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. Syfy — Local 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.