[10/28/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC's Peacock Presents an Eventful November Including Bold Episodes of 'The West Wing,' 'Medium' and 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' a New 'Poseidon Adventure' Movie, Specials with Faith Hill, Penn & Teller and 'Saturday Night Live'

[via press release from NBC]


Other Events Include Two-hour "Apprentice" and Retro Episode of "Las Vegas"

Series Guest Stars Abound with Ellen DeGeneres, Harry Connick Jr., John Stamos, Debbie Reynolds, Beau Bridges, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dean Cain, Jason Biggs, Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover, Annie Potts, Judith Light, Chubby Checker, Tim Meadows, Robert Goulet, Magicians Criss Angel and Lance Burton

BURBANK, Calif. -- October 28, 2005 -- NBC's November is brimming over with a month of event programs, including series featuring a live debate episode of "The West Wing," a special "3-D' episode of "Medium" and a two-hour "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," specials spotlighting Faith Hill, Penn & Teller and "Saturday Night Live: The '80s," plus a new movie version of "The Poseidon Adventure." Other high-profile series entries will be a two-hour episode of "The Apprentice," an offbeat "retro" hour -- circa 1962 -- of "Las Vegas," and the live, two-hour season finale of "The Biggest Loser."

In addition, NBC's series will feature such guest stars as Beau Bridges ("My Name Is Earl"), John Stamos (two episodes on "ER"), Danny Glover (ER"), Debbie Reynolds, Harry Connick Jr., Jason Biggs and Alec Baldwin all on "Will & Grace," Ellen DeGeneres ("Joey"), Annie Potts, Judith Light, Dean Cain, Veronica Cartwright, Teri Garr all on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Tim Meadows ("The Office"), Lara Flynn Boyle, Dean Cain, Chubby Checker, Robert Goulet and magicians Criss Angel and Lance Burton, all on "Las Vegas" -- among others.

Thanksgiving Traditions are also served up on November 24, as NBC's annual "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" will step off through the streets of Manhattan to kick off the annual Christmas holiday season. Following the parade is "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina." Likewise, the season's classic "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" will light up the New York City sky on November 30. NBC also celebrates the 40th anniversary of its classic daytime drama "Days of our Lives" on November 25.

Following are days, times (ET) and storyline information.


JOEY-- (8-8:30 p.m.)
"Joey and the Poker"

JOEY GOES ON "CELEBRITY POKER" -- In an effort to keep Joey (Matt LeBlanc) away from his attractive new interior designer, Alex (Andrea Anders) tries to teach him Texas Hold 'em. But when Joey gets frustrated with losing, she begins to get creative with the rules of the game -- which make things very interesting when Joey is asked to go on "Celebrity Poker." Drea de Matteo, Jennifer Coolidge and Paulo Costanzo also star.

WILL & GRACE -- (8:30-9 p.m.)
"The Hole Truth"

THE PRICE OF FAME; ALEC BALDWIN AND JASON BIGGS GUEST-STAR -- The day before Will's (Eric McCormack) charity auction and carnival, Jack (Sean Hayes) begins dating Baby Glenn (guest star Jason Biggs, "American Pie"), who is still riding his 15 minutes of fame from when he got trapped in a hole for three days in the 1980s. The two "celebrities" agree to be auctioned off for charity -- Baby Glenn's fans spend over $1,000 but Jack begins to question his own notoriety when no one bids on him. Meanwhile, Karen (Megan Mullally) just can't force herself to break up with Malcolm (guest star Alec Baldwin), so she recruits Grace (Debra Messing) to be his date to the carnival. But Grace can't stand his weird quirks and finally makes Karen confront him. Shelley Morrison also stars.

THE APPRENTICE -- (9-10 p.m.)
"Back to School"

HIGH FASHION AND HEATED WORDS -- The candidates take a recess from studying The Donald and become teachers themselves -- and events become heated when one candidate makes a derogatory comment towards a teammate. The winners get schooled in high fashion while the losers' debate in the boardroom as the 10th candidate is expelled from Trump Tower.

ER -- (10-11 p.m.)
"Dream House"

THERE IS NO BUSINESS LIKE MONKEY BUSINESS IN THE E.R, DANNY GLOVER GUEST-STARS. -- Dr. Clemente (John Leguizamo), Abby (Maura Tierney) and Neela (Parminder Nagra) secretly care for a VIP patient while Dubenko (Leland Orser) tortures the staff via a robotic television camera from home. Meanwhile, Sam (Linda Cardellini) is coerced into a management role and is given a dreadful task and Pratt is visited by his half-brother, prompting emotions from the past that remind him of his father's (guest star Danny Glover, "Lethal Weapon") abandonment. Goran Visnjic, Shane West and Kristen Johnston also star.


THREE WISHES -- (9-10 p.m.)
"Cedar City, Utah"

'THREE WISHES' TEAM GRANTS WISH FOR UTAH TOYMAKERS -- The "Three Wishes" team of Amy Grant, Carter Oosterhouse, Eric Stromer and Diane Mizota travel to Cedar City, Utah, where they have several surprises in store for a remarkable retired couple who make toys for underprivileged children all over the world. They also help a young girl pay tribute to the fire department whose instruction saved her life, and aid a courageous young mother gain the skills and confidence she needs to better face the challenges brought on by the recent loss of her sight. World-class climber and author Erik Weihenmayer -- the first blind man in history to reach the summit of the world's highest peak Mount Everest -- makes a special guest appearance.


