TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “American Music Awards,” 8-11 p.m., ABC.
Pitbull hosts, but we can expect women to dominate. Katy
Perry opens the show … Jennifer Lopez does a Celia Cruz tribute … Christina
Aguilera repeats a “Voice” number, linking with the duo A Great Big World for “Say
Something.” Also performing: Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, TLC, Rihanna and Ariana
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who lead with six nominations,
will also perform; so will Justin Timberlake, who is tied with Taylor Swift
with five. Others are One Direction, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar and, on
the country side, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m. (or later,
with football overrun), CBS.
This is what the show has been building to for five-plus
seasons. Patrick Jane finally confronts Red John, the serial killer who
murdered his wife and daughter.
We can expect some closure here – so much so that next
week’s episode jumps ahead two years.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Carol Burnett: The Mark Twain
Prize,” 8-10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
The Twain prize is for comedy, which makes this annual show
great fun. The presenters tend to go for big laughs, not sentiment.
The 16th Twain winner, Burnett is only the fifth
woman, but the third in the past four years. The previous two, Tina Fey and
Ellen DeGeneres, will be presenters; so will Burnett’s longtime colleagues Vicki
Lawerence, Tim Conway and Julie Andrews, plus Amy Poehler, Martin Short, Maya
Rudolph and more.
TONIGHT’S YES AND NO: “Getting On” and “Ja’Mie: Private
School Girl” debuts, 10 and 10:30 p.m., HBO.
Stretching for offbeat comedy styles, HBO soars and then goes
“Getting On” is set in a hospital’s extended–care unit,
where the staff ranges from flawed to outright daft. Its style – fwith
overlapping dialog and choppy sentences – is hard to pull off, but a great cast
pulls it off. Alex Borstein (“MadTV”) stars, surrounded by Laurie Metcalf
(“Roseanne”) and Niecy Nash.
“Ja’Mie” is like one of those one-joke sketches that just
won’t quit. Chris Lilley takes a character – rich and full of herself -- he
played in “Summer Heights High” and stretches her out for way too long.
Other choices include:
Red carpet, 7 p.m., E. Here’s a one-hour music-awards
preview. A longer one is 5 p.m. yahoo.com.
“Sofia the First,” 7 p.m., Disney. This is another thing to
worry about on a cruise: In this hour-long special, Sofia accidentally becomes
a mermaid. She meets Ariel – voiced by Jodi Benson, as she was in “Little
Mermaid” – and Oona, a mermaid played by Kiernan Shipka.
“The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. Lisa’s new best friend turns
out to be her opposition in the class election. That’s followed by Thanksgiving
episodes of “Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy” and “American Dad.”
“The Good Wife,” 9 p.m. (or later), CBS. Jason O’Mara
(“Vegas,” “Terra Nova”) plays a new lawyer at the office, complicating Alicia’s
case. Also, Mary Stuart Masterson’s plays an old acquaintance of Jackie.
“Boardwalk Empire,” 9 p.m., HBO. This show’s season-finales
tend to pack a wallop. Now the fourth season ends with the feds’ putting their
anti-Nucky plan in motion. Also, Chalky plots revenge on his foes and Al Capone
forms a bond with Johnny Torrio in Chicago.