Daily Best Bets

Best-bets for June 29: good dancers, GREAT comedians

1) “Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution,” 9-11 p.m., A&E; reruns at 7 p.m. Thursday, leading into the second half. When Dick Gregory was a teen track star, his son says, he learned that Blacks’ times weren’t in local record books. He became an activist, then a comedian, then — in later years (shown here) — both. When most Blacks were confined to small clubs and “party records,” he was in the Playboy Club and on TV. This excellent film starts there, then ranges from Bill Cosby to Richard Pryor …whose daughter teaches a class on “History of the ‘N’ Word.” Read more…

Best-bets for June 28: Crises in super-fiction and in real life

1) “Superman & Lois” season-finale, 8 p.m., CW. Remember when Superman seemed invincible? Not any more; Ally Alston has been draining his powers to feed her own, while also merging worlds. Now Chrissy Beppo, the Smallville Gazette editor, has been authorized by the Defense department to tell people the merging of planets is real and happening, Others – including Lois Lane and Lana Lang (the Smallville mayor, shown here) try to save the world. Read more…

Best-bets for June 27: teen trauma, celebrity silliness

1) “Celebrity Family Feud,” 8-11 p.m., ABC. With basketball and hockey dominating June, ABC is waiting until next month for its summer push. Game shows will start their seasons on July 7 and 10; “The Bachelorette” begins on Julty 11. That leaves lots of temporary spots for reruns.  We see Steve Harvety (shown here) host games involving musicians (Pentatonix, Wilson Phillips, Dee Snider, OneRepublic), plus Terry Bradshaw, Tisha Campbell, the “Mayans M.C.” cast and more. Read more…

Best-bets for June 26: Music soars, dramas return

1) BET Awards, 8-11:30 p.m., BET (with pre-show at 6) plus VH1, MTV, Comedy Central. Taraji Henson hosts and Sean “Diddy” Combs gets a lifetime award, in a show that’s big on music awards and performers. They include Lizzo, Latto, Chloe (shown here), Giveon and Babyface, plus Jack Harlow, Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and more. There are also awards for sports and films; nominated as best movie are “King Richard,” “Respect,” “Candyman,” “The Harder They Fall,” “Space Jam: A New Legacy” and “The Summer of Soul.” Read more…

Best-bets for June 25: Jerrod returns; De Niro never leaves

1) “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Jerrod Carmichael (shown here) hosted this rerun (with Gunna as music guest), returning to the network where he first drew attention. He did three short seasons (partially in summers) as producer and star of “The Carmichael Show,” drawing praise for injecting topical humor into a situation comedy. In the five years since then, he’s mainly helped produce other people’s series (“Ramy,” “Rel”) and stand-up specials. Here’s a return to the spotlight. Read more…

Best-bets for June 24: winners in soaps, dance, more

1) Daytime Emmys, 9-11 p.m., CBS. In the previous two ceremonies, there was no studio audience and (almost) no fun; things plotted along drearily. Now we get new hosts (the “Entertainment Tonight” anchors) and an audience. All five soaps are nominated, including “Days of Our Lives” and its Peacock spin-off. Up for best talk host are Kelly Clarkson (shown here), Drew Barrymore and two duos — Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush-Hager. Barrymore will be a presenter; Michael Bolton will do two songs — a new one and one for the “I Memoriam” segment. Read more…

Best-bets for June 23: mini-chefs, maxi-athletes

1) “MasterChef Junior” finale, 9 p.m., Fox. This has been in flux lately. The semi-finals and finals were originally set for Thursdays, then were moved to Tuesdays, June 14 and 21. But – barring another change – the final night will rerun now, just two days later. At 8 p.m., “Road to the Finale” looks at what’s happened so far. At 9, we see – or re-see — Liya Chu, 10, shown here, and Grayson Price, 11, go for the top prize — $100,000 plus appliances and a dinner with Gordon Ramsay. Read more…

Best-bets for June 22: low-budget fun, high-class farewell

1) “Wellington Paranormal” season-opener, 9 and 9:30 p.m., CW. You’d expect Americans to ignore this – a micro-budgeted New Zealand show with thick accents and unknown stars (shown here). But it’s from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waiti (the “What We Do in the Shadows” creators); filled with their slow, dry wit. Clement wrote and directed the second episode, with his “Flight of the Conchords” colleague, Rhys Darby, as a park ranger. The first episode has an invisible man – an elusive target.; the second has a woods creature. Both have funny moments. Read more…

Best-bets for June 21: honors for young chefs and an old wit

1) “Mark Twain Prize,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS. After skipping two years, this comedy prize returns with a gem. Jon Stewart is honored with a cascade of warmth, ribbing and large laughs. Stewart led “The Daily Show” (shown here) for 16 years, winning 10 straight best-variety-show Emmys (which, we’re told, he kept in a cardboard box). We hear from his former correspondents (Steve Carell, Olivia Munn, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms), fellow comics (Pete Davidson, Dave Chappelle, Jimmy Kimmel) and more, including Bruce Springsteen. Read more…

Best-bets for June 20: hockey, movies and real-life tragedy

1) Hockey, 8 pm. ET, ABC. After two games in Colorado, the best-of-seven finalsl move to Tampa Bay. There, the local team (the Lightning,,shown here in blue) is used to this; it’s going for its third straight Stanley Cup championship. Getting in the way is a team (the Avalanche) that has dominated lately. After its win in the first game of the finals, it had a stunning 13-2 record in this year’s play-offs. The action will stay in Tampa Bay on Wednesday; then (if needed) it’s Friday in Colorado, Sunday in Tampa Bay and June 28 in Colorado. Read more…