THE WEST WING -- (8-9 p.m.)
"'Live' Debate Episode"

'THE WEST WING' GOES LIVE FOR FIRST TIME -- In a first for "The West Wing," the Emmy Award-winning series will broadcast a live episode featuring a debate between presidential candidates Congressman Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) and Senator Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda). Two live versions will be telecast, one for the East Coast and another for the West Coast.

"In the Wee Small Hours Part I & II"

IN TWO-HOUR EPISODE BOTH SETS OF SERIES DETECTIVES PROBE DISAPPEARANCE OF IOWA TEEN DURING HER TRIP TO NEW YORK -- In a two-hour movie featuring both sets of the series' detectives for the first time -- a visiting Iowa teen disappears during her New York City school trip, prompting a massive media frenzy that engulfs Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio), Eames (Kathryn Erbe), Logan (Chris Noth) and Barek (Annabella Sciorra) when their prime suspect (guest star Matt O'Leary) is a powerful judge's son. The case widens when it appears the accuser's philandering father (guest star Colm Meaney) is a co-conspirator who acted to protect his son -- and might be a murder suspect himself -- but he is not afraid to punch back hard against the investigators. Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance and Fred Dalton Thompson ("Law & Order") also star.


SURFACE -- (8-9 p.m.)
Episode #107

UNEXPECTED DEATH IS NEWEST CLUE TO INVESTIGATION -- Dr. Lee (Ian Anthony Dale) gives an account of someone's unexpected death to his superiors -- concluding that it was a necessity in the long run -- before revealing a new and unfolding clue in the investigation. Laura (Lake Bell) and Rich (Jay R. Ferguson) enlist the help of Jackson (Austin Nichols) when her home is mysteriously ransacked by strangers, sending the trio under the radar as they travel up the coast. Meanwhile, Nimrod's uncontrollable behavior forces Miles (Carter Jenkins) and Phil (Eddie Hassell) to steal a pizza delivery car and lead the police on a chase to the beach where Miles lets Nim go in the ocean. Leighton Meester also stars.

LAS VEGAS -- (9-10 p.m.)
"Everything Old Is You Again"

RETRO EPISODE LOOKS BACK AT VEGAS CIRCA 1962; CHUBBY CHECKER TWISTS IN AS GUEST STAR -- When Danny (Josh Duhamel) wonders what it would be like to work at a casino in the vintage 1960s, he becomes the focus of a flashback to the Jubilee Hotel and Casino circa 1962 where he is the director of entertainment. In the look back, the new president of the Jubilee Ed (James Caan) designates Mike (James Lesure) as the head of security and Mary (Nikki Cox) to take over the hotel restaurant while he convinces Delinda (Molly Sims) to open a dress shop -- despite her wish to become a showgirl. Elsewhere, Sam (Vanessa Marcil), now a call girl, is almost banned from the casino but escapes punishment by promising to bring all of her high-roller clients to the Jubilee. Chubby Checker guest-stars as himself.

MEDIUM -- (10-11 p.m.)
"Judge, Jury & Executioner"

IF ONLY JUSTICE WASN'T SO BLIND -- Conflict arises when Joe (Jake Weber) serves on a jury that is deciding the fate of a man who keeps showing up in Allison's (Patricia Arquette) dreams. Miguel Sandoval, David Cubitt, Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark also star.


THE BIGGEST LOSER -- (8-9 p.m.)

JUMP START -- The six remaining players learn that all teams are dissolved so they can all go head-to-head against each other in competitions. This week's temptation puts each of the trainers atop dunk tanks -- and the challenge has contestants using a giant "jump rope machine" with a flimsy rope that easily breaks if stepped on. Also, one contestant surprises the group with a new look and two of them face off in a showdown. Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina, the Teenage Witch") hosts.

MY NAME IS EARL -- (9-9:30 p.m.)
"Stole Beer from a Golfer"

WILL LIE FOR BEER - This time, Earl (Jason Lee) decides to pick something simple from his list -- like stealing beer from a golfer -- so that he and Randy (Ethan Suplee) can attend the county fair like they do every year. Seven months earlier, Earl and Randy began fixing golf games in order to keep scoring free beer from Scott (guest star Johnny Galecki), who would purchase drinks for everyone whenever he hit a hole-in-one. To atone for this sin, Earl buys Scott case upon case of beer. He soon discovers, however, that in order to fully cross Scott off of his list, Earl must help Scott regain the life that he had before he became obsessed with the sport. When Randy suddenly disappears -- upset that Earl's list is taking a priority over him -- Earl soon realizes that his behavior is becoming a little obsessive. Nadine Velazquez also stars.

THE OFFICE -- (9:30-10 p.m.)
"The Client"

TIM MEADOWS GUEST-STARS -- When Michael (Steve Carell) and boss Jan (Melora Hardin) go after a new client (guest star Tim Meadows, NBC's "Saturday Night Live," "Mean Girls"), Michael surprises his boss in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) finds a screenplay written by Michael -- and the cubicle jockeys at Dunder Mifflin have a hilarious time acting it out. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak also star.


