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TV_Oscars_DiversityChris Rock should shake things up a bit as host of this annual awards ceremony that honors achievements in film. I’m fairly certain “The Revenant” will take a lot of the awards, and I can’t wait for Rock’s opening monologue. Red carpet coverage begins at 4 p.m., ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, on ABC

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635885472116279843-Baskets-Episodic-Images-1How best to describe this new Louis C.K.-produced comedy? It concerns Chip Baskets (Zach Galifianakis), a man who wants to be a French clown but can’t speak French. He then decides to move home from Paris to Bakersfield, Calif., where he becomes a rodeo clown. And his family is a sight to behold (he has a twin brother, and his mother is played by Louie Anderson). The words eccentric or quirky seem inadequate, So let’s go with tres magnifique. 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, on FX.

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jod_19_11182015_at_0228“It’s a great day for America.” After more than a year of being off the air, Ferguson returns to late-night TV in a slightly different format. He will discuss and debate historical events with a panel of guests. This week’s guests include Jimmy Kimmel, Jen D’Angelo and Howard Bragman. No word if Geoff the robot sidekick or Secretariat will be back. Series premiere, 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, on History.

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tvsurvivor_tzrCBS is heralding this, the 32nd edition of the mother of all reality/competition series, as the “most punishing season ever.” The 18 new castaways are divided into three teams, Brains, Brawn and Beauty, as the season begins. And — of course — forever-in-khakis Jeff Probst is back as host. Let the games begin! Season premiere, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, on CBS.

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1callmesaul_tzrWhen this wonderfully strange legal drama premiered last year, fans of “Breaking Bad” hoped that this prequel would fill the void. But watching Bob Odenkirk’s idealistic Jimmy McGill slowly become “Breaking Bad’s” Saul Goodman is an embarrassment of TV riches. Also, great supporting work from Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean and Rhea Seehorn. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, on AMC.

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conflead10f-2-webIf you’re not in the mood for flowers  on Valentine’s Day, you might want to spend time with Rick Grimes and the gang as they attempt to escape the zombie-overrun community of Alexandria. It’s not to everyone’s taste, but this is gripping, must-see TV. Midseason premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, on AMC.

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For the 28th season of this great reality competition, 11 new teams of two — all social-media stars — head out on a race around the world, in the hopes of winning the $1 million grand prize. Phil Keoghan is back as the host. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, on CBS.

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