The biggest baddest bugs on earth

On Your TV

Jun 16, 2004 at 2:06 pm

Here are a few programs to look out for in the upcoming week ...

WEDNESDAY 9 P.M. Unsolved History, Discovery Channel. "O.J. & Nicole." This episode pieces together the forensic evidence surrounding the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman and investigates what really happened a decade ago. Experts run a battery of experiments on the controversial evidence. By exploring these factors and more, this program tests the physical evidence of the unsolved double homicide. How about a show that follows O.J. as he continues his search for the "real killers?"

THURSDAY 8 P.M. Greatest Movie Gadgets, The History Channel. Cars that fly and drive themselves. Spiffy spy tools that see under doors and through walls. Water Harleys that fly above and below the surface.

Only in the movies, right? Hollywood might have dreamed up these things, but regular guys are making them for real as we see in a two-hour special combining clips of recent blockbusters and hilarious old movie serials along with a look at real-life creations, including intelligence-gathering "insects" and undersea robots. Aren't those in the Sharper Image catalog? Maybe it was Brookstone.

SATURDAY 8 P.M. World's Biggest Baddest Bugs, Animal Planet. Think the cicadas are bad? In this two-hour special, Entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste seeks the biggest, baddest bugs on earth. He covers himself with African killer bees, endures painful ant stings and gets face-to-fang with a goliath bird-eating spider. Kleinpaste puts a Hercules beetle into perspective on a human scale by battling a sumo wrestler over a slice of pizza

TUESDAY 10 P.M. P.O.V., PBS. This award-winning series starts its 17th season with "Farmingville." The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. For nearly a year, Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini lived and worked in Farmingville, N.Y., to capture first-hand the stories of residents, day laborers and activists on all sides of the debate. This timely and powerful film is more than a story about illegal immigration. Ultimately it challenges viewers to ask what the "American dream" really means.

NEWS & NOTES: The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season is finally out on DVD. One of the best seasons for America's favorite cartoon family, this set gives us "Kamp Krusty" as well the brilliant "Marge vs. The Monorail" with the late, great Phil Hartman. Of course there's "Tree House of Horror 3," plus the usual collection of goodies and extras like commentary and deleted scenes.