WORTH NOTING ON TV
The 29th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (NBC, 8-11 p.m. EDT): Last year this program became the first country-music awards show to occupy three hours of prime time. This year it's doing the same, as country celebrates its big night in a splashy ceremony aired live from the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif.
Country has loomed large on the charts the past two years, crossing over into the category of popular hits. Fittingly, lots of this year's presenters are not country stars - people like Jay Leno, Luke Perry (``Beverly Hills, 90210''), Crystal Bernard (of NBC's ``Wings''), Finola Hughes (of NBC's ``Blossom'' and ``General Hospital''), Jane Seymour (``Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman''), and Lisa Hartman (``Knots Landing'').
On the other hand, the hosts are country stars Reba McEntire and Alan Jackson, and other presenters include Naomi Judd, Randy Travis, Billy Dean, Buck Owens, Vince Gill, Ronnie Milsap, Tanya Tucker, and Kathy Mattea.
One for the Road (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): It's unusual when an interview subject is someone more used to talking about others than about himself. When that subject is Charles Kuralt, the difference becomes noteworthy. Recently retired as anchor of ``CBS News Sunday Morning,'' a post he filled with true distinction for 15 years, Kuralt is one of the few distinctive TV news figures - insightful, warm, intensely but decently inquisitive about people. Viewers will learn more about him than they probably have in all they time they've watched ``On the Road'' and Kuralt's other programs.
Clips from such shows are mixed with a conversation between Kuralt and Morley Safer to form a portrait of this admired observer of the human scene. Safer asks Kuralt about growing up in the Depression - an experience Kuralt says stayed with him - and many other subjects. Incivility, Kuralt says, ``makes me angry.'' He reveals that ``I really feel sorry for people who ... cannot enjoy good music or great dancing, or great literature.'' And there's lots of other good stuff. Please check local listings for these programs.