What to watch on Friday, February 22...
8pm, The CW
In “Black Badge,” the CIA director is assassinated shortly after getting his hands on an incriminating file, and Amanda sets Sean up for the fall. Nikita has a cunning plan to spring her wrongfully accused comrade, or possibly get him killed. There’s not a tremendous margin for error in your average cunning spy plan, I think is the moral here.
SEASON 9 FINALE, 9pm, CBS
When police shoot an unarmed man in “Today Is Life,” Mac and the team must get to the bottom of the case swiftly in the face of widespread community anger. Would it be asking a lot to hope that the community expresses its displeasure Springfield-style, i.e., in the form of a jaunty, Broadway-riffing musical number?
Spartacus: War of the Damned
Tensions within the rebel camp come to a head as Spartacus struggles to keep control of the army’s more volatile elements. In the Roman camp, Crassus metes out punishment to Tiberius’s unit in the wake of defeat, and since the episode is called “Decimation,” you can bet that punishment will entail more than Tiberius having to clean out the aqueducts for a week.
A robbery gone wrong spirals into a hostage crisis at the high school, as “Behold a Pale Rider” caps what’s been a decidedly hostage-heavy week of television. Meanwhile, Carrie considers giving Lucas up to Rabbit in order to secure her family’s safety.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10:30pm, IFC
Awkward 15-year-old Chad tries to cope with life in his middle-of-nowhere small town in this animated series, featuring the voices of Fred Armisen, Megan Mullally, Linda Cardellini, and more. The debut episode is titled “The Great Escape” and finds Chad befriending a fellow outcast; that's followed at 11pm by sex-ed class travails in Episode 2, “Quest for Fantasy.”
– Meredith Vieira, Richard Roeper, and Thenewno2 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Dan Mintz and Bill Carter & The Blame on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Highlights from earlier in the week on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– First Lady Michelle Obama, Scarlett Johansson, and The Avett Brothers on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– William Shatner and Alona Tal on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON FRIDAY?
What to watch on Saturday, February 23...
10:30am, Cartoon Network
Young Justice: Invasion
Lex dispatches a ragtag band of misfits behind enemy lines to rescue the team in “The Hunt.” Don’t read too much into it, though. Lex just likes sending people into danger. One time he sent 14 henchmen into a burning laboratory because he thought he’d dropped a dry-cleaning stub inside.
9pm, BBC America
Unrest grips London during a dock strike, and a Jewish anarchist winds up dead in a bomb blast in “Tournament of Shadows.” The team’s investigation leads them to a terrorism ring led by a Russian spy. Wait, isn’t this 1889? Man, when weren’t Russian spies menacing the British Empire?
Argo: Inside Story
Bryan Cranston is the one who narrates this documentary about the CIA’s covert extraction of six Americans from Tehran during the 1978 Iran hostage crisis, the subject of Best Picture nominee Argo. Updated from its original broadcast in 2002, the special includes interviews with operative Tony Mendez, Ben Affleck’s character in the film.
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON SATURDAY?
What to watch on Sunday, February 24...
8pm, BBC America
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
The year-long 50th anniversary retrospective continues with "The Second Doctor"—a look at Patrick Troughton, the first man to take the TARDIS’s reins from a previous Doctor. The special will be followed by one of his classic episodes, 1967’s “The Tomb of the Cybermen,” which is presumably not about a Yahoo! chat room where evil aliens pester everyone with “a/s/l??”
Dog With a Blog
It is Oscar night, people. It’s repeats all the way down on most networks. Really, isn’t this the perfect time to sate your curiosity about the intricate mythology of Dog With A Blog? Who is this dog? Why does he have a blog? What topics does said blog tackle—is it packed with rigorous analysis, in the mode of your Nate Silvers, or does it mainly sprinkle brief motivational musings, a la your Seth Godins? Will “Dog Loses Girl” answer any of these questions... or will it only raise more?
LIVE, 8:30pm Eastern, ABC
The 85th Annual Academy Awards
Seth MacFarlane’s stranglehold on a single network’s Sunday-night programming shifts from Fox to ABC as he hosts the annual celebration of cinema live from sunny Hollywood, California. Best Picture nominees include that one you thought was pretty good, that overrated one your in-laws inexplicably loved, that one your Facebook friends just won’t freaking shut up about, that one you meant to get around to seeing but the new Die Hard was playing so you saw that instead, and that one everyone will get angry about when it wins.
The Walking Dead
In “I Ain’t a Judas,” Rick and the Rickettes plan their future now that the prison is in the Governor’s sights. Andrea is troubled by new developments in Woodbury, because how many artisanal cupcake shops does a town of like 200 people really need, for crying out loud?
“Cascading Failures” finds the Gallagher brood entering the custody of the state, and Fiona only has one recourse to get them back: Frank. Surely he’ll have no problem approximating a respectable member of society long enough to pull off a day-saving court appearance, right? Meanwhile, Terry catches Mickey and Ian bumping uglies, and Kev and Veronica decide to ask her mother to be their surrogate.
Amy uses Tyler’s connections to finagle a meeting with the CEO of Abaddon, whose non-supervillainous demeanor surprises her. Elsewhere in “No Doubt,” Levi adjusts to Amy’s new relationship status, and Dougie rallies the Cogentiva troops.
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON SUNDAY?
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