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[04/18/05 - 12:00 AM]
FOX Holds Nothing Back This May

[via press release from FOX]

FOX HOLDS NOTHING BACK THIS MAY

"ANIMATION DOMINATION" RULES MAY 1 WITH "THE SIMPSONS'" MILESTONE 350TH EPISODE, HISTORIC RETURN OF "FAMILY GUY" AND SERIES PREMIERE OF "AMERICAN DAD"

"AMERICAN IDOL" IS CROWNED MAY 25; "COPS" CELEBRATES 600 EPISODES APRIL 30; "NASCAR ON FOX" RACES INTO PRIME TIME MAY 7; "STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES" MAKES ITS WORLD BROADCAST PREMIERE MAY 22; WHILE "24," "HOUSE," "THAT '70s SHOW," "THE O.C.," "KING OF THE HILL," "MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE" AND "THE SIMPSONS" COUNT DOWN TO EXPLOSIVE SEASON FINALES Guest Stars Include Drew Barrymore, Sela Ward, Ray Romano, Stephen Hawking, Linda Lavin, Albert Brooks, Brendan Fraser, Fantasia Barrino, Tommy Chong, Ryan Reynolds, Amber Tamblyn, Zoey Deschanel and Jaime King

FOX takes no prisoners this May, with major television events, unexpected premieres, thrilling finales and an eye-popping roster of guest stars.

Helping FOX to heat up the month are a special episode of THE O.C. shot on location in Miami April 28; the milestone 600th episode of COPS April 30; back-to-back episodes of THE SIMPSONS every week; the Animation Domination lineup, including the epic 350th episode of THE SIMPSONS, the highly anticipated return of FAMILY GUY and the series premiere of Seth MacFarlane's next hit, AMERICAN DAD, May 1; NASCAR in prime time May 7; the one-hour season finale of THAT '70s SHOW, the final episode to feature the complete original cast, May 18; the all-new original special AMERICAN IDOL: INTERNATIONAL BEST OF THE WORST May 19; the World Broadcast Premiere of smash hit STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES May 22; the jaw-dropping two-hour season finale of 24 May 23; the final performance and voting episode of AMERICAN IDOL May 24; and the two-hour LIVE season finale of AMERICAN IDOL May 25.

Here are the highlights, night by night, for this MAY Sweeps on FOX:

SUNDAY

You're outmanned and outdrawn, it's no use resisting - surrender your Sundays to FOX! FOX launches a comedy attack on Sunday, May 1 with Animation Domination, which includes two all-new, back-to-back episodes of THE SIMPSONS, the first of which is the series' milestone 350th episode; the triumphant season premiere of FAMILY GUY; and the series premiere of AMERICAN DAD.

Kicking off Animation Domination on Sunday, May 1 (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) is an all-new episode of KING OF THE HILL with guest voice Brendan Fraser. When Channel 84 hires gung-ho meteorologist Irv Bennett (guest voice Fraser), Nancy and her less-than-accurate weather reports are left out in the cold. Determined to remain an integral member of the news team, Nancy drives a stolen news van into a raging wildfire, aiming to scoop the competition. Meanwhile, after a terrified Bobby wets his pants at school, Hank hatches a plan to teach a lesson to the bully responsible (also, guest voice Fraser).

Animation Domination continues with the most animated live-action comedy on TV, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT). After Lois and Hal are reminded of the tight budget they must uphold, Hal discovers one of his boys has been dialing a 900 number. His attempt to explain the error to the hotline's billing department turns awry when he forgets to hang up the phone, incurring a whopping $800 charge. Meanwhile, Reese takes a job at a research clinic that pays him to pop experimental pills, and a reluctant Malcolm takes on a mortifying job at the Lucky Aide as a costumed Uncle Sam on stilts.

Next up is the epic 350th episode of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), the longest-running animated primetime series in history and the longest-running comedy currently on television. In the milestone episode, "Don't Fear the Roofer," Stephen Hawking, playing himself, and Ray Romano guest-voice. A storm hits Springfield, causing the Simpson roof to leak. Unable to keep a roof over his family's head, a downtrodden Homer seeks companionship at a bar called Knockers. There, he befriends a beer-loving roofer, Ray (guest voice Romano), who agrees to help Homer with the repairs. When Homer's new best friend never shows up, Marge and Dr. Hibbert conclude that he's a figment of Homer's imagination and place Homer in a mental hospital. But Homer and Ray may have the last laugh.

Immediately following in the second all-new episode of THE SIMPSONS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), Bart becomes addicted to junk food when a new vending machine is installed at Springfield Elementary. His steady diet of processed foods leads to a massive weight gain and health issues, so the Simpsons stage an intervention and ship Bart off to "Serenity Ranch - A Forced Starvation Facility," headed up by former food addict Tab Spangler (guest voice Albert Brooks). While Spangler tries to help Bart overcome his obsession, Homer and Marge turn their home into a hostel for German travelers in order to pay for the costly Serenity Ranch.

