1) “Adele: One Night Only” (shown here), 8:30-10:30 p.m., CBS (but 8-10 p.m. PT). At 33, Adele is already one of the all-time great singers and songwriters. Her first three albums won 15 Grammys; the second is this century’s highest-selling album. Now the fourth – her first new music in six years – goes on sale Friday. In this special — filmed outside the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles — she does some of its songs, plus past hits. She also sits with Oprah Winfrey, discussing her marriage, divorce, weight-loss and raising her son, now 9.
2) “Call the Midwife,” 8 p.m., PBS. It’s an emotional season-finale (not counting next week’s 10-season retrospective), with problems growing. The housing in this impoverished section of London has become wretched; Nancy, the new midwife student, worries about the daughter she had to give up as a teen-ager. And with the diagnosis of a Down syndrome baby, there are strong feelings … especially in this neighborhood, where Reggie (who has Down syndrome) is beloved.
3) “Grantchester,” 9 p.m., PBS. This show, set in the 1950s, has taken some tough turns lately. Leonard is in prison for homosexuality; Geordie keeps sinking deeper into dark memories, since the arrival of a former wartime colleague. Now, a week before the season-finale, Leonard feels someone in the prison has been falsely accused of murder; Geordie tackles the case, then slides deeper into drink and despair.
4) “Yellowjackets” debut, 10 p.m., Showtime. Filmmakers love the notion of people transforming after a plane crashes in the wilderness. That’s worked in “Lord of the Flies,” Lost,” “Alive” and more. And now we see three phases: Teen soccer players before the crash … afterward, during a year in the wild … and 25 years later, when (well-played by Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynsky and Tawny Cypress) they try to bury the past. It’s a tough story that will take a while to unfold.
5) ALSO: “Yellowjackets” arrives on a night when cable already has an overload of new, scripted shows. In the last few weeks, the Paramount Network returned “Yellowstone” (8 p.m.) and debuted “The Mayor of Kingstown” (9); also, Showtime launched “Dexter: New Blood” at 9. Then there’s HBO (“Succession,” “Insecure” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” 9, 10:03 and 10:33) and Starz (“BMF” and “Hightown,” 8 and 9). Or hust skip cable and go with “Simpsons” (8 p.m.) and other Fox cartoons.