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Network Sweeps Programming Highlights

Feb 6, 2006  •  Post A Comment

ABC

The Super Bowl was expected to score a touchdown Feb. 5, with “Grey’s Anatomy” in the plum post-game lead-out position. Erik Estrada guest stars on “According to Jim” Feb. 7. Illeana Douglas guests on “Crumbs” Feb. 9. Part two of the post-Super Bowl “Grey’s Anatomy” concludes Feb. 12. The classic “A Charlie Brown Valentine” will aim to warm hearts Feb. 14. Maria Conchita Alonso plays Gabrielle’s mother on “Desperate Housewives” Feb. 19. The 25th Annual Academy Awards edition of “Barbara Walters Special” runs March 1.



CBS

“Survivor: Panama-Exile Island” was set to premiere Feb. 2. The 48th Annual Grammy Awards rock out Feb. 8. “A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Love Smart,” hosted by Phil McGraw, airs Feb. 14, with dating advice for guest Paula Abdul. Feature film “Die Another Day” airs Saturday, Feb. 11, while the network turns over Sundays to action movies with “The Sum of All Fears” Feb. 12, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” Feb. 19 and “The Bourne Identity” Feb. 26. “The Amazing Race” gets a two-hour premiere Feb. 28.



Fox

Feb. 3 was to mark the 100th episode of “The Bernie Mac Show.” The last of “American Idol’s” initial audition shows airs Feb. 7. “Idol” Hollywood auditions run Feb. 8 and Feb. 14, with the 25 semifinalists announced Feb. 15. Performance shows air Feb. 21 and 22, with the first live results show Feb. 23. A two-hour, four-episode season finale of “Arrested Development” airs Feb. 10. Carrie Fisher guest voices on “Family Guy” Feb. 19. A special preview of debuting comedy “Free Ride” airs post-“Idol” March 1.



NBC

Taye Diggs guest stars on the Valentine’s Day-themed “Will & Grace” Feb. 9. The opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, airs Feb. 10, with the closing ceremonies scheduled for Feb. 26. Bode Miller competes in the men’s downhill skiing events Feb. 12. Men complete their free skate programs Feb. 16. Apolo Ohno skates the short track’s 1,000-meter Feb. 18. The ladies’ free skate wraps up all medal events in figure skating Feb. 23. Game show “Deal or No Deal” returns for a week-long run Feb. 27.



UPN

Wayne Brady and the Oakland Athletics’ Barry Zito guest star on “Girlfriends” today. Reality series “Get This Party Started” debuts Feb. 7, with MTV’s “Laguna Beach” Kristin Cavallari hosting. Ms. Cavallari also will play a closeted lesbian cheerleader on the Feb. 15 episode of “Veronica Mars.” As part of CBS Corp.’s Know HIV/AIDS initiative, former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams begins a three-episode arc as an HIV-positive record executive on “Half & Half” Feb. 13. Brandy guest stars on “One on One” Feb. 20 and 27. The one-hour reality special “America’s Next Top Model-Where the Girls Are” profiles past “Model” contestants March 1.



The WB

The cast of “Beauty and The Geek” heads to Las Vegas Feb. 9 for a game of strip poker. The DC Comics character Cyborg is introduced on “Smallville” Feb. 16. Paige gets engaged Feb. 19 on “Charmed,” while Nick Lachey guest stars as a former underwear model on “Twins” Feb. 24. Sam and Dean’s dad returns to “Supernatural” Feb. 28. The network’s feature film lineup includes “Agent Cody Banks” (Feb. 20), “Orange County” (Feb. 22) and “Just Married” (Feb. 23).