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HDTV Listings for March 5, 2006

Kevin C. Tofel

What we're watching: If you were looking forward to the Oscars in high-def, we hate to disappoint you. Either Jon Stewart or the li'l gold guy didn't want their wrinkles to show in HD. ABC has an hour of Oscar countdown programming in 720p starting at 7 p.m., but once the big show starts, it's back to SDTV for Oscar. INHD2 will be covering the Red Carpet in 1080i at 5:30 p.m., so you can tune in early for more of Hollywood in HD.

Most of the networks have repeats up against the Oscars, so give "Spanglish" an early consideration on HBO-HD. The 1080i movie starring Adam Sandler kicks off at 6:45 p.m. Another alternative if you're really in an HD hardship is "Bad Boys II" on Fox at 7:30 p.m. in 720p starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.

Our traditional high-def listings continue below.

Here are some other HDTV programs showing on selected networks today. All times are Eastern and reruns are in italics:

ABC (720p): Oscar Countdown 2006 (7 & 7:30 p.m.)

CBS (1080i):  Criminal Minds (8 p.m), Cold Case (9 p.m.), CSI (9 pm.)

NBC (1080i):  Law & Order: Criminal Intent (9 p.m.), Crossing Jordan (10 p.m.)

Fox (720p): Malcolm in the Middle (7 p.m.), Bad Boys II (7:30 p.m.)

UPN (1080i): Veronica Mars (7 p.m.)

Discovery-HD (1080i): Fireballs from Space (6 p.m.), Sunrise Earth (7 p.m.), Equator (8 & 11 p.m.), Rides (9 p.m.), Manassas: End of Innocence (10 p.m.)

ESPN-HD (720p): SportsCenter (6 & 11 p.m.), NBA Basketball: Bulls at Cavaliers (7:30 p.m.)

INHD (1080i): Gravity Games: BMX Finals (7 p.m.), Airtime: Burton New Zealand Open (9 p.m.), A List: Oregon City vs. Lake Oswego (10 p.m.)

INHD2 (1080i): Live from the Red Carpet: Academy Awards (5:30 p.m.), Utimate Access: The Sports Arena (7:30 & 10:30 p.m.), INHD to the MAX #27 (8:30 p.m.), Caribbean Escapes #2 (10 p.m.), In Theaters (11:30 p.m.)

HBO-HD (1080i): Spanglish (6:45 p.m.), Deadwood (9 & 10 p.m.), Mrs. Harris (11 p.m.)

Showtime-HD (1080i):  Timeline (6:30 p.m.), Walking Tall (8:30 p.m.), The L Word (10 & 11 p.m.)

TNT-HD (1080i): Law & Order (6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 p.m.)

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