Travel's 'Pizza Wars' offers saucy TV special

"Pizza Wars: New York vs. Chicago" (9 p.m., Travel) slices into the heated debate between deep-dish devotees and advocates of the thin-crust pie. Along the way, the spicy little film dishes out a cheesy dose of pizza facts and restaurant lore. Did you know that Americans devour more than 100 acres of pizza every day? The average American consumes 23 pizzas a year, for a national annual total of more than 3 billion pizzas. In the process, we eat 11.5 tons of pepperoni. I'll hold the anchovy statistics; you'll thank me later.

Jeff Corwin is host of "King of the Jungle" (7 p.m., Animal Planet). This "reality" competition pits 12 animal experts against one another in feats of skill and camerawork to see who will get to have their own TV special. Yes, it's The Battle of the Basic Cable Wannabes. The contests include sliding down a 50-foot "zip line," operating a video camera in the face of wild tigers and, of course, alligator wrangling.

A failing town gets a little boost from the Almighty in "The Maldanado Miracle" (8 p.m., Showtime). Peter Fonda stars in this 2003 film, directed by Salma Hayek.

Television's most popular computer generated animated character gets his own Columbus Day special. "Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion" (7 p.m., Nickelodeon) "stars" Jimmy Neutron in an hourlong tale of espionage and high-tech gadgetry. Look for celebrity voice cameos by Christian Slater, Michael Clarke Duncan, Wendie Malick and Tim Curry.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear and Hugh Jackman star in the 2001 romantic comedy "Someone Like You" (7 p.m., Fox).
  • Scheduled on a Nashville-themed "PrimeTime" (7 p.m., ABC): Sheryl Crow; a musical journeyman's overnight sensation; NASCAR wives discuss their lifestyles.
  • Lovey-dovey Robert and Amy offer unsolicited marital advice on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS).
  • St. Louis plays Atlanta on "Monday Night Football" (8 p.m., ABC).

Series notes

Speed dating hits a bump on "Yes, Dear" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Joe Rogan is host of "Fear Factor" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Couples counseling on "The Parkers" (7 p.m., UPN)

Caught between two men on "Girlfriends" (8 p.m., UPN) ... Andy's date freaks out Delia on "Everwood" (8 p.m., WB) ... Dee Dee frets about her mother's pregnancy on "Half and Half" (8:30 p.m., UPN) ... Alan alienates the help on "Two and a Half Men" (8:30 p.m., CBS)

Late night

Halle Berry and Lance Armstrong appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Clay Aiken on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

David Copperfield chats on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Ted Danson is booked on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).


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