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What to Watch on Sunday: Country Music Awards and the end of Life

Academy of Country Music Awards (8pm, CBS) - Reba McEntire hosts from Las Vegas. Performers include Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and more. Plus, you'll see the last performance of Brooks & Dunn. Lady Antebellum (left) leads nominations with seven.

Life (8pm, Discovery) - The final installments of the the Discovery documentary series are about plants (8pm) and primates (9pm). There's a "making of" special airing at 10pm.

The Emeril Lagasse Show (8pm, Ion) - Emeril debuts his billionth television show, and this one is described as more of a variety show, featuring music and celebrity guests as well as food segments. We'll see... First guest is Martha Stewart.

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What to Watch on Sunday: Try on "Kirstie Alley's Big Life" for size

NCAA Basketball Tournament (2pm, CBS) - The regional final games from St. Louis and Houston. Full schedule here.

Life (8pm, Discovery) - Mammals are the focus of tonight's 8pm episode of this Oprah Winfrey-narrated series of nature documentaries. Special attention is paid to how mammals care for their young, so Cute Baby Animal Alert. The fish episode airs at 9pm. 

Amazing Race (8pm, CBS) - All I know is Jordan and Jeff are gone, so this show makes me sad now.

Undercover Boss (8pm, CBS) - The CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment (think Dollywood) goes undercover tonight to see how his company really works. 

Breaking Bad (10pm, AMC) - In the second episode of the season, Walt tries hard to reunite with his family, and Jesse, just out of rehab, makes a big purchase. Also, there's an anxiety-inducing sequence involving those scary Mexican killers. If you've got nails, bite 'em. 

Kirstie Alley's Big Life (10pm, A&E) - I like this show a lot more than I expected to. In tonight's back-to-back episodes, Kirstie celebrates a birthday and then tempers flare when the ladies go to a spa. You can catch repeats of last week's two premiere episodes at 5pm today, or following these episodes at 11pm.

The Pacific (9pm, HBO) - The third installment has the 1st Marine Division arriving in Melbourne in January of 1943. Basilone receives The Medal of Honor but is reluctant to embark on his next assignment of selling war bonds back in the U.S. 

It's official: Sarah Palin reality show coming to TLC

Discovery Communications made the official announcement this morning that they have bought Sarah Palin's new reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska" (working title).

The deal is for eight episodes of the show, which was initially described as a sort of travelogue of the state of Alaska hosted by Palin, but Discovery is now touting it as a show about Palin and also about Alaska. What exactly does that mean? Your guess is as good as mine.

What to Watch on Sunday: Oprah brings us Life

NCAA Basketball (WRAL) - It's going on pretty much all day again, folks. Grab your bracket
and tune in. Duke plays California at 5:20pm.

Life (8pm, Discovery) - In the opener of this new 11-part nature series, you'll get extreme stories of survival involving cheetahs, monkeys, and ... flies? A second episode at 9pm features reptils and amphibians. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey. Watch in high def.

Celebrity Apprentice (9pm, NBC) - Tonight's challenge involves building a storefront to relaunch the "Kodak Moments" campaign. One star falls ill and another star falls diva.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (10pm, ABC) - British chef Jamie Oliver is on a quest to slim down America's kids and he starts in Huntington, West Virginia --a place considered the unhealthiest place in America.

Breaking Bad (10pm, AMC) - In the third season opener, Walt deals with the aftermath of last season's plane crash and tries to win back his angry wife. Read more about the new season.

Kirstie Alley's Big Life (10pm, A&E) - Kirstie Alley launches her new reality series in which she once again tries to lose weight while raising her two teens. A second episode follows at 10:30pm.

 

What to Watch on Thursday: There's a new vampire in town

Vampire Diaries (8pm, The CW) - Stefan and Damon attempt to learn the identity of a new vampire in town, and also accompany Elena to a 50s-themed school dance. 

Bones (8pm, Fox) - Remains found in a trench at a Civil War battle site belong to a 21st century victim, but the team has a hard time determining the cause of death because of a strange residue on the bones.

Flipped: A Mobster Tells All (9pm, Discovery) - This is the first episode of a new documentary series about mobsters who turn on their crime families. At 9pm is the story of Michael "Mikey Flattop" DeRosa and at 10pm, Kenny "Kenji" Gallo. 

Burn Notice (10pm, USA) - Sam's old friend comes to town and asks for a favor. Meanwhile, Michael tracks down a child predator and finally meets Gilroy, the mysterious former Mi-6 agent who oversees freelance black ops. Chris Vance, right, ("Prison Break," "Mental") stars in a 4-episode arc.

