The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Sunday

On TV this Sunday: Billy Crystal returns as the Oscars‘ Golden Boy, The Walking Dead stages a major conflict, Eastbound & Down hosts a perverse dinner party and more. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | The stress of the Race causes one team to break down into tears in Buenos Aires; chaos ensues when Racers are required to sharpen their numerical skills at the world’s largest cattle market.

8 pm House of Lies marathon (Showtime) | Been meaning to catch this dark comedy, but Sundays are typically just so, so busy (and the Oscars shows bore you)? Here are the first seven episodes, back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back.

8:30 pm The 84th Academy Awards (ABC) | Billy Crystal returns for his ninth turn as host, while The Muppets, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie and Emma Stone are among the presenters. ABC’s not-quite-so-mind-numbing red carpet coverage starts at 7 pm.
     Familiar TV faces going for the gold include Mike & Molly‘s Melissa McCarthy (nominated best supporting actress, Bridesmaids), Damages‘ Glenn Close (best actress, Albert Nobbs), Saturday Night Live‘s Kristen Wiig (original screenplay, Bridesmaids), and Community‘s Jim Rash (adapted screenplay, The Descendants).

Save the Dates: February’s Big Premieres, Finales and Time Slot Changes! 

9 pm Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) | When each team must create and perform an original Medieval Times show for a live audience, one of the Project Managers struggles with an insubordinate player while a serious injury on the other team threatens to derail the show. Right.

9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | Rick and Shane are in conflict over the fate of an outsider; Andrea helps Hershel’s daughter face a crucial decision.

9 pm Luck (HBO) | After learning that Gus’ Irish horse has been tentatively scheduled to race the next day, Ace forces Escalante to swap out Leon for a more experienced jockey; Kagle, who has been fired from the racetrack, returns from a bender looking for a handout.

 2012 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Axed? What’s on the Bubble?

10 pm Eastbound & Down (HBO) | With baby Toby in tow, a seething Kenny heads north in search of April, ultimately crashing a perverse dinner party at Schaeffer’s (Will Ferrell) plantation.

10:30 pm Life’s Too Short (HBO) | After schilling himself at a sci-fi convention, Warwick agrees to be the special guest at a Star Wars-themed wedding. Later, fortunes appear to rise when Johnny Depp hires him to help research a new movie role.

Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.