1) Daytime Emmys, 9-11 p.m., CBS. In the previous two ceremonies, there was no studio audience and (almost) no fun; things plotted along drearily. Now we get new hosts (the “Entertainment Tonight” anchors) and an audience. All five soaps are nominated, including “Days of Our Lives” and its Peacock spin-off. Up for best talk host are Kelly Clarkson (shown here), Drew Barrymore and two duos — Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush-Hager. Barrymore will be a presenter; Michael Bolton will do two songs — a new one and one for the “Im Memoriam” segment.
2) “Come Dance With Me” finale, 8 p.m., CBS. This started with a dozen young dancers (ages 9-14) — trained, talented … and dancing with parents who were new to all this. Now we’re down to the final three: Kennedy Rae Thompson and Avery Khoundara both dance with their dads, Emily Tatoosi with her mom.
3) The Great American Recipe” debut, 9 p.m., PBS. The cooking-show notion gets a PBS approach – light, good-spirited and (especially) diverse. Two contestants savor Italian food, one likes Southern soul; others reflect family roots in Syria, Vietnam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hungary and more. In a rustic-looking setting, they try to impress judges. That’s followed by “American Anthems,” with Jennifer Nettles crafting an emotional song about a real-life person.
4) “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” any time, Peacock. At first, this lush movie seems slow and stiff. Even a wedding sparks little emotion; a plot twist – the sudden bequest of a gorgeous villa – seems forced. Stick with this, though: It’sset late in the silent-movie era and a director wants to use Downtown for a movie. The result alters lives and wakes up viewers.
5) More streaming. This is a big week for the streamers. On Wednesday, Disney+ added “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” an epic that made almost a billion dollars (more than 10 times the “Downton” total) in theaters; that same day, Netflix offered a new “Umbrella Academy” season. Today, Netflix launches a new dating show (“The One That Got Away”) and Apple TV+ has “Loot.” It’s a comedy with Molly Rudolph divorcing and suddenly controlling a fortune.