Sunday, February 24th
The Oscars, live awards show from 8:30 to 11:30pm on ABC
– Despite a major snub for Ben Affleck’s brilliant directorial work in “Argo” (in which he also starred), the movie based on the true story of the Iranian hostage crisis and rescue has huge momentum picking up Best Picture statues at each awards show leading up to tonight that is likely to continue. Daniel Day Lewis’s genius and universally beloved performance as America’s favorite President makes him a shoe-in for Best Actor. Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) will probably edge out Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) for Best Actress honors win, though Emmanuelle Riva is a quiet contender for her beautiful performance in “Amour” and could easily swoop in for the win. Anne Hathaway proved real dedication to a role and shaved her head for “Les Miserables,” virtually guaranteeing her Best Supporting Actress (take note aspiring young actresses trying to be taken seriously in Hollywood!).
Monday, February 25th
Burning Love, series premiere at 10pm on E!
– Ken Marino’s dating show parody Burning Love is making the jump from the Internet to TV. Season 1, which follows 34-year-old fireman Mark Orlando (Marino) in his search for love, will air as seven half-hour episodes. It features Kristen Bell, Adam Scott, Malin Akerman, and Michael Ian Black, with special appearances from Christine Taylor, Jennifer Aniston, and executive producer Ben Stiller.
Tuesday, February 26th
Celebrity Wife Swap, season premiere at 8pm on ABC
– In this celebrity-themed Wife Swap spin-off, the mothers in two celebrity families with vastly diverse values switch homes (but not bedrooms) – embarking on a journey like no other and revealing the various ways some controversial celebrities live their lives. The two moms are given the chance to see how another celebrity raises their children and deals with life in the spotlight, while allowing both couples the opportunity to re-discover why they love each other and decided to get together in the first place. It’s a mind-blowing experiment that will change their lives forever. It’s a radical shock to both celebrity families. The results are explosive, enlightening, emotional and often very funny. In the season 2 premiere, former Playmate and reality star Kendra Wilkinson Basskett will trade places with Jon & Kate Plus 8 star Kate Gosselin, whose rise to fame quickly came crashing down along with the very public dissolution of her marriage.
Golden Boy, series premiere at 10pm on CBS
– CBS’s new procedural drama series follows the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City, and the high personal and professional cost he pays to achieve it. As he’s interviewed for a story about his career, Walter William Clark, Jr. (Theo James, “Underworld”) looks back on his hard-fought journey from street kid to the most powerful man in law enforcement. After only three years as a beat cop, Clark’s heroics on the job make him bold enough to ask for and receive the unheard-of promotion to homicide detective, angering the members of his new department who are eager to see him fail. Clark is partnered with and mentored by experienced veteran Detective Don Owen (Chi McBride, Boston Public), just two years shy of retirement. Though laser-focused on moving up the ladder, Clark’s soft spot is serving as the sole caregiver and supporter of his sister, Agnes, a teenager demonstrating increasingly dangerous behavior. Keenly observant and politically savvy, the Golden Boy bases his career decisions solely on his need to succeed as quickly as possible, and he’ll find that his epic journey will be filled with consequences.
Parade’s End, miniseries premiere at 9pm on HBO
– Spanning the glittering, shallow world of London high society, the trench-scarred battlefields of France, and the breathtaking English countryside, this HBO/BBC miniseries features principled men, spoiled women, forbidden love, and war. From the reliable comforts of Edwardian England to the chaos and destruction of the First World War, the early 20th century was a defining era in history, a time of unprecedented change, when old certainties were being torn down. The long golden afternoons of the pre-war years would be shattered by the most destructive war the world had ever known, and countless lives would be changed forever. Set against this backdrop of impending catastrophe is the story of English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock), trapped in a marriage to an unfaithful wife (Rebecca Hall), and caught between his commitment to the values of Toryism and his unspoken love for a fearless young suffragette. Not to be mistaken for a Downton Abbey rip-off, this miniseries’ storyline is far more intellectual and less soapy than Downton.
Wednesday, February 27th
Psych, season premiere at 10pm on USA
– Now entering its seventh season, this hit comedy/crime procedural stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a police Psychic with absolutely no psychic abilities. Using his charm and well-tuned talent, Shawn convinces the cops that he’s actually a psychic, and although highly skeptical of his explanation, they hire him to help solve tough cases. With the reluctant assistance of his best friend Gus, Shawn uses his skills of observation and charismatic personality to become the detective he was trained to be, opening his own PI agency – Psych – and solving cases for an ever-suspicious, but grudgingly impressed, police force. In the season six finale, the body of Veronica Towne was found after over 20 years of searching, so Shawn, Gus and Henry reopened the case and revisited all the old suspects, including the son of a millionaire who was dating her at the time she went missing.
Duck Dynasty, season premiere at 10pm on A&E
– A&E’s breakout mega-hit reality series Duck Dynasty is back for a third season following a Louisiana bayou family living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while staying true to their family values and lifestyle. Since the show’s premiere, the Robertsons have been busy being America’s favorite big, bearded, camo-clad family. Despite their modest lifestyle and homes in the backwoods, this close-knit family has made a fortune on duck calls by turning a backyard business into a multi-million dollar sporting empire. But for Willie Robertson, the company’s CEO, running a family operation is tough when all your employees live one distraction at a time and find any excuse to leave the warehouse. They may be living the rags-to-riches American dream, but they’re just as busy staying true to their rugged outdoorsman lifestyle and southern roots. Of course, in this household, even the most ordinary family affair is met with a special Robertson twist of downhome practicality and witty sense of humor. Day to day life in the bayou may be mundane for some, but for the Robertsons, every day brings a new adventure. This season Willie tries to lose weight for his high school reunion, Jase and Willie take Missy and Korie deer hunting, the guys rough it in the woods for opening day of duck season, and Si looks for a canine companion.
Dark Minds, season premiere at 10pm on Investigation Discovery
– In Dark Minds, non-fiction crime author M. William Phelps and criminal profiler John Kelly revisit unsolved homicides believed to be the work of serial killers. Joining them in the hunt for answers this season is a new anonymous source: a convict currently serving time for a series of murders. Known only to audiences as “Raven,” this unique source offers his “expert” opinion about potential motivations behind these chilling cold cases, using his own personal experience to formulate theories. Featuring crimes as horrific as those committed by the infamous I-70 Killer and The Original Night Stalker, Dark Minds brings fresh eyes to unsolved serial killer cases using the combined instincts of three unique perspectives.
Thursday, February 28th
Nathan for You, series premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central
– In this new docu-reality comedy, Nathan Fielder (Jon Benjamin Has A Van) uses his business degree and life experiences to help struggling companies with strategies that no traditional business consultant would dare to attempt. From getting buzz for a yogurt shop by introducing a controversial flavor, to helping a taxi company reinvent the cab ride, or finding a legal way for a gas station to charge $1.75 per gallon and still make money, Nathan goes as far as it takes to make his ideas come to life. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan’s sincere efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.