TV THIS WEEK: Feb. 19 - 25
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SUNDAYIt’s a busy night for Ricky Gervais when the actor-comic voices a dolphin on “Family Guy” and appears as himself on “Life’s Too Short,” a new little-people-in-showbiz send-up starring “Harry Potter’s” Warwick Davis. (Fox, 9 p.m.; HBO, 10:30 p.m.)
“I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac” salutes the late, great stand-up comic, below, who parlayed his gruff but lovable persona into a hit sitcom and scene-stealing roles in films like “Bad Santa” and “Ocean’s Eleven.”
(Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)
MONDAYFrom the Arkansas governor’s mansion to the White House to Harlem and beyond, “American Experience” presents a two-part examination of the political ascendancy and two-term presidency of one William Jefferson Clinton.
(KOCE, 9 p.m.; Tue. 8 p.m.)
“NCIS.” (CBS, 8 p.m.)
WEDNESDAYSex and drugs, minus the rock ’n’ roll: “Sex for Sale: American Escort” examines the world’s oldest profession in the 21st century, and the new docu-series “American Weed” explores the medical marijuana industry.
(National Geographic, 9 and 10 p.m.)
In the new special “Filthy Rich,” journalist Scott Cohn details how non-democratic regimes in oil-rich nations use the proceeds from that natural resource to keep themselves in the style to which they have become accustomed. (6, 7, 9 and 10 p.m. CNBC)
FRIDAYSylvia’s old-school soul-food joint and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelson’s Red Rooster are just two of the stops when “Savoring Harlem” takes a tasty tour of the New York City neighborhood and crucible of African American arts and culture.
(Food, 8 p.m.)
If the Golden Globes are just a laid-back Oscars, the “2012 Spirit Awards,” are a day at the beach – literally. The eminently casual Seth Rogen, below, hosts this tented affair, on the sands of Santa Monica, honoring the best in independent film. (IFC, 10 p.m.)