Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV Show More
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STEVEN SEAGAL ON SEATTLE STREETS Having done the reality thing, the action actor is back in scripted fare. A marathon of "True Justice" (Saturday 2 p.m.-2 a.m., Reelz) has him leading an undercover team battling crime in the Northwest hot spot. Go behind the scenes at reelz.com/truejustice.
AWARDS ALERT Soaps, talkfests, advice shows, game shows and more -- they're all part of the "Daytime Emmy Awards" (Saturday night 8-10, HLN, after 7 p.m. red carpet preshow). If you miss it tonight, HLN repeats the whole shebang at the same times Sunday. Nominees at emmyonline.org/daytime.
FORGET 'GLASS HOUSE' Who needs humans? We've got "Big Baboon House" (Saturday night 8-11, NatGeo Wild). This megawired dwelling is designed to determine why the jumbo monkeys are rampaging through South African towns. We get to watch them celebrate Christmas! Meet Rocky, Cheeky, other houseguests at tvblogs.nationalgeo graphic.com/blog/big-baboon-house.
UNSCRIPTED PREMIERES Weird collectibles like tattooed human flesh move west in the spinoff "Oddities: San Francisco" (Saturday night at 9, Science). Tori Spelling follows her hobby to host "Craft Wars" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., TLC), in which three crafters compete weekly. "Hollywood Exes" (Wednesday at 9 p.m., VH1) collects the former spouses of Eddie Murphy, Prince, Will Smith, R. Kelly and Jose Canseco. And then there's "Chasing UFOs" (Friday 9-11 p.m., NatGeo), because, you know, TV never covers those.
STRANGE BANDFELLOWS Rocker Joe Walsh of The Eagles/The James Gang performs with a great group of country names in "Crossroads: Joe Walsh & Friends" (Saturday night at 11, CMT) -- Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Preview songs at crossroads.cmt.com.
UN-'AWKWARD' Our favorite MTV show is anything but what its title says. Find out in a first-season marathon of "awkward." (Sunday 3:30-10 p.m., MTV), before Thursday's 10:30 p.m. Season 2 return of this pointed look at the changing life of a high school nobody. Video and more at awkward.mtv.com.
SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES Gather the family for Charlie Chaplin's comedy classic "The Circus" (Sunday at 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies), part of TCM's Send in the Clowns night. (Other films feature Victor Mature, Lon Chaney, Anthony Quinn.) Then get glittery with this year's all-star tribute "AFI Life Achievement Award: Shirley MacLaine" (Sunday at 9 p.m., TV Land), honoring the star of "The Apartment," "The Turning Point," "Postcards From the Edge" and TV's forthcoming Season 3 of "Downton Abbey." Preview Chaplin clips at tcm.com/essentialsjr.
MAKING MORNINGS RETRO Summer on MTV means Retro Mania starting Monday. The morning block launches with Seasons 1-2 of "Laguna Beach" (weekdays 9 a.m.-noon, MTV), including new interviews and commentary. Look for "The Hills" July 2-27 (all six seasons!), while animated fave "Daria" does her thing July 30-Aug. 3. More at mtv.com/ontv.
STIR THINGS UP That's what FX does, four times over, on summer Thursdays. Charlie Sheen premieres his bio-com "Anger Management" (Thursday at 9 and 9:30 p.m.). Then come the returns of "Wilfred" and "Louie" (10 and 10:30 p.m.). And finally the new "Brand X With Russell Brand" (11 p.m., all Thursday on FX) lets the fiery comic tackle current affairs before a live audience. Watch "Wilfred" now at fxnetworks.com.