What to Watch This Weekend: Hannibal's Season 2 Premiere, Jim Parsons on SNL, and the Oscars

What to watch on Friday, February 28...

8:30pm, ABC
The Neighbors
Never ones to shy away from synergy with The Walt Disney Company and its related broadcasting properties, the Weavers throw an awards-themed bash in “Oscar Party.” Never ones to shy away from taking things comically over-the-top, the Bird-Kersees take the party comically over-the-top.

9pm, NBC
Monroe quarrels with his parents in “Revelation,” while Nick and Juliette work together to capture a cop-killer with a Wesen connection. Elsewhere, new information comes to Renard’s attention that could spell trouble for Adalind and the Royal Baby.

9pm, CBS
Hawaii Five-0
In “Pale ‘la,” a murdered real estate agent is found in the walls of one of his properties. I guess he couldn’t handle the [puts on sunglasses] mortgage. [Crickets.] Because “mort” is the French word for “dead.” [Tumbleweed.] Aw the heck with you philistines. Anyway, off the beat, Danny is flummoxed by the arrival of his mother (Melanie Griffith).

9pm, Fox
Jill must help Pete break up with his girlfriend when he realizes he technically never broke up with her before shipping out to Afghanistan. Will a performance from Kid ‘n Play offer the spoonful of exuberant early '90s sugar that helps the medicine go down? Meanwhile in “Brothers and Sister,” Derrick and Randy dare to wade into the dating pool without using one another as wingmen.

9:30pm, Fox
Raising Hope
In accordance with Section 4, Paragraph 20 of the TV Code of Law, Tommy Chong guest-stars in “The One Where They Get High.” Virginia prods Burt to join her in some riskier behavior to prove she’s not yet an old fuddy-duddy, while Jimmy and Sabrina spy on their babysitter.

Jack and Alana have a hard time coming to grips with Will’s imprisonment in “Kaiseki.” Though Will’s pretty chill about the whole thing, honestly. You know ol’ Will Graham—as steady and serene as they come, that one. Even when he’s visited by the FBI in the person of Cynthia Nixon.

10pm, Syfy
Unexpected alliances are forged, secrets are revealed, and Alan and Walker embark on a treacherous mission as “Level X” sets the TV Episode Logline Generator 8000 on cruise control.

10pm, Cinemax
Breaking with this show’s usually unflappable esteem for properness and order, Lucas bends a few rules in order to bring the hammer down on Proctor. Around town in “Evil for Evil,” Carrie ponies up for Max’s treatments, Job turns up a clue about Rabbit, and a vengeful Sharp and his skinhead crew come gunning for Emmett.

SEASON 3 PREMIERE, NEW NETWORK, 10pm & 10:30pm, Lifetime
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
Even getting 86’d by the likes of NBC can’t keep Betty White and her mischievous acolytes down. “Welcome Back – Taking Advantage” christens their new home on cable with Betty initiating a new protegé. Then at 10:30pm, “Betty’s New Chef” boasts zombie attacks and celebrity dating advice.

– Jada Pinkett Smith, Isaac Lufkin, and the Chop it Up panel on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Cameron Diaz, Ralph Fiennes, and Mario Batali on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Animal expert Jack Hanna and Jake Johannsen on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Ian McKellan & Patrick Stewart, Sophia Bush, and Michael Che on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35pm, NBC
– Sarah Chalke and Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


What to watch on Saturday, March 1...

10:30am, The Hub
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
“It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies” finds Fluttershy tending to a gaggle of magical critters who hit a rough patch while migrating home. But even her boundless compassion is tested when the little buggers prove exceptionally demanding.

8pm, Discovery
We knew this tragic day would come eventually, and so it has. It appears, in “Supersonic Ping Pong / Ice Cannon,” that civil war has riven the MythBusters in twain. On one side of the battlefield, Adam and Jamie trick out ping pong balls, transforming them into deadly plastic projectiles. On the other side, Kari, Grant, and Tory ready for a frigid siege with a piece of artillery composed of ice. Whose unconventional materiel shall win the day? Or, indeed, can anyone truly be called “winner” when ‘Buster fights ‘Buster?

9pm, BBC America
Ripper Street
“Am I Not Monstrous?” asks Cory’s secret WWE alter ego this episode, which centers on a slain young woman who had suffered from a physical deformity. To find her killer, Reid enlists the help of Joseph “the Elephant Man” Merrick.

9pm, Starz
Black Sails
The crew spares no expense in pursuit of the Andromache. Elsewhere, Bonny digs in her heels, Eleanor seeks Silver’s help, and Billy encourages Gates to stand up to Flint.

10pm, IFC
2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards
Patton Oswalt hosts a celebration of the year in independent film. Best First Feature and Best Feature Made for Under $500,000 are among the honors that will be handed out.

Deion’s Family Playbook
Go inside Deion Sanders’ Prime Prep Academy in this new reality series chronicling the home life and pigskin-coaching efforts of the former National Football League and Major League Baseball star. In the opener, the man they called “Prime Time” counsels his son on making friends and gears up for his team’s first game of the season.

11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Jim Parsons experiments with the Nocturnal Comedic Repertory Augmentation for the first time, with Beck serving as the Harmonic Accompaniment Variable.


What to watch on Sunday, March 2...

MARATHON, 5pm, Showtime
Presumably laid up with Oscar fever, Showtime gives its Sunday-night lineup the week off. So catch up on the first seven episodes of the Gallaghers’ fourth season, as Fiona descends into self-sabotage, Lip struggles with higher education, Frank bonds with his estranged eldest daughter, and Debbie… actually, let’s just skip that story.

Live, 8pm Eastern, ABC
The 86th Annual Academy Awards
Coverage kicks off at 8pm on the red carpet, where Robin Roberts and company greet the arriving luminaries. Then at 8:30pm Eastern, host Ellen DeGeneres gets the ceremony underway at L.A.’s Dolby Theater. American Hustle and Gravity lead the field with 10 nominations apiece, followed by nine for 12 Years a Slave. Slated performers include Idina Menzel, Bette Midler, an U2, Pharrell Williams, and Pharrell Williams’s hat.

9pm, Food Network
Iron Chef America
Iron Chef Bobby Flay crosses saucepans with challenger Angelo Sosa in Las Vegas.

9pm, AMC
The Walking Dead
In “Still,” a simple request precipitates a strange journey of adventure, self-discovery, and oh, let’s say, a day trip to Wisconsin’s famous Mars Cheese Castle. Hey, the summary doesn’t say they don’t visit the Mars Cheese Castle. I think I’m on pretty solid ground here.

9pm, HBO
True Detective
“After You’ve Gone” finds Hart and Cohle calling off hostilities, though their truce is not likely to extend to everybody who's arguing about this show in your Twitter feed. The thaw between the two comes as they must turn their attentions to a new case: a rash of disappearances linked to both the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family.

10pm, HBO
Hannah deals with family stress in “Flo,” as a visit to her hospitalized grandmother leads to an unusual request from her mother. Later she imbibes with her cousin, a Type A med student.

10:30pm, HBO
Patrick frets about his family’s judgment when he invites Richie to his sister’s wedding in “Looking for a Plus-One.” On the professional front, Dom disregards Lynn’s advice as he readies his restaurant, and Frank is incensed after Agustin drops out of his art show.


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Why don't you ever put in The Musketeers? Such a good show. Better than what I expected by far.
Anyone else hoping The Walking Dead gets higher ratings than the Oscars??
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