[02/01/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC's February Sweeps Includes 'Saturday Night Live' Special, Valentine-Themed Episodes of 'Joey,' 'Will & Grace' and 'Las Vegas,' Series Crossovers

[via press release from NBC]



"Saturday Night Live" Special Focuses on First Five Years; Christopher Noth Reprises Role of Mike Logan on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"; Stephanie March Returns to "Law & Order: SVU"; "Medical Investigation" and "Third Watch" Make for Crossover; Special "Fear Factor" with Reality Stars Including Omarosa, Trista and Ryan � Among Series Guest Stars Are Sylvester Stallone on "Las Vegas," Clay Aiken on "Scrubs," Cynthia Nixon on "ER," Dame Helen Mirren on "Third Watch" and Edward Burns on Three Episodes of "Will & Grace"

BURBANK � February 1, 2005 � NBC sweeps into February powered by a special saluting the first five years of "Saturday Night Live," Valentine's Day-themed episodes of "Joey," "Will & Grace" and "Las Vegas," a dramatic crossover between "Medical Investigation" and "Third Watch" and award-winning film and television stars on primetime series.

In addition to the special reality star episode of "Fear Factor," NBC will further spotlight the show with a Las Vegas-themed episode that immediately precedes series host Joe Rogan guest-starring on "Las Vegas" on February 21. Further, Christopher Noth reprises his former "Law & Order" role as Detective Mike Logan on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" on February 13 and Stephanie March returns to "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" on February 22. A special episode of "Scrubs" parodies the traditional sitcom and features scenes shot in front of a live studio audience. Clay Aiken also guest stars in this innovative episode.

NBC's varied array of guest stars will include Jay Leno appearing on "Joey," Jeff Goldblum, Edward Burns, Chita Rivera, Michele Lee, Luke Perry and Patti LuPone on "Will & Grace," Wyclef Jean and Dame Helen Mirren on "Third Watch," Clay Aiken and Tara Reid on "Scrubs," Valerie Harper on "Committed," Sylvester Stallone, Dean Cain, Joe Rogan and the Pussy Cat Dolls on "Las Vegas," Sandra Bernhard on "Crossing Jordan" and Cynthia Nixon, and Frances Fisher on "ER," Mary Louise Parker on "The West Wing" and Rosanna Arquette on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

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


JOEY � (8-8:30 p.m.)
"Joey and the Tonight Show"

HEEEERE'S JOEY! JAY LENO APPEARS AS HIMSELF -- Joey (Matt LeBlanc) gets the chance of a lifetime to appear with guest star Jay Leno (as himself) on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," when a major movie star cancels her appearance. On his way to the "Tonight Show," Joey becomes increasingly worried that he won't make it on time when a big rig overturns on the freeway and he starts to panic. Drea de Matteo, Jennifer Coolidge, Paulo Costanzo and Andrea Anders also star.

WILL & GRACE � (8:30-9 p.m.)
"Bully Woolley"

DON'T LIE TO ME ARGENTINA-- JEFF GOLBLUM AND PATTI LUPONE GUEST-STAR -- Scott Woolley (guest star Jeff Goldblum), Karen's arch nemesis, hires Grace (Debra Messing) to design his new restaurant under the condition that Grace will fire Karen (Megan Mullally) from her design firm. Grace later tells Karen about the incident and they realize the man that hired Grace is really the plotting Scott. Grace and Karen decide to trap him in his lie. Meanwhile, Jack (Sean Hayes) takes Will (Eric McCormack) out for a boys' night to get his mind off Vince, but ends up abandoning Will at the club. The next day, Will confronts Jack about his selfish behavior and, in an effort to make amends, Jack takes Will out to dinner and tries to focus all of his attention on his friend. That grows difficult when Broadway star Patti LuPone ("Evita") enters the restaurant and Jack can barely control his enthusiasm.

THE APPRENTICE � (9-10 p.m.)
"Trouble Is Brewing"

WHO CAN CREATE THE BIGGEST P.R. BUZZ? -- The 16 remaining hopefuls are tasked to create a PR campaign for instant coffee. One team becomes very angry with a lazy member and another candidate makes a decision that has permanent ramifications and leaves everyone in a state of shock. In the boardroom, the buzz eventually wears off as Donald Trump fires another candidate.

ER � (10-11 p.m.)

CUTTING CORNERS COSTS LIVES IN THE E.R. -- While examining a young boy, Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) finds a suspicious gash across his chest and calls Wendall (Madchen Amick) for a consult while Kovac (Goran Visnjic) and Pratt examine a man who got shot when he confronted his boss with a gun. Jake (Eion Bailey) tries to convince Abby (Maura Tierney) that being a student shouldn't keep him from dating her. Also starring are Sherry Stringfield, Laura Innes, Noah Wyle, Shane West, Parminder Nagra and Linda Cardellini.


THIRD WATCH � (9-10 p.m.)
"The Kitchen Sink"

FINNEY SEARCHES FOR A KIDNAPPED CHILD WHO'S THREATENED BY MURDEROUS FATHER -- Finney (Josh Stewart) races against time when a frightened boy (guest star Zack Savage) he's befriended calls him in desperation after being kidnapped by his tormented and abusive father -- who has already repeatedly stabbed the boy's mother. Davis (Coby Bell) joins him on the case, as Finney tries to put aside his family's recent grief and focus on tracing the child's location before the father completes his death wish. In addition, a confused Carlos (Anthony Ruivivar) comes to a shaky understanding with his romantic partner, fellow paramedic Levine (Yvonne Jung). Cara Buono, Nia Long, Skipp Sudduth and Molly Price also star.


