Critic’s picks: Television

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The Paradise 9 p.m., Channel 2

This “Masterpiece Classic” series is sweet and light. I’m particularly captivated by Sarah Lancashire, who plays Miss Audrey. Lancashire makes her character controlling, painfully insecure, and fully sympathetic.


Parks and Recreation 8-11 p.m., FXX

If you’re missing “Parks and Recreation,” which NBC has pulled for a few weeks, you can always get a full dose at FXX. The new channel, the comedy wing of FX, is filling a lot of its schedule gaps with the endearing Amy Poehler series. Tonight’s episodes revolve around Leslie’s campaign for City Council. (Pictured: Poehler, left, with Aubrey Plaza.)


New Girl 9 p.m., Fox

Damon Wayans Jr. was in the pilot for this show, but then “Happy Endings” got picked up and the producers had his character, Coach, move out of the loft. Now that “Happy Endings” is gone, and Schmidt has moved across the hall, Wayans is back. His former “Happy Endings” costar Adam Pally is on Fox’s “The Mindy Project” at 9:30.


The 47th Annual CMA AWARDS
8 p.m., ABC


The country awards shows are almost like a monthly variety series, with recurring cast members. This one is hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, natch, with guest performances by Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, and the Zac Brown Band.


The Michael J. Fox Show 9:30 p.m., NBC

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Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey guest stars on this not-so-great show, when Fox’s news-anchor character interviews him. “No chance of me getting my Screen Actors Guild card anytime soon,” Christie told the press regarding his brief appearance. Because we were wondering. (Pictured: Betsy Brandt, Fox, Juliette Goglia, Katie Finneran, Jack Gore, Conor Romero.) 


JFK: The Final Hours 8 p.m., National Geographic

It is about to be the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. So books and TV specials are coming atcha. Here’s a two-hour look at Kennedy’s last day, with firsthand accounts by people who were with him. Bill Paxton narrates.


Beast of the Bering Sea 9 p.m., Syfy

On Nov. 23: “Stonados,” a Boston-set movie about a weather system that hurls deadly boulders. In the meantime, Syfy bestows this gift. Starring Jonathan Lipnicki, it’s about prospectors in an underwater cave that houses sea vampires. I know, I had you at Lipnicki.