NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY, FEB 2 2003 – SATURDAY, FEB 8 2003

NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY, FEB 2 2003 – SATURDAY, FEB 8 2003
Published: January 16, 2003

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Sunday, February 2 2003

DATELINE NBC – SUNDAY –(7:00PM-8:00PM)

“Show No.46”

AMERICAN DREAMS –(8:00PM-9:00PM) –(TV-PG)

“The Pursuit Of Happiness”

JJ’S MOMENTARY FLING COULD COST HIM A TWO-YEAR RELATIONSHIP – In the aftermath of his confession to Beth (Rachel Boston), JJ (Will Estes) struggles to put their relationship back together again, but quickly realizes that it might be too little too late. Elsewhere, Meg (Brittany Snow) strikes up a musical friendship with Sam (Arlen Escarpeta) as they decide to save money by sharing records – causing problems with JJ who quickly reminds his sister about the trouble she faced after her previous interactions with Sam. Meanwhile, Jack (Tom Verica) entrusts his new employee — Nathan (guest star Keith Robinson), the nephew of Henry (Jonathan Adams) — with delivery duty, but later questions his decision when Nathan fails to return. Helen (Gail O’Grady) volunteers to baby-sit for her professor and gets to know him better while Roxanne (Vanessa Lengies) fights for a coveted position writing the “Backstage on Bandstand” column for Teenzine magazine. Ethan Dampf and Sarah Ramos also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wendy Luckenbill (818) 840-2543

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT –(9:00PM-10:00PM) –(TV-14)

“Suite Sorrow”

IT’S NO-TELL WHEN HOTEL MAGNATE IS FOUND RUB-A-DUBBED IN HER TUB — When the wealthy and matronly owner (as Nan, guest star TBA) of a magnificent hotel is found naked and murdered with injections of botox in her bathtub, Detectives Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) focus on the victim’s unstable adult daughter (guest star Amy Ryan) who resented her mother’s meddling in her love life. While the cops’ investigation also snares a makeup artist who dabbles in botox, they find they need one more missing link to make their case — and look to the dysfunctional family for more clues. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joanna Giddon

KINGPIN –(10:00PM-11:00PM) –(TV-14)

“Pilot”

SERIES PREMIERE–CHANGE IN POWER LOOMS IMMINENT IN DRUG CARTEL FAMILY– As family leader Tio Jorge (guest star Pepe Serna) deteriorates in exile, the next generation of a powerful drug cartel family strategizes to take over ‘La Corporacion,’ a multi-million dollar business. Stanford-educated Miguel Cadena (Yancey Arias) is poised to take the reigns, but Jorge’s son Ernesto (guest star Jacob Vargas) presents a challenge that requires the efforts of Miguel as well as his brother Chato (Bobby Cannavale) and wife Marlene (Sheryl Lee) to confront. Meanwhile, DEA agent Delia Flores (Angela Alvarado Rosa) faces setbacks as she works her contacts within the drug world to close in on the massive cartel. Brian Benben and Ruben Carbajal also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Caroline Perez (212) 664-5019

Monday, February 3 2003

FEAR FACTOR –(8:00PM-9:00PM) –(TV-PG)

“No.318 – All Gross Show (Parental Advisory)”

ALL GROSS-OUT EPISODE OF FEAR FACTOR – This special “all-gross” episode features challenges that fans of “Fear Factor” will find even more gory and gross than ever. Host Joe Rogan leads the six contestants through a “blood bath” requiring them to bob for objects sunk deep in 50 gallons of cow blood. Later, they must consume tomato hornworms measuring five inches in length and then gather “road kill” skunk carcasses from inside a pitch black tunnel. The contestants (three women and three men) recruited from across the nation must decide if they have the guts and determination to face their most primal fears when confronted with a series of challenging stunts under the supervision of professional Hollywood stunt coordinators. In each pulse-racing episode, contestants compete against themselves, extreme challenges — and each other — in the hope of taking home a cash prize of up to $50,000 at the end of the hour. John de Mol (“Big Brother”) and Matt Kunitz (“Dog Eat Dog”) are the executive producers of this series from Endemol Entertainment USA.

