[04/22/04 - 12:00 AM]
ABC Finalizes May Sweeps Plans
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- ABC has shored up its May sweeps schedule, adding several new specials and finalizing its season finale dates.

Here's the network's plans for the period, compiled from various press releases:

Note: The following episode descriptions may contain spoilers for future storylines.


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The ABC Television Network announced the following noteworthy May Sweep programming -- inclusive of season finales, special programming and stellar guest stars.

The following is a chronological listing (all times Eastern):

Thursday, April 29

8:00/7:00c - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Hardin Family" (Repeat)

9:00/8:00c - "Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital: Butterfingers"

10:00/9:00c - "Primetime Thursday"
Charles Gibson anchors an hour-long investigative report about the growing level of cheating in America's schools and universities, focusing on high-tech cheating methods such as Internet plagiarism and the use of cell phone cameras and other gadgets.

Friday, April 30

8:00/7:00c - "The George Lopez Show: George Goes to Disneyland"
Inspired by his financially-troubled childhood, George Lopez is giving his viewers the chance to "watch and win" their way to $10,000 cash, a family vacation to the Disneyland(r) Resort and other great prizes, on ABC -- if they watch very carefully. "We are having a contest because, with the current economy, I'd like to see somebody bring home decent money on a Friday night," commented George Lopez about this special episode that tells his real life story about never having gone to Disneyland as a child. In the episode, written by Lopez, George reluctantly agrees to reward Max with a trip to Disneyland for improving his grades, but makes up an excuse to get out of going to the park with his family because of his fear that seeing all of the families enjoying themselves will remind him of his desolate childhood. When guilt finally gets the better of him and he asks Benny for a ride, he finally, for the first time in his life, spends a day at the happiest place on earth alone with his mom. The episode features a "Watch and Win" contest in which viewers will be invited to find the hidden images of Mickey Mouse. These images could appear anywhere within the episode -- on T-shirts, ketchup bottles or as symbolic representations of Mickey Mouse's head's shape. At the show's conclusion, viewers will be asked to either mail in their entries or go to abc.com and identify the Mickey images for a chance to win. Official contest rules and information on how to enter by mail are available on abc.com. The lucky grand-prize winner who accurately identifies the most Mickey images will receive $10,000 in cash and a family vacation for four to the Disneyland (r) Resort, where they will visit both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks, experience "Snow White - An Enchanting New Musical" and drop in to the "Twilight Zone Tower of Terror"(tm). Additionally, one hundred first runners-up will receive a TGIF beach towel just in time for summer.

8:30/7:30c - "The Big House: Kevin's Birthday" (Season Finale)
Kevin faces a birthday crisis when Warren spills the beans that the family has gone to great effort to plan a surprise bash for him - at the same time that Kevin's best friend from Malibu (guest star Mike Damus) descends on Philly, determined to treat his buddy to a lavish night on the town.

9:00/8:00c - "Hope & Faith: Jack's Back"
For the first time ever, show business legends Robert Wagner and Tony Curtis work together professionally when they guest star on "Hope & Faith" in May sweeps. In addition, Jenny McCarthy appears playing Faith's best friend, Mandi, and the love interest of Robert Wagner's character. Hope and Faith's depressed dad, Jack (Robert Wagner), returns to visit the girls after being jilted by his fianc�e. To lift his spirits, Faith and Mandi (Jenny McCarthy) try setting him with Mandi's mom. But Jack ends up falling for Mandi instead, to Hope and Faith's chagrin. When Mandi refuses to end the relationship, Faith decides to teach her a lesson by dating Mandi's dad, Morris (Tony Curtis).

9:30/8:30c - "Hope & Faith: The Diner Story" (Repeat)
Former "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee" co-host Kathie Lee Gifford returns to ABC to guest star as a disgruntled waitress, Marge. When Faith catches wind that a high-profile diretor Nick Spinelli (Fisher Stevens) is planning on shooting a film in Cleveland, she quickly hatches a foolproof plan that she expects will give her that second chance at stardom. Hope and Faith plan a chance meeting with the director at a local diner, but their strategy is turned upside down when they realize they have no money to pay for their dinner. Their ill-tempered waitress, Marge, is less than captivated by their excuses, and the restaurant owner makes Hope and Faith wait tables to earn their meals. But when the elusive director finally shows, Marge decides that an acting career might be better suited to her than to Faith. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 2/6/04)

10:00/9:00c - "20/20"
"Be My Baby" -- In a unique television event, Barbara Walters documents a young mother's journey as she selects from among five anxious couples vying for a child of their own. "I was basically deciding if they're going to have children or not. I was kind of playing God," says Jessica, 16, about her heart-wrenching choice of who would adopt and raise her unborn baby boy, while allowing her to continue to play a part in his life. "20/20" cameras are there as each couple tries to convince the pregnant girl that they would be the best parents for her soon-to-be-born baby. But after all of the heartache, will the 8-1/2 month pregnant high school sophomore really be ready to sign away her legal rights, once the baby is born and she can hold him in her arms?