FINDING SOURCE OF DEADLY PLAGUE LEADS TO SOME CREATIVE DETECTIVE WORK FOR CONNOR'S UNIT -- Evidence of a strange plague is found near Baltimore as Dr. Connor (Neal McDonough), Dr. Durant (Kelli Williams) and the response team arrive and discover a deadly link between infected police officers and a fugitive that adds a more chilling dimension to their investigation. When two children also display symptoms of the resistant contagion, Connor and Frank (Troy Winbush) desperately work backwards to connect the dots and limit the contamination while curing those already sick. Christopher Gorham and Anna Belknap also star.


FEAR FACTOR � (8-9 p.m.)
"Couples #522"

COUPLES CONTEST CONTINUES -- In the sixth episode of a special seven-part couples contest, four couples remain to test their relationships by facing fear as a team and working together to capture an ultimate payoff of $1 million. In one of this episode's stunts, the male contestant is trapped in a cage filled with huge bullfrogs while his counterpart searches through pits of rats and snakes for the keys to free him. Joe Rogan hosts.

LAS VEGAS � (9-10 p.m.)
"Can You See What I See?"

ROLE REVERSALS -- When the hotel enters one of its slowest weeks of the year, Ed (James Caan) decides to stir things up a bit by switching everyone's job positions around so they can walk in one another's shoes. Delinda (Molly Sims) takes over for Ed and finds herself bored stiff after having to attend a city hall meeting while Sam (Vanessa Marcil) and Mary (Nikki Cox) take over surveillance. Meanwhile, Danny (Josh Duhamel) is in charge of the casino floor and runs into an old high school buddy who's having extremely unusual and suspicious luck winning millions of dollars. Elsewhere, Mike (James Lesure) must clear a traffic ticket that Ed claims is wrong -- despite the existence of photos that prove his guilt. Marsha Thomason also stars.

MEDIUM � (10-11 p.m.)
"Coming Soon"

VISIONS OF A SERIAL KILLER DANCE IN HER HEAD - When a good Samaritan (guest star Reed Diamond) shows up at the D.A.'s (Miguel Sandoval) office to offer information on a recent burglary, Allison (Patricia Arquette) is convinced that he is a heinous serial killer of young women who has been haunting her dreams. In her effort to produce evidence against him, Allison tracks down a victim named Sharona who still appears very much alive. Meanwhile, Joe (Jake Weber) wonders if Allison's obsession with the suspected killer is due to the possibility that she is pregnant again. Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark also star.


Episode #1 & Episode #2

MOST OUTRAGEOUS TV MOMENTS CAUGHT ON TAPE -- Get ready to laugh when two half-hours of TV moments are caught on tape. In the first episode, enjoy hilarious clips of accidental falls, "mis-speaks," cooking follies and clips about the president. The second episode proves that anything can happen when the cameras are on with unexpected fun from sports, talk shows, animal programs, and commercials. These are the first two in a series of six television blooper shows. "The Most Outrageous TV Moments" is a follow up to "The Most Outrageous Live TV Moments." and also "The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments."

SCRUBS � (9-9:30 p.m.)
"My Quarantine"

ZACK AND HIS DATE GET QUARANTINED; TARA REID AND CHRYSTEE PHARRIS (NBC'S 'PASSIONS') GUEST-STAR -- J.D.'S (Zach Braff) efforts to make a good impression on a first date reach desperate levels when he and Kylie (Chrystee Pharris) get caught in a hospital quarantine. A series of unfortunate events bring J.D. And Kylie to Sacred Heart on their first date, where J.D. accidentally initiates a SARS quarantine and is forced to resort to desperate measures to make a good impression. While the hospital is in lockdown, the rest of the staff recounts various first date stories leading to the revelation that Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) and Carla (Judy Reyes) dated in the past. Tara Reid guest stars as Zack's ex-girlfriend.

COMMITTED � (9:30-10 p.m.)
"The Snow Episode"

DON'T CHANGE THE RULES -- After a mugging incident and a horrible day, Marni (Jennifer Finnigan) and Nate (Josh Cooke) decide they want to "de-tox" from the city by spending an entire week inside Marni's apartment with no outside contact. After a few hours, Marni and Nate begin to crack but are too stubborn to break their pact and go outside. Elsewhere, Bowie (Darius McCrary) wants to break up with his girlfriend, and the only thing stopping him is her amazingly comfortable bed. Tammy Lynn Michaels and Tom Poston also star.


A PROSTITUTE IS FOUND DEAD AND THE SUSPECTS ARE TEENAGERS -- BARRY BOSTWICK GUEST-STARS � When Detectives Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Fin (Ice-T) investigate the rape and murder of a prostitute, the detectives find that the teenagers were re-enacting scenes from their favorite video game. The case goes to court, and tension builds as Novak (Diane Neal) must argue against opposing counsel Gates (guest star Barry Bostwick) that the teenagers were influenced by the violent video game. Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, B.D. Wong and Tamara Tunie also star.


