TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Country Music
Association awards, 8-11 p.m., ABC.
Things are expected to start zestfully:
Blake Shelton sings “Footloose” with Kenny Loggins … who
co-wrote and performed the song (No. 1 on the Billboard chart) 28
That launches a night that adds rock
touches. Natasha Bedingfield sings “Easy” with Rascal Flatts;
Lionel Richie sings with Rascal Flatts (again), Little Big Town and
Darius Rucker. And Glenn Campbell – the country star who was once a
rock guitarist – will be the focus of a medley by three guitar
stars, Keith Urban, Vince Gill and Brad Paisley.
It's a big night for Paisley, who also
co-hosts with Carrie Underwood and joins her for “Remind Me.”
Other performers include Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Lady
Antebellum, Chris Young, Jason Aldean, Faith Hill, Luke Bryan, Eric
Church, the Band Perry and the Zac Brown Band.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Up All Night,”
8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC.
With ABC's comedies getting a week off,
this is the time to sample NBC's show.
At 8 p.m., Chris and Reagan (Will
Arnett and Christina Applegate) finally get to go out. They leave the
baby behind with Ava (Maya Rudolph) … who meets a neighbor (Jason
Lee) who impresses her.
Then is a rerun of a terrific episode,
flashing back to the baby's birth. Reagan has a meticulous “birth
plan”; Chris figures he'll return to work in a few days. They're in
for large surprises and sharp comedy.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Whitechapel,”
10 p.m., BBC America.
Two weeks ago, we met an upper-crust
Englishman, groomed for fast promotion. Then came a case he couldn't
shake, with a Jack the Ripper expert and a series of Ripper-like
That story started slowly, but ends
powerfully, as the team tries to prevent a copy of Jack's final
murder. A taut thriller pace is linked with a solemn British sense of
Other choices include:
– “Vietnam in HD,” 7-11 p.m.,
History. First is a rerun of Tuesday's excellent opener, with
Americans expecting to win quickly. At 9, the Tet offensive brings
the fighting to the streets of Saigon.
– “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check
local listings). The harpy eagle, in Venezuela, stands three feet
tall, has a six-foot wingspan and moves with deadly speed. This
documentary has way too much self-centered narration, with the
filmmaker telling his feelings; still, it great footage of a
– “Harry's Law,” 9 p.m., NBC. All
of this show's original quirks and charm are gone now; this is simply
a standard, talky lawyer show. Still, some of the talk is
well-crafted. One story tonight – a town that bans foreign cars –
is so-so; the other – a Chinese baby who was kidnapped – draws
– “Coast Guard Alaska” debut, 9
p.m., Weather Channel. Off the Southern edge of Alaska, Kodiak Island
has 5,000 brown bears and a tough mission: Based here, the Coast
Guard spans huge distances for rescues and more. There are no big
moments tonight, but there are solid people worth meeting.
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
10 p.m., CBS. Three people died in a crash, but four brains were
found at the crash site.