Saturday, May 1

8:00/7:00c - "Movie: Remember the Titans" (Repeat)
"Remember the Titans" is an inspiring sports drama based on a true story and starring two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington. ABC's telecast will feature seven additional scenes - three of which were not in the theatrical release, video release or DVD release. The feature will be presented in HDTV with 5.1-channel surround sound. The film tells the story of highly successful black football coach Herman Boone (Washington: "Training Day," "Glory"), thrust into a racially charged head coaching position at a previously segregated high school. Boone discovers he is replacing the school's award-winning white coach (Will Patton, TV's "The Agency," "Entrapment"), a reverse of the circumstances that caused him to leave his last post. Both men must put aside their pride in order to meld a team divided by race. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 9/27/03)

Sunday, May 2

7:00/6:00c - "America's Funniest Home Videos: Episode 1420"
Hilarious clips from the world of parenting highlight this episode, including dads' reactions when they're forced to do the dirty work - changing diapers; siblings' surprise when they find out there's going to be a new addition to the family; and kids doing the craziest things, including a teenager beside herself when she gets a cell phone for Christmas, and a little boy who decides to decorate his house with whipped cream. Tom Bergeron hosts.

8:00/7:00c - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Walswick Family"
When Martha Walswick lost her husband following a three-year fight with cancer last summer, this brave woman told her nine children, ages four to 21 years old, that they needed to pull together for what she called their "new adventure." Now, thanks to an extraordinary friend's wish for something special to be given to the Walswicks, this family from Yorba Linda, California, is indeed experiencing a new adventure -- and more.

9:00/8:00c - "Alias: Legacy"
With the aid of Katya Derevko (Isabella Rossellini) and CIA imprisoned security systems designer Toni Cummings (Vivica A. Fox, "Kill Bill," "Independence Day"), Sydney and Vaughn attempt to track down Sloane and his daughter, Nadia (Mia Maestro, "Frida") - Sydney's half-sister. But Lauren and Sark are also in hot pursuit of Sloane and Nadia in order to uncover the secrets of Rambaldi. Meanwhile, Vaughn's obsession with tracking down Lauren is beginning to consume him, Sydney and Vaughn turn the tables on an old foe, and Katya expresses her attraction to Jack.

10:00/9:00c - "The Practice: The New Hoods on the Block"
With Eugene considering an exciting new offer for his future, could this mean the end of the practice? Meanwhile, Jimmy is shaken by an ominous run-in with neighborhood lawyer Lenny Pescatore (Vincent Pastore), as their turf war heats up, and Ellenor clashes with the sexy and ruthless attorney Hannah Rose (Rebecca De Mornay) of Crane Poole & Schmidt. Dylan McDermott returns as Bobby Donnell.

Monday, May 3

8:00/7:00c - "Movie: Unbreakable" (Network Premiere)
M. Night Shyamalan hosts the network television debt of the film he wrote and directed. This telecast will showcase never-before-seen material from "The Village" - a groundbreaking 15 minutes of unique programming, including a first look at scenes from the film, interviews and more behind-the-scenes access. "The Village" tells the chilling tale of a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that creatures reside in the woods around them, and of the courage of one young man who challenges them. "Unbreakable" is a gripping thriller starring Bruce Willis ("Tears of the Sun") and Samuel L. Jackson ("Pulp Fiction," "Changing Lanes"), written and directed by Mr. Shyamalan. The feature will be broadcast in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound. In "Unbreakable," a horrific train wreck takes the lives of everyone on board except David Dunn (Willis), who walks away unscathed. A note left on his windshield prompts him to reflect on his miraculous survival and other events in his life. When David tracks down the man that left the note, he encounters Elijah Price (Jackson). Where David cannot remember ever being sick or injured, Price's life has been filled with physical pain and humiliation due to his fragile body. Price develops a theory about David based on his love of comic book super heroes - a theory he is determined to prove at any cost!

Tuesday, May 4

8:00/7:00c - "Eight Simple Rules: Mother's Day"
As Mother's Day approaches, Cate witnesses some strange behavior from Bridget and Kerry and tries to find out what they are up to. Meanwhile, C.J. and Rory doubt Jim's ability to put an engine back together after he falls in love with a classic car -- which is in for a wax job at Rory's new detailing service -- and decides to fix a noise in the motor. Mother's Day-themed episode.

8:30/7:30c - "Eight Simple Rules: Get Real" (Repeat)

9:00/8:00c - "According to Jim: Trashed"
Pack rat Cheryl asks Jim to rent a storage unit to house seven years' worth of the kids' art projects, but Jim refuses to pay the fee, so he tosses everything out, thinking Cheryl won't notice -- until she needs some of the projects for a special retirement party for Ruby's art teacher. "Jimmy Kimmel Live's" Uncle Frank guest stars.

