Best bets for April 10: Big-scale comedy on “Modern Family”

1) “Modern Family” season-finale, 9 p.m., ABC. This show shines when it can throw everyone together amid chaos. Now – as we get closer to the arrival of Haley and Dylan’s baby and possibly their wedding – everyone’s here. That includes all 11 regulars, plus Dylan’s flaky mom, Phil’s dad (techno-version) and even a couple strangers, one holding a celebrity dog. It’s a big, broad, funny episode that remains true to its characters, propelling “Family” toward its final season. Read more…

Best bets for April 9: “Fosse/Verdon” soars

1) “Fosse/Verdon” debut, 10 p.m., FX. This was the perfect Broadway duo: Bob Fosse directed and choreographed; Gwen Verdon starred. The results — “Chicago,” “Sweet Charity,” “Damn Yankees” — soared. But they were opposites, this series says. He (Sam Rockwell) was driven, adulterous, burdened by a tough childhood; she (Michelle Williams) was warm, caring, capable – sometimes — of repairing him and their marriage. Jumping around in time, this offers rich visuals and deeply layered characters. Read more…

Best-bets for April 8: At last, the tourney finals

1) Basketball, 9 p.m. ET, CBS. The college tournament has been filled with wild twists and close games. Now we have the finals, with Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery and Grant Hill (shown here) at the mikes. A pre-game show is at 8:30 p.m. ET. In the Eastern and Central zones, that’s preceded (8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT) by a fairly good “Big Bang Theory” rerun, with Leonard reluctantly in charge of grant money. Read more…

Five best-bets for April 7: It’s country’s night

1) Academy of Country Music awards, 8-11 p.m., CBS. Nashville’s top stars will perform. That includes Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan (who used to be the co-hosts) and Reba McEntire (the current host). It includes Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton (shown here) and Keith Urban, plus fresh combinations — Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs, George Strait with Miranda Lambert (who also does a medley), Kelly Clarkson with Dan + Shay and with Jason Aldean (who also links with Florida Georgia Line). Read more…

Yes, Shakespeareans can solve murder mysteries

Great Britain seems to be one big murder mystery. Every Englishwoman and her grandfather are busy committing, solving or writing about homicide.
And Olivia Vinall’s life does nothing to dispute that.
She’s a serious actress, with Shakespearean credits and recent raves for her double role in “The Woman in White.” But now she’s a police detective in the breezy “Queens of Mystery” TV movies. Read more…

New kind of heroine — cynical, sexy, bitter and blind

The CW network already has TV’s most distinctive heroines.
One is super, one’s a zombie, three are witches and one is the world’s only witch-werewolf-vampire tribred. One breaks into song; another was jolted by the return of her dead husband.
Now there’s “In the Dark” and Murphy Mason. She’s “kind of a disaster,” said CW’s Paul Hewitt. “She smokes. She drinks. She’s into casual sex. She’s rude to pretty much everybody – her parents, her roommates, the cops, her guide dog Pretzel. Oh, and she’s blind.” Read more…

Best-bets for April 6: Final-four showdown

1) Basketball, 6:09 and 8:49 p.m., CBS. The college tournament has been wildly entertaining – and unpredictable. In three of the four regions, the top-seeded team was ousted; even Duke, with its superhero superstar, is gone. The only one to survive (barely) was Virginia; in today’s first game, it faces Auburn, fresh from upsets over North Carolina and Kentucky. The second game has Michigan State (the Duke-slayer, led by Cassius Winston, shown here) facing Texas Tech, which upset Gonzaga. Read more…