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Must See HDTV for the week of February 25th: Oscars, Gravity and Game of Arms

Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
February 25, 2014
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The Winter Olympics are over and your normal programming schedule is back in full swing. The NHL is back for hockey fans, but Sunday is the big night for movies, as the 86th Annual Academy Awards air on ABC, hosted by Ellen Degeneres. The Best Picture category is looking particularly stacked with American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Tonight the battle of odd reality TV shows takes off as Discovery heads to the mountains for Battle of the Ozarks and AMC airs its Game of Arms arm-wrestling competition. Legit returns this week on FXX, while FX premieres season two of The Americans. Otherwise, we'd keep an eye out for Fred Armisen who is leading the band for Seth Meyers on Late Night, and kicking off a new season of Portlandia on IFC. Gravity is also coming home this week on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D, while gamers can pick up Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare or Thief. Check after the break for trailers plus our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and gaming.


Blu-ray, Streaming movies & Games

  • Thor: The Dark World (3D)
  • Gravity (3D)
  • Nebraska
  • Blue Is The Warmest Color (also on Netflix)
  • Adventure Time (S3)
  • King of the Hill
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  • Thief (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  • Tales of Symphina Chronicles (PS3)
  • Rayman Legends (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 (PS3, Xbox 360)

Tuesday

  • Glee (spring premiere), Fox, 8PM
  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM
  • The Bachelor, ABC, 8PM
  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family, 8PM
  • Rizzoli & Isles (winter premiere), TNT, 9PM
  • About a Boy, NBC, 9PM
  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 9PM
  • New Girl, Fox, 9PM
  • Supernatural, CW, 9PM
  • American Experience, PBS, 9PM
  • Face Off, Syfy, 9PM
  • Twisted, ABC Family, 9PM
  • Brooklyn Nine-nine, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Growing Up Fisher, NBC, 9:30PM
  • Clash of the Ozarks (series premiere), Discovery, 10PM
  • Game of Arms (series premiere), AMC, 10PM
  • Mind Games (series premiere), ABC, 10PM
  • Perception (winter premiere), TNT, 10PM
  • The Profit (season premiere), CNBC, 10PM
  • Person of Interest, CBS, 10PM
  • Chicago Fire, NBC, 10PM
  • Justified, FX, 10PM
  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Opposite Worlds, Syfy, 10PM
  • Cougar Town, TBS, 10PM
  • Kroll Show, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • Are You The One?, MTV, 11PM

Wednesday

  • Survivor (season premiere), CBS, 8PM
  • Revolution, NBC, 8PM
  • Melissa & Joey, ABC Family, 8PM
  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM
  • Opposite Worlds (season finale), Syfy, 8PM
  • WWE Main Event, ION, 8PM
  • Suburgatory, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Baby Daddy, ABC Family, 8:30PM
  • Modern Family, ABC, 9PM
  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 9PM
  • Tomorrow People, CW, 9PM
  • Psych, USA, 9PM
  • Mixology (series premiere), ABC, 9:30PM
  • The Americans (season premiere), FX, 10PM
  • Legit (season premiere), FXX, 10PM
  • Workaholics, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Unsung Hollywood: Pam Grier (series premiere), TV One, 10PM
  • Kings/Avalanche, NBC Sports Network, 10PM
  • Captain Philips: Somali Pirates Inside Story, Discovery, 10PM
  • Nashville, ABC, 10PM
  • The Real World, MTV, 10PM
  • Chicago PD, NBC, 10PM
  • Men at Work, TBS, 10PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 10PM
  • Ali G: Rezurection (series premiere), FXX, 10:30PM
  • Broad City, Comedy Central, 10:30PM

Thursday

  • Knicks/Heat, TNT, 8PM
  • Countdown to the Oscars, ABC, 8PM
  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM
  • Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8PM
  • Community, NBC, 8PM
  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • Parks & Recreation, NBC, 8:30PM
  • The Millers, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Grey's Anatomy (season premiere), ABC, 9PM
  • Rake, Fox, 9PM
  • Reign, CW, 9PM
  • Hollywood Game Night (spring premiere), NBC, 9PM
  • Two and a Half Men, CBS, 9PM
  • Anger Management, FX, 9:30PM
  • The Crazy Ones, CBS, 9:30PM
  • Portlandia (season premiere), IFC, 10PM
  • Scandal (spring premiere), ABC, 10PM
  • Vikings (season premiere), History, 10PM
  • Parenthood, NBC, 10PM
  • Elementary, CBS, 10PM
  • King of the Nerds, TBS, 10PM
  • Nets/Nuggets, TNT, 10:30PM
  • Jerks with Cameras, MTV, 11PM

Friday

  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Cold Justice, TNT, 8PM
  • Last Man Standing, ABC, 8PM
  • Undercover Boss, CBS, 8PM
  • The Neighbors, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Grimm, NBC, 9PM
  • Inside Job (series premiere), TNT, 9PM
  • Hawaii Five-o, CBS, 9PM
  • Bellator MMA Live, Spike TV, 9PM
  • Enlisted, Fox, 9PM
  • Shark Tank, ABC, 9PM
  • All Access: Canelo vs. Angulo, Showtime, 9PM
  • Raising hope, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10PM
  • Game of Stones (series premiere), Disocvery, 10PM
  • Banshee, Cinemax, 10PM
  • Helix, Syfy, 10PM
  • Save Our Business (series premiere), TNT, 10PM
  • Hannibal (season premiere), NBC, 10PM
  • Joe Rogan: Live from the Tabernacle, Comedy Central, 11:59PM

Saturday

  • Penguins/Blackhawks, NBC, 8PM
  • Happy Face Killer, Lifetime, 8PM
  • Mythbusters, Discovery, 8PM
  • Ripper Street, BBC America, 9PM
  • Black Sails, Starz, 9PM
  • Lucas Bros. Moving Company, Fox, 11PM
  • Golan the Insatiable, Fox, 11:15PM
  • Saturday Night Live: Jim Parsons / Beck, NBC, 11:30PM

Sunday

  • 86th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 8:30PM
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Phoenix, Fox, 2:30PM
  • The Amazing Race, CBS, 8PM
  • The Walking Dead, AMC, 9PM
  • True Detective, HBO, 9PM
  • Talking Dead, AMC, 10PM
  • Girls, HBO, 10PM
  • Looking, HBO, 10:30PM
  • Comic Book Men, AMC, 11:59PM

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