DISCOVERY OF BOY'S REMAINS 30 YEARS AFTER HE DISAPPEARED SETS OFF A SEARCH FOR FIVE MISSING BOYS -- When construction workers pour the sand into a new playground and discover the remains of a young boy, Detective Stabler (Chris Meloni) teams up with CSU tech Millie Vizcarrondo (guest star Paula Garces) and they resurrect a cold case where four boys disappeared 30 years earlier. As the investigation unfolds, new forensic evidence surfaces until Anna (guest-star Lisa Emery) surfaces, claiming her stepfather (guest-star Richard Bright) was the killer. Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Tamara Tunie and B.D. Wong also star.


E-RING -- (8-9 p.m.)
"Cemetery Wind, Part II"

JT FINISHES AN OLD JOB THAT STILL HAUNTS HIM -- JT (Benjamin Bratt) tracks down Angie's killers in Colombia and exacts revenge with the help of his former Special Ops partners. Meanwhile, back at the Pentagon, Sam and Colonel McNulty (Dennis Hopper) help clear JT's name and bring down CIA Director Metcalfe who is partly responsible for Angie's death. Aunjanue Ellis, Joe Morton and Kelly Rutherford also star.

"Don't Touch That Dial!"

EIGHT CANDIDATES REMAIN -- Martha challenges the eight remaining candidates with the task of selling an outdoor product live on QVC. While one team watches two members battle each other for the most screen time, the other team watches as one of its members suffers performance anxiety that causes a last minute substitution. The losing team meets Martha in the conference room and one candidate is sent home.

LAW & ORDER -- (10-11 p.m.)
"House of Cards"

WHO KILLED A YOUNG SINGLE MOTHER AND STOLE HER BABY? -- The bludgeoned slaying of a young, unwed mother and the subsequent kidnapping of her baby put Detectives Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) on the trail of a fleeing, forty-something woman (guest star Wendy Moniz) -- who is actually a depressed wife who stole the infant while pretending to be pregnant. But while the suspect's savvy lawyers plan a "post-partum psychosis" defense, A.D.A.s McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Borgia (Annie Parisse) have reason to believe that someone else was involved in the "sale" of the child, as well as the murder. S. Epatha Merkerson and Fred Dalton Thompson also star.


"Joey and the Sex Tape"

JOEY'S PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT HIM NOW THAT HE'S HIT THE BIG TIME; ELLEN DEGENERES GUEST-STARS -- An old girlfriend of Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) is still mad at him for something he did to her years ago, so she sends him a tape from his past with embarrassing footage and threatens to go public. To appease her, he agrees to apologize on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where host Ellen DeGeneres guest-stars as herself. Drea de Matteo, Jennifer Coolidge, Andrea Anders and Paulo Costanzo also star.

"Love Is in the Airplace"

THE EX FACTOR; HARRY CONNICK, JR. RETURNS AS LEO -- While en route to London, Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) spot Grace's ex-husband Leo (guest star Harry Connick Jr.) on their flight. Will charms a pair of gay flight attendants, who also happen to be dating, so he can smuggle Grace into first class to talk to Leo. Back in New York, Jack (Sean Hayes) tries to reunite Karen (Megan Mullally) and Rosario (Shelley Morrison), but this proves difficult when their stubbornness outweighs his good intentions. Also complicating matters is Karen's new manipulative maid Leni (guest star Millicent Martin, "Frasier"), who is not anxious to give up her comfortable new job.

"Store Wars"

CANDIDATES HEAD FOR THE BIG SCREEN -- The candidates square off in the glitzy film business and work with one of the biggest movie franchises of all time: "Star Wars." One candidate turns to the dark side against their teammates while another abandons their team in the final minutes. The winners learn first-hand what it means to be "The Apprentice" while the losers face the revenge of The Donald in the boardroom.

"The Human Shield"

EMOTIONS RUN HIGH WHEN A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION MEANS LIFE OR DEATH; JOHN STAMOS GUEST-STARS -- Neela (Parminder Nagra) gets all dolled up for Dr. Gallant's homecoming (Sharif Atkins) and her co-workers seem to take notice -- but her plans change when she receives a call from Iraq. Meanwhile, Abby (Maura Tierney) is caught in the middle between Drs. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) and Clemente (John Leguizamo) when they disagree on how to save a patient's life. When a cop and a little girl become victims of a shootout, Neela is plagued with the decision of whether or not she should save the gunman's life. Also starring Laura Innes, Mekhi Phifer, Linda Cardellini, Shane West and Kristen Johnston.


THREE WISHES --(9-10 p.m.)
"New Philadelphia-Dover, Ohio"

YOUNG GIRLS' WISH FOR LIBRARY COMES TRUE -- The "Three Wishes" team travels to New Philadelphia-Dover, Ohio where a young trainer, who gets water for the high school football team, becomes the hero at the homecoming game. In addition, a selfless young girl who collected 6,000 books for her Girl Scout project wishes for a library for her town, and students wish to save the job of their beloved music teacher who is losing her hearing and going deaf. Singer Brandi Carlile and Cleveland Browns football player Phil Dawson make special appearances.



ROGUE MAGICIANS PENN & TELLER TAKE A DIVE UNDERWATER -- Two-time Emmy Award winning rogue magicians Penn & Teller ("Penn & Teller Go Public," "Penn & Teller's Bulls***t") make a full-sized submarine disappear underwater in the Caribbean for the first time as just one of their amazing feats in this new two-hour special. The duo's trademark sardonic commentary accompanies each magic trick, and as they do in their Las Vegas stage act, Penn & Teller also reveal for the audience members who want to know: how they pull off their illusions. Multi-platinum-album recording star Aaron Carter ("Aaron's Party," "Saturday Night") guest-stars in one of the illusions. Videotaped offshore of Grand Cayman Island and the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas, the special features classically inspired and traditionally staged magic performed for the first time on the ocean floor. Highlights also include acts with hungry sharks, "psychic" dolphins -- and the duo actually walking on water in a newly devised super illusion.

