1) “Dark Winds” season-opener, 9 p.m., AMC. Under his stoic exterior, police Lt. Joe Leaphorn 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 and perfectly played, especially by Zahn McClarnon (shown here) as Joe.
2) “DI Ray” finale, 10 p.m , PBS. Last week ended with a jolt: Ray’s way-too-handsome boyfriend (Jamie Bamber) told a sniper to shoot her; instead, the bullet hit her colleague. Now we get the aftershocks; it’s a strong story, with Parminder Nagra (“ER”) as Ray.
3) More mysteries, PBS. At 8 p.m., “Ridley” has the first half of a story with a so-so mystery, but a strong personal connection: The people involved could be linked to the murder of Ridley’s wife and daughter. That’s followed at 9 by a “Grandchester” with a better mystery and another personal link: The murder happened in the halfway house that was started by Will’s former assistant.
4) “HouseBroken,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox. Life can be tough for Shel. In the first episode, he finds that fatherhood is difficult when there are 29 newborns; in the second , he zooms down a race track at roughly zero miles an hour. (Did we mention that Shel is a turtle?) That’s typical of this fairly clever show, with Lisa Kudrow voicing a therapy-giving cat. In the first half-hour, she loses confidence in her own advice; in the second, there’s a “Bachelorette” take-off.
5) ALSO: “Tough as Nails” wraps up at 8 p.m. on CBS, with three finalists. And this is a night filled with movies that are both fun and well-crafted. That includes the original “Star Wars” trilogy (1977, 1980, 1983) at 2:30, 5:15 and 8:02 p.m. on TNT … “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” (2023) at 6:45 on MGM+ … and “Mary Poppins Returns” (2018) at 8 p.m. on the Disney Channel.