‘Family Guy’ Creator Hosts Oscars

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85th Academy Awards — Irreverent Family Guy goofball Seth MacFarlane makes his Oscars-hosting debut as Hollywood holds its annual orgy of self-indulgence. Lincoln leads the field of celebrated films with 12 nominations, but keep an eye on Argo. As for the telecast, producers are promising plenty of star power and glitzy production numbers. We just want them to promise to finish on time. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, ABC.

Other Bets

Sunday: Lena Dunham may be gracing the covers of magazines everywhere, but her character on Girls still leads a much less glamorous life. Tonight, she makes a road trip with Jessa (Jemima Kirke) to meet her pal’s very odd father and his new-age girlfriend. 9 p.m., HBO.

Sunday: Now that the evil Governor (David Morrissey) has declared war on The Walking Dead, we’re eager to see if Rick (Andrew Lincoln) can get his head back in the game and rally the troops. 9 p.m., AMC.

Monday: On Bones, the usually by-the-book Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is now thinking outside the box, thanks to the influence of an eccentric intern (Brian Klugman). But she may be taking things too far when she seriously considers the possibility of time travel. 8 p.m., Fox.

Tuesday: Makers: Women Who Make America is an excellent and ambitious three-hour documentary that chronicles the advancement of women over the past 50 years. Among those featured are Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters. 8 p.m., PBS.

Tuesday: Red-hot Sherlock hunk Benedict Cumberbatch headlines Parade’s End, a sweeping, five-part miniseries that serves up a juicy love triangle among the ruins of World War I. Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens also star. 9 p.m., HBO.

Tuesday: Someone at CBS clearly believes that we just can’t get enough cop shows, so here comes another one: Golden Boy charts the rise of a young, ambitious New York police commissioner (Theo James). Also, murders happen. 10 p.m., CBS.

Wednesday: Battle for the Elephants is a National Geographic documentary that examines the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks — a practice largely fueled by China’s demand for ivory. 9 p.m., PBS.

Wednesday: Don’t tell Donald and Daffy, but Duck Dynasty is a bona fide cable hit. Season 3 kicks off with an episode that has our bearded quack pack heading off for a camping trip and awaiting the dawn of duck season. 10 p.m., A&E.

Thursday: The Ben Show is an amusing series that finds funny man Ben Hoffman working toward a new personal goal in each episode. First up: He tries to start a band. 10 p.m., Comedy Central.

Friday: In the delightfully absurd Season 3 finale of Portlandia, the city plunges into a blackout crisis after the mayor’s office fails to pay the electric bill. 10 p.m., IFC.

Saturday: Blackboard Wars is a documentary series that chronicles the energized effort to revive a New Orleans high school that has been tarnished by academic failure and a culture of violence. 9 p.m., OWN.

Chuck Barney: cbarneybayareanewsgroup.com.