Today’s Top TV Picks – Friday June 19

Today’s Top Picks


Masters of Illusion

8 p.m. on CW

For a new episode called “Video Magic and the Magical Murder Mystery Tour,” host Dean Cain welcomes another diverse slate of performers to dazzle the live studio audience with their illusions. Guests include Naathan Phan, Trigg Watson, Paige Thompson, Shaun Jay and The Sacred Riana.


Great Performances

9 p.m. ET on PBS

Emmy-winning actress Holland Taylor both wrote and stars in “Ann,” a funny, insightful and ultimately poignant stage portrait of Ann Richards, the feisty governor of Texas from 1991-95. Noted for her merciless wit — she once cracked that political rival George W. Bush “was born with a silver foot in his mouth” — Richards also was a formidable firebrand among power players in the Democratic Party. The play also candidly addresses Richards’ battle with alcoholism as she rose to power.


Sherman’s Showcase

10 p.m. ET on AMC

Host Sherman McDaniels (Bashir Salahuddin) realizes a long-held dream as this critically acclaimed musical variety sketch show returns with a one-hour “Black History Month Spectacular: Bonus Edition.” True, Black History Month traditionally is in February, but this special premieres on June 19, aka Juneteenth, the American holiday commemorating the date in 1865 when enslaved African Americans were informed of their liberation. Guests include rapper Phonte Coleman, actor Michael Ealy, journalist Jemele Hill, actor and comic Lil Rel Howery, TV host Terrence J., multi-hyphenate John Legend, Questlove, Mario Van Peebles and many more.



10 p.m. ET on CINEMAX

Lucas (Ed Stoppard) keeps hassling Inkunzi (Sisanda Henna) for some answers while he chases down his carjackers to retrieve a bag of stolen cash in the new “Episode 3.” Later, Milla’s (Rolanda Marais) research puts her on the trail of Lucas. After comparing notes with Ehrlichman, Lemmer (James Gracie) tries to catch up with Inkunzi to track down the slippery Flea (Trix Vivier), who’s also being pursued by the PBI. Brendon Daniels, Emmanuel Castis and Sandi Schultz also star.

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