You’ve got to be a big fan of musical competitions to keep them straight. One night after the “American Idol” finale and on the night of the final live performances on “The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG), Fox counter-programs with the third season of “Beat Shazam” (8 p.m., TV-PG).
“Beat” isn’t so much a singing competition as a slick 21st-century variation on “Name That Tune.” Pairs compete through five rounds by identifying a song after a snippet is played. The winning team then competes against an app named — you guessed it — Shazam.
Created by Apple and available on most platforms, “Shazam” has been programmed to identify TV shows, commercial jingles, songs and movies in a terrifyingly short period. You’ve got to be quick to beat an algorithm — and a product placement.
“Beat” is produced and hosted by the multitalented actor, comedian, singer and music producer Jamie Foxx, who won an Oscar for playing Ray Charles in “Ray” in 2004. Few predicted an Academy Award for Foxx when he starred on the WB’s “Jamie Foxx Show” from 1996 to 2001.
• As Netflix’s “The Crown” shows us, life is not a bed of Tudor roses for the sceptered set. “Private Lives of the Monarchs” (8 p.m., Smithsonian) begins with a glance at Queen Victoria, whose reign from 1837-1901 defined an era. The profile puts an accent on secrets hidden from her contemporaries, with a particular focus on her ill will toward Edward, her son and heir, a man given to debauched living and multiple mistresses.
The five-part “Monarch” series is hosted by Tracy Borman, joint chief curator of the royal palaces. Future episodes will look at Britain’s Henry VII, Charles II, George III and the French “Sun King,” Louis XIV.
• Stephen Fry (“Jeeves and Wooster,” “Fry & Laurie”) stars in “Kingdom,” a 2007 series streaming today on Acorn. He plays a lawyer whose private and professional life is overshadowed by his brother’s disappearance and the general dysfunction of his family. Like many British series, this 18-episode affair puts the accent on regional scenery, in this case the natural beauty of the Norfolk landscape.
Also streaming today on Acorn is the 2006 TV movie adaptation of Jean Rhys’ novel “Wide Sargasso Sea,” an imagined prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” starring Rebecca Hall (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) and Rafe Spall (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”).
• Morning show host Kelly Ripa recently expressed disdain, disinterest and disgust at the comings and goings on “The Bachelorette” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
I think my estimation of her just went up a few notches.
I have nothing against anybody who watches “The Bachelorette” for escapism. I simply salute Ripa for her blunt honesty.
Too many chat show hosts feel they have to pretend to be cheerleaders for every show and movie and everyone they host. That’s why they frequently seem so phony and insipid.
While we’re on that subject, look for a new “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2019” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
Tonight’s season finales
• Constantine and Nora uncover Neron’s plan on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
• Tal’s battle continues on “The Enemy Within” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
• The trial concludes on “The Fix” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
Tonight’s other highlights
• A mission to Syria on “The Code” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
• “Roswell: Mysteries Decoded” (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-PG) examines UFO legends.
• A decontamination plan takes shape on “Chernobyl” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
• Four Alabama high schoolers overcome failing schools and broken homes to compete in the “Independent Lens” (10 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings) documentary “Wrestle.”
• Lister confronts the widowed preacher who took advantage of Miss Walker on “Gentleman Jack” (10 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleshette star in the 1968 mind-control fantasy “The Power” (12:15 p.m., TCM).
The movie was directed by Byron Haskin (“War of the Worlds,” “Outer Limits” and “Star Trek”).
The crank next door on “The Neighborhood” (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) ... Home office woes on “Man With a Plan” (8:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) ... Frisky business on “Paradise Hotel” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
Jim Gaffigan appears on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes John Lithgow, J Balvin and Sean Paul on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC).
Jeff Daniels, Logan Browning, Ann Beattie and Sebastian Thomson visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC) ... Renee Zellweger, Ben Kingsley and Oliver Tree appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (12:35 a.m., CBS).