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TV best bets with the Academy Awards, return of ‘America’s Next Top Model’

James Franco, left, and Anne Hathaway will co-host the Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2011. (Credit: CBS/AP)

James Franco, left, and Anne Hathaway will co-host the Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2011. (Credit: CBS/AP)

The second biggest event of the year is this Sunday on ABC: “The Academy Awards.”

No matter how boring parts of the show can be (Documentary Short Subject!), it still draws 40 million-plus viewers a year, about double a typical “American Idol” or “NCIS” episode. This year’s favorites for best film are between “The Social Network” and “King’s Speech.” And eschewing comics, the organizers opted for actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco (who is nominated for best actor for “127 Hours.”) as hosts.

On the most part, the rest of the week is relatively uneventful. The CW brings back “America’s Next Top  Model” and a new show “Shedding for the Wedding,” which is pretty much what the title describes.

And yet another housewives show is back on Bravo Tuesday, this one focused in Miami.

MONDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Brad visits the hometowns of four of the remaining ladies.
“Chuck” 8 p.m. NBC— Robin Givens guests.
“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS— The Captain is back!
“House” 8 p.m. Fox — Real smart move: House at a school career day.
“The BET Honors” 9 p.m. BET — Honorees include Herbie Hancock, Jamie Foxx and Cicely Tyson. Atlanta Keyshia Cole performs.
“The Chicago Code” 9 p.m. Fox — So how dirty is Gibbons? We learn tonight.
“Jimmy Carter: The American Experience” 9 p.m. GPB — The always busy former president is profiled.
“Mike & Molly” 9:30 p.m. CBS — Mike gets lazy so Molly goes out with her sister.
“Skins” 10 p.m. MTV — Ratings are down 70 percent since week one.
“Castle” 10 p.m. ABC — Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”) guests as a federal agent.
“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny gets a visit from his brother (played by Dane Cook).
“Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” 10 p.m. Bravo (third season finale) — Tabatha revisits salons she tried to revive from previous seasons.

TUESDAY

“Glee” 8 p.m. Fox — Figgins tries to teach students that under-age drinking is bad.
“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — A marine is found murdered, minus teeth and fingertips.
Dirty Jobs” 9 p.m. Discovery — Mike cleans a fish grinder on a Bering Sea boat.
“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — Deeks is shot.
Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy” 9 p.m. History — Larry fires machine guns, hopefully at non-human targets.
“V” 9 p.m. ABC — Erica goes to Hong Kong to strike a blow against Anna.
“American Treasures” 10 p.m. Discovery (new series) — An anthropologist and archaeologist trek across America assessing alleged artifacts.
The Good Wife” 10 p.m. CBS — Gary Cole plays a ballistics expert.
“The Real Housewives of Miami” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — The seventh franchise gets infused with some Latino flair.
Teen Mom 2” 10 p.m. MTV  — Corey asks Leah to marry him.

WEDNESDAY

America’s Next Top Model” 8 p.m. the CW (16th season debut) — No Atlantans in this round.
American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Based on last week’s show, there is some real talent this year. The final 60 go to Vegas.
Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Phillip is full of himself and has no clue how to play the game. That’s gold for viewers!
Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — Prentiss asks two former Interpol colleagues to track down a past nemesis.
“Ghost Hunters” 9 p.m. Syfy (seventh season debut) — Ghost sites are investigated in Alexandria, La.
“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — More misunderstandings create yet more hilarity.
“Shedding For the Wedding” 9 p.m. the CW (new series)— Nine couples lose weigh to win a dream wedding.
Mr. Sunshine” 9:31 p.m. ABC — Ratings fell off the cliff last week after a promising debut.
Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land— More Victoria on “All My Children.”
Justified” 10 p.m. FX — Boyd is a suspect in a church bus hijacking.
“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC — Adults can be bullies, too.
“Toddlers & Tiaras” 10 p.m. TLC (third season finale) — Another week featuring little girls dressed up like adults.
Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — Atlanta’s  Richard Blais has made it to the top six. Paula Deen guests.

THURSDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — The top 24 are named.
“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Sheldon tries to find new friends.
“The Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW — Alaric makes a surprising confession to Jenna.
“Rules of Engagement” 8:30 p.m. CBS (new time slot) — Jeff creates a day when he gets his way but the cleaning lady foils his plans.
“Thurgood” 9 p.m. HBO — Laurence Fishburne’s Tony-nominated portrayal of Thurgood Marshall.
“CSI” 9 p.m. CBS — Two men pronounced dead come back to life.
Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Meredith discovers her fertility treatments are causing problems for her eyesight.
The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Michael might hire his best bud.
“Royal Pains” 9 p.m. USA (second season finale) — Divya and Raj take dance lessons to prepare for the wedding.
“Fairly Legal” 10 p.m. USA — Kate mediates the firing of a young inventor from a company.
The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — A member of CBI is a suspect after an antiques dealer is killed at a museum.
Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV — Snooki’s past hookups come back to haunt her.

FRIDAY

“The Defenders” 8 p.m. CBS — Lisa has an affair with ADA Ward.
Kitchen Nightmares” 8 p.m. Fox — Chef Ramsay visits Davide, a Boston Italian restaurant.
Supernanny” 8 p.m. ABC — Parents struggle with four-year-old triplets.
Who Do You Think You Are?” 8 p.m. NBC — Kim Cattrall digs into her family roots.
“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — A conspiracy-obsessed woman is found dead.
Flying Wild Alaska” 9 p.m. Discovery — School teachers besiege Jim and Ferno on the busiest day of the year-.
Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — A girl is murdered at a debutante ball.
“DC Cupcakes” 10 p.m. TLC (second season debut) — Pizza cupcakes? Really?
“Portlandia” 10 p.m. IFC (first season finale) — The mayor tries to recruit a baseball team to Portland.

WEEKEND

“Area 51” 9 p.m. Saturday Syfy — Captive aliens escape Area 51.
“The Antonio Treatment” 9:30 p.m. Saturday HGTV (second season debut) — Antonio fixes a bedroom.
2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards” 10 p.m. Saturday IFC — Joel McHale hosts.
“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — The remaining 10 teams go to Australia.
83rd Annual Academy Awards” 8:30 p.m. Sunday ABC — Anne Hathaway and James Franco host.
What Chilli Wants” 9 p.m. Sunday VH1 (second season finale) — Chilli takes a date to the Soul Train Awards.
Big Love” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO— Bill tries to strengthen the bonds of his marriages.
CSI: Miami” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — A high-school bully is stoned to death.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

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DONNA GONZALEZ

February 21st, 2011
7:53 am

YOU TO LOOK VERY GOOD

TrafficHeadache

February 21st, 2011
9:02 am

So explain to me how idiot-box fodder like “What Chilli Wants,” “Shedding For The Wedding” (yeesh, what a title) and “Teen Mom 2″ are “Best Bets.”

Dontavius Supremo

February 21st, 2011
12:18 pm

Tracy

February 21st, 2011
12:54 pm

You can catch a lot of these shows through an online service at the TVDevo website.
I use it to watch shows when I can”t find shows on regular TV.