On TV this weekend
SERIES PREMIERE Who Do You Think You Are?, 8 p.m., NBC Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Emmitt Smith and Susan Sarandon explore their family trees in this new series that seems to think John Doe doesn't have anything interesting going on in his cultural background.
Dog Whisperer, 9 p.m., NatGeo Cesar talks about his toughest cases and dispels myths about supposedly aggressive breeds. All he needs to do is play with Daddy the pit bull for an hour and that'll prove that.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand, 10 p.m., Starz Last week we said this show is like Gladiator if Maximus' wife hadn't been killed. Well, Spartacus' wife has been killed and now he's going to become a hardcore gladiator. Wait, what's the name of this show again?
The 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards, 11 p.m., IFC In case the Oscars are simply too commercial for you. With any luck, you may have been able to see some of these movies in the three days they may have played in Tampa Bay.
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, 8 p.m., HBO Remind the kiddies of the good ol' days, when NBA players managed to get out of high school before signing, they could have a rivalry without pulling guns on each other, and short shorts roamed the Earth.
America's Most Wanted, 9 p.m., Fox After 23 seasons, we've reached episode No. 1,000. Good thing there's no shortage of criminals.
Live From the Red Carpet: 2010 Oscars, 6 p.m., E! Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic put on the show a lot of people we know care about more than the actual ceremony. Maybe they should just make everyone walk across the stage and forget the awards.
The Barbara Walters Special, 7 p.m., ABC What are the chances Sandra Bullock and Mo'Nique are going to win tonight? Pretty good, actually. Don't jinx it, Babs.
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards, 8:30 p.m., ABC Finally, awards season will shut down after tonight. With all this ego-stroking, we have to wonder, does James Cameron really care if he wins? He can just buy other people's Oscars to go with his previous wins. Get one for Jeff Bridges if he somehow doesn't win best actor.
SEASON FINALE Big Love, 9 p.m., HBO Apparently the creators of this show plan on cramming in yet another plotline to wrap up Season 4. That's one way to make us feel as harried as the Henrickson household.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org