WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 —Tonight at 8 p.m. on CMT country music royalty gathers to honor their own. The list of stars either performing or presenting reads like a who’s who of country music, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.
Along with Blake Shelton, who has to have a clone because he’s everywhere these days, Lenny Kravitz and Nelly will further blur the line between country and pop with their performances tonight. So many musical acts crossover from country to pop and back that it’s common for the two to join forces.
The result is an awards show with something for everyone. And since the rest of tonight’s TV schedule is nothing but reruns and competitive cooking shows, the CMT Music Awards is an excellent viewing alternative.
Another excellent choice; tonight at 10 p.m. Discovery Channel is airing a tribute to the storm chasers who died last Friday while covering the outbreak of tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area. The updated version of “Mile Wide Tornado” will include scenes of Tim Samaras, his son Paul and Carl Young from the “Storm Chasers” series.
And last but certainly not least, Science Channel is airing the fourth season of “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.” The voice of God and the God of voices tackles some of society’s most controversial topics, beginning with the first episode. “When Does Life Begin?” asks scientists, experts and theologians to discuss when life begins.
Other topics in the series include “How Do Aliens Think,” “Are Robots the Future of Evolution,” “Can Our Minds Be Hacked?” “Did God Create Evolution,” and “Will Sex Become Extinct?”
For nerds and novices alike, Freeman presents some of life’s biggest mysteries in a way that makes them entertaining as well as informative. Seeking the truth through science is definitely appealing, but they had me at Morgan Freeman.
All times are EDT:
ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) Frankie is worried when Brick decides to go on a three-day school trip to Chicago; Sue wants to know if Darrin, one of Axl’s friends, has feelings for her.
CBS: The American Baking Competition: (New) The bakers take on a cookie challenge.
FOX: Master Chef: (New) The Top 18 contestants create healthy meals for 300 children at a local elementary school. Later, Chef Ramsay participates in a mystery-box challenge.
NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) Keith Morrison reports the story of five siblings who may all need heart transplants in ‘Against All Odds’.
CW: Arrow: (Repeat) Laurel is targeted by the violent Chinese Triad and by ruthless mercenary China White. Meanwhile, Oliver is asked to take over his family’s company.
CMT: CMT Music Awards: (Live) Jason Aldean and Kristin Bell host the 12th annual celebration. Performers include Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Pistol Annies, George Strait, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker.
ABC: Family Tools: (New) As Stitch prepares to graduate from community college, Jack reaches out to Darren and Stitch’s estranged mother; Terry issues a challenge to Tony.
ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) Claire and Cam bring in a third party (Wendi McLendon-Covey) when they reach an impasse on a landscaping decision; Phil teaches basic fix-it skills to the kids; Mitch helps Lily with a bully.
CBS: Criminal Minds: (Repeat) A famous comic-book artist (Frankie Muniz) is instrumental in the hunt for a serial killer.
NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: (Repeat) An up-and-coming singer is beaten by her famous boyfriend, but she won’t assist the prosecution. Before long, media frenzy surrounds the case, and the defendant and his relentless lawyer add fuel to the fire.
CW: Supernatural: (Repeat) Sam and Dean rescue Kevin’s mother from demons and take her on their quest to find the tablet.
ABC: How to Live With Your Parents: (New) Polly arranges a play date for Natalie.
ABC: The Lookout: (New) How to Stop Your House From Becoming a Money Pit.
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (Repeat) The CSIs help local law enforcement on the strip, until a dead body is found in a car. Meanwhile, Brass discovers some surprising facts about his daughter.
NBC: Chicago Fire: (Repeat) A rescue attempt at a tenement building ends in tragedy. Elsewhere, tensions run high when Severide decides to prepare Mills for a move from Truck to Squad; Shay and Dawson deal with a junkie’s erratic behavior; and the team members have a run-in with local drug dealers.
New episodes of:
Outrageous Acts of Science at 8 p. m. on DSC
House of Horrors: Kidnapped in Cleveland at 8 p.m. on ID
How the Universe Works: Expanded Edition at 8 and 9 p.m. on SCI
MythBusters at 9 p.m. on DSC
Million Dollar Listing New York at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Haunted Collector at 9 p.m. on Syfy
Toy Hunter at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Toddlers & Tiaras at 9 p.m. on TLC
Chef Roblé at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Mile Wide Tornado: Storm Chaser’s Tribute at 10 p.m. on DSC
Restaurant Stakeout at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Top Shot at 10 p.m. on History Channel
Southern Fried Homicide at 10 p.m. on ID
Paranormal Witness at 10 p.m. on Syfy
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman at 10 p.m. on SCI
Real World: Portland at 10 p.m. on MTV
Locked Up Abroad at 10 p.m. on NGC
The Good Buy Girls at 10 and 10:30 p.m. TLC
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
Conspiracy Theory on ENC
Sophie’s Choice on FLIX
Dude, Where’s My Car? On FMC
Salt on FX
The Last Legion on IFC
Legendary on SHO
There Will Be Blood on SUND
The Far Country on TCM
Valkyrie on TMC
Heat on CINEMAX
Varsity Blues on MOMAX
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on STARZ
Vegas Vacation at 9:15 p.m. on AMC
New Year’s Eve at 9:30 p.m. on HBO
Water For Elephants at 9:30 p.m. on HBO
Winchester ’73 at 9:45 p.m. on TCM
The Crow at 10 p.m. on SHO
W. at 10 p.m. on TMC
Absolute Power at 10:20 p.m. on ENC
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