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'The Odd Triple' . . . Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis

Two of Demi Moore's three husbands agree: It's good to be on TV during November sweeps. Ashton Kutcher and Bruce Willis are among the big names turning up on the tube during the big ratings period, running Thursday, November 3 through Wednesday, November 30.

Here's a look at sweeps highlights, some of which do not include men who are, or were, married to Moore:

Very Special Episodes:

Thursday, November 3

"Cuts" ~ UPN

Omarion begins a guest-star stint. Pray for him.

Sunday, November 6

"The West Wing" ~ NBC

Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda vie for viewers' votes, not to mention a plum prime-time job, in an aired-live debate.

"Desperate Housewives" ~ ABC

Creator Marc Cherry cranks out his first script of the season. To celebrate, Bree (Marcia Cross) and the pharmacist (Roger Bart)--how should we say?--write a prescription for love.

Monday, November 7

"7th Heaven" ~ WB

"Ruthie [Mackenzie Rosman] begins collecting soup labels."

"Two and a Half Men" ~ CBS

Martin Sheen checks up on son Charlie.

"Las Vegas" ~ NBC

Danny (Josh Duhamel) wonders what Sin City was like in 1962. Time-travel fun ensues.

Monday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 9

"CSI Miami" (Monday) and "CSI: NY" (Wednesday) ~ CBS

What's Gary Sinise doing in Miami? What's David Caruso doing in New York? These two crossover episodes explain all.

Tuesday, November 8

"Supernatural" ~ WB

Just when you thought you were safe because Fear Factor doesn't return until December: "A swarm of insects attack a community."

Wednesday, November 9

"That '70s Show" ~ Fox

Ashton Kutcher's back--and Kelso's bell bottoms have him! Kutcher's return to the sitcom from whence he came runs through the following week, November 16, when he shares guest-star billing with Bruce Willis and talks about God knows what with the man backstage.

"America's Next Top Model" ~ UPN

In a bit of programming synchronicity, a Tyra Banks charge is selected to appear on the "Veronica Mars" airing right after 'Top Model.'

Thursday, November 10

"Joey" ~ NBC

Brave Ellen DeGeneres boards this sinking ship, guest starring as her buoyant talk show host self.

"The Apprentice" ~ NBC

Darth Vader, sorry, Donald Trump dispatches his troops to Lucasfilm to help market the DVD release of "Star Wars: Episode III--Revenge of the Sith" and the videogame release of "Star Wars: Battlefront II." Tune in early for maximum product placement enjoyment.

Thursday, November 10 and November 17

"ER" ~ NBC

Uncle Jessie (guest star John Stamos) saves lives.

Friday, November 11

"Threshold" ~ CBS

Guest star Elizabeth Berkley makes sure Mark-Paul Gosselaar isn't the only ex-"Saved by a Bell" star finding prime-time work.

Sunday, November 13

"America's Funniest Home Videos" ~ ABC

"A seagull swoop down on someone's ice cream snack."

Monday, November 14

"Kitchen Confidential" ~ Fox

Michael Vartan stops by the struggling restaurant for a visit with fellow "Alias" alum Bradley Cooper.

Tuesday, November 15, November 22 and November 29

"House" ~ Fox

Sela Ward returns for a three-episode stint to further vex the anti-"Marcus Welby" (Hugh Laurie).

Wednesday, November 16

"Lost" ~ ABC

What were the tail-section folk of Oceanic Flight 815 up to during their first 48 days of marooned island life? Answers dead ahead.

"The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" ~ NBC

The winning team in the coffee-machine challenge gets invited to the boss' Maine vacation home; the losing team doesn't.

Friday, November 18

"Supernanny" ~ ABC

A couple of British kickboxers seek guidance when--wait for it--their five-year-old starts kicking. And screaming.

Thursday, November 29

"The Biggest Loser" ~ NBC

A new diet champ is crowned. Pizza for everyone!

Holiday Trimmings:

Sunday, November 20

"Grey's Anatomy" ~ ABC

Dr. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) hosts her first TV Thanksgiving.

"Snow Wonder" ~ CBS

A magical Christmas Eve storm delivers a miracle to Jason Priestley--like, a TV-movie gig.

