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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘CMA Fest 2018’ and ‘Set It Off’

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Carrie Underwood performs at CMA Fest 2018. And watch robots try to destroy one another on “Robot Wars.”

What’s on TV

CMA FEST 2018 8 p.m. on ABC. Thousands of country fans flocked to Nashville in June for this music festival, now in its 47th year. This special condenses the four-day festival into three hours of footage, featuring Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, and Dierks Bentley — who is joined by Dwight Yoakam to perform his 1993 hit “Fast as You.”

SET IT OFF (1996) 6:56 p.m. on BET. Twenty-one years before they starred in “Girls Trip,” Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah were part of another hell-raising foursome: African-American women who earn very little money working for a janitorial service and suffer various forms of injustice. They band together to rob banks, to better their lives and to exact revenge on a discriminatory society. “‘Set It Off’ shamelessly pulls out every dramatic stop to make you care about these women enough to want them to succeed,” Stephen Holden wrote in his review for The New York Times.

CLOVERFIELD (2008) 8 p.m. on TMC. This found-footage horror film was an undeniable smash when it arrived in movie theaters 10 years ago: It racked up $170 million worldwide, earned a 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and spawned two sequels. But The Times’s co-chief film critic Manohla Dargis, in a scathing review, faulted the filmmakers (for their “vulgarity, insensitivity or lack of imagination”), the characters (for their “incomprehensible stupidity”), the camerawork (“executed without a discernible subjectivity”) and even expresses empathy for the reptilian creature wreaking havoc on New York. “Rarely have I rooted for a monster with such enthusiasm,” she wrote.

ROBOT WARS 10 p.m. on Science Channel. By the looks of the trailer, the coming “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee” will spend a good deal of time on character development. But sometimes, people just want to see huge machines destroying one another. This show, which began in Britain in 1998 and then returned after a 12-year hiatus in 2016, satisfies that desire and then some. It arrives on television in the United States on Wednesday as 40 teams send their rugged contraptions into a bulletproof fighting arena, where they duke it out amid fire, spikes, larger robots and whatever else the producers have.

What’s Streaming

ONCE IN A LIFETIME SESSIONS WITH NOEL GALLAGHER on Netflix. Oasis fans will never stop wanting to hear more from Mr. Gallagher, that band’s ornery and hilarious guitarist. This concert-documentary hybrid provides an intimate conversation with him in the studio; he also performs songs new and old, including the obligatory “Wonderwall.” Netflix also released three more episodes of this music series, which turns the spotlight on TLC, Nile Rodgers and Moby.

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