TCM begins the annual 31 Days of Oscar Film Festival, which features Oscar-winning and -nominated movies as "course curriculum" for the TCM University for a Cinematic Education. Robert Osborne serves as host/professor. Today's features, falling under the title of Contemporary Issues in Mass Media, include "Ace in the Hole" (7 p.m.), a 1951 Kirk Douglas movie; Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas in the 1979 movie "The China Syndrome" (9 p.m.), and "Network" (11:15 p.m.), the 1976 movie starring Peter Finch.Monday
Emmy-winner Patricia Arquette's series "Medium" (9 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11) returns for another season. The season opener finds Allison (Arquette) having dreams that caution her about a murdered woman's deceased husband and the current husband (guest star Max Casella).Tuesday
The British sitcom "The It Crowd" (10 p.m., IFC), which received an International Emmy for best comedy, returns with the continued adventures of Roy, Moss and Jen as IT consultants for Reynholm Industries. Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson co-star.Wednesday
Justin Timberlake, Lil' Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are among past and present Grammy Award nominees scheduled to be interviewed on the CBS special "Katie Couric's 'All Access' Grammy Special" (8 p.m., WCCO, Ch. 4).Thursday
In preparation for the annual event, CNBC presents "American Originals: Westminster Dog Show" (8 p.m.), a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most prestigious canine competitions. It includes interviews with owners, trainers and judges; a visit to an indoor puppy spa and gym at New York City's Pennsylvania Hotel, and a portrait of the 2008 champion, a beagle named Uno.
ANN M. WILHELMY