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THURSDAY APRIL 23, 2015

Bones
8 p.m. on FOX

Some big personal news is in store for Brennan and Booth (played by Emily Deschanel, who's pregnant again in real life - hint, hint - and David Boreanaz) in the new episode "The Eye in the Sky." It's tempered by their case, which involves the gruesome death of a gambler. For Booth, the investigation means guarding against falling back into his old habit of placing bets. Hodgins (TJ Thyne) becomes an entrepreneur. Jeremy Ratchford ("Cold Case") guest stars.

The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. on CW

Damon (Ian Somerhalder) keeps a key piece of information from Elena (Nina Dobrev) as he ponders, along with her, what their future might hold in the new episode "Because." Bonnie (Kat Graham) isn't happy that Damon has acted against her. Caroline's (Candice Accola) ongoing rampage steers others away from their own concerns. Enzo (Michael Malarkey) finds out surprising information about his genesis as a vampire. Paul Wesley also stars.

The Odd Couple
8:31 p.m. on CBS

Just because he knows sports, does that necessarily make Oscar (Matthew Perry) better-suited to play them than Felix (Thomas Lennon)? It doesn't seem that way in the cleverly titled new episode "The Unger Games," as Felix's proficiency in both softball and basketball leaves Oscar stunned. The roommates do battle in an amateur decathlon meant to gauge which one is more of an athlete. Dave Foley and Geoff Stults guest star. Lindsay Sloane also stars.

The Blacklist
9 p.m. on NBC

Atypically taken out of commission, a seriously ailing Red (James Spader) asks Liz (Megan Boone) to prevent another attempt on his life by finding a person from his past in the new episode "Leonard Caul." In turn, she gets help - quite unexpectedly - from Tom (Ryan Eggold). David Strathairn ("Lincoln," "The Bourne Legacy") reprises his earlier guest role as The Director. Diego Klattenhoff and Harry Lennix also star.

Scandal
9 p.m. on ABC

Mellie (Bellamy Young) appears to be on the outs with the public at large when her image takes a major hit in the new episode "First Lady Sings the Blues." Cyrus (Jeff Perry) has to rally to her side and try to cast her in a better light. The B613-opposed team sees the tide turn in their campaign, placing them in immediate danger. Joe Morton and Kate Burton return in their recurring guest roles. Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn and Joshua Malina also star.

Backstrom
9 p.m. on FOX

Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) fears for the safety of Valentine (Thomas Dekker), whose abuser is found slain, in the new episode "Corkscrewed." The suspects surely are diverse, as indicated by the related probes of wine smugglers, a crooked cop and an elected official. A personal concern also affects Backstrom simultaneously, since Amy (guest star Sarah Chalke) has a new beau. Adam Beach ("Flags of Our Fathers") also guest stars. Dennis Haysbert also stars.

Reign
9 p.m. on CW

Mary (Adelaide Kane) sides with France and Francis (Toby Regbo) in the new episode "Abandoned," while Conde's (Sean Teale) actions could put him in league with England. Catherine and Narcisse (Megan Follows, Craig Parker) make their case in court. Bash's (Torrance Coombs) emotional distance drives Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) toward General Renaude (guest star Vincent Nappo). Rose Williams and Anna Popplewell also star.

Mom
9:30 p.m. on CBS

Being unable to keep their feuding under wraps doesn't do much for Christy and Bonnie (Anna Faris, Allison Janney) on the social scene in the new episode "Patient Zero and the Chocolate Fountain." They prove to be so ornery with each other, no one else really wants to be around them - and it takes some time for the mother and daughter to get that message. Guest stars Octavia Spencer, Jamie Pressly and David Krumholtz reprise their earlier roles.

PGA Tour Golf
9:30 p.m. on GOLF

The PGA Tour makes its only stop of 2015 in the Bayou State this week as TPC Louisiana plays host to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Seung-Yul Noh earned his first Tour victory on the 7,399-yard Pete Dye design a year ago, shooting a 71 in the final round to best Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb by two strokes.

Elementary
10 p.m. on CBS

A kidnapping proves lethal when two paramedics are murdered while the abduction is being committed in the new episode "Under My Skin." Holmes and Watson (Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu) become involved in the search for the killer and his captive. Meanwhile, Holmes is shaken by what he discovers about his recovery sponsor (guest star Ato Essandoh). Fisher Stevens and Terry Serpico guest star. Aidan Quinn also stars.

The Comedians
10 p.m. on FX

In the new episode "The Red Carpet," Billy and Josh (Billy Crystal, Josh Gad) wind up both being nominated for the same award. In order to put the best public face possible on the situation, the pair decide to walk the red carpet together. They wind up taking an unexpected detour, however.

Vikings
10 p.m. on HIST

In the new episode "The Dead," which is the Season 3 finale, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and his Vikings take a very serious risk as they make one last, frenzied assault on Paris. Ragnar also asks his son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) for a favor - one that could change the course of Viking history. Clive Standen and Katheryn Winnick also star.

Olympus
10 p.m. on SYFY

In the new episode "Minos," a band of ruthless Minoans kidnaps Hero, Oracle and Daedalus (Tom York, Sonya Cassidy, Matt Frewer) and delivers them into the hands of evil King Minos (Alan C. Peterson) and his sadistic daughter, Ariadne (Sophia Lauchlin Hirt), who subject the trio to brutal torture. Luckily, things are falling apart back in Athens, so Medea (Sonita Henry) dispatches a mercenary to rescue Hero and bring him home.

