”The View”’s Lisa Ling visits prime time to host the WB’s ”20 Teens Who Will Change the World” (Fri., 9 p.m.). A collaboration between the Frog networkprofiles young celebs from Mandy Moore and Kirsten Dunst to an environmental activist, a civil rights crusader, and renowned choreographer Wade Robson (‘N Sync, Sisqó, and Britney Spears). Ling says 13 year old gay and lesbian rights activist Sol Kelley-Jones proved to be the most remarkable guest of all. ”At such a young age to be thinking of how to change the world is almost unbelievable,” Ling, 27, tells EW.com. ”I remember in high school there were a couple of kids who were gay, and they were terribly harassed. She’s so courageous to try and raise consciousness.”
Also courageous, says Ling, is the WB’s decision to interrupt its Friday night sweeps schedule for a do good documentary: ”In a time when TV focuses on the negative or salacious, here’s a show that concentrates on young people selflessly doing incredible work.” And just why was Ling chosen as host? The former emcee of the teen magazine show ”Scratch” and high school news service ”Channel One” has 10 years of experience talking to kids. But back then, could she have made this impressive list of the 20 top teens? ”I was incredibly ambitious to get ahead,” she admits. ”My motives were definitely selfish.” Sound familiar, Britney?
Here’s EW.com’s guide to the best of this week’s sweeps TV:
?THURSDAY, Feb. 8
Friends (8 p.m., NBC ) For the second ”super-size” installment, Rachel celebrates her 30th birthday, causing each of the gang to reminisce about their own experiences turning the big 3-0.
”Survivor” (8 p.m., CBS) It’s round two of the 13 week showdown between NBC and CBS. From the teasers, it looks like Jerri has a thing for cowboys — or at least custom auto designers from Texas (Colby). Meanwhile, Michael annoys the Kucha tribe with his obsessive need to hunt.
?FRIDAY, Feb. 9
”Powerpuff Girls” (9 p.m., Cartoon Network) The ubiquitous girls go retro in this Beatles tribute, appropriately airing on the 37th anniversary of the Fab Four’s debut on the ”Ed Sullivan Show.” What’s next, a trip to Graceland?
”Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (10 p.m., NBC) Julia’s famous bro Eric Roberts plays a former sex crimes detective who’s accused of killing rapists out on parole. Maybe he’s making up for ”Star 80.”
”When Chefs Attack! Hidden Video of America’s Scariest Restaurants” (9 p.m., UPN) Remember all those jokes about what?s in the secret sauce? Well, after seeing what America’s less-than-finest chefs and restaurant workers do to your food, you’ll appreciate mom?s meatloaf even more.
?SATURDAY, Feb. 10
”The Orgasm Special: A Real Sex Xtra” (11 p.m., HBO) Umm, not much more to say about this one. See if you can hold out for the entire hour.
”MAD TV” (11 p.m., Fox) Susan Sarandon appears on her kids’ favorite show as the Tooth Fairy. Seth Green also adds to the fun.
?SUNDAY, Feb. 11
”The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox) Homer builds a tennis court, luring Grand Slam winners Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi to the family’s backyard.
”Haven” (9 p.m., CBS) Natasha Richardson (”The Parent Trap”) stars in this two-part mini about Ruth Gruber, the Jewish American woman who escorted nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors from displaced persons camps to the United States. Concludes Wednesday, Feb. 14.
”Grosse Pointe” (9:30 p.m., WB) The satire reaches self referential overdrive when Jason Priestley appears as himself — and he?s a sex addict to boot!
”The Practice” (10 p.m., ABC) It’s a sweeps crossover between David E. Kelley shows. In this one, ”Boston Public”’s Coach Kevin Riley (Thomas McCarthy) hires Ellenor Frutt and Jimmy Berluti to represent him in a wrongful termination suit against the high school.
?MONDAY, Feb. 12
”Boston Public” (8 p.m., Fox) The crossover continues when ”The Practice” attorneys try to convince Winslow High’s administration to rehire the Coach. No, Craig T. Nelson doesn?t guest star.
”Moesha” (8 p.m., the UPN) When Miles proposes a race between his and his friend’s dad (Olympic gold medallist Maurice Green), little does he know that his pal’s pop is the fastest man in the world.
”Everybody Loves Raymond” (9 p.m., CBS) Call it the dysfunctional family Valentine’s special. Ray (Ray Romano) and Debra (Patricia Heaton) go to a romantic restaurant for V-day, only to realize they have NOTHING to talk about. Talk about reality TV.
”Gideon’s Crossing” (10 p.m., ABC) Lando Calrissian alert! Yes, it’s Billy Dee Williams guesting as Dr. Boies’ (Russell Hornsby) estranged father, who’s admitted to the hospital with pneumonia but ends up battling a much graver condition. And no, it doesn?t involve Colt 45 Malt Liquor.
?TUESDAY, Feb. 13
”Buffy The Vampire Slayer” (8 p.m., WB) Everyone wants a Valentine, even vampires. Buffy rejects Spike after he declares his love. Dissed, Spike runs back to the eeevil Drusilla. We told you love bites.
”DAG” (8:30 p.m., NBC) A notable first: Lil’ Kim appears fully clothed — as the First Lady?s temp secretary. But even without a plunging neckline, Kim’s character wreaks romantic havoc when both Dag and Morton want her to be their Valentine’s date.
”Dharma & Greg” (9 p.m., ABC) Dharma must deal with the guilt of an adulterous kiss with Charlie (Kevin Sorbo), her GED tutor. Guess the ”But he’s Hercules!” line won’t satisfy Greg.
?WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day!
”Dawson’s Creek” — SPOILER AHEAD! — (8 p.m., the WB) It’s the morning after Joey and Pacey’s first time, and boy the glow shows, because Dawson awkwardly asks Joey is if she’s still a virgin. Guess now it?s up to Jessica Simpson to hold down the fort.
”Barbra Streisand Timeless” (8 p.m., Fox) Sorry, you’ll have to wait till Feb. 21 for the ”Temptation Island” finale. Tonight, Fox plays Cupid by airing Babs’ millennium concert (recorded at her final televised performance New Year’s Eve, 1999). Don?t worry, we won?t be watching it either.
”Drew Carey Show” (9 p.m., ABC) After Drew is taken off life support, he starts drifting toward Heaven, where he comes across Mimi’s not-yet-born baby. He ends up helping with the delivery from the Other Side. Hey, maybe it?s a good night to rent a video, after all.