TV This Week: The Avatar Awards Edition

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What's in store this week? New episodes of Lost, Caprica, Chuck, and the 82nd Academy Awards! Will the Academy crown James Cameron the King of the Cat-Men or blow him a big blue raspberry? Watch and see!


NOTE: In honor of this week's Oscars, I'll be inventing a number of awards to bestow upon this week's programming. I may eschew these awards in the coming weeks, just as I eschewed an obvious Avatar-related "blue balls" joke in this week's headline. Hey, we keep it tactful.

MONDAY 3/1/10
First off, we've got the post-Olympic return of Chuck ("Chuck vs The Fake Name") at 8 PM on NBC:

There's also two new episodes of the anime series Monster (Syfy, 10 and 10:30 PM), but the real gems this evening are the recipients of the first weekly What To Watch WTF Award. This award goes to the National Graphic Channel for airing a triumvirate of weird-ass science shows...

10 PM - The Whale That Exploded ("A scientific investigation into why a 56-ton sperm whale exploded in a street in Taiwan.")
11 PM - Mystery Bear of the Arctic ("A sports hunter faces possible criminal charges after shooting what appears to be a rare grizzly-polar bear hybrid.")
12 PM - Paranatural Mystery Lights

...and to HBO Family for airing Junior at 11:30 PM. Hey, it's technically a science fiction movie.

Talk Circuit: Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson on The Daily Show (Comedy Central, 11 PM), Robert Pattinson on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 12:37 AM), Eli Roth on Last Call With Carson Daly (NBC, 1:36 AM)

TUESDAY 3/2/10
New Lost ("Sundown") at 9 PM on ABC. Looks like we'll have a Sayid/Dogen showdown of sorts.

Tuesday also brings the premiere of two science shows:

- NOVA: "Pluto Files" at 8 PM on PBS. "Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, explores people's opinions about Pluto."
- Explorer Episode: Inside the Nuclear Threat at 10 PM on National Geographic. "The threat of terrorists detonating a nuclear bomb."


The oddballs this evening are a double airing of Underworld Evolution (FX, 8 & 10:30 PM), A Boy and His Dog (The Movie Channel Extra, 1:05 AM), and a Primeval marathon (Syfy, 8 AM-4 PM)

Talk Circuit: Robert Pattinson on The Daily Show, Wesley Snipes (!) and Emilie de Ravin on Fallon.

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Not a lot this evening, but we do have What To Watch's Futurama Episode Of The Week! It's " Less Than Hero" (Comedy Central, 9 PM), the episode in which Fry and Leela gain superpowers. While perhaps not the most memorable episode, the antics of Bender's heroic alter-ego Superking make it a worthwhile 30 minutes of your life.


There's a new episode of MonsterQuest ("Piranha Invasion," History, 9 PM), Alien (Turner Classic Movies, 10:15 PM), and The Terminator (AMC, 1:30 AM).

Reruns of The Vampire Diaries ("Unpleasantville, CW, 8 PM) and Supernatural ("Swap Meat," CW, 9 PM), the hokey Red Planet (AMC, 8 PM), Reign of Fucking Fire (Syfy, 6:30 PM), and a Jake 2.0 marathon (Syfy, 8 AM - 4 PM) round out a fairly blah day.


Talk Circuit: Sonya Walger on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:37 AM),Mia Wasikowska on Fallon.

FRIDAY 3/5/10
New Caprica (" Know Thy Enemy," Syfy 9 PM)!


Also playing are Smallville reruns ("Rabid" & "Roulette," CW, 8 & 9 PM), 12 Monkeys (AMC, 10:30 PM), From Dusk Till Dawn ("C'mon sex machine!" Encore, 11:30 PM), Alien vs. Predator (FX, 10 PM), and Children of Men (USA, 11:30 PM).

The Awesome Movie On A Non-Basic Cable Channel At A Stupid Time Award goes to The Man Who Fell to Earth (Sundance, 12 AM). No!


There's a new episode of Survivors (BBCA, 9 PM), The Incredibles (ABC Family, 10 PM), and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (HBO Family, 11 PM). C'mon, go out and meet some specimens tonight.

SUNDAY 3/7/10
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (ABC, 8:30 PM)! I've got next month's rent riding on a dark horse upset from Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel.


Join me next week on What To Watch as I gloat about my wildly prescient call that Jason Lee would swipe the Best Actor statuette for his portrayal of Dave Seville from out of the goddamn blue. ALVIN!



"The Whale That Exploded ("A scientific investigation into why a 56-ton sperm whale exploded in a street in Taiwan.")"

I'm more interested in the mystery of how a 56-ton sperm whale managed to sneak onto the streets of Taiwan.

Seriously though, wouldn't it be kind of obvious that dead (I'm assuming) whale + heat = exploding whale carcass? This requires some googling . . .

And yay! Neil DeGrasse Tyson is one of the best Daily Show guests.

*ETA Google has explained all - looks like it's not so much why the whale exploded as how it exploded i.e. what makes dead stuff blow up.