Other than the Academy Awards and the "Barbara Walters Special," other noteworthy programs this week include an A & E documentary "Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and The American Dream," a Learning Channel documentary on the Spanish-American War and a Showtime thriller starring Treat Williams.
"The Spanish-American War," 9 p.m. TLC (The Learning Channel). It was over in three months, and many Americans remember it mostly for it's slogan "Remember the Maine" and Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt leading a charge up San Juan Hill. But there was more to it than that, including the economic interests of American businessmen, as this two-hour documentary reveals. Using footage from the first war to be captured on film, eyewitness accounts, visit to battle sites and memorials, headlines, cartoons and songs, the program outlines the tone of the times as Cuba struggled to gain independence from Spain.
"Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and The American Dream," 9 p.m. A & E. Neal Gabler's best seller "An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood" is the basis for this documentary about the founding fathers of Hollywood. The founders of the film studios -- Adolph Zukor of Paramount, Carl Laemmle of Universal, the Warner brothers, Louis B. Mayer of MGM, William Fox of Twentieth Century Fox and Harry Cohn of Columbia -- were all Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe. The two-hour special traces how they achieved their vision and dream despite rampant anti-Semitism prevalent in the country.
"Toon Heads: Academy Award Winners and Nominees," 7 p.m. Cartoon Network. Twelve honored cartoons from 1940 through 1996 can serve as your warm-up for Monday's ceremony. Each stars a different character -- only one Bugs Bunny, only one Pink Panther, etc.
"TNN Live With Lorrie Morgan," 7 p.m. TNN. Country star Morgan will take song requests on this live concert originating in Nashville. Viewers can request any song from Morgan's repertoire in the one-hour special.
"Wild Discovery: "Creatures of the Dark," 8 p.m. Discovery. For nocturnal animals, "the killing starts when the lights go out." In many cases, such predators owe their success to night vision and highly evolved senses of smell and touch.
"The Life and Times of Deana Carter," 8 p.m. TNN. There's no arguing with the success of Carter's debut album, "Did I Shave My Legs for This?," but we can't help wondering why TNN didn't come up with another title when they expanded the "Life and Times" series to include currently hot artists as well as those whose reputations have stood the test of time.
"A Cinderella Season: The Lady Vols Fight Back," 7 p.m. HBO. As the NCAA championships approach the Final Four, here's a documentary about Tennessee's Lady Volunteers as they sought their second straight title during the 1996-97 season.
"Strange But True," 9 p.m. Discovery. No wonder that flight was late -- pilots tell of encounters with UFOs. Also, film shows what is said to be a UFO incident in New Zealand.
"La Strada," 8 p.m. TCM (Turner Classic Movies). The "31 Days of Oscar" aren't over yet. This haunting and influential 1954 film from director Federico Fellini won the Best-Foreign-Film Oscar. Anthony Quinn and Giulietta Masina star. (Followed at 10 p.m. by the 1959 winner, "Black Orpheus.")
"The Great Skate Debate," 9 p.m. Channel 4. Viewers at home (using the Internet) and fans in the stands will determine the winners as top skaters, including Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordeeva and Katarina Witt, compete at the Chicago Pavilion of the University of Illinois.
"Evidence of Blood," 9 p.m. TMC (The Movie Channel). David Strathairn and Mary McDonnell star in this thriller about a mystery writer who returns to his hometown for the funeral of a friend and winds up trying to solve a decades-old murder. As he delves into the case, he finds his own life in jeopardy.
ABC News Saturday Night: 10 p.m. Channel 7. "The Pulse" The role of smell in sexuality and relationships; diet and weight-loss; gene therapy; sports consultant identifies potential athletic standouts.