1) Academy of Country Music awards, 8-11 p.m., CBS. Nashville’s top stars will perform. That includes Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan (who used to be the co-hosts) and Reba McEntire (the current host). It includes Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton (shown here) and Keith Urban, plus fresh combinations — Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs, George Strait with Miranda Lambert (who also does a medley), Kelly Clarkson with Dan + Shay and with Jason Aldean (who also links with Florida Georgia Line).
2) “Killing Eve” season-opener, 8 p.m., AMC and BBC America; rerunning at 10:03. The first season drew waves of praise. Now this starts 30 seconds after Eve (Sandra Oh) stabbed Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Both must improvise. How do you flee with a bloody knife? How do you survive with a fierce wound? The result is intelligently written and beautifully played. Oh already has a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination for the role; now she crisply ranges from manic to near-comatose.
3) “A Discovery of Witches” debut, 9 p.m., AMC and BBC America. After the relentless “Killing Eve,” this might lull you for a while. It’s set at Oxford, with ancient traditions and crusty manners. Stick with it, though; in its own, restrained way, this opener will provide some of the jolts the title suggests.
4) “Masterpiece: Mrs. Wilson” finale, 9 p.m., PBS. This fascinating, real-life tale began with the death of Alexander Wilson, a successful spy novelist. His wife learned he had another marriage, an alternate family … and maybe a different job. Ruth Wilson brilliantly portrays her late grandmother, shown coping with confusion during his life … and scrambling for the truth afterward.
5) Also: At one extreme is “The Chi,” with its rich tapestry of hope and despair; the season-opener (10 p.m., Showtime) ranges from Brandon’s promising business to Emmett’s homelessness. At the other is …. well, “Facts of Life” (5-8 p.m. on MeTV, via digital sub-channels and cable). Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair, shows her five favorite episodes and tells stories. That sets up MeTV’s first original series: “Collector’s Call,” at 10 p.m., has Whelchel visiting the keepers of pop-culture memorabilia.
— Mike Hughes, TV America
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