1) “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (shown here) debut, 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. Lab accidents used to give us superpowers, but now life is more complicated. An earthquake hits while Zoey is listening to music during a brain scan. Naturally, she becomes the only person who hears people sing pop tunes that reflect their emotions. Yes, that’s weird; yes, there’s a lot of contrived, too-cute dialog. But the notion is fun and Jane Levy is a delight; this is an advance peek at a show that arrives Feb. 16; we’ll be waiting.
2) “The Bachelor” opener, 8-11 p.m. today, ABC. Peter Weber is a Delta Airlines pilot, which seems kind of logical: His dad and brother are pilots; his mother is a flight attendant. Now – after finishing third on “The Bachelorette” – Weber, 28, is in control. Boosting the aviation theme, three of the women are flight attendants. There are 30 women, ages 22 to 31, including a lawyer, a cattle rancher, a nurse, a radiographer … and, of course, a nanny, an NBA dancer, a fashion blogger and Miss Texas USA.
3) “Manifest” season-opener, 10 p.m. today, NBC. It’s NBC’s changeover week – two debuts (“Zoey” and “Lincoln Rhyme”), a brief “America’s Got Talent” spin-off (pitting past finalists, starting 8-10 p.m. today) and this fanciful tale of plane passengers who thought it was a short flight … but found they’d been gone for five years. Last season ended with Michaela’s past and present boyfriends fighting over a gun. This season starts with a medical crisis, then returns to a tense (if perplexing) sci-fi drama.
4) “American Experience: McCarthy,” 9-11 p.m. today. PBS. When Joe McCarthy reached the Senate in 1946, he was easy to ignore. He was a plain-talking Wisconsin lawyer with rural roots and no specific political beliefs. Then, in 1950, he announced there were 205 Communists in the U.S government. A wave of Red-hunting began; lives and careers were ruined, McCarthy’s own career soared … then crashed, amid two probes and a censure. It’s a fascinating story, told in rich detail.
5) “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time,” 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and maybe more, ABC. Like the World Series, this has a flexible end date; it continues until one person has won three nights … possibly Friday or sometime next Tuesday through Thursday. The contestants: Ken Jennings had a record 74 straight wins (for $2.5 million) …. James Holzhauer won $2.7 million, in only 33. nights … Brad Rutter was is in the era with a five-win limit; counting the all-star events, he has $3.25 million.
6) “Schitt’s Creek” season-opener, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Pop. Struggling to get a niche, Pop found this Canadian comedy, with a rich family losing everything … except a town it once bought as a joke. The result has been an offbeat delight, with Emmy and Television Critics Association nominations for best comedy. Now the sixth and final season opens with a funny episode: David (Daniel Levy) plans his wedding with Patrick, his sister plans a trip and their mom mourns her movie, which was shelved.
7) “Party of Five” debut, 9-11 p.m. Wednesday, Freeform, rerunning at midnight, then 9 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday. Back in 1994, “Party” had smart scripts, a gifted cast and a strong story – siblings on their own, after their parents’ death. Now this reboot amps up the emotion: The parents, undocumented, are being sent back to Mexico; their kjds’ lives change instantly. A charismatic singer becomes a weary father figure; an A-student becomes an angry rebel. There’s depth, variety and people we care about.
8) “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For the Bone Collector” debut, 8 p.m. Friday, NBC. Twenty years ago, Oscar-winners Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie starred in “The Bone Collector,” based on Jeffrey Deaver’s novel about a paralyzed police detective and the cop who did his on-scene work. Now that’s a series. The beginning and end of the opener are too nasty, but the rest is well-made. Understated dialog is perfectly played by Russell Hornsby (“Grimm”) and Arielle Kebbel (“Vampire Diaries”).
9) “Masterpiece: Sanditon” debut, 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday, PBS. Jane Austen died before finishing this novel, creating an eternal challenge. There have been at least seven “continuations” published, plus variations. Now Andrew Davies – who has done many of PBS’ best adaptations – gets a turn. The result has a so-so start, but by the second hour has us hooked. Rose Williams is instantly lovable as a smart-and-innocent soul, staying at the home of an optimist who wants his shabby seaside town to be a resort.
10) And more, CBS. It’s a busy week, with a new spin-off (“FBI: Most Wanted”) at 10 p.m. Tuesday … “Criminal Minds” starting its final season at 9 p.m. Wednesday … The Thursday comedies with their first new episodes in a month (including Kathleen Turner as Amy’s mother on “Mom”) … and NFL play-off games at 8:15 p.m. ET Saturday in Baltimore and 3:05 p.m. Sunday in Kansas City. ,The other games are 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday in San Francisco (NBC) and 6:40 p.m. Sunday in Green Bay (Fox).