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Lori’s List: ‘New Girl,” CMA Awards and two JFK specials

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Updated: December 6, 2013 6:03AM



“NEW GIRL” (8 p.m. Tuesday, WFLD-Channel 32): When the Fox sitcom debuted two years ago, Damon Wayans Jr. was all set to be Jess’ roommate Coach, an overzealous personal trainer with a short fuse. Wayans had to bail after the pilot because of commitments to ABC’s “Happy Endings,” which has sadly ended. Silver lining: The hilarious Wayans is back for six episodes starting Tuesday, and the newly single Coach has his party pants on. Rating: ★★★

“THE 47TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” (7 p.m. Wednesday, WLS-Channel 7): Country music has more award shows than Garth Brooks has hats. The granddaddy of them all airs live from Nashville with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosting. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are among the performers. “GMA’s” Robin Roberts helms her annual “CMA Awards” countdown 9 p.m. Tuesday in a special edition of “20/20” featuring Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and — in a shameless bit of cross-promotion — the cast of the ABC drama “Nashville.”

“JFK: THE FINAL HOURS” AND “KILLING KENNEDY” (7 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic Channel): The 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination is fast approaching, and that means a slew of JFK-related programming over the next few weeks. National Geographic Channel helps get things started with “JFK: The Final Hours.” The two-hour documentary is narrated by actor Bill Paxton, who was perched on his dad’s shoulders in Fort Worth as the president addressed the crowd hours before being shot in Dallas. Rob Lowe does a respectable turn as JFK in the docudrama “Killing Kennedy,” based on the book by Bill O’Reilly. (At least Lowe looks more like Kennedy than Drew Peterson, whom he portrayed last year in a Lifetime movie.) It’s the lesser-known story of Lee Harvey Oswald, expertly played with simmering anger by Will Rothhaar (“Last Resort”), that’s most interesting. Rating for both: ★★★

“THE WRONG MANS” (Monday, Nov. 11, Hulu): Take “The Office,” make it a crime thriller and you’ve got this clever, comical co-production between the online video service and the BBC. A couple of lovable losers who work for Berkshire County Council (James Corden and Matthew Baynton) get caught up in a dangerous conspiracy after one of them finds a lost cell phone. The six-part series is touching, tense and LOL funny. Rating: ★★★½

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