Later that night (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) in the Animation Domination lineup, cult-favorite FAMILY GUY makes a freakin' sweet return to the FOX schedule. Creator/executive producer Seth MacFarlane continues to serve up the distinctively twisted and irreverently outrageous trials and tribulations of middle-class New Englander Peter Griffin; his loving wife, Lois; their angst-ridden daughter, Meg; their slacker son, Chris; their diabolically clever baby, Stewie; and brainy family pooch, Brian, who likes his martinis as dry as his Mighty Dog. In the fourth season premiere, Peter decides to take Lois on a second honeymoon. But when things go awry, they end up posing as a famous actor/director to stay in his fancy hotel suite, where they inadvertently discover a copy of "The Passion of the Christ 2: Crucify This." Peter and Lois attempt to destroy the film and end up in a high-speed chase with supporters hell-bent on saving the movie.

Animation Domination completes its mission for the night with the series premiere of AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), another subversively hilarious animated series from Seth MacFarlane. In "Threat Levels," Stan returns home with the wrong thermos and exposes the family to hazardous material, causing them to think they only have 24 hours to live. The next day, they realize Stan brought home the right thermos and they will be fine, but the experience prompts Francine to question her purpose in life and decide that she wants to be a realtor. Stan is supportive of this, until he begins to feel emasculated by her big paychecks and decides to take matters into his own hands.

The following Sunday, May 8 (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) in an all-new episode of KING OF THE HILL, after the Hills recover from the flu, a dejected Bill is left with no one to look after. Soon, he volunteers at Opportunity House, a half-way house for men, but when it closes for renovations, Bill invites the men in need to bunk with him. Meanwhile, Peggy promises God that she will learn to ride a bike, if He helps her get over the flu - a promise Bobby intends on watching her keep.

In the ninth season finale of KING OF THE HILL Sunday, May 15 (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT), desperate to be needed, Bill searches for a new hobby. He joins an all-male chorus, and the guys are taken by surprise but vow to be supportive. When Bill begins missing work, they take desperate measures to save him - from himself. Meanwhile, Peggy and Bobby undertake a Pong tournament at home.

In the Sunday, May 8 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) episode of MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, when Hal decides to attend his first annual Neighborhood Association meeting with Malcolm, he is strongly encouraged to take on the role of President. Being his dad's right-hand man, Malcolm sees a perfect opportunity to add some excitement to the community, while Hal's agenda is a little bit different. Meanwhile, Francis takes on a new job as a camp activities coordinator and turns to Dewey for his input on some creative new games. While Dewey revels in his afternoon of fun, his fed-up classmates take their teacher, principal and janitor hostage.

The following week, Sunday, May 15 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT), in the sixth season finale of MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, the boys enter Lois, unbeknownst to her, in the Mrs. Tri-County Pageant as a joke. When they overhear the other contestants remarking that she doesn't have a chance of winning, they plot to help their mother take the crown. Meanwhile, Malcolm is blackmailed into delivering love notes to a contestant for Mr. Herkabe, and Reese discovers that, according to the Mrs. Tri-County Pageant manual's scientific formula, he is beautiful.

Sunday, May 8 sees two all-new, back-to-back episodes of THE SIMPSONS. In the first, "A Star is Torn" (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), Lisa agrees to participate in a Krusty-sponsored "Li'l Starmaker" competition, but panics when another contestant (guest voice Fantasia Barrino) performs a better rendition of "Mockingbird." Thankfully, Homer saves the day by hammering out a manipulative tune about Springfield that leads Lisa to victory. With a win under his belt, Homer becomes a star-crazed stage father/manager, ultimately driving Lisa to fire him. A distraught Homer counters by taking another of Lisa's rivals under his wing to groom him for the finals.

Later that night (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), an apocalyptic movie followed by three real-life omens cause a fearful Homer to research the rapture. Believing that he has deduced when the event will happen, he begins warning others as a way to secure his spot in heaven. After a skeptical Kent Brockman reports on Homer's prediction of stars falling from the sky, there's a Krusty Special blimp accident, and Homer attracts a slew of new believers. When the rapture never comes, a discredited Homer discovers an error in his calculations and returns to the Springfield Mesa alone, where he experiences a conversation with God.

Enjoy the one-hour season finale of THE SIMPSONS with two all-new back-to-back episodes Sunday, May 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the first of which features Jason Bateman guest-voicing as himself. First up (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), financial trouble inspires Ned to rent his rumpus room to a pair of college-aged women, who end up running a soft-core webcam from the Flanders' home without their knowledge. When Ned becomes the laughingstock of Springfield and moves his family away to a new town, "Humble, PA - Home of the Humble Figurines," an unruly neighbor moves in next door to the Simpsons, forcing Homer to beg for Flanders' return.

