WEDNESDAY 10:30 P.M. RENO 911! Comedy Central. All new episodes of CC's original comedy series start here. This summer the lieutenants of the Reno, Nevada Sheriff's Department are back chasing perps and getting themselves in trouble, both on and off duty. Whether the officers are busting down the doors of a meth lab or busting moves at a local nightspot, viewers catch a fly-on-the-wall glimpse at the RENO 911! cops' uncensored opinions, passions and feelings about one another. The second season kicks off with the much-anticipated conclusion to last year's gripping cliffhanger.
THURSDAY 6 P.M. The Autobahn, The History Channel. Famed in song (Kraftwerk) and in the hearts of American lead-foots, this show looks at a superhighway designed for speed -- thousands of miles of roadway unhindered by limits of any kind. Viewers explore the fascinating history and current reality of the world's fastest freeway. The No. 1 works project of the Third Reich, the Autobahn was known as Adolf Hitler's Road until Germany's defeat in WWII. Reconstructed and extended to more than four times its original size, it became a symbol of the new Germany.
THURSDAY 8 P.M. World's Biggest Airplane, TLC.
In 2006, the most ambitious project in civil aviation history will enter into service carrying 555 passengers over 8,000 miles. Climb aboard the double-decker Airbus A380 and discover the logistical and engineering challenges involved in the making of this enormous plane. 555 passengers. Better use the restroom before you get on the plane.
SUNDAY 9 P.M. Boomer Nation, A&E. Where were you on Nov. 22, 1963? This question serves as the setup for a two-hour special that examines the lives of baby boomers and how their generation -- the largest in the nation's history -- affected America. We focus on six boomers (a soldier, a religious leader, a medical pioneer, a political activist, a TV guru and an advertising executive) and see how their lives have been shaped and how each life coincides with an important political or social shift in the American cultural landscape. It's strange that many boomers describe themselves as the whiniest generation ever. Guess the Xs and Ys are too apathetic to muster up anything like that.
TUESDAY 8 P.M. Crocodile Hunter, Animal Planet. "Crocs in the City." Not a follow-up to the Nick Gilder hit from late '70s, but a new episode of AP's popular series in which Steve Irwin is called to Mexico to investigate the proximity of the crocodiles living in the middle of the resort cities Tampico and Cancun. Once Steve locates the crocodiles, he advises the Mexican authorities on what steps to take for the safety of the crocodiles and the people.
TUESDAY 10 P.M. Sex in the City, TBS. To help re-position itself as a comedy network, Ted's (former) boys have added this former HBO sitcom to their roster. Not sure how they'll handle the racier bits, but that should prove interesting. This will also give the HBO-less a chance to see what all the fuss was about.
NEWS & NOTES: SCTV is back on the air! Well, sort of. SCTV Network 90 is out on DVD. This is the 90-minute program that ran on NBC late Friday nights in the early '80s. It's the finest sketch comedy show ever produced in North America, and this set is a superb collection of comedy bits starring John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas and Harold Ramis. A must for fans of this type of comedy.
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