Sweeps Roundup: Nov. 21-27
Katie Couric and Lady Gaga
These are the guest stars and events that the networks have planned for the second week of November sweeps:
Monday, Nov. 21
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
It's the final week of performances for the remaining three celebs: Rob Kardashian, Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez. (Sadly, though, no Muppets!)
Terra Nova (Fox)
Jim uncovers an old murder — and Taylor is the prime suspect. Plus: Dinosaurs! Rowr!
Two Broke Girls (CBS)
Kat Dennings and Beth Behr get a break from those tacky polyester uniforms when Max and Caroline dress as department store elves to make some extra cash. Oh, that's really not a break, is it?
You Deserve It (ABC)
Chris Harrison and Brooke Burns host this new game show where contestants try to win money for others. Who are these "others" that you speak of?
Beckett's PTSD symptoms escalate, but she continues to hide it from everyone — just like her love for Castle. Squee!
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Jimmy Buffett guest-stars as a veteran pilot (who eats cheeseburgers and has a pencil-thin mustache) who helps the team rescue one of their own.
Last Man Standing (ABC)
When Kyle "accidentally" falls asleep in Kristin's room after a date, Mike sets some new house rules.
When Tony's dad becomes a murder suspect, he must work covertly to prove his dad's innocence.
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
The Season 13 Mirrorball trophy is presented to J.R., er, the winner.
Survivor: South Pacific (CBS)
Catch up on the season so far with a highlights and recap show.
The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? (NBC)
See if your favorite contestants kept off the weight in this update on past players, which also features bloopers and behind-the-scenes shenanigans.
Modern Family (ABC)
Phil goes all It's a Wonderful Life when he imagines an alternate future, which hopefully includes both a robust massage practice and a professional cheerleading career.
Happy Endings (ABC)
Rob Riggle guest-stars as an offbeat (but also maybe a little off) mailman who befriends Dave and Brad.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC)
Watch the classic Peanuts tale in which Snoopy and Woodstock prepare toast and popcorn for their harvest feast.
Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas (Fox)
Thanksgiving is so 10 minutes ago; it's time to celebrate Christmas with this new animated special inspired by the big-screen hit starring John Leguizamo and Ray Romano.
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (NBC)
Did you know that this time-honored kids story is an allegory for post-World War II relations between Japan and the U.S.? No? Well, it has a really cute elephant in it.
Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Fox)
In the first Peanuts special produced without the involvement of creator Charles Schulz (ruh-roh), Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy try to help Linus give up his security blanket.
The Simpsons (Fox)
When Homer and the kids aren't getting into the holiday spirit, Marge sends a letter to Martha Claus (voiced by Martha Stewart) to help save the family Christmas. Katy Perry makes a cameo.
A Very Gaga Thanksgiving (ABC)
In this 90-minute special, Katie Couric interviews the mercurial pop star, who performs eight songs, including a duet with Tony Bennett, and prepares a Thanksgiving dinner of deep-fried turkey and waffles with chef Art Smith.
The 85th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC)
Matt Lauer hosts this retrospective of the favorite floats and performances from parades past.
Shrek the Third (ABC)
Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots search for the rightful heir to the throne in this DreamWorks threquel.
Hoops and YoYo Ruin Christmas (CBS)
A bunny-and-kitty duo (perhaps you recognize them from their appearance on Hallmark greeting cards) become accidental stowaways on Santa's sleigh in this animated special presented by the Hallmark Channel. Synergy!
Iron Man (Fox)
As a tribute to your iron-clad constitution (how can one person eat so much stuffing?), watch Robert Downey Jr. in his shiny suit while enjoying some leftovers.
National Treasure Book of Secrets (NBC)
In the follow-up to Disney's fun-time family hit, Nicolas Cage & Co. search for the legendary Lost City of Gold.
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (CW)
In this animated interpretation of the novelty holiday song, Jake searches for his grandma so he can save her Christmas shop from being sold by his greedy cousin.
The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story (CBS)
This animated special, based on the best-selling children's book, posits that each child has a tiny live-in elf who watches him or her and then reports back to Santa. Creepy little tattle-tale.
Olive, the Other Reindeer (CW)
Drew Barrymore voices this tale about a dog who wants to fill in for an injured Blitzen on Santa's sleigh team and save Christmas.
Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith (ABC)
Bradley Whitford stars as Albom himself in this story of the life-altering bonds the author made with a rabbi (Martin Landau) and a preacher (Laurence Fishburne) he met while writing a column.
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Eat waffles, chocolate and beer for the show's first trip to Belgium. And then throw up!