Our 12 Most-Anticipated (and Dreaded) November Sweeps Guest Spots

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.

THE BEST


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?

THE WORST


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?

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I am looking forward to seeing Carol Burnett on GLEE. It is hard to believe Sue has a mother, but who better to play her then Carol. lmao gotta see this!

Carol will be amazing!!
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have you watched "forget you" by gwyneth peltrow ? if you did, then i think you've changed your mind.
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Those listed as "The Best" seem fine, but I have to disagree with the placement of Gerald McRaney on "The Worst" list.
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How the f can you miss the absolute best quest appearance so far, Cary Elwes's return to "Psych" was simply perfect. If Hal Holbrook doesn't at least win an Emmy nomination for his turn as Gemma's father on "Sons of Anarchy" then the Emmy nominating committee should be rounded up and drowned.
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Story line for Micheal J Fox appearance on The Good Wife was awesome!! Like the part was just tailor made for his disability. Again it was cool to have the spotlight away from prissy MissButter-wont-melt-in-her mouth Alicia! I so dislike that character.
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I look forward to seeing Teri Hatcher on Smallville and more of Hal Holbrook on The Event!!!!!
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I think an appearance by Betty White on Glee might b nice. After all, we have seen her everywhere recently =)
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That is why I love Smallville. The way they (re-)connect with past mythology and references from the whole Superman universe past and not so distand past, from (primordial) comics to 70's movies and 80's series. Awesome!!!
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Teri Hatcher, the original Lois Lane??? How many people's cultural consciousness goes back no farther than the 1990s nowadays???
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Gerald McRaney should have played Elliot Stabler's father on a flashback episode of SVU.
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I won't hear a bad word against Gerald McRaney, he was one of tv's best villains in recent years (George Hearst on Deadwood). Fact is, he's a little too good for formulaic tripe like SVU.
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Wow, saw the Sybil Shepard/No Ordinary Family episode and you guys couldn't have been more off the mark. It was painful watching this once gorgeous woman try to be hot.
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Gerald McRainey is just playing himself no matter what show he stars or guests in. He's a former U-S Marine and behaves accordingly. They always say, "Once a Marine, always a Marine." McRainey proves the point.
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"The original Lois Lane...." ? Not even close. The role was first played by Rolly Bester on radio in the over 60 years ago. In the films, Joan Alexander played the role in the famous Fleischer cartoons also in the early 40's. Dana Delany voiced her in the 90's. Patricia Marand played LL on Broadway in '66. Noel Neill and Phyllis Coates were the earliest LL's in both live-action films and on TV. And let's not forget Margo Kidder in the Chris Reeves films... ok, let's forget that one. There have been literally a dozen or more actors in that role, long before Teri Hatcher. Research is simple. Try it sometime.
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I hate Glee, but I'll watch the Gwyneth Paltrow episode just to see Gwyneth. The world needs MORE Gwyneth Paltrow!!!!
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Michael J. Fox...Of course
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Glee sucks, but I guess America loves it. 9 times out of 10 the chess club will kick the living crap out of the glee club. Either way, this isn't good Nerd-Core. But hey, considering what America finds entertaining these days this does not surprise me at all. This one goes out to those of you who don't watch Glee. You are my hope for America!
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It could be nice to see John Barrowman on Glee.
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I'm loving the Glee guest spots. Sue Sylvester's mom being a Nazi hunter is perfect and Gwyneth should be great! Not super excited about Nicole Scherzinger being on HIMYM; I hope she doesn't ruin Robin Sparkles.
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Gwyneth's not only singing Cee Lo's editted version, she's also going to be on the songs "Singing In The Rain / Umbrella" (yes, Rihanna's song) and "Nowadays / Hot Honey Rag"
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WTF? Did you people forget the cast of Twin Peaks guest-starring on Psych? Jesus.
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i look forward to see gwyneth paltrow on glee and carol burnett on glee
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I look forward to see Nicole Scherzinger on HIMYM. It might be funny.
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Michael J. Fox! Michael J. Fox, definitely a great actor and a true inspiration.