9:30/8:30c - "Less Than Perfect: Claude's Roxanne"
Claude's best friend, Roxanne (Tori Spelling), comes to town for a visit and decides she wants to move to New York. Will ends up hiring her as his personal assistant, but Roxanne's lack of attention to detail causes her to screw up Will's important John McEnroe interview, leaving Claude to complete the interview on her own. Meanwhile, Carl and Owen play a trick on Kipp that leads Jeb and Lydia to think Kipp's losing his mind.

10:00/9:00c - "N.Y.P.D. Blue: What's Your Poison?"
A suspect in Sipowicz's ongoing murder investigation of 12-year-old Cindy Clifton turns up dead, a man loses his wife's $35,000 necklace to a mugger, Michael Woodruff testifies against his father in the murder of his mother, and Jennifer Devlin escapes from a psych ward.

Wednesday, May 5

8:00/7:00c - "My Wife and Kids: The Maid"
While Jay is away at a seminar, Michael hires a maid (Betty White), Mrs. Hopkins, to look after the family. Mrs. Hopkins fulfills their every need and want to a sweet perfection, including homemade ice cream, an immaculately clean house and handmade outfits for Claire. When Jay comes home, she appreciates Mrs. Hopkins' attention to every detail, but begins to feel that perhaps she has taken over just a bit too much.

8:30/7:30c - "My Wife and Kids: Moving on Out" (Repeat)
Tired of living in the garage, Jr. looks for an apartment and enlists his buddy, John (Damon Wayans, Jr.), to be a co-signer... except that John has to dress up and pose as Jr.'s grandmother for the realtor (T'Keyah Crystal Keyma'h). When Jr. and Vanessa's families come to visit the couple's ne apartment, Jay is shocked to find that her new grandchild might be living in a run-down building with yellow police tape around the entrance. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/7/04)

9:00/8:00c - "The Bachelor: Episode 505"
Jesses is under pressure when he meets the overprotective families of his final four ladies. See what happens when he faces a gun-toting father and a mother who doesn't want to see her daughter heartbroken.

10:00/9:00c - "Extreme Makeover: Episode 221" (Season Finale)
On the season finale, we've saved the best for last! It's the two most astounding reveals when Monika, a 42-year-old business owner from Pikeville, NC, and Marilynda, a 45-year-old Kmart employee from Tujunga, CA, undergo their various procedures and the end results are revealed to their families and friends. For years, Monika struggled with her weight and eating problems. She got a wake-up call from psychologist, author and host of the record-breaking talk show of his name, Dr. Phil, who enlisted her to join his Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge. With his tough talk and weight loss plan, Monika dropped 49 pounds from her original 197 pound weight. Dr. Phil worked on Monika's inside, and "Extreme Makeover" worked on her outside. The result: a beautiful woman inside and out. In her younger days, Marilynda was considered a born beauty blessed with California good looks. But a hard life and bad luck took their toll, ravaging her looks and self-esteem. Under the hands and skills of the Extreme Team, Marilynda undergoes the most 'extreme' makeover in show history, ranking her transformation perhaps the most dramatic yet.

Thursday, May 6

8:00/7:00c - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Friends Helping Friends" (Two-Hour Special)
If demolishing a home and then completely re-creating the interior and the exterior in just seven days was considered radical, wait until this ultimate "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" happens, when the show presents a special live episode from New York City. The designers, contractors and neighborhood volunteers of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will create magic on one home in one day for some truly deserving New Yorkers, in a special live broadcast. With such a tight deadline, will tempers flare as tastes are disputed? Will the design team be able to keep the "team" in teamwork? And will they get the job done? Editors please note: After the two-hour episode, the "reveal" will air live from approx. 10:50-11:00 p.m., ET, following a shortened edition of ABC News' "Primetime Thursday." The two-hour special will also repeat Saturday, May 8, from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET. Throughout the day and into the night, the members of the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team will do their frantic best to completely renovate a New York area home in less than twelve hours. There will be no hesitation to tear down walls, reconstruct rooms, rewire an entire electrical system or replace old plumbing, if the job calls for it. And the team is committed to adding style and design, regardless of the time frame. Throughout the live special, viewers will experience the chaotic process that goes on that day, beginning with team leader Ty Pennington's now-familiar "Good Morning!" surprise wake-up call to the deserving family - or, in this case, a deserving group of friends -- and ending with the emotional reveal. In between, there will be a behind-the-scenes look at how the work gets done, and updates on the families from previous episodes, including the Powers Family from the pilot episode and "Sweet" Alice Harris and her family from Watts, in California. There will also be never-before-seen footage of some of the rooms and projects that were undertaken but simply hadn't the time to be shown -- until now.

