Weekly Previews

Week’s top-10 for March 4: Fox surge, plus the Oscars

1) Academy Awards, 7 p.m. ET Sunday, ABC, rerunning at about 11. The no-host, no-fun years are gone. Jimmy Kimmel has his second straight turn (and fourth overall) as host, with music that includes Billie Eilish, Becky G, Ryan Gosling (shown here in “Barbie”), Jon Batiste and the Osage Singers. And this year has nominees people have actually seen, led by the buoyant “Barbie” and front-runner “Oppenheimer.” Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Feb.26: new Deal, new Elsbeth

1) “Elsbeth” debut, 10 p.m. Thursday, CBS. Elsbeth Tascioni has been an occasional delight. A lawyer with a sharp mind and a quirky soul, she did 19 episodes of “The Good Wife” and its spin-off, spread over 12 years, bringing an Emmy for Carrie Preston. Now she moves to New York and gets a weekly mystery; in this fun opener, she probes a theater program led by Stephen Moyer (shown here) of “True Blood.” Read more…

Week’s top-10: Dramas return, “Talent” departs

1) “The Good Doctor’ season-opener, 10 p.m. Tuesday, ABC.. A well-crafted show starts its final season … trimmed from 13 episodes to 10. There’s a lot to cover in the world of Shaun (Freddie Highmore), the brilliant and autistic surgeon. He and Lea are raising their baby (shown here) while he faces a tough case — two babies needing a heart transplant. Also this season, a younger autistic doctor will arrive. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Feb. 12: Sheldon leads a stampede of openers

1) “Young Sheldon” season-opener, 8 p.m. Thursday, CBS. The final season starts with life swirling. Sheldon is in Germany with his mom (shownhere) for summer classes; back home, a tornado has flattened his grandmother’s house. Everyone huddles together, including the newly engaged Georgie and Mandy and their baby. It’s a big, busy and exceptionally funny episode, a promising start for the season. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Feb. 5: Super Bowl, super “Abbott”

1) Super Bowl, 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS. For the Kansas City Chiefs (shown here), this is familiar turf. It’s their fourth Super Bowl in five years; they’ve won two of those and their stars (Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce) fill pop culture. The San Francisco 49ers have five Super Bowl wins, but none in the past 30 years. They were 12-5 in the regular season (the Chiefs were 11-6), then needed two come-from-behind wins. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Jan. 29: Grammys and two top mini-series

1) Grammy awards, 8-11:30 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS. Trevor Noah hosts a night stuffed with music. The first performers announced were Billy Joel, Dua Lipa, Travis Scott, Billie Eilish, Luke Combs, Burna Boy and Olivia Rodrigo (shown here) – who is also up for album of the year. She faces Sza (the leader with nine nomination), Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monae, Boygenius and Jon Batiste. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Jan. 22: lots of finales and debuts

1) “The Bachelor” opener, 8-10 p.m., today, ABC. Joey Graziadei (shown here), the “Bachelorette” runner-up, gets his chance to do the choosing. He’s 28 and teaches tennis; he’ll meet four women in their early 30s and 28 in their twenties. There are three nurses, a mental-health therapist and a mental-health counselor. There’s also an actress, an artist, an “esthetician,” a nanny and a pro-football cheerleader. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Jan. 15: Emmys and a flood of new shows

1) Emmy awards, 8 p.m. ET today, Fox. Delayed by strikes, the Emmys air seven months after the eligibility period ended. Anthony Anderson hosts, on a night led by streamers. For dramas, “Succession” (shown here) faces “The Crown,” a long-ago “Better Call Saul” and more. Comedies range from the first seasons of “The Bear” and “Wednesday” to the final ones of “Ted Lasso” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Jan. 8: Lots of drama, in football and beyond

1) Football. The week starts and ends with big games. Today, the college season has its national championship at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN2, with a pregame show at 7. Michigan (shown here) and Washington – undefeated and ranked No. 1 and 2 – collide. Then the pros start their month-long playoffs. There are two games Saturday and three on Sunday, plus one more on Monday, Jan. 15.
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Week’s top-10 for Jan. 1: new year brings bowls, music, more

1) Rose Parade, 11 a.m. ET today, NBC, ABC and RFD-TV (which repeats it at 1 p.m.). The new year gets off to a bright, brassy start. There’s a music theme and 19 marching bands; the grand marshal is Audra McDonald, a Broadway star with 10 Tony nominations and six wins, half of them in musicals. There are also 18 horse units and about 39 floats. The parade (shown here in a previous year) is a Pasadena event that goes back to 1890; a football game (now the Rose Bowl) was added in 1902. Read more…