SNL SPECIAL: THE '80S (9-11 p.m.)

"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE IN THE '80S: LOST AND FOUND" -- Following up on his critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated documentary "Live From New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live," writer-director-producer Kenneth Bowser ("Easy Riders & Raging Bulls") has created a look at the rollercoaster ride that "SNL" endured throughout the 1980s. The stories are told by many of the show's biggest stars and take "SNL" all over the map -- from near cancellation, to re-invention and back again. Viewers will get a rare, intimate look at the behind-the-scenes changes at the most influential television comedy in history and its journey to firmly rooting itself as the comedy institution it has become over 30 years.


SURFACE -- (8-9 p.m.)

SUBMERSIBLE SETBACK -- Laura (Lake Bell), Rich (Jay R. Ferguson) and Jackson (Austin Nichols)) race to finish the submersible they are building, and despite several setbacks during a test run, they take it out to the spawning site. As Rich and Laura begin their descent, they spot the creatures spawning -- but a system failure causes the submersible to freefall, putting them in jeopardy. Elsewhere, Miles' (Carter Jenkins) parents consider sending him to a boot camp for problem children, but re-think their decision and send him to an aquarium for volunteer work. Ian Anthony Dale and Leighton Meester also star.

LAS VEGAS -- (9-10 p.m.)
"Bold, Beautiful and Blue"

KASHMIR SAPPHIRE IN VEGAS; ROBERT GOULET, CRISS ANGEL AND LANCE BURTON GUEST-STAR -- Danny (Josh Duhamel), Monica (Lara Flynn Boyle) and FBI Agent Portis (guest star Hank Stratton) review the security measures taken to protect the "Kashmir Sapphire," a priceless gemstone on loan and displayed at the Montecito -- and Danny impresses Monica so much that she decides a big promotion is in order. Meanwhile, Monica tries to lure Ed (James Caan) back to the Montecito with a Porsche; a song performed by guest star Robert Goulet (as himself) -- and finally an apology in person. Elsewhere, Mike (James Lesure), Mary (Nikki Cox) and Delinda (Molly Sims) are amazed by the Montecito's guest magician, Criss Angel. Vanessa Marcil, Criss Angel, Lance Burton, and Joe & Phil Maloof also star.

MEDIUM -- (10-11 p.m.)
"Too Close to Call"

THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH -- While Allison's (Patricia Arquette) boss, D.A. Devalos (Miguel Sandoval), is running for re-election, Allison has a vision that could jeopardize both of their futures. Joe (Jake Weber) runs into an old college girlfriend who is interested in more than physics. David Cubitt, Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark also star.


THE BIGGEST LOSER -- (8-9 p.m.)

LAST ONE IN THE POOL IS A WINNER -- The guys open up and share their dreams before all five remaining contestants take on a nightmarish endurance challenge. By wrapping their arms and legs around a one-foot diameter tube suspended before them while above a swimming pool, they hang on as long as they can. The last one to fall makes a splash as the winner of this event. Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina, the Teenage Witch") hosts.

MY NAME IS EARL -- (9-9:30 p.m.)
"Joy's Wedding"

SOMEONE OLD, SOMEONE NEW -- Earl (Jason Lee) learns that Joy (Jaime Pressly) has neglected to invite him to her wedding to Darnell (Eddie Steeples) after seeing Randy's (Ethan Suplee) invitation -- which instructs him to bring "anyone but Earl." Randy invites Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) to be his date since he's excited about the opportunity to dance with her. Joy has also conveniently scheduled the wedding on Earl's birthday so that all of their friends will be unable to celebrate with him. Consequently, Earl drunkenly crashes the ceremony and accidentally breaks Joy's nose in the process. Earl helps Joy plan her perfect wedding and the two finally start to get along -- maybe a little too well.

THE OFFICE -- (9:30-10 p.m.)
"Performance Review"

EVERYONE'S ON EDGE -- ESPECIALLY MICHAEL -- WHEN IT'S TIME FOR PERFORMANCE REVIEWS -- On performance review day, the employees of Dunder Mifflin meet with Michael (Steve Carell) to discuss their work performances -- but the only thing on Michael's mind is his own impending review from his own boss Jan later that day. Meanwhile, dim Dwight (Rainn Wilson) thinks that Thursday is Friday and the rest of the gang works hard to keep him under that mistaken impression while Michael raids the employee suggestion box in search of new ideas for his showdown with Jan. Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski and B.J. Novak also star.


