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).

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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.

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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.