TV tonight: CMT Awards and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman is back with season four of Through the Wormhole

Photo: Science Channel/ Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

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.

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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?”

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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.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

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.

8:30 p.m.

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.

9 p.m.

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.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: How to Live With Your Parents: (New) Polly arranges a play date for Natalie.

10 p.m.

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.

Basic cable:

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:

8 p.m.

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

9 p.m.


Varsity Blues on MOMAX

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on STARZ

Later tonight:

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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