Later (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), the Simpsons protest the construction of a stamp museum next to their home and successfully have it relocated to a cemetery lot, but are dismayed to see the old cemetery moving next door. Lisa soon finds herself suffering fright-induced sleepless nights and runs to her parents' bed. Homer and Marge attempt spending a night in Lisa's room to convince her that it's safe, but are quickly scared away. They turn to a psychiatrist for advice, but Lisa decides to face her fears alone one night in the cemetery, with dramatic results.

Drew Barrymore guest-voices as Chris' new teacher in the "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci High" episode of FAMILY GUY Sunday, May 8 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT). When Chris' beloved teacher wins the lottery and quits, Brian fills in as substitute but is moved to another class for troubled kids and teaches them to aspire to low-level jobs. Meanwhile, Chris is instantly smitten with his new teacher (guest voice Barrymore), who ends up promising to be with him if he kills her husband. When Lois finds the teacher's written instructions in Chris' laundry, she and Stewie conspire to cover up the plot with hilarious results.

The next week (Sunday, May 15, 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), Peter becomes jealous of his friends' achievements - Mort bowls a perfect game, Joe clears a guilty Quagmire of unsavory charges, and Quagmire accidentally saves a woman's life - and decides to break a Guinness record so that he can achieve something that he will be remembered for after he dies.

It's "us" against "them" this May in two all-new episodes of AMERICAN DAD. In the first, "Stan Knows Best" Sunday, May 8 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), featuring Zoey Deschanel as a guest voice, Haley comes home from a Green Party rally with her hair dyed green. While she's sleeping, Stan shaves her head with an electronic shaver equipped with a silencer - for her own good, of course. Haley defies her father yet again by moving into the van of her new boyfriend. When Stan cuts her off financially, she gets a job as a waitress in a strip club, which sends Stan entirely over the edge. Meanwhile, Steve tries to pass Roger, the space alien, off as his disfigured sister in order to gain sympathy from girls.

Steven Weber, MADtv alum Debra Wilson and STACKED's Marissa Jaret Winokur guest-voice in May's last all-new episode of AMERICAN DAD (Sunday, May 15, 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) titled "Francine's Flashback." When Stan forgets his wedding anniversary - again - he arranges to have 19 hours of Francine's memory erased, but the CIA temp on duty accidentally erases 19 years. Francine, having reverted to her wild child days, moves into her old apartment with Haley as a roommate, and ends up going to a festival with Haley's boyfriend. Meanwhile, Steve asks a good-looking girl out, but needs his wingman, Roger, to "jump on a grenade" for him and date her ugly cousin.

On Sunday, May 22 (7:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), FOX proudly presents the World Broadcast Premiere of STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES, the trilogy's second chapter, set more than 10 years after the events of The Phantom Menace. Not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Padm� Amidala (Natalie Portman) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) as they are thrown together again for the first time since the Trade Federation invasion of Naboo. Obi-Wan, who has transitioned from student to teacher, has become a mentor to Anakin, who has himself grown into the accomplished Jedi. The two Jedi are assigned to protect Padm�, whose life is threatened by a faction of political separatists. As relationships form and powerful forces collide, these heroes face choices that will impact not only their own fates, but the destiny of the Republic.

MONDAY

Naughty children beware � the nannies are back! NANNY 911 will continue to lay down the law this May Sweeps with three all-new installments Mondays, May 2, 9 and 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Each week, Head Nanny Lillian and her team of "specialist" nannies, armed with the dos and don'ts of child-rearing, work their incredible "Mary Poppins"-like magic to transform terrible tykes into perfect angels. These �ber-nannies help exhausted parents tackle the chaos in their homes and whip their families into tip-top shape. This month, the Lawrence family (Monday, May 2, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) turns to Nanny Stella, the Dickson family (Monday, May 9, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) turns to Nanny Deb and the inspiring Silcock family (Monday, May 16, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), who have adopted dozens of children with varying special needs, turns to all three Nannies - Stella, Deb and Yvonne - in a NANNY 911 first to help care for 24 of their 32 children.