Louie
10:30 p.m. on FX

If you recognize Robert Smigel's name, it's probably from his rude voice work as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog or as the genius behind those twisted "Saturday Night Live" TV Funhouse segments, including The Ambiguously Gay Duo. He also co-wrote the story for tonight's new episode "Cop Story," wherein Louie (Louis C.K.) runs into an old acquaintance.

FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2015

Grimm
8 p.m. on NBC

A murder represents a rite of passage for a Wesen, giving Nick and Hank (David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby) extra concerns in trying to solve the homicide in the new episode "Iron Hans." Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) finds kinship where she didn't expect it, and Adalind (Claire Coffee) may be an additional help to her. Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) struggles with his darker instincts. Silas Weir Mitchell and Bree Turner also star.

Shark Tank
8 p.m. on ABC

Celebrities' fans usually can't get enough of their particular favorites, and two New York women apply that to the products they pitch to the Sharks in this new episode. Two Boston men present a mobile app for people to reserve a barstool for big events, and a former NFL player puts forth his idea for an ultramodern shoe insole. In a segment that "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir would approve of, made-in-America men's clothing is showcased.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
8 p.m. on FOX

Anyone familiar with the first film won't find much that's very surprising in this 2009 comedy-fantasy sequel, but the result is entertaining enough. Hilary Swank also played Amelia Earhart fairly recently, but Amy Adams had a crack at it earlier, since the aviatrix is among the historic figures encountered by ex-security guard Larry (Ben Stiller) as he assists in relocating exhibits from his former workplace to the Smithsonian Institution. Robin Williams also stars.

Cedric's Barber Battle
8 p.m. on CW

The competition among those who create "hair sculptures" moves to Texas, as indicated by the title of the new episode "San Antonio." Cedric the Entertainer presents efforts by that city's barbers to give customers haircuts that are much more than that, seen in the elaborate designs created on people's heads by using combs and clippers. The rapport among those in the barbershops adds humor. The contestants include Rob Ferrel and Nick Castellanos.

Forbidden Planet
8 p.m. on TCM

The science-fiction classic that introduced the world to Robby the Robot, this 1956 fantasy repositions Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in a futuristic environment. A dead-serious Leslie Nielsen plays a spaceship commander dispatched from Earth to learn what happened to the residents of the planet Altair-4. He finds two survivors, a scientist and his daughter (Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis) - plus an invisible monster.

Cold Justice
8 p.m. on TNT

In the new episode "Lying in Wait," former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary, a former crime scene investigator, travel to Greenville, Ohio, in their search for answers to the bloody double homicide of a middle-aged man and woman, both of whom were found fatally shot inside the male victim's house.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30 p.m. on CW

The drama typically is heavy-duty for Adelaide Kane as she plays Mary on the series "Reign," but the actress gets to show her funny side as the principal guest star in this new episode. There's the possibility she'll still experience some royal pains as she teams with Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles to improvise skits and songs suggested by the studio audience. Comic Jeff Davis also guests. Aisha Tyler is the host.

Hawaii Five-0
9 p.m. on CBS

Anyone who saw the recent movie "The Loft" will get a sense of deja vu from the new episode "Ho'amoano" (Hawaiian for "Chasing Yesterday,") since the theme is quite similar. Guest stars Jaleel White, Pauly Shore and Kevin Farley play married men whose shared hotel suite has something they didn't expect: a woman's corpse. Jerry (Jorge Garcia) sees a woman being kidnapped. The actual police chief of Honolulu, Louis Kealoha, guest stars as himself.

Bruce Jenner - The Interview
9 p.m. on ABC

In a new two-hour program, Diane Sawyer talks with the Olympic decathlete about his life and his physical appearance in recent times. Jenner has not had such a conversation publicly, and the interview reportedly took place a while ago, prior to the February car accident on California's Pacific Coast Highway in which he was involved. Also expected to be among the topics probed by Sawyer: Jenner's relationships with the Kardashians.

America's Ballroom Challenge
9 p.m. on PBS

Before "Dancing With the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," there was a series of public-television specials by this name. A new three-week series revives the franchise, with "So You Think ... " veteran Mary Murphy and Tony Meredith serving as the hosts of episodes recorded during a competition in Columbus, Ohio. "Episode One" presents the finals in American Smooth and American Rhythm, encompassing such dances as the waltz and the tango.

The Messengers
9 p.m. on CW

The five strangers who have been impacted by the mysterious force meet in the new episode "Strange Magic." Rose (Anna Diop) tells them the nature of the phenomenon that has affected them, and also informs them about their shared mission. The Man (Diogo Morgado) keeps Vera (Shantel VanSanten) intrigued with his supposed knowledge of her son's whereabouts. Jon Fletcher, Sofia Black-D'Elia, JD Pardo and Joel Courtney also star.

Bering Sea Gold
9 p.m. on DISC

Things get really testy in a new episode with the telling title "I Quit!," as two family teams part ways. Aboard the Eroica, a frazzled Emily struggles to discipline her divers, but the attempt only winds up backfiring on her. Kris buys a piece of a dredge, turning disaster into an unexpected opportunity.

Bitten
9 p.m. on SYFY

With Malcolm no longer in their clutches, the Pack has little choice but to form a reluctant alliance with a coven of powerful witches as both groups prepare to face a common enemy in the new episode "Hell's Teeth." That foe turns out to be far more deadly than they had anticipated, however, and both werewolves and witches sustain heavy losses. Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt and Greg Bryk star.

