Here are some New York area viewing highlights for November 10, 2010;
8 P.M. (WABC) THE 44TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts of this ceremony, billed as “Country Music’s Biggest Night” and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert will perform a tribute to Loretta Lynn in celebration of her 50 years in the music business. Gwyneth Paltrow, in her country music singing debut, will take the stage along with Taylor Swift, the reigning Country Music Association female vocalist of the year. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson will also perform. Ms. Lambert leads the pack with a record nine nominations in “best” categories, including entertainer, female vocalist, album, single and music video.
8 P.M. (WNYW Fox) HELL’S KITCHEN The eight remaining chefs compete in a men-versus-women blind taste test, with the winners dining at the restaurant XIV and the losers sorting trash. Later, dinner is a big disappointment for Gordon Ramsay and his guests, the Los Angeles restaurateur Josiah Citrin and Matt Cassel, a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs.
8 P.M. (National Geographic) AMISH AT THE ALTAR Three couples reveal the rituals of courtship, engagement and marriage among the Amish.
8 P.M. (WNET 13) SECRETS OF THE DEAD: SLAVE SHIP MUTINY In January 1766 the slave ship Meermin set sail from Madagascar, carrying human cargo chained below decks and bound for South Africa and the Cape Town colony of the Dutch East India Company. But a 26-year-old captive, Massavana, led a mutiny and took control, ordering the Dutch crew to sail them back to freedom. Instead, as the episode in this series relates, the seasoned sailors returned the ship to its original course, and a bloody battle with militia ensued when it arrived, leaving the surviving prisoners captive again and sinking the Meermin. Above, a picture of another slave ship, as seen on the show.
9 P.M. (CNBC) FORD: REBUILDING AN AMERICAN ICON Phil LeBeau goes behind the scenes at the Ford Motor Company to chronicle its comeback — without a government bailout — under the leadership of Alan Mulally, just a few years after nearly collapsing, though it faces considerable debt. Among the subjects covered: an interview with the engineers responsible for revitalizing the Explorer; a history of the Ford family, which has never given up its hold on the namesake firm; and India, which the program visits and where Ford is investing in one of the world’s fastest-growing automobile markets.
9 P.M. (WNBC) LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT When F.B.I. Agent Dana Lewis (Marcia Gay Harden) is sexually assaulted, she asks Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) to have her rape kit tested. But then Lewis goes undercover and refuses to talk about either the rape or her assignment, which seems to have connections to a protest against a mosque near ground zero.
10 P.M. (USA) PSYCH In this Season 5 opener, Despereaux (Cary Elwes) uses a visit from Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) to escape from prison and pull off one last art heist. But when things go awry, and he’s framed for murder, he turns to the guys for help.
10 P.M. (Comedy Central) SOUTH PARK Coon and his band of crime fighters find themselves at the mercy of Cartman, who has persuaded Cthulhu, the dark lord of the Gulf of Mexico, to join his team. Meanwhile, Kenny grapples with the superpowers of his own death-defying alter ego, Mysterion.