1) “The Blacklist” season-opener, 8 p.m., NBC. Illusion ripples through the life of “Red” Reddington. For starters, this guy isn’t even the real Red; that’s an identity he took from a dead man. Elizabeth explains some of that to her fellow FBI agents tonight … and doesn’t understand other parts. She doesn’t know her mother (a Russian spy) is still alive … and is holding Red hostage (shown here) – somewhere. It’s a compelling (and perplexing) swirl that leaves us hanging until next week’s powerhouse episode.
2) “Goliath,” any time, Amazon Prime. Here’s the third season of this show from David Kelley, who — from “Ally McBeal” to “Big Little Lies” — has been a brilliant writer producer. This time, the underdog lawyer (Billy Bob Thornton) faces a farner who’s draining his neighbors’ water table. Also streaming: Netflix has the fifth season of “Peaky Blinders” (a British crime series) and debuts “Raising Dion.” The latter is a sci-fi series produced by Michael B. Jordan, who has a guest role in the opener.
3) “WWE Friday Night Smackdown” opener, 8-10 p.m., Fox. For good or bad, this is a turning point: Wrestling – confined for decades to cable or streaming or odd timeslots – gets a regular, primetime slot on broadcast. Tonight is billed as a 20th-anniversary party for “Smackdown” and will introduce past stars, including Hulk Hogan, Goldberg and Ric Flair … whose daughter Charlotte is now a WWE star.
4) “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. Dan Hedaya – Nick Tortelli on “Cheers” and “The Tortellis” — plays a retired mobster who helps Danny with a case. Also, Frank (the police commissioner) and his daughter (a prosecutor) argue about the district attorney having a list of “unreliable” cops.
5) “Great Performances,” 9 p.m., PBS. Domenico Scarlatti was “the greatest composer you’ve never heard of,” says host Scott Yoo. Bach collected – and sometimes stole from – his compositions. Scarlatti was Italian, but spent half his 71 years in Portugal and, especially. Spain. So Yoo goes to Spain, where the composer created most of his 555 keyboard pieces. With gorgeous backdrops, he hears music molded from Arab, Jewish and Christian influences.