With only five nail-biting hours to go, Jack Bauer's fourth nonstop day-from-hell is on an unbelievably thrilling countdown. May sees four all-new, suspense-filled installments of 24. Jack pursues a new lead linked to Marwan (Monday, May 2, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT); foreign nationals become involved (Monday, May 9, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT); the U.S. government braces for yet another attack (Monday, May 16, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT); and super-agent Bauer, along with CTU operatives, exhaust all options in an attempt to prevent an imminent terrorist strike that could change the world forever in the explosive, special two-hour season finale (Monday, May 23, 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

TUESDAY

America zeroes in on its next AMERICAN IDOL during FOX's MAY Sweeps, with four LIVE Tuesday-night performance shows. On Tuesday, May 3 (8:00-9:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT), the Top 5 finalists will perform LIVE for the nation, in hopes of winning America's vote and surviving another week in the competition. On each of the next two Tuesdays, May 10 and 17 (8:00-9:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT), one less finalist will vie for the title, and then on Tuesday, May 24 (8:00-9:00 PM Live ET/tape-delayed PT), the final two contestants will take the stage for the last time to battle it out for the crown before a studio audience at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. After viewers vote that night, one will be the next AMERICAN IDOL, and one will be sent home.

HOUSE finishes its incredible hit season with four all-new episodes and an intriguing clue into Dr. House's past with the introduction of his former lover, played by guest star Sela Ward.

In the "Kids" episode Tuesday, May 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), meningitis takes over the hospital after the highly contagious disease is discovered at a diving meet. House and his team treat a 12-year-old female diver who seems to have something else wrong with her, causing her to bleed into her brain. Meanwhile, House asks Cameron to come back to work - she agrees, but she's got a surprising requirement.

House and Cameron explore their relationship in the Tuesday, May 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) episode of HOUSE. Meanwhile, the team tries to discover what's wrong with a young Asian man suffering from blood clots and strokes, who also happens to be into the masochistic side of "S & M."

Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Sela Ward guest-stars in HOUSE's final two episodes of the season (Tuesdays, May 17 and 24, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), playing Stacy, a woman from Dr. House's past who returns to Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, where she used to work as a lawyer. Although she has a complicated history with House, her return into his life is under much more dire circumstances - she needs his help in diagnosing her sick husband. In the season finale Tuesday, May 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), House fights to save Stacy's husband, and considers the possibility that his feelings for her may have reignited.

WEDNESDAY

FOX May Wednesday showcases three all-new episodes of THAT '70s SHOW, including the one-hour season finale, which will mark the final show featuring the series' complete original cast; three all-new episodes of LIFE ON A STICK; a bodacious all-new chapter of STACKED; and the AMERICAN IDOL results shows, including the two-hour season finale, which promises to be the biggest night of television this season.

In the Wednesday, May 4 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) installment of THAT '70s SHOW, when Eric learns that Red spent his college tuition on the muffler shop, he sees his old college guidance counselor, Mr. Bray (guest star Chris Elliot), about financial aid. Later, to the shock of Donna and his parents, Eric announces his plan to take a one-year teaching job in Africa to pay for college. Meanwhile, Kelso struggles to figure out how to break up with Angie (guest star Megalyn Echikunwoke); WB (guest star Tim Reid) promotes Angie; and Hyde fears a corporate takeover at Grooves.

The son of Red's Navy buddy, Charlie (guest star Bret Harrison), comes for the weekend, and the gang is instantly put off by his lack of life experiences in the "Take It or Leave It" episode of THAT '70s SHOW Wednesday, May 11 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT). Donna schemes to change Eric's mind about his trip to Africa by trying to make him jealous, while Jackie tells Hyde she'll turn down a TV job in Chicago if he says they have a future. Distraught about their lady problems, the guys are happy to discover that Charlie's father owns a local beer warehouse. After a night of debauchery, a tipsy Eric, finding Donna dateless and alone, convinces her to make their final three days together the most fun ever. And, Hyde's may be too late when he finds a note informing him that Jackie's leaving town without him.

In the one-hour season finale of THAT '70s SHOW Wednesday, May 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), after leaving Hyde a going-away letter, Jackie finds herself stranded in Point Place avoiding her ex-boyfriend. The pair eventually collide and share bitter final words, and Jackie convinces Kelso to help her forget Hyde. Leo (guest star Tommy Chong) returns and convinces Hyde to go after Jackie. Meanwhile, Eric's final preparations for his African trip include getting vaccinated and having one last 360 with the guys. Their time reminiscing is cut short when Red uncovers what they've been doing in the basement all these years and gives the gang a healthy tongue-lashing. Eric's grand exit to the airport with Donna falls apart in typical fashion when the Vista Cruiser won't start, but his friends and family are there as they've always been to give him the support and help he needs.

In the Wednesday, May 11 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) episode of STACKED, Skyler starts to have a change of heart about her ex, Eddie. When she tells Gavin that Eddie may come to the store to woo her, he tries to avoid a scene by going to Eddie's house to cut him off at the path. To Skyler's dismay, Eddie ends up befriending Gavin. As a way of distracting herself, Skyler asks Katrina if she can join her bitter women's group, and Katrina agrees, thinking that the women will hate Skyler - which, of course, they don't. When both Skyler and Gavin eventually break it off with Eddie for good, Gavin also joins the bitter women's knitting group for moral support.

