TV tonight: The 85th Academy Awards; plus The Walking Dead

WASHINGTONFebruary 24, 2013 —Tonight is the night Hollywood rolls out the red carpet and recognizes the film industry’s best efforts for 2012. Steven Spielberg’s take on the last days of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency tops the list with 12 nominations. The star of Spielberg’s film; Daniel Day-Lewis, is a nominee for best actor, and if odds makers are correct, the overwhelming favorite to win.

An incredible method actor who totally immerses himself in his carefully chosen roles, Daniel Day-Lewis could make history as the only man to win three Oscars for best actor. Even more admirable is the fact that he has achieved success on his own terms. Daniel Day-Lewis rarely involves himself in the celebrity aspect of Hollywood, and shuns the industry’s machinations for a quiet life in Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains. For that reason alone, he has my vote and my admiration. Add to this his channeling of Lincoln in Spielberg’s film, and the Oscar can only be given to Day-Lewis.

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For Walking Dead fans, Andrea will make a peacekeeping trip to the prison tonight. Also, Rick continues with his 50 shades of crazy act, much to the chagrin of his zombie slaying posse.

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Elsewhere on basic cable, following the huge success of Discovery Channel’s series; Gold Rush, tonight the network airs a new treasure hunting show. The new program; Silver Rush, focuses on salvaging silver from sunken ships by the crew of Odyssey Marine Exploration. This Tampa-based company made headlines last year when it succeeded in hauling up 48 tons of silver bullion from a 71-year-old shipwreck .

From the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to the bottom of the ocean, tonight’s TV schedule has something for everyone.

Tonight’s viewing

All times are EST:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Oscars Red Carpet Live: (Live) Guests arrive for the 85th Academy Awards ceremony; Lara Spencer, Jess Cagle, Kristin Chenoweth and Kelly Rowland host.

CBS: Amazing Race 22: (New) The 10 remaining teams compete in Bora Bora. One duo’s fear of water leads to extreme panic; and one racer suffers a possible race-ending injury while running to the pit stop.

FOX: The Simpsons: (Repeat) A distracted Homer allows Santa’s Little Helper to get loose, and the family are furious with his unconcerned attitude, until Grandpa shines some light on things by telling them the story of Homer’s childhood pup, Bongo.

NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: (Repeat) A man tickles a stranger with a feather; an elderly woman has an R-rated grocery list.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: 85th Academy Awards: (Live) Honors for achievements in film take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles; Adele, Norah Jones, Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey perform; Seth MacFarlane hosts.

FOX: The Cleveland Show: (Repeat) Cleveland develops a taste for the food at the local shelter, which is much better than what he’s served at home, so he pretends to be homeless and becomes a regular at the facility.

NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: (Repeat) Appearing: Bob Harper (“The Biggest Loser”).

9 p.m.

CBS: The Mentalist: (Repeat) A girl claiming to be Jane’s late daughter surfaces. Meanwhile, a diamond cutter’s homicide is investigated by the CBI.

FOX: Family Guy: (Repeat) Peter spins his own tale of the Nativity.

NBC: Saturday Night Live in the ‘2000s: Time and Again: (Repeat) A retrospective that highlights the highs and woes of the late-night show in the 2000s. Featured: clips, backstage anecdotes and interviews with a slew of “SNL” performers, including Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Bill Hader, Chris Kattan, Seth Meyers, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig. Also: insight from memorable hosts, such as Alec Baldwin and Christopher Walken.

AMC: The Walking Dead: (New) Rick and the group contemplate their next move after their security has been compromised, while Andrea becomes uncomfortable with the changes under way in Woodbury.

SHOWTIME: Shameless: (New) Fiona is forced to find Frank, and Terry catches Mickey and Ian in a compromising situation.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: American Dad: (Repeat) In the Season 8 premiere, Roger turns the attic into a nightclub and inserts Hayley as the main performer, and when she becomes the star attraction and the toast of Langley Falls, Roger begins to see her in a new light. Meanwhile, Stan turns up the macho as he negotiates to buy a new car.

10 p.m.

CBS: The Good Wife: (Repeat) The accountant for drug dealer Lemond Bishop is arrested. Alicia must determine what the Feds want.

SHOWTIME: House of Lies: (New) Marty is tempted by Tamara, and The Pod meets Doug’s girlfriend.

10:30 p.m.

SHOWTIME: Californication: (New) Karen asks Hank to intervene with Becca, and the boys fly to New York.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Chopped at 8 p.m. on Food Channel

Wild West Alaska at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet

Wicked Tuna: Hooked Up at 8 p.m. on NGC

Silver Rush at 8 and 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on DSC

Gypsy Sisters: Extra Bling at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on TLC

Gator Boys at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet

The Worst Cooks in America at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

Ax Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Wicked Tuna at 9 p.m. on NGC

Finding Bigfoot at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet

The Talking Dead at 10 p.m. on AMC

Iron Chef America at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Mudcats at 10 p.m. on NGC

Bar Rescue at 10 p.m. on SPIKE

Mob Wives at 10 p.m. on VH1

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Lion King on ABCFAM

The Bourne Supremacy on ENC

Adventures in Babysitting at 10 p.m. on FLIX

Iron Man 2 on FX

Battleship on HBO

The Hangover on TBS

Tootsie on TCM

Source Code on TMC

Clash of the Titans on TNT

9 p.m.

Avatar on FMC

The Man with the Golden Gun on REELZ

Jackass: The Movie on MTV

Later tonight:

Days of Thunder at 9:15 p.m. on CMT

Heat at 9:50 p.m. on ENC

Saving Private Ryan at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 on STARZ

Footloose at 10 p.m. on SUND

Kramer vs. Kramer at 10:15 p.m. on TCM

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