Mysteries at the Museum
9 p.m. on TRAV

In the new episode "Stolen Strad, Fall From Space, Czech Dream," host Don Wildman examines a concert program associated with one of the most infamous nights in the history of a prominent music venue. Also: a space capsule used by a heroic astronaut during an unusually harrowing mission and a DVD from an unusual film that managed to blur the line between fiction and fact.

Meet the Smiths
9 p.m. on WTBS

A new episode called "Letting Go" finds Kenny having a surprisingly hard time accepting that Monique, now in college, is enjoying and exploring a new freedom in her life. Elsewhere, London also doesn't want to let go of her most cherished possession: her pacifier.

VOCES on PBS
10 p.m. on PBS

Such series as "Desperate Housewives" and "Devious Maids" have improved the opportunities for Latina performers in the world's entertainment capital, but finding steady work there still can be a challenge. The new episode "Now en Espanol" examines the situation of five such actresses, who had consistent jobs dubbing "Desperate Housewives" into Spanish - until the show's long run ended. How the women have fared since is considered.

Arctic Recovery
10 p.m. on DISC

A new episode called "The Thaw" finds Fairbanks residents happily taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather that has moved into the region. As the various recovery teams know all too well based on painful past experience, however, those higher temperatures don't guarantee that the roads are safer.

Lost Girl
10 p.m. on SYFY

In the new episode "Like Hell Pt. 2," Bo (Anna Silk) needs the assistance of an estranged family member if she is to have any hope of returning from the underworld to rejoin the world of the living. Meanwhile, Lauren and Dyson (Zoie Palmer, Kris Holden-Ried) continue their search for the entrance to Tartarus, but Lauren is stalked by a mysterious spirit.

SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2015

Toy Story 3
8 p.m. on ABC

There's still plenty of life left in Buzz Lightyear and cowboy Woody, as Tim Allen and Tom Hanks reprise their voice roles in this delightful and quite affecting 2010 sequel to the earlier Disney-Pixar box-office smashes. With their owner, Andy, heading off to college, most of his toys - except Woody, who goes with him - get a new destination, a day care center where they aren't treated too well. Michael Keaton gives voice to Ken, longtime boyfriend of Barbie.

Valley Uprising
8 p.m. on DISC

Discovery Channel launches its Elevation Weekend event with the premiere of this award-winning documentary, which chronicles the stories of adventurous souls who, over 50 years, have pushed the envelope in terms of what's possible in Yosemite Valley, Calif., a favorite spot for rock climbing, thanks to challenging peaks such as Half Dome and, especially, El Capitan.

When Calls the Heart
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on HALL

The period drama returns for a second season with "Trials of the Heart," a new two-hour episode that finds Elizabeth and Jack (Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing) closer than ever after their first kiss. Their relationship will be tested, however, when bad news from home forces her to return to the high-society life she abandoned. Back in Coal Valley, Abigail (Lori Loughlin) anxiously awaits the outcome of the trial that could clear her late husband of culpability in the mine disaster. Jack Wagner also stars.

Godzilla
8 p.m. on HBO

Despite such notable human stars as Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche, size still matters when it comes to the most notable cast member in this latest remake of the monster classic. Then again, he's the title character, so what else would you expect? Fearsome as he is, Godzilla also is the piece's hero as he battles creatures called MUTOs. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins also star.

Cleveland Abduction
8 p.m. on LIFE

She's become a fan favorite as dentally challenged redneck inmate Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett on the Netflix prison dramedy "Orange Is the New Black." Now Taryn Manning tackles the real-life role of single mother Michelle Knight, who was abducted in 2002 by Ariel Castro (Raymond Cruz) and held captive in his home for more than a decade. She became a surrogate mother to two other girls Castro abducted and helped them survive until their rescue in 2013. Pam Grier and Joe Morton also star.

Boyhood
8 p.m. on SHOW

Patricia Arquette won an Academy Award as best supporting actress for her performance in writer-director Richard Linklater's 2014 drama, which he filmed over the course of 12 years. The film traces a Texas youth's (Ellar Coltrane) coming of age, with each year represented by a different vignette from his life. Arquette and Ethan Hawke, a frequent Linklater collaborator, play the boy's parents. In addition to five other Oscar nominations, "Boyhood" also topped many best-of-2014 lists.

Lake Placid vs. Anaconda
9 p.m. on SYFY

The subtitle of this low-budget 2015 horror movie might as well be "When Franchises Collide," marking the merging of the giant gator "Lake Placid" movie series with the humongous snake from the "Anaconda" offerings. In classic sci-fi style, the plot, such as it is, is set into motion by corporate greed and scientific folly run amok. Robert Englund ("A Nightmare on Elm Street"), Yancy Butler ("Kick-Ass") and Corin Nemec ("Stargate SG-1") top the cast.

The Dead Files
10 p.m. on TRAV

Season 7 opens with the new episode "Guardians of the Dead - Montego Bay, Jamaica," which takes Steve Di Schiavi and Amy Allan to the Caribbean locale of the title on their first international investigation. The subject: a deadly legend and hair-raising rumors of paranormal activity at a tropical resort.

SUNDAY APRIL 26, 2015

Bob's Burgers
7:30 p.m. on FOX

Can Gene (voice of Eugene Mirman) retain his love of music? That's a big question after he's ejected from the band he founded in the new episode "Itty Bitty Ditty Committee." Tina and Louise (voices of Dan Mintz and Kristen Schaal), two of those who still are in the group, try to make sure Gene doesn't give up his pursuit of all things melodic. Linda (voice of John Roberts) has a rash that no one else in the household wants to face - in every sense.

