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TV best bets with the Academy Awards and season finale of ‘Royal Pains’

Billy Crystal hosts the Academy Awards for a ninth time. CREDIT: AP

Billy Crystal hosts the Academy Awards for a ninth time. CREDIT: AP

The Academy Awards is generally the most popular awards show of the year despite its bloated nature and required on-air awards like short-form documentary and costume design.

That probably won’t happen this year. The Grammys, riding on Whitney Houston’s death and Adele’s super return from throat surgery, drew nearly 40 million viewers just a week ago.

This Sunday, the awards show will bring back Billy Crystal after last year’s failed attempt at adding strained hipness to the affair by having James Franco and Anne Hathaway co host.  The favorite best picture candidate is “The Artist,” which has grossed a mere $25 million.  The only of the best pictures to generate more than $100 million in revenue? “The Help.”

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Ben visits the hometowns of the final four.
E! True Hollywood Story” 8 p.m. E! — Watch the rise and fall of Lindsay Lohan.
“House” 8 p.m. Fox — House and his green-card Ukranian “wife” try to show immigration officials that they’re happily married.
“Alcatraz” 9 p.m. Fox — Madsen and Hauser pursue Johnny McKee, a murderous former inmate.
“Bethenny Ever After” 9 p.m. Bravo (third season debut) — Bethenny holds a party, which includes a visit by Hoda Kotb.
“Two and a Half Men” 9 p.m. CBS — A brush with death drives a wedge between Walden and Zoey.
“Mike & Molly” 9:30 p.m. CBS — Molly discovers Mike hasn’t celebrated his birthday since he was nine.
Castle” 10 p.m. ABC — Castle and Beckett try to stop events that could lead the U.S. into war.
“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS — A man dressed as a Hawaiian Na Koa warrior is found murdered.
Smash” 10 p.m. NBC — Casting begins to find a Joe DiMaggio.

“The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — A temptation-challenge winner reorganizes the teams.
“Glee” 8 p.m. Fox — The glee kids square off against the Dalton Academy.
NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Did a high-level-security Navy reservist commit suicide?
New Girl” 9 p.m. Fox — Jess deals with a bully in her classroom.
Top Gear” 9 p.m. History — The guys review modern muscle cars.
Body of Proof” 10 p.m. ABC — A member of Emmet’s crew who went missing is found but may have a life-threatening curse.
Justified” 10 p.m. FX — Boyd fights for control of the Harlan oxy trade.
Southland” 10 p.m. TNT — A young man set to testify in one of Sammy’s case is killed.
White Collar” 10 p.m. USA — A wealthy baseball fan plans to steal a valuable piece of memorabilia from Yankee Stadium.


“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Another two hour episode as the final 42 sing for a spot in the 24.
The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC — Frankie and Mike stop hassling their kids.
Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — A group of misfits band together.
Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — A series of brutal home invasions may be more sinister than meets the eye.
“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Gloria learns about a secret Claire has been harboring.
CSI” 10 p.m. CBS — A house is stolen from its foundation.
Royal Pains” 10 p.m. USA (third season finale) — Hank struggles to accept Jack’s illness.
Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — Can Sarah and Lindsey knock out frontrunner Paul?

“30 Rock” 8 p.m. NBC — Liz helps Jenna woo an Internet billionaire.
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — The rest of the top 24 is named.
The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Sheldon’s daily routines are thrown for a loop after his barber is hospitalized.
The Finder” 9 p.m. Fox — Willa and Timo’s arranged marriage proves to be a struggle.
Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — A coffee-shop explosion keeps the ER busy.
The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Andy forces the Scranton crew to work late.
Project Runway All Stars” 9 p.m. Lifetime — The all-star clothiers visit the United Nations headquarters and use flags for inspiration.
Archer” 10 p.m. FX — Ray’s younger brother is in trouble with a crooked sheriff in the West Virginia backwoods.
Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV — J-Woww confronts Pauly’s stalker.
The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — The CBI question a cult leader who is Jane’s old adversary.

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC — Pitches include a gourmet-pretzel business and easily-assembled furniture.
Undercover Boss” 8 p.m. CBS — American Seafoods CEO Bernt Bodal works undercover at his company.
Who Do You Think You Are?” 8 p.m. NBC — Checking the past of Blair Underwood.
Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox — A series of life-threatening events call for extraordinary measures by Peter and the rest of the Fringe team.
A Gifted Man” 9 p.m. CBS — Michael’s high-school girlfriend arrives at Holt Neuro with a grave condition.
“Gold Rush: Alaska” 9 p.m. Discovery (second season finale) — The Big Nugget mine faces closure unless Parker hits a pay streak.
Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny’s emotional state causes concern for his wife and kids when he relentlessly searches for a killer.

