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“Home­land” (8 p.m., 10 p.m., 12:30 a.m., Show­time): Car­rie Mathi­son (Claire Danes) is slowly re­cov­er­ing from her bru­tal months of con­fine­ment in a Rus­sian gu­lag as this Emmy-win­ning political drama re­turns for its eighth and fi­nal sea­son. It’s her frac­tured mem­ory, how­ever, that is the pri­mary con­cern of Saul (Mandy Patinkin), who’s now the na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor to Pres­i­dent Warner (Beau Bridges), who seeks to end the war in Afghanista­n. That will be hard for Saul to pull off with­out Car­rie’s in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tions. Maury Ster­ling, Li­nus Roache and Costa Ronin also star.

“The Os­cars” (7 p.m., ABC): From the Dolby The­atre in Hol­ly­wood, the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences hon­ors the best films of 2019, with no des­ig­nated host for the cer­e­monies for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year. Among the com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gories, “Joker” leads the field with 11 nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing best pic­ture, best ac­tor (Joaquin Phoenix) and best di­rec­tor (Todd Phillips).

“The Aquar­ium” (7 p.m., 12 a.m., 3 a.m., ANIM): Af­ter eat­ing all his tank­mate’s food, Tank the hun­gry sea tur­tle finds a space to eat in peace as Sea­son 2 opens with “Big Is Beau­ti­ful.” Mean­while, two bel­uga whales are wel­comed to their new home at the aquar­ium, and a tourist fa­vorkite, Scar­lett the lov­able sea lion, turns 2 years old.

“Power” (7 p.m., 9:45 p.m., 12:31 a.m., Starz): Ghost (Omari Hardwick) takes a gi­ant step closer to a fully le­git­i­mate life in a world out­side the crim­i­nal un­der­ground as he is de­clared lieu­tenant gover­nor in “Ex­actly How We Planned,” the se­ries fi­nale. He soon dis­cov­ers, how­ever, that one of his many old en­e­mies al­ready is ac­tively car­ry­ing out a plot against him. Fans of this com­pelling crime drama who mourn its pass­ing can take so­lace: A spin-off se­ries, “Power Book II: Ghost,” is set to pre­miere on Starz next sum­mer with Mary J. Blige lead­ing the cast.

“Shahs of Sun­set” (8 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 12:32 a.m., 5:58 a.m., Bravo): Reza is at a cross­roads in his life when he and his hus­band, Adam, might not be on the same page with a huge life de­ci­sion as this hit re­al­ity se­ries re­turns for Sea­son 8 with the pre­miere “Naked Jenga and Afraid.” Reza also de­cides to mend fences with GG, even though she hasn’t made amends with Destiney for that ugly scene at the re­union. Else­where, Mike has found the love of his life and is telling any­one who will lis­ten that his tom­cat days are be­hind him.

“Wrong Man” (8:51 p.m., 11:37 p.m., 2:23 a.m., Starz): Sea­son 1 of film­maker Joe Ber­linger’s ab­sorb­ing do­cuseries had pro­found repercussi­on in some of the cases it ex­am­ined, and Sea­son 2 will look at three new cases, two of them spot­light­ing fe­male in­mates. The pre­miere, “Vonda Hour 1: The Case Against Grandma,” fo­cuses on Vonda Smith, who was con­victed of killing 21-year-old Jessie Mor­ri­son, the mother of Smith’s grand­child. Smith main­tains she is in­no­cent of the crime and had been close to the vic­tim.

“Kid­ding” (9 p.m., 11 p.m., 1:30 a.m., Show­time): Jim Car­rey re­turns to this poignant dram­edy as out-of-work chil­dren’s TV host Jeff Pick­les as the sopho­more sea­son opens with a pre­miere called “The Clean­est Liver in Colum­bus, Ohio.” As the ac­tion re­sumes, Jeff still is deal­ing with fam­ily prob­lems, sev­eral of which re­late to his now-de­funct show, a topic that also trou­bles his ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer (Frank Lan­gella) and the pro­gram’s chief pup­pet maker (Cather­ine Keener).

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