Call the Midwife
8 p.m. on PBS

The refusal by some people to take medicine because of their religion applies to modern times, but the new "Season 4: Episode 5" indicates that it also occurred in the time this series is set in. A Christian Science couple won't let medicine be given to their newborn, prompting Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) to have a literal crisis of faith. Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) attempts to connect with a pregnant, non-English-speaking woman via the latter's son.

The Simpsons
8 p.m. on FOX

What turned Bart and Lisa (voices of Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith) into antagonists in the very beginning? The new episode "The Kids Are All Fight" supplies the details, prompted by Homer's (voice of Dan Castellaneta) discovery of an old roll of film that he gets developed. It's interesting to see that the situation between the siblings then isn't much different from how it is now. Julie Kavner and Hank Azaria also are in the voice cast.

The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards
8 p.m., 9:30 p.m. on DISN

Disney Channel star Zendaya ("K.C. Undercover") hosts this two-hour special taped Saturday, April 25, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, where awards are presented in categories such as Best Breakup Song and Best Song to Rock Out to With Your BFF. Scheduled presenters include actress Chelsea Kane ("Baby Daddy"), singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, pop trio Sweet Suspense, country singer Kelsea Ballerini and the casts of "blackish" and "Teen Beach 2."

MLB Baseball
8 p.m. on ESPN

New York's "Subway Series" gets another chapter tonight in the Bronx, where Carlos Beltran and the Yankees close out a three-game home series against David Wright and the Mets. With a deep pool of young pitching talent, the Amazins hope to break a streak of six-straight losing seasons in 2015. The Bombers, meantime, might not be so lucky. An aging roster and a lackluster lineup could place them closer to the bottom than the top of the AL East this season.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:30 p.m. on FOX

An inactive Jake (Andy Samberg) is an edgy Jake, as the new episode "AC/DC" confirms. He hurts himself during an investigation, prompting Terry (Terry Crews) to insist that he take some time off. Holt and Rosa (Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz) also have reason to be on edge, since their double date with their respective significant others prevents them from addressing their feelings for each other. Melissa Fumero and Joe Lo Truglio also star.

The Good Wife
9 p.m. on CBS

Oliver Platt ("The Big C") continues his guest role as Reese "R.D." Dipple in the new episode "The End," in which he puts Diane (Christine Baranski) to another test of her legal skills. Cary (Matt Czuchry) also is involved, as well as two conservative attorneys, in debating mandatory minimum sentencing. Caught up in a possible case of voter fraud, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is left with no choice but to resign the state's attorney job she recently won.

A.D. The Bible Continues
9 p.m. on NBC

A Roman soldier's death prompts Pilate (Vincent Regan) to take retaliatory action - in the form of his oversight of many crucifixions - in the appropriately titled new episode "The Wrath." Peter and John (Adam Levy, Babou Alieu Ceesay) evade being convicted, despite Caiaphas' (Richard Coyle) efforts. As the size of the church increases, some of those who join don't have pure aims, and a higher power deals with them.

Secrets and Lies
9 p.m. on ABC

Ben's (Ryan Phillippe) domestic situation doesn't get any better - quite the opposite, in fact - as Christy (KaDee Strickland) won't let the children near him in the new episode "The Mother." He manages to spend time with Abby (Belle Shouse) at a holiday event, but things ultimately don't go as he hoped they would. Detective Cornell (Juliette Lewis) refuses to be deterred by the inadmissibility of earlier evidence against Ben and tackles her probe anew.

Family Guy
9 p.m. on FOX

He may be an animated character, but Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) probably knows how recent roastee Justin Bieber feels as his supposed friends subject him to pointed barbs in the new episode "Roasted Guy." He then decides it's time to find some new comrades, and he chooses a group of mean girls - who may be snarking about him secretly, Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) warns him. Seth Green, Mila Kunis and Patrick Warburton also are in the voice cast.

Spring Baking Championship
9 p.m. on FOOD

Bobby Deen hosts this new six-part series in which eight of the best bakers in the country compete in preparing a number of different baked goods suitable for a variety of occasions ranging from a Memorial Day family picnic to a Mother's Day brunch. In the first episode, the bakers must create a flower-inspired cupcake, then use fresh fruit in an upside-down cake. Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale are the judges.

Game of Thrones
9 p.m. on HBO

In King's Landing, the stunningly resourceful Queen Margaery (Natalie Dormer) enjoys her new husband, who - let's be honest here - has a pretty low bar to clear after the late Joffrey. Meanwhile, new BFFs Tyrion and Varys (Peter Dinklage, Conleth Hill) walk the Long Bridge of Volantis in a new episode called "High Sparrow."

Nurse Jackie
9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. on SHOW

The new episode "Godfathering" finds Jackie (Edie Falco) back on the floor, but not allowed to touch patients. She also must undergo daily urine screens, not to mention the hawklike scrutiny of Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith), who has no intention of making things easy for Jackie. Elsewhere, Zoey (Merritt Wever) gets the results of her Master's program application, while Carrie (Betty Gilpin) withholds news about her pregnancy from Coop (Peter Facinelli).

Breaking Borders
9 p.m. on TRAV

Journalist Mariana van Zeller and celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio return to Cuba to reconnect with previous guests there in the wake of the lifting of the 50-year travel embargo. They share a fantastic meal and discuss what has changed in the communist country and what Cubans expect and hope for in the months and years ahead. That conversation is part of the new episode "Vintage Cars, Cigars and New Freedom in Cuba."

