The Olympics are dunzo, which means … back to your regularly scheduled programs! This week is a big one. We don’t even have to tell you to watch the season finale of “The Bachelor” tonight, to see if Jake goes for mean girl Vienna or snooze-fest Tenley. We also probably don’t have to mention that the Oscars are Sunday night, and there are many more reasons to watch than just to see which star makes the biggest fashion faux-pas. This week, there are also the season premieres of “Southland” and “The Real Housewives of New York City,” plus the finales of “Big Love” and “Nip/Tuck.” After the jump, more previews than you can shake a stick at. Whatever that means.
The Show: “Southland”
Set Your DVR For: Tuesday, 10 p.m. (EST), TNT
We were sadsies when NBC decided not to air the second season of “Southland,” so we jumped for joy when TNT picked the series up. Our favorite parts: hottie Ben McKenzie and Regina King, who we fondly remember from “227.”
The Show: “Nip/Tuck”
Set Your DVR For: Wednesday, 10 p.m. (EST), FX
“Nip/Tuck,” aka the craziest show on television, is dunzo. And we recommend seeing how things end.
The Show: “The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special”
Set Your DVR For: Wednesday, 10 p.m. (EST), ABC
Oprah has the media power to get together major Oscar players of this year and years past and have them interview each other. Halle Berry will sit down with Penelope Cruz, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the second year in a row. James Cameron will interview some of the stars of “Avatar.” And Ben Affleck will have his verbal way with Jeremy Renner of “The Hurt Locker.”
The Show: “The Real Housewives of New York City”
Set Your DVR For: Thursday, 10 p.m. (EST), Bravo
“The Real Housewives of NYC” was once our favorite cast. Then came “Atlanta” and “New Jersey.” Can the Big Apple ladies redeem themselves through cat fights? We’ll see.
The Show: “Big Love”
Set Your DVR For: Sunday, 9 p.m. (EST), HBO
We don’t know exactly what HBO was thinking, putting the season finale of “Big Love” up against the Oscars. But whatever. That’s what DVRs are made for.