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[04/20/05 - 12:00 AM]
The WB's May Sweep - Part 1

[via press release from The WB]

THE WB'S MAY SWEEP - Part 1

Burbank, CA April 20, 2005

THE WB'S MAY SWEEP

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW FOOTAGE FROM THE FEATURE FILM �BATMAN BEGINS� MAKES ITS WORLD PREMIERE DURING �SMALLVILLE'S� 90-MINUTE SEASON FINALE EVENT ON MAY 18

CLARK'S NIGHTMARE OF IMPENDING DISASTER COMES TRUE WHEN A CATASTROPHE HITS �SMALLVILLE,� LANA IS WANTED FOR MURDER AND CLARK BEGINS TO PIECE TOGETHER THE REASON HE WAS SENT TO EARTH

LORELAI RESCUES RORY AFTER A RECKLESS NIGHT WITH LOGAN, BUT THE �GILMORE GIRLS� FIND A WALL BETWEEN THEM WHEN RORY REJECTS LORELAI'S ADVICE AND TURNS TO RICHARD AND EMILY FOR SUPPORT

ON �ONE TREE HILL,� A RACECAR CRASH TURNS LIVES UPSIDE DOWN, MUSICAL GUEST �JIMMY EAT WORLD� PERFORMS AT TRIC AND THINGS HEAT UP BETWEEN LUCAS AND BROOKE IN THE TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE

ON �7TH HEAVEN,� THE CAMDENS DEAL WITH DECISIONS REGARDING CELIBACY, DIVORCE AND A SURPRISE ENGAGEMENT, CONFRONT THE ISSUE OF HUNGER IN AMERICA AND LEARN OF A BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENT FOR SICKLE CELL ANEMIA

THE STAR-STUDDED SEASON FINALE OF �JACK & BOBBY� INCLUDES OSCAR WINNER TIM ROBBINS AS THE VOICE OF PRESIDENT MCCALLISTER, LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS AS THE BOYS' ABSENT FATHER, GORE VIDAL, NORMAN LEAR, PLUS STARTLING DETAILS ABOUT JACK'S DEATH AND BOBBY'S PATH TO THE WHITE HOUSE

FEELING BETRAYED BY BOTH ANDY AND AMY, EPHRAM DECIDES TO LEAVE �EVERWOOD� BEHIND, BRIGHT ADMITS HIS FEELINGS FOR HANNAHAND ANDY FACES HIS REGRETS WHEN JAKE MOVES IN WITH NINA

�BLUE COLLAR TV� KICKS OFF THE SWEEP ON APRIL 28 WITH TWO COMPANION SPECIALS, �THE RON WHITE SHOW� AND BILL ENGVALL'S HOME RENOVATION SPECIAL �MOBILE HOME DISASTER�

ON FRIDAY NIGHTS, GUEST STAR LUKE PERRY RETURNS ON �WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU,� A FAMILY MEMBER REVEALS A SERIOUS SECRET ON �REBA� AND ON THE NEW COMEDY �LIVING WITH FRAN,�

FRAN AND RILEY CONSIDER HAVING A BABY

ON SUNDAYS, THE POWER OF THE �CHARMED� ONES FALLS INTO THE WRONG HANDS WHEN THE BOOK OF SHADOWS IS STOLEN IN THE EXPLOSIVE SEASON FINALE AND �STEVE HARVEY'S BIG TIME CHALLENGE� WELCOMES CELEBRITY JUDGES D.L. HUGHLEY AND KENAN THOMPSON

Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne share the small screen when The WB Network's May Sweep presents the world premiere of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated feature film BATMAN BEGINS. The eight-minute trailer will air during the special 90-minute season finale of SMALLVILLE on Wednesday, May 18. Action footage and other bonus content from the film, which looks at the origins of Bruce Wayne's transformation into Batman, is being produced especially for The WB by Warner Bros. Pictures and the film's production team.

It's an action-packed month on SMALLVILLE beginning May 4, when Clark (Tom Welling) and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) care for an abandoned baby with unusual abilities. On May 11, guest star Jane Seymour (�Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman�) returns as Jason's (Jensen Ackles) mother, and Lana's desperate actions lead to her being wanted for murder. In the special extended finale episode on May 18, Clark's nightmare of impending disaster becomes all too real when a catastrophe hits the town and lives are changed forever.

