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What’s New On TV Tonight? A Whole Lotta Oscars Coverage

Posted by ImaJustSaying on February 27, 2011


Tonight might be all about the Oscars/Academy Awards, but cable is still running new episodes of HBO & Showtime’s popular series, Big Love, Californication and Shameless.

Had you ever wondered why tonights award show The Academy Awards is also referred to as The Oscars?  Here is a quasi explanation:

Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, the statuette is better known by its nickname, Oscar. While the origins of the moniker aren’t clear, a popular story has it that upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar. The Academy didn’t adopt the nickname officially until 1939, but it was widely known enough by 1934 that Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky used it in a piece referring to Katharine Hepburn’s first Best Actress win.

Here’s what’s on TV tonight (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for the full schedule.

6PM

E!: ‘Live from the Red Carpet’

7PM

ABC: ‘Oscars Red Carpet Live’
CBS: ’60 Minutes’

8:00

ABC: ‘The Academy Awards’ CBS: ‘The Amazing Race’
Disney: ‘Good Luck Charlie’

8:30

Disney: ‘Shake It Up!’

9:00

PBS: ‘Masterpiece Classic’
History Channel: ‘Ax Men’
Oxygen: ‘Snapped’
Cooking Channel: ‘Food(ography)’
HBO: ‘Big Love’
Showtime: ‘Californication’

10:00

CBS: ‘CSI: Miami’
TruTV: ‘Law Vegas Jailhouse’
Style: ‘The Dish’
National Geographic: ‘Alaska Stage Troopers’
Cooking Channel: ‘Unique Eats’
Showtime: ‘Shameless’

11:45

Cartoon Network: ‘Robot Chicken’

Midnight

ABC: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’: Tom Hanks, Cee Lo Green, Kelly Ripa, and Jessica Alba
E!: ‘E! Oscars After Party’

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