Your Everything Guide to November Sweeps 2009

Halloween is over and the holidays are still a few weeks away, which can only mean one thing: It's time for November sweeps, that special time of year when the networks clamor for ratings by planning (and promoting the hell out of) high-profile guest-star appearances, show crossovers, and more-dramatic-than-usual plotlines. Here's our everything guide.

November 2 - November 8

Monday, November 2


Elisabeth Rohm will guest star (she'll also appear on Nov. 23). Glee's Jayma Mays will reprise her role as Charlie Andrews, Hiro's friend and lost love. (8pm, ABC)

Gossip Girl

Hilary Duff and Jimmy Fallon guest star, with Duff's character appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. (9pm, The CW)

Tuesday, November 3


*SERIES PREMIERE* V, ABC's big-budget remake of the 1980's alien invasion miniseries, touches down. (8pm, ABC)

The Biggest Loser

This current crop of Biggest Loser contestants take a fat-burning field trip to Washington, D.C. to visit Michelle Obama's garden at the White House. (8pm, NBC)

Late Show with David Letterman

Former Vice President Al Gore makes his sixth appearance on the Late Show. It won't be as funny as Letterman's interview with Joaquin Phoenix, but you might learn a thing or two. (11:35pm, CBS)

Wednesday, November 4


Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, and Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss guest star. (8pm, NBC)

Thursday, November 5

30 Rock

Brian Williams, anchor of NBC's Nightly News, guest stars. (9:30pm, NBC)

The Real Housewives of Orange County

*SEASON PREMIERE* Because you can never have too many desperate housewives. (10pm, BRAVO)

Friday, November 6

Ugly Betty

Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos) and YaYa Dacosta are just two of the eight guest stars on this episode of Ugly Betty. (9pm, ABC)

Saturday, November 7

The Wanda Sykes Show

*SERIES PREMIERE* Wanda Sykes isn't for the timid. She'll insult your job, your clothes and probably your mother, too. (11pm, FOX)

Sunday, November 8

Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show

Cartoon mogul Seth MacFarlane and his Family Guy co-star Alex Borstein perform a half-hour, Sherlock Holmes-sponsored comedy routine. (8pm, FOX)

Family Guy

Aimee Garcia (from the recently canceled NBC medical show Trauma) voices an older woman who dates Brian. (9pm, FOX)

NEXT: Monday, November 9 - Sunday, November 15 >>

November 9 - November 15

Monday, November 9


Michael Weston will reprise his role as Lucas, House's private investigator. (8pm, FOX)

Gossip Girl

A song from actress Leighton Meester's forthcoming album will be featured on this episode. (9pm, The CW)

CSI: Miami

Horatio Caine (David Caruso) gets a visit from the Nevada crime lab's Dr. Langston (Laurence Fishburne) in the first of a three-part CSI crossover. (10pm, CBS)

Wednesday, November 11


CSI's Dr. Langston heads to New York in the second installment of the three-episode CSI crossover. (10pm, CBS)

Thursday, November 12


The three-part CSI crossover ends tonight in Nevada, and Dr. Langston can sleep off his jet-lag. (9pm, CBS)

Sunday, November 15

The Simpsons

Superbad's Jonah Hill voices 19-year-old prankster Andy Hamilton, a new friend of Bart's. (8pm, FOX)


Snoop Dogg guest stars as Cousin Kenny's legal aid. Fred Williamson, Ryan Michelle Bathe, and Jimmy Johnson (as himself) also guest star. (7pm, FOX)

NEXT: Monday, November 16 - Monday, November 23 >>

November 16 - November 23

Monday, November 16

The Oprah Winfrey Show

The queen of daytime television Oprah Winfrey chats with Sarah Palin, the queen of, er, going rouge?


Troy Garity guest stars as an adult film star who's been admitted to Princeton-Plainsboro, which should provide House with plenty of fodder for jokes. (8pm, FOX)

Gossip Girl

Lady Gaga makes an appearance. (9pm, The CW)

Tuesday, November 17

Merry Madagascar

This holiday-themed half-hour cartoon based on the movie Madagascar features the voices of actors David Schwimmer, Ben Stiller, and Jada Pinkett Smith. (8pm, NBC)

Melrose Place

At long last, Heather Locklear returns to Melrose Place. (9pm, The CW)

Wednesday, November 18

America's Next Top Model

The winner of ANTM's 13th cycle is announced. May the best short girl win. (8pm, The CW)

Thursday, November 19


Ralph Waite (Days of Our Lives, Carnivale) guest stars as Booth's grandfather. (8pm, FOX)

Sunday, November 22

The Cleveland Show

Glenn Howerton (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) plays a guest role. (9:30pm, FOX)

Monday, November 23


Esteban Powell plays the role of James Sidas, a brilliant physicist and patient of Dr. House. (8pm, FOX)

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I liked the CSI crossover and Ralph Waite guest starring on Bones. I guess November Sweeps are good after all if they bring good episodes.
the only shows I'll be watching are Bones Supernatural Smallville and Sanctuary
There really isn't that much here that excites me maybe Bones and House but pretty lame overall
networks will do anything for money and ratings,
*Can't stand Seth Macfarlane. Oh and I won't be watching Oprah with Sarah Palin either(pure awfulness. They'll probably kill each other).
Definitely not going to the watch the Family Guy special(I like Family Guy, but I can't stand a Seth Macfarlane). And who came up with the idea of Lady Gaga guestb starring on Gossip Girl(as if that show could get any worse)? I'll probably tune into House, Bones, the two new Family Guy episodes, and maybe the CSI crossover simply because crossovers are always laughably bad.
I wish Sarah Palin would disappear forever. (I don't want her dead or anything, just out of the public eye. It is so, so embarrassing. Like Bush.) I mean, of course it will be hilarious if she runs for president (if she were to win, I guess I would miss a lot of tv, as I'll be moving to Europe permananently before she can be sworn in.) Of course, I'm banking on that never, ever, happening, as I still tend to think the majority of Americans are not actually mentally retarded/brainwashed.
I can't wait for the CSI crossover, i've been waiting for it for awhile (:
1) I disagree: you can certainly have too many housewives. In fact, we do have too many...
2) Ralph Waite is now Booth's grandfather after being Gibbs' father??! Hollywood can do anything, can't they?!
3) I hope Wanda Sykes scores big...
Sigh what a disappointment V turned out to be.


I'm looking forward to the CSI crossover and meeting Hank Booth.

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