1) Basketball, 9 p.m. ET, ABC. For a while there, ABC feared the worst – a four-game sweep by LeBron James (shown here) and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers did win the first two games, but a Miami Heat victory Sunday extended the series. Then the Lakers won Tuesday, giving them a 3-1 lead and a chance to wrap it up tonight. With its scripted shows being delayed by COVID, ABC needs all the games it can get. It has a pre-game show at 8:30 ET and Jimmy Kimmel’s pre-pregame show at 8.
2) “American Masters: Lennon NYC,” 9 p.m., PBS. Today would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday. Chances are, he would have savored old age; this documentary, from a decade ago, recalls a man who seemed to have his life in control. After the Beatles broke up, he moved to New York in 1971. Two outsiders, Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, became familiar figures in everything from restaurants to political protests. This film includes home movies and his recording studio outtakes.
3) “The Greatest #AtHome Videos,” 8 p.m., CBS. Football fans know Christian Wilkins as a commanding force – a 315-pound all-American at national-cha,mpion Clemson and a first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins. But he’s also a big “Hamilton” fan; Leslie Odom Jr., a Tony-winner in that show, surprises him here. That’s in a show that mostly has offbeat videos from regular folks.
4) “Skyscraper” (2018), FX; or “Jumanji: The Next Level” (2019), Starz, both 8 p.m. Who would have guessed that Dwayne Johnson – former college football player, former third-generation wrestler (as The Rock) – would be a box-office champion it movies? “Skysraper,” an action film, made $300 million worldwide; it reruns at 10 p.m. This “Jumanji” sequel, a comedy-adventure, made $800million.
5) And streaming. Netflix wants to scare us with “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” which finds an American teacher working as a nanny in a creepy Engish manor. And Peacock wants to make us laugh; it has topical humor via “Wilmore: and “The Amber Ruffin Show.”