"Episode #106: Live Results"

DOWN TO THE FINAL TWO -- TIME FOR VIEWERS TO DECIDE -- With the final elimination looming, the two finalists head home for some much-needed time with their families and to prepare for the viewers' decision. However, one final surprise awaits them in Los Angeles as the voted off contestants join them for this final decision -- with one model walking away with a $1 million modeling contract and the knowledge that she has made it onto the pages of the world-renowned Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

THE WEST WING � (9-10 p.m.)
"The Wake Up Call"

IRAN SHOOTS DOWN PASSENGER JET AND IGNITES CRIES FOR RETALIATION; ROGER REES, CHRISTOPHER LLOYD GUEST-STAR -- On Valentine's Day, an Iranian fighter jet accidentally shoots down a British passenger plane -- killing 100 people -- but C.J. (Allison Janney) is reluctant to awaken the President (Martin Sheen) even as the hawkish British prime minister considers bombing Iran's nuclear reactors in retaliation. After learning that the passenger jet was mistaken for a U.S. spy plane, Bartlet calls in British ambassador Lord John Marbury (guest star Roger Rees, "Cheers"), as they debate whether a strike is the perfect excuse to wipe out the atomic sites or if it will set back reform movements in the rogue nation. Elsewhere: Abby (Stockard Channing) and C.J. war over the President's schedule for rest; Toby (Richard Schiff) and a legal professor (guest star Christopher Lloyd, "Taxi") try to pound out a new democratic constitution with representatives of Belarus -- and everyone keeps dodging the traditional White House appointment with Miss Universe.

LAW & ORDER � (10-11 p.m.)

TALKED-ABOUT TALK SHOW HOST IS SILENCED BY GUNSHOTS AS DETECTIVES QUESTION MERRY WIDOW -- After a controversial and conservative talk show host is shot to death, Detectives Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) consider a wealth of likely suspects but focus on Miranda (guest star Paula Devicq, "Party of Five") - who would inherit his estate only upon death - as well as on Karen (guest star Dana Eskelson), a tormented woman who claims she had an affair with the new widow. As new A.D.A. Borgia (new series regular Annie Parisse) sizes up the case, she finds disturbing evidence that Karen was stalking the widow, whose secret love life yields a treasure trove of evidence. Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson and Fred Dalton Thompson also star.


JOEY � (8-8:30 p.m.)
"Joey and the Valentine's Date"

ACCIDENTAL VALENTINE'S DATE -- After Bobbie (Jennifer Coolidge) advises Joey (Matt LeBlanc) to turn on the charm with a magazine reporter, Joey unexpectedly lands a date with the journalist (guest star Dina Waters). Joey is later horrified when he finds out that he has just made plans on the most romantic day of the year -- Valentine's Day. Drea de Matteo, Paulo Costanzo, and Andrea Anders also star.

WILL & GRACE � (8:30-9 p.m.)
"Dance Cards and Greeting Cards"

I HEART YOU -- EDWARD BURNS, JEFF GOLDBLUM, CHITA RIVERA AND MICHELE LEE GUEST-STAR -- Valentine's Day is full of surprises as Grace (Debra Messing) tries to ignore the greeting card holiday but romantic urges eventually send her into the arms of the enemy -- none other than Nick (guest star Edward Burns, "Saving Private Ryan") a hunky greeting card writer. In a dramatic change of events, Karen's (Megan Mullally) former nemesis Scott Wooley (guest star Jeff Goldblum, "Jurassic Park") tries to win her heart by showering her with gifts but Karen's eyes are on weightier matters -- her new overweight internet date. Elsewhere, after dancing with a lesbian couple (guest stars Chita Rivera, "Kiss of the Spider Woman," and Michele Lee, "Knots Landing"), Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack (Sean Hayes) find comfort in each other's arms for the Valentine's Day spotlight dance.

THE APPRENTICE � (9-10 p.m.)
"Soap Dopes"

CANDIDATES GET LATHERED UP -- The teams are challenged to create a mini-movie ad campaign for a body wash as one team pushes the boundaries of taste while the other group deals with a candidate's inability to direct. The outcome forces Donald Trump to make a shocking decision.

ER � (10-11 p.m.)
"Shortness of Breath"

SHOCKED DR. WEAVER FINALLY MEETS HER BIRTH MOTHER � FRANCES FISHER GUEST-STARS -- Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) encounters an evasive patient (Frances Fisher, "Titanic") who shocks her by revealing that she is her birth mother, who put her baby up for adoption at 15. As they spend time sharing their life stories, their budding relationship withers when Weaver confesses to her mother -- an evangelical Christian -- that she is gay. Elsewhere, Dr. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) warily turns over an addled elderly woman to the care of Jane (Sarah Gilbert) while Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) causes a commotion when he confronts a couple hoping to scam some painkilling drugs. Sherry Stringfield, Goran Visnjic, Maura Tierney, Linda Cardellini, Parminder Nagra, Eion Bailey and Shane West also star.


THIRD WATCH � (9-10 p.m.)

GIRLS DON'T CRY AS CRUZ GETS EVEN TOUGHER IN PURSUIT OF HOMICIDAL GANGBANGER; DAME HELEN MIRREN GUEST-STARS -- After getting some bad news, Sergeant Cruz (Tia Texada) puts on her game face to find a chief gangbanger (guest star David St. Louis) who is responsible for killing a hostile murder witness and trying to hide the dead man under another body in a hearse -- and the stakes are raised when the gang leader kidnaps the teenaged sister of another witness. Meanwhile, paramedic Grace (Cara Buono) is chilled when she believes she's found her long-lost mother (guest star Dame Helen Mirren, "Prime Suspect") -- a junkie living on the streets. In addition, a recovered Officer Bosco (Jason Wiles) has doubts about his return to the force and Officer Monroe (Nia Long) reluctantly must share her health secret with Sully (Skipp Sudduth). Coby Bell, Molly Price, Anthony Ruivivar and Josh Stewart also star.