The most anticipated night of the television season is almost here, and what a season it has been for AMERICAN IDOL. On Wednesdays, May 4, 11 and 18 (9:00-9:30 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT), the LIVE results shows count down to the final two contestants. Each week, the contestant who receives the fewest votes will be eliminated from the race for the title. Then on the two-hour season finale Wednesday, May 25 (8:00-10:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT), the wait is over - two finalists, one AMERICAN IDOL chosen by America. The Top 12 reunite on the stage one last time before the newest AMERICAN IDOL is crowned.

In the first of three all-new 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT episodes of LIFE ON A STICK Wednesday, May 4, Laz runs into his high school crush, Becky. When Lily rebuffs him yet again, he asks out Becky, but ends up getting natural with Lily in the nature store after-hours before his date. After upsetting Lily with a crass remark, Laz takes Becky out, only to be confronted in a dark movie theater by a furious Lily. Meanwhile, Fred and Jasper eat edible underwear at the movies, and Michelle and Rick try to introduce Molly to alcohol but end up getting drunk themselves.

In the Wednesday, May 11 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) episode, "Wouldn't It Be Nice," Laz arranges for five nights at a furniture showroom in the mall so that he and Lily can spend the night together. Unfortunately, they discover they have incompatible sleeping patterns, and neither is willing to compromise. Meanwhile, Molly is desperate to make a good impression on Jasper's parents, but accidentally startles his elderly grandmother. And Fred nurses an injured bird back to health by feeding it batter, but is terrified that he may have accidentally fried it when it goes missing.

New couples Lily & Laz and Molly & Jasper begin to spend more and more time together. Lily and Molly enroll in a self-defense class and invite their respective boyfriends to their class exhibition. When Fred gets tickets to a concert on the same night, the guys initially plan to lie, but, taking a cue from their favorite TV shows, they decide to do the right thing and attend the exhibition. But fate continues to intervene, and despite their best efforts, the guys end up at the concert in "The Gods of TV" episode of LIFE ON A STICK Wednesday, May 18, 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT.

THURSDAY

THE O.C. promises four all-new, not-to-be-missed episodes this May, including installments boasting guest stars Linda Lavin, Jaime King and Billy Campbell; the return of Jimmy Cooper (guest star Tate Donovan); a performance by T.I.; and an episode shot on location in Miami.

On Thursday, April 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Sandy, Seth and Ryan travel to South Beach to visit The Nana (guest star Linda Lavin), who is living in Miami Beach, FL. While playing shuffleboard at the Nana's coastal-living retirement community, Seth and Ryan meet Mary-Sue (guest star Jaime King), who helps Seth get center stage on �Music Video Nation's� Spring Break 2005 television show hosted by Swerve (guest star Bret Harrison) and Pixie (guest star Krista Kalmus), star of �Sherman Oaks: The Real Valley.� T.I. performs his hit single �Bring Em Out� in the episode. Meanwhile, on the Pacific Coast, Carter (guest star Billy Campbell) packs his bags and leaves Kirsten alone at �Newport Living,� and Trey (guest star Logan Marshall-Green) misinterprets Marissa's friendship.

The following week (Thursday, May 5, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the truth comes out. Since Carter's been gone, Kirsten has been drinking more than just tomato juice for breakfast, and when Sandy questions her, he's left alone in the bedroom. When Marissa acts nervous around Ryan, he wonders if something has happened between Marissa and Trey (guest star Marshall-Green). Summer, tired of Seth and Zach acting foolish, confronts Reed (guest star Marguerite Moreau) about the graphic novel and finds herself center stage at the �Atomic County� launch party. Meanwhile, Caleb shows Julie that a picture is worth a thousand words in �The Showdown� episode of THE O.C.

In �The O.Sea� episode Thursday, May 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Sandy and Caleb confront Kirsten about her behavior. Ryan, looking for the truth about Trey (guest star Marshall-Green) and Marissa, heads home to Chino. Meanwhile, Summer won't let her love triangle with Zach and Seth get in the way of her attending the prom, and Julie and Caleb toast to their final evening together as husband and wife.

In the second season finale of THE O.C. Thursday, May 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Sandy must make a life-changing decision to save his and Kirsten's marriage. Seth, Summer, Marissa and Ryan are caught in the crossfire at the Bait Shop, and Jimmy Cooper (guest star Tate Donovan), worried about Marissa and his family, rushes home to Newport Beach.

