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  • "The 86th Academy Awards" (5:30 p.m. PT, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC): Don't expect any songs about female breasts as Ellen DeGeneres returns to host Hollywood's big bash. She's sure to be more of a soothing presence than last year's naughty-minded emcee, Seth MacFarlane. As for the competition, "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" are the leading contenders in a tight Best Picture race. Our hope? To make it through the night without any gasbag acceptance speeches by production-design types and sound-mixing guys.

  • "True Detective" (9 p.m., HBO): If you haven't been watching, you're missing some astonishing television. The eight-part crime drama nears its conclusion as Hart and Cohle (Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey) call a truce to investigate new leads in the troubling case they worked years ago.

    Emily Kinney as Beth Greene on "The Walking Dead."
    Emily Kinney as Beth Greene on "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

  • "The Walking Dead" (9 p.m., AMC): In another one of those episodes that zeros in on just a couple of characters, Daryl and Beth (Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney) are going at it like an old, grumpy married couple. Maybe a few rounds of moonshine will help smooth out their differences. (For a recap of the show, go to www.mercurynews.com/tv after the episode.)

    Also on Sunday:

  • "Food Court Wars" (8 p.m., Food Network)

  • "The Amazing Race: All-Stars" (8 p.m., CBS)

  • "Wicked Tuna" (9 p.m., National Geographic)

  • "Shameless" (9 p.m., Showtime)

  • "Girls" (10 p.m., HBO)

  • "Looking" (10:30 p.m., HBO)

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