MEDIA CONTACT: Bob Meyer (818) 840-3563

THIRD WATCH –(9:00PM-10:00PM) –(TV-14)

“Collateral Damage – Part I”

WEARY YOKAS PONDERS FAMILY’S HISTORY OF DRUG ABUSE AT DAUGHTER’S BEDSIDE; MIA FARROW GUEST STARS — An exhausted Yokas (Molly Price) keeps vigil as her teen daughter Emily (guest star Bonnie Dennison) fights for her life after a drug overdose, allowing the regretful officer a chance to reflect on her family’s history of alcohol abuse — and her own mother’s (guest star Mia Farrow, “Hannah and Her Sisters”) warnings. Elsewhere, Officer Bosco (Jason Wiles) reluctantly accompanies the wild-eyed Sergeant Cruz (Tia Texada) on her personal mission to find the drug dealers who sold the stuff to her hopeless junkie sister (guest star Martha Millan). In addition, Doc (Michael Beach) questions Kim’s (Kim Raver) reluctance to testify against Carlos (Anthony Ruivivar) in his sexual harassment allegation. Coby Bell, Eddie Cibrian and Skipp Sudduth also star.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Joanna Giddon (212) 664-2511

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CROSSING JORDAN –(10:00PM-11:00PM) –(TV-14)

“Strangled”

FLASHBACK — THE MORGUE STAFF STEPS BACK IN TIME TO FIND THE BOSTON STRANGLER – In an annual Cavanaugh tradition, Jordan (Jill Hennessy) along with Woody (guest star Jerry O’Connell) and the rest of the morgue staff examine an unsolved homicide from Max’s (Ken Howard) days as a rookie detective, which coincided with the killing spree of the famed Boston Strangler. Stepping back in time to 1964, they each assume the identity of someone involved in the homicide investigation, hoping to unearth some new shred of evidence to solve this case and possibly even discover the true identity of the strangler. Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor, Steve Valentine and Kathryn Hahn also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wendy Luckenbill (818) 840-2543

Tuesday, February 4 2003

FEAR FACTOR –(8:00PM-9:00PM) –(TV-PG)

“No.319 – All Female Show”

In this “females only” episode of “Fear Factor,” our six female contestants compete against themselves and each other with extreme challenges in the hope of taking home a cash prize of up to $50,000 at the end of the hour. Stunts for this episode include a transfer of electric eels from one container to another and a challenge to stay balanced while straddling a bull-like object between their legs and swaying, swinging and bouncing bucking bronco-style hung under a helicopter over a lake. John de Mol (“Big Brother”) and Matt Kunitz (“Dog Eat Dog”) are the executive producers of this series from Endemol Entertainment USA.

MEDIA CONTACT: Bob Meyer (818) 840-3563

FRASIER –(9:00PM-9:30PM) –(TV-PG)

“Lilith Needs A Favor”

LILITH HITS FRASIER WITH A SHOCKING QUESTION; EMMY AWARD WINNER BEBE NEUWIRTH GUEST STARS — Making an impromptu visit to Seattle, Lilith (Emmy winning guest star Bebe Neuwirth) drops a bombshell on an unsuspecting Frasier (Kelsey Grammer). Elsewhere, a lonely Niles (David Hyde Pierce) covets a mysterious image left by Daphne (Jane Leeves) while she takes a hapless car trip to the great white north of Canada with Roz (Peri Gilpin), Alice (guest star Ashley Thomas) and her slightly less than eager mother (guest star Millicent Martin). John Mahoney also stars.

MEDIA CONTACT: Deborah Thomas (818) 840-3663

A.U.S.A. –(9:30PM-10:00PM) –(TV-PG)

“Pilot”

SERIES PREMIERE–SCOTT FOLEY STARS AS NOVICE ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY HOPING TO IMPRESS BOSS AND BEAUTIFUL CO-WORKER WHEN HE RECEIVES HIS FIRST CASE–Adam Sullivan (Scott Foley) begins his career as an Assistant U. S. Attorney, going head-to-head with former classmate and dream date Susan Rakoff (Amanda Detmer), who now works as a legal aid lawyer. Adam’s roommate, Owen Harper (Eddie McClintock), complicates his case by visiting the courthouse for some inadvertent jury-tampering–much to the dismay of Adam’s reluctant boss Geoffrey Laurence (Peter Jacobson). John Ross Bowie also stars; Kathryn Joosten (“The West Wing”) and Phil Hendrie guest star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Caroline Perez

KINGPIN –(10:00PM-11:00PM) –(TV-14)

“El Velorio”

POWER STRUGGLE CONTINUES AS MIGUEL CADENA MUST PROVE HIS LEADERSHIP STRENGTH TO FAMILY AND FOES– As Miguel Cadena (Yancey Arias) begins to act as leader of ‘La Corporacion,’ he faces external challenge from a bold general (guest star Reni Santoni) who wishes to change the terms of their business association. Within the family, Miguel’s uncle Tio Beto (guest star Miguel Sandoval) refuses to give his approval to Miguel’s ascension to power, which is good news to Beto’s daughter Lupita (guest star Elpidia Carrillo) and her husband Manny (guest star Danny Trejo) who believe that their mastery of black magic makes them best suited to lead. Meanwhile, in Texas, DEA Agent Delia Flores (Angela Alvarado Rosa) redoubles her efforts to catch a killer, and Dr. Klein (Brian Benben) takes his best shot at getting out of the illegal drug trade, with the help of an eager buyer (guest star Darius McCrary) and his enforcer (Shay Roundtree). Sheryl Lee, Bobby Cannavale, and Ruben Carbajal also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Caroline Perez (212) 664-5019

