How today's aircraft carriers are built and made ready for sea is the subject of Discovery Channel's "City of Steel: Carrier," debuting Sunday at 9 p.m.
Roy Scheider narrates the one-hour show, which brings viewers a sweeping look at the birth of a carrier with the forging of massive steel plates at a mill in Pennsylvania through its construction in Newport News, Va., and onto the U.S. Navy's shakedown cruise.
Discovery Channel gained some first-time access as it followed the construction of the carriers Harry S. Truman and Ronald Reagan at the huge, 20,000-person Newport News Ship Yards. There, the workers assembled the 97,000 tons of which 60,000 are steel. The flight decks are the size of three football fields.
Repeats: Nov. 21, 23 and 28.
* Sunday on Bravo at 8 p.m., legendary singer-songwriter Billy Joel is the subject of a special two-hour "Inside the Actors Studio" featuring a song-by-song trip through his extraordinary career. Sales of Joel's albums topped 100 million world wide, a record matched only by The Beatles. Repeats: Nov. 25.
* Sunday on TNT at 8 p.m., "Hostage Hotel," in which Burt Reynolds tries to save a mother, daughter and friend from a cunning killer holding them hostage in a historic hotel. Charles Durning and Keith Carradine co-star. Repeats: 10 p.m., midnight, Tuesday at 11 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m.
* Sunday on Showtime at 8 p.m., "Jerry and Tom," which pokes fun at the world of contemporary mobsters -- in this case, Joe Mantegna and Sam Rockwell, who play used-car salesmen doubling as killers for hire. Charles Durning and Maury Chaykin co-star, and Peter Riegert, William H. Macy and Ted Danson have cameos. Repeats: Nov. 29 and Dec. 3.
* Sunday on CNBC at 8 p.m., "National Geographic Explorer" offers two new segments, "Dinosaurs Take Wing," about the recent find in China that fuels the theory that birds descended from dinosaurs, and "Dinosaur Fever II," a look at Paul Sereno's latest find -- bones from a dinosaur in the Niger desert. Repeats Saturday at 8 p.m.
* Monday on Disney Channel at 7 p.m., "The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards," celebrating 10 years of honoring 36 teachers from across the country who teach from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. Astronaut John Glenn will be awarded the featured Frank G. Wells Award. Repeats: Thursday at 8:40 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 10 p.m.
* Monday on Lifetime at 7 p.m., "Intimate Portrait: Loni Anderson," profiles the actress who starred on "WKRP in Cincinnati" in the 1970s and later had a very public and painful divorce from Burt Reynolds in 1993. Lynda Carter and Deidre Hall contribute.
* Monday-Thursday on History Channel at 9 p.m., the first of "History Alive's" four-parter about the CIA. The opener is "Cloak & Dagger Diplomat," about a Soviet diplomat who delivered USSR secrets to the CIA, and an East German housekeeper who stole highly sensitive documents from the home of her employer. Repeats at 1 a.m. nightly.
* Tuesday on Cinemax at 6:30 p.m., the debut of the Cinemax Reel Life documentary "The Cruise," a bus tour of Manhattan guided by Timothy Speed Levitch, a philosopher and poet who delivers breathless monologues about the city he loves. Repeats Nov. 27.
* Saturday on Disney Channel at 7:30 p.m., Joey and Andrew Lawrence star in "Horse Sense," an original film delivering a lesson in hard work, loyalty and love. Repeats at 9:05 p.m. and Nov. 21, 22, 24, 26 and 30.