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UPDATED 04/21/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/21/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

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What's On This Week

SUNDAY, APRIL 13

OPRAH'S BIG GIVE
ABC | 8 P.M.
The final three fly with pilot John Travolta. It'd be so cute if he dressed as Edna Turnblad! Jennifer Aniston's on the April 20 wrap-up.

MONDAY, APRIL 14

NEW AMSTERDAM
FOX | 9 P.M.
Season finale to the romantic noir fantasy about a detective (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) with many, many lives.

CMT MUSIC AWARDS
CMT | 8 P.M.
Miley Cyrus and her papa, Billy Ray Cyrus, host (and sing). Other performers: Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith.

BONES
FOX | 8 P.M.
Return of the strangely charming crime series starring the flinty-flirty pair of David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel. A body is found in the gunk of a hot spring.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15

DEADLIEST CATCH
DISCOVERY | 9 P.M.
Fourth season premiere, as the crab fishermen head back out to sea. Show your support—wear your rain slicker at home.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17

30 ROCK
NBC | 8:30 P.M.
Jack (Alec Baldwin) recruits party animal Tracy (Tracy Morgan) to join a different kind of party, the Republicans.

ELI STONE
ABC | 10 P.M.
In the season finale, Eli (Jonny Lee Miller) is in the O.R. to have that aneurysm removed—and George Michael rematerializes.

Desperate Housewives
ABC, April 13, 9 p.m. ET

Back before Christmas, Wisteria Lane got slapped down by an angry little cyclone that, oddly enough, reflected how I'd been feeling about this superbly juicy melodrama. Things had gone, eh, a bit flat. The loveless marriage of Gabrielle (Eva Longoria Parker) to Victor Lang (John Slattery), the town's silvery creep of a mayor, felt like a contrivance—a nuisance. How it warmed the heart to see him impaled on a wind-blown fence post. Now the show is back with promising new plot strands: For one thing, Gaby and Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) remarry and take in a boarder (Justine Bateman). And rival domestic divas Bree and Katherine (Marcia Cross and Dana Delany) will team up as caterers. That prospect alone—Dead Ringers with two Martha Stewarts—sweeps all storm clouds from my mind.

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