What’s on TV Sunday: Country Music Awards and ‘The Walking Dead’


Reba McEntire will host the Academy of Country Music Awards. Credit Cliff Lipson/CBS

Carrie Underwood and others perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards. And “The Walking Dead” ends its eighth season.

What’s on TV

THE 53RD ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS 8 p.m. on CBS. Few genres romanticize rags-to-riches stories the way country music does. This show, hosted by Reba McEntire, will recognize promising newcomers and impressive veterans from the past year. Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban are among those nominated for top awards. The broadcast will feature performances by Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean, among others.

RIO (2011) 5 p.m. on FXM. This animated feature, set in the director Carlos Saldanha’s native Rio de Janeiro, brings affection and fun to a story about a kidnapped bird adjusting to a new culture. Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg voice a pair of macaws. Jamie Foxx and will.i.am voice a canary and a cardinal. “Rio 2” (2014) follows at 7.

THE WALKING DEAD 9 p.m. on AMC. A final episode wraps up the eighth season of AMC’s zombie megahit. Right after, at 10, a new season of its spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead,” begins. Morgan (Lennie James), a character in the main series, appears in the first episode of the spinoff’s fourth season.

What’s Streaming


Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps in “Phantom Thread.” Credit Laurie Sparham/Focus Features

PHANTOM THREAD (2017) on iTunes and Amazon. Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film is about a man who thinks the world revolves around him. Daniel Day Lewis plays that man, a dressmaker in 1950s London named Reynolds Woodcock, in what he has said was his final screen performance. Vicky Krieps portrays Alma, a waitress who becomes his partner in both love and verbal sparring. “It’s a chamber piece, romantic and baroque in equal measure, with arresting harmonies and ravishing changes of tone,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The New York Times. It also features an Oscar-nominated score by Jonny Greenwood.

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