Real Time with Bill Maher
11 pm/ET HBO
Since this show began in 2003, it's hard to recall many genuinely happy moments for the left-leaning Maher. But with the words "President-elect Barack Obama" now dominating headlines around the world, it's probably safe to say he'll be grinning from ear to ear tonight — and it won't be the "illegal smile" variety (thanks, John Prine). Be sure to tune in for what should be a memorable postelection roundup with interview guest Cory Booker and panelists Paul Begala, Howie Mandel and Joe Queenan. — Joe Friedrich
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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
8 pm/ET Fox
Now that November sweeps are here, you can look for contestants with familiar names to display their knowledge (or, more likely, their ignorance) of things they were supposed to have learned in school. Tonight rock legend and reality-TV mainstay Gene Simmons will kiss up to those maddeningly smart fifth graders. — Paul Droesch
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9 pm/ET CMT
Taylor Swift says that before the members of her band perform in concert, they listen to Def Leppard and jump around to get their energy up. How fitting, then, that Swift and her band rock out with Def Leppard here. Songs include Swift's "Love Story" and "Picture to Burn" and Def Leppard's "Hysteria," "Photograph" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me." It's the musical version of poetic justice. — Fred Mitchell
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10 pm/ET Sci Fi
Magnus and Co. take animal magnetism to a whole new level when two furry critters called nubbins are added to the menagerie. Not only do the cute newcomers multiply like rabbits on fertility drugs, they also cause the team to express unspoken attractions for each other. Fortunately (or not), nothing short-circuits awkwardness quite like a crisis, which the nubbins handily provide by escaping from their cages. — Michael Chant
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Don't Forget the Lyrics!
9 pm/ET Fox
Most of the time on this show, we witness ordinary folks (Joe the Singer?) trying their best to remember enough words from a handful of songs to walk away with some cash. But how about when these folks have sold millions of albums? We'll find out tonight how much fame, fortune and almost 20 years of experience count when acclaimed R&B quartet En Vogue reunites to sing for charity. — Joe Friedrich
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Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Nov. 7, 2008
Real Time with Bill Maher