1) “Dark Winds” season-opener, 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. Under his stoic exterior, police Lt. Joe Leaphorn (shown here) has deep layers of emotion. A mining explosion killed his son – his only child, because many Navajo women (including his wife, now a nurse) were sterilized after giving birth. Now he has a case that may be linked to the explosion. Like the first season, this is a six-week story, beautifully crafted, with understated perfection from Zahn McClarnon as Joe.
2) “Shark Week,” through Saturday, Discovery. “SharkFest” sprawls across the month on National Geographic, but the original – in its 35th year – packs everything into one week (also on Max). Alongside reruns, new episodes are 8-11 p.m. daily. Wednesday has a new look at high-leaping “Air Jaws” at 8, then visits Florida at 9 and ponders sharks that find cocaine at 10. Other sites include Bali, Brazil, Egypt, Portugal and the Bermuda Triangle.
3) “Children Ruin Everything” debut, 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, CW. Astrid and James have two kids and a well-planned life. They’re happy … except for the chaos, commotion, fuss, frustration, spills, screams and annoyance. Meaghan Rath (“Hawaii Five-0”) is excellent as Astrid and the show is fairly funny … better, at least, than “Son of a Critch,” which debuts at 8 and 8:30. Both Canadian comedies will continue this fall, part of a CW makeover.
4) “America’s Got Talent,” 8-10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. Simon Cowell’s idea — a talent show for any age or genre – has been adapted in 69 countries, from Azerbaijan to Slovenia. Cowell has judged for all 16 seasons of “Britain’s Got Talent” and the past eight in the U.S.; now he shows his favorite auditions from both. One, we’ll guess, was when Susan Boyle – then 48 and ignored – stunned British judges. She soon had the best-selling debut album in British history.
5) “Big Brother 25th Anniversary Celebration.” 9 p.m. Wednesday, CBS. Another reality show re-visits its past. A week before its 25th season begins, it includes the three most recent winners – Taylor Hale, Xavier Prather and Cody Calafiore – and the winners from seasons 11 (Jordan Lloyd), 13 (Rachel Reilly) and 16 (Derrick Levasseur), plus fan favorites. It also has Julie Chen (who has hosted every season) and glimpses of fights, romances and controversies.
6) “The Wonder Years,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, ABC. After being bumped for two straight weeks, this has a new episode that doubles as a “West Wing” reunion. Dean’s dad (Dule Hill), a musician, isn’t used to inter-racial friendships, but he likes Dean’s music teacher (Bradley Whitford). They plan a couples’ night – while the kids have home-alone plans. That’s followed by a fairly good “Abbott Elementary” rerun, centering on a Teacher Appreciation Day prize.
7) “Ghosts,” 8 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, CBS. The first time Jay’s sister visited, she was fresh from a break-up and enamored with a guy she was chatting with online. That turned out to be Trevor, who is unavailable and, well, dead. Now she’s back, visiting at Christmastime. (Yes, these are reruns.) She brings a guy friend, so Sam wants to stir up a romance, just like she sees happen in holiday movies. Her schemes are botched, of course, in a funny two-parter.
8) “Dawn” finale, 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime. The first three movies (rerunning at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.) battered Dawn with emotional jolts. Now she’s actually found joy – warm husband, sweet-16 daughter Christie, comfy estate. This, of course, must change. The final portion offers tragedy, then propels Christie to New York and to the eerie plantation where she was born. Surrounded by relatives who are berserk, even by soap standards, she grasps for a normal life.
9) “Tough as Nails” finale, 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday, CBS. As the strikes loomed, CBS pushed all four of its summer reality shows back to August; then it inserted this show to fill July gaps. Unlike other shows, “Tough” keeps people around; after they’ve been eliminated from the individual competition, they can get a team win. Friday has the last team competition, with head-to-head matches involving the trades; Sunday finds the $200,000 individual winner.
10) “DI Ray” finale, 10 p.m Sunday, PBS. Parminder Nagra (“ER”) plays a cop, promoted to handle a “culturally sensitive crime” … which turns into multiple murders. It’s a strong story that closed last week’s episode with a jolt: Her fiance, a way-too-handsome cop, told a sniper to shoot her; instead, her colleague was hit. “DI Ray” follows “Ridley” (a fatal fall) and “Grantchester” (a death at Leonard’s halfway house); both wrap their seasons next week.