Masterpiece Classic
9:05 p.m. on PBS

Harry (Jeremy Piven) names Gordon (Greg Austin) the now-absent Henri's successor as store deputy in the new "Mr. Selfridge, Season 3: Episode Five." Connie (Sacha Parkinson) is persuaded to give a reporter information that ultimately is used against the newly returned Kitty (Amy Beth Hayes), who has to deal with hate mail as a result. Loxley (Aidan McArdle) tries to amend his image by becoming a patron of war veterans through a charitable trust.

The Last Man on Earth
9:30 p.m. on FOX

Who will the new U.S. president be? Under the circumstances here, there aren't many candidates - nor many voters, for that matter - as the election is staged in the new episode "The Tandyman Can." Campaigning may or may not be extensive as the contenders set and promote their platforms, and actual politicians may envy the relative minimalism of the characters' process. Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones and Mel Rodriguez star.

Happyish
9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. on SHOW

This edgy new comedy series had a development process as dark as the tone of the show itself. The original pilot starred Philip Seymour Hoffman in the starring role. After Hoffman's untimely 2014 death, that role was recast with British comedy actor Steve Coogan as Thom Payne, a 44-year-old man who feels pressured to rebrand himself when his agency hires a 25-year-old boy wonder as his new boss in the series premiere, "Starring Samuel Beckett, Albert Camus and Alois Alzheimer."

Battle Creek
10 p.m. on CBS

Family matters - namely those of Commander Guziewicz (Janet McTeer) - concern Milt (Josh Duhamel) in the new episode "Old Wounds." Her adopted son (Rotimi Akinosho) debates whether the man arrested for the murders of his biological parents really is guilty, and Milt has to step carefully as he investigates, not wanting to antagonize the boss. Michael O'Neill ("Bates Motel") and Glenn Plummer ("Speed") guest star. Dean Winters and Kal Penn also star.

Wolf Hall on Masterpiece
10 p.m. on PBS

Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) births a baby, but what should be a joyous occasion proves otherwise because of the child's gender in the new "Episode 4." The infant is a girl, and King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis) wanted a son. Cromwell (Mark Rylance) tries to ensure that Anne will be installed as queen, but the big question mark of approval belongs to famously independent thinker Thomas More (Anton Lesser). David Robb and Kate Phillips also star.

American Odyssey
10:01 p.m. on NBC

As the search for Odelle (Anna Friel) is stepped up, she comes to an understanding with her captor (Dar Salim) in the new episode "Tango Uniform." Peter's (Peter Facinelli) efforts to get to the truth hit a snag, thanks to a senator (Reed Birney). As Harrison (Jake Robinson) readies himself for his father's funeral, Bob (Nate Mooney) comes forth with surprising information about the death. Treat Williams, Sarah Wynter and Jayne Atkinson also star.

Revenge
10:01 p.m. on ABC

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse between Emily and Victoria (Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe), along comes the new episode "Aftermath," in which choices made by both women promise to have enduring effects. Emily may come out on the shorter end, with others worrying about where she may - or can - go from this point. Roger Bart guest stars. Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Karine Vanasse and James Tupper also star.

Silicon Valley
10:02 p.m. on HBO

While considering Gavin's (Matt Ross) proposal, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) is approached by image-conscious billionaire Russ Hanneman (guest star Chris Diamantopoulos), who wants to back Pied Piper but may not be quite as hands-off as he claims to be, in the new episode "Bad Money." Meanwhile, Gilfoyle and Dinesh (Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani) play hardball to get what they want and Gavin finds a new strategy for dealing with an enemy.

The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man
10:03 p.m. on HIST

Shelby "Swamp Man" Stang - the larger-than-life character first introduced on "Ax Men" who lives and logs in and around Atchafalaya Swamp in southern Louisiana - returns for a new season with "Man Bites Snake," which finds Shelby taking on a snake and losing half of his tooth in the process. He resorts to a wildly dangerous stunt to alleviate his mouth pain, but may have to face his ultimate fear: a dentist. Another new episode follows.

Veep
10:30 p.m. on HBO

Selina's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) team looks for a scapegoat to blame for a data breach after the identity of a previously anonymous girl becomes public knowledge. Catherine (Sarah Sutherland) wants to support an anti-bullying campaign. Dan (Reid Scott) assigns Richard and Jonah (Sam Richardson, Timothy C. Simons) to buy fireworks for a campaign rally. While the president hosts the annual Easter Egg Roll, Mike (Matt Walsh) is about to make a dreadful error at a press conference.

MONDAY APRIL 27, 2015

2 Broke Girls
8 p.m. on CBS

It can pay to look good - or so Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) hope, as they become Nash's (guest star Austin Falk) managers in trying to launch his modeling career in the new episode "And the Look of the Irish." They expect that if he's successful, they'll profit, too. Sophie and Oleg (Jennifer Coolidge, Jonathan Kite) try to keep their hands off each other for the month before their wedding. Sandra Bernhard returns in her guest role.

The Voice
8 p.m. on NBC

The end of the competition's season gets ever nearer with the new episode "Live Top 8 Performances," with those still in the running to be the next "Voice" singing their hearts out. Mentors and judges Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams weigh in with their assessments - which will figure into Tuesday's telecast, the week's elimination show. Carson Daly is the host.

Antiques Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

Your name doesn't have to be Tommy: Anyone who's ever played "a mean pinball" is sure to enjoy "Hour Two" of the program's new visit to Santa Clara, Calif., where host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser James Supp at the Pacific Pinball Museum - and you just know lots of classic machines will be on display. Appraised items include a collection of writings by celebrated fantasy writer Ray Bradbury, now owned by the English teacher he had in high school.

