Now that Halloween is over, it's time for people across the country to prepare for the big events of late fall and winter like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and November sweeps. Each year it seems the networks up the stakes as TV shows look to surprise fans with major plot twists and series changing shockers. Here are five things we hope to see happen this November sweeps.
Sarah picks Hank on "Parenthood"
As worthy as the Emmy-nominated Jason Ritter is of an on-going role as Mark Cyr on "Parenthood," it's hard not to root for Sarah Braverman to pick Hank Rizzoli instead. After all, there's something electric about the chemistry between Lauren Graham and Ray Romano -- who attract each other like two sides of a personality magnet. Her character's eternal optimism and his floundering pessimism combine to create two ideal parts to a neurotic state of perfection. It's time for Sarah and Hank to move beyond their awkward first kiss and admit their true feelings for each other.
Schmidt wins CeCe back on "New Girl"While CeCe might have seen right through Schmidt's attempts to "White Fang" her in last season's "New Girl" finale, the unlikely duo broke up anyway. Now Jess' supermodel best friend has found an even more shocking beau in Robby. But if the way she was affectionately eyeing Schmidt during his Halloween "Magic Mike" dance is any indication, their reunion should be just around the corner -- perhaps fueled by one of Schmidt's high-class Thanksgiving feasts, even though it's the least sexy holiday. Maybe nice guy Robby is better suited for the recently single again Jess anyway.
DeDe Sticks Around on "Modern Family"With Gloria Delgado-Pritchett's baby bump getting bigger and bigger, it's not the ideal time for her husband Jay's ex-wife DeDe to show up. But that's just what's due to happen this week on "Modern Family." Shelley Long plays the dreaded first Mrs. Pritchett, and she's proven to be one of the series most hilarious guest stars. So a one-off visit is long overdue, but here's a vote for her staying on as a series regular.
Henry believes Jane on "666 Park Avenue"On the show "666 Park Avenue," Jane Van Deen keeps having crazy, sometimes murderous visions that no one else sees, and it's becoming slightly implausible that her boyfriend, Henry Martin, hasn't had her committed. For now he seems content to let her buy into her ax wielding murderer delusions without forcing her to seek professional help. Sweeps seems like the perfect time for Henry to have a run-in of his own or to check Jane into the "American Horror Story: Asylum."
Unique lands the role of Rizzo in "Grease" on "Glee"Alex Newell was just a runner-up on the first season of "The Glee Project," but he proved to be the breakout star when he joined the cast of the mother ship show "Glee." While Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty, Jr. actually won the reality TV talent search series, their characters quickly faded into the muck of "Glee's" less than lustrous Season 3. Even though Newell only won a two-episode arc on the Fox show choir saga, his Wade "Unique" Adams made a mark, and he lasted beyond his original commitment. Now it's time for the transgender teen Unique to have his big moment. And what could be better than him landing the part of Rizzo in the McKinley High production of "Grease"?
"666 Park Avenue" airs on Sunday nights at 10 PM EST on ABC.
"Parenthood" airs on Tuesday nights at 10 PM EST on NBC.
"New Girl" airs on Tuesday nights at 9 PM EST on Fox.
"Modern Family" airs on Wednesday nights at 8 PM EST on ABC.
"Glee" airs on Thursday nights at 9 PM EST on Fox.
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