TWO CRISES EMERGE CONCERNING MILITARY BASE MISCARRIAGES AND PARALYSIS AMONG SEPTEMBER 11 SURVIVORS -- Dr. Connor (Neal McDonough) splits the response team in two to respond to separate emergencies. Connor dispatches Miles (Christopher Gorham) to check out a suspicious series of miscarriages at a military base hospital while he and Dr. Durant (Kelli Williams) confront a cluster of spontaneous paralysis among people who worked near the former World Trade Center until September 11, 2001. One of them, a hard-driving workaholic (guest star Lola Glaudini), strikes a sympathetic chord with Durant who is stymied when she tries to forge a sisterly bond -- until the doctor discovers her uptight patient requires anti-depressants. Troy Winbush and Anna Belknap also star.


"Stress Position"

PRISON GUARD'S SLAYING RIPS LID OFF CORRUPT PRISON; GUEST STAR CHRISTOPHER NOTH REPRISES 'LAW & ORDER' ROLE -- The murder of a corrections officer points the Major Case squad toward a corrupt Brooklyn prison where unaccounted-for prisoners are secretly abused by guards -- and the key to exposing the ring lies with a prison nurse whose boyfriend is the maverick Detective Mike Logan (Christopher Noth, NBC's "Law & Order"). As Logan warily aids Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) in their probe, they discover an unseemly political connection and ultimately must jeopardize their lives inside the foreboding walls. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.

CROSSING JORDAN � (10-11 p.m.)
"You Really Got Me"

NEW EVIDENCE CASTS DOUBT ON A CASE FROM JORDAN'S PAST; SANDRA BERNHARD GUEST-STARS AS DETECTIVE -- The suicide of a one-armed Boston man leads Jordan (Jill Hennessy) to uncover the missing murder weapon from an eight-year-old Los Angeles homicide in which she helped send the alleged murderer to death row. However, with five days to go before the execution, Jordan and Woody (Jerry O'Connell) head to L.A. hoping to find evidence that will save an innocent life. Elsewhere, when the body of a vagrant whom Bug (Ravi Kapoor) witnessed being kidnapped ends up in the morgue, the troubled scientist teams up with Detective Roz Framus (guest star Sandra Bernhard, "Roseanne") in his search for answers. Miguel Ferrer, Kathryn Hahn and Steve Valentine also star.


FEAR FACTOR � (8-9 p.m.)
"Couples #523"

HEART-STOPPING STUNT FOR FINALE OF COUPLES' SEVEN-EPISODE CONTEST -- It's down to three remaining couples in this seventh episode finale of a special seven-part couples contest, and the highlight is one of the most elaborate and spectacular challenges ever. The lovers must leap from a boat to a rope ladder hanging from a helicopter that then lands atop a moving semi-truck. Enclosed in the truck is a car they have to start and drive through the back cargo doors. Up to this episode, couples have tested their relationships by facing fear as a team and working together to capture an ultimate payoff of $1 million. Joe Rogan hosts the series.

LAS VEGAS � (9-10 p.m.)
"Tainted Love"

SAM'S HUSBAND RETURNS AS PUSSY CAT DOLLS AND DEAN CAIN GUEST-STAR -- Sam (Vanessa Marcil) is over the moon about hosting the "whale of all whales" -- a billionaire (guest star Dean Cain, "Ripley's: Believe It or Not") she's hooked to stay at the Montecito � but with her hands full, she tosses her other clients onto Mary (Nikki Cox) and Delinda (Molly Sims). Things get out of hand when Mary discovers her client is cheating the horse-racing system, requiring Danny (Josh Duhamel) to fly up and come to her aid. Meanwhile, Sam falls apart when she realizes that her client is her husband from whom she's been separated for seven years. Elsewhere, Ed (James Caan) is slapped with jury duty on Valentine's Day and suffers the wrath of Jillian (Cheryl Ladd). As Ed tries to get himself off of the hook, he has to trust Mike (James Lesure) with manning the home base. Marsha Thomason also stars.

MEDIUM � (10-11 p.m.)
"Jump Start"

ALLISON SUSPECTS THAT A YOUNG WOMAN'S DEATH IS MORE THAN SUICIDE -- When Allison (Patricia Arquette) dreams about a young woman who commits suicide by jumping off a cliff, she checks with Missing Persons and finds the body of a girl in a ravine. The dead girl's boyfriend, Gregg Watt (guest star Thomas Ian Nicholas), a suicide hotline volunteer, is also the son of defense attorney Larry Watt (guest star Conor O'Farrell) -- who previously threatened to expose Allison's gift in court. While physical evidence implicates the senior Watt in the girl's death, Allison is convinced that the victim is trying to reveal the truth to her. Meanwhile, Joe (Jake Weber) has a close encounter with mortality when a young colleague (guest star Joey Slotnick) suffers a fatal heart attack. Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark also star.


Episode #3 & Episode #4

THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS TV MOMENTS-The third and fourth episodes in this series prove that anything can happen when the cameras roll and shows unexpected humor in home-remodeling shows gone bad, sports programs, and commercials. This follow-up to the popular specials "Most Outrageous Live TV Moments" and "The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments."

