A look at some noteworthy televison shows this week:
Live From the Red Carpet: The 2007 Academy Awards (Sunday, 6:00 p.m. E!) The traditionally absurd Oscar pregame of celebrities arriving at the Oscars.
2007 Joan & Melissa at the Academy Awards (Sunday, 6:00 p.m. TV Guide Channel) Joan Rivers and daughter Melissa do their yearly schtick during the Oscar arrivals.
An Evening at the Academy Awards: The Arrivals (Sunday, 6:30 p.m. WABC 7) Channel 7 blows off ABC World News for Los Angeles sister station KABC's pre-Oscar special. So we get to see some LA Eyewitness News talent like Michelle Tuzee do fluff instead of the network news.
Barbara Walters Oscar Special (Sunday, 7:00 p.m. WABC 7) Walters sits down with Interviews with Oscar nominees Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren and Eddie Murphy as well as host for the awards show Ellen DeGeneres.
Road to the Oscars 2007 (Sunday, 8:00 p.m. WABC 7) The official Oscar red carpet arrival show.
79th Annual Academy Awards (Sunday, 8:00 p.m. WABC 7) The Super bowl of awards show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Other than who wins, the big question of the night is "Will the Oscars rebound in the ratings after loosing a few million viewers last year?"
American Experience: New York Underground (Sunday, 9:00 p.m. WLIW 21) Channel WLIW re-airs this 1997 documentary about the building of the New York City Subway.
Brooklyn Bridge (Sunday, 10:00 p.m. WLIW 21) Ken Burns, in one of his early films, takes a look at the history of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Black Donnellys (Monday, 10:00 p.m. WNBC 4) Studio 60 goes on a hiatus while this New York set series about Irish-American brothers involved in a life of crime debuts. The pilot looks pretty good and thankfully locally filmed. The episode re-airs Thursday at 10:00 p.m.
Frontline News War: What's Happening to the News (Tuesday, 10:00 p.m. WNET 13) A look at how broadcast television news and newspapers face their new competition - cable news and the internet plus the battle at the Los Angeles Times between reporters and the corporate ownership.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Tuesday, 10:00 p.m. WNBC 4) Former NYPD Blue star Kim Delaney guest stars as a police captain from Philadelphia who crosses paths with Olivia. The title of the episode is Philadelphia, no doubt a homage to Delaney's short lived series Philly.
To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports (Tuesday, 10:00 p.m. WABC 7) Bob Woodruff talks about the recovery from his severe injuries suffered last January while reporting in Iraq.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Tuesday, Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. WNYW 5) Jeff Foxworthy hosts this game show where adults attempt to answer questions taken from elementary school text books. Hopefully he won’t make “You may be a fifth grader if you. . .” jokes.
America's Next Top Model (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. WPIX 11) The new season of this model search reality show begins.
Robin Hood (Saturday, 9:00 p.m. BBC America) This new 13 part BBC One adaptation of the Robin Hood tale geared to the contemporary audience finally makes it to this side of the pond.