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Billy Crystal serves as host for the 84th Academy Awards, which will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. (ABC/BOB D'AMICO)
This weekend on TV: Billy Crystals returns to host the Oscars

Billy Crystal is promising something "spectacular" for his hosting gig at The 84th Annual Academy Awards (Sunday, 6:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4). The show's producers are promising lots and lots of humor.

Yeah, well, we'll see. I'm hopeful we'll see something good for the opening, but you're never going to see a 3½-hour (or more) Oscar show that's entertaining from beginning to end.

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If you're looking for something so vapid it will kill your brain cells, tune in to Oscars Red Carpet Live (5 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4).

And if you really want to render yourself catatonic, E! has seven hours of pre-Oscars fluff - Countdown to the Red Carpet (11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) and Live from the Red Carpet (3:30-6:30 p.m.) - to complete your viewing experience.

Elsewhere on Friday ...

Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The CEO of American Seafoods goes under cover within his own business.

Who Do You Think You Are? (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Blair Underwood learns about his family history

Men's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): UC Santa Barbara at BYU

A Gifted Man (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Michael learns his high-school sweetheart has an irreversible condition.

Great Performances (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A performance of the Broadway show "Memphis," which won four Tony Awards - including best musical.

Fringe (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The team has to take drastic measures to prevent life-threatening events.

Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): An under cover detective is murdered.

Spartacus: Vengeance (11 p.m. Starz): Spartacus tries to free Crixus from Roman captivity.

Elsewhere n Saturday ...

Women's college gymnastics (1 p.m., BYUtv): BYU vs. Utah State vs. Southern Utah

Men's college basketball (4 p.m., BYUtv): Portland at BYU

Men's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): UC Santa Barbara at BYU

The Firm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Mitch visits Sarah in jail, but she won't answer his questions.

Being Human (8 and 10 p.m., BBC America): Annie, George and Tom try to stay under the radar as the fourth season begins.

An Idiot Abroad: The Bucket List (8 and 11 p.m., Science): Karl joins a high school choir.

Elsewhere on Sunday ...

NBA All-Star Game (5:30 p.m., TNT): Live from Orlando.

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The teams race through Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Walking Dead (7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., AMC): Rick and Shane disagree about how to deal with an outsider.

The Celebrity Apprentice (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The awful celebrities try to put together a medieval show - and somebody gets hurt in the process.

Luck (10 p.m, HBO): Ace forces Escalante to swap jockeys.

Eastbound & Down (11 p.m., HBO): Kenny goes in search of April.

Life's Too Short (11:30 p.m., HBO): Warwick makes a guest appearance at a wedding.

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