TV column for Thursday, June 14


TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“Cloak & Dagger,” 8 p.m., Freeform.

“Do you know what
this is?” Tyrone asks people tonight. They don't, he doesn't ...
and we don't. “Cloak” is an appealing enigma, a story that
simultaneously frustrates and fascinates us.

Tyrone is a teen in
a comfortable family, mourning an older brother who was shot by a
cop. Tandy is a sweet-faced thief, living on her own while her
widowed mom sinks into alcohol and despair. A decade ago, each was
saved by a mysterious force. What is this? We don't know, but it's an
intriguing journey.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Marlon” season-opener, 9 and 9:30 p.m., NBC.

This usually settles
for light laughs, with a fun dad (Marlon Wayans), cute kids and goofy
friends. The first episode does have a rare topical twist, when a
shirt has a racial sub-text; the second stays light.

Marlon's ex-wife
(Essence Atkins) is ready to plunge back into the dating world, so
he's ready to offer dating advice. Some advice is solid – viewing
her pants suit: “Are you trying to get a date or win the popular
vote?” -- and some not. Never mention the kids, he insists: “Kids
are like STD's (sexually transmitted diseases). You just let him find
out later.”

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Little Big Shots” debut, 8 p.m., NBC.

This show keeps
offering its amiable blend of talented kids and a flabbergasted
Steve Harvey. Tonight, that includes an 8-year-old voiceover actor
and a 6-year-old who's ready for “American Ninja Warrior.”

There's a painter, a
pool table, a hip-hop dancer and more ... including the third visit
by Caleb Serrano. He was 4 when he did the show in March of 2017;
here's his third visit. In Greensboro, N.C., Caleb has been singing
with his grandfather's gospel quartet since he was 1; he's been
leading songs at the Baptist church since he was 3 and now is the
gospel variation of a young rock star.

Other choices
include:

“The Four,” 8-10
p.m., Fox. Last week's season-opener saw most of the original four
singers survive. James Graham and Stephanie Zelaya defeated
challengers; Sharaya J., the Hawaiian-born hip-hop singer, wasn't
challenged. The one change came when Majeste Pearson – the
preacher's kid with a majestic name – unseated Carvena Jones.
Tonight, new would-be challengers arrive.

“Celebrity Family
Feud,” 8 p.m., ABC. Yes, Steve Harvey is everywhere; now he
competes with himself. With the basketball finals ending early, ABC
plugs in its Sunday game. Harvey's “Feud” is followed by
“$100,000 Pyramid” and “To Tell the Truth.”

“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a funny rerun, Sheldon – who tends to
mock geologists – tries to hide the fact that he's working with
Bert on a geology research project.

“Young Sheldon,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. And now we revisit Sheldon's first real contact with
geology. In this rerun, he and his friend Tam are intrigued by a girl
who has a brainy passion for rocks.

“Mom,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. Back from overeater-rehab, Jill is slim and vibrant ... and,
despite her wealth, not picking up the restaurant check. Bonnie is
offended; Christy has bigger concerns, as bad news arrives.

“Nashville,” 9
p.m., CMT. As the singing competition begins, Brad spots Daphne as a
potential star.

“American Woman,”
10 p.m., Paramount. Last week, Bonnie (Alicia Silverstone) caught her
husband cheating; she promptly impressed her daughters by standing up
to some toughs ... and impressed her friends by throwing a party. Now
comes the bigger question of supporting the girls.