Over on cable, Sci Fi has the TV movie premiere of Hydra and VH1 has the first season finale of Confessions of a Teen Idol.
The 81st Annual Academy Awards (ABC): 8:30 p.m. ET. Hugh Jackman hosts the ceremony to honor the best in film from last year. An Evening at the Academy Awards: The Arrivals and The Oscars Red Carpet 2009 plays beforehand. The Barbara Walters Special plays either before or after depending on time zone. Look for a Jimmy Kimmel Live special after your local news.
The Amazing Race (CBS): New. Mother Nature gets in the way of an injured racer and another is looking for a mountain rescue.
Cold Case (CBS): Repeat. In “Glory Days,” this season’s premiere episode, the team is looking at the 1973 murder of a football player that may have had something to do with steroids.
The Unit (CBS): Repeat. In “Sudden Flight” from earlier this season, the team is after a scientist that the same terrorists that tried to assassinate the president are targeting.
Food Network Challenge (Food Network): Repeat. Five cooks compete to build the best burger. Plays again later.
Iron Chef America (Food Network): New. Chef Amanda Freitag takes on Iron Chef Bobby Flay. Plays again later.
United States of Tara (Showtime): New. Tara and Charmaine’s parents are in town for Charmaine’s birthday, but have another motive for being there. Plays again later.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime): New. Belle goes to a big party with Bambi. Plays again later.
A&E has five episodes of CSI: Miami tonight.
Bravo has six episodes of Top Chef early.
History has six episodes of UFO Hunters.
ION has 10 episodes of M*A*S*H tonight.
Oxygen has 11 episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
TLC has 11 episodes of 48 Hours: Hard Evidence.
TNT has continues its 24 hours of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns episodes, along with a playing of Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
Travel Channel has 10 episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
truTV has six episodes of Most Daring.
USA has 14 episodes of NCIS.