10:00/9:00c - "Primetime Thursday"
Elizabeth Vargas reports on a brand-new institute in Palm Beach where clients can have real-life, "ultimate makeovers" -- soup-to-nuts transformations managed by a unique staff of plastic surgeons, cosmetic dentists, cosmetologists and a concierge who guides the client through the entire process. To promote its business and test new technologies, the institute chooses a Florida woman who becomes a real-life Cinderella. "Primetime Thursday" reports the entire process, from selection through all her procedures and surgeries, capturing all the anticipation, joy, pain and the big "unveiling" day in front of her family and friends, and chronicling how the experience dramatically changed her life forever.

10:50/9:50c - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Friends Helping Friends" (Live Reveal)

Friday, May 7

8:00/7:00c - "The George Lopez Show: Bachelor Party"
As wedding plans progress between Benny and Randy, clutsy factory worker Amy (Sandra Bullock, reprising her guest starring role), returns from six months in the hospital and tries to win Randy back.

8:30/7:30c - "The George Lopez Show: God Needles George" (Repeat)

9:00/8:00c - "Hope & Faith: Trade Show"
Faith is obsessed with watching episodes of her old soap, but the replacement actress for Ashley (Rebecca Budig, "All My Children") and love interest Dillon (Cameron Mathison, "All My Children") find ways to insult her on-air. Fed up with Faith's histrionics, Charley insists that she contribute to the household by finding a job. Hope takes her to Irv Miller, a cheesy, small-time talent agent played by Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior, "The Sopranos"), who immediately books her for a trade show � but it's not the fan fest Faith imagined. Meanwhile, Hayley cheats for Sydney to make money for a Mother's Day gift.

9:30/8:30c - "Hope & Faith: Charley's Baseball" (Repeat)
When Justin accidentally destroys Charley's beloved baseball autographed by Roger Clemens, Faith sets out to replace it with Hope's help. Hearing that Clemens will be in Columbus for a charity game, the two women end up masquerading as reporters in the team locker room to buttonhole Clemens. But when a tenacious security guard gives chase, the women have to hide out in the players' whirlpool tubs. Meanwhile, Hayley leads the family in a sit-down protest when Charley must cut down the tree that holds their treehouse. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 2/20/04)

10:00/9:00c - "20/20"
In a Mother's Day tradition at "20/20", Barbara Walters interviews Kate Hudson about being a new mom. We also meet her baby. Deborah Roberts visits famous hobbit Sean Astin and his mother, Patty Duke, and asks some serious questions: Why would a woman whose own childhood was stolen by stardom raise a son to be a star? And Astin talks about his concerns about having a bi-polar mother.

Saturday, May 8

8:00/7:00c - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Tugwell Family" (Repeat)
As a young mother was preparing to put her 11-week-old daughter to bed, she looked out the window and saw an SUV speeding toward the front of her parents' house, where she was living. She jumped from the room into the hallway, just as the drunk driver's speeding vehicle came crashing into the front door! Fortunately her child was in the back of the house with her grandmother, but the blast from the impact left pieces of the house on top of the baby and all through the now uninhabitable home. The Tugwell family from Long Beach, California, became displaced, but "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" came to the rescue and now this family has been reunited in a newly transformed home. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 4/25/04)

9:00/8:00c - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Friends Helping Friends" (Repeat)

Sunday, May 9

7:00/6:00c - "Movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (Network Television Premiere)
Warner Bros. Pictures' magical and rollicking adventure tale, which was nominated for three Academy Awards, makes its network television premiere. The feature will be broadcast in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound and also in Spanish. In exclusive interviews from the Great Hall on the "Harry Potter" set, the film's stars - Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) - will talk about their work in the movie in interstitials to be featured throughout the telecast. The telecast itself will present an extended version of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," including materials not seen in the original theatrical release. And by exclusive arrangement, at the conclusion of the broadcast, ABC will air a 10-minute sneak peek at the highly anticipated third film in the blockbuster "Harry Potter" series, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," opening in theatres on June 4.

Monday, May 10

8:00/7:00c - "Original Movie: A Wrinkle in Time"
The beloved children's classic by Madeleine L'Engle has been adapted as a three-hour made-for-television movie. When astrophysicist Dr. Jack Murry (Chris Potter) disappears without a trace, his children, Meg (Katie Stuart) and Charles Wallace (David Dorfman), and neighbor Calvin O'Keefe (Gregory Smith) take it upon themselves to find him. Guided by Mrs. Whatsit (Alfre Woodard), Mrs. Who (Alison Elliott) and Mrs. Which (Kate Nelligan), the children embark on a cosmic quest before finally reaching the dark planet, Camazotz, where they encounter a society of human beings controlled by an evil force. They must use their collective and personal strengths to find Dr. Murry and save their own lives.

