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TV highlights May 11 

TEENS BEHIND THE WHEEL
8 p.m. Thursday, May 11
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)

Along with elderly drivers and drunks, teen-agers are some of the most dangerous inhabitants of the highway. With many teen motorists exhibiting a worst-case-scenario combination of inexperience, inattentiveness and bravado, the kiddies we share American roads with on a daily basis contribute to hundreds of thousands of accidents a year, some fatal. Here, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Boyd follows 10 new Connecticut drivers during their first six months behind the wheel. For the sake of their mental health, insurance agents and the parents of soon-to-drive teens should probably sit this one out.


DEADLIEST CATCH
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16
The Discovery Channel (Comcast Ch. 53)

One of our favorites from last year is back for an all-new season: the Discovery Channel’s reality-show stunner “Deadliest Catch.” Following the real-life trials and travails of crab fishermen as they go head to head with the treacherous and frigid Bering Sea, it’s a thrill-a-minute ride — one that can result in injury or death at any moment. About 45 fishermen a year who cast off in search of opillio and king crab simply don’t come back. Here, Discovery dishes up an extra helping of “Catch,” with three back-to-back episodes sure to get even a novice up to speed. Don’t forget your galoshes.


CAN YOU AFFORD TO RETIRE?
9 p.m. Tuesday, May 16
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)

Since the stock market bubble of the late 1990s burst, taking many a dream of comfortable, early retirement with it, the question of when it will be financially safe enough to hang up the ol’ glove has weighed heavily on many a Boomer mind. Here, experts in investment and finance look at the coming years to try and help oldsters ride into the sunset with their saddlebags comfortably stuffed with cash. Topics include: expanded life expectancy and how to prepare for a long retirement, the future of Social Security, pensions, investments, and riding out the volatile stock market without ending up in the poor house.

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