“iHeartRadio Country Festival,” 9-11 p.m., NBC.
After languishing on
the CW, the “iHeart” specials have moved up to a bigger network
and bigger ratings. This one packs starpower, starting with hosts
Jennifer Nettles and Darius Rucker.
There's much more --
Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Justin
Moore, Sam Hunt and Tyler Farr, plus Craig Robinson, disc jockeys,
Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Big & Rich and
Jessie James Decker with her husband, football player Eric Decker.
“”Black-ish,” 9:31 p.m., ABC.
It was a good season
for ABC, with first-year shows that were diverse, distinctive and
clever. Here's one example, rerunning a fairly good pilot film.
Anderson) is an ad man married to a doctor. He has a comfy life ...
and a fear that his kids don't feel their black roots. That's
verified by the fact that his son now wants to be Jewish, so he can
have a bar mitzvah. As a one-shot story, this is terrific; as the
start of an ongoing series, it's OK.
ALTERNATIVE: “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local livings).
Viewers like the
long-shots, the underdogs (or underpigs) who beat the odds. So
they'll love the creatures in this dandy rerun. Chris P. Bacon is a
pig whose back legs don't function; Roofus is a golden retriever
who's blind and has two bad legs. They thrive, thanks to both
enthusiasm and technology.
technology also provides forelegs for a pony, a beak for a swan, and
a tail for an alligator. This gem will make you feel good about
people, science and the power of a positive pig.
debut, 8 p.m., CBS. A decade ago, Joe Bergin was laid off from his
corporate job. He and his wife started an ice cream-truck business,
but they're struggling to support their daughters, now 15, 13 and 12.
Suddenly, they're given $101,000; they can keep it all ... or share
some with Dave Bronson, a wounded Iraq veteran whose wife (a nurse)
is expecting their second child. What they don't know is that the
Bronsons face the same choice; it's the first chapter in
8 p.m., ABC. The nine-day quiz show is on the eve of its finale.
p.m., Fox. Last week's opener chose 22 home cooks. Tonight, they have
their first challenge with “mystery box” ingredients. Then the
elimination round involves baking an apple pie.
debut, 9 p.m., Fox. Sure, it sounds easy to throw yourself toward the
middle of a target. But these people are jumping from an 18-wheel
truck ... or leaping from a helicopter ... or being propelled by a
giant slingshot. And that's just the first round, heading toward a
weekly $50,000 winner.
9 p.m., ABC. This rerun finds the Dunphys vowing to change, after a
near-death experience on a car ride. Claire will be more care-free,
Phil will be a take-charge guy, Luke will fulfill a bucket list and
his sisters will stop fighting. Or not.
Swap,” 10 p.m., ABC. Verne Troyer, the 2-foot-8 actor who was
Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, swaps with Hines Ward, the former
football star and “Dancing With the Stars” champ.
10:30 p.m., TV Land. While broadcasrt networks obsess on games, cable
has some scripted comedies. Here, Stamps obsesses on a self-help
program. That follows a “Hot and Cleveland” (10 p.m.) with clips
and bloopers. Earier, “Young & Hungry” (8 p.m., ABC Family)
has Gabi tempted to take a Swiss internship