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Arts on TV: 'Smash'; Michael Feinstein; making of 'The Artist'

February 9, 2012 |  6:00 am

Midnight, Thursday Bravo; G4; Oxygen; Style; midnight Thursday/Friday USA; and 12:30 a.m., Thursday/Friday  E!; 10 p.m., Saturday NBC: A replay of the pilot episode: Successful writers Julia and Tom team up with producer Eileen to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe; Ivy, a seasoned chorus singer, competes with a new actress, Karen, for the starring role. 

“Michael Feinstein's American Songbook” 9 p.m., Friday KOCE: Lost and Found: An undocumented song is located; unpublished song by composer Jerry Herman.

“Michael Feinstein's American Songbook” 10 p.m., Friday KOCE: Best Band in the Land: Popular songs promote patriotism during World War II; history of big bands of the 1940s, USO shows, V-disks, and war-bond rallies.

“Movie: Brooklyn Boheme” (2011) 10:30 a.m., Saturday Showtime: Historian Nelson George paints a portrait of the black arts movement that exploded in Fort Greene from the mid-1980s through the '90s.

“Soul Mates: Dr. Maya Angelou & Common” 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., Sunday BET: Hip-hop artist Common; Angelou honored by President Obama.

“The Artist: The Making of a Hollywood Love Story” 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Sunday NBC: The story behind the love letter to film fans.

“Land of the Dragon” 3:30 p.m., Sunday KCET: Architecture of China : Modern skyscrapers stand next to preserved buildings that are hundreds of years old. (Part 1 of 2)

 “Real Life 101” 4:30 p.m., Sunday KCAL: The Salvador Dalí museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. 

“Good Evening Ev'rybody: In Celebration of Louis Armstrong” 7 p.m., Sunday KVCR: At the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival, legendary musician Satchmo performs songs that include “What a Wonderful World” and “Hello, Dolly.”

“BET Honors 2012” 9 p.m., Monday and 10 p.m., Wednesday BET: At the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., Maya Angelou, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, the Tuskegee Airmen, Beverly Kearney receive honors for contributions to their respective fields; host Gabrielle Union.

Smash10 p.m., Monday  NBC: “Callbacks” Ivy and Karen work to please the director as they pursue their dream role; Julia and Frank struggle with the adoption process; Eileen works to finance the musical.


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-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: Maya Angelou. Credit: Jose Luis Magana /Associated Press