Academy of Country Music awards, 8-11 p.m., CBS.
country stars will perform. That includes current co-hosts Dierks
Bentley (who will rock with Cole Swindell) and Luke Bryan. It also
includes Reba McEntire, who hosted 14 times; she'll link with
contemporary-Christian star Lauren Daigle for “Back to God.”
There's much more,
solo (Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Maren Morris, more), groups
(Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, etc.) and collaborations. It's Tim
McGraw and Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett
and Maren Morris, even Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys.
II: “Masterpiece: Home Fires” season-opener, 9 p.m., PBS.
It's 1940 now and
the gloom is growing. Allied forces were crushed at Dunkirk, barely
escaping; a German invasion seems imminent. Life presses down on this
British village, including the Campbells.
He's a doctor,
suffering from cancer; she's a pharmacist. One daughter is already a
war widow, the other is being ostracized for her affair with a
married pilot. In this richly layered hour, events pile up quickly.
There's a marriage, a car crash, tragic news about local soldiers.
Good people grasp for strands of joy.
ALTERNATIVE: “Black Sails” finale, 9 p.m., Starz; rerunning at
For four seasons,
this show has tried to do it all. A pirate epic with sweeping action
and gifted actors, it fits into real history and works as a prequel
to Robert Louis Stevenson's “Treasure Island.”
Now – right after
“Missing” (8 p.m.) concludes its story -- “Black Sails” has
its series finale. Captain Flint makes a last push to defeat England.
Jack Rackham, the calculating pirate, confronts Woodes Rogers, the
Bahamas governor who's been determined to break the pirates' hold on
Nassau. And John Silver – that will be “Long John” some day –
seals his fate.
Baseball, 1 p.m. ET,
ESPN. It's Opening Day, a festive time for fans. Most teams start
Monday, but this tripleheader comes first. It's Yankees-Rays at 1,
Giants-Diamondbacks at 4 and Cubs-Cardinals at 8:30.
p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network. The world championships have concluded
in Helsinki and it's time for fun. Here's an exhibition with the
“Call the Midwife”
season-opener, 8 p.m., PBS. Filled with good intentions and
good-hearted souls, this convent still faces tough odds. It's now
1962, in an impoverished section of London; the idealistic nuns and
nurses have a stern new boss and old crises. Tonight, a young mother
faces a brutal husband; like many of the “Midwife” stories, this
is well-done, but painful to watch.
8:30 p.m., Fox. Of all the good uses for a time machine, this is one
of the weakest: Go back to 1919 Chicago, claim you're Al Capone's
pals and bet against the Black Sox. The result is moderately funny,
setting up next week's crisis.
Dead,” 9-10:25 p.m., AMC. Here's the extended season-finale, with
high stakes and, one assumes, a high body count. If you need to get
in the mood, you can start with reruns. The first half of this split
season starts at 3:40 a.m.; the second half starts at 1:20 p.m.
“Shades of Blue,”
10 p.m., NBC, In the early minutes, Harlee (Jennifer Lopez) finds a
moral high ground. Alas, she can't stay there; past deeds and enemies
force her and Wozniak to go to extremes. Some of them strain
believability, in a good (but overwrought) episode..
(PBS) or “Billions” (Showtime), 10 p.m. Choose your century and
watch Damian Lewis collide with another gifted actor. The
slow-but-compelling “Wolf Hall” (starting its second run) is 16th
century, with Lewis as King Henry VIII and Mark Rylance as
Thomas Cromwell. The intense “Billions” is nowadays, with Lewis
as a scheming money man and Paul Giamatti as a prosecutor.