D-Day (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Many refer to it as the beginning of the end of World War II. As part of CBS's coverage of the 50th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, ``CBS Reports'' returns to the beaches and villages of Normandy. This documentary is anchored by Dan Rather and Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf (Army, ret.), who travel to Omaha Beach to assess the sacrifice of American troops (nearly 2,400 were dead or missing by the end of the first day).
CBS talked to hundreds of people involved in the monumental effort, from soldiers who fought their way to Berlin, to journalists who share their experiences of being in the middle of battle. American Ambassador to France Pamela Harriman, daughter-in-law of Winston Churchill, shares her memories of wartime England, for example.
Also interviewed are the sons of the commanding generals of D-Day: John Eisenhower, son of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower; Viscount David Montgomery, son of British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery; and Manfred Rommel, son of German Gen. Irwin Rommel, who was in charge of Normandy.
Actors Charles Durning, Anthony Hopkins, Mickey Rooney, Jeremy Irons, and Peter Ustinov read passages from letters and documents of the time.
The ``D-Day'' documentary is the third in the CBS News series on World War II. * FRIDAY
Edith Ann: Homeless Go Home (ABC, 8:30-9 p.m.): Lily Tomlin is the voice of her comic little-girl character Edith Ann (``...and that's the truth'') in this family-oriented cartoon focusing on the plight of the homeless.
Investigative Reports (A&E, 9-10 p.m.): A look at the United States government's top-secret experiment to create a nuclear-powered airplane. People who lived around the test site speak of radiation exposure and the government's attempt at a cover-up.
Please check local listings for these programs.