SCRUBS � (9-9:30 p.m.)
"My Life in Four Cameras"

J.D. SEES LIFE IN THE O.R. THROUGH THE EYES OF A SITCOM WRITER; CLAY AIKEN GUEST-STARS -- J.D.'s (Zach Braff) imagination is sparked by a patient who is a sitcom writer about to receive some very bad news. J.D. ponders how the lives of everyone at Sacred Heart, including his patient, would turn out if left in the hands of the writer. Elsewhere, Turk (Donald Faison) and Carla (Judy Reyes) are struggling to keep the romance in their relationship while Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) and Dr. Kelso (Ken Jenkins) continue their one-upmanship over whose job is harder. For the first time, portions of this episode were shot in front of a live studio audience in the manner of a traditional sitcom. Singer Clay Aiken ("American Idol") guest-stars as a talent show participant. Sarah Chalke also stars.

COMMITTED � (9:30-10 p.m.)
"The Mother Episode"

MOTHER'S DAY -- VALERIE HARPER GUEST-STARS -- Marni (Jennifer Finnigan) meets Nate's (Josh Cooke) mom Lily (guest star Valerie Harper, "Rhoda") for the first time at the mental institution where she is a resident -- unfortunately, Lily expresses her dislike for Marni, who then sets out to make Lily appreciate her and will do anything to win her over. However, when Lily convinces Marni to take her out to lunch and then disappears, Nate begins a frantic search for his lost mother. Meanwhile, Tess (Tammy Lynn Michaels) meets the new "cute guy" in their building and enlists Clown (Tom Poston) to help her get a date with him. Darius McCrary also stars.


TEENAGED GIRL WHO MOONLIGHTED AS A HOOKER IS KILLED AND FOUND TO BE H.I.V. POSITIVE -- -A 15-year-old girl (guest star Janae Kram) is found murdered and Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Chris Meloni) discover that the victim was using a fake ID, living a secret life in a world of teenaged prostitution -- and was HIV positive after having unprotected sex in pornographic films. This last fact leads detectives to her murderer, but the case takes a dramatic turn as a second victim is discovered murdered by someone else. Richard Belzer, Ice-T, Dann Florek, Diane Neal, B.D. Wong and Tamara Tunie also star.


THE WEST WING � (9-10 p.m.)

FRENZIED NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY GETS DOWN AND DIRTY AS JOSH CLASHES WITH HIS CANDIDATE SANTOS -- Five days before the New Hampshire primary, a desperate Josh (Bradley Whitford) must find a way to get his trailing candidate, Congressman Santos (Jimmy Smits), into the local newspaper's debate between the two front-runners, Vice President Russell (Gary Cole) and Hoynes (Tim Matheson), or face extinction -- until they gamble on staging their own debate. When Santos brings in savvy Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker) to prep him, Josh clashes with both his ex-girlfriend and his candidate over the listless campaign. Allison Janney, Janel Moloney and Joshua Malina also star.

LAW & ORDER � (10-11 p.m.)
"The Sixth Man"

IT'S NO SLAM DUNK FOR PROSECUTORS WHEN TAUNTING BASKETBALL FAN FOULS OUT FOREVER -- When a loner is found strangled to death in his rent-controlled apartment, Detectives Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) focus on both the victim's gambling habit and the building's owner who wants to convert it into a co-op -- but the cops hit paydirt when they discover the dead man's nasty running feud with a spoiled pro basketball player. When the detectives find the athlete's fingerprints at the scene, prosecutors McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Borgia (Annie Parisse) must fight to keep the evidence from being tossed out on a technicality. S. Epatha Merkerson and Fred Dalton Thompson also star.


JOEY � (8-8:30 p.m.)
"Joey and the Wrong Name"

THE DAYTIME SOAP AWARDS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME - Joey (Matt LeBlanc) is asked to present at the Daytime Soap Awards and finds that presenting is harder than it looks. Meanwhile Michael (Paulo Costanzo) tries unsuccessfully to work out at the gym. Also starring Drea de Matteo, Andrea Anders.

WILL & GRACE � (8:30-9 p.m.)
"The Birds and the Bees"

JACK AND KAREN STALK BIRD OF A DIFFERENT FEATHER; LUKE PERRY AND EDWARD BURNS GUEST-STAR -- Grace (Debra Messing) drags Will (Eric McCormack) along to keep her in check during her first date with Nick (guest star Edward Burns) only to leave a heated Will at his table for one. Meanwhile, Karen (Megan Mullally) hatches a wild plan to get Jack (Sean Hayes) a date with Aaron (guest star Luke Perry, "Beverly Hills, 90210"), the neighborhood bird enthusiast, only to ruffle some feathers when things don't quite go as planned. Shelley Morrison also stars.

THE APPRENTICE � (9-10 p.m.)
"Airstream of Consciousness"

CANDIDATES ON THE MOVE WITH MOBILE VENTURE -- The candidates collide in a mobile business task that tests their start-up skills while a slothful wannabe hits the skids and a risk-taker puts it all on the line. The winners are spoiled with Fifth Avenue jewels while the losers have a blowout in the boardroom -- and the sixth candidate goes home.

ER � (10-11 p.m.)
"Alone in a Crowd"

IF A LONE TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST, DOES IT MAKE A SOUND? CYNTHIA NIXON GUEST-STARS -- When a young mother of three (guest star Cynthia Nixon, "Sex & the City") is brought into the E.R. with potentially fatal stroke-like symptoms, Kovac (Goran Visnjic) and Sam (Linda Cardellini) race against the odds to save her life. Knowing that a controversial surgical procedure is his wife's only shot at a full recovery, a husband must make the unenviable decision to risk her life in order to save it. Meanwhile, Neela (Parminder Nagra) and Ray (Shane West) discover a dark secret when three ostensibly neglected children show up in the E.R.. Elsewhere, Carter (Noah Wyle) finds himself in the midst of a love triangle when Wendall's (Madchen Amick) professions of love force him to either cut the ties in Africa or lose her. Laura Innes, Sherry Stringfield, Maura Tierney, Ming-Na, and Mekhi Phifer also star.


