This week’s best bets on TV

Today

Gordon Ramsay launches another season of MasterChefand you know what that means: Food fight! 8 p.m., Fox (Channel 13).

Tuesday

Singers? Jugglers? Ventriloquists? Delusional wannabes and kooks? We expect them to show up in force as Americas Got Talent returns for Season 9. Host Nick Cannon presides over the insanity. 8 p.m., NBC (Channel 5).

Wednesday

So You Think You Can Dance is back and so is the incredibly shrill judge Mary Murphy. Be ready to hit the “mute” button on your remote at any time. 8 p.m., Fox (Channel 13).

One Night Only: An All-Star Tribute to Don Ricklesis a special that has funny folks and various hockey pucks honoring the king of insult comedy. 9 p.m., Spike TV.

Thursday

The Sixtiesis a 10-week documentary series from executive producer Tom Hanks that looks back on 10 turbulent and incredible years that changed the world. The opener, “Television Comes of Age,” recalls how the medium, pre-cable, evolved during the decade. 9 p.m., CNN.

Friday

John Malkovich manages to shiver a few timbers in “Crossbones. It’s a new adventure series that has him playing the notorious pirate Edward Teach — aka Blackbeard. 10 p.m., NBC (Channel 5).

Saturday

Rousing performances and heartfelt speeches are featured in the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,taped April 10 in Brooklyn. This year’s inductees include Nirvana, the E Street Band, Daryl Hall &John Oates, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and Kiss. 8 p.m., HBO.

Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times

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