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February 2011 Archives

SATURDAY



"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.

SUNDAY



"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.

SATURDAY


"Glass House: The Good Mother" (6 p.m., Lifetime): Nothing says "It's the weekend!" like an orphans-in-danger movie. Starring Angie Harmon and Jason London - the London twin who was NOT kidnapped and forced to take drugs.

"America's Most Wanted" (8 p.m., WFLD-Channel 32): On a serial killers special edition, John Walsh asks for help in identifying possible victim photos in Los Angeles's "Grim Sleeper" case. Also: an interview with the daughter of the "Happy Face" killer.

"Patrice O'Neal: Elephant in the Room" (9 p.m., Comedy): The comic, who has a recurring role as Lonny on "The Office," tackles topics including infidelity, safe sex and harassment.

SUNDAY


"Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" (7 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2): The 18th season premiere brings back some loveable losers for another chance. I'm torn between the Harlem Globetrotters and Goths Ken and Vyxsin.

"The Simpsons" (7 p.m., WFLD-Channel 32): Bart becomes a filmmaker with a character called Angry Dad. With voice cameos by Halle Berry, Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand.

"Snapped" (8 p.m., Oxygen): A true crime show that specializes in female killers. Finally.

"'Saturday Night Live' Backstage" (8 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Classic clips, appearances by Tina Fey, Lorraine Newman, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, and my personal favorite: a present-day interview with Christopher Walken, who appears to have groomed his hair into a mullet.

"The Man Who Lost His Face" (9 p.m., TLC): A Portuguese man travels to Chicago to have a 12-pound tumor removed. You'll have to choose between this and . . .

"Facing Trauma" (9 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health): Victims of domestic violence share their stories and undergo reconstructive surgery.

SATURDAY

Breakup movie night (4:30 p.m., USA): Stock up on the red velvet cupcakes for "Sex and the City," with "The Break-Up" following at 7:30. 



"Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert" (7 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11): Has Victor Hugo ever seemed so heartthrobbing? Nick Jonas performs as Marius.

"The Sunset Limited" (8 p.m., HBO): Tommy Lee Jones directs himself and Samuel L. Jackson in Cormac McCarthy's play - which originated at Steppenwolf. A suicidal professor and a faith-filled ex-con debate religion, education, and the meaning of life. Wasn't my thing, but it might be yours.

"Saturday Night Live" (10:30 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Sex bomb Russell Brand hosts, with music guest Chris Brown.

SUNDAY


"Love, American Style" marathon (Noon, Me-TV): Required viewing. These 12 classic episodes boast Regis Philbin, Phyllis Diller - and, of course, Karen Valentine. Don't miss the 6:30 episode "Love and the Happy Days" with Ron Howard. It turned out to be the pilot for "Happy Days."

"60 Minutes" (6 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2): Lady Gaga brings Anderson Cooper to her old New York apartment.

"Masterpiece Classic: Any Human Heart" (8 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11): Based on William Boyd's 2002 novel, with a role for Matthew Macfadyen (Keira Knightley's Mr. Darcy!).

"Nick News With Linda Ellerbee" (8 p.m., Nickelodeon): For Black History Month, Linda takes a look at Martin Luther King Jr.'s messages on topics other than racial equality.

"The Cleveland Show" (8:30 p.m., WFLD-Channel 32): NBA stars road-trip to Stoolbend to admonish Cleveland for his trash talking. With voice cameos from LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, Dwayne Wade, T-Pain, will.i.am and more.

SATURDAY


"Emma" (5:30 p.m., Encore Love Stories): In one of the more random programming decisions I've seen, it's followed at 8 p.m. by Rob Schneider as "The Hot Chick."

"Billy Gardell: Halftime" (8 p.m., Comedy Central): The "Mike & Molly" star performs standup.

"Saturday Night Live" (10:30 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Dana Carvey hosts - will he revive Church Lady, Hans, or Garth? Personally, I'd like to see his Ross Perot again. Linkin Park is the musical guest.

SUNDAY


"Say Yes to the Dress" marathon (8 a.m., TLC): Attention, all the single ladies! The channel switches to "Toddlers & Tiaras" reruns at 2 p.m.

"Jersey Shore" marathon (11 a.m., MTV): Warm up for the big football brawl with a series of slapping girl fights.

"Super Bowl Pregame" (1 p.m., WFLD-Channel 32): Bill O'Reilly interviews President Obama, Keith Urban and Maroon 5 perform, and NFL greats read the Declaration of Independence out loud. "Jersey Shore" is looking pretty good to be right about now.

"Puppy Bowl VII" (2 p.m., Animal Planet): Puppies, kittens and baby chicks romp in a miniature field, and then are rerun for 12 hours straight.


"Super Bowl XLV" (5 p.m., WFLD-Channel 32): I have no idea who's playing, and it doesn't matter. Save your strength for a very special episode afterward of . . .

"Glee" (approximately 9:30 p.m., WFLD-Channel 32): As if the football-field rendition of "Thriller" wasn't thrilling enough, there will also be a Katie Couric cameo. It's likely to start late; set your DVRs accordingly. The episode is 66 minutes long.

"Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime" (9 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11): A must, if you want a well-rounded evening.

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