What's On This Week

SUNDAY, APRIL 6

WHAT FEMALES WANT AND MALES WILL DO
PBS | CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS
How I Met Your Mother with animals. A two-part Nature documentary.

HERE COME THE NEWLYWEDS
ABC | 10:02 P.M.
In the finale, the six couples meet up again—sounds like Shakespeare!—before one pair wins.

TUESDAY, APRIL 8

NCIS
CBS |8 P.M.
The series returns with a new episode: The NCIS team (including Michael Weatherly, right) stakes out a warehouse and trips into a murder.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9

IDOL GIVES BACK
FOX | 7:30 P.M.
The lineup for American Idol's second annual megafundraiser includes Reese Witherspoon (left), Brad Pitt, John Legend and Miley Cyrus.

THURSDAY, APRIL 10

SCRUBS
NBC | 9:31 P.M.
The network's Thursday lineup is back as of tonight—life seems so normal. Turk (Donald Faison) learns Spanish.

ER
NBC | 10:01 P.M.
Emergency! Emergencies! This week's fresh batch includes Gates (John Stamos) dealing with a transplant patient.

THE OFFICE
NBC | 9 P.M.
Invitation to horror: Michael (Steve Carell, right) has Pam and Jim (Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski) over for dinner.

NEW EPISODES!

ABC, April 7, 9:32 p.m. ET |

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Even during the long strike I never forgot you, Samantha Who? I would recall, usually during quiet moments on American Gladiators, the show's skipping happy lightness, and its perfect female ensemble, headed by Christina Applegate as a nasty New Yorker morally reformed after waking up from a coma. The first new episode is reassuringly good: Sam hopes to reunite with her ex (Barry Watson) but comes up against his fake-nice girlfriend (Kiele Sanchez). Meanwhile, her mother (Jean Smart) gets tipsy and delivers the speech she'd have given if she'd won the Miss Walnut Valley beauty title as a girl. It's a fine moment of comic pathos.

Saturday Night Live takes on the candidates. Whose impersonation gets Tom Gliatto's vote?

BARACK OBAMA FRED ARMISEN His performance captures some of the cadence, but that puzzled squint is wrong.

HILLARY CLINTON AMY POEHLER Every word has the acid tone of someone having to make nice while seething—very clever.

WINNER

JOHN McCAIN DARRELL HAMMOND The voice—chipper as an old Boy Scout earning one last badge—is perfecto.

The Emmy-winning sitcom returns to NBC on April 10.

WHO'S FUNNIEST ON THE SET? I love when Tracy Morgan's around. Even without anybody asking him, you will find out everything that's happened to him. It's always fascinating. But you never really know if what he tells you really happened.

HOW MANY MORE EPISODES WILL THERE BE THIS SEASON? Five. But gosh darn, we'll try to make those the five funniest shows ever!

HOW DID YOU FILL TIME DURING THE STRIKE? I knew I'd been gone too long when somebody asked me what happened to the girl on The Real Housewives of Orange County who left to become a musician and I said, "Oh, you mean Jo!"

Take-home tips from the America's Got Talent judge

1 EMULATE THE BEST In business, I'm similar to Rupert Murdoch or Donald Trump: They're charming when they want to be, ruthless when they have to be.

2 EYE ON THE BALL Even with all the arguments, I was always focused on raising money.

3 USE YOUR ENEMY I was tired, but when Omarosa started banging on about my children, that fired me up. I'm going to tell them, "Boys, we had the last laugh."