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What to Watch on Sunday: The Oscars and a tense 'Walking Dead'

The Amazing Race (8pm, ABC) - The race continues in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where teams are required to use math skills at the world's largest cattle market.

The 84th Academy Awards (8:30pm, ABC) - The Red Carpet show starts at 7, but the actual awards aren't scheduled to begin until 8:30. Billy Crystal is back as host (his ninth time!), which could either be really cool or really lame. I'm nervous for him. Note: E! has a Red Carpet show starting at 5:30 and for those super-obsessed people, a Countdown to the Red Carpet that starts at 1:30. I'm doing a live recap here later tonight, so check back.

The Walking Dead (9pm, AMC) - A ridiculously tense and suspenseful episode tonight. Do not miss it. Most of the tension surrounds a showdown between Rick and Shane (right), which has been a looonnng time coming. It gave me a stomach ache from stress. Oh yeah, and there's also tons of zombie gore.

The Celebrity Apprentice (9pm, NBC) - The teams produce and perform a medieval-theme show for an audience, but an insubordinate contestant and a serious injury mar the task. Note: Our "Celebrity Apprentice" recap will be late due to the Oscars telecast. Look for it by lunchtime Monday.

Luck (9pm, HBO) - Ace takes the reins when Escalante surprises Gus with his decision to race Pint of Plain with an inexperienced jockey in the horse's debut.

Eastbound & Down (10pm, HBO) - Kenny tracks down Stevie, who's working at Ashley Schaeffer's car dealership, when he heads north with the baby to find April.

What to Watch on Wednesday: 'Survivor' returns, Elizabeth Shue joins 'CSI'

Survivor: One World (8pm, CBS) - The 24th edition of "Survivor" will have two tribes (men versus women) but living together in a single camp on a Samoan beach.

Oprah's Oscar Special (9pm, OWN) - Oprah interviews 2012 Oscar nominees Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer from "The Help" and Jonah Hill from "Moneyball."

Happy Endings (9:30pm, ABC) - Max's new boyfriend (James Wolk) is a hit with everyone, except for Dave, who sets out to prove he is equally cool. Meanwhile, Max worries he's not good enough for his "perfect" guy.

CSI (10pm, CBS) - Elizabeth Shue (left with George Eads) joins the cast as Russell's former colleague, who helps him investigate the death of a man's ex-girlfriend.

Revenge (10pm, ABC) - People close to Emily are in jeopardy when unexpected turmoil breaks out at her engagement party. Meanwhile, Jack searches for Amanda.

Royal Pains (10pm, USA) -  Jack's illness finally takes a toll on him, and Hank offers his support during the tough time. Elsewhere, Boris' cousin asks Evan for help repairing her relationship with Boris and Evan tries to help Divya fix a financial problem.

Everything you need for Oscar night

Tonight's Academy Awards show, hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway, begins at 8:30pm on ABC. It will go on forever, so have a cup of coffee or a Dr. Pepper or whatever, and forget about getting to bed at a reasonable hour.

Red Carpet arrivals begin at 6pm on E! and TV Guide Network (or you can start as early as 2pm if you want to do the whole "Countdown to Red Carpet" hoopla). ABC's Red Carpet show begins at 7pm.

Happiness is a Warm TV will be live-tweeting the show (and some of the Red Carpet arrivals) from @WarmTV. If you don't follow us, you should!

Click below for more!

What to Watch on Sunday: Tonight, we bow to Oscar

Amazing Race: Unfinished Business (8pm, CBS) - The race continues in New South Wales, Australia.

83rd Academy Awards (7pm/8:30pm, ABC) - James Franco and Anne Hathaway (left) host the 83rd annual ceremonies, airing live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. "The King's Speech" leads with 12 nominations. Go here for links to galleries, live-blogging and live-tweeting, and other Oscar goodies. The actual awards show doesn't begin until 8:30pm, but Red Carpet coverage begins on ABC at 7pm, and on E! and TV Guide Network at 6pm.

