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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – A Musical Night

It’s a musical night on TV tonight. First catch the top eleven finalists perform on the X-Factor. While you’re watching that, DVR the CMA Awards, to watch later and forward through the awards you don’t care about it. There will be plenty of hot performances tonight, including Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Blake Shelton. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. Beethoven. Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt star as parents to a brood who adopt a huge Saint Bernard who just seem sto keep getting in the way. 12:45 PM CT HBO Family

2. The Talk. The guests today are Dermot Mulroney and Il Divo, and there will also be a surprise announcement. 1:00 PM CT CBS

3. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Taye Diggs, Kermit the Frog, and Jermaine Jackson are the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

4. Everybody’s Fine. Robert De Niro stars as a widower, who faced with spending the holidays alone, embarks on an impromptu journey across the country to visit his children, who aren’t so happy to him. 5;15 PM CT Showtime 2

5. Survivor: South Pacific Cochran’s old alliance is livid with him, and the survivors find out it’s a double eviction week. 7:00 PM CT CBS

6. Up All Night. Reagan and Chris get a romantic night away, and Ava gets together with Brinkley’s neighbor while babysitting Amy. 7:00 PM CT NBC

7. The 45th Annual CMA Awards. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host, with performances by Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, Lionel Ritchie, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. X-Factor. The eleven finalists perform live. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. Oprah’s Lifeclass. Slowing down your life, and an interview with a mom whose daughter died after she left her in a car on a hot day. 7:00 PM CT OWN

10. College Football. MIAMI (Ohio) at Temple. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

11. Criminal Minds. Kansas tornadoes turn up bodies, and J.J. is affected at home by pressure at work. 8:00 PM CT CBS

12. Harry’s Law. Harry violates a “Buy American” law and gets his Mercedes impounded, and Adam represents a Chinese family who had their daughter taken and adopted in America. 8:00 PM CT NBC

13. America’s Next Top Model. The models visit Greece to collaborate with designer Michael Cinco, and one model has a conflict when asked to pose in just underwear. 8:00 PM CT CW

14. Ghost Hunters. Amy and Adam enter a nurses’ wing where there’s been reports of doors slamming and they start to hear knocking. They tip-toe down the hallway and hear it right behind them. Amy quickly says, “Do that again if you’re doing it on purpose.” Seconds later the knocking sounds again! 8:00 PM CT Syfy

15. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. The artists are tasked with creating art that explains a news story. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

16. Man v. Food Nation. Adam samples some Georgia BBQ chicken and participates in the Voodoo Juice Challenge. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

17. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The CSIs find only a brain at a crash site, and D.B. Russell has concerns about his son’s future. 9:00 PM CT CBS

18. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Detectives are lead to the Russian mafia when a young mail-order bride turns up dead. 9:00 PM CT NBC

19. Psych. Psych is hired by a minor league baseball team to look into the mysterious death of a hitting coach. 9:00 PM CT USA

20. American Horror Story. Violet helps Constance with Tate, and Ben helps a new patient over his fears. 9:00 PM CT FX

21. South Park. The guys get close to finding out the truth about the first Thanksgiving. 9:00 PM CT Comedy Central

22. Fact or Faked. The team enters an abandoned building and starts to let a potential ghost named Timmy know that they’re there while and takes pictures. They tell the spirit to move a ball to let them know that the spirit is there and suddenly the ball starts to eerily move slowly across the floor in multiple directions. They leave the ball there in hopes to find more action.. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

23. American Hoggers. In the first half hour, Robert and Krystal get a job at a vineyard, while Jerry looks for work in Haskell, TX. In the second half hour, the divided family goes out of radio contact with each other while on an overrun large ranch. 9:00 PM CT A&E

24. Top Chef: Texas. The final 10 are tasked with agreeing on which of ten ingredients they will use to create a dish. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

25. The Joy Behar Show. Deidre Hall is the guest tonight. 9:00 PM CT HLN

26. The Rosie Show. The guests tonight is Lisa Ling, with a top of 100 sets of twins. 9:00 PM CT OWN

27. The Real World. 9:00 PM CT MTV

28. Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time. pan> Nick discusses Johnny Depp’s life, a magician ruins a couple’s date, a stripper gets magical powers, and a holiday dinner turns into a nightmare because of a breakfast cereal. 9:00 PM CT Comedy Central

29. Conan. Joel McHale and Cheryl Hines are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

30. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Adam Sandler and Peter Gabriel. 10:35 PM CT CBS

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