John Malkovich stars in Crossbones, premiering Friday at 10 p.m. on NBCSun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.
John Malkovich stars in Crossbones, premiering Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC

Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Chuck Barney

Contra Costa Times

Monday

-- Gordon Ramsay launches another season of MasterChef and you know what that means: Food fight! 8 p.m., Fox.

-- If you loved that freakfest known as Flowers in the Attic, you'll want to return for Petals on the Wind. It's the sequel that leaps ahead 10 years to find siblings Cathy and Christopher Dollanganger (Rose McIver and Wyatt Nash) dealing with the forbidden lust they have for each other. Ellen Burstyn and Heather Graham also star. 9 p.m., Lifetime.

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

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

Thursday

-- The Sixties is 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.

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.

Contact Chuck Barney at cbarney@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/chuckbarney and Facebook.com/bayareanewsgroup.chuckbarney.