TV highlights Feb. 16-21 

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17
CMT (Comcast Ch. 58)

Though they might not make the best dinner conversationalists, truckers are the meat and potatoes of America. As the old saying goes, if you wear it, eat it, or use it, chances are it was brought to you by one of the captains of the asphalt ocean. As such, it was only a matter of time before someone started giving back. Every week on CMT’s new reality show “Trick My Truck,” a band of mechanics, painters and upholsterers work over the steeds of unsuspecting truckers, turning work-a-day rides into rolling art; inside, out and under the hood. This week, the father of a critically ill child sees his Peterbilt get a big rig makeover.

7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)

With the suburbs sprawling out in all directions and middle-class folks increasingly able to meet their dreams of country living, it is inevitable that the natural world is going to come into conflict with the world of man. Still, Mother Nature is nothing if not adaptable, and many wild animals have found ways to not only survive but thrive in a suburban setting. Here, cameramen with the PBS show “Nature” go in search of town-and-country wildlife and the ways they’ve found to make it in the big city, including gated-community foxes who have learned that stolen morning newspapers — properly shredded — make fine insulation for their dens.

9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21
Discovery Channel
(Comcast Ch. 53)

Speaking of nature, we’ve all wondered from time to time how we’d fare if it was just us against the elements. And while I have made peace with the fact that the elements would smack me around and call me “sissy boy,” that doesn’t mean I can’t watch it on TV. In this new weekly series from the Discovery Channel, survival expert Les Stroud shows us how it’s done, venturing into some of the world’s most inhospitable locations with only his wits and 50 pounds of camera equipment (which means no camera crew just offstage, ready to rush in and tend his wounds). This go-round, a weeklong trek through Georgia’s Altamaha Swamp, teeming with mosquitoes, snakes, alligators and vicious, man-eating chiggers.


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