1) Baseball, Thursday and beyond, Fox and cable. In other years, we might grumble that baseball is too old and slow for TV; this year, we need the diversion – which comes in big bunches. ESPN starts things on Thursday (Yankees, shown here, and Nationals at 7 p.m. ET, Giants-Dodgers at 10) and Friday (Braves-Mets at 4, Brewers-Cubs at 7, Angels-A’s at 10). Then Fox takes over on Saturday – Brewers-Cubs at 1:05 p.m. ET, Giants-Dodgers at 4:10 p.m., Yankees-Nationals at 7:15. There’s much more coming up.
2) “Blindspot” series finale, 9 p.m. Thursday, NBC. For two weeks, we’ve waited to see if Jane (and the world) would be saved. NBC scheduled the 100th and final episode for last Thursday, then nudged it back a week. That left Jane Doe in a room with a ZIP bomb that saps all memories. (She’s already lost them once … which is why she’s called Jane Doe.) The team has stopped the evil FBI chief, who promptly killed herself; but now the also-evil Ivy is still out there with ZIPs. This could be rough.
3) “Corporate” season-opener, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Comedy Central. The company has tried lots of things, from make-up to arms dealing. Now – as the third and final season begins – it has a TV service. Naturally, it does it the corporate way: Survey viewers and give them what they ask for. The satire of the business world is fairly funny, but the TV take-offs are brilliant. You’ll like the wildly overwrought finale to a science-fiction show … and the hilariously dim-witted kids show, “Pickles For Breakfast.”
4) “World of Dance,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. This is when “America’s Got Talent” pauses for a week, for a “best of auditions” special from 8-10 p.m. “Dance,” however, booms ahead with the first half of its junior-division “duels” … including a classic mismatch. It’s Savannah Manzel, 9, facing a large teen group; you can guess who gets all the focus. Other duels are more fair: MDC3 – with its version of a romantic triangle – faces Chibi Unity; callback survivors grvmnt and The Young Cast collide.
5) “When Sharks Attack” season-opener, 9 p.m. today, National Geographic. They seem to attack a lot. Alongside reruns from past seasons, we get new episodes today (North Carolina), Tuesday (Hawaii), Wednesday (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Thursday (Egypt) and Friday (various). But “Sharkfest” – which will continue for five weeks – isn’t only about attacks. For less blood and more fun, new and well-crafted specials include “Sharkcano,” at 10 p.m. Tuesday, and “Most Wanted Sharks,” at 10 p.m. Thursday.
6) “Frontline: COVID’s Hidden Toll,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, PBS. A fieldworker prepares for work – a place she shouldn’t be. She has diabetes and is recovering from cancer; COVID could be fatal. She’ll wedge into a van with 14 others, then work side-by-side. “There is no separation,” she says. A man returns to work, weak after two weeks of quarantine. “We have no choice,” he says. He means that literally. Via hidden camera, we see a company company man bluntly telling worried people to start working or quit.
7) All night, Wednesday, ABC. Last week’s “United We Fall” debut had a fairly good script and the sharp direction of Mark Cendrowski, the “Big Bang Theory” director. He also directede this one (8 p.m.), with Bill and Jo reluctantly going on a date night … and Bill’s mom reluctantly babysitting. That’s followed by reruns of “The Goldbergs.” “The Conners” (Dan bonds with the half-brother he met in last week’s rerun) and “American Housewife,” and then a new episode of “Agents of SHIELD.”
8) “The Greatest #Athome Videos,” 8 p.m. Friday, CBS. Far more than the other networks, CBS keeps trying new, virus-adapted specials. It’s already had three music specials … and the daytime Emmys … and two specials it shared with other networks … and even a hair-care hour. And now here’s its second special simply showing videos (some funny, some warm) that have been concocted at home during the pandemic. Cedric the Entertainer again hosts. The first one was flawed – too abrupt at points – but fun.
9) “Great Performances: She Loves Me,” 9 p.m. Friday, PBS. With most theaters closed, PBS has a fun alternative – five Fridays of Broadway-style shows. As a romantic comedy, “She Loves Me” is light-hearted and light-headed, but the songs are zesty and the stars – Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski – are terrific. Coming: Kevin Kline in “Present Laughter”; a making-of portrait of “In the Heights”; Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and Kelli O’Hara in a lovely “The King and I.”
10) “Wynonna Earp” season-opener, 10 p.m. Sunday, Syfy. This show seems to be getting stranger … and it was very strange to begin with. After all, it’s about Wyatt’s great-great-granddaughter, now a demon-hunter with a special revolver that returns the evil dead to Hell. But now? Her half-sister Waverly has been kidnapped. Wynonna must find her by somehow entering Eden through a stairway that’s magic and maybe invisible. There’s lots of dry humor here, followed by a fierce demon battle.