Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for Nov. 8-14
DON’T MISS: “The 54th Annual CMA Awards” — Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker are our hosts for what is touted as “country music’s biggest night.” Organizers say the event at Nashville’s Music City Center marks the first time this year that the genre’s top stars will come together — safely, and socially distanced — in a single venue. The impressive performer list features, among others, Gabby Barrett, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBride, Maren Morris, Charlie Puth and Rascal Flatts. Among the night’s highlights: Charley Pride will be honored with the lifetime achievement award. (8 p.m. Wednesday, ABC).
SUNDAY: In the Season 12 premiere of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” Callen and Sam race to track down a Russian bomber that has gone missing while flying over U.S. soil. The Season 7 opener of “NCIS: New Orleans” immediately follows. (8 p.m. PT; 8:30 p.m. ET, CBS).
SUNDAY: Professional funny guys Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly and Tim Heidecker star in the comedy “Moonbase 8.” They play eager astronauts attempting to qualify for their first interstellar mission while training at a simulated lunar colony outside Winslow, Arizona. (11 p.m., Showtime).
MONDAY: The slick, eight-episode drama series “Industry” follows a group of highly ambitious young graduates competing for permanent positions at a leading international investment bank in London. In this cutthroat environment, only a few will cash in. (10 p.m., HBO).
TUESDAY: In the holiday rom-com series “Dash & Lily,” a whirlwind romance builds as cynical Dash (Austin Abrams) and hopeful Lily (Midori Francis) trade dares, dreams and desires in a notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York City. Of course, they find they have more in common than they expected. (Netflix).
TUESDAY: “The Teacher” is a limited drama series about a young instructor (Kate Mara) at a Texas high school who is desperate for connection. Boundaries are soon crossed as she and a student (Nick Robinson) enter into a predatory relationship. (FX on Hulu).
WEDNESDAY: The trio of popular Windy City dramas launch new episodes tonight, starting with “Chicago Med,” which sees the hospital staff adjusting to the new normal of the pandemic. The season premieres of “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” follow. (8 p.m., NBC).
THURSDAY: The two-hour Season 17 opener of “Grey’s Anatomy” picks up one month into the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s all-hands-on-deck for the medical staff. Meanwhile, a wildfire has first responders from Station 19 delivering patients to the hospital for treatment. (9 p.m., ABC).
THURSDAY: Season 2 of “The Unicorn” kicks off with an episode that has Wade desperate to find a woman with whom he had an instant connection with during a brief encounter in a parking lot. Also, Michelle waits to hear from the colleges she applied to for her business degree. (9:30 p.m., CBS).
FRIDAY: “The Astronauts” is a new live-action series that follows a group of five untrained kids who embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they are mistakenly launched into space. Seems that they used their parents’ security clearances to sneak onto an empty rocket ship. (7 p.m., Nickelodeon).
SATURDAY: The feel-good flick “Christmas in Vienna” follows a concert pianist (Sarah Drew) whose heart isn’t in it anymore. She travels to Austria for a performance and while there, she finds the inspiration she has been missing — along with a new love interest. (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel).
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