Weekly Previews

Week’s top-10 for July 13: Old country, new Peacock

1) “CMA Best of Fest,” 8-11 p.m. today, ABC. Some of TV’s best summer moments come when ABC has music fron Nashville’s CMA Fest. This year’s festival was canceled, but the show goes on, with Luke Bryan hosting. He’ll do new music, as will Darius Rucker; others will be shown during 16 previous years. We’ll get newer stars (Luke Combs, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini) and A-list veterans – Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood (shown here), Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambrt, Keith Urban, more. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for July 6: Tough guys, angry women

1) “POV: The Vote,” 9-11 p.m. today and Tuesday, PBS. Sure, there are plenty of protests this summer; a century ago, however, was another matter. “No one had ever picketed outside the White House,” historian Tina Cassidy says here. Then women did in 1917, demanding the vote. There were arrests, sentences, hunger strikes … and (on Aug. 26, 1920) victory. It was a slow path, for a movement (shown here) that was organized in 1848. This film gets lost in the in-fighting, but then returns to a passionate story. Read more…

Week of June 29: Slow start and fireworks finish

1) “A Capitol Fourth” (shown here in a previous year), 8 p.m. Saturday, PBS, rerunning at 9:30. For the second time, a big-deal event gets a social-distance twist. The National Memorial Day Concert skillfully mixed new music (taped in Washington and beyond) and past highlights. This has some of the same people (Trace Adkins, Kelli O’Hara, Renee Fleming), adding Patti LaBelle, John Fogerty, Yolanda Adams, Andy Grammer, Brantley Gilbert, Mandy Gonzalez, Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Temptations, tributes and fireworks. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for June 22: It’s awards time … twice

1) BET Awards, 8-11 p.m. Sunday, CBS and BET. Amid the surge of interest in black history and culture, CBS decided (for the first time) to simulcast BET’s awards. Comedian Amanda Seales hosts a virtual ceremony stuffed with music. That includes Chloe x Halle (shwon here at the Super Bowl), Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, country’s Kane Brown and Wayne Brady, known for comedy until he won “The Masked Singer.” Others include DaBaby, D Smoke, Jonathan McReynolds and Megan Thee Stallion. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for June 15: Three shows end; Mae and Ann arrive

1) “Songland” season-finale, 10 p.m. today, NBC. Four songwriters pitch songs to Usher (shown here) … who can sometimes mean a route to the top. He’s had 18 top-10 singles on the Billboard chart, half of them reaching No.1. Many lingered; for more than half of 2004 (28 of 52 weeks), an Usher song was No. 1. He also had two seasons on “The Voice,” coaching a champion (Josh Kaufman) and a runner-up. Now he’ll hear the pitches and choose three of the four songs for refining. Then he’ll pick one to record. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for June 8: Two shows leave, five arrive

1) “Man With a Plan” series finale, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, CBS. When Matt LeBlanc’s “Friends” ended its 10-year run, it was a big deal. When his “Plan” ends a four-year run … well, it’s worth noting. This is a consistently adequate comedy, with LeBlanc in the cliched TV role of a semi-bumbling husband and dad. In the finale, he and his wife (played by Liza Snyder; they’re shown here) near their 20th anniversary. That’s in a week that mostly has debuts, season-openers and a mid-season return. We’ll look at those shows next. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for June 1: Two finales, lotsa country

1) “CMT Celebrates Our Heroes,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, CMT, rerunning at 10. Country stars were the first to switch to at-home music. When their April awards show was postponed, they filled a CBS special with songs from homes, porches, barns and beyond. Now they offer music plus tributes. The line-up includes Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt, Kristen Bell, Lauren Daigle, Brandi Carlisle, Lady Antebellum and (shown here in pre-distancing days) Little Big Town. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for May 25: The summer shows begin

1) “Agents of SHIELD” season-opener, 10 p.m. Wednesday, ABC. In a summer devoid of new Marvel and DC movies, TV steps in. DC has the likable new “Stargirl” at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on CW; Marvel has this show’s seventh and final season. The team suddenly finds itself in 1931 New York City (shown here), with its ship ready to time-jump at any moment. It must figure out what happened, before the past, present and future face disaster. To lure us in, ABC has Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” (2014), from 8-10 p.m. Read more…

Week’s top 10 for May 18: Scattered music for “Voice” and Memorial Day

1) “The Voice” finale, 8-10 p.m. today, 8-11 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. This year’s final five is a richly varied field. The young people are from Japan (Micah Iverson, 25), Hawaii (Thunderstorm Artis, 23) and South Carolina (CammWess, 21). And the others? Todd Tilghman – a Mississippi pastor and father of eight, some of them in this hectic screen shot – is 41; Toneisha Harris, of Georgia, is 44, resuming her career after her son recovered from leukemia. Tonight, they sing from home; performances rerun at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with the finale at 9. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for May 11: Finales and a potent documentary

1) “Asian Americans,” 8-10 p.m. today and 8-11 p.m. Tuesday, PBS. Spanning centuries, here is a richly researched story of pain and (eventually) triumph. Americans needed Chinese workers to build the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s, then hit them with the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882. In the 1940s, they sent 120,000 Japanese (the majority of them U.S. citizens) to internment camps. These stories are told vividly Monday. Tuesday includes triumphs and the rise of activist movements (shown here). Read more…