“Countdown to the Oscars,” 8 p.m., and “The Social Network”
8:30-11 p.m., ABC.
On the eve of its
Academy Award telecast, ABC offers a handy warm-up. First,
“Countdown” has a preview; then “Social Network” shows us how
good a best-picture nominee can be.
script twisted the real-life story. (Mark Zuckerberg, for instance,
had a steady girlfriend throughout the Facebook-creation years.)
Still, it rippled with Sorkin-style wit; “Social Network” won
Oscars for the scrjpt, score and editing. There were five more
nominations, including Jesse Eisenberg bringing boyish charm to
Zuckerberg; sharply directed by David Fincher, this is smart, deep
“Bash at the Beach,” 9 p.m., Fox.
On the eve of the
Daytona 500, NASCAR gives viewers – many of them surrounded by snow
and cold – a peek at some Florida fun.
There will be many
drivers, one UFC fighter (“Cowboy” Cerrone) and music fitting the
Southern-party mood: “Little Big Town” reached No. 4 on
Billboard's country chart with “Day Drinking” and No. 1 with
“Pontoon”; Phillip Phillips, the “American Idol” champion,
saw “Home” reach No. 6 overall.
ALTERNATIVE: Independent Spirit Awards, 5-7:30 p.m. ET, IFC; reruns
at 10 p.m. ET.
This has been
another great year for indie films, as proven by the Spirit nominees
for best picture: Four of the five -- “Boyhood,” “Birdman,”
“Whiplash” and “Selma” -- are up for the same award at the
Oscars. (The fifth is “Love is Strange.”) Also, “Selma” gets
the Spirit nominations that Oscar forgot – director Ava DuVernay,
star David Oyelowo and co-star Carmen Ejogo.
Fred Armisen hosts
with Kristen Bell. Presenters include Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig
(his former “Saturday Night Live” colleagues) and Oprah Winfrey,
a “Selma” producer and co-star.
(2010) and “Wreck-it Ralph” (2012), 7 and 9 p.m., ABC Family.
Here are two dandy animated comedies for family fun.
p.m., Fox. This reruns a flawed-but-fun episode, with a serial
arsonist moving to the edge of murder. It's a tough time for
Backstrom, whose childhood bullies are now firefighters.
8 p.m., CBS. A rerun finds the entire island on lockdown, after a
terrorist turns drones loose on civilians.
cable. Two best-picture winners – towering films with macho men at
the core – collide. “Patton” (1970) is 8 p.m. ET on Turner
Classic Movies; “Rocky” (1976) is 8 p.m. on Encore. Also, Denzel
Washington won a supporting-actor Oscar in the powerful “Glory,”
at 7:30 p.m. on USA.
p.m., CBS. This rerun finds Sylvester accidentally triggering a bomb.
While his life hangs in the balance, his friends search for the
“And the Oscar
Goes to ...,” 9 p.m. ET, CNN, rerunning at 11. Here's a rerun of
last year's documentary, viewing Academy Award history.
Women in Hollywood Awards,” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. Shemar
Moore and Tracey Edmonds host; winners include Regina King
(“Southland” and “The Big Bang Theory”), Gugu Mbatha-Raw
(“Beyond the Lights”) and seven “Orange is the New Black”