TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Academy of Country Music awards, 8-11
We can expect a night of (almost) non-stop music, sometimes
outside the Nashville limits. Blake Shelton will pair with Shakira, his “Voice”
colleague; Lady Antebellum will link with Stevie Nicks.
More pairings? It’s Luke Bryan (who co-hosts with Shelton)
with Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert (Shelton’s wife) with George Strait,
doing a Merle Haggard tribute. The Band Perry opens the show, Hunter Hayes does
“Invisible,” others include Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and Eric
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Turn” debut, 9-10:30 p.m., AMC.
Long before drones and satellites helped out, our spying was
done the old-fashioned way. Enemies posed as friends, secret notes were passed,
occasional throats were slit.
Now we go back to the first American spies, in the Revolutionary
War. Jamie Bell (the “Billy Elliot” kid) plays Abe, trapped between worlds. His
dad is a judge and a Tory loyalist, his former love is a rebel, his wife just
wants him out of trouble. This opener spends too long with him stammering in
indecision and is too quick to put him in and out of death’s jaws. Still, it launches
a story with strong promise.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Game of Thrones” season-opener, 9 p.m.,
There’s another wedding looming, and in “Game” that can be
bad news. Nasty young King Joffrey will marry Margaery Tyrell; the Lannisters
are trying to be good hosts.
That isn’t easy. The patriarch derides Jaime, who’s learning
to fight without his right arm; he ignores little Tyrion. Everyone snubs Tyrion,
including his gloomy wife and the guests he’s supposed to greet. One, Oberyn Martel,
is both oversexed and overangry. Meanwhile, Daenerys’ dragons are feistier; so
is Jon Stark’s ex-lover. There’s lots of talk and, in the final minutes, a fierce
bar fight. The game is on.
Other choices include:
“Once Upon a Time,” 8 p.m., ABC. Zelena (Rebecca Mader) is
busy in two worlds. She challenges Regina to a battle to the death; in the past
land of Oz, she learns of a key family connection.
“Resurrection,” 9 p.m., ABC. Life is complicated for these
back-from-the-dead people. Caleb’s daughter searches for his stolen money;
Jacob is protected by Bellamy, who is still haunted by a past incident.
“Mr. Selfridge,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). As the
store celebrates the British empire, impending war threatens that empire. Also
in this solid episode, Miss Mardle has a huge change of circumstance.
“Married to Medicine” season-opener, 9 p.m., Bravo. Returning
from the first season are five Atlanta women – two doctors and three doctors’
wives. Now we meet Dr. Heavenly Kimes (yes, that’s her name), who is both; she;s
a dentist married to a doctor.
“Crisis,” 10 p.m., NBC. The FBI probes the backgrounds of
the hostages’ high-profile parents.
“Silicon Valley” debut, 10 p.m., HBO. Back in the 1980s,
Mike Judge (“Beavis and Butt-Head”), Mike Judge was a Silicon Valley engineer.
With sharp wit, he describes a world with too much money and self-esteem and
too little life experience. The characters are well-drawn and worth following.
“Veep” season-opener, 10:30 p.m., HBO. Fueled by reports that the president won’t
seek re-election, Selena (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is preparing for her own run.
She’s signing a book she didn’t write, in a state (Iowa) she doesn’t
understand. The result has its moments, but “Veep” is sometimes much funnier.