Project Runway (10pm, Lifetime) - The designers are forced to work in pairs. Naturally, egos clash and tensions reach a fever pitch on the runway.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:35, CBS) - Wilco is the musical guest.

What to Watch on Sunday: Third season of "Everest" debuts

The Sound of Music (7pm, ABC) - This 1965 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic story based on the memoir of Maria Von Trapp is a holiday tradition. It stars Julie Andrews and this version has been restored to its original length, so commercial playing time is four hours.

Everest: Beyond the Limit (8pm, Discovery) - The first summit of the season yields its first victim in the third season premiere. This season will follow Russel Brice's Himex team as they climb the South face. Three new episodes air tonight. 

Jesse Stone: On Thin Ice (8pm, CBS) - A repeat from earlier this year, but a good movie from Tom Selleck's "Jesse Stone" series. In this one, Jesse is under investigation by  Boston PD Internal Affairs for his role in a shooting which leaves his friend seriously injured.

What to Watch on Sunday: Survivor finale, Green Beret documentary

Survivor: Samoa (8pm, CBS) - The finalists are questioned by jury members, who cast votes for their favorite. The winner is announced in the Samoa Reunion show at 10pm.

Two Weeks in Hell (8pm, Discovery) - Discovery looks at the grueling two-week selection process for Green Beret recruits.  

Kendra (9pm, E!) - The second season (honestly, I don't understand it either) chronicling the daily life of former Playboy Playmate (and Hefner honey) Kendra Wilkinson and her husband, pro footballer Hank Baskett

The Jacksons (10pm, A&E) - The brothers are all traveling abroad, working on various projects in London, Nigeria, and Mumbai.

Secrets of the Secret Service (10pm, Discovery) - Should we really know the secrets of the Secret Service?

For a complete guide to holiday programming, check out our What to Watch Santa Edition.

What to Watch on Sunday: JFK specials and one last Seinfeld reunion

The Simpsons (8pm, Fox) - Jonah Hill lends voice to a legendary prankster from Springfield Elementary who at age 19, shows Bart that he hasn't outgrown his mischievous ways.

Did the Mob Kill JFK? (8pm, Discovery) - On the 46th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Discovery has two specials looking at his death. First, an examination of evidence suggesting a mob connection to the shooting, and then at 9pm, "JFK: The Ruby Connection" looks at motives of Jack Ruby in his murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.

American Music Awards (8pm, ABC) - Performers include Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Carrie Underwood, Jay-Z, and many more. Michael Jackson is posthumously nominated for five awards.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (9pm, HBO) - In the one-hour seventh season finale, Larry misses out on time with Cheryl to do a favor related to the "Seinfeld" reunion. 

The Oprah Effect (10pm, CNBC) - A look at how Oprah Winfrey can turn entrepreneurs into millionaires.

What to Watch on Thursday: Divya on the line in "Royal Pains" finale

Royal Pains (10pm, USA) - For the season finale of "Royal Pains," USA is running a promo that shows a montage of the episode's little dramas and then asks, "Is this the end of Hank Med?" No chance! Don't they know this is cable's most popular summer series!? One of the dramas on Hank's plate tonight is Divya's pending marriage. If she marries, she must leave her job. We are confident the show is coming back, but it wouldn't be the same without Reshma Shetty's genius PA, Divya (left). Make it happen, USA.

Project Runway (10pm, Lifetime) - The contestants have to make a dress for a celebrity. Wow. Please don't give anything away, Lifetime.

Verminators (10pm, Discovery) - They should just rename this show "My Rat-Infested Life."

What to Watch on Friday: Monk and Psych save Friday nights

Sharkbite Summer (8pm, Discovery) - Chronicling the shark attacks in the summer of 2001 (dubbed by the media as The Summer of the Shark), including the infamous severing of an 8-year-old boy's right arm in Florida.

Monk (9pm, USA) - The premiere of Monk's 8th and final season has our favorite detective guarding a former child star (Elizabeth Perkins) who turns out to be pretty different from the character she once played on TV. Monk tries to see past her many peccadillos to find the person who is trying to kill her.

Psych (10pm, USA) - Friday nights are complete once again, with the return of "Monk" and "Psych" to USA. Tonight marks season four for "Psych." Gus and Shawn (Dulé Hill and James Roday) meet an elusive art thief (Cary Elwes) in Vancouver, and discover he's not everything he seems.

20/20 (10pm, ABC) - A profile of a Philadelphia man who was born with his heart growing outside his body. After undergoing numerous surgeries, 33-year-old Christopher Wall now leads a normal life.

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