Wednesday, February 5 2003

ED –(8:00PM-9:00PM) –(TV-PG)

“314”

WILL ANATOMY OF A MURDER PUT ED IN OVER HIS HEAD? — A desperate Eli (Daryl “Chill” Mitchell) recruits Ed (Tom Cavanagh) to defend his longtime buddy, who is accused of slaying a man accidentally killed in a familiar prank while cheating with the defendant’s wife. However, Ed is reluctant, not only because it is his first murder case but because he can’t prove that the fatal stunt dates back to a common high school practice. Meanwhile, Molly (Lesley Boone) finds herself sparking to a handsome fireman (guest star Tom Wilson) whose nerdy son (guest star Matthew Stadelmann) prefers online video games to the relationship with his father. Julie Bowen, Josh Randall and JanaMarie Hupp also star; Sabrina Lloyd guest-stars.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joanna Giddon (212) 664-2511

THE WEST WING –(9:00PM-10:00PM) –(TV-PG)

“Inauguration (Part I)”

INAUGURATION–A situation in a thoroughly unimportant country on the other side of the world has the President and his staff re-writing his Inauguration address on the eve of his swearing-in as tensions between the White House and the Pentagon mount and the staff is stunned by the betrayel of one of their own. The first of a two-parter.

MEDIA CONTACT: Deborah Thomas (818) 840-3663

LAW & ORDER –(10:00PM-11:00PM) –(TV-14)

“Under God”

‘GOD TOLD ME TO DO IT’…VIGILANTE PRIEST TAKES MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS. After the murder of a notorious drug dealer, Detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) discover how much damage the deceased inflicted on the neighborhood. Briscoe is especially disturbed by the case because it reminds him of his own daughter’s horrible death at the hands of a drug trafficker. When an unlikely suspect confesses, the unusual predicament leads to a tricky trial as A.D.A. McCoy (Sam Waterston) and A.D.A. Southerlyn (Elisabeth Rohm) must mount arguments against a religious defense. S. Epatha Merkerson and Fred Thompson also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Caroline Perez

Thursday, February 6 2003

FRIENDS –(8:00PM-8:30PM) –(TV-14)

“The One With The Blind Dates”

JOEY AND PHOEBE PLAY MATCHMAKER WITH RACHEL AND ROSS; JON LOVITZ GUEST STARS — As wannabe matchmakers, Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) conspire to set up Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Ross (David Schwimmer) on their worst blind dates ever — hers being a pitiful lug (guest star Jon Lovitz, “Saturday Night Live”) — as they hope to reunite them out of mutual appreciation for what they had together. Meanwhile, while babysitting Emma, an ovulating Monica (Courteney Cox Arquette) wants to become romantically intimate with Chandler (Matthew Perry) — but their privacy is compromised because they can’t leave the infant alone or she’ll scream bloody murder.

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Tranchito (818) 487-2929

SCRUBS –(8:30PM-9:00PM) –(TV-14)

“My Karma”

THE STAFF OF SACRED HEART PUTS THEIR KARMA TO THE TEST; RICK SCHRODER GUEST STARS — Elliot (Sarah Chalke) tries to keep up her pefrect persona for her new boyfriend Paul (guest star Rick Schroder) for fear he won’t like her if she tries just being herself. At the hospital, things do not go as planned for Jordan (guest star Christa Miller Lawrence) and Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) when a miserably executed practice run of the baby’s birth turns into the real thing, and in the throws of labor– Jordan reveals the identity of the baby’s father to J.D. Meanwhile, Turk (Donald Faison) and J.D. (Zach Braff) can’t handle their guilt when they are led to believe that one of the golf balls they hit off the roof of the hospital caused a car accident. Judy Reyes, Ken Jenkins and Neil Flynn also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Townsend (818) 840-3429

WILL & GRACE –(9:00PM-9:30PM) –(TV-14)

“Homojo”

WILL JACK SELL OUT KAREN TO BECOME UNION JACK? MINNIE DRIVER (‘GOOD WILL HUNTING’) GUEST STARS — Jack (Sean Hayes) suffers Karen’s (Megan Mullally) wrath when he is seduced into friendship with her manipulative British romantic rival (guest star Minnie Driver, “Good Will Hunting”), who has set up house with Karen’s ex-husband. Meanwhile, Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) try to re-connect their lagging friendship with a competitive night of board games with their friends.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie French (818) 840-6587

GOOD MORNING, MIAMI –(9:30PM-10:00PM) –(TV-PG)

“Tba”

MEDIA CONTACT: Marc Grossmann (818) 840-3627

ER –(10:00PM-11:00PM) –(TV-14)

“No Strings Attached”