Thursday, November 24

"The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" ~ NBC

Children everywhere will delight in the helium balloon debut of the U.S. Potato Board's Healthy Mr. Potato Head.

Sunday, November 27

"Silver Bells" ~ CBS

In this "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation, Anne Heche and Tate Donovan play two widowers. Happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 29

"Commander in Chief" ~ ABC

It's hijinks, White House-style, when "Mac [Geena Davis] has more than Thanksgiving turkey on her plate," including a visit from--uh-oh!--Mom (Polly Bergen). As an added bonus, Mark-Paul Gosselaar joins the cast.

Wednesday, November 30

"Christmas in Rockefeller Center" ~ NBC

New York City gets lit up. In a merry way.

Premieres and Returns:

Monday, November 7

"Arrested Development" ~ Fox

The ratings- and otherwise-cursed comedy returns from its World Series slumber with a one-hour episode and plenty of guest stars--Charlize Theron! Scott Baio!--to keep up the spirits of the damned.

Wednesday, November 9

"Stacked" ~ Fox

Pamela Anderson embarks on her second sitcom season. Ex-fiance Kid Rock guest stars just to show there are no hard feelings.


Saturday, November 5

"Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing" ~ HBO

Comic George Carlin does his thing, uncensored, for 75 minutes.

Sunday, November 13

"Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End" ~ NBC

The magic duo tweak David Copperfield, and make a submarine disappear.

"Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost and Found" ~ NBC

This two-hour documentary recalls the comedy show during the Reagan and Eddie Murphy administrations.

Wednesday, November 16

"I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash" ~ CBS

Sheryl Crow, U2, the Foo Fighters and more perform songs made famous by Joaquin Phoenix in the upcoming biopic, "I Walk the Line," of which copious clips will be shown even though Fox made the movie, and not CBS' corporate cousins at Paramount.

Wednesday, November 23

"Untitled Faith Hill Music Special" ~ NBC

The country-pop singer sings--in Los Angeles, if that makes the program sound more enticing.

"Kenny Chesney: Somewhere in the Sun" ~ ABC

Sadly, this concert special will not shed light on the hat act's busted marriage to Renee Zellweger.

Thursday, November 29

"Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2005" ~ ABC

Tom Cruise and Michael Jackson make the cut, signaling a paradigm shift wherein "fascinating" means "odd."


Tuesday, November 8

"An All-Star Salute to Patti LaBelle: Live from Atlantis" ~ UPN

The music legend is feted in this hour long tribute concert broadcast direct from the famed lost continent, er, the island resort in the Bahamas. Nelly and Kelly Rowland are among the scheduled performers.

Tuesday, November 15

"39th Annual Country Music Association Awards" ~ CBS

Brooks & Dunn host. Brad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack, respectively, try to make good on their field-best six nominations. The New York City crowd at Madison Square Garden braces for the red-state invasion.

"3rd Annual Vibe Awards" ~ UPN

Anthony Anderson and Tracie Ellis Ross host. Mary J. Blige bags the Legend Award. The Culver City, California, crowd welcomes scheduled performers Ludacris and Ciara, among others.

Tuesday, November 22

"33rd Annual American Music Awards" ~ ABC

The Rolling Stones, set to appear live from Salt Lake City, are host Cedric the Entertainer's special guests.

TV Movies:

Sunday, November 6 and November 13

"Category 7: The End of the World" ~ CBS

Producers weren't kidding around when they sicced 'Category 6' on Chicago last year. This time, the rest of Earth--even the part where Shannon Doherty lives--is threatened with extinction. Happy holidays!

Sunday, November 20

"The Poseidon Adventure" ~ NBC

A three-hour remake of the 1972 disaster classic--new and improved, now with terrorists!

Thursday, November 29

"Felicity: An American Girl Adventure" ~ WB

Another American Girl doll gets its--or her--own telepic. This one's set in the colonies on the eve of the Revolutionary War. It boasts an Oscar-winning actress, Marcia Gay Harden, and promises "heartwarming family drama," which might be desperately needed in the wake of 'Category 7' and "The Poseidon Adventure."

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