Sunday, March 2nd
The Oscars, live awards show from 8:30 to 11:30pm on ABC
– After Seth MacFarlene’s demented shenanigans last year, the Oscars are in the more soothing hands of Ellen DeGeneres, returning to host for the first time since 2007. The race itself gives the telecast some welcome drama: a too-close-to-call Best Picture battle between “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave”, with “American Hustle” a formidable dark horse. For those seeking a dose of classic Hollywood, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have recruited the reclusive Kim Novak—star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”—to make a rare appearance as part of the show’s tribute to move heroes and heroines. The night’s losers can find comfort in the fact that Hitch himself never went home with an Oscar.
NASA’s Unexplained Files, season premiere at 10pm on Science
– For centuries, mankind has looked to the skies and wondered, “are we alone in the universe?” Countless mysterious objects have been caught by NASA’s cameras. In this special, we’ll reveal NASA’s top ten unexplained encounters using original footage and groundbreaking interviews with astronauts and scientists. Can these phenomena be explained away through science and detective work? Or have NASA’s cameras potentially captured the first traces of extraterrestrial life?
Monday, March 3rd
Bates Motel, season premiere at 9pm on A&E
– Inspired by Hitchcock’s genre-defining film, “Psycho,” Bates Motel is a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates’ relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit. Picking up from last season, Norman (Freddie Highmore) is fixating on Miss Watson’s death while Norma’s mysterious past starts to haunt the family with the introduction of her brother. Meanwhile, Norman’s brother Dylan, (Max Thieriot), gets more entrenched in the familial drug war that fuels White Pine Bay and finds himself right in the middle of the danger as Bradley (Nicola Peltz), who remains on the hunt to uncover her father’s killer, is driven to precarious extremes. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), is caught up on all fronts as everything in town escalates and Emma (Olivia Cooke) complicates her relationship with Norman as the duo explore new love interests, bringing new and old characters along for the ride.
Those Who Kill, series premiere at 10pm on A&E
– A&E’s new drama series follows Catherine Jensen (Chloë Sevigny), a recently promoted homicide detective who enlists the help of Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy), a forensic psychologist, to track down serial killers and relentlessly seeks the truth behind the disappearance of her brother. When murders are not grounded in traditional motives and patterns of behavior, it takes a very particular kind of person to catch the serial killer; someone who knows and understands the killer’s dark side and the fantasies that plague him.
Southern Charm, series premiere at 10pm on Bravo
– New series Southern Charm goes behind the walls of Charleston, South Carolina’s most aristocratic families to reveal a world of exclusivity, money and scandal that goes back generations. The fast-paced, drama-filled docu-series follows six Charleston singles, Craig Conover, Cameran Eubanks, Jenna King, Thomas Ravenel, Shepard “Shep” Rose, and Whitney Sudler-Smith, struggling with the constraints of this tight-knit, posh society. The cast, some descendants of Vice Presidents and four-term Senators, and others from “new money,” is comprised of Southern bachelors who suffer from “Peter Pan Syndrome” by refusing to settle down; and the women in their lives who challenge them to grow up. Viewers will see them launch political careers, build businesses, break hearts, and chase true love – all while struggling to preserve their family names. Because in Charleston, you’re only as good as your last garden party and one social screw-up can taint generations to come.
Tuesday, March 4th
Brunch @ Bobby’s, season premiere at 9pm on Cooking
– Join superstar chef Bobby Flay in his greatest passion: cooking brunch. With a spatula in one hand and a cocktail in the other, Bobby goes from sweet to salty to savory drawing inspiration for every-occasion brunches from around the country and around the globe. Brunch has never been more inviting.
