This Monday night starts off a new week of television with a lot of reruns. The week culminates in the 81st Annual Academy Awards show, where favorites Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button vie for the coveted best picture Oscar.

Pick of the Night: House, FOX 8/7c.
"Unfaithful," a priest checks in to the hospital and claims to have seen Jesus floating above him.

Other new episodes worth watching: The Closer TNT 9/8c

Rerun alert: Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two And A Half Men, CSI: Miami Nights, Chuck.

Pick of the Night: American Idol FOX 8/7c.
This two hour special includes the first 12 of the final 36 contestants.

Other new episodes worth watching: NCIS CBS 8/7c, Leverage TNT 10/9c, Law and Order SVU NBC 109c.

Rerun alert: Scrubs

Pick of the Night: Law and Order NBC 10/9c
"Rapture," Jack McCoy's opponent for DA of New York decides to use his recent decisions to start an attack ad campaign against him.

Other new episodes worth watching: Lost ABC 9/8c, Important Things with Demetri Martin, Comedy Central 10:30/9:30c.

Pick of the Night: CSI: CBS 9/8c
"Miscarriage of Justice," Langston (Lawrence Fishburne) is testifying in a high-profile case against a congressman, but the lab decides to reopen the case after new evidence comes to light.

Other new episodes worth watching: Survivor: Toncantins CBS 8/7c. Grey's Anatomy ABC 9/8c, The Beast A&E 10/9c.

Rerun alert: The Office, 30 Rock

Pick of the night: Monk USA 9/8c.
"Mr. Monk Fights City Hall," When the parking garage where Trudy was killed is set for demolition, Monk intervenes, but instead finds himself investigating the disappearance of a city official key to preserving the site.

Other new episodes worth watching: Psych USA 10/9c, Dollhouse FOX 9/8c

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PICK OF THE WEEK: 81st Annual Academy Awards show
The coverage starts at 8/7c on ABC with the red carpet show where you can see interviews with your favorite stars. Then afterwards is the presentations of the Oscars live from Los Angeles.

NO episode: Desperate Housewives

Story by Kevin Olsta

Starpulse contributing writer