Paris and Nicole are back�and this time, they mean business when FOX unleashes four all-new episodes of THE SIMPLE LIFE: INTERNS! Follow the �celebutantes� as they exchange their hot tickets for bus tickets, board a Greyhound bus and set out to make their mark on the business world. Departing from New York City, the girls go on the ultimate business trip, navigating their way through host families, small towns and internships, including stints in the fields of manufacturing (Thursday, April 28, 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), wedding planning (Thursday, May 5, 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and dentistry (Wednesday, May 12, 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT). As the pampered princesses make the transition from fur collar to blue collar, they discover that climbing the corporate ladder in Jimmy Choos can sometimes be quite difficult.

On Thursday, May 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) FOX unveils the all-new special AMERICAN IDOL: INTERNATIONAL BEST OF THE WORST. The global phenomenon has traveled far and wide to bring you some of the most funny, outrageous and just plain awful IDOL auditions from around the world with this original one-hour special.

FRIDAY

This May, it's box office Friday nights on FOX! On Friday, April 29 (8:00-10:30 PM ET/PT), FOX un-spools the blockbuster science-fiction adventure, SPIDER-MAN. When a genetically engineered spider bites teen science wiz Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and alters his body chemistry to superhuman spider-like qualities, Peter ends up having to juggle three things in his life - his new job at the local newspaper, his battle against the evil Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) and his fight to win the affections of his beautiful classmate, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst).

Lee and Carter are back in RUSH HOUR 2! Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) and Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) are out to track down a Triad gang lord who may be responsible for killing two men at the American Embassy. The pair soon stumbles onto a counterfeiting plot created by Triad Ricky Tan (John Lone), an ex-cop who played a mysterious part in the death of Lee's father. Throw in a power struggle between Tan and the gorgeous but dangerous Hu Li (Ziyi Zhang), and the boys are soon up to their necks in fistfights and life-threatening situations in RUSH HOUR 2 Friday, May 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

On Friday, May 13 (8:00-10:00 PM (ET/PT), FOX calls out the X-MEN, who are a band of unique power-possessing mutants living in a world where their kind is hated and persecuted by humans. Under the guidance of their leader, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), the X-Men strive for a world where humans and mutants can peacefully coexist, while combating the radical mutants whose intentions are completely opposite. Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Rebecca Romijn and Anna Paquin also star.

In the World Broadcast Premiere of SHALLOW HAL Friday, May 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Hal Larson (Jack Black) dates only physically beautiful women until he's hypnotized by self-help guru Tony Robbins (playing himself) into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. When Hal meets Rosemary Shanahan (Gwyneth Paltrow), an obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness, he falls in love. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend Mauricio Wilson (Jason Alexander) undoes the hypnosis?

SATURDAY

This May Sweeps, FOX Saturday is chock-full of action-packed happenings, including the landmark 600th episode of COPS; a mini-marathon of four all-new, back-to-back COPS installments; a prime time broadcast of NASCAR ON FOX live from Darlington Raceway; two all-new, special-edition episodes of AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA STRIKES BACK; and tons of MADtv guest stars, including Ryan Reynolds, Amber Tamblyn, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT's Michael Cera and Tony Hale and returning MADtv alums Nicole Sullivan and Artie Lange.

It's classic COPS in the milestone 600th episode Saturday, April 30 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) when cameras capture a fleeing suspect, a domestic disturbance involving two "lovers" - not "fighters" - and a family disturbance that threatens to separate children from their father. The commemorative COPS-a-thon continues with a fan-favorite theme in COPS: CAUGHT IN THE ACT SPECIAL EDITION (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), featuring two men in the midst of a brawl; two women choked up in a lovers' quarrel; and a blood-spattered assault captured on a convenience store surveillance video.

Later that night, in the first of back-to-back COPS: COAST TO COAST episodes (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), officers chase a passenger who bailed out of a moving car in Pierce County, WA; break up a brawl in Covington, KY; and pull over a suspicious vehicle in a high drug traffic area in Cincinnati, OH. The second installment of COPS: COAST TO COAST (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) features a hit-and-run suspect in Hamilton County, OH; a "woman" hiding something that's uncovered when officers patrol a frequent prostitution area in Fresno, CA; and in Pierce County, WA, officers pursue a madman on a motorcycle at high speeds with a devastating conclusion.

The following week, FOX Sports presents a special prime time broadcast of America's hottest sport when another exciting chapter of the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season unfolds LIVE and under the lights of Darlington Raceway, the South Carolina track dubbed "Too Tough To Tame," on Saturday, May 7 (7:00 PM-CC ET/4:00 PM-CC PT). On-site pre-race coverage from the now-famous "Hollywood Hotel" is hosted by Chris Myers and champion crew chief Jeff Hammond. Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy, legendary NASCAR champion driver Darrell Waltrip and two-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief Larry McReynolds deliver the action.

