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O Coen brothers, where are thou? On Encore

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Slick chicks like Veronica Lake and Barbara Stanwyck join Joel McCrea in a five-film West fest, from "The Gunfight at Dodge City" (Saturday at 11:45 a.m.) to "Trooper Hook" (5:40 p.m., all on Encore Westerns). And then for something completely different, there's the contemporary approach of the filmmaking Coen brothers in "Barton Fink," "Fargo," "Raising Arizona" and "Miller's Crossing" (Wednesday 6 p.m.-1:20 a.m., Encore). Full titles and times at


Follow hot teen talent Justin Bieber from Paris to New York on the docuseries "Diary" (tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., MTV) as the singer promotes his new album "My World 2.0." Grammy fave Alejandro Sanz kicks off a new season of the music-interview show "Estudio Billboard" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., V-me). And "Top 20 Countdown" (Friday at 5 p.m., fuse) delivers each week's top hit videos. More at


And TV has all its sacred/secular bases covered. Sunday marks the start of Ovation's two-week Sacred to Profane festival, spotlighting treatment of religion in documentaries like "The Michelangelo Code: Secrets of the Sistine Chapel" (Tuesday at 8 p.m.) and dramas like "The Last Temptation of Christ" (Friday at 8 p.m.). The new hour "Touched by Jesus?" (Monday at 8 p.m., NatGeo) investigates mysteries like the Shroud of Turin and stigmata. Technology tries to reveal "The Real Face of Jesus?" (Tuesday 9-11 p.m., History). There's the vintage kiddie cartoonery of "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., ABC/7). And even "Beasts of the Bible" (Thursday 8-10 p.m., Animal Planet), like the snake who tempted Eve and the whale that swallowed Jonah. Complete Ovation lineup at


The producers of "Locked Up Aboard" move on to "Breakout" (tomorrow at 9 p.m., NatGeo), recounting high-profile jailbreaks. "Bubba's World" (tomorrow at 10 p.m., Fuel/Speed) follows big-time motocross racer James "Bubba" Stewart on tour. "Little Chocolatiers" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., TLC) are Salt Lake City little people who make gourmet chocolate. "Future Food" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., Planet Green) is cuisine cooked sustainably by two high-tech chefs. "The Fugitive Chronicles" (Thursday at 10 p.m., A&E) kicks off with the 2006 hunt for Western New York cop killer Ralph "Bucky" Phillips.


Get set for Friday's Syfy Season 2 return of "Merlin" by watching the first season (tomorrow 10 a.m.-11 p.m.), or its shortened encore (Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., both on Syfy). Ditto "Stargate Universe" (Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.), before its Season 1.5 return (Friday at 9 p.m., Syfy). More at


Before ABC resumes its first-season remake of sneaky visitors from space on "V" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., ABC/7), you can watch all of NBC's '80s original. Backward. First, it's "V: The Series" (Monday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Tuesday 8:30-11:30 a.m., Syfy), then the two introductory miniseries "V" (Tuesday 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) and "V: The Final Battle" (Tuesday 4-10 p.m., Syfy). Or stream last fall's ABC episodes at


Out of the ashes (and channel position) of defunct Fox Reality comes the new cable/satellite spinoff Nat Geo Wild. Premiere programs include "Rebel Monkeys" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., Nat Geo Wild), tracking a sacred but troublemaking troop who live at India's Galta Temple in Jaipur. More at


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