Tuesday, May 11

8:00/7:00c - "Eight Simple Rules: The Principal"
When Bridget is busted over a school dress code violation, Cate is called upon to meet with her new principal, Ed Gibb (Adam Arkin, "Chicago Hope"). But Cate is in for a shock when she discovers that she went to high school with Ed -- who remembers it vividly -- though she doesn't remember him at all. Meanwhile, when C.J. becomes his massage therapist, Jim hurts his feelings when he refuses to admit that his wayward grandson has become good at something.

8:30/7:30c - "Eight Simple Rules: Mall in the Family" (Repeat)

9:00/8:00c - "According to Jim: The Marriage Bank"
Thinking it might get Cheryl to let him go on a fishing trip with Andy, Jim makes a "deposit" in the "marriage bank" by agreeing to go to a couples seminar with her. Jim's plans are foiled, however, when Dr. Ted, the marriage guru, declares the whole marriage bank mentality unhealthy and Cheryl learns Jim's real motives - so that Dr. Ted must intervene.

9:30/8:30c - "Less Than Perfect: The Pimp Hat"
Claude is upset after her break-up with Mitch, so Owen decides to cheer her up with a game of "Pimp Hat," where everyone must draw a name from a hat and fix that person up. Claude directs all her romanti energy to finding Owen the perfect girl, while Carl, Kipp and Ramona each have memorable first dates. Nikki Ziering ("Baywatch") Guest Stars.

10:00/9:00c - "N.Y.P.D. Blue: Who's Your Daddy?" (Season Finale)
Clark and Sipowicz suspect the ex-husband in a woman's murder, the jury reaches a verdict in the Craig Woodruff trial, Ronson and Ortiz pursue an arms smuggler, and Clark is too late to save Devlin.

Wednesday, May 12

8:00/7:00c - "My Wife and Kids: Hand Model"

8:30/7:30c - "My Wife and Kids: Jr. Sells His Car" (Repeat)

9:00/8:00c - "The Bachelor: Episode 506"
Jesse takes three women on romantic, overnight dates. Things really heat up when a woman from his past makes a shocking return.

10:00/9:00c - "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All"
Jesse is in the hot seat when he faces the 23 women he rejected on the show. See what they have to say to the man who dumped them on national television.

Thursday, May 13

8:00/7:00c - (To Be Announced)

9:00/8:00c - (To Be Announced)

10:00/9:00c - "Primetime Thursday"

Friday, May 14

8:00/7:00c - "The George Lopez Show"

8:30/7:30c - (To Be Announced)

9:00/8:00c - "Hope & Faith: Daytime Emmys, Parts I & II" (One-Hour Season Finale)
Kelly Ripa is reunited with Susan Lucci, Rebecca Budig and many of her "All My Children" co-stars and other soap actors in this hilarious double episode. It tweaks every soap convention, featuring a full-blown production number with the cast, an attempted murder, secret identities, a serial killer revealed, amorous trysts, female fisticuffs and much more. The all-star cast includes Susan Flannery ("The Bold and the Beautiful"), Eric Braeden ("The Young and the Restless"), from "All My Children" Susan Lucci, Rebecca Budig, Cameron Mathison, Eva LaRue, John Callahan, Finola Hughes, Jacob Young, Bobbie Eakes, and from "Port Charles" Ian Buchanan. In the episode, Faith is nominated for a Daytime Emmy, along with some of her former co-stars from "The Sacred and the Sinful," and flies to NYC for the ceremony with the family. Her mentor, Jacqueline Karr (Susan Lucci, "All My Children"), and ex-producer Laura Levisetti (Susan Flannery, "The Bold and the Beautiful") reveal that they want Faith to return to the soap, bumping her replacement, played by Rebecca Budig ("All My Children"). But in fact Jacqueline and Laura have a nefarious scheme in mind for Faith's return. Meantime, Hope, Charley and the kids are starstruck as they rub elbows with the glitterati.

10:00/9:00c - "20/20"
"20/20" explores the glittering world of the next generation of Europe's royal families -- how they live, the pleasures, the pitfalls, and what it means to be young royal in the 21st century. "20/20" unpeels the layers of the House of Windsor: A cousin of Elizabeth's grandchildren (Prince Nikolaos of Greece) paints a picture of the lives of William and Harry; we look at the "real life" story of the "Prince and Me" with a visit to Denmark's Crown Prince Fredrik, his fabulous palace and his commoner bride (played by Julia Stiles in the movie); Chris Cuomo attends the wedding of Europe's great "Pretender," Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia of Italy; and Chris Connelly looks at Europe's royal "bad girls," Zara of Britain and the Monaco princesses.