Gotham
8 p.m. on FOX

Barbara (Erin Richards) falls prey to the Ogre (guest star Milo Ventimiglia), making Gordon (Ben McKenzie) all the more desperate to find the villain, in the new episode "The Anvil or the Hammer." The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) launches an all-out assault that leads to ever-mounting carnage. Bruce (David Mazouz) is shocked by what he learns about his family's company. Morena Baccarin and David Zayas guest star. Donal Logue also stars.

The Originals
8 p.m. on CW

Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black) tries to win Klaus (Joseph Morgan) over to her side in the new episode "City Beneath the Sea," dangling information about baby Hope in front of him. Several people are trying to determine their own ways of dealing with Dahlia - Elijah, Freya and Rebekah (Daniel Gillies, guest star Riley Voelkel, guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) among them. Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) has to make a tough decision regarding Hope.

Mike & Molly
8:30 p.m. on CBS

Guest star Margo Martindale ("The Millers," "Justified") returns as Peggy's (Rondi Reed) sister Rosemary in the new episode "Mother From Another Mudlick." Mike (Billy Gardell) has never met her, and when he does, he's astonished how unlike Peggy she is - in a positive sense. Some family friction results, though, over the immediate bond he forms with her. Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson and Swoosie Kurtz also star.

The Draft
9 p.m. on PBS

The process of selecting Americans for military duty is considered by this new special, which notes controversies that the draft has generated - encompassing President Franklin Roosevelt's creation of a peacetime draft. Those chosen to serve often have had long tours of duty in foreign lands, with protests on home turf being among the results, certainly during the Vietnam War. Interviews also trace reforms that have been applied to the draft over the years.

The Following
9 p.m. on FOX

Just because the ever-resourceful Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is slated for execution doesn't necessarily mean he'll meet his doom, as the new episode "Evermore" indicates. When hostages are taken at the prison where the procedure is slated to occur, Ryan (Kevin Bacon) only can count on himself as he enters the facility. Megalyn Echikunwoke ("The 4400") guest stars. Shawn Ashmore, Jessica Stroup and Michael Ealy also star.

Jane the Virgin
9 p.m. on CW

A revelation about the baby sets Jane (Gina Rodriguez) on an independent course of action, based on what she feels is best for the child, in the new "Chapter Twenty." Xo's (Andrea Navedo) efforts to patch things up with Rogelio (Jaime Camil) meet with resistance, and his focus is on career matters anyway. Jane seeks Michael's (Brett Dier) assistance in exposing the deceptive Petra (Yael Grobglas). Debbie Allen ("Fame") directed the story.

Bates Motel
9 p.m. on A&E

In a new episode with the grim title "The Pit," Romero (Nestor Carbonell) confronts Norma (Vera Farmiga) about some information that recently came to light, and an increasingly fragile Norman (Freddie Highmore) is devastated by a new discovery. Elsewhere, Caleb and Dylan (Kenny Johnson, Max Thieriot) take on a risky job, while Emma (Olivia Cooke) comes to a difficult decision about her future with Norman. Nicola Peltz guest stars.

Shahs of Sunset
9 p.m. on BRAVO

Returning to her roots, Asa plans a performance art piece in Hollywood involving veiled members of a flash mob in the new episode "Can't Fake the Funk." GG gets some surprising results when she takes a second polygraph test. Mike tries to make peace over dinner with MJ, Reza and Asa, but his good intentions are sidetracked when his drunken fiancee, Jessica, unleashes a tirade against the crew.

Tales of the Grim Sleeper
9 p.m. on HBO

Award-winning filmmaker Nick Broomfield ("Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer") investigates the case of the Grim Sleeper, a serial killer terrorizing poor black women in South Central Los Angeles for 25 years. In 2010, Lonnie Franklin was arrested and charged with 10 of the deaths, the accidental result of a computer DNA match that linked Franklin to a possible 20 victims. He remains in jail awaiting trial. Broomfield's film includes an interview with Franklin's son, Chris.

Dick Cavett's Vietnam
10 p.m. on PBS

Some of the most dramatic conversations about - and during - the Vietnam War happened on Cavett's famously cerebral late-night ABC program, and many of them are excerpted in this new special that includes a recent interview with Cavett. Woody Allen, Jane Fonda, Paul Newman and Warren Beatty are among media personalities seen in the clips, while politicians are represented by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Sen. Barry Goldwater, among others.

The Returned
10 p.m. on A&E

Claire's (Tandi Wright) secret is revealed and Lena (Sophie Lowe) returns home in a new episode called "Claire." Elsewhere, the police obtain a full confession from the suspected killer, while Victor (Dylan Kingwell) takes some extreme steps to protect Julie (Sandrine Holt) at any cost. Camille (India Ennenga) discovers the appalling result of her well-intended efforts.

TURN: Washington's Spies
10 p.m. on AMC

Andrew McCarthy directed this new episode called "Men of Blood," which finds Abe (Jamie Bell) continuing his efforts to infiltrate New York by trying to recruit a new agent there. Elsewhere, Caleb (David Henshall) races Rogers (Angus Macfadyen) to hunt down intelligence reports from London, while Andre's (JJ Feild) history is exposed.

