TV Junkie: Oscar Broadcast Adjustments=Just As Interminably Long

A glittery Oscar statue awaits the announcement of this year's nominations on January 25th [Photo by Christine Ziemba / LAist]
To be filed in the "We'll See If It Makes A Difference" Department: The producers of next week's Academy Awards show have said that they will eliminate some of the movie montages that have appeared in recent years as well as the multiple testimonials each nominated actor has been receiving. No word on if the infamous "death montage" will remain included. What will return to the Oscars broadcast is performances of nominated songs, with the following artists lined up: Randy Newman will perform "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3; Mandy Moore and Zachary Levy, will sing the duet "I See The Light" from Tangled; Gwyneth Paltrow will sing "Coming Home" from Country Strong; and Florence + the Machine will perform "If I Rise" with A.R. Rahman from 127 Hours.

This leads us to believe that the broadcast will be at least as long as in previous years. Have plenty of booze on hand and look out for our suggested cocktails later this week.
LAist has been doing a lot of reporting about Banksy over the last week and you may or may not know that he has been nominated for an Academy Award for his documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop. Oscar organizers say he is more than welcome to attend but we're not sure he will appear. The globe-trotting artist is definitely in town to promote his documentary via his recent antics and we hope the Academy gets the message.
Last week we kind of crapped on the Grammys and it turns out we weren't the only one unhappy with the proceedings. Music executive Steve Stoute slammed the show in a full page ad in yesterday's New York Times claiming that the Grammys "has become a series of hypocrisies and contradictions." Not that we agree with Stoute on the same points, but its interesting to see that even within the industry the show was a major disappointment.
If you missed Chromeo performing in LA over the weekend you can see them tonight on "Conan" (we saw them a year ago, almost to the day, at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver - they were a blast).

The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Chuck," "The Chicago Code," "Hawaii Five-0," "Conan" (Actor Ed Helms; Carmelo Anthony; Chromeo performs), Ferguson (Wolf Blitzer, Sara Rue)

8:00pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - Marshall becomes obsessed with saving the environment after seeing a documentary on garbage; Ted runs into The Captain; Barney admits he has feelings for a woman.

8:00pm Chuck CBS - The team is sent to England to protect a reclusive heiress; Casey gets an offer from Jane Bentley (Robin Givens); Ellie and Awesome solve a parenting problem; Morgan considers a move.

8:00pm House Fox - House shares explicit medical stories with students at a school's career day; two fifth-graders try to help House understand how his antics prevent him from showing Cuddy how he feels.

9:00pm American Experience PBS/KOCE - Jimmy Carter The failings of President Jimmy Carter's political leadership; Camp David Accords established a framework for peace in the Middle East.

9:00pm The Chicago Code Fox - Jarek and Caleb track a bank robber through the streets, but he is dead by the time they catch up with him; Superintendent Colvin meets with Alderman Gibbons about a construction site.

9:00pm Top Gear BBC America - Testing the Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Mulsanne and Mercedes S65 AMG in Albania; trio of high-powered hatchbacks.

9:00pm The Cape NBC - The Cape, Rollo and Max need Dana's legal connections to help them find The Lich; Orwell struggles to fight the effects of Conrad Chandler's potent serum.

9:00pm Being Human Syfy - It Takes Two to Make aThing Go Wrong Rebecca sends Aidan a disturbing movie; Josh asks Nora on a date; Sally daydreams about revenge.

9:55pm Hawaii Five-0 CBS - The team must stop a vengeful bomber; Danny's fun-loving brother (Dane Cook) visits unexpectedly.

10:00pm Pygmalion TCM - (1938) Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) bets he can teach a cockney flower girl (Wendy Hiller) how to speak and act like a duchess.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Ed Helms; Carmelo Anthony; Chromeo.

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Lisa Ling guests

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; actress Cobie Smulders; Adele performs.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actress(?) Kate Gosselin; New York Knicks player Amar'e Stoudemire; comic Sebastian Maniscalco performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Journalist Wolf Blitzer; actress Sara Rue.