Top Chef: New York
10 pm/ET Bravo
Order up! The culinary-arts competition series gets cooking with its Season 5 opener, served up in a supersize ration no less. Tonight we meet our 17 new chef wannabes, who descend on New York City doubtlessly making the mean streets even meaner. In their inaugural challenge, the foodies create dishes based on ethnic flavors of the city's various districts. The new locale isn't the only change this season: Food critic and author Toby Young signs on as a new series judge. Not to worry, though. Host Padma Lakshmi and head judge Tom Colicchio are back, and that's easy to swallow. — Dean Maurer
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8 pm/ET Fox
The brilliant Dr. Brennan is practically peerless when it comes to cognitive ability and sleuthing instincts, but one case that's proved harder to crack than all others is her partner, Booth, whose private life is anything but an open book. So when Brennan meets Booth's little brother (Brendan Fehr) tonight, she sees a perfect opportunity to learn what makes her partner tick, though what she ultimately susses out about the Booth siblings isn't what she expected to find. — Joe Friedrich
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42nd Annual CMA Awards
8 pm/ET ABC
The list of slated performers for tonight's 42nd annual gala reads like a who's who of country music. They include hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood as well as rising stars Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland and Taylor Swift. Some usual suspects are also on the bill: Trace Adkins, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, George Strait and Keith Urban. Then there are the unusual suspects: The Eagles, Kid Rock, and Kenny Chesney and the Wailers. Sure, Chesney has been here often, but this is a first for Bob Marley's backing band. — Fred Mitchell
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9 pm/ET NBC
For many shoppers, Black Friday is the holy grail of retail indulgence. But in tonight's episode, Crews and Reese spend the day hunting for a killer instead of bargains. When a victim turns up dead at one of the largest malls in the country, the duo must contend with the crowds and the chaos to find the killer. Their task becomes even more difficult when the body mysteriously disappears. — Brie Hearn
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9 pm/ET CW
The contestants continue their attempts to impress Anne in hopes of landing a job at Elle. Tonight that means they have to purchase an outfit for her from Henri Bendel. But Anne isn't the only woman they have to please: Designer Tory Burch drops in as a guest judge and helps Anne decide which team performed best at a photo shoot. There is also a big surprise for the aspiring stylistas: Two are being cut this round. — Rhoda Charles
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Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008
Top Chef: New York