Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
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MUSIC AND MORE Jared Leto isn't just the Oscar-winning actor from "Dallas Buyers Club" -- he's also the director of the film "Artifact" (Saturday night at 11, VH1/Palladia), chronicling the epic legal dispute between his band Thirty Seconds to Mars and its record company. Dolly Parton, who's been putting out killer roots music, sings songs from her new bluegrass-country album, "Blue Smoke" on "Dolly Parton Live From Nashville" (Sunday at 7 p.m., QVC). And lucky folks with access to AXS TV (formerly HDNet) can jam live to this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. "Countdown to Jazz Fest" (Thursday-next Sunday at 3 p.m., AXS) leads into 3:30-11 p.m. music nightly from Phish, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, John Hiatt, Christina Aguilera and many more. Check axs.tv
AWARDS ALERT Listen like a tween to this year's "Radio Disney Music Awards" (Sunday night at 8, Disney), featuring performances by Zendaya, Austin Mahone, Ariana Grande, R5, Fifth Harmony and Becky G. The first "iHeartRadio Music Awards" (Thursday 8-11 p.m., NBC/4), live from L.A., promises an intimate atmosphere and storytelling, plus acts including Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, Shakira, Pitbull, Blake Shelton and already mentioned Thirty Seconds to Mars. Want drama? TopSpanish-language sagas are honored by "Premios TVyNovelas" (Sunday 8-10 p.m., Univision/41), with cool categories like favorite kiss and favorite slap. Details at music.disney.com, iheart.com/awards, and novelasyseries.univision.com
MARATHON MANIA Revisit the eerie conspiracy trendsetter "The X Files" (tomorrow 6 a.m.-Monday 6 p.m., Chiller) from its 1993 pilot episode. Or get current with soon-to-return comedy quirkfest "Maron" (Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-noon, IFC). Also making multiple impressions are reality series "Oddities" (Sunday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., Science), "Top Gear" (Monday 4 p.m.-Tuesday 6 a.m., BBC America) and "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" (Tuesday 4-10 p.m., Syfy).
LOUIE LOUIE LOUIE LOU-IE-IE He'll be back with new episodes before you know it (May 5). So revisit Louis C.K.'s earlier outings of naked-city half-hour "Louie" (Sunday 3-5 a.m., FX), airing in weekly overnight blocks. The comic's previous attempt at a more "traditional" sitcom resurfaces in encores of 2006's "Lucky Louie" (Tuesday at 11:40 p.m. and 12:10 a.m., HBO Comedy). Lots more at fxnetworks.com/ louie
SEASON FINALES Kevin Bacon wraps season 2 of "The Following" (Monday at 9 p.m., Fox/5). Also ending its second season is period drama "Vikings" (Thursday at 10 p.m., History), after Tuesday's 8 a.m.-midnight series marathon. And Jason Sudeikis and k.d. lang help conclude season 4 of "Portlandia" (Thursday at 10 p.m., IFC).
GREAT GUESTS Has Nielsen's May ratings sweep already started? Seems so by the fine folks making series stops this week. Among them -- Susan Sarandon on "Mike & Molly" (Monday at 9 p.m., CBS/2), Cobie Smulders on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Tuesday at 8 p.m., ABC/7), Shirley MacLaine on "Glee" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., Fox/5), and "Scrubs"/"The Middle's" Neil Flynn on "Surviving Jack" (Thursday at 9:30 p.m., Fox/5).