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TV’s best bets: ‘Click & Clack’ cartoon debuts

Mike Hughes Gannett News Service

Tonight’s might-see

PBS’ “Click & Clack’s As the Wrench Turns,” 7 and 7:30 p.m., KSPS.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a cartoon based on a radio show with two car mechanics.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi provide the voices of their alter-egos, Click and Clack Tappet. On radio, they answer car questions. This debut episode gives them a much bigger story.

They are awful at fundraising. They raise zero, and the station is in jeopardy. Their solution is to run for office and pocket the campaign contributions.

There’s a mild amount of fun here, plus light satirical slaps.

Tonight’s might-see II

“E.T.” (1982), 8 p.m., WGN.

Here’s a fresh chance to see Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, perfect for kids and adults, in which a lonely kid finds a stranded alien. “ET” has warmth, humor and vibrant, Spielberg-style adventure.

Other choices include

“So You Think You Can Dance,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. We’re down to a dozen dancers now.

“Knocked Up” (2007), 8 p.m., HBO. A diligent woman (Katherine Heigl) accidentally gets pregnant via a directionless guy (Seth Rogan); opposite forces try to blend. Judd Apatow has written and directed a likable film, sparked by Heigl’s warmly funny character.

PBS’ “Nova ScienceNow,” 9 p.m., KSPS and KUID. Fans of ABC’s “Hopkins” series already know Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa; this hour includes a portrait. Once an illegal-immigrant farmworker, he’s now a Johns Hopkins University leader in brain surgery and brain-cancer research.

“Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m., CBS. As the second half of a two-parter begins, Reid has been kidnapped, bound and drugged. Now his colleagues try to rescue him.

“CSI: NY,” 10 p.m., CBS. Mac and Stella investigate robberies of rich people in Manhattan. There may be a connection between this and a hot car, rigged up with devices that James Bond would love.

“Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up,” 10 p.m., Starz. Over the next 10 weeks, this series – produced by Martin Lawrence and hosted by Doug Williams – will include 35 stand-up comics.