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What’s on TV This Week: the Oscars and the State of the Union

What’s on TV This Week: the Oscars and the State of the Union

For TV viewers like me who still haven’t cut the cord, here is a selection of cable and network shows, movies and specials broadcasting Monday through Sunday, March 4-10. Details and times are subject to change.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE 9 p.m. on Fox. This dance competition show is back for its 18th season, with a twist. This year, it’s not just about performing choreography (like the dance that lives rent-free in my head) but about setting up contestants for careers in dance. In addition to their usual lessons, they will complete challenges that prepare them for dancing in a music video, performing at a football halftime show or starring on Broadway. Jojo Siwa, Allison Holker and Maksim Chmerkovskiy return as judges.

ALERT: MISSING PERSONS UNIT 9 p.m. on Fox. Procedural dramas are like reality shows — there is a seemingly infinite variety of niches, and I can’t get enough. If you’ve already cycled through “Law & Order,” “NCIS,” “Chicago P.D.,” then you can start this new series. Set at the Philadelphia Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit, and presented in the style of “Criminal Minds,” each episode follows the team as it investigates a disappearance through an entire story arc.

REVOLUTION ON CANVAS 9 p.m. on HBO. Nikzad Nodjoumi, known as “Nicky,” was exiled from Iran because of his art criticizing the government there. Now his daughter, Sara Nodjoumi, has directed and produced a documentary that investigates the disappearance of hundreds of her father’s paintings that were deemed treasonous and aims to locate them.

DECISION 2024: SUPER TUESDAY 10 p.m. on NBC. And just like that, another four years have passed, and it is again Super Tuesday. Sixteen states hold their primaries on this day, as the election process moves one giant step closer to cementing the major parties’ nominees. NBC is hosting a panel of journalists and experts to break down the results live and provide analysis.

THE CHALLENGE 8 p.m. on MTV. There’s something thrilling about an all-stars edition. And lucky for me, to combat the post “Love Island: All Stars” blues, this long-running, physically fierce reality show is gathering a group of veteran participants in Cape Town to compete for a $300,000 grand prize.

ERIKA JAYNE: BET IT ALL ON BLONDE 9 p.m. on Bravo. Erika Jayne first made a name for herself on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” And like Ariana Madix — who took her Scandoval momentum to Broadway, and is currently starring in “Chicago” — Jayne brought her talents to Las Vegas for a residency in the fall. And because the execs at Bravo seemingly never sleep, cameras followed her as she prepared for this new challenge, which fans can now view as a two-hour documentary.

STATE OF THE UNION 9 p.m. on various networks. President Biden gives his third State of the Union address this week, which ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS are airing live. His speech will likely highlight current foreign and domestic issues, such as funding for Ukraine and Israel; he also might discuss immigration.

HIGHTOWN 9 p.m. on Starz. After three seasons of following the Massachusetts State Trooper Jackie Quiñones as she investigates drug-related crimes and the murders of sex workers, all while trying to stay sober, this show is wrapping up for good.

BELOW DECK MARATHON starting at 8 a.m. on Bravo. The original show in this franchise is now at Season 11, but if you are nostalgic for some Captain Lee and Kate Chastain banter, catch this early-seasons marathon on Bravo. You can start bright and early with the first episode of Season 2, ending your day with the finale of Season 3. Watching all the stews meticulously make beds (don’t forget the hospital corners!) and scrub the bathrooms might actually be an inspiration.

THE OSCARS 7 p.m. on ABC. It has been a whirlwind of an awards season (see our coverage on the Golden Globes, Emmys, Grammys and SAG-AFTRA Awards), leading up to the film honors with the highest stakes. “Oppenheimer” is up for 13 nominations, and “Barbie” has eight. “Poor Things,” “The Holdovers” and “American Fiction” are other big titles of the night.


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