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Oh and I'm also excited about Teri Hatcher on Smallville. I used to watch Lois & Clark too!
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I agree w/ jvann67! Love Gerald McRaney. In Simon and Simon and in Jericho. He's currently on Undercovers but his character is a joke. He's better than that and now the show is cancelled. I'm glad he's getting work and hope he keeps it up after Undercovers.
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Showing my age here, but McRaney was also very good in "Simon & Simon." That being said, he is an outstanding actor in whatever role he plays.
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I hate 'Forget her'.. but I love 'F*ck You'
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definetely micheal j fox on the good wife. and gweyneth paltrow on glee.
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Yes, John Slattery is AWESOME!
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i'm SO excited for teri hatcher to be on smallville!!!!
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I'm not dreading any of them. Even if I'm not too fond of the actor it doesn't mean guest spot won't be good. I don't judge an episode before I see it.
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I'm looking forward to Carol Burnett on Glee, and Michael J Fox on The Good Wife. I might watch the Smallville ep with Teri Hatcher--though she wasn't the ORIGINAL Lois Lane, she was the Lois Lane I grew up watching. Other than that... November doesn't seem to have much in the way of exiciting guest roles, IMHO.
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And TV.com's ageism rears its ugly head, again. My reaction to the writer's lame Gerald McRaney knock? "Not Major Dad, Rick Simon, a-hole." But I watch shows for the writing and directing, not for who's on them.
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How can Nicole Scherzinger be bad.
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Teri Hatcher's appearance would seem bigger if it wasn't for the fact that O'Toole had been playing Clark's mother.
McRaney is a good actor and he's good at playing the hard-nosed type. I don't think it's that bad a choice, although he's done enough guest appearances so that it's not something that's going to draw any more viewers. And he is a regular on Undercovers this season.
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I honestly don't care so much about guest spots.
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I'm looking forward to see Glee's guest spots, both Carol Burnett and Gwyneth Paltrow.
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Can't wait to see Cybill, John, Gerald and, although it's not mentioned above, Joan Collins!
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Teri Hatcher, the original Lois Lane? Hardly! I don't care what Gerald McRaney is in, he's always good.
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I don't have a problem with the age or acting chops of Gerald McRaney. But pretty weak sweeps stunt. Why even bother?
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Don't get the Gerald McRaney bashing at all... He was absolutely magnificent on 'Deadwood', and he impressed in 'Jericho' and 'Undercovers' (despite week scripts and so-so directing). What decade it is? Its the 2010s - a long road away from 1990s for everyone who's been watching TV the last 2 decades...
I also don't agree on the disposals of Paltrow's and Cosgrove's spots, and guessing that the writers of this article didn't really manage to find that many horrific guest appearances...
Besides several of the "Best" spots listed above (most notably - Slattery!), I'm also looking forward to Celia Weston to play Cam's mom on "Modern Family", Joan Collins as Russel's mom on "Rules of Engagement", Kevin Weisman on "Fringe" and Sally Kirkland on "Criminal Minds". Additionally I'm putting some hope into Hugh Laurie on "Simpsons" and David Lynch (yay!) on "The Cleveland show"
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In addition, Gerald McRaney also played a spy on Undercovers (2010).
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What, forgetting that Gerald McRaney had a fairly hefty role in the short lived but much lamented Jericho...?
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I think that having iCarly on TGW is a good chance for this tween star to show whether or not she will be able to handle more adult roles in the future, and I think it could work out.
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Teri Hatcher was not the original Lois but clearly the best, she was the one good thing out of that crapfest people call a superman show with a guy that looked like a sushi chef playing superman
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I don't think it's fair for you to knock Gerald McRaney simply because he's "Major Dad." Have you seen Deadwood season 3? Amazing stuff.
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I'd like to take issue with referring to Teri Hatcher as the "original Lois Lane."
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Oh, and Twitch was great on Bones.
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. Carol Burnett on Glee, November 23. What!?! Really!?! - Squeeeeeeeeee!!
*Runs of in total fangirl happiness*
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