What to Watch This Weekend: The Oscars, Gold Rush, and Eastbound & Down

And the award for Best Weekend goes to THIS WEEKEND!! That's because [music drowns out]:

What to watch on Friday, February 24...



9pm, Fox
Fringe
In the ominously titled "The End of All Things," Peter and the rest of the Fringe gang must deal with a series of life-threatening events by using some extraordinary measures. Not just cussing or open-handed slaps: extraordinary measures.

SEASON 2 FINALE, 9pm, Discovery
Gold Rush
Some people may not know this, but Discovery's Gold Rush is one of the highest-rated shows on television—not just cable, but ALL television. Well, you probably knew this if you are a MAN because this is your show: Tractors and yelling and very occasionally gold. What's not to like? Anyway in this Season 2 finale, the Big Nugget mine faces closure unless Parker strikes ore, plus Todd makes the mistake of running a 'dozer on solid ice, and Dakota Fred believes he found Jack Hoffman's "glory hole" which is probably not as sexual as it sounds.

9pm, NBC
Grimm
This just gets less and less pleasant: Not only do fabled supernatural creatures exist, they ALSO have an underground-creature FIGHT CLUB. So tonight, as you might imagine, Nick and Monroe sit in for a few bouts after the fight club is implicated in a double-homicide. Ugh, can you even imagine the smell in that room?

10pm, IFC
Portlandia
In "Feminist Bookstore 10th Anniversary," a surprise guest turns up at the titular shindig held in honor of Toni and Candace. And as you'd imagine, tons of semi-polite, oatsy drama busts out! Also, other sketches.

8pm, Nickelodeon
FRED: The Show
Sorry guys, but it's my job to point certain things out. First of all, Fred is a TV show now. Second of all, I kind of like Fred? I know, I know. Sorry. Life is a mystery. (It makes me laugh.) Anyway, in tonight's episode of this thing, Fred tries his hand at being the neighborhood babysitter. Sorry.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Kitchen Nightmares, 8 p.m., Fox
Shark Tank, 8 p.m., ABC
Undercover Boss, 8 p.m., CBS
Who Do You Think You Are?: Blair Underwood, 8 p.m., NBC
A Gifted Man, 9 p.m., CBS
America's Most Wanted, 9 p.m., Lifetime
My House Goes Disney, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9 p.m., HGTV
Phineas & Ferb, 9 p.m., Disney
Primetime: What Would You Do?, 9 p.m., ABC
On Freddie Roach, SEASON 1 FINALE, 9:30 p.m., HBO
20/20, 10 p.m., ABC
Bering Sea Gold, 10 p.m., Discovery
Blue Bloods, 10 p.m., CBS
Curious & Unusual Deaths, 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Dateline NBC, 10 p.m., NBC
Four Weddings, 10 p.m., TLC
Merlin, 10 p.m., Syfy
Spartacus: Vengeance, 10 p.m., Starz
Marvel Anime: Blade, 11 p.m., G4

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Levine on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
John Waters and Jennifer Carpenter on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS
La Toya Jackson on The Wendy Williams Show, 12 a.m., BET
Paul Rudd and Gabrielle Union on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:35 a.m., NBC



What to watch on Saturday, February 25...

AWARDS SPECIAL, 10pm, IFC
The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards
No offense, but a lot of the time this awards show honors better movies than the Oscars. Let's not fight about it. Seth Rogen will be hosting this year's event, and the presenters list includes Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Chastain, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rashida Jones, and William H. Macy. And just FYI the Best Feature nominees are 50/50, Beginners (a.k.a. my favorite movie of 2011), Drive (a.k.a. all my friends' favorite movie of 2011), Take Shelter, The Descendants, and The Artist.

SERIES 4 PREMIERE, 9pm, BBC America
Being Human (U.K.)
Because there can never be enough Being Human on the air, BBC America kindly brings us Series 4 of the U.K. series right smack dab in the middle of the U.S. version's Season 2. No matter: This premiere involves George, Annie, and Tom's return to the B&B; and their attempts to protect a baby werewolf from vampires called The Old Ones.

9pm, Animal Planet
Too Cute! Puppies & Ducklings
I think we all need this, you know? It's like Animal Planet could sense it.

9pm, NBC
The Firm
In "Chapter Eight," Mitch gets cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of Martin Moxon and pays a visit to an understandably wary Sarah Holt. Meanwhile Tammy and Abby team up to delve into a mysterious list that Moxon left behind. Quick question: Should I not be getting too emotionally invested in this show, or what?

