Tonight, the Grammys are set to dominate the evening. While the BAFTA awards will also occur tonight, the winners will be announced closer to 6 AM. Still, if you want to watch the televised awards, you can find them later in the night on the BBC. For narrative storytelling, “The Walking Dead” returns for the second half of its ninth season. Without Rick, the group has a new adversary, one that might be the creepiest villain to date. “Bob’s Burgers,” “The Simpsons” and more return after a month away. Finally,
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The 61st Annual Grammy Awards on CBS at 8 PM
While most of the Awards Circuit readers are focused on the Oscars, the biggest awards in music will air tonight as well. Hosted by Alicia Keys, the “61st Annual Grammy Awards” kick off at 8 PM on CBS. For film fans, there is a reason to cheer this year. Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson will be on hand, trying to win prizes for “Shallow” in multiple categories.
Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar set himself up for a good evening, earning seven nominations, including Album of the Year, for the “Black Panther” Soundtrack. This marks the first time since “O Brother, Where Art Though?” won Best Album that a film’s soundtrack was up for the biggest prize of the night. Kendrick won five Grammys last year. Do you think he will earn as many as ten in two years? Considering the love that Kendrick has felt from the Grammys last year, it is certainly in the cards.
BAFTA Awards (BBC America 9 PM)
While you will have known the BAFTA winners all day, the televised program airs tonight at 9 PM on BBC America. One of the final precursors will tell us a lot about Oscar, and considering the general oddness of the season, we need them to clarify some things. Best Picture features “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” and “A Star Is Born.”
After the time jump, the midseason premiere of “The Walking Dead” will continue the story without our best friend Rick Grimes. As Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) ascend to the top of the chain, they have some new enemies. The upcoming villains, “The Whisperers” don the zombie faces and wear them as a mask. If that sounds like something Leatherface would do, you are exactly right. It’s creepy, and that might actually bode well for the show to shake some things up.
After taking about a month off during the NFL Playoffs and the airing of “Rent,” “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers” and the Fox lineup returns. The comedy hour continues to show strength as “The Simpsons” just picked up another two season renewal this week. Considering the power the show will have when it eventually joins the Disney+ streaming service in the future, this remains a bit of a no-brainer.
Movies On TV
Tonight we have another Oscar juggernaut taking up a good chunk of the night. James Cameron’s epic, “Titanic” will air on TBS at 8 PM. The movie helped launch Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet into superstardom. Winslet earned her second Oscar nomination from the film, and Jack & Rose became iconic characters. The film is tied for the most Oscar nominations for a single film (fourteen), as well we the most wins (eleven). Even cut for TV, the film still tops four hours. Yet the movie remains one of Cameron’s masterpieces to this day.
If you’re looking for more a straigh drama, “The Hours” airs at 9 PM on Showtime 2. Three of the best actresses of all time are in top form. Nicole Kidman won her Oscar for the role. Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore were excellent, but both missed out on the nomination in the end. John C. Reilly also appears in a supporting role during his year that he earned his Oscar nomination for “Chicago.” Despite earning his fourth nomination inside of a decade, Ed Harris missed out on a win. He has not been back to the Oscars since. Still, the large ensemble works well together, and “The Hours” remains a favorite for many to this day.
Finally, “The Bourne Identity” kicks up the adrenaline. The first “Bourne” film helped rebrand Matt Damon as an action hero. Directed by Doug Liman and written by Tony Gilroy, the first film pops with excellent action set pieces and intimidating antagonists. Chris Cooper makes for an excellent big bad, but Clive Owen as a fellow assassin puts up the best fight. Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, and Franka Potente deliver fun performances as well. If you look closely, some of the other techs are played by Walton Goggins and Josh Hamilton as well. All around, “The Bourne Identity” helped launch a new style of action films, and established Damon as an action hero.
There are plenty of other shows airing new episodes tonight. Use this as a helpful guide when channel surfing tonight. Make sure you don’t miss the latest episodes of your favorite shows. Once again, times may vary by local area. Please check your local guide for the most accurate times.
- “The Simpsons” (Fox) at 8 PM
- “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox) at 8:30 PM
- “Family Guy” (Fox) at 9 PM
- “Victoria on Masterpiece” (PBS) at 9 PM
- “The Zoo” (Animal Planet) at 9 PM
- “Lone Star Law” (Animal Planet) at 10 PM
- “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo) at 8 PM
- “Don’t Be Tardy” (Bravo) at 10 PM
- “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) at 11 PM
- “Star Wars Resistance” (Disney) at 10 PM
- “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest” (Disney XD) at 9 PM and 9:30 PM
- “Body Cam: Close Encounters” (Discovery)
- “Total Bellas” (E!) at 9 PM
- “Nightly Pop” (E!) at 10 PM
- “Worst Cooks in America” (Food) at 9 PM
- “True Detective” (HBO) at 9 PM
- “Crashing” (HBO) at 10 PM
- “High Maintenance” (HBO) at 10:30 PM
- “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” (HGTV) at 8 PM and 8:30 PM
- “Carribean Life” (HGTV) at 9 PM and 9:30 PM
- “Island Life” (HGTV) at 10 PM and 10:30 PM
- “American Pickers: Bonus Buys” (History) at 8 PM
- “Saving My Baby” (Lifetime) at 8 PM
- “Ridiculousness” (MTV) at 8 PM & 8:30 PM
- “Deadly Cults” (Oxygen) at 8 PM
- “Valley of the Boom” (National Geographic) at 9 & 10 PM
- “Ghosts of the Deep: Black Sea Shipwrecks” (Science) at 8 PM and 9 PM
- “America’s Lost Vikings” (Science) at 10 PM
- “The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth” (Showtime) at 8 PM of (Showtime 2) at 8:30
- “Shameless” (Showtime) at 9 PM
- “Black Monday” (Showtime) at 10 PM
- “SMILF” (Showtime) at 10:30 PM
- “Air Disasters” (Smithsonian) at 8 PM
- “Disasters at Sea” (Smithsonian) at 9 PM
- “Counterpart” (STARZ) at 8 PM
- “Sister Wives” (TLC) at 8 PM
- “Seeking Sister Wife” (TLC) at 10 PM
- “Expedition Unknown” (Travel) at 9 PM