TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The X Factor,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
With no more World Series to fret about, “X Factor” is back
and in its prime. Its final 12 acts perform tonight; viewers vote and two will
be ousted Thursday.
The show could prosper now … except it will keep colliding
with more music. Tonight, it faces the country-music awards; on Thursday, its results
face the transplanted “Voice” results.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: Country Music Association awards,
8-11 p.m., ABC.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host and join a long list
of performers. It includes Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kacey
Musgraves, Lady Antebellum, the Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line.
Then there are the collaborations – Keith Urban with Miranda
Lambert, Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz, the Zac Brown Band with Dave Grohl of the
Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. One tribute (for the
late George Jones) has Tim McGraw and George Strait; another (Kenny Rogers,
getting a lifetime award) has Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker and Rascal
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local
For some, seduction is a long and lonely road. A male polar
bear spends weeks finding a female, then must romp up and down a hill, to prove
his physical worth.
For others, it’s overload. Surrounded by thousands of choices,
a flamingo tries to find his perfect match.
Those scenes and many more are in this beautifully filmed
hour. We see blue-footed boobies concoct seduction dances; we see a silverback
gorilla fake an affair, to arouse the jealousy of the desired mate. We see lust
and pride at work in the wild.
Other choices include:
“Revolution,” 8 p.m., NBC. Miles and his colleagues are
stuck in Willoughby, at a time of parental troubles. It’s Jason with the dad who
once disowned him, Charlie with the mom she barely knew.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. Here’s
a key guest role for Billy Porter, who won this year’s Tony for best actor in a
musical (“Kinky Boots”). He plays a popular music teacher and reality-show
mentor, accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old.
“Nova,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). A race car that
drives itself? David Pogue reluctantly rides in one, in “Making Stuff Safer.” The
car is an attempt to copy the habits of top drivers. We also see scientists
trying to protect us from earthquakes, terrorist attacks, sports injuries and
“Dateline,” 10 p.m., NBC. For now, this will take over the
abandoned “Ironside” slot.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS. An
unidentified body has been found during a fierce storm. Also, Greg Sanders is
accused of framing a man for murder seven years ago.
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” 10 p.m., FXX. In an
extra-early Thanksgiving episode, the gang invites its enemies – it’s made many
– for the holiday.