Also on Wednesday nights, the critically acclaimed drama JACK & BOBBY features a May 4 episode in which Jack (Matt Long) goes against Grace's (Christine Lahti) wishes and heroically takes the blame for the fatal car crash to protect his friend Marcus (Edwin Hodge). In the thrilling season finale on May 11, Lou Diamond Phillips (�La Bamba,� �Hollywood Homicide�) guest stars as the father who abandoned the family years before. Also in the finale, details about Jack's heartbreaking death and Bobby's (Logan Lerman) path to the White House are revealed. The stellar guest cast includes Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins (�Mystic River�) as the voice of President McCallister, author Gore Vidal (�Lincoln�) as the host of the McCallister documentary and groundbreaking producer Norman Lear (�All In The Family�) as the elderly Peter Benedict, Bobby's future father-in-law.

On Tuesday nights, the GILMORE GIRLS wrap up an exceptional season with both Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) in turmoil. On May 3, when Rory brings Logan (Matt Czuchry) to dinner at Richard (Edward Hermann) and Emily's (Kelly Bishop) house, Lorelai isn't thrilled with what she sees. Rory's internship at a newspaper owned by Logan's father takes a surprising turn on May 10, and in the season finale on May 17, Rory's decision to ignore Lorelai's advice and turn to her grandparents for support leads to a serious rift between mother and daughter.

Also, on Tuesday nights, a racecar crash on ONE TREE HILL leaves Nathan (James Lafferty) badly injured on May 3. On May 10, still in a coma, Nathan dreams of the world that might have been if his and Lucas' (Chad Michael Murray) circumstances were reversed. Musical guest �Jimmy Eat World� performs at Tric, and things heat up between Lucas and Brooke (Sophia Bush) in the two-hour season finale on May 24.

Monday highlights include the May 2 episode of 7TH HEAVEN, when the Camdens come face-to-face with the reality of hunger in America. Information regarding food stamps is included at the end of the episode. On May 9, Simon (David Gallagher) awaits the results of his STD test, and the family learns of new hope in the fight against sickle cell anemia through the work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In the two-part season finale, airing May 16 and 23, Simon and his girlfriend discuss celibacy, Matt (Barry Watson) learns of Mary's (Jessica Biel, who does not appear in the episodes) failed marriage, and news of an engagement takes Eric (Stephen Collins), Annie (Catherine Hicks) and the entire family by surprise.

On the May 9 episode of the critically acclaimed drama EVERWOOD, Ephram (Gregory Smith), still wrestling with his emotions over Madison's (guest star Sarah Lancaster) pregnancy and feeling betrayed by Andy (Treat Williams) and Amy (Emily VanCamp), decides to leave Everwood behind and go to Europe. Bright (Chris Pratt) has an epiphany about his feelings for Hannah (Sarah Drew) on May 16, and in the season finale on May 23, Andy realizes he has lost his chance with Nina (Stephanie Niznik) when she and Jake (Scott Wolf) move in together.

The first Thursday of the sweep on April 28 features an original episode of BLUE COLLAR TV, starring Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy, followed by a half-hour comedy special, THE RON WHITE SHOW, starring Blue Collar Comedy Tour alumnus Ron White, along with guest stars Dr. Phil, Dave Attell and Rip Taylor, direct from Las Vegas. The night ends with a mix of poignancy and humor with the one-hour home renovation special MOBILE HOME DISASTER, starring Bill Engvall and a group of unusually attractive handymen.

On the Friday night comedy lineup, beginning with WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU, Holly (Amanda Bynes) pays a surprise visit to her ex-beau Henry (Michael MacMillian), and guest star Luke Perry (�Beverly Hills, 90210�) returns as Todd the Plumber on the May 13 episode. In the surprising finale on May 20, Val (Jennie Garth) wakes up to find her life has changed overnight. On the hit comedy REBA, when Reba (Reba McEntire) hires Van (Steve Howey) as her assistant, she is somewhat taken aback at his abilities on May 13, and a family member reveals a serious personal secret in the May 20 season finale.

The newest addition to the Friday comedy lineup, LIVING WITH FRAN features an April 29 episode in which Fran (Fran Drescher) and Riley (Ryan McPartlin) consider having a baby of their own. On May 6, Josh (Ben Feldman) and Riley are concerned over Allison's (Misti Traya) wild new boyfriend.

The power of the CHARMED Ones reigns on Sunday nights as the undead corpses of innocents the sisters failed to save are sent to weaken their power on May 15. In the explosive season finale on May 22, the sisters are put in mortal danger when the Book of Shadows falls into the wrong hands.

