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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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FILE - This Sept. 23, 2012 file photo shows Seth MacFarlane presenting an award at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Macfarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, file)
This weekend on TV: There's 3-ish hours of Oscars and 10-ish hours of pre-Oscars

Live from Hollywood. Seth MacFarlane hosts The Academy Awards (Sunday, 6:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4).

ABC is also airing a preview, On the Red Carpet at the Oscars (Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Ch. 4) - and the annual, inane arrivals show, Oscars Red Carpet Live (5 p.m., Ch. 4).

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However, ABC's dumb-as-dirt red carpet show generally looks positively intellectual compared to the stupidity that you can count on from E! That cable network will air seven hours of pre-shows beginning at 11:30 a.m. - and then a 90-minute "after party" at 9:30 p.m.


Friday on TV ...

Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The CEO of O'Neill Clothing is shocked when a sales associate disses the brand and offers him weed.

Last Man Standing (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mandy flirts with Kyle, who's oblivious.

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

Malibu Country (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The family tries to get Lillie Mae a great birthday gift.

CSI: New York (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): In the ninth-season finale, an unarmed man is shot by police. At this point, it's entirely possible that there won't be a 10th season.

Touch (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Martin is forced into making a big decision.

Alien Dawn (8 p.m., Nickelodeon): In this new series, 16-year-old Cameron races to uncover clues of a mysterious conspiracy hidden in the animated pages of a comic book series created by his missing father.

Merlin (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Merlin tries to help a young Druid boy.

Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): An injury during a pick-up game leads to a lawsuit.

American Masters (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Gospel singer and guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe is profiled.

Spartacus: War of the Damned (10 p.m., Starz): Spartacus suspects he's got a spy within his ranks.

Saturday on TV ...

Women's college basketball (2 p.m., BYUtv): Gonzaga at BYU

Ripper Street (7 and 10 p.m., BBC America): A Jewish anarchist is murdered.

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

Women's college gymnastics (8 p.m., P12N): Stanford at Utah

NBA (8:30 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers

The New Normal (10 p.m., Ch. 30): David and Bryan rush the puppy to the vet.

Argo: Inside Story (11 p.m., Discovery): A look at the real story that inspired the Oscar-nominated movie about the CIA's attempt to rescue six Americans during the 1978 Iran hostage crisis.

Sunday on TV ...

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): David O'Leary - the father in the father-and-son team from Utah - suffers an injury in Bora Bora.

The Walking Dead (7, 9 and 10 p.m., AMC): Their security threatened, Rick and the group have to make a choice.

Girls (10 p.m., HBO): Hanna and Jessa go upstate to visit Jessa's father.

Shameless (10 p.m., Showtime): Fiona is desperate to get the kids back from DFS.

Enlightened (10:30 p.m., HBO): Dougie gets the official word about the future of Cogentiva.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (10:35 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jimmy's annual after-the-Oscars show.

House of Lies (11 p.m. Showtime): Doug introduces his new girlfriend to his co-workers.

Californication (11:30 p.m., Showtime): Karen asks Hank to intervene with Becca.

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