“The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards” 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., ABC (New, live)
Fans determine the winners of these awards. Scheduled performers include Pink, Carrie Underwood, Pitbull, Taylor Swift and Christina Aguilera, among others.
“The Dust Bowl” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., PBS (New)
Part one of a two-part documentary by Ken Burns detailing the environmental catastrophe that destroyed farmlands of the Great Plains and caused massive dust storms during the 1930s. Includes stories from survivors, photos and film footage.
“Mythbusters” 7 p.m., Discovery (New)
Chef Alton Brown helps the team examine myths involving lasagna. We never knew there were myths involving lasagna.
“Cupcake Wars” 7 p.m., Food Network (New)
Four bakers compete to have their creations featured at a special event honoring Elvis Presley. You just know one of them is going to make a peanut butter and banana concoction.
“The Amazing Race 21” 7:30 p.m., CBS (New)
James and Abba find themselves in Moscow without their passports or money while an ankle injury threatens another team’s ability to complete a challenge.
“The Walking Dead” 8 p.m. to 9:01 p.m., AMC (New)
Rick and his group have a newborn to care for, a phone just rang and the governor has a zombie daughter. Can this show get any more intense?
“Boardwalk Empire” 8 p.m., HBO (New)
Nucky gets more entwined in the Rosetti-Masseria alliance in New York.
“The Good Wife” 8:30 p.m., CBS (New)
Will believes that a judge is biased against his client and demands a hearing to determine if another judge should take over the case.
“Homeland” 9 p.m., Showtime (New)
Brody’s juggling of alliances appears to be leading him to a major meltdown, so Carrie, against orders, stages a dicey intervention.
“The Mentalist” 9:30 p.m., CBS (New)
Jane thinks Lorelei will lead him to Red John if she’s no longer imprisoned, so he seeks help in breaking her out.
— Laura King
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