Today’s Top TV Picks – Friday May 15

Today’s Top Picks


Masters of Illusion

8 p.m. on CW – Season Premiere

Host Dean Cain returns as host for Season 7 of this mystifying variety series featuring escape artists, cutting-edge illusionists and talented performers. In front of a studio audience, these modern magicians demonstrate their perplexing and astonishing skills with performances that include interactive magic tricks, astounding escapes, sleight-of-hand, large-scale illusions and boisterous comedy routines. Another episode immediately follows. The team of executive producers includes David McKenzie, Al Schwartz, Gay Blackstone and David Martin.


The Blacklist

8 p.m. ET on NBC – Season Finale

Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) and the Task Force investigate a mild-mannered accountant who works for affluent crime figures, hoping he will lead them to the violent and thuggish brothers who are charged with his protection in the Season 7 finale, “The Kazanjian Brothers.” Meanwhile, Liz (Megan Boone) is confronted by a momentous decision she must make. This finale incorporates graphic novel-style animation in some scenes that were unfinished when production was shut down by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Black and Blue

8 p.m. ET on STARZ – Premiere

Former Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”) gives another compelling performance in director Deon Taylor’s 2019 action crime thriller. The British actress stars as Alicia West, a U.S. Army veteran who has returned to her New Orleans hometown. She’s just settling into her new job as a rookie on the local police department when she’s forced to go on the run after witnessing a detective (Frank Grillo) and his men murder an unarmed drug dealer. Tyrese Gibson, Mike Colter and Reid Scott also star.


Great Performances

9 p.m. ET on PBS

Tony Award-winning actor and singer Paulo Szot (“South Pacific”) stars as the Celebrant in a 2019 Ravinia Festival production of “Leonard Bernstein’s Mass,” with 200 artists including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of longtime Bernstein protégée Marin Alsop. Commissioned by Jacqueline Onassis to open the Kennedy Center in 1971, the work draws from the liturgical Latin text, augmented by additional lyrics from Bernstein and Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”), embracing elements of theater music, folk and rock music.

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