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From the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors the best films of 2019, with no designated host for the ceremonies for the second consecutive year. Among the competitive categories, “Joker”leads the field with 11 nominations, including best picture, best actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and best director (Todd Phillips). Writer-directors David Lynch and Lina Wertmuller, plus actor Wes Studi, received honorary Oscars at last October’s Governors Awards, where actress Geena Davis received the Gene Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Reza is at a crossroads in his life when he and his husband, Adam, might not be on the same page with a huge life decision as this hit reality series returns for Season 8 with the premiere “Naked Jenga and Afraid.”Reza also decides to mend fences with GG, even though she hasn’t made amends with Destiney for that ugly scene at the reunion. Elsewhere, Mike has found the love of his life and is telling anyone who will listen that his tomcat days are behind him.
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Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is slowly recovering from her brutal months of confinement in a Russian gulag as this Emmy-winning political drama returns for its eighth and final season. It’s her fractured memory, however, that is the primary concern of Saul (Mandy Patinkin), who’s now the national security advisor to President Warner (Beau Bridges), who seeks to end the war in Afghanistan. That will be hard for Saul to pull off without Carrie’s invaluable contributions. Maury Sterling, Linus Roache and Costa Ronin also star.
10 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME – Season Premiere
Jim Carrey returns to this poignant dramedy as out-of-work children’s TV host Jeff Pickles as the sophomore season opens with a premiere called “The Cleanest Liver in Columbus, Ohio.”As the action resumes, Jeff still is dealing with family problems, several of which relate to his now-defunct show, a topic that also troubles his executive producer (Frank Langella) and the program’s chief puppet maker (Catherine Keener). Judy Greer also returns as Jill, Jeff’s estranged wife.