TV: Wednesday Hot List

Jul. 18 2009, Updated 2:05 p.m. ET

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With the recent news that this is the last year for Barbara Walters’ annual pre-Oscar special -- it seems that Oprah Winfrey is poised to take those honors, tonight, Oprah presents her own Oscar Special in honor of Sunday’s big night. But unlike Barbara who does the interviewing herself—Oprah pairs Hollywood stars with Oscar nominees and has them interview each other. Highlights include Penelepe Cruz with Halle Berry, Ben Affleck with Jeremy Renner, Glen Close with Michael Douglas and James Cameron interviews his Avatar stars.

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But, if you need a laugh, you must watch Modern Family. It’s hands down one of the best new comedies on the air and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Tonight, Phil goes on Facebook and accidentally invites an old girlfriend (played by the hilarious Judy Greer) over to the house. We can’t wait to see how he explains this one to Claire! But better yet, Jay invents an alibi after he accidentally kills Manny’s turtle... yeah, that will definitely be good!

8pm

Mercy (NBC)

American Idol (FOX)

New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)

8:30pm

Gary Unmarried (CBS)

9pm

Modern Family (ABC)

Criminal Minds (CBS)

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)

Ghosthunters 100th Episode (SyFy)

9:30pm

Cougartown (ABC)

10pm

Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special (ABC)

Shear Genius (Bravo)

Dinner: Impossible (Food)

Nip/Tuck (FX)

Being Erica (Soap)

Real World (MTV)

The Locator (WE)

11:30pm

The Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC)

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