TV tonight: The Oscars reviewed & artist-activist Ai Weiwei on PBS

Ai Weiwei was the artistic consultant for Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics, also known as the “Bird’s Nest.”

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WASHINGTONFebruary 25, 2013 —In Hollywood there is a fine line between irreverence and disrespect. Last night’s Oscars host Seth Mcfarlane flirted with both sides of that line all night long. Between his many questionable comments, the boob song, and the tedious pace of a bad musical, I was sorry I chose the Oscars over The Walking Dead.

However, there were a few moments worth noting. The Les Miserables’ cast performance was exceptional, as were Adele and Shirley Bassey’s renditions of Bond songs. But the best segment by far was Meryl Streep’s presentation of the best actor Oscar to Daniel Day-Lewis. Day-Lewis’s acceptance speech was filled with humor, respect, restraint and humility.

Unlike most acceptance speeches last night, there wasn’t a second of his speech that made me want to change the channel or fetch a snack. Just like his film performances, I found myself hanging on his every word.

As I watched Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep walk off the stage after his speech, I thought to myself how wonderful it would be if everyone in Hollywood would conduct themselves like these two icons. Rarely the fuel of the notoriety that defines the film industry more and more these days, these two class acts should serve as an example for anyone who pursues acting as a career.

But enough about the Oscars.

Tonight’s TV is almost entirely free of reruns, so the Monday night shows you love beckon your viewing with new material. My only dilemma is whether to watch Inside Combat Rescue on Nat-Geo, or a profile of Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei on PBS.


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Keep your sitcoms, silly reality shows, and dramas because tonight I’ll be watching real life heroes who deserve more than a passing glance.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Bachelor: (New) Sean and the final three women go on a wild and romantic trip to Thailand; Sean is faced with a painful decision as he determines the final two women.

CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (New) When Ted and Jeanette break up, Barney tries to help him land a new girl by using the infamous playbook Robin thought he had destroyed. Meanwhile, at a gallery opening where Lily hopes to make a good impression, Marshall ends up unintentionally getting noticed.

FOX: Bones: (New) An extremely educated new squintern (guest star Brian Klugman) gets under Brennan’s skin.

NBC: The Biggest Loser: (New) Two contestants are exiled from the ranch for the week as the contestants learn to face their fears and confront obstacles head on.

CW: The Carrie Diaries: (New) Impressed with Carrie’s (AnnaSophia Robb) creative prowess, Larissa (Freema Agyeman) offers her an internship at Interview, but Carrie is torn about whether she should take it. Carrie invites George (guest star Richard Kohnke) to the school dance, but when she suggests they leave the dance early, George gets the wrong idea about her intentions.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: Rules of Engagement: (New) Jeff tries to change his unhealthy eating habits after he accidentally consumes a “special” cupcake and lands in the hospital. Meanwhile, Russell forces Timmy to be his wingman when his date brings her mother on their big night out.

9 p.m. 

CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (New) Max and Caroline approach Caroline’s rich but callous Aunt Charity (Missi Pyle) for money to save their flailing cupcake shop.

FOX: The Following: (New) The team learns of Joe Carroll’s true intentions from a new follower; Ryan tries to turn Emma, Jacob and Paul against one another; and Emma makes a startling decision.

CW: 90210: (New) Naomi decides to open a restaurant with her half-brother Mark (guest star Charlie Weber), while Dixon books Michaela (guest star Lyndon Smith) to perform at the restaurant opening, unbeknownst to Silver. Annie feels confused about her newly re-surfaced feelings for Liam and Navid agrees to escort Campbell’s (guest star Grant Gustin) fiancé to an event, only to find out Campbell is cheating on her.

9:30 p.m.

CBS: Mike and Molly: (New) Molly enjoys a shopping spree at the mall after Mike storms off over a disagreement. Gerald McRaney guest stars.

10 p.m.

ABC: Castle: (New) After the FBI fails to get Alexis back, Castle takes matters into his own hands; Castle learns that his daughter’s kidnapping may be a part of a larger and more sinister agenda.

CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (Repeat) A relaxing day at sea turns deadly for McGarrett and Danny when their boat is hijacked and they are left stranded in the ocean.

NBC: Deception: (New) Edward drops a bombshell at a press conference; Joanna struggles to escape a hit man.

PBS: Independent Lens: (New) Profiling Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei, who helped design Beijing’s iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium and later criticized the Games as party propaganda.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet

Continuum at 8 p.m. on Syfy

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 8 p.m. on BRAVO

Fast N’ Loud: Recharged at 8 p.m. on DSC

Fast N’ Loud at 9 p.m. on DSC

Love it or List it at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Being Human at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Dallas at 9 p.m. on TNT

Bizarre Foods America at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

American Pickers at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Top Gear at 9 p.m. on BBC

The Devil’s Ride at 10 p.m. on DSC

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Pawn Stars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

Inside Combat Rescue at 10 p.m. on NGC

Monday Mornings at 10 p.m. on TNT

Lizard Lick Towing at 10 p.m. on truTV

Teen Mom 2 at 10 p.m. on MTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Signs on AMC

Waterworld on ENC

Last Days of Disco on FLIX

Tropic Thunder on FMC

The Proposal on FX

Batman on IFC’

Footloose on SUND

Who Framed Roger Rabbit on TCM

The School of Rock on TMC

Later tonight:

The Adjustment Bureau at 9 p.m. on HBO

Sanctum at 9:10 p.m. on MOMAX

Dragon Eyes at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Hall Pass at 10 p.m. on HBO

The Staircase at 10 p.m. on SUND

Dead Poets Society at 10 p.m. on TCM


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