TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Academy of Country
Music awards, 8-11 p.m., CBS.
The last year has been packed for Blake
Shelton, including hits, marriage and “The Voice.” Now he
co-hosts (with Reba McEntire), sings and is up for entertainer of the
year and best male performer.
His wife Miranda Lambert – up for
best album and female performer – also performs. So do Kenny
Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Jason
Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sara Evansand Chris Young, plus Band
Perry, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum.
Also planned is an award-show first:
Martina McBride and Pat Monahan (of Train) sing “Marry Me” during
the wedding of a couple that met during a support group for the
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Masterpiece
Classic,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
In many ways, Charles Dickens “Great
Expectations” is a truly goofy tale. It starts with an escaped
convict at the seashore, ends in London society, takes odd twists in
Still, people keep filming remakes,
this one spread over two Sundays. It's boosted immensely by Gillian
Anderson's wonderfully wacky performance as Miss Havisham.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVES: “The
Killing,” 8-10 p.m., AMC, or “Game of Thrones,” 9 p.m., HBO.
Two hugely ambitious series – each
richly crafted, but difficult to follow – start their second
“Killing” startled viewers last
year by failing to solve its murder. It ended with a suspect (and
mayoral candidate) being shot by the dim friend of the victim's
family. In tonight's hours – brilliantly crafted, as usual –
only a few things are straightened out.
“Thrones” finds cruel Joffrey on
the Iron Throne, challenged on all fronts. In the North, Robb Stark
has captured his uncle. In the East, Daenerys leads a desert trek. On
the Dragonstone island, Stannis aligns with a priestess. It's a
tangled hour, livened by Emmy-winner Peter Dinklage as brash, little
Other choices include:
– “Finding Your Roots,” 8 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). In an intriguing journey through
name-change tangles, we learn the roots of Barbara Walters and Harlem
educator Geoffrey Canada.
– “Titanoboa: Monster Snake,”
8-10 p.m., Smithsonian. In a Colombian coal mine, researchers found
fossils from what might have been the Earth's first rainforest. They
even made a replica on one creature – a snake that might have been
48 feet long, weighing 3,000 pounds.
– “Desperate Housewives,” 9 p.m.,
ABC. Last week found good news for Gabrielle (a big-money job as a
personal shopper) and bad for Bree (arrest as a murder suspect) and
Lynette (flubbing her plan to win back Tom). Tonight, Bree tries to
hire a top defense lawyer, played by Scott Bakula.
– “Wicked Tuna” debut, 10 p.m.,
National Gographic. Off the coast of Gloucester, Mass., a single tuna
can be worth from $1,500 to $20,000. In the opener, we follow five
crews through bad advice, bad luck (one has its anchor line severed)
and occasional success.
– “Jo Koy: Lights Out,” 10 p.m.,
Comedy Central. Koy gives an adequate comedy concert, built on
recollections of his mom's under-reaction and his own (naked)
over-reaction to an earthquake.
– “Saving the Titanic,”10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). Heading into the 100th
anniversary of the Titanic's sinking (April 14-15), TV has major
documentaries. This is a fairly good one, strong on re-enactments. It
shows workers struggling to slow the sinking, giving time for people