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October 29, 2008

NBC announces sweeps plans

Most of this has already been announced, but here's NBC's release covering its November sweeps plans.

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- October 29, 2008 -- NBC spices up November with a variety of programs that include the 19th season premiere of "Law & Order," holiday-themed episodes, an accent on Green Week, "Rosie Live" starring Rosie O'Donnell, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," the 200th episode of "Deal or No Deal" and a salute to the '80s on "The Biggest Loser."

In addition, NBC provides a bounty of marquee guest stars that includes: Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Martin, Mary Tyler Moore, Megan Mullally, Will Arnett and a cast reunion of NBC's "Night Court" (all on "30 Rock"); Amy Ryan ("The Office"), Anthony Edwards, Courtney B. Vance, (both on "ER"); Jane Seymour, Jason Priestley (both on "My Name Is Earl"); Tony Hawk, Kobe Bryant (both on "Deal or No Deal"); Jessie McCartney, Big Boi (both on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"); Jordana Brewster, Tony Hale (both on "Chuck"); Rosie Perez, Vanessa Marcil, Rosanna Arquette, Tiki Barber, James Blake, David Lee, Amani Toomer (all on "Lipstick Jungle"); Erik Estrada ("Life"); Jerry Rice, Steve Young and Rocco DiSpirito (all on "The Biggest Loser").

"Law & Order," the longest-running crime series and the second-longest-running drama series in the history of television, enters its 19th season when it premieres on Wednesday, November 5 (10-11:00 p.m. ET).

On Thursday, October 30, viewers will be treated to special Halloween episodes of "My Name Is Earl" (8-8:30 p.m. ET), "The Office" (9-9:30 p.m. ET) and "ER" (10-11 p.m. ET).  Additionally, a Halloween-themed episode of "Knight Rider" (8-9 p.m. ET) airs the following week on Wednesday, November 5.

Thanksgiving-themed episodes (all times ET) of "Deal or No Deal"  (8-9 p.m.) begin on Friday, November 21 followed by "Chuck" (8-9 p.m.) and "My Own Worst Enemy" (10 -11 p.m.) on Monday, November 24, and "The Biggest Loser" (8-10 p.m.) on Tuesday, November 25.  A new special with Rosie O'Donnell, "Rosie Live" (9-10 p.m.), will air on Wednesday, November 26 followed by part-two of the special Thanksgiving-themed "Deal or No Deal" (10-11 p.m.).  The traditional holiday favorites "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" (9 a.m.-12 noon) and "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" (12 noon-2 p.m.) kick off Thanksgiving morning on Thursday, November 27.

"Deal or No Deal" celebrates its 200th episode on Monday, November 3 (8-9 p.m. ET). Beginning on Monday, November 10 guest star Jordana Brewster joins the cast of "Chuck" (8-9 p.m. ET) for a three-episode story arc playing Chuck's ex-girlfriend.  Also, on Thursday, November 20 on "My Name Is Earl" (8-8:30 p.m. ET), a series of tornadoes twist through Camden County, which is the least of Earl's problem when he loses his list.

In addition, during NBC Universal's "Green Is Universal" week --beginning on Sunday, November 16 -- several shows touch on eco-friendly elements starting Monday, November 17 with "My Own Worst Enemy" (10-11 p.m. ET), Wednesday, November 19 with "Knight Rider" (8-9 p.m ET.), "Life" (9-10 p.m. ET) and "Law & Order" (10-11 p.m. ET) and Friday, November 21 with "Lipstick Jungle"(10-11 p.m. ET).

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