TV tonight: 'The Voice,' CMA Awards
Posted October 31, 2012
NBC, 8 ET/PT
You'll find music everywhere tonight, with The CMA Awards on ABC, a live-show version of The X-Factor on Fox — and this two-hour repeat of Monday's The Voice on NBC. Why air a repeat in the middle of sweeps? One, because this Voice outing was preempted in many cities in the East for live local coverage of Hurricane Sandy. Two, because even as a repeat, The Voice is likely to do better against X-Factor and The CMA Awards than NBC's sitcom lineup would have done, which tells you why you can expect to see the network moving in a different sitcom direction fairly soon.
The CMA Awards
ABC, 8 ET/PT
Many of the TV events that used to mark the November sweeps — big movies, bigger mini-series, star specials — are long gone. But there is still one sweeps standard you can count on: a music awards program. For November, it's The CMA Awards, scheduled to include performances by Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and The Band Perry, plus Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, who also serve as hosts.
The Big Bang Theory
CBS, 8 ET/PT
What could be more important to Sheldon than his budding friendship with Stephen Hawking (who lends his voice to tonight's outing)? Beating Hawking in a game of Words With Friends — or, considering it's Sheldon, just about any game you might choose. Elsewhere, Penny secretly enrolls in a college class, perhaps in hopes it will strengthen her relationship with Leonard, as this excellent sitcom continues its clever, well-paced incursion into rom-com territory.
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