Weekly Previews

Week’s TV top-10 for Monday, April 1

1) Academy of Country Music awards, 8-11 p.m. Sunday, CBS. Generations and genres blend, with fresh collaborations.
It will be Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs; Kane Brown with Khalid; Dierks Bentley with Brandi Carlile; George Strait with Miranda Lambert (who also does a flashback medley). Kelly Clarkson separately joins Dan + Shay and Jason Aldean … who also links with Florida Georgia Line. Others performers include Reba McEntire (who hosts), Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for March 25

1) “Abby’s” debut, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC. A quarter-century after “Cheers” closed its doors, NBC has a new Thursday bar. It’s outdoors and probably illegal. Its proprietor (Natalie Morales) is a foot shorter than her best customer (Neil Flynn) or her worst obstacle (Neil Franklin), but she’s an ex-Marine and people obey her.
Be warned that many critics dislike “Abby’s”; we disagree and find two of the barflies (played by Jessica Chaffin and the massive Leonard Ouzts) hilarious. See what you think. Read more…

Weekly top 10 for Monday, March 11

1) “Empire” and “Star” return, 8 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, Fox. “Empire” has had lots of attention lately, none of it enviable; stories focus on Jussie Smollett, who faces criminal charges and was written out of the season’s final two episodes. You’ll see his character (Jamal) here, struggling with his love life. But Jamal is just one part of a rich blend of great music and brash soap opera. Now the family has a shot at reclaiming its record label. Then, at 9 p.m., Star – who has just had her baby – jeopardizes her career. Read more…