NEW WIFE OF SERIAL RAPIST FALLS INTO COMA LEAVING HER HUSBAND TO DECIDE HER FATE; DEAN CAIN, TERI GARR, VERONICA CARTWRIGHT, JUDITH LIGHT AND FRED DALTON THOMPSON GUEST-STAR -- When a series of rapes is linked to a speed-dating service, Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) goes undercover and discovers Mike Jergens (guest star Dean Cain, "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman") is the assailant. As the case progresses, Jergens' insecure girlfriend Cora Kennison (guest star Tina Holmes, "Six Feet Under") -- an alcoholic and bulimic -- becomes an unwilling pawn as both Benson and attorney Minerva Grahame-Bishop (guest star Teri Garr, "Young Frankenstein") seek to persuade Kennison to testify for their respective sides -- despite her mother's (guest star Veronica Cartwright, "Alien") insistence that her daughter is too fragile. Kennison opts to marry Jergens in the hope that spousal privilege will save her from taking the stand, but since the rapes occurred before they married, she is still forced to testify. Distraught, Kennison drinks to excess, leaving her in an irreversible coma, and her fate in the hands of her husband. Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie and B.D. Wong also star.


E-RING -- (8-9 p.m.)
"Delta Does Detroit"

JT AND HIS TEAM FACE TERRORISM ON U.S. SOIL -- JT (Benjamin Bratt) and a Special Ops team are dispatched to Detroit where a radical religious group takes over a mosque and keeps its members hostage. JT must balance how much he is able to assist in saving lives with the law that requires that the FBI deal with the situation on their own. Dennis Hopper, Aunjanue Ellis and Kelly Rutherford also star.

"The Coffee Achievers"

When asked to create a pop-up retail space to sell a new coffee machine, one rogue candidate spends the team's budget on an expensive public relations firm. The other team sandbags its leader when they disagree with the sales plan. Martha Stewart invites the winning team to her vacation home in Maine and the losing team to the conference room where someone is sent home.

LAW & ORDER -- (10-11 p.m.)
"New York Minute"

MURDER OF SMUGGLING TRUCKER COULD BE LINKED TO BORDER PATROL GROUP -- When a big-rig trucker is shot to death, Detectives Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) learn that the victim was hauling illegal aliens and suspect a member citizen's border patrol group -- but their only witness is an undocumented Hispanic woman who risks deportation if she testifies. Meanwhile, prosecutor McCoy (Sam Waterston) is incensed when the witness is physically intimidated as he tries to turn one organization member against the other in court. Annie Parisse, S. Epatha Merkerson and Fred Dalton Thompson also star.


JOEY -- (8-8:30 p.m.)
Episode TBA

WILL & GRACE -- (8:30-9 p.m.)
"Birds of a Feather Boa"

CAN WILL GET JACK TO FINALLY MOVE OUT? -- When Jack (Sean Hayes) decides on a whim to move, Will (Eric McCormack) is excited at the thought of helping him look for a place. After becoming involved in a cause to save two gay penguins from being separated at the zoo, Will starts to think closely about his dear friendship with Jack and what it would mean if he no longer lived next door. Meanwhile, while shopping, Karen (Megan Mullally) and Grace (Debra Messing) bump into pretentious socialite Beverly (guest star Leslie Jordan) who invites them to attend his recently deceased wife's memorial "celebration." When Grace decides to try on one of the dead wife's rare dresses, she experiences a "wardrobe malfunction."

THE APPRENTICE -- (9-10 p.m.)
"One Hit Blunder"

The final six get in touch with their inner-rockstar selves when challenged to write and produce an original song for satellite radio. One team packages its singer for the wrong market while the other scores a hit live, on-air. The winners get a chance to experience what work is really like for the original "Apprentice" while the losers face the music in the boardroom when the 13th candidate is fired.

ER -- (10-11 p.m.)
"Two Ships"

LOVE MAKES THE E.R. GO ROUND; JOHN STAMOS GUEST-STARS -- Neela (Parminder Nagra) goes on a routine ambulance ride along but soon finds herself in the middle of a plane crash that becomes an experience of a lifetime. Meanwhile, the emergency room opens to trauma victims of the plane crash in which Sam (Linda Cardellini) makes an executive decision that could cause her to lose her job. Neela's bravery has won the respect of her co-workers, and especially ambulance driver Gates (guest star John Stamos, "Full House"), but her day is not over when she receives another surprise. Shane West, Kristen Johnston, Sharif Atkins, Goran Visnjic and Maura Tierney also star.



NBC PRESENTS NEW THREE-HOUR VERSION OF CLASSIC DISASTER FILM 'THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE' -- NBC presents a new, edge-of-your-seat version of the classic disaster film that brings the story into the 21st century. The three-hour movie stars Steve Guttenberg ("Veronica Mars," "Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus"), Rutger Hauer ("Batman Begins"), Peter Weller ("Mighty Aphrodite," "RoboCop"), Alexa Hamilton ("Santa Barbara"), Bryan Brown ("Along Came Polly," "Gorillas in the Mist"), C. Thomas Howell ("Hidalgo"), Adam Baldwin ("Serenity," "The Patriot"), Sylvia Syms ("What a Girl Wants") and Alex Kingston (NBC's "ER"). In the new version, a diverse group of passengers and crew members struggle to survive after a terrorist bomb causes the cruise ship to capsize on New Year's Eve. As the inverted Poseidon sinks deeper and deeper into darkness, the small band of survivors make their way through the twisted metal of the inverted ship trying to reach the surface, while rescuers work frantically against the clock to get to the ship before it's too late.


SURFACE -- (8-9 p.m.)

