By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service
"24," 9 p.m., Fox. Last week's season opener was filled with powerhouse moments. The Counter Terrorist Unit learned of a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles with plans to detonate it sometime this day. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) reluctantly returned to the CTU to help. Tonight, things stay rough as Jack wedges into the underworld. Meanwhile, his daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) works as nanny for a rich girl. When her dad turns violent, the girl needs help. That adds up to another episode that mixes action and emotions in potent ways.
"The 36th Annual CMA Awards," 7 p.m., CBS. Country music covers vast turf, as shown by two nominees for best single, both responding to Sept. 11: Alan Jackson's "Where Were You" is warm and wise; Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" is loud and angry. They face another Jackson single, "Drive," plus Martina McBride's soaring "Blessed" and Brad Paisley's wonderfully offbeat "I'm Gonna Miss Her." Jackson and Keith also compete for entertainer of the year. Others are George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Brooks and Dunn.