Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
ROCK OUT Cool classic sounds on public TV. First comes the great bioportrait "Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?" (Saturday night at 10:30, WNET/13). Vintage footage and interviews blend with fresh reminiscences of the late, talented, troubled Bronx-born songwriter-crooner ("One," "Without You," "Me and My Arrow," "Everybody's Talkin' "), BFF of John Lennon and Monty Python, among others. Then, it's "The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!" (Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., WLIW/21), documenting the group's 1969 stand at Madison Square Garden. Bonus: WLIW gets inside info from the film's acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Albert Maysles. Star-studded Nilsson trailer at YouTube.
BEEN MEANING TO WATCH? Then here's your chance to check out marathons of several shows you might not have seen yet. Season 1 of the World War II drama "Bomb Girls" (Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Reelz) sets the scene for the second season, starting March 27. Cult quirk-COM "Portlandia" (today 12:30-6 p.m., IFC) comes from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Texas mom Jennifer Love Hewitt gives a whole new meaning to the word "spa" on "The Client List" (tomorrow 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lifetime), which resumes its run March 10. There's also "Arrested Development" (Sunday noon-2 p.m., IFC), soon to rise like a phoenix via Netflix. Watch 2003-06 Fox episodes online at hulu.com.
BEEN MEANING TO LEARN MORE? So add to your education through two big new historical projects -- the docudrama "The Bible" (tomorrow 8-10 p.m., History), from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (who also stars as Mary), plus the scripted drama "Vikings" (Sunday at 10 p.m., History), with Gabriel Byrne. Sneak some peeks at history.com.
ACCLAIMED ENCORES Garry Shandling masterfully sketches a self-involved talkfest host in "The Larry Sanders Show" (Monday-Thursday at 1 p.m. and 2 a.m., Reelz); it ran six seasons, thanks to airing on ad-free HBO. Less fortunate: "Pushing Daisies" (Tuesday at 9 and 10 p.m., Chiller), the gloriously weird fantasy with Lee Pace, Anna Friel and Kristin Chenoweth, lasted only two abbreviated seasons on ABC. "Larry Sanders" also streams via Amazon Instant Video. Watch "Daisies" online via Amazon Instant Video and thewb.com.
IT'S A SIGN As in ASL, American Sign Language, used by the deaf. This week's episode of "Switched at Birth" (Monday at 8 p.m., ABC Family) is told entirely in ASL, as students protest to keep their deaf school open. (Open captions translate for hearing viewers.) It's inspired by 1988's Deaf President Now protest at Washington's Gallaudet University. Preview at abcfamily.com.
JAMES BOND IS AN ALIEN That's how you tie together two unrelated tube events. "Dr. No" (Monday at 8 p.m., G4) kicks off 21 Days of Bond on the soon-to-be-Esquire Network (as of April 22). And a new season of "Alien Encounters" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., Science) launches its channel's Are We Alone? month. Program details at g4tv.com and sciencechannel.com.
SHE'LL GIVE YOU VERTIGO Kim Novak is the obsession of not only Hitchcock's '50s classic "Vertigo" but also Turner Classic Movies this Wednesday. The actress has her say in "Kim Novak: Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival" (8 and 11 p.m.), filmed last year, followed by her films "Bell, Book and Candle" (9 p.m.) and "Picnic" (midnight). More at tcm.com.