Daily Best Bets

Best-bets for Oct. 5: Time for love or bloodshed

1) “The Real Love Boat” debut, 9 p.m., CBS. For 10 seasons, “Love Boat” had fictional romances and more. Now the title is revived for a dating show. It starts with a dozen singles, including a nurse, a teacher, a firefighter and a shoe-designer. They cruise to Barcelona, Rome and more, adding and subtracting people along the way. Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn, married for 15 years, host and the real-life captain, social director and barttender (shown here) are regulars. Read more…

Best-bets for Oct. 4: centuries of intense history

1) “Making Black America: Through the Grapevine” opener, 9 p.m., PBS. During slavery, we learn, Black society was already forming. About 10 percent of African-Americans were free; they had clubs and literary societies … attended by some people who couldn’t read. After the war, Black towns sprang up. Henry Louis Gates (shown here) — whose “Finding Your Roots” has Tony Danza and Terry Crews at 8 p.m. — hosts this low-key, four-week series. Read more…

Best-bets for Oct. 3: love, lust and lockdown

1) “The Good Doctor” season-opener, 10 p.m., ABC. Last season was supposed to end joyously: Shaun, the autistic surgeon, married Lea, his good-hearted, techie neighbor.(They’re shown here in a previous episode.) But while the reception continued on the hotel roof, two people were stabbed on a lower floor. Now that escalates; there’s a lockdown, while tempers flare during emergency surgery. Shaun’s reactions feel forced, but it’s still a strong start to the season. Read more…

Best-bets for Oct. 2: “Vampire” leads a three-debut night

1) “Interview With the Vampire” debut, 10:06 to 11:25 p.m., AMC. In a huge plunge, AMC bought rights to 18 Anne Rice novels. “Mayfair Witches” is next, but first is this nine-parter. “Interview” is lushly filmed, sharply written and beautifully acted. (Shown here are Jacob Anderson and Sam Reid, as Louis and Lestat, the blond vampire who turned him.) For more than half the opener, it feels like top-grade “Masterpiece Theatre”; then it explodes into sex and violence, which will repel some viewers and fascinate others. Read more…

Best-bets for Oct. 1: Star-shorn “SNL” starts season

1) “Saturday Night Live” season-opener, 11:29 p.m., NBC. “SNL” has seen big transitions, but this is a dilly. Gone are its biggest star (Kate McKinnon) and its pop-culture phenom (Pete Davidson), plus Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villasenor, Christopher Redd, Kyle Mooney and Aristotle Athari. Returning are the “Update” duo, Kenan Thompson and more, joined by four newcomers. Miles Teller (shown here in “Top Gun: Maverick”) hosts, with Kendrick Lamar as music guest. Read more…

Best-bets for Sept. 30: “Hocus,” Hulu, Hispanic Heritage

1) “Hispanic Heritage Awards,” 9 p.m., PBS. Ariana DuBose (shown here in hosting “Saturday Night Live”) – who won an Emmy and more for her great “West Side Story” work – will be honored again, this time with Los Lobos, Daddy Yankee and more. Stephanie Beatriz (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) hosts and has music from Carlos Vives, Julieta Venegas, Aymee Nuviola, Bozi, Robi and Hector Tellez Jr. There’s more music at 10, with a rerun of Sheila E’s “Roots of Latin Jazz.” Read more…

Best-bets for Sept. 29: fun with Todd, Kat and Earn

1) “So Help Me Todd” (shown here) debut, 9 p.m., CBS. This is the sort of show TV needs now – light and bright, with a case solved each episode. Margaret (Marcia Gay Harden) is a lawyer, careful and diligent; her son Todd (Skylar Astin) is a private eye, freeform and free-lance. He’s also out-of-work, out of options and living in his sister’s garage. When his mom hires him, a great contrast begins. The next two episodes get a bit goofy, but this opener is first-rate. Read more…

Best-bets for Sept. 28:two finales and expanded reality shows

1) “Resident Alien” season-finale, 10 p.m., Syfy. This terrific show slides easily between humor, drama and, occasionally, sci-fi action. Last week, the action dominated, as the alien (shown here in his human form as Harry) broke into the general’s complex and rescued the alien baby – which coughed up a piece needed to destroy all Earthlings. Now it’s drama time, as “Harry” decides our future. Add “Reservation Dogs” (see “News and Quick Comments”) and you have season-finales of two terrific shows. Read more…

Best-bets for Sept. 27: a bright start for “Feds”

1) “The Rookie: Feds” debut, 10 p.m., ABC. A former guidance counselor, Simone (Niecy Nash, shown here) became the oldest grad at Quantico, the FBI school. After helping Nolan (who shows up briefly here) in two “Rookie” episodes, she’s ready something big. Instead, she’s pointed to a desk job. Naturally, she ducks it. This is a brisk, bright-eyed episode that lets Nash have fun, while catching some bad guys. Read more…

Best-bets for Sept. 26: Lee leaps between shows

1) “Kevin Can F Himself,” 9 p.m., AMC, and “Quantum Leap,” 10 p.m., NBC. For tonight and two more weeks, Raymond Lee is the king of Mondays. On NBC, he’s the star, leaping into strangers’ bodies; tonight, he’s aboard a space shuttle. On AMC (shown here), his marriage crumbles during his affair with Allison — who plans to fake her death to escape her husband. “Kevin” juggles deliberately bad sitcom and solid drama; it has some pivotal scenes late in this hour. Read more…