CMA performers kick up heels

Vince Gill is host of the 36th Annual CMA Awards (7 p.m., CBS) for the 11th consecutive year. Performers include country legend Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Martina McBride, Nickel Creek, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Travis Tritt, Keith Urban, Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley and Lee Ann Womack. Shania Twain will open the show with her new song "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!"

All of the artists nominated in the Entertainer of the Year category are men. They include Brooks and Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait.

With the exception of Brooks & Dunn, all of these gentlemen are also nominated in the Album of the Year Category. Nominated albums include "Drive" (Jackson); "New Favorite" (Alison Krauss and Union Station); "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" (Chesney); "Pull My Chain" (Keith); "The Great Divide" (Willie Nelson) and "The Road Less Traveled" (Strait).

Alan Jackson has already set a CMA record with his 10 nominations for this year's awards. That tops a long-standing benchmark held by Merle Haggard, who earned nine nominations in 1970.

� Three generations of modern-day Britons take a trip back in time to dwell in "1940s House" (7 p.m., PBS). But unlike residents of previous series "1900 House" and "Frontier House," these guinea pigs also participate in a faithful recreation of wartime conditions. They are awakened to air raid sirens, spend nights in backyard bomb shelters, and submit to wartime rationing. At first, some of the young participants enjoy their ride in the "wayback" machine. Raised on takeout and microwave dinners, Ben, 10, and 7-year-old Thomas rave about their old-fashioned home-cooked suppers. Apparently, not every aspect of life has improved in the past 60 years.

� Actress Maryam d'Abo belongs to a select sorority. In 1987 she co-starred with Timothy Dalton in the James Bond thriller "The Living Daylights," making d'Abo forever famous as a "Bond girl." D'Abo hosts and produced "Bond Girls Are Forever" (7 p.m., AMC), a glance at the evolution of James Bond's female co-stars from bikini-clad playthings to professional equals.

D'Abo interviews former Bond girls, including Ursula Andress (Honey Ryder in "Dr. No"), Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore in "Goldfinger") and Jill St. John (Tiffany Case in "Diamonds Are Forever"). Maud Adams is still the only actress to appear in two Bond flicks, "The Man with the Golden Gun" and "Octopussy." While one hardly associates Bond films with Academy Award-caliber performances, Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench discusses her role as Bond's boss, M, and recent Best Actress winner Halle Berry enthusiastically promotes her role as Jinx in the upcoming "Die Another Day." Like Bond movies, this film is pure escapism.

Tonight's other highlights

� The staff follows election night results while Sam pays particular attention to a California House race on "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC).

� A gift found on a corpse has a macabre connection to the Sept. 11 attacks on "Law & Order" (9 p.m., NBC).

� Scheduled on "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC): an interview with Sharon Osbourne.

� Dennis cynically names Ed to be his best man on "Ed" (7 p.m., NBC) ... The kids hold out for more allowance on "The Bernie Mac Show" (7 p.m., p.m., Fox) ... Michael schemes to stop the kids from squabbling on "My Wife and Kids" (7 p.m., ABC.)

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