1) “The Voice” (shown here), 8-10 p.m. today, NBC. In a sudden surprise, this ratings-leader has the night to itself. It had been competing with “American Idol,” and winning by 3-2 margins. (“Voice” ratings have dropped 10 percent this year, but “Idol” on Monday is down 27 percent; in the 18-49 age groups, the drops are steeper.) Now “Idol” has been pulled from Monday; it’s Sundays-only, concluding May 23. Tonight, with 16 of its final 17 chosen, “Voice” will pause to review the season and the 19 previous seasons.
2) “The Incredibles 2” (2018), 8-10:30 p.m. today, ABC. The former “Idol” spot is becoming family-friendly. Last week, ABC had an already-scheduled “Sesame Street” special; the next five Mondays will have animated movies, under the “The Wonderful World of Disney” banner. This one starts with a battle so messy that the government scuttles its Superhero Relocation Program. The family settles for solo missions, filmed for TV. That focuses on Elastigirl, leaving Mr. Incredible as a stay-at-home dad.
3) “Magnum P.I.” season-finale, 9 p.m. Friday, CBS. “MacGyver” (with reruns at 8 p.m. Fridays) has been canceled, but “Magnum” will be back next season … and will share its Hawaiian studio: CBS is adding “NCIS: Hawaii.” For tonight, Magnum and Higgins try to help a woman who has no idea why she’s being stalked; meanwhile, friends try to nudge the two together romantically, at a key time: Higgins’ boyfriend, Ethan Shah, wants her to join him on an extended Doctors Without Borders trip.
4) “Dynasty” season-opener, 9 p.m. Friday, CW. Back in 1985, “Dynasty” was TV’s most-watched show. And this reboot? Last year, it was 17th of 18 CW shows … none of them anywhere near the top 100. Still, “Dynasty” was renewed for this year – and even next year. Last season ended abruptly (two episodes earlier than planned) due to COVID, so there was no Fallon/Liamwedding. There was a wild bachelorette party; also, Alexis and Jeff consummated what had previously been a platonic marriage.
5) “Classic Film Festival,” Thursday to Sunday, Turner Classic Movies. This used to be an in-person event, with great films and the people who made them. Now COVID turns it into TV for everyone. It starts at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, with “West Side Story” and a chat with Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn; it wraps Sunday with “The Goodbye Girl” (Richard Dreyfuss) at 9:30, “Fame” (Debbie Allen) at 11:45 and more. And at 8 p.m. Friday, catch a hilarious spin on “Plan 9 From Outer Space.”
6) “American Masters: Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir,” 9-11 p.m. today, PBS. Amy Tan was making fine money, writing for businesses about “all the subjects I had no interest in.” Her interest, actually, was in people. Her sweet-spirited father and brother had died of brain tumors, leaving her, she said, as “a very angry girl … with this crazy, suicidal mother.” Later, she crafted slightly fictionalized portraits into “The Joy Luck Club”; at 36, she had a best-seller. This frank biography is full of fascinating twists.
7) “Kids Say the Darnedest Things” season-opener, 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS. In a 25-year stretch, Art Linkletter talked to 23,000 kids on his radio and TV variety shows. “Darnedest Things” had two books and became a TV series in the U.S. (Bill Cosby, for two seasons on CBS) and in five other countries. Last season, ABC revived it, with Tiffany Haddish hosting, then canceled it after 12 episodes. Now it jumps back to CBS, with Haddish; in the opener, the kids try pricing games on the “Price is Right” set.
8) “United States of Al,” 8:31 p.m. Thursday, CBS. Like many “Al” episodes, this has amiably mild humor, with likable characters. Unlike others, it sets up a solidly emotional ending. A veterans’ group wants to honor the guys, but that requires a speech – an ordeal for Riley, but a breeze for Al, his former Afghan translator. CBS follows with the big laughs of “Mom” and “B Positive” … and, at 10, the ultra-dark “Clarice.” That hour starts with a therapy session, then descends into grim moments for everyone.
9) “Attenborough’s Journey,” 8 p.m. Saturday, BBC America. On his 95th birthday, here’s a fun look at David Attenborough, part of an all-day nature marathon. When he started working on television, he’d only seen one TV program. He launched “Zoo Quest” in 1954, then kept changing. Once the head of BBC Two (even launching “Monty Python”), he quit to focus on nature films. After “retiring” at 82, he started a new surge; he’s now won TV awards for shows in black-and-white, color, 3-D, HD and 4K.
10) “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World,” 8 p.m. Saturday, ABC and CBS, 11 p.m., Fox; also streams at 8 p.m. ET on YouTube, ABC News Live and iHeartMedia radio. This massive event will try to encourage COVID vaccinations … and the spread of vaccines to poorer nations. There’s music by Eddie Vedder, Jennifer Lopez, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R. Selena Gomez hosts, with comments by David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and the presidents of France, Canada, Croatia and the U.S.