TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: CMA Music Festival, 8-11 p.m., ABC.
This is billed as “Country’s Night to Rock” – a title it
sometimes takes too literally. Nashville’s sensitive side is set aside for a
cascade of high-octane, macho music.
The show is assembled from four concert nights. This year, those
included a few women – Miranda Lambert, Sara Evans and members of Little Big
Town (which hosts), Lady Antebellum and the Band Perry – and lots of guys. The
line-up had Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban,
Hunter Hayes, Eric Church, Darius Rucker, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, Charlie
Daniels and more.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Tyrant,” 10 p.m., FX.
Last week’s powerhouse episode offered two jolts. Bassam convinced
his brother Jamal to risk his dictatorship in an election. When an ailing sheik
led in polls, Jamal quietly killed him in the rest room.
Or did he? After the show’s first episode, we assumed Jamal
was dead; “Tyrant” is all about surprises. Tonight’s episode – another great
one – shows how fragile and dangerous Jamal is; it also pushes Bassam –
previously a quiet Pasadena pediatrician named Barry – to the extremes of
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Mark Twain” conclusion, 8-10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings).
This second half of a rerun starts in 1885, the year Twain
wrote “Huckleberry Finn.” He had one more classic (“A Connecticut Yankee in
King Arthur’s Court”), along with financial disaster (bad investments) and
depression after his daughter’s death. But his speeches and essays were
It’s a richly human portrait, beautifully crafted by Ken
Burns. And it helps viewers get in the mood for “The Roosevelts,” Burns’ brilliant,
14-hour film that will debut Sept. 14-20.
Other choices include:
“Food Fighters,” 8 p.m., NBC. Each week, this show lets an amateur
cook compete with a famed chef. Tonight, at-home mom Annie Smith ends up facing
G. Garvin, the Atlanta chef and TV star.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. This rerun brings back Diane Neal
(formerly of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) as a Coast Guard official.
She helps, probe an explosion on an oil rig.
“Jaws 2” (1978), 8 and 10:30 p.m., AMC. In a change, AMC
focuses strictly onn its “Jaws” week. That pushes “4th and Loud” (a
reality show about the football team owned by the Kiss guys) to next Tuesday.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds agents in
Afghanistan (Kensi and Granger) and the U.S. combining to probe a murder that
seems linked to an ancient form of money transfer.
“America’s Got Talent,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. The second batch of
12 acts performs. On Wednesday, five will advance, to become part of the top
“Royal Pains,” 9 p.m., USA. Here are new things to worry
about: Hank may be losing his sense of smell; Emma is on the wrong side of Dr. Oz.
10:01 p.m., USA. Annie is in Azerbaijan with McQuaid (Nic Bishop), searching
for a former CIA agent. Back at home, Auggie gets bad news.