Supernatural, Spartacus, and the Oscars

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

8 p.m., NBC

Who Do You Think You Are?

Former Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall investigates her family’s history and uncovers secrets about her grandfather’s mysterious past. Was he, too, once an NYC socialite?

9 p.m., FOX

Fringe

In this follow-up to last season’s “Peter,” Fringe flashes back to the 1980’s—and we learn more about Walter’s (John Noble) Jacksonville experiments on a group of young subjects—including one Olivia Dunham.

9 p.m., CW

Supernatural

Looks like Supernatural is throwing a nod toward its time-slot competitor: The Winchester brothers travel to an alternate universe, where their names are Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles and they are actors on a show about two brothers being chased by a supernatural hit man. So meta!

Season 2 finale, 10 p.m., STZ

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

In the season finale, the new arena opens and Batiatus (John Hannah) recruits a group of gladiators to help him seek revenge against his enemies. Plus, don’t miss a preview of Camelot after the episode!

Also on the airwaves...
Supernanny, 8 p.m., ABC
The Defenders, 8 p.m., CBS
Kitchen Nightmares, 8 p.m., FOX
Smallville, 8 p.m., CW
CSI: NY, 9 p.m., CBS
Law & Order: UK, 9 p.m., BBC America
Ghost Adventures, 9 p.m., Syfy
Blue Bloods, 10 p.m., CBS
The Soup, 10 p.m., E!
Onion News Network, 10 p.m., IFC
Merlin, 10 p.m., Syfy
Portlandia, 10:30 p.m., IFC
NBA Basketball: Thunder v. Magic, Nuggets v. TrailBlazers
NCAA Men’s Basketball: Siena v. Fairfield, Detroit v. Wright State, Iona v. St. Peter’s

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26

10 p.m., SCIENCE

An Idiot Abroad

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send Karl Pilkington to Brazil to visit the site of Christ the Redeemer, dance in the Carnival, explore Rio de Janeiro’s gay scene, and get a Brazilian wax.

Check local listings

NCAA Men’s Basketball

Many big-time rivals face each other today, including Georgetown and Syracuse; Missouri and Kansas State; Texas A&M; and Baylor; and Bowling Green and Miami of Ohio. Other match-ups include Wichita State v. Missouri State, Siena v. Johns Hopkins, BYU v. San Diego State, St. John’s v. Villanova, Memphis v. UTEP, Florida v. Kentucky, Kansas v. Oklahoma, Mississippi State v. Tennessee, Seton Hall v. Notre Dame, Duke v. Virginia Tech, UC Santa Barbara v. Long Beach State, and Cal Poly v. Cal State Fullerton.

Also on the airwaves...
Being Human, 9 p.m., BBC America
The Graham Norton Show, 10:15 p.m., BBC America
NBA Basketball: Bulls v. Bucks

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27

8:30 p.m. Eastern, 5:30 p.m. Pacific, ABC

The Academy Awards

Anne Hathaway and current Oscar-nominee James Franco host the 83rd annual ceremony, honoring the year’s best achievements in film. The King’s Speech leads the pack with 12 nominations—but I’m still rooting for Inception all the way.

9 p.m., HBO

Big Love

Bill (Bill Paxton) tries to make amends in each of his marriages, Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) devises a plan for Lois’s (Grace Zabriskie) future, Heather (Tina Majorino) changes her mind about Ben (Douglas Smith), and Alby (Matt Ross) goes even crazier! Yessssss.

10 p.m., SHO

Shameless

Frank (William H. Macy) decides to get back on the wagon, but Lip (Jeremy Allen White) doesn’t think it will last. Plus, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) decides to find a better-paying job, and Kev (Steve Howey) and Veronica (Shanola Hampton) take in a foster child.

Also on the airwaves...
The Amazing Race, 8 p.m., CBS
Californication, 9 p.m., SHO
CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., CBS
NBA Basketball: Lakers v. Thunder, Knicks v. Heat, Hawks v. TrailBlazers
NCAA Men’s Basketball: Purdue v. Michigan State, Xavier v. Dayton, Connecticut v. Cincinnati, Pittsburgh v. Louisville, Indiana v. Ohio State
NCAA Women’s Basketball: LSU v. Tennessee, Xavier v. Temple, Baylor v. Oklahoma

What are you watching this weekend?


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Oscars, When Vacation Attacks, and Chopped.
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Fatal Attractions, Merlin, D.C. Cupcake, and American Loggers.
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I'm going to watch Big Time Rush, Friends, Two and a Half Men, King of the Hill, Pit Boss.
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Supernatural - The best tv show ever ! And Spartacus, Fringe, Californication, Smallville, Being Human (UK)
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blue bloods
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Supernatural, NCAA & CSI :Miami
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Blue Bloods and CSI:NY on Friday,and the Hawaii Five-O rerunon Saturday.
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Supernatural - BEST EPISODE EVER
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Supernatural, Spartacus and Merlin.
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CSI NY, Law and Order UK and CSI Miami.
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"SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA" and "Supernatural" also DVR "Law and Order: UK" which is currently the strongest of the "Law and Order" franchise.
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FRINGE!!!!! And recording Supernatural :)
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FRINGE & Kitchen Nightmares. If you don't have a nielson box but you have a DVR, then record Fringe and watch it within 24 hours - it'll count towards the ratings!!
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Smallville,Supernatural,CSI: NY, and CSI: Miami [:
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I thought that description about Supernatural's new ep was a joke! Craziness.
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fringe and supernatural! :)
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CSI: NY and The Amazing Race
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Supernatural, Who do you Think You Are, Kitchen Nightmares, The Soup, Oscars.
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Fringe & Supernatural!!!!!
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Amazing Race and Louisville vs. Pitt.
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Smallville, The Defenders, Fringe, Supernatural & Blue Bloods. I've been waiting for that Supernatural episode for weeks! :D and if I don't fall asleep the Acedemy Awards on Sunday. ;)
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Just CSI: NY for me :)
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CSI:NY, CSI:MIAMI.
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Fringe, CSI: NY, The Defenders, Blue Bloods, Merlin. Maybe I'll also watch some NBA Basketball.
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Supernatural should be Awesome!!! I love their special meta episodes almost as much as community's. Also watching Fringe, and maybe the academy awards..
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Friday: Supernatural (I'm gonna love this episode! The stakes for this season are already shot to hell, so why not make it fun ;)), The Defenders, Kitchen Nightmares, Supernanny and Blue Bloods. Nothing for saturday+sunday
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Smallville, Working Class, Fringe, Supernatural, The Soup, Spartacus: GOTA, Emily Blunt on Leno, Jason Sudeikis on Fallon, and Matthew Morrison on Letterman on Friday. The Dish, Being Human (UK), and Outcasts on Sunday. I've seen all of Merlin already
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Supernatural, Fringe, Smallville and the Oscars! Here I come;)
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supernatural sounds completely EPIC!
hope its a good one.
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Friday: CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, Merlin, Law & Order: UK... Saturday: Harry's Law, Hawaii Five-O rerun, various other reruns... Sunday: NCIS reruns, etc...
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Fringe, Supernatural, Smallville, Blue Bloods, and The Oscars.
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The Defenders, Fringe, Blue Bloods, Portlandia, Californication and Shameless
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SUPERNATURAL Definitely really looking forward to it sounds like a fun episode though it has NOTHING at all to do with FRINGE they've been traveling to AU's for years.
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not shameless - your version doesn't work , cos i don't think americans have the perverse pride in being scum that sections of british society have!
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