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Cat Fights, Cooking With Ludacris, and This Week's Must-See Shows in "TV Dinner"

Last night, the Academy Awards celebrated the hard work, dedication, and sheer awesomeness of professionals in the film industry. This week, the Travel Channel celebrates a show no one will care about, hosted by someone with scant credentials, and promoted in a commercial made by and for men. You go, Travel Channel! Save the serious stuff for Katheryn Bigelow, you've got obesity porn, bug-eaters and horrible drivers.

Food Wars pits two famous same-town eateries against each other over iconic foods like chicken wings. The outcome is decided by blindfolded judges, and the "prize" is bragging rights. Wee! Other than the locals and a host who produced the 2006 Off-Off Broadway show, Jitter (huh?), it's hard to believe anyone will care whether Mike's hot dogs finally has its day against Jim's Wieners in Anytown U.S.A.

And the cat fight promo? Please.

Last week's TV roundup and this week's must-see food show listings after the jump

What to Watch:

With the A-Listers red-carpeted out this week, C-Listers like Lisa Kudrow, Ludacris, and Andy Garcia have come out to help Martha in the kitchen. Robert Irvine has to make a gourmet meal for 100 students out of dorm room food on Dinner: Impossible, and someone's gettin' $25,000 for the best comfort-food recipes on the season three premiere of Food Network's, Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

Note to Marcela Valladolid of Food Network's, Mexican Made Easy: Please come back. Your cooking and accent are terribly missed. Love, Everyone.

Monday (March 8)

Martha Stewart Show: "The Pink Show." Lisa Kudrow helps Martha make raspberry-rhubarb sorbet and tuile cookies. 9 a.m., Channel 15, ABC

Ultimate Cake Off: "Vintage Hollywood Wedding." Three pastry chefs create elaborate wedding cakes inspired by old Hollywood. 10 p.m., TLC

Unwrapped: "Munchy Crunchy." Crunchy treats are featured, including Nestlé Crunch, Fisher Nuts, Marie Callender's Croutons, and Biscotti di Suzy. 10 p.m. Food Network

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations: "Obsessed." Anthony chats with chefs and food writers about their food obsessions. 11 p.m., Travel Channel

Tuesday (March 9)

(Series Premiere!) Food Wars: "Buffalo Wing War." In Buffalo, the Anchor Bar and Duff's both claim to have the best chicken wings in town. 11 p.m., Travel Channel

Food Wars: "Chicago Italian Beef War." Host Camille Ford visits Chicago to settle an age-old debate on who makes the city's best Italian beef sandwiches. Al's Beef and Mr. Beef are the contenders. 11:30 p.m., Travel Channel

Wednesday (March 10)

Throwdown With Bobby Flay: "Cuban Sandwich." Cuban sandwiches are made in a challenge against Cuban-born chef Nick Vazquez, owner of Azucar Cuban Cuisine in Jersey City, New Jersey. 10 p.m., Food Network Man v. Food Presents Carnivore: "Volume 2." The host samples quintessential Carolina barbecue. Later, he indulges in mammoth burgers in Boise, Idaho. 10 p.m., Travel Channel

Dinner: Impossible: "Dorm Food Doom." Robert Irvine heads to the University of North Carolina to prepare a gourmet meal for 100 students, but he can only use ingredients that are found in their dorm rooms. 11 p.m., Food Network

Thursday (March 11)

Martha Stewart Show: "Cooking with Andy Garcia and Ludacris." A recipe for braised pork belly with chile-cheddar waffles with Andy Garcia, and a recipe for pink-applesauce tart with Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. 9 a.m., Channel 15, ABC

Modern Marvels: "Beans." Beans are examined. Included: the versatility of soybeans, a visit to the Kelley Bean Company in Nebraska, and a tour of B&M Baked Beans in Maine. Also: bean dishes made from heirloom beans, Japanese pastries made with azuki beans, and hummus. 9 p.m., History Channel

Tastiest Places to Chowdown: "Barbecue." A tour of America's best barbecue joints. 9:30 p.m., Travel Channel

Friday (March 12)

Kitchen Nightmares: "Casa Roma." Chef Ramsay visits Casa Roma, an Italian restaurant in Lancaster, California. The eatery has a packed bar but a nearly empty dining area, and many problems stem from the inexperienced owners managing a clueless kitchen staff. 8 p.m., Channel 10, FOX

The Best Thing I Ever Ate: "Hot & Spicy." Memorable spicy dishes are recalled by Food Network stars, including Tyler Florence, Ted Allen, Ina Garten and the Neelys. 11 p.m., Food Network

Saturday (March 13) Down Home With the Neelys: "Midnight Munchies." Chicken Alfredo pizza, homemade mint-chocolate-chip ice cream, chocolate-dipped cookies and BBQ popcorn. 12 p.m., Food Network Paula's Best Dishes: "Rock It Out." Chris Rock's mother, Rose, shares her recipe for smothered chicken and biscuits. Also prepared: BLT stuffed eggs, Southwestern stuffed eggs and cheesecake topped with pralines. 12:30 p.m., Food Network

5 Ingredient Fix: "Lunch Box." Citrus-garlic chicken sandwiches and banana bites are made for lunch. 1:30 p.m., Food Network

Sunday (March 14)

Ten Dollar Dinners: "Magical Meal." Fish-and-white-bean tostadas, topped with pineapple-avocado salsa. 12:30 p.m., Food Network

(Season Three Premiere!) Ultimate Recipe Showdown: "Comfort Food." Season three premieres as four home cooks prepare their best comfort food recipes, including crawfish-and-andouille-sausage pizza and Buffalo-chicken mac and cheese. The winner will receive $25,000. 9 p.m., Food Network

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