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TV best bets with CMA Music Awards, Tim Allen and ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host. CREDIT: ABC

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host. CREDIT: ABC

Sure, there are at least four different country award shows now but arguably the biggest is the CMA Awards on Thursday at ABC and it features the delightful co-hosting couple Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, plus performances by most of the big current Georgia stars: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum.

Otherwise, it’s a fairly quiet week. On ABC on Friday, Tim Allen returns for the second season of “Last Man Standing,” bumped to Friday, followed by Reba McEntire’s return to sitcom land with “Malibu Country,” with an inexplicably strange turn by Lily Tomlin as her mom.

And Bravo’s most popular “Housewives” franchise out of Atlanta returns on Sunday night minus Sheree Whitfield but plus two newbies: Porsha Williams Stewart, grand-daughter of civil rights icon Hosea Williams, and model and producer Kenya Moore, who moved here from Detroit.


“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Only in this world is Sabrina Ryan considered a “star.”

“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. Syfy —Barney uses a dog as his wingman.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC —The knockout rounds begin, paring the teams down even more.

“2 Broke Girls” 9 p.m. CBS — Max and Caroline get a credit card.

“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS — A grisly murder leads Five-O to discover a ritualistic killing on Halloween.

“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Castle becomes the prime suspect in a ritualistic killing and Beckett’s loyalty toward him wavers.

“Revolution” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Miles leads the group to an acquaintance who can help the injured Nora.


Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Double elimination time!

NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS— A petty officer is gunned down in a billionaire’s car.

“Face Off” 9 p.m. SyfyLocal Netherworld FX artist Roy Wooley was surprisingly cut last week and missed the top three.

NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — A CIA agent who once worked with Sam is found dead of an apparent suicide.

“Happy Endings” 9:01 p.m. ABC — Jane pulls out the stops when she takes Penny car shopping.

“New Girl” 9:30 p.m. Fox — Jess gets hired as a zombie at a haunted house.

“Private Practice” 10 p.m. ABC — Sam stars in a reality show.

“Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX — Alliances are pushed to the breaking point.

“Vegas” 10 p.m. CBS— The son of a gaming-commission member is kidnapped.


“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Walton High School grad Malcolm Freberg is proving to be a strong player.

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — J.J. gets upset when her son doesn’t want to celebrate Halloween.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — A girl vanishes after following her big sister to a college party.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Mitchell and Cameron assess Alex’s new male friend.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — A group of patients attempt to escape from Briarcliff during a violent storm.

“CSI” 10 p.m. CBS — A police dog is blamed for a cop’s death.

“Nashville” 10 p.m. ABC — Rayna’s marriage faces a challenge when a woman from Teddy’s past surfaces.


“46th Annual CMA Awards” 8 p.m. ABC — For the fifth time, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host.

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. NBC — Sheldon battles Stephen Hawking over Words With Friends.

“Two and a Half Men” 8:31 p.m. CBS — Walden has a dilemma involving a choice between Rose and Zoey.

“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Dwight guests on a local radio show.

“Project Runway: All Stars” 9 p.m. Lifetime — The clothiers revamp a disco look from the 1970s.

“Person of Interest” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Reese is tasked with protecting a reporter on the sly she doesn’t start investigating him.

“Elementary” 10:01 p.m. CBS — Holmes conducts research in a hospital morgue.


“Kitchen Nightmares” 8 p.m. Fox — The work continues on La Galleria 33, a Boston Italian restaurant.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. ABC (second season debut) — Mandy prepares to vote in her first presidential election.

“Undercover Boss” 8 p.m. CBS (fourth season debut) — The CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods goes behind the scenes.

“Malibu Country” 8:31 p.m. CBS (new series) — A cheated-on wife of a country star moves to California.

“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — A woman dressed in a ball gown is found dead.

“Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids” 9 p.m. TLC — A mom’s ideas for pink ballerina dresses for the bridesmaids doesn’t go over well with her daughter.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC — A California man with a fly trap uses the help of “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny learns about voodoo while investigating a stabbing.