On STEVE HARVEY'S BIG TIME CHALLENGE, uniquely talented everyday folks compete before celebrity judges Kenan Thompson on May 1 and Mario Lopez and D.L. Hughley on May 8.

Following is a list of programming highlights, all times ET.

THURSDAY, APRIL 28

�BLUE COLLAR TV� � (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET)
�Fighting�
YOU BOYS PLAY NICE � Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy star in comedy sketches including �Rescue 911� and �Wrestling School, Part I, � in which they portray wrestlers-in-training. Bill stars in �Sergeant Clean's Spot Gun� and the Redneck Word of the Day is Demeanor. The Redneck Yard of the Week Award goes to a proud citizen of Metairie, Louisiana.

�THE RON WHITE SHOW� � (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET)
�Special�
COMEDIAN RON WHITE IN LAS VEGAS � A veteran of the �Blue Collar Comedy Tour� live concerts and movies, comedian Ron White filmed this comedy/variety special at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Taped in front of a live audience, the special features dancing showgirls, animated sketches of White with his bulldog, Sluggo, and an appearance by talk show host and self-help guru, Dr. Phil.

�MOBILE HOME DISASTER� � (9:00�10:00 p.m. ET)
�Special�
BILL ENGVALL AND A TEAM OF DESIGNERS TURN A MOBILE HOME FROM DISASTROUS TO DIVINE � Starring �Blue Collar TV� comedian Bill Engvall and an eclectic makeover crew, this all-new, one-hour special is a home renovation show like no other. The show features the Craigs, a deserving family from San Jacinto, California, living in the mobile home from hell. With Bill's down-home, comedic charm and the unusually attractive crew's expertise, the home is completely reconstructed, making the family the envy of their trailer park.

FRIDAY, APRIL 29

�LIVING WITH FRAN� � (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET)
�Oh, Baby�
PART OF THE FAMILY � Wanting Riley (Ryan McPartlin) to feel like part of the family, Fran (Fran Drescher) decides to start their own family album and is taken aback when Riley suggests adding pictures of their kids one day. Meanwhile, Josh (Ben Feldman) is comforted when Fran reassures him that being pregnant with him was the best thing that could have happened; Riley gets a peek into fatherhood when he helps Allison (Misti Traya) with a boy problem; and Riley comes up with a way to get Fran's maternal instincts up and running.

SUNDAY, MAY 1

�STEVE HARVEY'S BIG TIME CHALLENGE� � (7:00-8:00 p.m. ET)
�Episode 220�
TWISTED TALENT � Celebrity judges Sherri Shepherd (�Less Than Perfect�), Kenan Thompson (�Saturday Night Live, � �Fat Albert�) and Ant (�Celebrity Fit Club�) decide who will win $10,000.

MONDAY, MAY 2

�7TH HEAVEN� � (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
�Hungry�
MARTIN'S GIRLFRIEND IS KEEPING A BIG SECRET ABOUT HER FAMILY � After being taunted for wearing second-hand clothes by Vincent's (guest star Thomas Dekker) new girlfriend, Raina (guest star Ashley Benson), a distraught Ruthie (Mackenzie Rothman) finds Martin's (Tyler Hoechlin) girlfriend, Zoe (guest star Katie Cassidy), recovering from a fainting spell. Zoe confides that her family doesn't have enough money for food and makes Ruthie promise not to tell anyone. However, when Martin breaks up with Zoe because he doesn't like her conceited attitude, Zoe thinks Ruthie has betrayed her confidence. Meanwhile, Kevin (George Stults) unsuccessfully tries to create some alone time with Lucy (Beverley Mitchell). Contact information for the food stamp program is provided at the end of the episode.

TUESDAY, MAY 3

�GILMORE GIRLS� � (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
�How Many Kropogs To Cape Cod? �
RORY ENTERS THE NEWSPAPER WORLD � Wanting to make a good impression on Logan's (Matt Czuchry) powerful father, Mitchum Huntzberger (guest star Gregg Henry), Rory (Alexis Bledel) learns everything she can about him before starting work as an intern at one of his newspapers. When Lorelai (Lauren Graham) learns that Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (Edward Herrmann) have invited Logan to Friday night dinner, she ends her boycott of family gatherings in order to get to know Logan better. During the evening, Emily and Richard fawn over Logan, but Lorelai sees a side of him that causes her to worry about Rory's involvement with the Huntzberger family.

