TV picks for April 21:  "Mean Girls,” John Wayne, "Muscle Shoals”

  • Updated: April 20, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams and Lacey Chabert contend with high school treachery in “Mean Girls.”

Wayne’s world

Make way, pilgrim. John Wayne is taking center stage during prime time for the next five nights, starting with four films he did before 1939’s “Stagecoach” made him a major star. First up: Raoul Walsh’s “The Big Trail,” the 1930 western about a young mountaineer trying to get settlers from the Mississippi River to California. 7 p.m. TCM

This is a recording

We wouldn’t normally geek out about something as mundane as a recording studio, but when it comes to “Muscle Shoals,” we’ll make a giddy exception. This excellent documentary, part of “Independent Lens,” tells the tale of one of the unlikeliest music institutions in history, an unpretentious hole-in-the-wall in Alabama where such hits as “Kodachrome,” “Brown Sugar” and “When a Man Loves a Woman” were birthed. 8 p.m. TPT, Ch. 2

Back to school

Stop watching Lindsay Lohan self-destruct on a soul-crushing reality show and go back and enjoy her hilarious turn in 2004’s “Mean Girls,” her best work to date. It certainly helps when you’ve got a screenplay written by Tina Fey. I wonder whatever happened to her? 9 p.m. Nick Jr.

Neal Justin

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