Less than a week before Veterans Day, "Inside the Afghanistan War" (8 p.m., National Geographic) takes a two-hour look at the conflict -- now America's most prolonged combat operation -- and the men and women serving there.
---The new half-hour series "Witness" (9 p.m., HBO) profiles photojourn-
alists in hot spots around the globe. First up is "Juarez," a look at the Mexican border town consumed in that nation's war on drugs, a conflict that has claimed nearly 20,000 lives in recent years.
Photographer Eros Hoagland travels from one murder scene to the next and presents interviews with local experts who all but blame the Mexican army for the endemic corruption and mass slaughter. "Juarez" also salutes Hoagland's father, a Newsweek photojournalist who was shot to death by members of El Salvador's military during that country's civil war in the 1980s.
---The eight-part series "Dangerous Grounds" (10 p.m., Travel) premieres, following adventurer Todd Car-
michael as he looks for rare and exotic new coffee varieties in Haiti, Bolivia, Madagascar and Borneo, among other places.
---While Todd Carmichael embarks on his Indiana Jones-style search for java in and around Java, "Anthony Bour dain: No Reservations" (9 p.m., Travel) airs its final episode. Bourdain decides to wrap up the series in Brooklyn, N.Y., just over the bridge from his Manhattan home.
Perhaps that's fitting. After all, few cities have done more to reinvent themselves as places of culinary adventurism. (Apparently, Paris now has food trucks that French eaters visit in search of a dining ex-
perience known as "Le Brooklyn.") And few cities have as much ethnic diversity -- and all of the eating opportunities that come with it. Before signing off, Bourdain joins up with his crazy Russian pal, Zamir, to sample the Russian food in Brighton Beach, an ethnic
enclave not far from Coney Island.
"Reservations" has had a nice, long run. It was a rare show where the host welcomed opportunities to discuss different cultures. Bourdain could get on my nerves with his well-worn "I was into punk music before you" routine. But he was always a writer and a reader and, as such, a thinker, which made him an uncommon presence on cable television.
His other show, "The Lay over," will return this month. But that's more about shopping than culture.
---The voices of Placido Domingo and Andy Garcia star in the hourlong "Dora the Explorer" presentation of "Dora's Royal Rescue" (7 p.m., Nickelodeon), based on a story by Miguel de
---A murder case with artisanal overtones on "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Dr. Devlin fights for a patient's life on "The Mob Doctor" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---A murder with ritualistic overtones on "Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---A renewable energy project brings women outside of their villages for the very first time in the documentary "Solar Mamas" on "Independent Lens" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG).
---A familiar face returns to cable on "Jesse James -- Outlaw Garage" (10 p.m., Discovery, TV-14).
While promoting the adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" (10:15 p.m., TCM), Mia Farrow graced the cover of the first People magazine, published on March 4, 1974.
---Ted and Victoria mull their
options on "How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Live performances on "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---A little romance on "90210" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
---Financial difficulties on "Part ners" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Bad credit on "2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Searching for the truth on "Gossip Girl" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---An awkward set-up on "Mike & Molly" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---A kindred spirit on "Revolu tion" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Murder at a sci-fi convention on "Castle" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Martha Raddatz is scheduled
on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Sarah Silverman, Brian Austin Green and Father John Misty appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Ellen Barkin, Sarah Colonna, Fortune Feimster and Arden Myrin are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Ricky Gervais and Ty Segall appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Kristen Stewart, Dax Shepard and Kip Moore on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Lucy Liu, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and RNDM visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Tenacious D on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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