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Screens: TV the week of April 29

Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built (9 p.m. Wednesday, WPBT-PBS 2) -- Ahmet Ertegun Ahmetaretha isn't a household name. But if you ever boogalooed to Aretha Franklin singing Respect or wailed along with Ray Charles on What'd I Say or tapped your feet to the Drifters' Under the Boardwalk, you owe Ertegun a big debt. This documentary, airing as part of the American Masters series, is the story of how he formed Atlantic Records, the label that -- no matter what they say over at Motown -- practically invented soul music. Not that Ertegun didn't understand rock pretty well (Blind Faith, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones all recorded for Atlantic) and pop, too (Sonny & Cher, Bette Midler, Tori Amos). Watch, but roll up the rugs first -- no way you get through this thing without dancing.

The Mormons (9 p.m. Monday, WPBT-PBS 2) -- There's an outside shot the next U.S. president could be a Mormon -- Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is running hard for the Republican nomination -- so it might be a good time to learn about one of America's largest, richest and least understood religions. This installment of the PBS documentary series American Experience is two parts, with the conclusion Tuesday.

Brando (8 p.m. Tuesday, Turner Classic Movies) -- Another two-parter, this documentary follows Brando from his mumbling Method years through the Godfather comeback and on into the twilight weirdness of Apocalypse Now. Both Tuesday and Wednesday's episodes are followed by Brando cinematic triumphs and tragedies, from The Wild One to The Missouri Breaks.

Veronica Mars (9 p.m. Tuesday, The CW) -- One of television's mostly smartly written shows returns from a long hiatus with what will probably be its final three episodes. In this one, Veronica -- the wise-ass collegiate detective who is so not Nancy Drew -- investigates a hate crime against a Middle Eastern student, with predictably unpredictable results.


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