The story of Teddy Roosevelt, one of America's most beloved presidents, is the subject of the two-part, four-hour "TR An American Lion" on the History Channel Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Richard Dreyfuss is the voice of Roosevelt in this tale of adventure, war, politics, crime fighting and family fortunes. It also is a story of courage, candor and confrontation.
Monday's part one portrays a man who overcame debilitating asthma with athletic training, as he rose to New York City police commissioner and went on to heroics in the Spanish American War, leading his Rough Riders, and became the country's youngest president at age 42.
The second part shows how he tested and extended the limits of White House power, battled industry captains and corporate trusts, protected the environment and won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in mediating a peace between Russia and Japan.
MONDAY ON THE INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL at 8 p.m., the second season premiere of "Dinner for Five," in which host Jon Favreau has dinner and chats with four guests from film, television, music or comedy. This time Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell and Kevin Smith sit around the table.
MONDAY ON ABC FAMILY at 8 p.m. the premiere of "My Life Is a Sitcom," a big piece of the channel's Monday reality block with a program that plans to search out America's funniest family.
MONDAY ON BRAVO at 9:30 p.m. in its second season, the "It Factor" once again chronicles the trials of young talent looking for that one big break during the competitive pilot casting season.
TUESDAY ON HBO at 7:30 p.m. "Graduating Peter," a 90-minute documentary following Peter Gwazdauskas, who has Down syndrome and became one of the first students with severe disabilities to attend classes with non-disabled students in Blacksburg, Va.
WEDNESDAY ON TLC at 10 p.m. the channel's new series "Escape From Experiment Island" continues with the teams having to pick a fuel to power their homemade dune buggies, used cooking oil or sesame seeds.
THURSDAY ON BBC AMERICA at 10:20 p.m., the U. S. premiere of "The Office," a comedy set in a place of petty rivalry, bad flirting and easily bruised egos, exposing some truths about the world of working nine to five.
FRIDAY ON WE: WOMEN'S ENTERTAINMENT at 10 p.m. "Pat Benatar: Summer Vacation," the popular Lady of Rock teams up with her husband and collaborator Neil Giraldo to present hits from her latest album, "Inamorata."
FRIDAY ON SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. the debut of "Penn & Teller," a new series of irreverent exposes of taboo subjects by the illusionists that may be too controversial for other networks, according to Showtime.
SATURDAY ON COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION at 9 p.m. "CMT Inside Fame: Wynonna Judd," the self-proclaimed "Xena with a Guitar" talks about details of her personal life. Ashley Judd, Garth Brooks and Naomi Judd weigh in with their views of Wynonna and her tribulations.