Wednesday TV: A Cloud Over the CMAs

CMAThere may be a whole different tone to the CMA Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.) this year because of the recent shootings, including one at a big country music festival. Organizers have attempted to steer away from the tragedy, initially forbidding journalists from asking about Las Vegas, before backing down.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host. Performers include Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne, Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan and Pink.

Longtime sports reporter Hannah Storm directs a documentary on the life of race car driver Danica Patrick, ”Danica” (Epix, 8 p.m.).

Back for its second season is the appealing series about raising a son with autism, “The A Word” (Sundance, 10 p.m.), with Christopher Eccleston and Morven Christie.

Additional pressure is on applicants as are filmed for a new series “The Job Interview” (CNBC, 10 and 10:30 p.m.).

“Storage Wars” (A&E, 9 p.m.) begins its 11th season. Haven’t people learned not to lose their good stuff in storage lockers by now?

Back for its second season is the unusual father-son travel team, “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour” (A&E, 10 p.m.). First stop: Key West and Mar-a-Lago.

Emily Axford and Brian K. Murphy bring their online relationship advice series to TV with “Hot Date” (Pop, 8 p.m.), produced in part by Will Arnett.

The merge finally takes place on “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) looks back at the year since the presidential election.

On “Broad City” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.), Abby and Ilana go to Florida.

Terrance Howard gets back in the studio on “Empire” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

A cheetah and her cubs are the studied on “Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

“SEAL Team” (CBS, 9 p.m.) plans a raid with a rival.

A prominent political couple is on hand tonight to talk about Tuesday’s election results. Hillary Clinton is on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC, 12:35 a.m.); Bill Clinton is on “Conan” (TBS, 11 p.m.).

There are problems at E Corp on “Mr. Robot” (USA, 10 p.m.).

Several women go missing in Virginia on “Criminal Minds” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

“Homestead Rescue” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) returns for a third season, helping a beekeeper avoid bears.

A newspaper story actually has an effect on “Riverdale” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

Dembe goes undercover to infiltrate human traffickers on “The Blacklist” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

Fallon and Cristal both want to be on the cover of a magazine on “Dynasty” (The CW, 9 p.m.).

On “Star” (Fox, 9 p.m.), Ayana’s father pays a visit.

Will and Mareth have a couple of adventures on “The Shannara Chronicles” (Spike, 9 and 10 p.m.).

Jeremy and Audrey are about to have their baby on “Little People, Big World” (TLC, 10 p.m.).

The month-long Wednesday night salute to James Stewart continues on Turner Classic Movies with “The Shop Around the Corner” (8 p.m.), “The Mortal Storm” (10 p.m.), “The Philadelphia Story” (midnight), “Call Northside 777” (2 a.m.) and “The Stratton Story” (4 a.m.).

NBA action tonight includes Lakers at Boston (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Minnesota at Golden State (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Hockey has Boston at Rangers (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.) and Tampa Bay at San Jose (NBC Sports, 10:30 p.m.).

In college football, it’s Kent State at Western Michigan (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Toledo at Ohio (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan (ESPNU, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Mark Wahlberg, Guillermo Diaz, Jason Mraz. The View: Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly. The Talk: Ozzy & Jack Osbourne. Harry Connick: Carol Burnett, Brandon McMillan. Steve Harvey: Chrissy Metz. Ellen DeGeneres: Idris Elba. Wendy Williams: Diane Lane, Shaun T.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Norman Reeds, Sean Astin, Pat McGann. Jimmy Kimmel: Jesse Williams, Luke Combs. Jimmy Fallon: Jessica Alba, JB Smoove, Kevin Delaney (rerun). Seth Meyers: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Will Ferrell, Nathan Davilmar. James Corden: Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Saoirse Ronan, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Billy Morgan. Carson Daly: Michael McKean, Filthy Friends, Mythbusters. Trevor Noah: Kenneth Branagh. Jordan Klepper: Jon Lovett. Conan O’Brien: Bill Clinton, Jack Whitehall.

 

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