TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Billboard Music Awards,” 8-11 p.m.,
The awards merely honor whoever sold the most music in the
past year. Up for “top artist” are Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars,
Katy Perry and Imagine Dragons; nominated for the “milestone award” are Carrie
Underwood, Ellie Goulding and OneRepublic.
The real draw for the night (hosted by Ludacris) are performances.
They include Cyrus, Underwood (in a duet with Miranda Lambert), OneRepublic and
Imagine Dragons. Jennifer Lopez sings and get an Icon Award; there’s music from
Ricky Martin, Lorde, Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Iggy Azelea, Florida
Georgia Line, 5 Seconds of Summer and what’s called “the Michael Jackson
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Amazing Race” finale, 8 p.m.,
Rachel Reilly has lived in our TV sets lately. In the 2010
“Big Brother” she romanced Brendon Villegas (now a physics doctoral student)
and finished ninth; the next year, they returned and she won. Then they
finished third on “Amazing Race” … now they’re back, married, and in the Las
They face Dennis and Connor O’Leary, who are father-and-son
cancer survivors, and Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth. Once in the
country-music trio Stealing Angels, the women – granddaughter of John Wayne,
descendant of Daniel Boone – are now, respectively, a songwriter and a music promoter.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Call the Midwife” and “Masterpiece
Classic” season-finales, 8 and 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Towering (6-foot-1), clumsy and big-hearted, Chummy has been
a delight on “Midwife.” We’ve seen her marriage to a cop and her relationship
with a wealthy and disapproving mother. Last week, the mom arrived, separated
from her husband and penniless; now Chummy (Miranda Hart) takes care of her.
Then “Mr. Selfridge” follows Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven),
the cocky American who owns a London department store. He’s desperate to clear
his name and show that the evil Lord Loxey is actually the World War I profiteer.
Also, Henri may go to war; Agnes may quit the store to focus on the restaurant.
Other choices include:
“Coldplay: Ghost Stories,” 7 p.m., NBC. Before switching to
ABC for the Billboard awards, music fans can catch this special, which mixes
concert footage and other film.
“The Simpsons” season-finale, 8 p.m., Fox. Bart betrays a
friend to win a school race.
“Cosmos,” 9 p.m., Fox. This hour asks the big questions: Why
do civilizations perish? And are there beings somewhere who live forever?
“The Women of SNL,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. In a late change, NBC is
pulling “Believe” and “Crisis” (each for the second straight week), replacing
them with this rerun of a “Saturday Night Live” compilation.
“The Good Wife” season-finale, 9 p.m., CBS. As soon as Louis
Canning (Michael J. Fox) joined Diane’s law firm, he began scheming to take it
over. That continues tonight, while Alicia hears a threat to her firm.
“Game of Thrones,” 9 p.m., HBO. Tyrion finds an ally; Jon
finds his warnings about The Wall are ignored.
“The Mentalist” season-finale, 10 p.m., CBS. Here’s the last
new episode for a show that will be back next season, but isn’t on the fall
schedule. When an old case re-opens, Lisbon delays her move.