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WATCH-O-RAMA HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS OF THE COMING TV WEEK.

Byline: David Kronke

``Category 6: Day of Destruction''

(CBS Channel 2; 9 tonight and Wednesday)

Think: ``Twister,'' ``The Day After Tomorrow'' and ``The Perfect Storm'' butt heads as three major storms collide over Chicago in this special-effects extravaganza; Brian Dennehy, Randy Quaid, Diane Wiest and Thomas Gibson hammily respond with dismay and contemplate their career trajectories.

Don't think: The miniseries opens with a tornado ripping apart Las Vegas - CBS' way of delivering a not-so-subtle hint should ``CSI'' cast members ask for another raise?

In a nutshell: ``I've got a bad feeling about this one,'' Dennehy declares, and so do we: Typical overheated (weather-wise and otherwise) disaster fare with swatches of expository mumbo-jumbo - don't panic the populace, intrepid reporter (Nancy McKeon) is warned as all goes to hell around her - interrupting scenes of elaborate mayhem.

``Tom Goes to the Mayor''

(Cartoon Network; 11:30 tonight)

Think: ``Mr. Show'' co-creator Bob Odenkirk executive-produces this willfully peculiar series about an ordinary citizen whose ideas for civic improvements are transformed by city politics into outright disasters. Jack Black offers vocal talents tonight as the city sets bear traps around local playgrounds.

Don't think: Doesn't a cartoon have to involve actual animation?

In a nutshell: Bizarre, even by ``Adult Swim'' standards, but for those with the appropriately perverse sensibility, addictively deadpan hilarity abounds.

``Everybody Loves Raymond''

(CBS Channel 2; 9 p.m. Monday)

Think: Robert (Brad Garrett) tries to drag Ray (Ray Romano) and Frank (Peter Boyle) to his therapist to work out their issues - only to learn more about one another bonding at the racetrack - in the classic sitcom's 200th episode.

Don't think: Remember when it looked like this show might not make it to its 20th episode?

In a nutshell: Written by series creator Phil Rosenthal, this is a very funny episode proving the show has plenty of life in it, even in its final season.

``Civil War Gold''

(KCET; 8 p.m. Wednesday)

Think: Explorers search for $75 million in treasure lost off the coast of Georgia when the S.S. Republic sank during an 1865 hurricane.

Don't think: The salvage expedition costs $25,000 a day - pretty pricey for a poaching operation.

In a nutshell: Fascinating hybrid of history and adventure.

``CSI: Crime Scene Investigation''

(CBS Channel 2; 9 p.m. Thursday)

Think: TV's most popular series commemorates its 100th episode with a twisted tale of trans-genders, scripted by author Jerry Stahl (``I, Fatty,'' ``Permanent Midnight'').

Don't think: If they had forced George Eads to play one of the trans- genders, then maybe that pay raise he almost got fired over might've been justified.

In a nutshell: A review copy wasn't available, as if that matters: 30 million viewers are watching this phenomenon weekly.

``Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi''

(Cartoon Network; 7:30 p.m. Friday)

Think: Anime transforms a real-life Japanese teen pop duo into characters more cartoonish than they already are.

Don't think: ``Powerpuff Girls'' without that pesky vague coherence.

In a nutshell: Hard to tell if American kids will simply automatically buy into the cult of personality of someone they probably haven't heard of but are being convinced are cool - and hot - nonetheless.

``Love's Enduring Promise''

(Hallmark Channel; 8 p.m. Saturday)

Think: Frontier schoolteacher Missie Davis (January Jones) finds herself torn between two suitors: dashing railroad executive Grant (Mackenzie Astin) and mysterious do-gooding hunk Nate (Logan Bartholomew). Decisions, decisions ...

Don't think: ``Nothing says Hallmark Channel more than a holiday movie,'' observes the press notes, leaving it to each of us to decide if that's a good thing.

In a nutshell: Let's face it - a title like that pretty much decides who will and won't be interested. For what it's worth, stolidly burnished, old-fashioned family-oriented storytelling carries the day.

``Afghanistan Unveiled''

(KCET; 10 p.m. Saturday)

Think: Afghani women abused by the Taliban and offered halting new opportunities after America drove out the religious extremists share their stories and ongoing struggles in the first film made by and about Afghani women, including some videographers still in their teens.

Don't think: Susan Sarandon hosting a documentary suggesting the American military may have done something right? She must've really taken ``Team America: World Police'' to heart.

In a nutshell: Both an intimate portrait and significant historical document.

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