THIRD WATCH � (9-10 p.m.)
"In the Family Way"

IN A SPECIAL CROSSOVER EPISODE, NEAL MCDONOUGH AND KELLI WILLIAMS FROM NBC'S 'MEDICAL INVESTIGATION' ARRIVE TO HEAD OFF MYSTERY DISEASE THREATENING NEW YORK -- In a special crossover episode, Dr. Connor (Neal McDonough) from NBC's drama "Medical Investigation" and Dr. Durant (guest star Kelli Williams) from the elite N.I.H. team, are called into New York after a captured jewelry store thief who is AWOL from the Army displays unusual symptoms of an unknown contagious disease that is spreading fast -- and his accomplice is still on the run. Meanwhile, Cruz (Tia Texada) witnesses a gangbanger in her custody gunned down by a 13-year-old boy and she senses a slick rival (guest star Wyclef Jean) is behind the murder. In addition, Yokas (Molly Price) has doubts about her former partner and a worried Carlos (Anthony Ruivivar) gets a pleasant surprise. Coby Bell, Cara Buono, Nia Long, Josh Stewart, Skipp Sudduth and Jason Wiles also star.

"Half Life"

DURING CONCLUSION OF 'MEDICAL INVESTIGATION/ 'THIRD WATCH' CROSSOVER, CONNOR AND YOKAS TRACK SOURCE OF MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS THAT HAS INFECTED PARAMEDIC AND THREATENS NEW YORK CITY -- As the drama that began earlier tonight on "Third Watch" continues, the rest of the team joins Dr. Connor (Neal McDonough) and Natalie (Kelli Williams) in New York as they race against the clock to determine what the deadly virus is that has infected a both a paramedic and a robbery suspect whom he treated. Connor teams up with Detective Yokas (Molly Price, "Third Watch") to search for the robber's accomplice, whom they hope will lead them to the source of the disease. Meanwhile, Eva (Anna Belknap) tries to console Holly (Yvonne Jung, "Third Watch") as she waits for news of life or death. As more infected people arrive, the team must race against time to track the source of the mysterious illness before more patients die. Chris Gorham and Troy Winbush also star. Anthony Ruivivar from "Third Watch" also guest-stars.


"Sex Club"

PLAYBOY'S 'LITTLE BLACK BOOK' COULD KILL BOTH CAREERS AND PEOPLE; ROSANNA ARQUETTE AND PETER BOGDANOVICH GUEST-STAR -- When the "little black book" of an infamous hedonistic playboy (guest star Peter Bogdanovich) is purchased at auction, the new owner is found murdered and the book stolen -- prompting Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) to consider a U.S. Senatorial candidate (guest star Matt Servitto) whose marital indiscretions are documented in the tome and could provide embarrassing fodder for his rivals. The detectives must tweak their theory when the extortionist responsible for the original crimes turns up with two bullet holes in his back. Rosanna Arquette ("Pulp Fiction") guest-stars as the candidate's wife. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.

NBC SPECIALS � (9-11 p.m.)
"Live from New York: SNL The First 5 Years"

NBC CELEBRATES "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE'S" FORMATIVE YEARS -- NBC's new special offers a rocket ride through the first five years of one of the most successful shows in television history � "Saturday Night Live" -- a late-night show that transformed America's definition of what to do on Saturday night. From award-winning documentarian Ken Bowser, the story of the formative years of "SNL" is told entirely by its stars, writers, artists and musicians. The special features archival show footage, new interviews with key original and current SNL cast members to discuss the program's 30-year impact.


FEAR FACTOR � (8-9 p.m.)
"Las Vegas Pairs #527"

FEAR FACTOR DOUBLES UP FOR THIRD TIME IN VEGAS -- Joe Rogan hosts the series that returns to Las Vegas for the third time to pit pairs (two sets of best friends -- one pair of female twins, and one dating couple) against the odds of facing fear as a team. The neon rainbow of the Vegas Strip provides the backdrop for the first challenge; an homage to Harry Houdini that ends in an explosive slide in an upside down car. The lights of this night-blooming "desert flower" also shine on the pairs as they traverse a tightrope strung on the 36th floor between two wings of the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort. The high-roller episode has a gaming twist as the winners must bet half of their rich winnings on one hand of blackjack.

LAS VEGAS � (9-10 p.m.)
"To Protect and Serve Manicotti"

'FEAR' IS DEFINITELY A FACTOR IN VEGAS; SYLVESTER STALLONE AND JOE ROGAN GUEST-STAR -- When a local restaurateur (and mother of a Montecito showgirl) is approached by petty mobsters, Ed (James Caan) enlists the support of a long-time friend "Frank the Repairman" (guest star Sylvester Stallone, NBC's "The Contender" and "Rocky") to quash their extortion attempts. As the two navigate their way through the local mob's hierarchy, Ed discovers that he has a decades-old connection to the ringleader. Elsewhere, Danny (Josh Duhamel) and Mike (James Lesure) feverishly work to reclaim $100,000 stolen from the casino by a cunning thief. Once the thief's identity is revealed, Danny concocts a clever scheme to make good on the money before Ed discovers the truth. Meanwhile, Joe Rogan (as himself from NBC's "Fear Factor") visits the casino in search of a little R & R. Sam (Vanessa Marcil), Delinda (Molly Sims) and Nessa (Holt) who are desperate to be contestants on Joe's show, compete with each other for his attention. Nikki Cox also stars.

