Tuesday, Nov. 5: 'New Girl' (Fox, 9 ET/PT): It hasn't been a great season so far for 'New Girl,' as the show's handling of the relationship between Jess and Nick and its effect on their roommates has been an unfortunate drag. But here's something that might help: the return of Damon Wayans Jr., whose 'Happy Endings'-induced exit was an early blow to the series. His return as "Coach" is a boon to viewers, though it does mean the writers are going to have to try even harder to come up with something funny for his replacement, Lamorne Morris' Winston.
Adam Taylor, Fox
Wednesday, Nov. 6: 'The CMA Awards' (ABC, 8 ET/PT): Here's one thing you can always count on from a sweeps month: a music awards show. Because there are roughly 1,000 music awards shows, and they have to run somewhere.
Bob D'Amico, ABC
Thursday, Nov. 7: 'The Big Bang Theory' (CBS, 8 ET/PT): Bob Newhart is back, and in the role that finally won him an Emmy after an absurdly long wait: Sheldon and Leonard's childhood television hero Professor Proton. Or he's their hero, that is, until the professor picks Leonard over Sheldon for an experiment, which causes Sheldon to cozy up to another TV science star: Bill Nye. Well, of course he does: That mix of geek genius and perplexed child is what makes Sheldon such a fabulous character.
Monty Brinton, CBS
Monday, Nov. 11: 'Mike and Molly' (CBS, 9 ET/PT): If you think you're happy to have this comedy back on CBS, and Melissa McCarthy back on TV, imagine how the folks at 'Mom' feel. They originally were stuck with '2 Broke Girls' as a lead-in, and that's a comedy fate worse than death. In this second outing, Molly decides she wants to write a crime novel and does a ride-along with Mike (Billy Gardell) as research. Because after the success of 'The Heat,' it only makes sense to get McCarthy back in a cop car.
Tuesday, Nov. 12: 'American Experience: JFK' (PBS, 9 ET/PT, times may vary):
There are legions of JFK specials coming this month, which marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination. Sight unseen, the one to mark your calendar for is this two-part film from 'American Experience,' which starts on the 11th and concludes tonight.
Friday, Nov. 15: 'Bones'/'Raising Hope' (Fox, 8 ET/PT): It's a brand-new Friday on Fox, with 'Bones' moving in to serve as a lead-in for a returning 'Raising Hope.' Unless, of course, 'Bones' doesn't move or 'Hope' doesn't arrive. With Fox, you never know where, when or if shows are going to air until they actually do.
Greg Gayne, Fox
Sunday, Nov. 17: 'Almost Human' (Fox, 8 ET/PT): For example, this new sci-fi series from (among others) J.J. Abrams, which was supposed to debut Nov. 4 but was shifted to this Sunday slot for a special preview. Michael Ealy stars as the title character, an android who teams with a reluctant cop (Karl Urban) to fight crime in 2048. Hi, Robot.
Liane Hentscher, Fox
Tuesday, Nov. 19: 'David Blaine, Real or Magic' (ABC, 9:30 ET/PT): We don't get many specials anymore, so even if you don't care for magic acts in general or David Blaine in particular, you can be grateful to ABC for keeping the old format alive. This celebrity-packed 90-minute event teams Blaine with stars such as Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Woody Allen and Robert DeNiro. Oh, and the answer by the way is "real." There's no such thing as magic.
Lana Eline, ABC
Saturday, Nov. 23: 'Stonados' (Syfy, 9 ET/PT): Technically, the sweeps belong to broadcast alone. But we mention this latest Syfy attempt to leech off Sharknado's success just so we can say, ''No. Stop.''
Sunday, Nov. 24: 'American Music Awards' (ABC, 8 ET/PT): Look, another music awards, this one voted on by the fans, who, one would think, have already voted through their purchases. Sales don't represent quality, but they are a pretty reliable gauge of popularity. Scheduled to appear: the biggest tongue-wagging act of the year, Miley Cyrus.
Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images
Wednesday, Nov. 27: 'A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving' (NBC, 10 ET/PT): And the sweeps end as they began, with another 'SNL' holiday special. You have to admire the symmetry.
Dana Edelson, NBC
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