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The guest stars and events that the networks have planned for the second week of November sweeps:
Sunday, Nov. 7
The Simpsons (FOX)
Lisa Simpson has a crush on the sparkly new teen vampire in town (Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe); during Marge and Homer's second honeymoon at sea, they meet a castaway who sounds an awful lot like Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie).
We know that Paul Young has been keeping secrets from Beth, and that Beth hasn't been entirely open with Paul. Their marital difficulties were Topic A last week, and there'll be more developments tonight. Meanwhile, Lynette's looking for a new nanny and Susan's looking for a new job. Expect a convergence. But Lynette gets a job offer as well — from old friend Renee. Here's a flash — a hot one — from the suddenly menopausal Bree. And is Carlos gay? Honestly, that's one of the story lines: Gaby's worried that he and Bob might become an item. — Paul Droesch
Read on for previews of Hannah Montana Forever, Undercover Boss, Sunday Night Football, The Simpsons, Great Migrations and Eastbound & Down.
The Walking Dead
The title characters, flesh-eating zombies, stalk the living (human and animal) in this chilling new series. It's a gory, ghoulish goulash of horror, action-adventure and drama, with a sprinkling of macabre humor. Andrew Lincoln stars as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma into a nightmarish, apocalyptic world overrun with these rapacious, stumbling, staggering "walkers." They are quite the scary bunch. Rick wants to find his wife and son, so he heads to Atlanta, which is rumored to be a safe haven. And the game is on. — Ray Stackhouse
Read on for previews of Ghost Hunters Halloween Live, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Sunday Night Football, Boardwalk Empire, Desperate Housewives and Dexter.
Bored to Death
Bored to Death
It's been a tough season for George: blindsided by prostate cancer, he's also found his position at the magazine diminished by cost-cutting overlords. To top it off, his driving skills are increasingly impaired by his copious pot smoking. But things could be looking up, in their typically goofy, convoluted way, when Jonathan tries to help a limo driver who recently lost his job. Meanwhile, Ray's lucky streak continues when Kevin Bacon takes an interest in his Super Ray comic book. — Joe Friedrich
Read on for previews of Sunday Night Football, Secrets in the Walls, CSI: Miami, Masterpiece Mystery!, Sexy Beasts: Vamps, Wolves and Mutants and Brothers & Sisters.
Gaby might have bitten off more than she could easily chew last week when she gave Bob the OK to track down her real daughter. In any event, Carlos certainly thinks so, and you're likely to see if he's right tonight when you meet the Sanchez family. You can also look for the Bree-Renee smackdown over Keith (Brian Austin Green) to intensify; and you'll see Susan in her Va-Va-Broom get-up in places where she won't want anyone, especially Mike, to see her. Mike and Susan are also losing their tenants: Paul Young buys back the house he shared with his late first wife, Mary Alice. — Paul Droesch
Read on for previews of Mad Men, Rubicon, Sunday Night Football, Sonny with a Chance, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Luther.
The Amazing Race
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Brook and Claire will attempt to hold on to their lead as the teams continue to race in Ghana. Last week, home-shopping host Brook had no trouble selling sunglasses to locals, but tonight a deceptively simple quiz could cause problems. Also, the punishing Ghana heat proves too much for one racer, who requires medical attention due to the extreme temperatures. — Tim Holland
Read on for previews of Sunday Night Football, The Cleveland Show, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Mad Men and Brothers & Sisters.
CSI: Miami's move to Sunday was a good one for CBS.
Miami drew 11.8 million viewers, according to overnight Nielsen estimates. Even though the show was down 26 percent in the 18-to-49 demographic from its premiere on Monday last year, the series was up 52 percent in the demo over Cold Case's premiere on Sunday last fall.
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Another Sunday, another ratings win for NBC.
Sunday Night Football, featuring the New York Jets vs. the Miami Dolphins, dominated the evening, giving NBC an easy victory, with 15.9 million viewers and a 6.5 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic on a night when no new series debuted.
Fox's hourlong Family Guy posted the best showing among scripted fare, according to early Nielsen estimates, with 9.1 million and a 4.5 rating, despite dropping ...
No sooner was Dexter a newlywed than he became a widower. Season 5 kicks off with an emotionally charged entry that picks up with the aftermath of Rita's murder. There are funeral arrangements to make, her kids are on an outing to Disney World with their grandparents and they need to be told, and to top it all off, Rita's homicide has fallen under the jurisdiction of the FBI, whose agents are eager to interview the victim's husband. And, according to a cop in tonight's episode, 90 percent of wife-killings are committed by the hubby. — Ray Stackhouse
Read on for previews of Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, The Simpsons, Sunday Night Football, Cleveland Show and Bored to Death.
Move over, Snooki, because Nucky is taking over the Jersey shore. That's Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi), a Prohibition-era Atlantic City politician-cum-gangster in this new drama from Emmy-winning Sopranos scribe Terence Winter. In tonight's 72-minute premiere, directed by executive producer Martin Scorsese, Nucky takes control of the illegal booze market, though it's pretty clear nothing happens without his say-so, including how his protégé, a feisty WWI vet (Michael Pitt), makes a living.
Read on for previews of Mad Men, The Gates, Martha Stewart Presents: The Women Who Dress America, 25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time, Fantasia for Real and Sunday Night Football.