�ONE TREE HILL� � (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
�I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning�
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE � Nathan's (James Lafferty) Uncle Cooper (guest star Michael Trucco) comes into town to take Nathan and Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) on a racing trip. On the track, Nathan and Lucas are challenged to a race by the beautiful Daytona (Schuler Fisk) and her smart-aleck brother Garrett (guest star Stuart Lafferty), but things go horribly wrong when Nathan loses control of his car and crashes into a wall.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4

�SMALLVILLE� � (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
�Ageless�
CLARK AND LANA FIND AN ABANDONED BABY IN THE CORNFIELD � Clark (Tom Welling) and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) discover an abandoned baby in the cornfield and take him back to the Kent farm. However, once the baby ages from a newborn to a 7-year-old in a matter of days, Clark and Lana frantically search for a cure for his condition. Meanwhile, Genevieve (guest star Jane Seymour) orders Lionel (John Glover) to kill Lana.

�JACK & BOBBY� � (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
�Stand By Me�
JACK TAKES THE BLAME FOR MISSY'S DEATH � To protect Marcus (Edwin Hodge), Jack (Matt Long) tells the police that he was driving the car the night Missy (Keri Lynn Pratt) died. The guilt becomes too much for Marcus and he confesses to his dad, who immediately calls Grace (Christine Lahti). A surprising ally comes to Jack's aid after Grace demands that he tell the police what really happened. Meanwhile, the group's sadness turns to outrage after Reverend Belknap (guest star Ed Begley, Jr.) delivers a shocking eulogy at his daughter's funeral.

FRIDAY, MAY 6

�LIVING WITH FRAN� � (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET)
�Who's The Parent? �
THE SEX TALK � Allison's (Misti Traya) new boyfriend Kurt (guest star Ross Thomas) causes alarm bells to go off for both Josh (Ben Feldman) and Riley (Ryan McPartlin), leading Fran (Fran Drescher) to second-guess her trust in Allison's ability to make smart choices when it comes to dating.

SUNDAY, MAY 8

�STEVE HARVEY'S BIG TIME CHALLENGE� � (7:00-8:00 p.m. ET)
�Episode 221�
DOGS, DADS AND DUDES � Celebrity judges Chris Jericho (World Wrestling Entertainment champion), D.L. Hughley (�Soul Plane, � �The Hughleys�), Mario Lopez (Los Angeles radio host and HBO boxing analyst) and Ant (�Celebrity Fit Club�) decide who will win $10,000.

MONDAY, MAY 9

�7TH HEAVEN� � (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
�Leaps of Faith�
SIMON ANXIOUSLY AWAITS THE RESULTS OF HIS STD TEST � An extremely nervous Simon (David Gallagher) comes home to Glenoak to await the results of his STD test, and Eric (Stephen Collins) counsels a woman (guest star Erika Alexander) who is caring for her two daughters (guest stars Bree� Anna Banks and Brandi Vanice) with sickle cell anemia and whose absentee father (guest star Victor Love) is hoping to take them back with him to Memphis for treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Contact information for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is provided at the end of the episode.

�EVERWOOD� � (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
�He Who Hesitates�
EPHRAM CONTEMPLATES LEAVING EVERWOOD BEHIND FOR EUROPE � Ephram (Gregory Smith) makes a bold move � and breaks his father's heart in the process � in an attempt to raise money for a plane ticket to Europe. Meanwhile, Nina (Stephanie Niznik) can't quite put her finger on why Andy (Treat Williams) has been acting strangely of late, whereas a more perceptive Delia (Vivien Cardone) comes right out and asks her father whether he has feelings for Nina, and Bright's (Chris Pratt) green-eyed monster makes an unexpected appearance when Hannah (Sarah Drew) goes to the prom with Topher (guest star Lukas Behnken).





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· BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 (FOX)
· BLUE COLLAR TV (WB)
· CELEBRITY FIT CLUB (VH1)
· CHARMED (WB)
· EVERWOOD (WB)
· GILMORE GIRLS (CW)
· HUGHLEYS, THE (UPN)
· JACK & BOBBY (WB)
· LESS THAN PERFECT (ABC)
· LIVING WITH FRAN (WB)
· MOBILE HOME DISASTER (CMT)
· ONE TREE HILL (CW)
· REBA (CW)
· RON WHITE SHOW, THE (WB)
· SEVENTH HEAVEN (CW)
· SMALLVILLE (CW)
· STEVE HARVEY'S BIG TIME CHALLENGE (WB)
· WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU (WB)





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