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BET Awards '09
8 pm/ET BET
Relentless multitasker Jamie Foxx takes on emcee duties for tonight's awards, which honor musicians, entertainers and athletes. The O'Jays are this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, and Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean receive the Humanitarian Award. The night, of course, is chock-full of music performances, including the highly anticipated return of Maxwell, who has emerged from a lengthy stay out of the spotlight. Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo and many others are also scheduled to perform. — Brie Hearn

Law & Order: Criminal Intent
8 pm/ET USA
Nichols and Wheeler are on the case when a Paris Hilton-esque New York socialite is found strangled in her luxury loft. The victim was the girlfriend of a celebrity chef (Eric Balfour) who is preparing to open a trendy new restaurant---and who becomes a prime suspect when the detectives learn that not only did the victim reject his recent marriage proposal, but that her wealthy parents refused to finance his latest culinary endeavor. — Angela Dalecki

10 pm/ET HBO
Prostitution is not a career to be entered willy-nilly, but the world's oldest profession is about all that's left for a hard-luck teacher with mounting bills in this new comedy series. Thomas Jane stars as Ray Drecker, a onetime BMOC who loses his wife (Anne Heche) to a wealthier man and watches his teenage twins bolt to their mother after a fire destroys his house outside Detroit. Reduced to pitching a tent in the backyard, Ray relies on an abnormally large anatomical gift to help him come out ahead. — Joe Friedrich

Army Wives
10 pm/ET Lifetime
Clifton Powell continues his guest appearance as a therapist whose unsettling presence is making Roland re-evaluate his career choices. Now, with a partnership offer on the table, it's up to Roland to decide just how much control of his life he's willing to take back. Elsewhere, Michael and Emmalin could use some therapy to ease the tension in their relationship, but he is making an effort. And with Claudia Joy's help, there's hope that this family can come together again. — Rhoda Charles

Masterpiece Mystery!
9 pm/ET PBS
Masterpiece Mystery!'s "Six by Agatha" stunt of six Agatha Christie-based stories over six weeks continues with "Poirot: Mrs. McGinty's Dead," in which Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) teams with famed crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker) while re-investigating an apparently open-and-shut murder case that found a lodger (Joe Absolom) sentenced to hang for killing his landlady. — Jeff Gemmill