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Off the Wall: It's more than just the Oscars

Who is Off the Wall wearing? An amazing designer named Thrift Shop.

OSCARAMA Rev up for Sunday night's Academy Awards with interviews, clips and more celeb-sighting. ABC loads up with repeats of "20/20: Before They Were Famous" and "The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special" (Saturday at 8 and 9, ABC/7), as well as the annual "Barbara Walters Special" (Sunday at 7 p.m., ABC/7), leading up to the official "Oscars Red Carpet" (Sunday at 8 p.m.) and "The 82nd Annual Academy Awards" (Sunday, 8-11:30 p.m., both on ABC/7). See who's wearing who/what in pre-show action with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic on "Live From the Red Carpet" (Sunday, 6-8 p.m., E!) and Carrie Ann Inaba and Chris Harrison on "Live at the Academy Awards" (Sunday, 6-8 p.m., TV Guide Network). Official Oscardom at oscar.com.

SPORTS OF ALL SORTS Minor league baseball got cool in Kevin Costner's '80s smash "Bull Durham" (Saturday at 7, CMT). Rodeo starts regular telecasts with the big "PRCA San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo" (Saturday at 8, In Country Television). Basketball greats become unlikely friends in "Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals" (Saturday 8-9:30, HBO). Hulk Hogan is back in the wrestling ring vs. old-time nemesis Ric Flair on "TNA iMPACT!" (Monday, 9-11 p.m., Spike). And former Yankees manager Joe Torre guests on "Gary Unmarried" (Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., CBS/2). Magic/Bird preview at hbo.com/sports.

BIG NUMBERS It's the 1,000th episode of "America's Most Wanted" (Saturday at 9, Fox/5) and the 500th Drew Carey episode of "The Price Is Right" (Wednesday at 11 a.m., CBS/2).

MARATHON MANIA "Roseanne" (10 tonight to 8 a.m. Saturday, TV Land) recounts the romance of Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and David (Johnny Galecki, now on "The Big Bang Theory"). And it's season catch-up time for the graphic adult gladiator drama "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (Saturday-Sunday 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Starz). More at starz.com/spartacus.

UNSCRIPTED PREMIERES The sleuths at ID tackle history's unsolved stories in "Mystery Files" (Saturday at 10 and 10:30, ID), starting with Jack the Ripper and Cleopatra. Then "True Crime With Aphrodite Jones" (Thursday at 10 p.m., ID) probes criminal minds, starting with Scott Peterson and moving on next week to O.J. Simpson. "Food Wars" (Tuesday at 10 and 10:30 p.m., Travel) explores culinary rivalries, starting in Buffalo with (what else?) Buffalo wings. New York socialite Tinsley Mortimer takes viewers inside "High Society" (Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., CW/11). And then there's "FirstLove, Second Chance" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., TV Land). True crime preview at aphroditejones .com.

MOVIE MARATHONS Now that Turner Classic Movies' Oscar month is over, in-depth tributes are back. George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and other American filmmakers always admit their debt to dynamic Japan director Akira Kurosawa, who would have turned 100 this month. Films from the master's 60-year career unreel Tuesdays in March: It starts with 1951's lyrical "Ikiru" and Kurosawa's "Macbeth"-inspired "Throne of Blood" (Tuesday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., TCM), and culminates March 23 with a 24-hour marathon that includes all-time classics "The Seven Samurai," "Yojimbo" and "Rashomon." Also, TCM's Friday night offers a '50s monster mash, starting with stop-motion effects king Ray Harryhausen's "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" and "It Came From Beneaththe Sea" (Friday at 8 and 9:30 p.m., TCM). More at tcm.com.

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