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Cops, 8 p.m., Fox
Victorious, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon
Oddities, 9 p.m., Science
Parking Wars, 9 p.m., A&E;
Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC
Witchslayer Gretl, ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9 p.m., Syfy
48 Hours Mystery, 10 p.m., CBS
An Idiot Abroad: The Bucket List, 10 p.m., Science
Billy the Exterminator, 10 p.m., A&E;
The Graham Norton Show, 10:15 p.m., BBC America
Would You Rather? With Graham Norton, 11 p.m., BBC America


What to watch on Sunday, February 26...

AWARDS SPECIAL, 5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST, ABC
The 84th Annual Academy Awards
Back by popular demand (LOL), Billy Crystal makes his ninth appearance tonight as Oscars host, leading us through over three hours of schtick, sudden seriousness, and self-celebration. Best Picture nominees include Hugo, The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Moneyball, and Tree of Life. (Here's your printable ballot for the high-stakes gambling you'll be doing in your living room tonight).

AWARDS SPECIAL, 12am, ABC
Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards
Tonight Jimmy Kimmel's going all-out for a post-awards bash. In addition to the expected jokes 'n bits, guests include Oprah Winfrey, Billy Crystal, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron, as well as up-and-coming indie rock group The Coldplay.

10pm, HBO
Eastbound & Down
In "Chapter 15," Kenny attempts to track down an MIA April in order to give back the baby, but ends up looking for Stevie instead. Ugh, why is this show so dang good?

9pm, AMC
The Walking Dead
"18 Miles Out" picks up after last week's excellent "Triggerfinger" and finds the injured outsider becoming a bone of contention between Rick and Shane. Meanwhile Hershel's family deals with issues of their own and Andrea may be the only person who can help them. Plus whatever mental games Lori's up to this week.

9pm, HBO
Luck
Racetrack drama proceeds as usual tonight as Ace deals with Escalante's decision to run a new horse with an inexperienced jockey. Meanwhile Claire agrees to accompany Ace to the track in recognition of his generous donation. "Generous donation."

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9pm, Nickelodeon
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee
Call it highly shrewd Oscar-night counter-programming (or simply a coincidence), but tonight Linda Ellerbee brings us "My Big Fat Failure" and talks about how kids can deal with overcoming the personal failures they'll encounter in life. An array of celebrities will share their own experiences on the subject of failure, including Richard Branson, Russell Simmons, Tina Fey, Brian Williams, and Nick Cannon. I <3 Linda Ellerbee so much.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Oscars Red Carpet Live, AWARDS SPECIAL, 4 p.m. / 7 p.m., ABC
60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
Dateline NBC, 7 p.m., NBC
Amazing Race, 8 p.m., CBS
Celebrity Apprentice, 9 p.m., NBC
Nightmare Next Door, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, 9 p.m., Bravo
Worst Cooks in America, 9 p.m., Food Network
Comic Book Men, 10 p.m., AMC
Life's Too Short, 10:30 p.m., HBO
E! After Party: 2012 Academy Awards, AWARDS SPECIAL, 11:30 p.m., E!
China, IL, 12 a.m., Cartoon Network
Talking Dead, 12 a.m., AMC
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, 12:15 a.m., Cartoon Network



What are you watching this weekend?

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Already watched Spartacus great episode , Star Wars the Clone Wars, on Fri nite, The Firm, great show Being Human (BBCA version, way better than SYFY"S) on Sat nite , tonite THE AMAZING RACE plus THE DAYTONA 500 skipping the OSCAR"S
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I LOL'd when I read that line about Lori's mental games on The Walking Dead. So true. I will watch that and MAYBE the Academy Awards. Although, It's hard to watch when one becomes aware of all the self-congratulatory celebrity worship that is REALLY going on during those so-called spectacles. Let's not forget, these are people PRETENDING to be other people and getting awards for it. When they go up and give their speeches and what not, keep in mind they're just doing what they do best...pretending. All the tears and the whole nine yards. Anyway. I didn't see many movies that were nominated this year so I'm not sure if I'm very interested. If TVD was up for any awards I'd be there guaranteed!
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Friday: Grimm, Merlin, A Gifted Man (online)... Saturday: The Firm, reruns... Sunday: reruns...
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Fringe, Grimm, Spartacus, Ancient Aliens

The Walking Dead
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I can't believe they gave Monte Markham such a thankless role in Fringe and then hardly gave him anything to do but die. Barely gave him a close-up. And I don't think that any of his lines were actually delivered on camera. That's just criminal! The man has been in the movie and TV industry for decades! He deserves more respect than that! Great ep, though. Can't wait for late March.
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Friday: Fringe, Grimm.

