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The Simpsons

The offbeat animated sitcom starts its 16th season with actor James Caan and author Thomas Pynchon providing voices for animated versions of themselves. After checking out his dad's old Playdude magazines, Bart is inspired to reinvent himself as a pint-size '70s-style swinging bachelor in the new episode "All's Fair in Oven War." Marge resorts to dishonest tactics to give herself an edge in a baking contest. (TVPG) 80443
8 PM on AMC

The Longest Day

Darryl F. Zanuck, the legendary studio mogul behind 20th Century Fox, personally supervised this mammoth 1962 war drama that re-creates D-Day. The cost of the cast probably forced the making of the film -- shot by three directors -- in black and white, since the budget had to accommodate stars such as Richard Burton, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, Peter Lawford, Rod Steiger and Robert Wagner. 76713578

Inside the Actors Studio

Ten years ago, who'd have pictured a New Kids on the Block dropout, white rapper and underwear model in the hot seat across from James Lipton? But that was before Mark Wahlberg revealed his substantial acting skills as an aspiring porn star in 1997's "Boogie Nights." Now he has plenty to talk about in this new episode, from his string of high-profile remake roles ("Planet of the Apes," "The Italian Job") to his latest project, "The Black Dahlia." (TVPG)
8:30 PM on Channel 2, ESPN

NFL Football

The Buffalo Bills are the latest team to have a shot at redemption against the New England Patriots, whose record-breaking 21-game winning streak ended two weeks ago. The Bills became victim No. 18 on Oct. 3 in a game that played out like so many others, with the opportunistic Pats capitalizing on a late fourth-quarter fumble by Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe to seal the win. Tom Brady threw two TD passes for the winners. 499511

A Painted House

The John Grisham best seller, inspired by the author's own childhood, became a 2003 Hallmark Hall of Fame offering directed by Alfonso Arau ("Like Water for Chocolate"). A youngster (Logan Lerman, "Riding in Cars With Boys") in a 1950s Arkansas farm family is impacted by various events during a difficult harvest season. Scott Glenn, Robert Sean Leonard, Arija Bareikis ("The American Embassy") and Melinda Dillon also star. (TVG) 1358269


The new episode "Who Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.?" seeks an answer to the question that accompanies most high-profile assassinations: Did the gunman act alone? According to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, King's killer, James Earl Ray, was in the employ of some powerful people who wanted the civil rights leader dead. King's son Dexter, however, paints a more sinister picture. (TVPG) 3236269