Julianna Margulies and Miranda Cosgrove
The guest stars and events that the networks have planned for the third week of November sweeps:
Sunday, Nov. 14
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
It's Thanksgiving on Wisteria Lane and Bree is having dinner with Keith and his parents, who aren't so fond of Bree. Why should her holiday be any different than the rest of ours?
American Dad (Fox)
Hayden Panettiere lends her voice to play a new girl in town who's a real bad influence: See what happens when she invites Steve over to her house while her parents are out of town.
Brothers and Sisters (ABC)
Brazilian bombshell Sonia Braga plays Luc's mom who turns up like a bad franc and systematically ruins every Walker's life. In the short space of one TV hour, she'll throw herself at Nora's boyfriend... and one of her sons.
Monday, Nov. 15
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Robin Sparkles is back to rock our bodies until Canada Day! The group learns more aboot Robin's pop-star past and encourages her to reunite with her former costar, Jessica Glitter (Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger).
Teddy's hanging out at a bar in West Hollywood that isn't exactly known for its female clientele, if you know what I'm sayin'.
While CIA agent Jim Rye (comedian Rob Riggle) tries to make Chuck a better spy, The Thorn Birds' Richard Chamberlain pops up as a Belgian baddie with the hilarious name Adelbert de Smet.
Lie to Me (FOX)
Lightman goes head-to-head with Gilmore Girls alum David Sutcliffe, who guest-stars as the shady leader of a self-help empire.
Castle and Becket attempt to solve a murder that seems to indicate that an alien abduction has taken place, but why is a government agent (Lyle Lovett) obstructing their investigation? In a cheeky bit of guest casting, Millennium's Lance Henriksen plays a guy who's written books about UFOs and leads a support group for those who have been, um, probed.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
In the first of a two-parter, Ziva's dad (Michael Nouri) comes to town and the team is assigned to protect him. Also guest-starring is Michael O'Neill, who you may remember as the Seattle Grace shooter on Grey's Anatomy and the head of President Bartlet's Secret Service detail on The West Wing. What is it with this guy and guns? It can't be a coincidence that someone also gets shot in this episode.
Gwyneth Paltrow follows up her CMA Awards performance with this guest spot as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. We're hearing she'll take on Cee-Lo's "Forget You" and a mash-up of Rihanna's "Umbrella" and the classic "Singing in the Rain."
The Good Wife (CBS)
iCarly's Miranda Cosgrove sheds her squeaky-clean image when she guests as a bratty pop star accused of attempted murder and — iGasp! -- underage drinking.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Human Target (Fox)
The season premiere resolves last year's cliff-hanger that saw Winston get kidnapped. Plus: the boys' club gets a much-needed estrogen boost when Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery join the cast.
Better With You (ABC)
Everyone knows that a wedding is really the happy couple's parents' big day, but is there really room for the wedding planner to have her moment too? We'll find out when JoAnna Garcia's former TV mom (Reba McEntire) stops by to help Mia plan her big day.
Modern Family (ABC)
Ninety-six-year-old St. Elsewhere alum Norman Lloyd guest-stars as a man who befriends Cameron while he's on a mission at the mall to buy Manny a birthday gift.
25 Years of Sexy: People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive! (ABC)
Kim Kardashian, no stranger to the pages of People herself, hosts this retrospective of the mag's hunky honorees.
Thursday, Nov. 18
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC)
It's the Great Turkey, Charlie Brown! (Wait, that's not right...) This classic Peanuts special features hot holiday recipes as Snoopy and Woodstock prepare toast and popcorn for their harvest feast. As a bonus, the cartoon This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers finds the gang aboard the Mayflower in 1620.
The Mentalist (CBS)
Patrick Jane investigates yet another homicide linked to his nemesis/big white whale, serial killer Red John. Will he finally catch him? (Spoiler alert! Of course he won't!)
Friday, Nov. 19
School Pride (NBC)
Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, baseball's Joe Torre and NBA player Derek Fisher pitch in to help a struggling Los Angeles middle school with new athletic facilities.
Elves, gnomes and leprechauns, oh my! When Dean is abducted, he finds himself in a magical world filled with fairies. Put down the bong, Dean.
Sunday, Nov. 21
American Music Awards (ABC)
Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Ke$ha, and Katy Perry are among those performing at the 38th annual awards show. We've already set our DVRs for the New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys duet.
Sunday Night Football: Giants vs. Eagles (NBC)
Will the Eagles take their fifth victory in a row over the Giants in this NFC rivalry?
Family Guy (FOX)
When Brian hits big with a self-help book, his agent, Stewie, lands him a seat on the Real Time with Bill Maher panel with talking heads Arianna Huffington and Dana Gould. Ashley Tisdale voices a fan who wants Brian to autograph his book.