Saturday, May 15

8:00/7:00c - "Movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (Repeat)

Sunday, May 16

7:00/6:00c - "America's Funniest Home Videos: Episode 1421"
A "No Brain, No Pain" episode salutes knuckleheads everywhere, including one overwhelmed bride who forgets her new husband's name; groomsmen with a big surprise for a bride and groom at their reception when they drop their drawers; a woman who pulls a practical joke on her boss by dressing in a bear costume; and what happens when raccoons decide to take over one lady's patio. Tom Bergeron hosts.

8:00/7:00c - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Powell Family"
It wasn't easy for Carrie Powell to bring relief to her younger son, Keenan, who suffers from a rare cell disorder, asthma, as well as allergies. It was all made worse by the dust and black mold in their Arleta, California home. Doctors told Carrie that Keenan wouldn't live to see his first birthday. Determined to not give up hope, Carrie, a florist by trade, turned to her herb garden to help Keenan deal with his diseases. Keenan beat the odds and is now a strapping 16-year old who wears a size 15 shoe and stands at 6 feet tall. Keenan has been able to keep his health in check, but keeping the house hypo-allergenic for him has been a problem. The prescription for Keenan and his family was for the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team was to come and eradicate the black mold and provide a healthy environment for Keenan and his family.

9:00/8:00c - "Super Millionaire: No. 7021" (Night 1 of 5)
The super charged version of the original hit series "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" returns as a special five-night event. The incomparable Regis Philbin hosts th series in which contestants have a chance to win $10 million. In "Super Millionaire," contestants from across the country attempt to navigate 15 multiple-choice questions for cash. The first question is valued at $1,000, with the final question being worth a staggering $10 million. During the February series, the pulse-pounding excitement of big money at stake produced two big winners -- Todd Kim, an attorney from Washington, D.C., won $500,000 and Robert Essig, a computer specialist of Ashtabula, OH, won $1 million with the help of the new "Super Millionaire" lifelines - The Three Wiseman and Double Dip. Robert is the twelfth million dollar winner in the history of "Millionaire."

10:00/9:00c - "The Practice" (Series Finale)
Dylan McDermott concludes his guest star arc as the series comes to a close.

Monday, May 17

8:00/7:00c - "Motown 45"
The ABC Television Network celebrates the hit singles of the legendary record label with this musical event. Hosted by Lionel Richie and comedian Cedric the Entertainer ("Barbershop" and "Barbershop 2: Back in Business"), the special boasts two hours of non-stop music, with performances by Motown legends and contemporary music stars. Among the artists performing are (in alphabetical order): Backstreet Boys, Wayne Brady, The Commodores, The Funk Brothers, The Four Tops, Macy Gray, Jermaine Jackson, Gladys Knight, Nick Lachey, Michael McDonald, Brian McKnight, Smokey Robinson, Kelly Rowland, legendary Motown songwriters Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Joss Stone, Raven-Symone, The Temptations, and original Supremes Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong. Highlights of the two-hour special include Kelly Rowland joining Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong for a Supremes medley, Nick Lachey and Jermaine Jackson performing a Jackson 5 classic, Kimberly Locke performing with the legendary Funk Brothers, Smokey Robinson duets with Joss Stone, the Temptations and the Four Tops each doing medleys of their biggest hits, and several artists joining singers/songwriters Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson for a rousing finale of the song they wrote, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

10:00/9:00c - "Super Millionaire: No. 7022" (Night 2 of 5)

Tuesday, May 18

8:00/7:00c - "Eight Simple Rules: Finale Part Un & Part Deux" (One-Hour Season Finale)
Cate finds herself once again in the awkward position of having to deal with Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin, "Chicago Hope") when she forgets to turn in a health form for Kerry's trip to Europe. Meanwhile, Cate is resentful of Jim's relationship with Tina (Connie Stevens) because she still hopes that her father will reconcile with her mother, and Rory plays a nefarious joke on C.J. when he sets him up with girlfriend Missy's already engaged sister, Sissy. In "Finale Part Deux," when Cate discovers that Bridget took the fall for Kerry for organizing the school sit-in, she agrees to have coffee with Principal Gibb (Adam Arkin, "Chicago Hope") in order to set the record straight. But the girls are convinced that their mother's innocent coffee meeting with their principal is really a date. Meanwhile, Kerry is furious when Bridget is elected student body president and wins a trip to Washington, D.C. -- because everyone thinks she organized the school sit-in -- C.J. keeps deluding himself that he's been chosen to be a roadie for Aerosmith over the summer, and Jim agrees to let Rory travel with him to Florida -- where he plans to try and win back his wife's affections.

9:00/8:00c - "According to Jim"

9:30/8:30c - "Less Than Perfect: Claude on One Knee" (Season Finale)
In an effort t get rid of Lydia, Claude helps Jeb realize it's time to propose to Lydia so she can quit her job and stay home. Jeb agrees and enlists Claude's help in setting up a romantic night for the perfect proposal. He also assigns Kipp the task of gathering some guys to hang out with for his final hurrah after the proposal, but all Kipp manages to find are Owen & Carl.