Wednesday, March 5th
The Face, season premiere at 10pm on Oxygen
– Oxygen’s The Face returns for a second season with executive producer Naomi Campbell as a supermodel coach along with two new supermodel coaches, Anne V and Lydia Hearst. Host Nigel Barker will take on a new expanded role for the second season, serving as a confidante and advisor to the 12 supermodel hopefuls. The Face gives viewers unprecedented access inside the world of the fashion industry as three teams of aspiring modeltestants, each led by a supermodel coach, are guided through real life assignments, including photo shoots and commercials. Throughout the series, the supermodel coaches mentor young hopefuls using the lessons and skills they have learned to guide their teams through challenges that accurately depict what it takes to have a career as a model and be the face of a brand. The models will be exposed to the biggest and most influential names in the industry, or FaceMakers, who appear throughout the show to help judge and lend their expertise. In the end, only one girl will be chosen to become ‘The Face’ of Frédéric Fekkai’s 2014 national ad campaign.
The Fabulous Life, season premiere at 10pm on VH1
– VH1 is bringing back its fast-paced, first-class joyride through the world of lavish living and luxury with the return of The Fabulous Life. The new season will take an exclusive look at the lux lifestyles of Hollywood royalty including Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Baby North along with Nicki Minaj and power couple, Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Audiences will get the chance to take a closer look at the extravagant lifestyles of tabloid sensations and pop music’s hottest super stars Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus. The Fabulous Life will also feature an episode toasting the “Hollywood of the South” with an entire hour dedicated to Atlanta, Georgia and its growing dominance as a place of affluence and power. Each of the hour-long episodes will include expert interviews and plenty of numbers, figures, and stats that would make even Bill Gates jealous.
Bring It!, series premiere at 10pm on Lifetime
– Bring It! shines a spotlight on the elite world of hip-hop majorette competitions. Coach Dianna Williams (aka “Miss D”) and her Dancing Dolls troupe refuse to lose, pushing themselves to the limit each week in the relentless pursuit of victory. Every pump, thrust and high kick on “Bring It!” highlights the triumphs and struggles of intense competition, where errors aren’t tolerated, mediocrity isn’t excused and only a win is acceptable.
Thursday, March 6th
Sirens, series premiere at 10pm on USA
– From the distinct comedic point of view of Denis Leary (Rescue Me) and Bob Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”), Sirens follows three of Chicago’s best EMTs whose sometimes silly, self-righteous and even self-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustaining relationships, friendships and most occupations. They are, however, uniquely qualified for saving anyone who winds up in their ambulance. Johnny (Michael Mosley) is a good-looking, sports-loving, Chicago EMT working with his best friend Hank (Kevin Daniels). Brian (Kevin Bigley) is a wide-eyed and excitable new EMT who still lives with his parents. Jessica McNamee will play the female lead, Theresa, a smart female cop with the Chicago PD who still loves her ex Johnny, but ultimately had to move on when he wouldn’t commit.
Chicagoland, series premiere at 10pm on CNN
– Executive produced by Robert Redford, Chicagoland is a non-scripted, eight-part original series about a heartland American city. The series will explore where politics and policy meet real people’s lives – in a city generating change and innovation in social policy, education, and public safety – to meet national and local challenges. In the aftermath of a countrywide economic collapse, Chicago faces the challenges of improving its schools, neighborhoods and safety. Can the city’s leaders, communities and residents come together or will differences pull them apart?
Friday, March 7th
Cesar 911, series premiere at 9pm on Nat Geo Wild
– Cesar Millan is back in his element – rehabilitating dogs and training people, but this time he’s bringing his skills to a community near you. Each week Cesar will travel to a community that is in desperate need of his help. He is summoned by neighbors, co-workers, relatives and friends who “blow the whistle” on a four-legged menace that has turned their lives upside down. Whether it’s a spoiled Chihuahua going wild in a family business or an aggressive mutt spreading fear throughout a neighborhood, Cesar will use his unparalleled expertise to bring balance to the dogs and the community. Each episode will consist of two stories within one community and conclude with all parties coming together at a central meeting place, now equipped with the knowledge and tools only Cesar Millan can provide.