MEDIUM � 10-11 p.m.)

ALLISON HAS A HORRIFYING DREAM AND LEARNS HER BROTHER ALSO SHARES HER ABILITIES -- Allison (Patricia Arquette) is emotionally drained when she awakens from a dream after seeing her brother Michael (guest star Ryan Hurst) killed while serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. When he arrives intact in her driveway with a war buddy (guest star Jay Ferguson), she realizes that Michael also can envision evil -- a talent that he desperately wants to ignore. Meanwhile, Allison is distracted by a case involving a charred house where she finds a wandering child who fell victim to an arsonist � a mysterious man who might be her own philandering father. Jake Weber, Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark also star


Episode #5 & Episode #6

MOST OUTRAGEOUS TV MOMENTS � This series proves that anything can happen, especially on TV, with the accent on unexpected hilarity in news programs, sports games, and variety shows. This follow-up to the popular specials '"Most Outrageous Moments" & "Most Outrageous Live TV Moments" proves that the camera catches everything from all genres of TV.

SCRUBS � (9-9:30 p.m.)
"My Roommates"

TURK AND CARLA ASK J.D. TO MOVE OUT AS DR. COX' HIGH SCHOOL BUDDY RON MOVES IN-Turk (Donald Faison) and Carly (Judy Reyes) ask J.D. (Zach Braff) to move out to give them some space to rekindle the romance in their relationship. Suddenly homeless, J.D. tries to use the situation to his advantage by asking his girlfriend Kylie (guest star Chrystee Pharris, NBC's "Passions") if he can stay at her place. Meanwhile, Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) gets a visit from his competitive high school friend Ron (guest star Michael Boatman, "Spin City"). Just when Dr. Cox thinks he has the upper hand, the discovery that Ron's son may be autistic sends them both into unfamiliar territory. Sarah Chalke, Ken Jenkins and Neil Flynn also star.

COMMITTED � (9:30-10p.m.) "The Statue Guy Episode"

THY WILL BE DONE? -- When the "Statue Guy" who stands outside of their building dies, Marni (Jennifer Finnigan), Nate (Josh Cooke), Bowie (Darius McCrary) and Tess (Tammy Lynn Michaels) decide to attend his funeral -- where Nate, standing in the communion line, accidentally accepts a communion host. Upset about having taken it, he unsuccessfully tries to return it to the priest without embarrassing himself. Elsewhere, Marni tells Tess about her shampoo guy who gives her "hairgasms" when he washes her hair. Tom Poston also stars as Clown.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT � (10-11p.m.) "Ghost"

A SERIES OF DRUG-RELATED MURDERS IS LINKED TO THE SAME CRIMINAL WHO ONCE ATTEMPTED TO KILL A.D.A. CABOT; STEPHANIE MARCH RETURNS � When a well-to-do couple are found tortured and murdered, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Chris Meloni) discover they were laundering money for South American drug dealers -- and skimming some for themselves. Detectives Benson and Stabler are joined by Detective Sandoval (guest star Nicholas Gonzalez, "The O.C.") as the evidence finally leads the detectives back to the Special Victims Unit's former A.D.A. -- Alexandra Cabot (guest star Stephanie March), who was presumed dead. Despite the risk, Cabot returns from hiding to once again help the team solve the case. Richard Belzer, Ice-T, Dann Florek, Diane Neal, and B.D. Wong also star.


THE WEST WING � (9-10 p.m.)
"Drought Conditions"

A LAST MINUTE CANDIDATE SHAKES UP THE CAMPAIGN WITH SOME HELP FROM A WHITE HOUSE INSIDER; GARY COLE & MEL HARRIS GUEST-STAR -- Vice President Russell (guest star Gary Cole) appears to be the front runner for the Democratic nomination for president. However, a new contender, Senator Rafferty (guest star Mel Harris, "thirtysomething") gives an amazing speech and has the press buzzing with her ideas. Josh (Bradley Whitford) discovers an interesting link between Senator Rafferty's health-care plan and President Barlet's original plan which only someone on the inside would be privy to. Meanwhile, C.J. (Allison Janney) is trying to get Congress to back a bill. Josh Malina and Janel Moloney also star.

LAW & ORDER � (10-11p.m.) "License to Kill"

MCCOY DOGGEDLY TARGETS UNLIKELY HERO WHO PURSUED MASS MURDERER OF HUNTING PARTY -- After a wild car chase through Manhattan's streets leaves one man dead and a teen injured, Detectives Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) connect some dots and discover that the chase began in upstate New York after a hunting party was massacred by the now deceased driver -- but finding the man who chased the murderer puts prosecutors in a bind. As the reluctant hero (as Stoller, guest star TBA) is publicly lauded for his efforts, A.D.A.s McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Borgia (Annie Parisse) carefully make their case that his poor decisions only endangered other lives. S. Epatha Merkerson and Fred Dalton Thompson also star.