Saturday: Being Human.

Sunday: The Walking Dead.
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Merlin and Spartacus.
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Fringe, Who Do You Think You Are?, The Amazing Race, The Walking Dead and the Oscars.
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The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. I'm looking forward to Seth Rogen hosting. Also watching the Oscars.
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FRINGE!!
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Friday: FRINGE (so excited for this episode!), Grimm, Spartacus



Sunday: The Walking Dead, Frankenhole
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No OUaT this week =(
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Friday: Star Wars Clone Wars, which is not listed here for some reason. Also LLSwCF.



Saturday: nuthin'.



Sunday: also nuthin'.
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Fringe, Spartacus, Walking Dead
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Friday: Fringe, Grimm, Blue Bloods, and Merlin.



Sunday: The Walking Dead.
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Fringe, of course, and Grimm. Being Human UK - been there, done that. As for the rest, fuggedaboutit!
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FRINGE!!
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Tonight : Fringe, A Gifted Man and Spartacus , Sunday : The Walking Dead
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Oh, Price...not Fred...not Fred, Price. Price? Not Fred. Not Frice? No...Pred? What? STOP THIS NOW!
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I just looked at the ballot for Sunday nights 84th Annual Academy Awards & OMG, it looks extremely boring - I would rather slit my wrist, then be bored to death.



It just gets worse & worse every year.



Don't misunderstand me, Billy Crystal is excellent (we need him there, to ensure we are not dead or 95 years of age) Yip I still have a pulse - REALLY who did ABC get to do the nominations?



I'll pass indefinitely :-(
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Fringe of course!! & The Walking Dead. Already watched Being Human UK Season 4 Premiere and umm...meh =/
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Haha, The Coldplay. Price, you crack me up. I'll watch the walking dead probably. Although I'm not sure why I'm watching, I hate most of the characters, and its dull as all heck. Mostly cos Andrew Lincoln is amazeballs. Who is Fred and why does he have his own show? Can anyone get their own show? Could I get one?
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The Oscars and The Apprentice!
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FRINGE!!! over and over

if we thought last week was a big cliffhanger, I'm afraid for how this episode is going to end and then have to guess 4 weeks long how it continues. BEST SHOW ON TV!
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Fringe!!!



and Grimm at some point as Monroe is an awesome character
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Grimm and the LLSwCF tonight.

Nothing on Saturday.

The Walking Dead and Luck on Sunday... maybe a bit of the Oscars.
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Fred does not deserve to have his own TV show. Now we're going to get hundreds of Fred copycats.



I'll probably tune in for the first fifteen minutes of the Oscars, although I've never even heard of, let alone seen, most of the movies nominated.
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Friday: Blue Bloods

Saturday: --

Sunday: The Amazing Race
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Friday: Fringe (!!!), Grimm, Spartacus: Vengeance.

Saturday: ---.

Sunday: The Walking Dead.
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price price price. Gold Rush's highest rated episode is 5.5 million. how is that "one of the highest-rated shows on televisionnot just cable, but ALL television."
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Fri: Merlin, Fringe, Grimm and Portlandia.

Sat: Being Human, Graham Norton and An Idiot Abroad.

Sun: Amazing Race, The Walking Dead, Talking Dead and the Oscars at a party for movies that almost none of them I've seen - I think I'll enjoy the food... or drinks without the suspense.
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Friday: Fringe, Grimm, Spartacus, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Levine on Leno, and Paul Rudd and Gabrielle Union on Jimmy Fallon



Saturday: Being Human if I hadn't already seen past this episode. you could watch US and UK at the same time and not get confused now since the US has different names and different storylines now



Sunday: just The Walking Dead.. thanks a lot stupid award shows.. why no Shameless and House of Lies though?
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Grimm, A Gifted Man, Blue Bloods, Being Human UK,
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Fringe, The Walking Dead, Luck. No Showtime/CW :(
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I'm not used to premium networks taking a break. :(
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