The Night Shift
10:01 p.m. on NBC

Currently a producer and sometimes-actor on "Secrets and Lies," Timothy Busfield moonlights by guest-starring as a rodeo cowboy hurt in a building collapse in the new episode "Hold On." Busfield's wife, Melissa Gilbert, also guest stars as his character's girlfriend. A patient's reaction to an appendectomy leads Paul (Robert Bailey Jr.) to question Krista (Jeananne Goossen). Scott (Scott Wolf) wants to perform needed surgery on a teenager he struck with his car.

Castle
10:01 p.m. on ABC

Somewhat reminiscent of the Liam Neeson movie "Non-Stop," the new episode "In Plane Sight" puts Castle and Alexis (Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn) aboard a flight to London that turns deadly. An air marshal on the jet is slain, and as Castle seeks the killer, Beckett (Stana Katic) tries to help with the identification on the ground - and they need to work fast, since the murderer may strike again. Paula Newsome guest stars. Penny Johnson Jerald also stars.

Rivermen
10:03 p.m. on HIST

In the season finale, "Sink or Swim," a bad choice ends in disaster during a huge Florida storm when Capt. Lee bets on the seaworthiness of the Huckleberry. In Illinois, Trapper relies on an old trick that his grandfather used as he hunts for huge flathead catfish. Seaver and Mike confront risky whitewaters and icebergs the size of automobiles as they enter the most dangerous stretch of their trek along Alaska's Copper River.

The Miracle Worker
10:15 p.m. on TCM

"The room's a wreck, but her napkin is folded." Dedicated Anne Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) helps young Helen Keller (Patty Duke) emerge from her silent prison in this Oscar-winning 1962 adaptation of William Gibson's award-winning Broadway play. By turns poignant, funny, suspenseful and uplifting, the drama scored Academy Awards for both Bancroft and Duke, reprising their stage performances. Inga Swenson co-stars.

TUESDAY APRIL 28, 2015

NCIS
8 p.m. on CBS

The murder of a Naval Intelligence-savvy ensign brings Special Agent Ned Dorneget (guest star Matt Jones) back, so he can work with Gibbs' (Mark Harmon) squad, in the new episode "Troll." Gibbs' new friendship with government lawyer Jake Malloy (returning guest star Jamie Bamber) surprises the other team members ... particularly Bishop (Emily Wickersham), Malloy's wife. Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum also star.

Dancing With the Stars
8 p.m. on ABC

So far this season, the competitions and the results have been bundled into a single weekly episode, but the results show becomes its own telecast again here. That's somewhat ironic, since with ever fewer contestants, there's that much more time to be able to fit everything in on Mondays. Still, hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are likely to use this extra airing to its full advantage, perhaps catching viewers who aren't available for the usual broadcast.

The Day the '60s Died
8 p.m. on PBS

The name Kent State should indicate the theme of this new documentary, recalling the still-controversial shootings of four students by National Guardsmen during a 1970 protest at the Ohio university. The program examines not only what happened there, but also related events that were occurring in Washington, D.C., and Vietnam. Interviewees include Nixon speechwriter Pat Buchanan, then-protester and later Devo founder Jerry Casale, and two Vietnam War veterans.

Hell's Kitchen
8 p.m. on FOX

How about a meal of alligator? Or a dish of ostrich? Such are the ingredients that must be used by the remaining contestants in the new episode "9 Chefs Compete," featuring guest judges connected to an appropriately named Los Angeles restaurant: Animal. Following that challenge, Chef Gordon Ramsay assesses each of the contenders individually, with the lowest-ranked person on each team sent into a face-off ... and only one will stay.

The Flash
8 p.m. on CW

Formerly the ally of Barry (Grant Gustin) and the others at the lab, Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) becomes their target instead in the new episode "The Trap." Cisco (Carlos Valdes) makes himself the bait, with potentially lethal results. Eddie (Rick Cosnett) reaches a decision about Iris (Candice Patton) that bothers Joe (Jesse L. Martin) - not a great situation, since the two men have to work together. Danielle Panabaker also stars.

NCIS: New Orleans
9 p.m. on CBS

LaSalle (Lucas Black) tries to help his brother (guest star Clayne Crawford), who discovers his girlfriend's body in his car's trunk - with no idea how it got there - in the new episode "You'll Do." As a police captain (guest star Dylan Walsh, "Unforgettable") closes in, the sibling is the likeliest suspect in the death, but LaSalle remains intent on clearing him. Scott Bakula, Zoe McClellan and CCH Pounder also star.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9 p.m. on ABC

Edward James Olmos continues his guest role as Robert Gonzales in the new episode "The Dirty Half Dozen," as the character agrees to join forces with Coulson (Clark Gregg) against Hydra. To say that their partnership is tenuous is an understatement, since neither trusts the other ... making both of them second-guess every move as they build their offensive. Henry Simmons, J. August Richards, Kyle MacLachlan and Dichen Lachman also guest star.

Last Days in Vietnam: American Experience
9 p.m. on PBS

Directed by Emmy winner Rory Kennedy, this Oscar-nominated documentary recalls efforts by U.S. military personnel to get as many of their South Vietnamese allies as possible to safety as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army in 1975. No evacuation plan could handle everyone, so those in charge had to make hard choices, including going against official orders to extract only U.S. citizens. Interviews with some who were involved inform the plentiful archival footage.