10:00/9:00c - "Super Millionaire: No. 7023" (Night 3 of 5)

Wednesday, May 19

8:00/7:00c - "My Wife and Kids: What Do You Know?"

8:30/7:30c - "My Wife and Kids: From Dummy to Daddy" (Repeat)

9:00/8:00c - "The Bachelor: Episode 507" (Two-Hour Season Finale)
Jesse takes his final 2 women home to meet his family and get some last minute advice from his former spy. Will it help him make the toughest decision of his life? See what happens during this gripping two-hour conclusion when Jesse puts his heart on the line and hands out his final rose.

Thursday, May 20

8:00/7:00c - (To Be Announced)

9:00/8:00c - (To Be Announced)

10:00/9:00c - "Super Millionaire: No. 7024" (Night 4 of 5)

Friday, May 21

8:00/7:00c - "The George Lopez Show" (One-Hour Season Finale)

9:00/8:00c - "20/20" (Two-Hour Episode - Special Time)
Being a sibling might be the longest relationship you'll ever have. In a special two-hour episode, "20/20" looks at some famous and fascinating families: Chris Connelly interviews Hillary Duff and her little sister; Barbara Walters explores the "psychic" connection between a brother and sister separated at birth, who then met on a blind date as adults and jut knew they had a family bond; John Stossel gives viewers a first-person account of his relationship with his brother, Tom; and "Eight is Enough" -- the Deborah Roberts family... surviving a household of eight kids!

Saturday, May 22

8:00/7:00c - (To Be Announced)

9:00/8:00c - "Movie: The Fast and the Furious" (Repeat)

Sunday, May 23

7:00/6:00c - "America's Funniest Home Videos: Episode 1422" (Season Finale)
Some of the most hilarious clips of the season are in the running for the $100,000 grand prize, including "Bike Yikes," where a little boy's bike stunt hits him where it really hurts; "Captain Cardboard," silly home movies that chronicle the adventures of "Super Nerd"; "Their Cup is Half Full," where two young little leaguers ponder the real reason for their protective cups; and "Solo Screamer," where a previously shy kid finds his voice big time in the middle of a Christmas concert. Tom Bergeron hosts.

8:00/7:00c - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (Season Finale)

9:00/8:00c - "Alias: Resurrection" (Season Finale)

10:00/9:00c - "Super Millionaire: No. 7025" (Night 5 of 5)

Monday, May 24

8:00/7:00c - "Movie: A Beautiful Mind" (Network Television Premiere)
The winner of four Oscars - including Best Picture and Best Director -- from its eight nominations, makes its network television premiere. Russell Crowe turned in an Oscar nominated performance based on the real life of Dr. John Nash, a mathematician possessing a brilliant yet tormented mind. Also starring in the intense drama are Ed Harris ("Radio"), Jennifer Connelly ("House of Sand and Fog"), Christopher Plummer ("Nicholas Nickleby") and Paul Bettany ("Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"). The feature will be broadcast in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound. In "A Beautiful Mind," which spans a period between the late 1940s to the mid 1990s, Crowe stars as a genius whose early discoveries in the field of math still influence our lives today. Jennifer Connelly won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of the graduate student who met, fell in love with, married and ultimately sustained Nash as his world and mind spiraled out of control. Paul Bettany ("The Heart of Me") portrays Nash's college roommate, as well as best friend and confidant, and Ed Harris ("Pollock") is a secretive government agent who enlists Nash into a murky world of spies.

Tuesday, May 25

8:00/7:00c - "All ABC Bloopers 2"
ABC's biggest stars are seen in one of television's longest-running series of specials, Dick Clark's "Bloopers," on "ABC Blooper Special 2." Hosted by Dick Clark and Sara Rue ("Less than Perfect"), the special will feature interviews with George Lopez, Ted McGinley and Lenny Clarke as well as out-takes from "George Lopez," "Hope & Faith," "According to Jim," "Less than Perfect," "I'm With Her," "Married to the Kellys" as well as from our reality series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and hilarious audition tapes from "Extreme Makeover."

9:00/8:00c - "According to Jim" (One-Hour Season Finale)

10:00/9:00c - "The Great Domestic Showdown, Part 1"
This search for America's next domestic diva is a two-hour, two-night special hosted by TV and radio personality Adam Carolla. In the special, six contestants prove their skills in decorating, cooking, gardening, entertaining, home improvement and, the final challenge, preparing a gala event. Three celebrity judges � Sandra Lee, host of the Food Network's "Semi-Homemade"; Robert Verdi, host of Discovery Channel's "Surprise By Design"; and Govind Armstrong, top L.A. chef to Hollywood's stars � will determine who really does it all best. The winner gets a book deal, an appearance on a national TV talk show, and a chance at a TV show of his or her own! Part 1 of 2. Concludes Wednesday, May 26 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET).

