“CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock,” 8-11 p.m., ABC.
Each year, this
Nashville special focuses on upbeat music and bouncy fans. This time,
hosts Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett do a duet; so do Luke Bryan and
Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Elle King, Chris Young and Cassadee
Pope, Lady Antebellum and Cam, Rascal Flatts and Maren Morris.
Genres are crossesd;
it's Martina McBride with Steven Tyler, Little Big Town, with
Pharrell Williams and a choir. Also planned are solos from Carrie
Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Jason
Aldean, Eric Church, Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line and more.
SHOULD-SEE: “Spillover: Zika, Ebola & Beyond,” 9 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
Two days before the
Olympics' opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, we get a chilling
reminder of one of its threats – the rise of zika virus,
endangering people in Brazil and beyond.
(and disturbing hour) takes a broader view. It shows how ebola spread
from remote African villages, almost becoming a pandemic that would
have killed millions globally. It shows how other diseases have had
similar routes, with zika leaping from unknown to crisis.
ALTERNATIVE: “Kingdom” season-finale, 9 p.m., DirecTV/AT&T.
The season started
with a title fight between near-brothers – Jay Kulina (Jonathan
Tucker) and Ryan Wheeler (Matt Laura), who was trained by Jay's dad,
Alvey. Jay, targetting Ryan's injury, won.
Now it's time for
the rematch and Jay is the one who's wounded, this time emotionally:
His lover Ava (Alicia's sister) was murdered. Jay is shattered; so is
Alvey, who has just had an angry break-up with Lisa Prince. Now the
fight goes on, Alvey helps a friend and a fierce season ends.
Olympics, 6 p.m. ET,
NBC Sports Network. Even before the openig ceremony, women's soccer
starts its first round. This match has the U.S. and New Zealand;
others are at 11:30 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports
Network and at 3 and 5 p.m. ET on USA.
8-10 p.m., Fox. Settling into its new night, the show puts two
episodes back-to-back. Contestants make a three-layer birthday cake,
cook for 100 hungry farmers and then have an hour to create a breakfast
dish using a hazelnut spread.
Talent” (NBC) and “Big Brother” (CBS), 8 p.m. Add these to
“MasterChef” and you have a reality-show overload. The good
news: With ABC's country concert, CW's magicians and PBS' documentary
(“Koko – The Gorilla Who Talks”), 8 p.m. is a no-rerun hour for
“The Night Shift,”
9 and 10 p.m., NBC. Set in a San Antonio hospital here many of the
doctors are ex-military, this has established TC (Eoin Macken) as an
action-hero surgeon. In tonight's first hour, he throws himself into
a gravel pit, trying to save someone from being swallowed up. In the
second, he's arrested in a bar brawl. Also, Scott (Scott Wolf) has
emotional moments with a patient and with Annie.
10 p.m., CBS. A “silver bell killer” revelation – which Brady
doubts – leaves the family in chaos. Alison's mayoral campaign is
sinking, Cam's sobriety is tested (again) and there are fresh doubts
about both Garrett and Jack.
10:01 p.m., USA. Elliot has been trying to quit the hacking crisis he
started, but that isn't easy, Meanwhile, Dom (Grace Gummer), the FBI
agent, heads to China to investigate.
And more, cable. The
10 p.m. slot has become summer-TV's best hour. On the Oprah Winfrey
Network's “Greenleaf,” we see the aftermath of a church shooting.
On Sundance's “The A Word,” there's a difficult effort to get
some friends for Joe, the 5-year-old with autism.