Saturday, May 14 sees an all-new COPS: GRAND THEFT AUTO #3 SPECIAL EDITION (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT). Deputy Kris Nordstrom of the Pierce County, WA, Police Department is in pursuit of a stolen vehicle with a desperate driver speeding through intersections and barreling down dark city streets. Also featured is Officer Ryan Hudson of the Little Rock, AR, Police Department, who pulls over a stolen vehicle and listens to the suspect claim that a female crack addict let him borrow the car.

The following week on Saturday, May 21, COPS apprehends two all-new special editions. On COPS: ARMED AND DANGEROUS #2 SPECIAL EDITION (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), Officer Chuck Elms of the Santa Ana, CA, Police Department responds to a robbery-in-progress call at a nearby fast food restaurant, and at the scene, the officer questions a customer who witnessed the armed robbery. During the examination, Officer Elms learns that the brazen suspects robbed another establishment and were captured on surveillance, spurring an investigation.

COPS: BIZARRE CALLS SPECIAL EDITION (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) features Officer Mike Souder of the Las Vegas, NV, Metropolitan Police Department responding to a vandalism call where a female resident frantically informs a dispatcher that several suspects vandalized her home with toilet paper. Also from the Las Vegas, NV, Metropolitan Police Department, Officer Gibson Smith pulls over a vehicle that was reported stolen. When the owner of the vehicle arrives at the scene, she tells authorities that she met the driver at a casino, and after she agreed to take some erotic photos for him, he later stole her car.

AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK takes on the nation's hottest crime issues this May Sweeps. On Saturday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), AMW host John Walsh gives viewers the inside story about what really happened on that fateful day in Erie, PA, when a pizza deliveryman walked into a bank with a bomb around his neck. As police tried to apprehend him, the bomb went off. Find out more on this baffling case - was the man a bank robber or a victim of someone's vicious plan?

A week later Saturday, May 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) in the AMW: MR. WALSH GOES TO WASHINGTON SPECIAL EDITION, Walsh goes after child predators and the judges who let them back onto the streets. He'll visit Congress in Washington, DC, to try and toughen up child predator laws.

In the first of four all-new installments of MADtv Saturday, April 30 (11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT ET/PT), MADtv alum Artie Lange reflects in a parody titled "Inside the Actor's Studio: Artie Lange" hosted by James Lipton (Paul Vogt).

The next week, Saturday, May 7 (11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT ET/PT), in a sensible pairing of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and COPS, Michael Cera and Tony Hale take a late-night break from the Bluths to provide a sophisticated accent and look in a British version of COPS - "C.O.N.S.T.A.B.L.E.S."

Actor Ryan Reynolds ("The Amityville Horror," "Blade: Trinity") takes center stage when he bundles up for a sketch as a security guard with really tight pants in the Saturday, May 14 (11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT ET/PT) edition, and in the 10th season finale Saturday, May 21 (11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT ET/PT), MADtv alum Nicole Sullivan returns, while an angelic Amber Tamblyn ("Joan of Arcadia") blesses the sketch comedy series with a guest-star appearance.

Additional FOX MAY schedule information will be announced soon.

FOX MAY SWEEPS 2005

CALENDAR AT-A-GLANCE:

Thursday, April 28
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT THE O.C./All-New Episode, Guest Stars Linda Lavin and Jaime King, Performance by T.I.
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT THE SIMPLE LIFE: INTERNS/All-New Episode
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT THE SIMPLE LIFE: INTERNS/Encore Episode

Friday, April 29
8:00-10:30 PM ET/PT FOX Movie: SPIDER-MAN/Encore

Saturday, April 30
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT COPS/Milestone 600th Episode
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT COPS: CAUGHT IN THE ACT SPECIAL EDITION/All-New Episode
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT COPS: COAST TO COAST/All-New Episode
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT COPS: COAST TO COAST/All-New Episode
11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT ET/PT MADtv/All-New Episode, Guest Star Artie Lange

Sunday, May 1 - ANIMATION DOMINATION
7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT KING OF THE HILL/All-New Episode, Guest Voice Brendan Fraser
7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE/All-New Episode
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT THE SIMPSONS/Milestone 350th Episode, Guest Voices Ray Romano and Stephen Hawking
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT THE SIMPSONS/Bonus All-New Episode, Guest Voice Albert Brooks
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT FAMILY GUY/Season Premiere
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN DAD/Series Premiere

Monday, May 2
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT NANNY 911/All-New Episode
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT 24/All-New Episode

Tuesday, May 3
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN IDOL/All-New LIVE Performance Show (Top 5 Finalists)
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT HOUSE/All-New Episode

Wednesday, May 4
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT THAT '70s SHOW/All-New Episode, Guest Stars Tim Reid and Chris Elliot
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT THAT '70s SHOW/Encore Episode
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT AMERICAN IDOL/All-New LIVE Results Show
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT LIKE ON A STICK/All-New Episode

