The Academy of Country Music Awards celebrates its 50th year 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Who won its first year? Roger Miller ("Dang Me") was named man of the year. "Hee Haw" co-host Buck Owens was best male vocalist. His ex-wife, Bonnie Owens was named top female singer for "Don't Take Advantage of Me."
Don't miss these five shows this week. "Girls" Ray becomes a fiery community activist. Shosh has another awful job interview (although it introduces guest star Jason Ritter), and Hannah gets a chorus of sarcastic career advice - Elijah's suggestions are particularly sharp. 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO
Television is about to go Old Testament on your, ah, eyes. Thank the husband-and-wife team of Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. She's the Irish actress who played cherubic Monica on Touched by an Angel. He's the English TV mogul who has brought us everything from Survivor to The Voice.
Don't miss these five this week. AFV's 25th Anniversary Celebrity Celebration ABC sitcom stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Cristela Alonzo help Tom Bergeron cull the funniest videos from 25 years of Murphy's Law. Anyone remember who was the original host? Bob Saget. 7 p.m. Sunday on 6ABC.
Wow, that's some guest list NBC has assembled for The SNL 40th Anniversary Special tonight (8 p.m. on NBC10): Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Jack Nicholson, Kerry Washington, Bradley Cooper, Derek Jeter, and Emma Stone, to mention a few. They'll be joined by former Not Ready for Primetime Players such as Will Ferrell, Dana Carvey, Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, and Chris Rock.
Don't miss these five this week. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst series premiere The truth is far spookier than fiction in this gripping six-part documentary. Durst, heir to a huge New York real estate empire, is the primary suspect in three unsolved murders. (Actually, the body of his first wife has never been found.) 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO
TV continues to move forward - not in terms of originality, but rather in bravely splicing together existing genres. So far this season we've had Galavant (historical/satirical/musical), Forever (police procedural/fantasy), Empire (soap opera/musical/gangsta lean), and Utopia (reality show/social experiment/keg party).
Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the great TV cartoons of the modern era - funny, colorful, and energetic. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the cartoon's second adaptation to the big screen, is . . . well, a pretty good TV episode.
In the immortal words of Walt Kelly's cartoon possum Pogo, "We have met the enemy and he is us." In NBC's new series Allegiance (10 p.m. Thursday), as in FX's The Americans, that looking-good couple raising a family next door are actually Russian agents planted years before. Ozzie and Harriet are spies!
Don't miss these five TV shows this week. Blacklist James Spader's twisty espionage series gets a turbo-boost with a post-Super Bowl berth. Ron Perlman guest stars, as Red is imprisoned at a black-ops interrogation site. 10:15 p.m. (time approximate) Sunday on NBC (new regular time slot: 9 p.m. Thursday).
The wind is howling, but inside this coffeehouse on Christian Street, it's cozy, all the windows opaque with steam. One by one, the patrons - millennials who have staked out their tables with laptops - approach Abbi Jacobson to gush about how much they love her show, Broad City.
A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.