TV THIS WEEK: Feb. 19 - 25


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This week’s TV Movies


It’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.)


From 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.)


Call it “Freaky Tuesday” when actress and yogurt pitchwoman Jamie Lee Curtis guest stars opposite Mark Harmon — one of her costars in the 2003 remake of “Freaky Friday” — on a new episode of the military-themed procedural drama

“NCIS.” (CBS, 8 p.m.)


Sex 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)


Sylvia’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.)