JOEY � (8-8:30p.m.) TBA

WILL & GRACE � (8:30-9p.m.) TBA

THE APPRENTICE � (9-10p.m.) "#306"

ER � (10-11p.m.) "Here and There"

THE E.R. MUST AID AN INJURED IRAQI GIRL; SHARIF ATKINS REPRISES HIS ROLE AS GALLANT -- A young girl in Iraq is wounded in a car bombing and local hospitals are unequipped to help, so Gallant (former cast member and guest star Sharif Atkins) enlists the support of Neela (Parminder Nagra) to secure the needed treatment at County Hospital -- but getting the girl to the United States proves to be more difficult than he thought. With time running out, Gallant must resort to calling in a favor to bring the young girl to the States. Meanwhile, Neela is redefining her role -- and rediscovering her feelings for Gallant. Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Mekhi Phifer, Goran Visnjic, Maura Tierney, Sherry Stringfield, Linda Cardellini and Shane West also star.


THIRD WATCH � (9-10p.m.) TBA



FEAR FACTOR � (8-10 p.m.)
"Reality Stars #524"

FED UP WITH REALITY TV STARS? SEE THEM EAT WORMS AND WORSE -- This special 90-minute episode features what host Joe Rogan calls "15 more minutes of fame" for a cast of all reality stars: Omarosa ("The Apprentice"), Ryan Sutter (winner "The Bachelorette"), Ethan Zohn ("Survivor All-Stars," winner "Survivor Africa"), Jenna Morasca ("Survivor All-Stars," winner "Survivor Amazon"), Reichen Lehmkuhl (winner "Amazing Race 4") and Nikki McKibbin ("American Idol 1"). As a bonus, Trista ("The Bachelorette") is on hand to cheer for her husband Ryan, and is surprised to find she must face a challenge of her own. Naturally, conflict, tension and tantrums surround Omarosa through the competition, which includes racing a car up and over another car as many times as possible before crashing. Another stunt involves attempting a horizontal rope crawl suspended under two helicopters hovering over the Los Angeles Harbor. But the much-anticipated signature gross-out stunt gives the viewers what they want: seeing these personalities confronted with biting snakes, worms and blenders.

MEDIUM � (10-11 p.m.)

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER -- When Ariel (Sofia Vassilieva) -- Allison's (Patricia Arquette) oldest daughter -- dreams of a girl who looks just like her and is being held prisoner by an ogre in a castle far away, Allison and Joe (Jake Weber) are concerned that she has inherited her mother's gift. Allison enlists the help of D.A. Devalos (Miguel Sandoval) and Detective Lee Scanlon (recurring guest star David Cubitt) when she learns that the young girl was a murder victim whose killer confessed and is serving time in prison for the crime. Since Ariel is convinced that the girl is alive, Allison and Scanlon investigate further and discover the disturbing truth. Maria Lark also stars.


SCRUBS � (9-9:30 p.m.)

COMMITTED � (9:30-10 p.m.)
"The Burger Episode"

NATE & BOWIE'S QUEST FOR A BURGER LEAVES A BAD TASTE IN MARNI'S MOUTH -- Nate (Josh Cooke) loses a bet to Bowie ( Darius McCrary) and has to buy him a $29 hamburger from an upscale restaurant. On their way to the restaurant, Nate gets into an argument with a homeless man at the ATM and accidentally knocks him down. Marni (Jennifer Finnigan) witnesses the incident and gets the mistaken impression that Nate was deliberately cruel to an innocent vagabond. Nate spends the rest of the afternoon trying to befriend the homeless man to get back in Marni's good graces. Tammy Lynn Michaels and Tom Poston also star.


STABLER INTERROGATES A CHILD RAPIST AND KILLER WHO HE ONCE LET GET AWAY � WILL HE PUT HIM AWAY FOR GOOD THIS TIME? MATTHEW MODINE GUEST STARS -- Gordon Rickett (guest star Matthew Modine, "Memphis Belle") is brought to the interrogation room once again for the murder of an adolescent girl and Detective Stabler (Chris Meloni) hopes that he will put Rickett away for good this time -- though he must first keep his own rage under control. As tension fills the room, Rickett and Stabler face each other again in a race against the clock over the next 24 hours. Richard Belzer, Ice-T, Dann Florek, Diane Neal, B.D. Wong and Tamara Tunie also star.


THE WEST WING � (9-10 p.m.)
"Ninety Miles Away"

MEMORIES THAT LINGER -- When speculations fly surrounding the nexus between communist Cuba and the democratic United States, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is propelled into a dubious conundrum -- whether to continue secret talks with Cuba's ailing dictator and lift an antiquated embargo or to yield to bipartisan political fallout and reaffirm 40-year-old sanctions. Meanwhile, Leo (John Spencer) and Kate (Mary McCormack) learn that they have more in common than politics when a distant memory of corrupted elections and barroom antics reveal a more intimate connection. Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff and Dule Hill also star.

LAW & ORDER � (10-11 p.m.)
"Dining Out"

CAN CELEBRITY CHEF COOK UP A PALATABLE ALIBI FOR MURDER OF TV EXEC? -- When a TV network executive is found murdered after a charity event, Detectives Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Green (Jesse L.Martin) suspect a pair of twins who were stealing from the organization -- until they eyeball a flamboyant celebrity chef (as Aberto, guest star TBA) with whom the married victim shared a torrid affair. The nimble and charming chef is adroit at cultivating relationships with judges and juries alike, but prosecutor McCoy (Sam Waterston) intends to reveal that the suspect's cooking show was about to be cancelled by his late lover. Annie Parisse, S. Epatha Merkerson and Fred Dalton Thompson also star.

  [february 2005]  

· ER (NBC)

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