“American Country Countdown Awards,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
Luke Bryan, who's
been co-hosting the Academy of Country Music awards lately, has
another show to dominate. He leads with seven nominations, including
artist of the year and two of the five best-single nods -- “Strip
It Down” and (with Karen Fairchild) “Home Alone Tonight.”
Bryan is scheduled
to perform; so are Thomas Rhett (four nominations), Florida Georgia
Line (three) and Carrie Underwood (two). There's more, as time (an
hour shorter than other awards shows) allows.
II: “Grantchester” season-finale, 9 p.m., PBS (check local
Much of this season
has been a deep dive into despair. Seduced by a clergyman, a teen
became pregnant. She urged her friend to induce a miscarriage; she
died and he was hung for murder.
All of that has
shattered a good-hearted vicar (James Norton) ... who has lost his
true love and is in a tiff with his best friend, a cop. Is there a
logical way to wrap up all of this? Surprisigly, yes. Beautifully
written and filmed, this terrific hour finds a moving finish to the
main story, yet has time for key moments involving the vicar's
assistant, his housekeeper, his friend and more.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Last week brought
shellshocks to Alicia. Her kids finally learned she's divorcing ...
just as her son announced he's marrying and moving to France. Jason
said he wants to be with her ... but that he's not the stay-in-one
place kind. And plans moved ahead for an all-female law firm.
But tonight, her
husband's criminal trial dominates everything. All sides have
lawyers; even Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) is involved. That sets
up next week's finale of a terrific, seven-year series.
Shots,” 7 and 8 p.m., NBC. First, a rerun has kids ranging from a
yodeler to an orchestra conductor. Then a new hour has brief looks,
including 7-year-olds who are a rapper and a theater critic.
Music Awards,” 7-9 p.m., Disney. This one will be stuffed with
young singers. Taped Saturday night, it's scheduled to include Ariana
Grande, Kelsea Ballerini, Hailee Steinfeld, Flo Rida, Laura Marano,
Zara Larsson and more, including Jordan Smith, the most-recent
8 p.m., CBS. With the Pakistani government crumbling, the U.S.
considers a plan to grab its nuclear weapons.
“The Family,” 9
p.m., ABC. We're two weeks from the end of this bizarre – and often
compelling – tale, with no idea how it could end. Claire, wrapping
up her race for governor, understands the scheme hatched by her
daughter Bella: Have Ben – who says he was a captive with Adam –
pretend to be Adam. But now Bella has fresh doubts ... and the
villain's wife has an FBI agent captive in her cellar.
“The Story of
God,” 9 p.m.. National Geographic. This excellent series sees how
religions view evil. That's part of an ambitious night: At 8 p.m., a
new “Explorer” follows a dangerous climb in Myanmar; at 10,
“Cradle of the Gods” visits a Turkish sanctuary that's 7,000
years older than the pyramids.
“Game of Thrones,”
9 p.m., HBO. Last week's season-opener was full of dark news. Jon
Snow remains dead (for now, at least), Daenerys was captured and Arya
was overwhelmed by her blindness. And now that he's in charge, Tyrion
learned how troubled the city is that Daenerys fled.
p.m., CBS. Sherlock learns who was behind the attempt to kill his