Wednesday, May 26

8:00/7:00c - "My Wife and Kids: The Baby, Parts 1 & 2" (One-Hour Season Finale)
Jr. and a very pregnant Vanessa announce that they want to have the baby at home, with the assistance of Summer Breeze (Kelly Coffield, "In Living Color"), a midwife whose natural childbirth methods include the whole family's participation. When Michael mocks the ceremony of dancing around the expectant mother and rubbing a feather on her belly, Summer Breeze gives him the nickname Dark Cloud. A few days later, Michael takes his own approach and writes the perfect script for Jr. and the family to follow for Vanessa's impending trip to the hospital. But the day that Claire takes Kady � and the family car � to the mall is the day when Vanessa goes into labor, forcing the family to forget the script, as Michael frantically watches his perfect plan disintegrate.

9:00/8:00c - "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose"
Jesse appears for the first time in public with the woman who captured his heart. He'll also face the women who left heartbroken.

10:00/9:00c - "The Great Domestic Showdown, Part 2"
The two-night special concludes. Adam Carolla hosts.

  [april 2004]  

· 20/20 (ABC)

[04/09/21 - 12:18 PM]
"Bering Sea Gold" Returns for Its Milestone 10th Year on April 30 with New Claims, Bigger Stakes and More Familiar Faces
Find out who's staking their claim in an all-new season premiering on Friday, April 30 at 9:00/8:00c on Discovery and streaming on discovery+.

[04/09/21 - 10:05 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, NBC Lead Competitive Night
"Grey's Anatomy" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" both top the evening among adults 18-49.

[04/09/21 - 09:30 AM]
"The Price Is Right at Night" Welcomes "Kids Say the Darndest Things" Host Tiffany Haddish and Late Night Talk Show Host Lilly Singh To "Come on Down," April 21 and 28
Haddish will play for the "She Ready Foundation" which supports foster youth; while Singh will play for "Room to Read," the non-profit helping millions of kids in low-income communities.

[04/09/21 - 09:22 AM]
discovery+ Announces It Will Capture Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass' Incredible Findings of 3,000-Year-Old Lost Golden City in Luxor
The incredible findings will air in an all-new special coming to discovery+.

[04/09/21 - 09:03 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases First Look at Variety Series "Ziwe"
The series features interviews, musical numbers, guest stars, sketches and more - including unscripted and unpredictable interactions with everyday people.

[04/09/21 - 08:00 AM]
HBO Max Orders "The Real Magic Mike" (wt)
From the producers behind the Magic Mike franchise and live shows comes an exhilarating and sexy series that will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes.

[04/09/21 - 05:12 AM]
Video: "The Innocent" - Official Trailer - Netflix
An accidental killing leads a man down a dark hole of intrigue and murder.

[04/09/21 - 01:01 AM]
Video: "Into the Beat" - Official Trailer - Netflix
A teen ballerina discovers hip-hop by chance and is faced with an impossible choice: Does she follow her parents' footsteps... or her newfound passion?

[04/08/21 - 11:36 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, April 8
Updates include: CBS taps leads of "How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings"; Renée Elise Goldsberry cast in "She-Hulk" at Disney+; and Eli Goree scores role on Amazon's "The Peripheral."

[04/08/21 - 10:31 PM]
Video: "Milestone" - Official Trailer - Ivan Ayr, Suvinder Vicky, Lakshvir Saran - Netflix India
A newly bereaved trucker, a legacy to be passed down, and a milestone that comes with its own consequences.

[04/08/21 - 06:01 PM]
Video: "Law School" - Official Trailer - Netflix
When a grim incident occurs at their prestigious school, justice through law is put to a test by a tough law professor and his ambitious students.

[04/08/21 - 02:31 PM]
"American Skin" Makes Its Streaming Debut on BET+ Next Week
The film follows a Black Iraqi War Vet, Lincoln Jefferson (Nate Parker), who after being denied a fair trial following the shooting death of his teenage son by a white police officer, desperately seeks justice and accountability for his son's death.

[04/08/21 - 11:31 AM]
Netflix and Sony Pictures Entertainment Sign Pay-one U.S. Licensing Deal for Feature Films
Under the deal, Netflix will obtain first pay window rights to SPE titles following their theatrical and home entertainment windows.

[04/08/21 - 11:15 AM]
Jamie Lee Curtis, Keith David, Kevin Smith & More Among Presenters for 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards
The ceremony, which recognizes outstanding achievement in horror film and television, will premiere Sunday, April 18 at 8:00/7:00c exclusively on Shudder.

[04/08/21 - 11:01 AM]
Video: "The Woman in the Window" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Anna Fox (Amy Adams) feels safest when she's watching the world from behind her window; until the Russell family moves in across the street, and she witnesses something unimaginable.