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On TV this week, Nov. 7-11

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the CMA Awards last year, but this is toootally different.

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Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the CMA Awards last year, but this is toootally different.

On TV this week

MONDAY

The Sing-Off, 8 p.m., NBC The six final groups square off by singing a rock song and a country song. Of course, if they lip synch as much as they do on X Factor (see Page 35), it's not really singing, is it?

Bored to Death, 9 p.m., HBO How wackadoo is this show? Sarah Silverman is playing a counselor, for crying out loud.

Secrets of the Lost Gold, 9 p.m., NatGeo It's Expedition Week on National Geographic, the lesser-known cousin to Discovery's Shark Week. Don't worry, plenty of people almost die this week, too.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, 9 p.m., Bravo Kyle's seance reveals some startling news. Namely, that ghosts don't want to be bothered by these people, either.

TUESDAY

Roll Tide/War Eagle, 8 p.m., ESPN All you SEC fans will have to make do with the Gators' lackluster season and enjoy this doc about Auburn and Alabama, which can actually win once in awhile.

Vietnam in HD, 9 p.m., History This three-part look back at the war, which started in November 1955, features voice-overs by Edward Burns, Kevin Connolly and … Jennifer Love Hewitt?

SEASON PREMIERE Quints by Surprise, 10 p.m., TLC We return for a third season of trying to make the Jones kids the next Gosselins. The parents are still married, but since the quints are now 2, that may change.

In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville, 10 p.m., ABC Robin interviews Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill and Keith Urban. Since he's having throat surgery soon, that will be the most interesting one (see Page 35) — although she is following Sugarland back to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where that stage collapsed.

WEDNESDAY

The 45th Annual CMA Awards, 8 p.m., ABC Arguably the most important of the 17 different country music awards shows, most notably because Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are singing their duet Remind Me live on TV for the first time.

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, 9 p.m., Bravo The artists go to the New York Times' giant new headquarters to find a headline that inspires them. May we suggest "Top 25 newspapers enjoy circulation increase" to start with?

Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan, 9 p.m., NatGeo A team of smartypants scholars try to use satellite imagery to find Khan's tomb in Mongolia. This should work out about as well as the time they tried to find Qin's tomb in China.

Psych, 10 p.m., USA Wade Boggs and Danny Glover guest star as Shawn and Gus try to solve the mystery behind the death of a minor league baseball team's batting instructor. He took one too many hits, we're guessing.

THURSDAY

Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC Teddy gets called away just as Henry needs yet another operation. It's gonna be too bad when he dies, because the missus really likes Scott Foley.

Salem: Unmasking the Devil, 9 p.m., NatGeo A historian examines how one of her ancestors was executed in Salem for being a witch. The mob must not have gotten the whole family.

SEASON PREMIERE Braxton Family Values, 9 p.m., WEtv Toni leaves Atlanta for L.A., instantly making this series half as watchable as it was before. Sorry, but L.A. is an awful, awful place.

SERIES PREMIERE Chef Hunter, 10 p.m., Food Three unemployed chefs battle for a real job as an executive chef in the way god intended: They lumber through clumsy challenges on a cut-rate reality show.

FRIDAY

College Basketball: The Carrier Classic, 7 p.m., ESPN Michigan State will play North Carolina in an epic game on makeshift court set up on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier that buried Osama bin Laden at sea. That will be worth watching even if you don't like basketball. Since it's Veteran's Day, most of the 7,000 spectators will be soldiers and sailors.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8 p.m., ABC Ty Pennington and Jewel recount how much good this show has done by providing services for veterans. Take that, U.S. Congress!

American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, 8 p.m., Hallmark And let's not forget all the hard work done by our doggie friends, who often risk their lives to help others. No, really. This one is presented by Ewan McGregor and Betty White, while Kristin Chenoweth, Jillian Michaels and Whoopi Goldberg serve as judges for the awards.

Race to the Bottom of the Earth, 9 p.m., NatGeo A crazy man attempts to be the first American to travel solo 700 miles across Antarctica to the South Pole. Hey, if all those penguins can do it …

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Nov. 7-11 11/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2011 5:46pm]

    

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