murder investigation mounting against him.

Men in Trees (ABC): A series of ill-fated events threaten to ruin Patrick and Annie's wedding. Marin has second thoughts about her feelings for Jack.

Moonlight (CBS): Mick experiences deja-vu when a fire investigation destroys a historic Hollywood hotel that seemingly replicates the night Coraline died.

My Name Is Earl (NBC): Earl must prepare a "Scared Straight" skit that will scare kids from committing crimes and stay out of jail. Joy prepares to give birth and Frank prepares an escape plan to get back items he buried in Joy's heater.

NCIS (CBS): Gibbs finds himself at the center of an emotional and soul searching journey into his past which leads to a shocking conclusion. The team comes to the realization that a Marine is the subject of a secret experiment to create a Super Soldier.

Numb3rs (CBS): A comic book convention turns into a crime scene after a deadly robbery leads to the disappearance of an extremely rare comic (guest starring our own Wil Wheaton!)

Prison Break (FOX): Michael learns about Sara's murder. Susan takes the escape into her own hands. A coup in Sona brings Michael's escape plan crashing down.

Private Practice (ABC): Pete and Addison decide to take their relationship to the next level. Violet enters a "friends with benefits" pact with Cooper.

Pushing Daisies (ABC): When a dog breeder who may have bred the world's most perfect pooch is found dead, Ned and company try to figure out who exactly did the deed.

Reaper (The CW): Sam is given an 8-track soundtrack to a bad 1970s film to use as a vessel. Melinda Clarke guest stars as the Devil's mistress.

Rules of Engagement (CBS): Heather Locklear returns as Audrey's sister, Barbara.

Samantha Who? (ABC): Samantha is hit on and comes to realize that she has no memory of sex. Sam runs into an ex-boyfriend and discovers that he has a restraining order against her.

Scrubs (NBC): The Janitor elects himself "Environmental Officer" at the hospital. J.D. angers the staff when they realize that he uses nicknames because he doesn't know their real names.

Shark (CBS): Sebastian and Danny head to Mexico to retrieve the runaway killer of Raina's friend.

Smallville (The CW): Clark meets his biological mother, Lara-El (guest star Helen Slater) for the first time.

Supernatural (The CW): Mercedes McNab and Sterling K. Brown guest star.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS): Penny is asked to join Leonard and Sheldon's Halo team but Sheldon doesn't like it when she teaches him how the game is really played.

The Game (The CW): Malik is suspended from the team for punching a cartoonist who ridiculed him.

The Office (NBC): Michael goes into the wilderness with nothing but the suit on his back. Jan sues Dunder Mifflin.

The Unit (CBS): During a dangerous rescue mission, Grey is critically injured.

Til Death (FOX):Eddie recovers by re-gifting Joy's super-expensive bottle of wine. Joy purchases a pair of new bedside lamps, but since one is broken, she and Eddie wage an all-out battle over the working one. Eddie and Joy go to Florida to visit Eddie's parents for the holiday. Jeff becomes acting principal of the school.

Two and a Half Men (CBS): Charlie and Alan butt heads over Alan's place in the house. Charlie becomes an unlikely children's music sensation. Charlie tries to resist his attraction to his soon-to-be step sister.

Ugly Betty (ABC): Betty moves in with new love Henry.

Without a Trace (CBS): The FBI and CSI teams race to analyze the killing spree of a mass murderer they are tracking.

Women's Murder Club (ABC): Lindsay and Jill are forced to think about what they want for the future when they become involved in a case involving the murder of an expectant father.

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Lindsay Warren

Thanks for including Supernatural! That was easily the best episode this season! Gordon is crazy!!!!

December 07 2007 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John D\'arc

NBC's green week is really gonna annoy me.

and what's with 30 Rock and the guest stars? It's like every week is sweeps week.

November 05 2007 at 6:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The comic book convention episode of "Numb3rs" has Wil Wheaton, sometimes TV Squad blogger, as a guest star.

November 04 2007 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's November and ABC has kept Boston Legal?! Is that only because of the CA fires?

November 04 2007 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabelle Carreau

James: I decided to concentrate myself on Sweeps info for the five main channels. Check our Spoilers Anonymous column (out every Wednesday) as we sometimes include spoilers for cable shows.

November 04 2007 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dear lord, I just realized I only watch a handful out of all those shows you listed! Any spoilers for cable shows?

November 04 2007 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabelle Carreau

"Stabler's own family suffers a tragedy that leaves Benson and Stabler's unborn son, in serious danger." That's exactly how it was written in the episode's description. My first read of it was exactly as you read it: he was the father of her unbord child. So I reread it and decided it must be that Benson and the unborn child of Stabler are both in danger. So "Benson, and Stabler's unborn son, in serious danger."

November 04 2007 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

Benson and Stabler had sex?!! I haven't seen the last couple episodes, but I can't imagine that happened?!

November 04 2007 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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