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Dancing with the Stars continues while How I Met Your Mother gets Jamie-Lynn Sigler

I was under the weather this weekend, which means I watched way more Food Network programming than any one person should. There’s something so warm and comforting about their shows that they just felt right while I was snuggling up under the blankets. Come on, Paula Deen deep-frying cranberry sauce – it doesn’t get homier than that.

Now for background noise when you can’t sleep, nothing beats QVC. Where else can you find non-stop happy chatter at four in the morning? And hey, those pop-up playhouses for kids are just darling! I bought four and my only son is 17. That must have been the fever talking.

Before I was struck down, I watched a very poignant episode of Numb3rs. TV standby, Kevin Tighe guested as an old friend of the Epps family whose son has died in a surfing accident. But of course it wasn’t really an accident – enter Don and Charlie hitting the beach to wipeout a murderer. A sad look at how as parents, it’s hard to let go even once our kids are grown and on their own.

Tonight On TV – Monday, November 17

CBS has the laughs with The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, and Worst Week, then a baby is kidnapped on CSI: Miami.

Jamie Lynn guests on How I Met Your Mother

On NBC Chuck has to deal with a jealous woman (that’s never good), then its Heroes, and My Own Worst Enemy.

ABC rolls into the semi-finals on Dancing with the Stars. That’s followed by Samantha Who?, and Boston Legalwith guest star Cheri Oteri.

On Fox it’s going from bad to worse for the folks on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and more action on Prison Break.

Chad Michael Murray wrote and directed this One Tree Hill episode

The CW has a real treat planned for tonight but first it’s Gossip Girl. Then it’s a special One Tree Hill written by star Chad Michael Murray that puts the whole cast into an homage to Casablanca.

Over on cable

ABC Family is out to get you in the holiday spirit with their original movies Santa Baby and Holiday in Handcuffs.

If you’re not ready for Thanksgiving yet, check out Emeril Greenon Planet Green for tips on an organic holiday dinner.

On Bravo, it’s First Class All the Way with a trip to Napa Valley and then it’s off to MTV to pay a visit to The Hills.

SCI FI Channel gets Lost all night long and the Scream Queens are still battling it out for a role in Saw 6on VH1.

News and notable

CBS has picked up a full season of Gary Unmarried and a few more episodes of Worst Week.

NBC gave Mediumthe go-ahead to bring their episode count up to 19.

USA has announced that Monkwill begin its final season this coming summer with a sixteen episode run.

American Idol producers Lythgoe and Fuller are in development on Superstar Dancers of the Worldwhere teams of international dancers will compete for the title.

Joan Cusack is working on a psychiatry-themed comedy for NBC. (Love her.)

The Peacock is also interested in a “comedy” inspired by Criss Angel.

Photo credits:
One Tree Hill: We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me) – Pictured (L-R) Hilarie Burton as Peyton and Chad Michael Murray as Lucas. Photo: Fred Norris /The CW
How I Met Your Mother: Woooo! – Alyson Hannigan stars as Lily Jamie-Lynn Sigler guest stars as Jillian. Photo: Karen Neal/Fox

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