Witchslayer Gretl” 9 p.m. Saturday Syfy — Shannen Doherty gets work in this expansion of the “Hansel and Gretel” fairy tale.
“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — The race continues to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards” 8:30 p.m. Sunday ABC — Billy Crystal is back as host and “The Artist” is favored to win best picture.
“Celebrity Apprentice” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — The teams produce and perform a medieval-theme show.
“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — An outsider puts Rick and Shane at odds.
“Full Metal Jousting” 10 p.m. Sunday History — Tension mounts on the Red Team and jousting skills improve.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

16 comments Add your comment

Metro Coach

February 20th, 2012
12:56 pm

I understand that you’re the local paper’s water carrier for American Idol, even as it falls into the abyss of mediocrity, but no mention of “The Voice” on Monday night? The one thing NBC has done well since Frasier completed its run, and you don’t even mention it? Sad.

Rodney Ho

February 20th, 2012
1:05 pm

@Metro Coach. It’s another audition episode tonight, no different than last week so I didn’t have much to add in terms of commenting about it in a highlights box. I actually prefer “The Voice” over “Idol” right now. It’s been more entertaining and less tiresome.

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Metro Coach

February 20th, 2012
1:52 pm

I’ll give you that point, and I’m actually a week behind on The Voice, so I’ve been avoiding any reports about it. Too much stuff to watch on Mondays, for me anyways, just glad they’re replaying it on NBC on Sundays. A question too, do you know if the History Channel yanked Cajun Pawn Stars or if they just gave it one of those 6 or 8 episode runs to see how it played and plan on bringing it back later on?

Rodney Ho

February 20th, 2012
1:55 pm

Cajun Pawn Stars ran just eight episodes, the final ones on Feb. 6. No word on renewal but the numbers looked good.


February 20th, 2012
5:17 pm

Wow, another uninformed viewer! Yes, Metro Coach, I like The Voice a lot. The judges/coaches have a great chemistry (which was sorely missing on X-Factor) and the talent is pretty good. But AI is still the overall #1 rated show on TV.

So with a still fairly consistent top ranking, RoHo must not be the only one “carrying the water.”


February 20th, 2012
5:19 pm

BTW, Billy Crystal looks terrible.

Nick Saban

February 20th, 2012
11:42 pm

I like The Voice over American Idol. I also DVR The Bachelor every week. I watch The Bachelor and imagine myself as being at least the height of an average grown man and in the guy’s position. Must be nice not being a shade above a dwarf!


February 20th, 2012
11:45 pm


Do you know if “Call of the Wildman” has been renewed by Animal Planet?

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Vast Wastrel

February 21st, 2012
2:52 am

Damn, no makeup needed to play Miracle Max now.

Vast Wastrel

February 21st, 2012
2:59 am

As for The Voice, I’m having a bit of an issue when street performers get all four judges clamoring for their affection and an acclaimed Broadway and West End performer in Tony Vincent only gets a charity nod from Cee Lo.

Evander "The Ho Chasin'" Holyfield

February 21st, 2012
11:26 am

When did Billy become an old lesbian? He looks like a 75 year old Janet Napolitano

Metro Coach

February 21st, 2012
2:06 pm

Vast Wastrel….my wife and I were perplexed by a lot of the decisions last night. I thought they turned down a lot of good talent and went crazy over much lesser talent. The talent is still better overall than AI simply because they’re looking for the best singers and not the best singer-who-also-looks-like-a-Hollywood-star. Also, we’re not subjected to pre-scripted “awful” auditions just for publicity’s sake, everyone who makes it to the show can actually sing and sing well. Also, to the person who talked about how AI is rated #1 every week, my reference to mediocrity had nothing to do with the ratings, but with the quality of the show, it has steadily declined as of late, even people who watch it religiously will agree. AI was an excellent concept when it began, but its now a shell of what it was.

Vast Wastrel

February 21st, 2012
9:28 pm

@Metro – I’m liking The Voice better at this point as well. Fox has stretched Idol too thin and I don’t even pay attention until they go live and seldom before they get down to 12. Even then the talent is typically 3 or 4 and easily distilled down to 15-20 minutes of DVR viewing. I’m in agreement with you and it appears with Rodney as well that at least in the initial phases The Voice is better as they start with better talent. They aren’t even pretending that their pool is from amateurs and that’s fine with me.


February 22nd, 2012
1:51 pm

Hey Rodney — It’s Holt Neuro (A Gifted Man)