Academy Award warm-ups, cable.
On Oscar Eve, we can
get in the mood by watching previous best-picture winners. “Chariots
of Fire” (1981) is at 5:45 p.m. ET on Turner Classic Movies; “12
Years a Slave” (2013) is 8 p.m. on BET.
Or we can sample the
indie-film world. Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) and
Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) host the Independent Spirit
Awards, at 5 p.m. ET on IFC, rerunning at 10. “Carol,”
“Spotlight,” “Tangerine,” “Anomalisa” and “Beast of No
Nation” are up for best picture. A strong best-actress race
includes the “Carol” stars (Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara) and Brie
Larson of “Room.”
II: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.
Lots of people have
been mocking the all-white Academy Award nominations, but “SNL”
did it especially well. A hilarious sketch shows the nominatons going
to minor, bit players.
That was in the Jan.
23 episode, which went on despite a snowstorm that paralyzed most of
New York. Ronda Rousey hosted and had a great sketch as the new kid
confronting mean-girl types. Also, Taran Killam had a funny
“Bachelor” bit as “Bland Man,” Tina Fey mocked Sarah Palin's
endorsement of Donald Trump and Selena Gomez showed up twice, in
addition to her music numbers.
ALTERNATIVE: “Black Sails,” 9 p.m., Starz; rerunning at 10 and 11
p.m. and 2 a.m.
This richly crafted
series finds deep emotions on three islands. On one, John Silver
copes with the aftershocks of his amputation. On another, three
potent pirates – Blackbeard, Flint and Vane – collide; they might
merge ... or might rip each other apart.
And on Nassau, the
British control is iffy ... especially since officials don't know
where the money swent. That treasure is becoming the key to a growing
battle of the titans.
“Key and Peele,”
1:59 p.m., Comedy Central. With the all-white Oscars being mocked,
here's the perfect counterpoint – a marathon of this gifted
sketch-comedy duo. It's followed by stand-up comedy from Kevin Hart
(6:52, 7:55 and 8:53 p.m.) and by Trevor Noah at 10.
Sports, 8 p.m., ABC
and NBC. It's basketball vs. hockey, with pre-game shows at 8. At
8:30, ABC has Golden State at Oklahoma City; NBC has outdoor hockey,
with Detroit at Colorado, on Coors Field.
p.m., Fox. Next week, this will do double duty on Wednesdays (with
new episodes) and Saturdays. For now, however, here's a rerun: Dr.
Rosewood hopes to nail a rich man for murder ... and to pacify his
mom, who disapproves of his romance.
Orleans,” 8 p.m., CBS. A Navy pilot was using a black-market drone
for military surveillance. The team must figure out why and whether
that was the reason he was killed.
“NCIS,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. David McCallum, 82 – the long-ago “Man from UNCLE” co-star
– gets the focus here, as Ducky. When a colleague is killed, he
admits he has a secret society of crimesolvers.
p.m., Fox. In this rerun, a movie star's son is killed after being
chased by paparazzi.
African American,” 10 p.m., Comedy Central. Noah has turned out to
be a terrific “Daily Show” anchor. He's no match for Jon Stewart
(no one is), but he offers wit, charm and a fresh perspective. He's
also a gifted stand-up, using his South African roots, as we'll see