Weekly Previews

Week’s top-10 for May 6: Finales are here or near

1) “NCIS” season-finale, 9 p.m. today, CBS. The 21st season ends, for a show that seems eternal. “NCIS” has already spawned four spin-offs and more than 1,000 episodes. It will be back next sason, alongside “NCIS: Hawaii” (which wraps its season at 10 p.m.) and a prequel. Tonight, Parker and Knight (Gary Cole and Katrina Law, shown here, left and center) are trapped in a ship that’s about to be sunk. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for April 29: lots of starts and finales

1) “Ghosts” season-finale, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, CBS. This wraps its season early, leaving room for “Young Sheldon” to have a couple two-episode Thursdays. It’s time for Isaac to have something he wouldn’t have imagined in his lifetime – a wedding (shown here) to another man … who was a British officer … whom Isaac killed in the Revolutionary War. Then a surprise guest complicate the celebration. Read more…

Week’s top 10 for April 22: Earthly pleasure, drama finales

1) “Secrets of the Octopus,” 7:08 to 10 p.m. today, National Geographic Channel. Earth Day brings a flood of splendid films (including “Queens,” shown here), led by a rerun of this series, which debuted Sunday. We see the octopus in all its complexity. It’s cautious, yet ready to reach out for some humans … It’s a camouflage master, changing shape and color …. It’s also a cunning predator, even disguising as a passing cloud. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for April 15: celebrating “NCIS” and Earth Day

1) “NCIS,” 9 p.m. today, CBS. If you include all five “NCIS” shows, this is the 1,000th episode. Appropriately, it focuses on NCIS Director Vance (Rocky Carroll, shown here), who’s been in 369 of them. As his son questions Vance’s obsession with work, a crisis arrives. The team meshes and past stars appear briefly in flashbacks. It’s a big hour, but strains belief. One inaction by a Secret Service agent is truly absurd. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for April 8: music greats, Thursday fun

1) “The 100th,” 9 p.m. Sunday, CBS. Even for Billy Joel (shown here), this was ambitious – a concert every month in the 20,000-seat Madison Square Garden. The result? Every show has sold out; now the 100th one (March 28) is edited into his first broadcast-network special. Jerry Seinfeld raised a banner, Sting sang two songs … and Joel sang many, including, of course, “Piano Man” and “New York State of Mind.” Read more…

Week’s top-10 for April 1: lots of music, plus returning shows

1) “iHeartRadio Music Awards” (8-10 p.m. today, Fox) and “CMT Music Awards” (8-11 p.m. Sunday, CBS). The week starts and ends with music; some performers — Lainey Wilson (shown here) and Jelly Roll — will do both shows. Fox also has Justin Timberlake, Green Day, TLC and an award for Cher. CBS has Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Sam Hunt, host Kelsea Ballerini, Cody Johnson, Old Dominion and more. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for March 25: from “Bachelor” to a busy Easter

1) “The Bachelor” finale, 8 p.m. today, ABC, follow-up at 10. Joey Graziadei makes his choice. He’s 28 and teaches tennis in Hawaii; now two women remain, both 25. Kelsey Anderson (right) is from Louisiana. Daisy Kent (center) grew up in Minnesota and went to school and works in San Diego; after longtime hearing troubles (apparently from Lyme disease), she received a cochlear implant. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for March 18: best of basketball and skating

1) Tournament time. College basketball gobbles up our TV time. (Shown here is top-ranked Houston.) On Thursday and Friday, that wll be at noon and 2:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m., ET on CBS; 12:30, 3, 7:30 and 10 p.m. on TruTV; 1:30, 4, 6:45 and 9:15 p.m. on TNT; and 2 a.m. and 4:30, 7:15 and 9:45 on TBS. (Many CBS shows – soaps, Thursday comedies and Friday cops – step aside.) Then a new round comes Saturday and Sunday. Read more…

Week’s top 10 for March 11: triple drama for ABC, PBS

1) “Grey’s Anatomy” season-opener, 9 p.m. Thursday, ABC. One of the last shows to return post-strike, this is one that people miss. It’s the 20th “Grey’s Anatomy” season, tying it with “Gunsmoke” for No. 3 among dramas (trailing two “Law & Order” shows). It opens with a doctor (Teddy) and patient (Sam) in peril. Meredith is re-thinking her research and interns (shown here is Harry Shum Jr.) are immersed in a tough case. Read more…

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…