SCIENTISTS HURRY AS MYSTERIOUS SPECIES HATCH THOUSANDS OF EGGS ON OCEAN FLOOR -- As Laura (Lake Bell) and Rich (Jay R. Ferguson) race against time in a submersible, they realize the "unidentified species" are laying thousands of eggs on the ocean floor. Meanwhile, Miles (Carter Jenkins) hears a report of a vicious attack on two electricians working on a marine dock -- and suspects that Nimrod may be the culprit. Elsewhere, Phil (Eddie Hassell) stakes out an underwater power cable in hopes of finding Nimrod, only to discover Nimrod now has a lot of underwater friends. Ian Anthony Dale and Leighton Meester star.

LAS VEGAS -- (9-10 p.m.)

WILL COMIC BOOK CONVENTION TURN MONICA INTO 'MOTHWOMAN'? -- The Montecito hosts a comic book convention and Monica (Lara Flynn Boyle) questions Danny's (Josh Duhamel) decision to have it at the hotel, after she's mistaken for Mothwoman by the comic book fans. Meanwhile, Sam (Vanessa Marcil) runs into an old nemesis at a funeral and sparks fly when they get into a confrontation. Elsewhere, Mike (James Lesure) is conducting heavy surveillance on a suspected card cheater on the casino floor. Molly Sims and Nikki Cox also star.

MEDIUM -- (10-11 p.m.)
"Still Life" ("3-D" episode)

ALLISON'S VISIONS TAKE ON AN ADDED INTENSITY IN THIS HAUNTING '3-D' EPISODE -- When Allison (Emmy winner Patricia Arquette) encounters the work of a popular artist, disturbing, three-dimensional images emerge that lead her to believe that the man behind these alarming canvasses may have a deadly secret. Jake Weber, Miguel Sandoval, David Cubitt, Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark also star.


THE BIGGEST LOSER -- (8-9 p.m.)

SCARY SCALE -- During the last episode taped at the ranch, the final four contestants discover how far they have come in terms of weight loss and exercise by doing the same workout from their first day at the ranch. For their challenge, they have enough quarters to equal the weight they have lost since the first episode placed on their backs. Weighted with coins, they must scale the side of the building, and then make a second trip up the side -- minus the extra weight. The contestant with the most improved time between the climbs wins, and even gets to keep their quarters. Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina, the Teenage Witch") hosts.

MY NAME IS EARL -- (9-9:30 p.m.)
"Cost Dad the Election"

BEAU BRIDGES GUEST-STARS AS EARL'S FATHER WHO RAN FOR MAYOR -- Earl (Jason Lee) sets out to mend his relationship with his father Carl (guest star Beau Bridges, NBC's "10.5: The Apocalypse") by trying to cross number four off of his list: "Blew dad's chance to be elected mayor." Four years prior, Carl ran for mayor and his campaign was going very well until a misunderstanding between Earl and a police officer was caught on tape and broadcast as the opposing candidate's campaign commercial. Now Earl submits his father's name to run again -- even though Carl refuses to run. So Earl, Randy (Ethan Suplee), and Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) recruit unregistered voters to boost Carl's numbers, hoping to win not only the election -- but also a newfound relationship with his father for Earl. Jaime Pressly and Eddie Steeples also star.

THE OFFICE -- (9:30-10 p.m.)
"E-mail Surveillance"

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING? -- The employees at Dunder Mifflin are upset when Michael (Steve Carell) starts monitoring their e-mails while Pam (Jenna Fischer) suspects Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) are having an affair. In addition, Michael shows up uninvited at Jim's (John Krasinski) barbeque and sings karaoke. B.J. Novak also stars.


RUNAWAY TEEN GIRL LEAVES WINDS UP BRUTALLY ATTACKED KILLING HER UNBORN CHILD; ANNIE POTTS, JUDITH LIGHT AND FRED DALTON THOMPSON GUEST-STAR -- When Lauren Westley (guest-star Keri Lynn Pratt) is found badly beaten and taken to a New York hospital, it's discovered she's a runaway from Virginia whose father Philip Westley (guest-star Skipp Sudduth, "Third Watch") has been searching for her. Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Chris Meloni) discover that due to her injuries, a pregnant Lauren suffered a miscarriage, so they question the father of the baby (guest star John Patrick Medori) -- and Westley and Meredith ran away to New York seeking the help from an abortion clinic. When the case goes to court, Meredith's attorney, (guest-star Annie Potts, "Designing Women") defends Meredith's actions but new evidence questions the credibility of the abortion clinic. Fred Thompson (NBC's "Law & Order") and Judith Light (Who's the Boss?") guest-star. Diane Neal, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, B.D. Wong and Tamara Tunie also star.


E-RING -- (8-9 p.m.)
"The Forgotten"

WHEN MCNULTY LEARNS THAT A CAPTURED NAVY SEAL MAY BE ALIVE, THERE'S NO STOPPING HIM -- When McNulty (Dennis Hopper) and JT (Benjamin Bratt) learn from the CIA that a captured Navy SEAL, long thought dead, is still alive, they immediately jump into action to save him. But they meet resistance from the civilian oversight board at the Pentagon and are forced into a "backdoor" mission to rescue the soldier. However, more of McNulty's mysterious past is revealed in the process. Kelly Rutherford, Aunjanue Ellis, Andrew McCarthy and Joe Morton also star.


GRAMMY-WINNING SUPERSTAR FAITH HILL RETURNS TO NBC TO HOST HER OWN SPECIAL -- With her sales topping 30 million albums, Faith Hill returns to NBC for her second network special which combines concert footage shot over Hill's two-night stand at Los Angeles' historic Pantages Theater with an intimate, in-the-round and "behind-the-songs" performance filmed in Nashville. Songs featured will include her timeless #1 hits like "Breathe," "This Kiss," and "Cry," among others, with new songs from her recent release "Fireflies." Hill and Gary Borman are executive producers and acclaimed music video director Wayne Isham directed the special.