ABBY AND DR. ROMANO GET TROUBLING NEWS WHILE TEEN GIRLS ARE STRUCK BY ERRANT AUTO — Abby (Maura Tierney) is distraught when she learns that her mentally troubled brother is missing while flying over the Great Lakes, a desperate Dr. Romano (Paul McCrane) gets some depressing news and the hospital staff is confronted with numerous teenaged girls who are run down by a fellow female student suffering from a rare disease that might have caused the tragedy. Elsewhere, Dr. Chen’s (Ming-Na) relationship with Dr. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) takes a new turn; a daughter wants to take extreme measures to keep her extremely elderly mother alive; Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes) gets a promotion from a grateful alderman (guest star Bruce Weitz, “Hill Street Blues”) and Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) ponders her pending blind date with a hunk. Noah Wyle and Sharif Atkins also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Deborah Thomas (818) 840-3663

Friday, February 7 2003

MISTER STERLING –(8:00PM-9:00PM) –(TV-PG)

“Nothing Personal”

SENATOR STERLING DEFENDS AN ENVIRONMENTAL RACIST – reunited with his former college roommate (guest star Steven Flynn), Senator Sterling (Josh Brolin) agrees to help his college alum win an appointment as the Assistant Secretary to the Treasury for International affairs. However, the seemingly air-tight appointment runs into trouble when the Senator’s friend is pegged an environmental racist. Elsewhere, the list of applicants campaigning for the senator’s seat increase as local billionaire George Clooney (guest star Jeff Allin) throws his hat in the ring. Audra McDonald, William Russ and David Noroña also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kahlil Olmstead (818) 840-3727

DATELINE NBC – FRIDAY –(9:00PM-10:00PM)

“Show No.47”

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT –(10:00PM-11:00PM) –(TV-14)

“Pandora”

BRUTAL MURDER OF A CYBER VIGILANTE LEADS STABLER ON A HUNT FOR A FOREIGN CHILD PORNOGRAPHER — Investigating the brutal murder and sexual assault of a female motorist, Detective Stabler (Christopher Meloni) discovers his victim was moonlighting as a cyber vigilante, using herself as bait for on-line pedophiles in order to stop these predators. Tracking his victim’s last trips down the information superhighway, Stabler finds himself on the trail of a missing 14-year-old girl and the foreign child pornographer who may have kidnapped her. Pam Grier (“Jackie Brown”) reprises her role as U.S. Attorney Claudia Williams and Billy McNamara (“Beggars & Choosers”) guest stars as Detective Sam Bishop who partners with Stabler to track down the killer. Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, and Mariska Hargitay also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Caroline Perez

Saturday, February 8 2003

LAW & ORDER –(8:00PM-9:00PM) –(TV-14)

“The Wheel”

(Audio Description)

BRISCOE AND GREEN ARE CAUGHT BETWEEN A RELIGIOUS POWER STRUGGLE AND A HARD PLACE — The discovery of the smoldering body of an Asian girl outside the Chinese Consul General’s apartment leads Detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) to suspect the death is a suicide/ political statement, due to the victim’s affiliation with the controversial Falun Gong movement. However, when forensics reveal the girl was murdered, the detectives find themselves in the middle of a religious conflict, with their prime suspect being a representative of the Chinese government (guest star Tzi Ma ). Sam Waterston, Elisabeth Rohm, Fred Thompson and S. Epatha Merkerson also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Caroline Perez

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT –(9:00PM-10:00PM) –(TV-14)

“Silence”

(Audio Description)

ERIC STOLTZ GUEST-STARS; MURDER IN A CHURCH LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF SEXUAL ABUSE — When Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) are called to the scene of a murder in a church, they find that Bobby Douglas (guest star Sean Dugan), the young man responsible for the crime, had been receiving payoffs from the church to cover up his sexual abuse by a priest. Bobby is still in contact with one priest from his youth, Father Michael (guest star Eric Stoltz “Mask”), who is accused of child molestation by Bobby as he attempts to place the blame of his crime on the church that took advantage of his innocence. Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, Ice-T, and Stephanie March also star.

MEDIA CONTACT: Caroline Perez, 212/664-5019

MEET MY FOLKS –(10:00PM-11:00PM) –(TV-PG)

“The Barnes”

Before deciding which guy is the best match for their adventure-loving daughter, Jacquelyn, Jack and Cathie Barnes surprise the three contestants by waking them up early to go skydiving – then giving them a secret morality test involving a beautiful model. Through a series of revealing conversations, secret tasks and the notorious “lie detector” test, each contestant’s character and intentions is put to the ultimate test before the Barnes decide who will win a trip with their daughter. “Meet My Folks” is from NBC Studios and Nash Entertainment. Bruce Nash (“World’s Most Amazing Videos”) and Scott Satin (“The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments”) are the executive producers.

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