The 82nd Annual Academy Awards

ABC, March 7, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

SPECIAL

The Oscars are supersized this year: The number of Best Picture nominees mushroomed from 5 to 10, and we'll watch two hosts instead of one. 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are your maitre d's for this colossal buffet. It's the first splitting of the job since the 1987 broadcast, which was overseen by Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase and Paul "Crocodile Dundee" Hogan. Actually, this used to be fairly routine: There were six hosts, including Laurence Olivier and Jerry Lewis, in 1959. I prefer to have just the one: one face, one overriding (or undergirding) sensibility to tie together the speeches, pageants and clip-jobs. In that regard Baldwin and Martin are maybe as good as one. Two urbane comic actors, they could be each other's avatar.

Justified

FX, March 16, 10 p.m. ET/PT

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DRAMA

As deputy U.S. marshal Raylan Givens, Timothy Olyphant has found a role that clicks with him as naturally as The Closer's Brenda Johnson did with Kyra Sedgwick. Givens-a character who has popped up in stories by crime writer Elmore Leonard-is an old-school western figure. A polite, soft-spoken Kentuckian in a literal white hat, he can coolly talk down an armed criminal or, failing that, coolly plug him dead. Olyphant (Deadwood) plays this laconic, loping lawman with a smiling minimalism that makes Givens both iconic and contemporary. The supporting cast includes the excellent Walton Goggins (The Shield) as an old friend gone wrong.

High Society

CW, March 10, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT |

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REALITY

In addition to being a Manhattan socialite and handbag designer, Tinsley Mortimer is also delusional. In her enjoyably ridiculous reality show, she's self-consciously restrained, perhaps trying to project old-fashioned noblesse oblige-even while goosing her Google profile with this project in self-exposure. She just ends up neutralizing herself. The show is dominated instead by a supporting group of rich kids who take the reverse tactic of whole-hog shamelessness. For instance, there's horrible, horrible Jules Kirby. She runs through a list of minorities and races she avoids, then adds, "My dream is to work for the United Nations."

>1 BIG LOVE

SUN. 3/7 9 P.M.

HBO

Whew! A plot-packed season ends with power lobbyist Marilyn (Sissy Spacek) in high gear.

2 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

MON. 3/8 8 P.M.

CBS

Jennifer Lopez guest-stars as a self-help author who knows how to conquer men.

3 THE BACHELOR: JASON AND MOLLY'S WEDDING

MON. 3/8 8 P.M.

ABC

The most controversial Bachelor ever says, "I do."

4 TRAUMA

MON. 3/8 9 P.M.

NBC

The ensemble drama returns as Boone (Derek Luke) gets new authority amid all the mayhem.

5 AMERICAN IDOL

THURS. 3/11 8 P.M.

FOX

In which we reach the first final-12 slate of the Judge Ellen DeGeneres era.

>• The ABC journalist, 80, has announced that her 29th Oscar-interview special, airing March 7, will be her last.

WHY NOT STICK IT OUT FOR THE BIG 3-0?

This seemed like it was enough. I would have done 30, but that seemed like a cliche.

WILL YOU MISS IT?

One thing I won't miss is shooting the beginning. I walk down a long flight of stairs in a gown-and I'm afraid of heights! I'm always clinging to the banister for dear life.

ANY DISAPPOINTING OSCAR INTERVIEWS OVER THE YEARS?

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I regret. And Warren Beatty would think forever before answering a question. Then he said, "I can do better. Can we do it over?" I said, "It's not a performance; it's an interview!"

AND YOUR FAVORITES?

I played the drums with Ringo Starr. I lifted weights with Arnold Schwarzenegger. But my favorite was getting a lap dance from Hugh Jackman last year. You can't top that!

>• Tyra Banks moves America's Next Top Model back to Manhattan for the new cycle, but it doesn't matter where the CW series is set. The girls still vogue, scream and fight until everything is a jumble of limbs and hair. It's like watching mannequins being flung down stairs. The hopefuls in the March 10 premiere include a volunteer undertaker and a woman raised in a cult. No special theme this time: just beauty and beastliness.