Thursday, May 5
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT THE O.C./All-New Episode
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT THE SIMPLE LIFE: INTERNS/All-New Episode
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT THE SIMPLE LIFE: INTERNS/Encore Episode

Friday, May 6
8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT FOX Movie: RUSH HOUR 2/Encore

Saturday, May 7
7:00 PM-CC ET/4:00 PM-CC PT NASCAR ON FOX: DARLINGTON 500/Special Prime Time Broadcast
11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT ET/PT MADtv/All-New Episode, Guest Stars Michael Cera and Tony Hale

Sunday, May 8
7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT KING OF THE HILL/All-New Episode
7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE/All-New Episode
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT THE SIMPSONS/All-New Episode, Guest Voice Fantasia Barrino
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT THE SIMPSONS/Bonus All-New Episode
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT FAMILY GUY/All-New Episode, Guest Voice Drew Barrymore
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN DAD/All-New Episode, Guest Voice Zoey Deschanel

Monday, May 9
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT NANNY 911/All-New Episode
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT 24/All-New Episode

Tuesday, May 10
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN IDOL/All-New LIVE Performance Show (Top 4 Finalists)
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT HOUSE/All-New Episode

Wednesday, May 11
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT THAT '70s SHOW/All-New Episode
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT STACKED/All-New Episode
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT AMERICAN IDOL/All-New LIVE Results Show
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT LIKE ON A STICK/All-New Episode

Thursday, May 12
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT THE O.C./All-New Episode
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT THE SIMPLE LIFE: INTERNS/All-New Episode Finale
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT THE SIMPLE LIFE: INTERNS/Encore Episode

Friday, May 13
8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT FOX Movie: X-MEN/Encore

Saturday, May 14
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT COPS: GRAND THEFT AUTO #3 SPECIAL EDITION/All-New Episode
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT COPS: GRAND THEFT AUTO #2 SPECIAL EDITION/Encore Episode
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT AMW: MOST WANTED FUGITIVES SPECIAL EDITION/All-New Episode
11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT ET/PT MADtv/All-New Episode, Guest Star Ryan Reynolds

Sunday, May 15
7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT KING OF THE HILL/Season Finale
7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE/Season Finale
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT THE SIMPSONS/One-hour Season Finale, Guest Voice Jason Bateman
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT FAMILY GUY/All-New Episode
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN DAD/All-New Episode, Guest Voices Steve Weber, Debra Wilson and Marissa Jaret Winokur

Monday, May 16
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT NANNY 911/All-New Episode
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT 24/All-New Episode

Tuesday, May 17
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN IDOL/All-New LIVE Performance Show (Top 3 Finalists)
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT HOUSE/All-New Episode, Guest Star Sela Ward

Wednesday, May 18
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT THAT '70s SHOW/One-hour Season Finale, Guest Star Tommy Chong
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT AMERICAN IDOL/All-New LIVE Results Show
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT LIFE ON A STICK/All-New Episode

Thursday, May 19
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT THE O.C./Season Finale, Guest Star Tate Donovan
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN IDOL: INTERNATIONAL BEST OF THE WORST/All-New Special

Friday, May 20
8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT FOX Movie: SHALLOW HAL/World Broadcast Premiere

Saturday, May 21
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT COPS: ARMED & DANGEROUS #2 SPECIAL EDITION/All-New Episode
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT COPS: BIZARRE CALLS SPECIAL EDITION/All-New Episode
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT AMW: MR. WALSH GOES TO WASHINGTON SPECIAL EDITION/All-New Episode
11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT ET/PT MADtv/Season Finale, Guest Stars Amber Tamblyn and Nicole Sullivan

Sunday, May 22
7:00-10:00 PM ET/PT FOX Movie: STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES/World Broadcast Premiere

Monday, May 23
8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT 24/Two-hour Season Finale

Tuesday, May 24
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN IDOL/All-New LIVE Performance Show (Top 2 Finalists)
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT HOUSE/Season Finale, Guest Star Sela Ward

Wednesday, May 25
8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT AMERICAN IDOL/Two-hour LIVE Season Finale





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· AMERICAN DAD (FOX)
· AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
· COPS (SPIKE TV)
· FAMILY GUY (FOX)
· HOUSE (FOX)
· JOAN OF ARCADIA (CBS)
· KING OF THE HILL (FOX)
· LIFE ON A STICK (FOX)
· MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE (FOX)
· NANNY 911 (CMT)
· OC, THE (FOX)
· SIMPLE LIFE, THE (E)
· SIMPSONS, THE (FOX)
· STACKED (FOX)
· THAT '70S SHOW (FOX)











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