Mildred Pierce (8pm, TCM) - If you're not watching the Oscars, watch an Oscar winner. A great classic from 1945 which won Joan Crawford an Academy Award for best actress. HBO's mini-series remake starring Kate Winslet premieres in March. Also, "Annie Hall" airs right after this at 10pm.

Big Love (9pm, HBO) - Bill seizes an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of his marriages, Alby raises the stakes in his quest for power, and Lois is skeptical of Barb's plan for her future.

Shameless (10pm, Showtime) - Frank (William H. Macy) goes on the wagon, pleasing Carl and Debbie. But Lip doesn't believe her father's newfound temperance will keep him off the bottle for long. Meanwhile, Fiona scrambles to find a better-paying job, which leads her to overlook some suspicious behavior at Steve's, and Kev and Veronica open their house to a foster child and get a surprise when they learn her family history.

Oscar app competition proves it's still an Apple world

If you're looking for a really great app to enhance your Oscar viewing experience this weekend, you better be an Apple user.

Sure, there are tons of movie apps out there -- most will have extra content for the Oscars, and many will be available for users on a variety of platforms.

But the best Oscar app we've seen is built exclusively for Apple users (iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch). That would be the Oscar Backstage Pass from ABC Digital. That one blows everything else out of the water.

About that lady who hijacked the mic on last night's Oscar show...

It's even crazier than you thought.

Salon.com got an interview today with two of Oscar's most puzzling characters: the producer of "Music by Prudence," Elinor Burkett, and the film's director-producer, Roger Ross Williams.

You may remember that Williams was in the middle of his acceptance speech for winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Short when Burkett ran up and interrupted him, totally hijacking his speech in what is being called, "Oscar's Kanye Moment."

The short version of the story: They hate each other's guts. Get the full version from Salon's Kerry Lauerman

Oscars 2010 recap: Bigelow is Queen of the World!

You thought it was gonna be "Avatar" all night long, didn't you? Suck it, blue CGI people!! Kathryn Bigelow's war movie "The Hurt Locker" won big at last night's Academy Awards Show, on a night when there were not very many big surprises.

Here's the recap, in case you missed something from the 4-hour telecast.

The Neil Patrick Harris opening was perfection. Sure, he's dangling on the precipice of over-exposure, but it was a fantastic song and dance number. Wonderful way to open.

Guide to Oscar coverage

There's nearly 20 hours of original Oscar programming on television today. And as much as we love the Academy Awards Show, we admit that's ridiculous.

Ridiculously awesome.

Here's a brief guide to the countdown specials, the Red Carpet beat downs, and the brutal (we hope) after party coverage.

What to Watch on Sunday: Academy Awards and "Big Love" finale

Amazing Race 16 (8pm, CBS) - The remaining teams fly to Germany and retrace the early days of The Beatles.

Academy Awards Show (8pm, ABC) - The 82nd Annual Academy Awards show actually begins at 8:30, but there's a Red Carpet special beginning at 8 (the E! Red Carpet show will be much better). The Best Picture category could be a David ("Hurt Locker") versus Goliath ("Avatar") showdown. Hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

Big Love (9pm, HBO) - The finale for season 4 already? Dang, that was a quick season. And up against the Oscars. Good thing HBO replays their stuff over and over and over (and On Demand). Bill is readying himself for the state senate elections, and a scandal out of Kansas makes him reconsider his post-election plan to come clean to the world about his polygamy (Does this mean Margene can keep her TV job?!). 

Catch up on Oscar flicks from your sofa

If you're behind on your Oscar flicks and want to be well-informed as you root for nominees Sunday night, you still have time to catch up.

Some are showing in local theaters ("Crazy Heart," "Avatar," "A Single Man"), and a few may still be left in The Red Box.

But you could also grab your remote and On-Demand those babies all night long (you can cry over your cable bill next month). 

Time Warner Cable has "The Hurt Locker," "Inglorious Basterds," "A Serious Man," "District 9," and "Up," all On Demand. DirecTV also has those movies plus "Blind Side" and "Precious."

Time Warner usually charges $3.99 for movies in standard definition and $4.99 in high defintion; DirecTV charges $4.99 for standard and $5.99 for high-def. 

Go ahead. There are worse ways to spend a weekend.

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