>CECELIA HALPERT

7 lbs. 2 oz. 18 in.

It's a girl for The Office's Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), who welcomed their pink bundle of joy on the March 4 episode.

Jenna Fischer was in the midst of a baby bonanza while shooting her Office delivery scenes-and not just because her child was played by two sets of infant twins. "The same week we were shooting this, I was becoming an aunt for the first time," says Fischer, who successfully lobbied the show's writers to name Pam's baby after her new niece: Cecelia. Fischer, 35, consulted her younger sister Emily about the birthing scenes ("I was calling her all the time asking, 'Pam is five centimeters dilated; what should she be acting like?'") and celebrated Pam's Office "maternity leave" by spending a week with Emily and Cecelia. "It was very good research!" says Fischer, who is engaged to writer Lee Kirk. "This made me more excited to experience that myself."

>1 BIG LOVE

SUN. 3/7 9 P.M.

HBO

Whew! A plot-packed season ends with power lobbyist Marilyn (Sissy Spacek) in high gear.

2 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

MON. 3/8 8 P.M.

CBS

Jennifer Lopez guest-stars as a self-help author who knows how to conquer men.

3 THE BACHELOR: JASON AND MOLLY'S WEDDING

MON. 3/8 8 P.M.

ABC

The most controversial Bachelor ever says, "I do."

4 TRAUMA

MON. 3/8 9 P.M.

NBC

The ensemble drama returns as Boone (Derek Luke) gets new authority amid all the mayhem.

5 AMERICAN IDOL

THURS. 3/11 8 P.M.

FOX

In which we reach the first final-12 slate of the Judge Ellen DeGeneres era.

>• The ABC journalist, 80, has announced that her 29th Oscar-interview special, airing March 7, will be her last.

WHY NOT STICK IT OUT FOR THE BIG 3-0?

This seemed like it was enough. I would have done 30, but that seemed like a cliché.

WILL YOU MISS IT?

One thing I won't miss is shooting the beginning. I walk down a long flight of stairs in a gown—and I'm afraid of heights! I'm always clinging to the banister for dear life.

ANY DISAPPOINTING OSCAR INTERVIEWS OVER THE YEARS?

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I regret. And Warren Beatty would think forever before answering a question. Then he said, "I can do better. Can we do it over?" I said, "It's not a performance; it's an interview!"

AND YOUR FAVORITES?

I played the drums with Ringo Starr. I lifted weights with Arnold Schwarzenegger. But my favorite was getting a lap dance from Hugh Jackman last year. You can't top that!

>• Tyra Banks moves America's Next Top Model back to Manhattan for the new cycle, but it doesn't matter where the CW series is set. The girls still vogue, scream and fight until everything is a jumble of limbs and hair. It's like watching mannequins being flung down stairs. The hopefuls in the March 10 premiere include a volunteer undertaker and a woman raised in a cult. No special theme this time: just beauty and beastliness.

>CECELIA HALPERT

7 lbs. 2 oz. 18 in.

It's a girl for The Office's Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), who welcomed their pink bundle of joy on the March 4 episode.

Jenna Fischer was in the midst of a baby bonanza while shooting her Office delivery scenes—and not just because her child was played by two sets of infant twins. "The same week we were shooting this, I was becoming an aunt for the first time," says Fischer, who successfully lobbied the show's writers to name Pam's baby after her new niece: Cecelia. Fischer, 35, consulted her younger sister Emily about the birthing scenes ("I was calling her all the time asking, 'Pam is five centimeters dilated; what should she be acting like?'") and celebrated Pam's Office "maternity leave" by spending a week with Emily and Cecelia. "It was very good research!" says Fischer, who is engaged to writer Lee Kirk. "This made me more excited to experience that myself."