"Diary of a Mad Black Woman" (7 p.m., TLC): Followed by "Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys" and "Why Did I Get Married?"
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" marathon (noon, USA): The Academy Awards are a marathon, not a sprint, so warm up with these episodes that feature Oscar-nominated guest stars such as Marcia Gay Harden, Robin Williams and Leslie Caron.
"Area 51" (8 p.m., SyFy): The Air Force relents and allows select reporters to visit the secretive base, but things get ugly - literally - when a captive alien seizes the opportunity to make a break for it. Bruce Boxleitner and Jason London star.
"Her Majesty, 'da Queen" (4 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11): Auteur and man-about-town Mike Houlihan filmed this documentary about Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade Queens.
"AfriCobra: Art for the People" (7 p.m., TVLand): More can't-miss Chicago history. It's a look at the uplifting black artist movement begun in 1968.
"Showbiz Tonight: Road to Gold" (6 p.m., CNN): There will be the traditional pre-Oscars shows on TV Guide Channel and E!, but there's no way I'm missing Camille Grammer's hosting gig.
"83rd Academy Awards" (7:30 p.m., WLS-Channel 7): The awards may be predictable, but nominee/host/multimedia artist/documentarian/writer/goof James Franco is not.
"What Chilli Wants" (8 p.m., VH1): On the season finale, TLC alum Chilli goes to "The Soul Train Awards" with Lasse, her Swedish model boyfriend. Take that, Usher! It's followed by the season finale of "Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business."
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:05 p.m., WLS-Channel 7): The post-Oscars show has invited Tom Hanks, Cee Lo Green, Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria, Kelly Ripa, Minka Kelly and Sofia Vergera.