LAW & ORDER -- (10-11 p.m.)
"Criminal Law"

MCCOY NAMED ON HIT LIST OF MULTIPLE-MURDER SEEKING RETRIAL -- Seemingly random people are being murdered by an elusive killer stalking the streets of New York and Detectives Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) follow the bloody trail to a hit list with the names of the targets -- including A.D.A. Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston). McCoy soon realizes the list is a roster of witnesses called in the trial of a multiple-murderer he prosecuted five years ago. As witnesses dwindle and the convicted murder's retrial looms ever closer, Fontana and Green must race to find the killer while McCoy puts his own life on the line to see that justice is done. S. Epatha Merkerson, Annie Parisse and Fred Dalton Thompson also star.


THE MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- (9 a.m.-12 p.m. -- all time zones)

MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE CONTINUES ANNUAL TRADITION ON NBC -- America's favorite Thanksgiving Day parade features all the spectacular pageantry, fun and surprises that have made this annual New York City extravaganza a perennial favorite. Heralding the start of the Christmas season, this beloved holiday event features colorful grand floats, lively marching bands, amazing character balloons and special performances by some of today's hottest stars and Broadway performers -- plus an appearance by Santa Claus. Brad Lachman is the executive producer of this live (in some time zones), three-hour special from NBC Entertainment.

THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- (12- 2 p.m.-- all time zones)

ANNUAL HOLIDAY EVENT WITH 'THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- John O' Hurley ("Dancing with the Stars") hosts "The National Dog Show" which takes place as part of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia's annual dog show. The National Dog Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious sporting events in North America, and one of only six remaining "benched" dog shows where the public can interact with the show dogs. The show is expected to feature more than 2,000 of the nation's leading canines in a wide array of more than 150 breeds and varieties, all vying for "Best in Show" honors with expert commentary by David Frei, the dean of dog show commentators.

JOEY -- (8-8:30 p.m.)
Episode TBA

WILL & GRACE -- (8:30-9 p.m.)
"Swish Out of Water"

MOMMY DEAREST? DEBBIE REYNOLDS RETURNS AS GRACE'S MOTHER -- Grace (Debra Messing) finds it impossible to put up with her mother Bobbi's (guest star Debbie Reynolds, "Singing in the Rain") constant nitpicking, so Jack (Sean Hayes) takes it upon himself to help her because -- according to him -- no one knows how to be a good daughter better than a gay son. Jack subjects her to a barrage of Bobbi-esque insults until Grace finally learns what her mother really means underneath her harsh words. Meanwhile, Will's (Eric McCormack) first case at the Coalition for Justice is about tenants' rights, and the slumlord turns out to be none other than Karen (Megan Mullally).

THE APPRENTICE -- (9-10 p.m.)

The five remaining candidates face off in the multi-billion dollar fragrance industry. One team gets wind of the competition's plans while the other is forced to retaliate in an all-out street war. The winners saddle up with a world-famous country music star, while the losers mosey over to the boardroom where the 14th candidate is fired.

THE APPRENTICE -- (10-11 p.m.)
"To Lead or Not to Lead"

The final four candidates are tasked to create a promotional video for one of the biggest companies in the world: Microsoft. It's a dog eat dog world as one team sabotages another team's plans. But does it give them the advantage? It's smooth sailing for the winners, while the losers toss tact aside in a tearful boardroom.



NBC'S DAYTIME DRAMA 'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' CELEBRATES 40 YEARS -- NBC's classic daytime drama "Days of our Lives" marks its 40th Anniversary (after its November 1965 premiere) with a special episode broadcast during its regular time period (1 p.m. ET) where Hope (Kristian Alfonso) plans a special gift for Alice (Frances Reid, who has played Alice Horton for the entire 40-year run on 'Days'). With Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) and Julie's (Susan Seaforth Hayes) help, Hope builds an interactive family tree for Alice on the web featuring clips, photos and poems. While organizing the project, all the Horton women recall the special times they've shared over the past 40 years with their friends, family and loved ones.

THE FAMILY MAN (8-11 p.m.)

OSCAR WINNER NICOLAS CAGE STARS AS WORKAHOLIC WHOSE LIFE GETS A 'MAKEOVER' -- Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage ("Leaving Las Vegas") stars as Jack Campbell, a career-driven workaholic with a seemingly perfect life -- until a chance meeting with a would-be robber (Don Cheadle, "Ocean's Eleven"), on Christmas Eve changes his life. Waking up the next morning in a New Jersey suburb, Jack's suddenly living a different life where he's married to his college sweetheart (Tea Leoni, "Hollywood Ending") and is the father of two children. At first he is aghast, but Jack soon warms to his new life even though he knows that it cannot last.


SHREK -- (7-9 p.m.)

NBC PRESENT THE NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERE OF THE SUCCESSFUL ANIMATED TALE WITH NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE - In a strange and colorful land populated by fairy tale characters, an ogre named Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) must go on a quest to rescue the fair princess Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) from a dark tower guard by a dragon so that she can live happily ever-after with the allegedly valiant Lord Farquaad (voiced by John Lithgow). Along for the adventure is Shrek's "noble steed" Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy), who battles alongside the ogre as he fights for the noblest of motives, to rid his beloved swamp from unwanted storybook creatures in the hopes of living a happy and completely lonely existence. Making its network television debut, the animated tale will feature extra scenes deleted from the theatrical release as well as the in store DVD.

