Daily Best Bets

Best-bets for Nov. 22: Dramas like Thanksgiving, too

1) “Dynasty,” 9 p.m., CW. Comedies love Thanksgiving, but some dramas also get a crack at it. Now Blake Carrington (Grant Show, shown here) – facing criminal charges – realizes this could be his last chance for a family Thanksgiving. First, he wants Cristal and Adam to quit bickering. Also, Dominique is being pushed to disclose important information … and she’s pushing Monica to work with her new singer. Read more…

Best-bets for Nov. 21: It’s widower-comedy night

1) “The Unicorn,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. For half an episode, this is standard-sitcom stuff. Trying to reboot his life, a year-plus after his wife’s death, Wade (Walton Goggins) hosts the Thanksgiving dinner. There’s a turkey problem, a mumbly teen-ager and a football zealot, plus disputes over coffee and place-settings. It’s moderately funny and sort of adequate. Then, in the final minutes, we’re reminded that Goggins (shown here in a previous episode) was a terrific drama actor, long before doing comedy. It becomes a terrific episode. Read more…

Best-bets for Nov.19: Agony in Syria and at home

1) “Frontline: For Sama,” 10-11:30 p.m., PBS. As Russian bombers destroyed the Syrian city of Aleppo, a young journalist sent reports over the internet. She married the doctor who led a makeshift hospital; years later, they pondered taking their baby to safety. Eventually, Waad Al-Khateeb (shown here) took her films and linked with a British director, weaving a five-year story that has it all – love, death, youthful idealism, war-weary pain, lifesaving and lives lost. The result is simultaneously painful and bracing. Read more…

Best-bets for Nov. 18: Dancers, singers and (really) a poet

1) “Dancing With the Stars,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. We’re just a week from the finale now. Last week, Sean Spicer, the former presidential press secretary, was ousted. He finished sixth … which puts him well ahead of how civilians (politicians, businessfolk, etc.) usually do. Remaining are actors James Van Der Beek and Kel Mitchell, singers Lauren Alaina and Ally Brook and “bachelorette” Hannah Brown (shown here with pro partner Alan Bersten). Read more…

Best-bets for Nov. 17: “Poldark” ends, “Crown” and “Donovan” start

1) “Masterpiece: Poldark” finale, 9 p.m., PBS. For five seasons we’ve seen Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner, shown here) try to pierce layers of corruption in England’s ruling class. Last week (rerunning at 8 p.m.), he found his ore had been stolen and traded for weapons, stockpiled for a French invasion. Officials still did nothing, so now he tries a makeshift effort as a double agent. The result is wildly unbelievable; villains here seem incapable of finishing off anyone. Still, it’s an emotional end to a lush and epic story. Read more…

Best-bets for Nov. 16: A Stylish “SNL”

1) “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Harry Styles (shown here with Kenan Thompson) hosts and is the music guest, putting him in elite turf. The first person to do both on the same night was Desi Arnaz, 43 years ago (and 18 years before Styles was born); the most recent was Chance the Rapper, three weeks ago. Others include Sting, Drake, Ludacris and Gaga, plus the old masters (Mick Jagger, Elton John, Paul Simon) and the opposite (Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus) and more. Read more…

Best-bets for Nov. 15: Super streaming, plus “Red”

1) “Red,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS. This play is easy to love or hate, but mostly to respect. It catches painter Mark Rothko at his peak (and near his nadir), spending years on massive murals. He lectures constantly to an assistant who finally protests his “titanic self-absorption.” It’s brilliant, (but self-destructive) talk, perfectly rendered. On Broadway, “Red” won a Tony and Albert Molina (as Rothko) was nominated. In the London production (shown here), Molina links with Alfred Enoch (“How to Get Away With Murder”), who’s also perfect. Read more…

Best-bets for Nov. 13: Country soars; “preppy” tragedy

1) Country Music Association Awards, 8-11 p.m., ABC. A big night for country women has an opener with Carrie Underwood (the host, shown here), Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire (“guest hosts”), Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Sara Evans, Gretchen Wilson, Tanya Tucker and more. Some will return for solos … and yes, there will also be guys: Blake Shelton sings alone and with Garth Brooks; also, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton and more, including Brooks and Dunn with the Brothers Osborne. Read more…