The Mark Twain Prize: Jay Leno (8 p.m., UNC-TV) - My gift to Jay Leno in congratulations for receiving the 17th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is that I will not make any mean Jay Leno comments in this space today. Killing me, though. The program features Kristin Chenoweth, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, JB Smoove, Wanda Sykes, Chelsea Handler and many others. Congratulations, Jay.
Also on . . .
NC Bookwatch (Noon, UNC-TV) - Michael Parker talks about “All I have in this World” on North Carolina Bookwatch Sunday at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.
A Chef’s Life (7:30 p.m., UNC-TV) - In an episode that focuses on pecans, chef Vivian Howard feels the stress of running the restaurant while preparing for her family’s Thanksgiving feast. She also accompanies her mother, Ms. Scarlett, to Ms. Scarlett’s family farm to see the source their pecans and, while there, has a run-in with a wild boar. Personally, can’t wait to see if Vivian says “PEE-can” or “pick-ahn.”
American Music Awards (8 p.m., ABC) - Scheduled performers for this fan-voted awards show include Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige, Charli XCX, Lorde, Sam Smith and Pitbull, who has hosting duties.
The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC) - A rescue mission while also attempting to hold down the church leaves the group spread thin.
EAT: The Story of Food (9 p.m., NGC) - The final two episodes of this six-part miniseries cover the impact of processed food on modern society and a look at grains in food trends – like beer and pizza.
The Newsroom (9 p.m., HBO) - Will is in for a surprise at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, while Leona and Reese scramble to raise money to stop Blair and Randy’s takeover.
Homeland (9 p.m., Showtime) - Carrie has to improvise to salvage her mission, and the CIA closes in on a leak.
The Good Wife (9:30 p.m., CBS) - Cary’s case goes to trial and he considers a plea deal that would send him to jail.