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What to watch this weekend: The Oscars, ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,’ Mister Rogers PBS special

Get the popcorn ready: 90th Academy Awards

It's the biggest awards show of the year, and the 90th one at that. Late night funny man Jimmy Kimmel hosts the Academy Awards for the second time on Sunday night with celebrity presenters including Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and new national treasure Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water continues its awards show streak with a leading 13 nominations. It's already won a Critics Choice Award for best picture, Golden Globes for best director and best original score and dozens of other nominations and awards. Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk follows with eight nods and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri landed seven. The rest of the best picture nominees include Call Me By Your Name, Darkest House, Get Out, Phantom Thread, Lady Bird and The Post. Find out what awards your favorite movie of the year takes home at 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC.

Critics coverage: Oscar's men are heroes. Oscar's women are victims

Cheat sheet: Place your Oscars bets with our critic's picks

A beautiful day in the neighborhood: Mister Rogers: It's You I Like

Peace and kindness return to television screens for one night on Tuesday with the PBS special, Mister Rogers: It's You I Like. The special celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved children's series that defined multiple generations of kids. Celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and Esperanza Spalding are on the special talking about their own experiences watching and participating in the show with Michael Keaton hosting. Relive childhood with archived footage of Tony Bennett singing "It's You I Like" alongside skits of beloved Rogers puppets like King Friday XIII, Lady Elaine Fairchilde and Daniel Striped Tiger. Fred Rogers, who died in 2003, had a direct line to inner childhood. His show was a place where children learned invaluable life lessons and, above all, got attention, respect and love. Watch the special at 8 p.m. Tuesday on PBS.

Isn't it just: Paramount delays Heathers

Paramount Network's reboot of the 1980s black comedy Heathers has been delayed until later this year. The series was supposed to premiere Wednesday. In a statement from Paramount, the network cited the recent mass shooting at a high school in Parkland and "creative risks" the satirical series takes with subjects like sexuality and gun violence. "While we stand firmly behind the show, in light of the recent tragic events in Florida and out of respect for the victims, their families and loved ones, we feel the right thing to do is delay the premiere until later this year," the statement noted. The show is a serialized remake of the cult high school classic Heathers starring Winona Ryder from 1988. It follows a teen girl Veronica (Ryder) and her new beau JD (Christian Slater) as they plot to kill the Heathers clique. The Heathers in the original are the cliche beautiful mean girls who relentless bully their classmates. In the new Heathers, the group has a plus-sized Heather (Melanie Field), a black lesbian Heather (Jasmine Mathews) and a genderqueer Heather (Brendan Scannell), but they're as venomous as ever. The new series has garnered considerable backlash for reimagining its villainous clique as marginalized people, but with characters Veronica and JD — still straight and white like the original — still seeking to kill them all. No new premiere date has been announced for the show.

Previous coverage: Paramount delays Heathers reboot, citing mass shooting

Trippy sci-fi: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 

While the day-glo space opera received harsh criticism for a supposedly convoluted plot and lifeless characters, the film was praised for its stunning visuals. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based off a French comic book series from the 1960s and follows two interstellar police officers fighting to preserve peace in a galaxy stuffed with millions of creatures and thousands of planets. Valerian wasn't a big hit possibly because it represents a type of science fiction flick that doesn't really get made anymore. It's expansive and overwhelming at times, but draws viewers in with its mind-bending visual elements. Now available on Amazon Prime.

Previous coverage: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets makes no sense

UPCOMING STREAMING RELEASES

Friday: The Beginning (Netflix)

Saturday: The Nut Job 2 (Amazon)

March 6: Fantasia 2000 (Hulu)

March 7: Hard Sun Season 1 (Hulu)

March 8: Marvel's Jessica Jones Season 2 (Netflix)

March 9: Love Season 3 (Netflix), Sneaky Pete Season 2 (Amazon), Power Rangers (Amazon)

Contact Chelsea Tatham at [email protected] Follow @chelseatatham.

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