1) “Grey’s Anatomy” return, 9 p.m. Thursday, ABC. Ellen Pompeo, shown here, is already a piece of TV history, playing the same character (Meredith Grey) for 19 seasons. Few people (Mariska Hargitay, Kelsey Grammer, James Arness) have topped that in prime time. Now – as the show returns from a 15-week break – it’s Meredith’s last day at the hospital. The doctors plan a surprise, Nick asks about the future and interns compete to be involved in key surgery.
2) “Chicago P.D.” 200th episode, 10 p.m. Wednesday, NBC. The best of the three Chicago dramas, “P.D.” has terse dialog, sharp action and tough characters who face ordeals. The extreme has been Kim Burgess: In the seventh season, she was assaulted and suffered a miscarriage; in the eighth, she was shot and left for dead. Now, in the 10th season, she and ex-fiance Adam Ruzek have an adventure blitz including subway tunnels and an underwater rescue.
3) “NAACP Image Awards,” 8-10 p.m. Saturday, BET and VH1. After seven straight wins as best comedy series, “Black-ish” lost last year to “Insecure.” Now “Black-ish” has one more chance, facing “Abbott Elementary,” “Atlanta,” “Rap (bleep)” and “The Wonder Years.” Dramas are “Bridgerton,” “Bel Air,: “Euphoria” “P-Valley” and “Queen Sugar.” Movies are “Wakanda Forever,” “The Woman King,” “Emancipation,” “Till” and “A Jazzman’s Blues.”
4) “The Blacklist” season-opener, 10 p.m. Sunday, NBC. As the final season begins, “Red” Redington (James Spader) is barely visible. Still, his impact is clear as an apartment bursts into flame. Soon, his former aide Dembe and other FBI agents are investigating – while arguing with Chinese diplomats. This is a serialized story that leaves everything in limbo; still, it introduces a key character and, as usual, has some intriguing quirks and twists.
5) “American Experience: The Ruthless History of Monopoly,” 9 p.m. today, PBS. When Ralph Anspach created the Anti-Monopoly game in the 1970s, the Parker Brothers company tried to quash it. Anspach refused to budge. He traced the game to a Lizzie Maggie patent in 1904 – 30 years before the Parker patent — and to women in the 1920s who named the properties after their Atlantic City home town. Here’s a fun portrait of a six-year battle.
6) “Accused,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Fox. Like many episodes of this anthology, this hour is brilliantly executed … and, at times, painful to watch. Billy Porter, tbe Emmy-winning actor from “Pose,” has directed it beautifully, with J. Harrison Ghee, a relative newcomer, as a drag queen whose romance with a married man turns lethal. It’s a tough journey for viewers, but Ghee’s work in the final minutes is subtly powerful and deeply moving.
7) “Station 19” and “The Company You Keep,” 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday, ABC As “Grey’s Anatomy” returns, ABC is back to what it does best – Thursday dramas. Before the mid-season break, Meredith Grey’s house was hit by lightning; now, 15 weeks later, we see Station 19 scramble to save it. In the 10 p.m. slot, “Alaska Daily” returns next week. First, a rerun of Sunday’s “Company” opener has a slick romance involving a con man and a CIA agent.
8) “Great Performances,” 9 p.m. Friday, PBS. In 1990, Peter Gelb recalls, Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle were America’s top opera stars. They were opposites vocally, physically and temperamentally, but they had one thing in common: These Black women cherished spirituals. He brought them together with a choir and an orchestra, getting glorious results. This hour offerss modern reflections, mixed with some soaring moments from that concert.
9) “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m. Saturday, NBC. Woody Harrelson joins the “Five Timers Club” … but it took him 34 years to do it. Harrelson hosted the show back in 1989 and ‘91, when he was still on “Cheers”; then he took a 23-year break. He returned in 2014 and 2019; now – at 61 and playing Howard Hunt next month in HBO’s Hunt-and-Liddy Watergate mini-series – he hosts. Jack White has his fourth turn as the music guest.
10) “Mayfair Witches” season-finale, 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC and AMC+. Life has changed steeply for Rowan, once a loner neurosurgeon and now in line to be the most powerful witch. Last week, she was shot while rescuing Tessa from witch-hunters. She killed most of them, but Tessa was killed by Keith, who fled. Severely wounded, Rowan drifts in and out of dreams, amid ecstasy, rage and horror. It’s a big finish that transforms the show for next season.