Daily Best Bets

Best-bets for July 27: A strong — but sub-titled — night

1) “POV: Advocate,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Americans have savored stories of lawyers who make the impossible fight. Now here’s an extreme: Lea Tsemel (shown here), 75, was once a volunteer Israeli soldier, believed to be the first Jewish woman to reach the Wailing Wall. For generations, she has represented Palestinians who are accused of terrorism. “We always lose,” she once said. Still, there are slivers of triumph here. It’s a tough but solid hour, with English sub-titles. Read more…

Best-bets for July 26: Earp goes solo; Solo goes too

1) “Wynonna Earp” season-opener, 10 p.m., Syfy. Life gets complicated for Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano, shown here). Her great-great-grandfather Wyatt just had to face gunfighters; she’s supposed to hunt demons and dispatch them back to Hell. Last season, her half-sister Waverly was kidnapped. To find her, Wynonna must enter Eden on a stairway that’s magic and maybe invisible. There’s lots of dry humor and then a fierce demon battle. Read more…

Best-bets for July 25: baseball’s busy day

1) Baseball, 1:05, 4:10 and 7:15 p.m. ET, Fox. It’s the first full day of the season, the first in which all 30 teams are scheduled. Fox – which desperately needs something new this summer – celebrates with a tripleheader. The Cubs (shown here with Anthony Rizzo and Kevin Bryant) host the Brewers at 1:05 p.m., the Dodgers host the Giants at 4:10 and then – with the teams that opened the season Thursday – the Nationals host the Yankees. Read more…

Best-bets for July 24: Broadway, baseball and fun

1) “Great Performances: She Loves Me,” 9 p.m., PBS. At work, these two battle and bicker; at home, each has an anonymous pen pal … unaware they’re writing to each other. Yes, that sounds familiar. The story has become three movies, a play and this musical … which reached Broadway three times. This is the third one – light comedy, vibrant music, Tony-winning set and Tony-nominated performances by Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti (they’re shown here) and Jane Krakowski. It starts a five-Friday stretch of theater reruns. Read more…

Best-bets for July 23: “Blindspot” ends, baseball begins

1) “Blindspot” series finale, 9 p.m., NBC. Jane Doe (and the world) have been teetering for two weeks. NBC scheduled the 100th and final episode for last Thursday, then delayed it a week. That left Jane (Jaimie Alexander, show here) – who has already lost her memories once — in a room with a ZIP bomb that saps all memories. The team has stopped the evil FBI chief, who promptly killed herself. But Ivy is still out there with more ZIPs. Remember when there were hardly any evil women on TV (or, maybe, in life)? Read more…

Best-bets for July 22: New and (very) old comedy

1) “Corporate” (shown here) season-opener, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central. Two delightful TV take-offs propel this half-hour. One is a sci-fi show that tries too hard, with sudden plot twists. The other is a kids’ cartoon that doesn’t try at all; it just keeps singing “pickles for breakfast.” Now that they own some TV shows, these fictional people try a corporate approach: Just survey viewers and give them what they want. It’s a flawed plan, they learn: Good TV is often much more – giving us what we didn’t know we wanted. Read more…

Best-bets for July 21: Dancing joy, COVID agony

1) “World of Dance,” 10 p.m., NBC. “America’s Got Talent” is pausing for a “best of auditions” special from 8-10 p.m., but “Dance” booms ahead. This is the first half of its junior-division “duels,” including a classic mismatch — Savannah Manzel (shown here), 9, facing a large teen group. (You can guess who gets the focus and sympathy.) Other duels are more fair: The two callback survivors – The Young Cast and grvmnt – compete; MDC3 – with a terrific variation on a romantic triangle – faces Chibi Unity. Read more…

Best-bets for July 20: Worst (?!?) seasons ever?

1) “The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever!” 8-11 p.m., ABC. Then again, maybe tonight should be re-titled “The Worst Seasons – Ever!!!” They focus, alas, on Brad Womack (shown here with Emily Maynard). In 2007, he dated 25 bright and beautiful women, including two nurses and four realtors … then rejected them all. In 2011 he returned, chagrined and ready to marry and settle down. He dated 30 beauties, from a Rockette to a funeral director, chose one … and had broken up with her before the episodes finished airing. Read more…

Best-bets for July 19: Dramas end, sharks take over

1) “Masterpiece: Grantchester” season-finale, 9 p.m., PBS. Set in the late 1950s, this show has been rough on Will (the good-hearted, crimesolving vicar) and friends. His assistant remains in the closet … his housekeeper is appalled by her new husband’s past … his friend the cop (shown hyere with Will in the seas0n-opener) sent his mother-in-law to a mental institution. Will is despondent (his youth boxing program brought trouble) and is voluntarily celibate. Now much of that brightens, amid a smart case that involves murder and missing women. Read more…

Best-bets for July 18: A classic hero and a classic movie

1) “Harriet” (2019), 8 p.m., HBO. In this Black Lives Matter summer, it’s a perfect time to catch a great life. Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave who kept risking her freedom to go back and rescue others. Cynthia Erivo (shown here) received Academy Award nominations for best actress and for best song, for co-writing “Stand Up.” It’s part of a busy stretch for the British actress/singer. She’ll be Arehta Franklin in the “Genius” mini-series, which was scheduled for this summer, then delayed by the virus shutdown. Read more…