Julia Child & Jacques Pepin: Cooking in Concert (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.; please check local listings, as schedules vary widely during pledge week): Jacques fillets a salmon. Julia sautes. They share techniques. They don't always agree.
Together they prepare four dishes: a galantine of turkey with sausage and herbs; osso buco; salmon wrapped in a crust of thin-sliced roasted potatoes; and - for dessert - a charlotte of apple with two sauces.
The unusual format has these two working onstage before an enthusiastic audience. The dishes, in fact, were chosen partly because their preparation gave the renowned TV chefs and authors plenty of chances to discuss and compare styles. As you might expect from such veteran hands, viewers get humorous cross talk and anecdotes, too.
She TV (ABC, 10-11 p.m.): Programs that even try for topical or social satire - like the series premiering here - are rare on prime-time TV. This one - from independent producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner - believes in equal-opportunity lampooning: It will pick on almost anything.
The opener, for instance, takes swipes at TV's cop series ``NYPD Blue'' and ``Beavis & Butthead,'' at right-wing talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, and at game shows in a sketch called ``What Do Women Want?'' ``SheNN Newsbreaks'' rake over current events.
The unifying theme is a ``woman's point of view,'' according to executive producers George Schlatter (of the old ``Laugh-In'' show) and Bonnie and Terry Turner (lately of ``Saturday Night Live''). ``She TV'' addresses a range of current issues - political, cultural, social - in a ``woman's voice'' that is often irreverent. The ``Beavis & Butthead'' sketch, for instance, introduces viewers to the title characters' mothers - Mrs. Beavis and Mrs. Butthead.
The point, say the producers, is not man-bashing or woman-cheering but bringing a new angle to the issues we see tackled so constantly, and often ponderously, in the media.
Please check local listings for these programs.