"Saving Face"

CAN DETECTIVES PULL THE MASK OF DEATH OFF SUSPECTED COSMETIC SURGEON? -- When a female medical student is found mutilated after returning from Guatemala, Detectives Logan (Christopher Noth) and Barek (Annabella Sciorra) think that the victim was an unlucky drug "mule" who smuggled narcotics -- but evidence leads to a tony Park Avenue cosmetic surgeon (guest star Samantha Mathis), who might be running a fraudulent charity in Central America. While the doctor is celebrated for her donated work in facial reconstruction among the region's poor natives, both she and her nurse's aide (guest star Vincent Laresca) are hiding dark secrets that require many masks. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.

CROSSING JORDAN -- (10-11 p.m.)
"Road Kill"

A KILLER GETS INSIDE JORDAN'S HEAD -- It's a race against time as the entire morgue works to stop a series of bloody murders. A female copycat slayer (guest star Alicia Coppola) is replicating the crimes of the Mass Pike serial killer -- bringing Woody (Jerry O'Connell) and Jordan (Jill Hennessy) face-to-face with the original criminal. Jordan is unsettled when the murderer begins to unravel her emotions and finds herself holding a smoking gun. Miguel Ferrer, Kathryn Hahn, Ravi Kapoor and Steve Valentine also star.


SURFACE -- (8-9 p.m.)

LAURA AND RICH RETURN FROM PLUNGE TO THE OCEAN FLOOR -- WITH NO BOAT IN SIGHT -- When Laura (Lake Bell) and Rich (Jay R. Ferguson) return to the surface from the ocean floor, they realize the boat that took them to this location is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Miles (Carter Jenkins) is taken to the hospital after suspiciously passing out in class. Elsewhere, Miles' sister Savannah (Leighton Meester) comes to the realization that her brother's sudden admittance to the hospital may have be a result of a bite mark on his body caused by his former pet Nimrod. Eddie Hassell also stars.

LAS VEGAS -- (9-10 p.m.)
"For Sail by Owner"

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE STUNS MONTECITO CASINO; DEAN CAIN GUEST-STARS -- A hostile takeover of the Montecito casino is thwarted by a stunning change of events while Mike (James Lesure) is mugged by a thug -- leaving Danny (Josh Duhamel) to seek revenge. Meanwhile, Delinda (Molly Sims) is smitten by a blind man who keeps his real life a secret from her. Vanessa Marcil and Nikki Cox also star; Dean Cain guest-stars as Sam's husband.

MEDIUM -- (10-11 p.m.)
"The Reckoning"

THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES -- When a troubled woman who believes her house is haunted turns up dead, Allison (Patricia Arquette) is called in to help investigate. Jake Weber, Miguel Sandoval, David Cubitt, Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark also star.


THE BIGGEST LOSER -- (8-10 p.m.)
"Season Finale"

'THE BIGGEST LOSER' SEASON TWO FINALE -- After weeks of training and careful eating, it comes down to choosing "The Biggest Loser" in this special two-hour, live season finale. Only three contestants remain in the contest to see who has the biggest percentage of weight-loss. The winner will be chosen during the live portion of the telecast. Hosted by Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina, The Teenage Witch)


DETECTIVES PURSUE CHILD MOLESTER WHO KIDNAPPED ORPHANS FROM HURRICANE KATRINA -- AND DISCOVER MORE DANGEROUS THREAT -- Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Chris Meloni) aggressively pursue a child molester who kidnapped three young sisters from New Orleans after their parents were killed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina -- but their efforts to secretly locate the third child are compromised by an ambitious reporter. However, a far greater problem looms as the New York cops butt heads with federal authorities after the suspect is discovered to have deadly anthrax that could result in a full-blown epidemic. Dann Florek, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal, B.D. Wong and Tamara Tunie also star.



NBC CONTINUES HOLIDAY TRADITION WITH LIVE NATIONAL TELECAST OF CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- The annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" is a live, star-studded special from Rockefeller Center in New York City that celebrates the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree. The popular musical lineup will include a mix of current hits and favorite holiday music.

"A Ridiculous Display"

The six remaining candidates rumble into the automotive world, building showroom launch displays for a new Buick sedan. One team changes lanes midway through the project and alters its vision while 2/3 of the other threesome keep arguing with one another. A dinner with some of the biggest names at MSLO awaits the winners while the losers face a collision course in the conference room.

LAW & ORDER -- (10-11 p.m.)

SCARRED WOMAN'S DEATH PROVOKES VAN BUREN TO OVERSTEP BOUNDARIES IN PURSUIT OF JUSTICE -- When the facially scarred daughter of Lieutenant Van Buren's (Emmy winner S. Epatha Merkerson) college friend is found dead, Van Buren directs Detectives Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) on a no-holds-barred mission to catch the serial assailant who threw acid in the victim's face months earlier. Meanwhile, A.D.A. McCoy's (Sam Waterston) prosecution is complicated by Van Buren's tactical desperation, which has caused her to cut corners. Annie Parisse and Fred Dalton Thompson also star.

  [october 2005]  

· ER (NBC)

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