It’s that time of the year when TV shows pull out all the stops and bombard us with big-name guest-stars, major stunts, and annoying cliffhangers to ponder while they air reruns all through December. Instead of listing all of this year's sweeps events (EW.com did a bang-up job already), we've highlighted the guest spots we’re most looking forward to—not to mention the ones that made us groan.
1. Cybill Shepherd on No Ordinary Family, November 8. Who better to play the mother of MILF Stephanie Powell (Julie Benz) than another hot lady?
2. Michael J. Fox on The Good Wife, November 9. MJF will play Louis Canning, a lawyer who uses his disability to sway a jury. (Lili Taylor from High Fidelity also guest-stars in this episode.)
3. John Slattery on 30 Rock, November 11. We don't have any idea who he’ll be playing, but we don’t really care because John Slattery is awesome.
4. Teri Hatcher on Smallville, November 12. The original Lois Lane plays the current Lois Lane’s mother, Ella.
5. Hal Holbrook on The Event, November 15. The world needs more Hal—ooh, maybe he could be the next Betty White!
6. Carol Burnett on Glee, November 23. Believe it or not, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) has a mother—and she’s a Nazi-hunter! Perfect casting, don’t you think?
1. Stephen “tWitch” Boss on Bones, November 4. The only connection between So You Think You Can Dance and Bones is that they’re on the same network. LAZY!
2. Gerald McRaney on Law & Order: SVU, November 10. Major Dad? Seriously? What decade is it, anyway?
3. Nicole Scherzinger on How I Met Your Mother, November 15. The venerable Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders) is making a comeback in this episode, but unfortunately she’s bringing a member of the Pussycat Dolls with her.
4. Lyle Lovett on Castle, November 15. Lovett’s last TV acting gig was on Mad About You 15 years ago. Now he’s randomly resurfacing as mysterious Agent Westfield on Castle.
5. Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee, November 16. We all know Gwynnie has an awesome voice and a great sense of humor. So why is she going to sing Cee-Lo’s “F*ck You”?
6. Miranda Cosgrove on The Good Wife, November 16. iCarly playing a drunken, debaucherous teen star on an excellent legal drama just doesn't seem right.
Which guest spots are you most excited to see? And which ones are you dreading?