What to Watch This Weekend: Jim Parsons Does SNL, Ellen Hosts the Oscars and More

Saturday Night Live - Season 39On TV this weekend: Saturday Night Live returns with a Bang, the NHL al fresco, Ellen DeGeneres is off to host the Oz-cars and The Walking Dead gets bizarre. Here are 13 programs to keep on your radar.

RELATED | 2014 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

1 pm Transformers Rescue Bots (The Hub Network) | Season 2 premiere: With the Rescue Bots’ secret now known to Frankie and Doc, Cody has to deal with a new family dynamic as well as an unpredictable teleportation device.

2 pm The 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards (Reelz) | Bill Engvall host this year’s honoring of faith-based movies and television programming.

8 pm NHL Hockey (NBC) | The Penguins take on the Hawks outdoors at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

9 pm Black Sails (Starz) | The costs of chasing the Andromache continue to mount, while Eleanor needs Silver’s help.

10 pm Film Independent Spirit Awards (IFC) | From a beachfront tent in Santa Monica (so indie!), actor/comedian Patton Oswalt hosts the annual celebration of outstanding independent filmmaking.

11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Big Banger Jim Parsons hosts with musical guest Beck, while Colin Jost joins Cecily Strong as Weekend Update coanchor.


8:30 The 86th Annual Academy Awards (ABC) | Ellen DeGeneres lords over Hollywood’s starriest night, which among other things will pay tribute the 75th anniversary of The Wizard or Oz, with help from Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft. Red carpet pre-shows air at 5:30 pm (on E!, if you have brain cells to spare) at 7pm (on ABC).

9 pm True Detective (HBO) | In this season’s penultimate episode, Hart and Cohle forge a truce to probe a murky string of disappearances that tie to the symbology of the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family.

9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | A simple request by someone in the group leads to a bizarre but enlightening mission.

9 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Repeat to Revisit: Patrick Jane finally comes face-to-face with Red John.

RELATED | Pilot Season: Your Complete Guide to This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows and Who’s In Them

10 pm Girls (HBO) | While visiting her ailing grandmother in the hospital, Hannah is surprised by a strange request (to wear clothes a bit more often?) from her mother.

10:30 pm Looking (HBO) | Stressed that his parents will judge his choice of a partner in Richie, Patrick reaches new levels of anxiety before his sister’s wedding — and runs into an unexpected guest when he arrive; Dom rebuffs Lynn’s advice.

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars (ABC) | This year’s Kevin Spacey-hosted special includes appearances by Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz, Ben Kingsley, Mandy Patinkin and Barkhad Abdi. (Airs after local news EST, at 10 pm PST.)