Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
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MUCHO MIKE The various TV voice-over/host gigs, the countless commercial endorsements -- it's not enough for the ubiquitous Mike Rowe. Now, he's repurposing early episodes of "Dirty Jobs" (Saturday 9-11 a.m., Destination America), the Discovery series that put him on the map a decade back. He'll reminisce about his most memorable moments. More Mike at mikeroweworks.com.
MAKING MUSIC Also ubiquitous: Beyoncé. Before the premiere of her much-hyped autobio-portrait "Beyoncé: Life Is but a Dream" (Saturday night 9-10:30, HBO), she chats for an hour on "Oprah's Next Chapter" (Saturday night at 8, OWN). Later this week, flash back to the start of modern sounds in the new "American Masters" tribute "Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll" (Friday at 9 p.m., PBS/13), about the midcentury gospel guitarist who influenced Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. Preview at pbs.org/american masters.
NEED A LAUGH? There's gotta be one in here somewhere. For families: New sitcom "Wendell & Vinnie" (Saturday night at 8, Nickelodeon) stars "iCarly's" Jerry Trainor as a single guy who takes in his nephew ("Shake It Up's" Buddy Handleson); Nicole Sullivan co-stars. For adults: Topical premiere "The Jeselnik Offensive" (Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central) finds standup Anthony Jeselnik riffing on the latest pop culture buzz, with guest panelists Aziz Ansari and L.I.'s Amy Schumer. For Webheads: "Upload With Shaquille O'Neal" (Thursday at 10:30 p.m., truTV) celebrates viral videos, with co-hosts Gary Owen and Godfrey. For fans of offbeat animation: "Out There" (Friday at 10:30 and 11 p.m., IFC) goes to a small town where loner teens cope with loser life. Stream an entire episode now at ifc.com/shows/out-there.
CAN THE SIMPSONS WIN AN OSCAR? They're trying. Matt Groening's animators put the short "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare' " into theaters, and now it's up for an Academy Award. This Sunday's episode of "The Simpsons" (Sunday at 8 p.m., Fox/5) includes the TV premiere of that very same animated short. Check out its Oscar competition at oscar.go.com/nominees.
MONDAY MARATHONS TV helps celebrate the Presidents Day holiday. Check out these old and new stackups -- "MacGyver" (6 a.m.-6 a.m., Cloo), "I Dream of Jeannie" (9 a.m.-9 p.m., WLNY/10/55), "Castle" (9 a.m.-9 p.m., TNT), "Bunheads" (11 a.m.-8 p.m., ABC Family) and "Animaniacs" (noon-8 p.m., Hub). Reality fans get "Pawn Stars" (8 a.m.-9 p.m., History), "Catfish" (noon-10 p.m., MTV) and "RuPaul's Drag Race" (noon-10:30 p.m., Logo). Start earlier this weekend to watch all of the legendary miniseries "Roots" (Saturday 3-8 p.m. or 10 p.m.-3 a.m., then Sunday 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.) and "Roots: The Next Generations" (Saturday night 7:30-10, then Monday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., BET). Keep watching for the entire run of Judd Apatow's star-making "Freaks and Geeks" (Monday-Thursday 3-8 p.m., IFC).
SERIOUS SOAP STARS So it's not cool enough that former faves Genie Francis, Lynn Herring, Jon Lindstrom, Kristina Wagner, Jack Wagner and Sean Kanan have recently returned to "General Hospital" (Tuesday at 2 p.m., ABC/7). This week, the deliciously reinvigorated daytimer welcomes back Kin Shriner as Scotty Baldwin, the live wire who completed the Luke-and-Laura triangle. Sneak peek at abc.com/gh.
AWARDS ALERT Savor Latin music live from Miami with the 25th anniversary of "Premio Lo Nuestro" (Thursday 8-11 p.m., Univision/41). Bound to be big: the comeback of Thalia, plus Ricky Martin with Draco Rosa ("Mas y Mas"). More at musica.univision.com.