What's on TV

SHOWS WORTH NOTING FOR NOV. 10-16

The following are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times Eastern, check local listings.

Friday 11/9

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (PBS, 6-7 p.m., check local listings): It's important to catch the "NewsHour" tonight if only for one five-minute segment - an up-close look at the photography exhibition "Here is New York."

Sunday 11/11

We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company (HBO, 8:30-9:50 p.m.): Those who followed "Band of Brothers" will want to watch this poignant documentary on Easy Company as the men remember their combat experiences in World War II.

X-Files (Fox, 9-10 p.m.): How can even the most ardent X-phile continue to watch without Mulder? The season opener offers the answer to that burning question with a gripping new approach. Lucy Lawless and Cary Elwes guest star in the two-part première.

Billy Joel: In His Own Words (A&E, 9-11 p.m.): This special features solo versions of the Piano Man's greatest hits and a Q&A from the audience at the University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium in Philadelphia. Pianist Richard Joo performs songs from Joel's new CD of classical music.

Precious Cargo (PBS, check local listings throughout the month): Those of us who remember Operation Babylift at the end of the Vietnam War will be delighted to meet these orphans, now all grown up, who return to their homeland to discover their heritage.

Tuesday 11/13

The Wolf Within (Animal Planet, 8-9 p.m.): Dog lovers will want to see this documentary which addresses such esoteric subjects as why dogs like to go for walks and why they guard us.

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): The King of Pop celebrates 30 years in show biz with an all-star lineup at Madison Square Garden.

Frasier-A-Thon (NBC, 8-10 p.m.): A two-hour special begins with the 200th episode of "Frasier" and continues with best moments and outtakes.

Friday 11/16

Iron Chef USA: Showdown in Las Vegas (UPN, 9-10 p.m.): William Shatner hosts this delightfully silly show wherein a challenger chooses among the "Iron Chefs" of Asian, American, French, and Italian origin in a battle of wits and saucepans. Sportslike commentary adds to the fast-paced fun.

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