Academy Awards, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC.
Sure, the Academy
was scalded for having an all-white slate of nominees. Still, it also
has the perfect people to mock this, with a black host (Chris Rock),
producer (Reginald Hudlin) and Academy president (Cheryl Boone).
There are clever presentees, including Kevin Hart, Tina Fey and Louis
And music? We can
expect sttrong moments from Lady Gaga (“'Til It Happens to You”),
The Weeknd (“Earned It”) and Sam Smith (“Writing on the Wall”).
Those three are nominated for best song; oddly, the telecast plans to
skip the other two nominees -- “Manta Ray” and the gorgeous
“Simple Song #3.”
“The Walking Dead,” 7-10 p.m., AMC.
OK, not everyone
wants to spend the whole evening gushing about gowns. Some would
rather see zombies munching on the back of people's heads; that
happened (a lot) in the mid-season opener.
That hour – which
started strong and ended stronger – reruns at 7 p.m. The second
hour reruns at 8, with a new episode at 9: Realizing Alexandria is no
longer secure, Rick ponders his next move.
ALTERNATIVE: “More Manners of Downton Abbey,” 9 p.m., PBS (check
Now for the exact
opposite of zombies – proper Englishfolk, following the rules of
“Downton” has one more episode – a particularly good one –
left. Instead of wasting it on Oscar night, it will wait a week.
Filling the gap is this amiable hour, using clips and interviews,
with historical advisor Alastair Bruce explaining the customs of the
times. It's Bruce's second special; some stations will combine it
with reruns of the first one and past “Downton” episodes.
Oscar previews, all
day. For Ryan Seacrest and the E channel, this is a marathon –
previews at 1:30 p.m. ET, then the red-carpet at 5:30. ABC starts its
red-carpet coverage at 7 p.m. ET; Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan
host, with help from Lara Spencer, Amy Robach, Jess Cagle and Joe
7 and 8 p.m., Fox. The first rerun sees things go badly for Bart
after he visits a mental home. The second has him going ga-ga for his
new teacher, voiced by Sofia Vergara.
Guide to Surviving Life,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. Unwilling to go to her
ex-boyfriend's wedding alone, Kelly brings Cooper. Logistical
nightnmares follow, in a funny rerun.
p.m., NBC. John (Mark Wahlberg) is happy his childhood teddy bear
came to life ... except that it's endangering his romance. Seth
McFarlane co-wrote, directed and voiced Ted.
(2013), 9 p.m., CBS. Instead of wasting its classy dramas on Oscar
night, CBS plugs in this comedy about old friends who play a big
Vegas bash. All four stars – Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas,
Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline – have won Oscars, but definitely
not for this one.
“Vinyl,” 9 p.m.,
HBO. A tribute banquet for Richie's mentor turns nasty. That reruns
at 11:30, following new rounds of “Girls,” “Togetherness” and
John Oliver's “Last Week Tonight.”
The E channel plans to start its “after party” at 11:30 p.m. ET
... when the ceremony might still be droning on. ABC has Jimmy
Kimmel's live special after local news (or at 10 p.m. PT). Guests
include Ben Affleck and J.K. Simmons (who are Oscar-winners) and Mike
Tyson (who isn't), plus Tracy Morgan, Nathan Lane, Jesse Eisenberg
and, probably, Matt Damon.