1) “The Good Place” series-finale, 8:30-10 p.m., NBC. One of the TV’s best and brightest shows is leaving – voluntarily and way too soon. “Good Place” (shown here in a previous episode) has won the best-comedy award from the Television Critics Association and been nominated by the Emmys and the Golden Globes. It’s won Peabody and American Film Institute awards, while taking a smart and offbeat look at the afterlife. Last week, our characters finally got to the real “good place” and Michael (Ted Danson) was put in charge.
2) “A Million Little Things,” 10 p.m., ABC. Rome Howard often gets overlooked, but not this time: He has the central story – trying to craft an adoption video – and a key detour: Delivered with subtle perfection by Romany Malco, he explains the constant caution of being a black-man in upscale Boston. There are other strong scenes, as Gary spirals downward. And we meet a terrific new character, Dakota, played by Anna Akana, a talented actress/singer who has a busy YouTube career.
3) “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,” 8:30 p.m., Freeform. This comedy has two of TV’s best (and most endearing) characters. Genevieve is 14 and socially awkward; Matilda is on the autism spectrum (as is Kayla Cromer, who plays her). Tonight comes a fresh crisis: Their half-brother Nicholas (Josh Thomas, the show’s creator) is taking care of them … and Genevieve dislikes his boyfriend. Some viewers will be upset by the scenes of gay intimacy; others will savor the characters’ quirky charm.
4) “The Bold Type,” 9 p.m., Freeform. It’s a pivotal moment for the magazine and for one of the romances. The magazine, pattrened after Cosmopolitan, has long been a rule-breaker and a trend-setter; now it’s following a trend – abandoning print and going digital-only. It’s a good episode that includes doubts for Jane, Sutton and Kat … and a major change for one of them.
5) “Evil” season-finale, 10 p.m., CBS. This has drawn praise and solid ratings, but only planned to do 13 episodes in its first season. Already renewed for next season, it has closes with a key episode: A woman says one of her twins is evil; that brings a link to previous cases – and jolting news for Kristen.
– Mike Hughes, TV America