“Christmas Song” 9 tonight Hallmark — It’s never too early for a new Christmas movie, eh? Two music teachers face off in a Christmas-carol competition.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 tonight NBC — Louis C.K. hosts.

“Black Girls Rock” 7 p.m. Sunday BET — Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King host. Alicia Keys and Dionne Warwick are among the winners.

“Once Upon a Time” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Emma embarks on a dangerous adventure with Captain Hook.

“Boardwalk Empire” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Van Alden makes good on a debt.

“Dexter” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Debra befriends a local crime writer.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 9 p.m. Sunday Bravo (fifth season debut) — Two new housewives arrive: model and producer Kenya Moore and the grand-daughter of a civil rights icon Porsha Williams Stewart.

“Revenge” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Victoria and Conrad test the strength of their complicated bond.

“The Good Wife” 9:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — A surprising new obstacle appears in Peter’s path to become governor.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — The group gets separated.

“Homeland” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Dana’s visit to the hospital proves shocking.

“The Mentalist” 10:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — Jane continues his search for a missing Lorelei.

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14 comments Add your comment


October 29th, 2012
7:12 am

” “NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — A CIA agent who once worked with Sam is found dead of an apparent suicide.”

Great example of why I don’t watch either of the NCIS shows. Far too many times, the plot involves a crime that NCIS would have no jurisdiction over.

Looks like there’s a lot of ritualistic killing going on on Monday nights! (Castle AND Hawaii Five-O)

Glad to see Tim Allen’s show come back. What took so long, though?


October 29th, 2012
7:13 am

Oh, …and great shot of Carrie Underwood!


October 29th, 2012
8:27 am

So Atlanta is more popular than New Jersey? I find that hard to believe. I just saw the clip everyone was talking about–Porsha Stewart showcasing her $200,000 birthday gift from her hubby. Just wow at the ignorance. If that is any indication, this Atlanta season will be a continuation of the buffoonery from previous seasons. Great.

Metro Coach

October 29th, 2012
8:55 am

Highlander: Apparently ABC has no confidence in Last Man Standing, because they waited to debut it and stuck it on Friday nights. I’m a big fan of the show as well, and I hoped it would have a nice run, but its pretty obvious that ABC doesn’t think it will last, thus the move to the time slot of death that is Friday night. Hopefully they get a full season and ABC accurately estimates the number of DVRs that record it, because its a really good show. Maybe TNT or TBS will pick it up after ABC cancels it.


October 29th, 2012
9:44 am

Metro Coach, they moved it to Shark Tank’s slot and pushed Shark Tank to 9 p.m. Shark Tank has a very large following, so I am guessing they are hoping it will pick up viewers who normally tune in for the Tank.

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October 29th, 2012
10:33 am

There are (4) Country-themed awards shows, led by the CMA Awards, which is regarded as the highest honor in the format. The others are the Academy of Country Music Awards (airs in April on CBS), the CMT Music Awards (in June on CMT) and the inane upstart American Country Awards (airs in December on FOX).

1st mate

October 29th, 2012
12:02 pm

Carrie’s legs are crossed the wrong way, she looks crazy sitting like that..


October 29th, 2012
12:50 pm


October 29th, 2012
8:27 am

You sound a little green with envy. What’s in your wallet?

Uh, 1st mate...

October 29th, 2012
1:08 pm

…there is no right or wrong way for a woman to cross her legs – she is doing it that way so that perverts like you (and the guy with the camera) cannot see up her dress…D’OH…

Carnac the Magnificent

October 29th, 2012
1:10 pm


Answer – Rodney and the RHOA’s

Question – Name 8 Ho’s that make part of a living off this show


October 29th, 2012
2:55 pm

I don’t know what it is about the CMAs but people love to watch. Had no idea it was getting over 16 million views – especially surprising since there’s 3 other country music award shows each year. Just read an interested link as to how it affects country music…I never realized.

Raymond Taylor

October 29th, 2012
4:46 pm

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