'Chappelle's Show' offers sharp comedy

"Chappelle's Show" (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central) enters its second season with more brutally funny and provocative sketches from Dave Chapelle. Dave offers some outlandish variations on political ads and explores the music-video-inspired theory that even the most mundane activity, like doing your laundry, looks sexy when filmed in slow motion.

Never one to shy away from racial or political controversy, this season of "Chappelle's Show" will feature a look at what "fair and balanced" reporting would be like if Fox News was around to cover the Civil War.

Tonight, viewers have to choose between "American Idol" (7 p.m., Fox) and the corporate guilty pleasure "The Apprentice" (7 p.m., NBC). Both shows feature awkward auditions. On tonight's "Apprentice," the winless Versacorp guys swing for the fences and put the hapless Sam in charge.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Scheduled on "60 Minutes II" (7 p.m., CBS): Virus hunters; a profile of Larry David, the curmudgeon behind "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
  • Ryan plans to expose Oliver on "The O.C." (8 p.m., Fox).
  • A runway competitor turns vicious on "America's Next Top Model" (8 p.m., UPN).
  • Scheduled on "48 Hours Investigates" (9 p.m., CBS): a doctor charged with sexually harassing a patient with multiple personalities.
  • Just what will the "Celebrity Mole Yucatan" (9 p.m., ABC) gang do without Corbin Bernsen's sage advice?
  • Perhaps no band better sums up the punch-line status of certain androgynous New Wave music than Flock of Seagulls. The moody Brits with absurd coiffures regroup for "Bands Reunited" (9 p.m., VH1).

Late night

Kristin Davis and Bruce McCall 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).

Donald Trump and Jeff Garlin are scheduled on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC).


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