Academy Awards Show (8:30pm, ABC) - It’ll be long and mostly boring and we’ll all complain about it later, but many of us still wouldn’t miss it for the world. Of course, I’m talking about the Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres (Note: Red Carpet shows start earlier – 5 p.m. on ABC and 5:30 p.m. on E!). Scheduled performers include U2, Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel, Karen O and Bette Midler. “American Hustle” and “Gravity” lead the nominations with 10 each, followed by “12 Years a Slave” with nine.
Also on tonight . . .
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers (8pm, UNC-TV) - Opposite the Oscars, “Great Performances” presents a show that will please anyone unable to attend 2013’s IBMA concert in Raleigh: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell, perform in Riverside, Calif. It’s followed by a repeat of last year’s “ Tift Merritt: Still Not Home” special.
The Walking Dead (9pm, AMC) - A bizarre but enlightening mission is brought on by a group member’s simple request.
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True Detective (9pm, HBO) - Hart and Cohle call a truce to investigate a series of disappearances that may be related to the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family.
Girls (10pm, HBO) - Hannah visits her grandmother in the hospital, but is surprised by an odd request from her mother. Later, Hannah goes out for a drink with her cousin, an overachieving med student.