'Desperate' Encore

The secrets and suspense of Wisteria Lane return in full force as "Desperate Housewives" begins its second season Sunday at 9 p.m. on ABC. Fans who were left wondering how Bree will cope with sudden widowhood finally will get some answers. And viewers will get to know new neighbor Betty Applewhite (Alfre Woodard) and her son Matthew (Mehcad Brooks), who moved into their home in the middle of the night after buying it over the phone. Mary Alice, the housewife whose desperation led to suicide, again will narrate from the grave.

The nick news special edition:

harvest of hope

Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on Nickelodeon

Linda Ellerbee chronicles the lives of four kids from Mexican families who have moved to the United States for work.

The program spotlights the reality of migrant workers who toil in the fields and expect their children to do the same.

martha behind bars

Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS

Cybill Shepherd reprises the role she played in 2003's "Martha, Inc.," bringing to life the continued troubles and triumphs of Martha Stewart. Shepherd captures the cadence of Stewart's distinctive voice as the film moves from the height of her success -- when Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia became a publicly traded commodity -- to the trial resulting in Stewart's five-month prison sentence.


Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on HBO

Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais, "The Office") quits his day job to make it big in movies -- but far from landing a spot on Hollywood's A-list, the aspiring actor finds he's destined for a life of bit parts.

This new comedy series, produced in conjunction with the BBC, features cameos from stars who know a thing or two about Hollywood success. "Extras" immediately follows the season premiere of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" at 10 p.m.

Bet comedy awards

Tuesday at 9 p.m. on BET

The network's tribute to urban comedy airs live from Pasadena, Calif., offering honors in categories that include the top comedy show and the viewers' choice. Steve Harvey hosts.

the children of leningradsky

Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on Cinemax

A grim reality faced by many Moscow children is spotlighted in this new documentary. Children as young as 10 exist on the streets, with panhandling and prostitution their routine. Yet they say they prefer it to what they experienced in their family homes. Authorities in the Russian Federation estimate 30,000 children were on the streets in Moscow when the program was filmed in 2001-02.

That Yin Yang Thing

Friday at 8 p.m. on TLC

This new series shows how techniques from Eastern and Western masters (John Fava and Lee Reherman) can help resolve a crisis. The show focuses on groups and individuals who have reached an impasse, such as warring newlyweds or a rock band ready to call it quits. They may find help using meditation, hypnotherapy or Chinese herbs. From the Western front, confrontation circles or grueling Marine drills may lead to resolution.

-- Compiled and written

by the TV Week staff