New Girl
9 p.m. on FOX

The name Fawn has been connected to political scandals in the past, but it's this show's Fawn (guest star Zoe Lister-Jones) who's involved in one in the new episode "Panty Gate." That title suggests what the controversy swarms around, and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) makes himself a sacrificial lamb to fix the problem. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) becomes a "love doctor." Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) makes a decision about May (guest star Meaghan Rath).

iZombie
9 p.m. on CW

A pregnant woman's murder concerns Liv (Rose McIver) in more ways than one in the new episode "Maternity Liv." After going about her typically brainy way of plugging into the victim's memories, Liv experiences what it's like to be an expectant mom, and the adjustment certainly poses its challenges for her. Major (Robert Buckley) is stunned by something he learns. Malcolm Goodwin, David Anders and Rahul Kohli also star.

Married at First Sight
9 p.m., 10:01 p.m. on A&E

After meeting, marrying, honeymooning and moving, all in the dizzying span of only two weeks, each of the three couples prepares to ring in the new year for the first time as husband and wife in a new episode entitled, quite logically, "Happy New Year."

The Real Housewives of New York City
9 p.m. on BRAVO

After a wild night with her single friends, Carole catches up with Heather at the High Line to discuss her dating life in the new episode "The Art of Being a Cougar." Sonja and LuAnn show up with much younger dates when Bethenny throws herself a last-minute birthday dinner. Carole flirts with LuAnn's chef, Adam, while Kristen pouts that she didn't get an invitation. Ramona mixes business with pleasure during a meeting with Peter, her restaurant partner.

Deadliest Catch
9 p.m. on DISC

In a new episode called "The Ultimatum," huge waves test rookie skipper Josh Harris' mettle, but they're not what really threatens to sink the Cornelia Marie. A mutinous crew on the Wizard faces off against Captain Keith. Meanwhile, on the Northwestern, an unwelcome surprise is in store for Sig.

One Big Happy
9:30 p.m. on NBC

The sitcom's season finale, "Wedlock," puts the union of Luke and Prudence (Nick Zano, Kelly Brook) in jeopardy. After discovering something about her, he goes AWOL, leaving her possibly having to go elsewhere as well - back overseas. Actually, he goes on a bar crawl with Markus (Brandon Smith) while she cries on the shoulder of Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert), who eventually comes up with a potential solution for all concerned.

Weird Loners
9:30 p.m. on FOX

The screen classic "The Godfather" proves to be a uniting force for Stosh (Zachary Knighton) and his young son (guest star Daniel Zolghadri), along with Eric (Nate Torrence), in the new episode "The Weirdfather." Just as their relationship is solidifying, another is eroding - rapidly - since Zara (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) becomes concerned about Caryn's (Becki Newton) needy nature. Renee Marino also guest stars.

Chicago Fire
10 p.m. on NBC

This series' crossover last fall with "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago P.D." - both also executive-produced by Dick Wolf - was such a success, the three shows unite again this week, starting with the new episode "We Called Her Jellybean." The firefighters team with police from both Chicago and New York over an apartment blaze that may be related to a case of rape and attempted murder. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) travels to the Windy City.

Newlyweds: The First Year
10 p.m. on BRAVO

After spending a day with Fay, Laura's adorable niece, Sam decides it's time to get their eggs tested in the new episode "Great Expectations." Elsewhere, Erik and Nadine consult a financial planner and discover they may not be able to sustain their posh lifestyle once the baby arrives. Rouvaun tells Toi she must increase customer traffic at her store or he won't be able to support it much longer. Kirk and Laura finally get some good news.

Sons of Winter
10 p.m. on DISC

After growing up in a Canadian clan of homesteaders who have chosen to live off the grid, eldest Barks family sons Dale and Shane set out on a 90-day journey hundreds of miles from home, in a rite of passage designed to test their ability to survive the wilderness during the harshest winter months. That leaves parents Randy and Tara Barks and their youngest son, Kole, to fend for themselves without the most physically adept members of their family.

Chopped
10 p.m. on FOOD

Culinary celebrities find themselves on the chopping block as this new all-stars tournament gets underway, with the first four of 16 well-known chefs competing for a place in the grand finale. At stake is a $75,000 grand prize for their favorite charity. The premiere, "All-Star Tournament: Part 1," finds Art Smith, Brian Malarkey, Madison Cowan and Eric Greenspan coping with a disgustingly slimy ingredient in their first round. Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant and Amanda Freitag are judges; Ted Allen hosts.

Requiem for a Heavyweight
10 p.m. on TCM

A sterling cast does solid, often heartbreaking work in Rod Serling's 1962 adaptation of his teleplay about a fading fighter (Anthony Quinn) who may have taken one punch too many. His big-wagering manager (Jackie Gleason) has sold him out, virtually indenturing him to an unwanted contract as a wrestler. Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris, and boxing greats Jack Dempsey and Cassius Clay - later known as Muhammad Ali, for you youngsters - co-star.

Your Family or Mine
10 p.m. on WTBS

In the new episode "The Will," Gil's (Ed Begley Jr.) widely disliked aunt dies but the family is largely unmoved by the news until they discover she leaves behind a potential fortune. Amid all this talk of death, Oliver and Kelli (Kyle Howard, Kat Foster) struggles desperately for a sensitive way to decline with her sister Shawni (Collette Wolfe) asks them to be guardians to her horrible young son.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 2015

The Middle
8 p.m. on ABC

Plans go awry for Frankie and Mike (Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn) in the new episode "While You Were Sleeping," as their date night at home is thwarted by exhaustion. Afterward, they keep going back to the movie they rented, trying to finish watching it. Axl and Brick's (Charlie McDermott, Atticus Shaffer) plan to come up with a new invention results in their own barbecue sauce. Sue (Eden Sher) gets an unexpected invitation, but work may interfere.

Nature
8 p.m. on PBS

The new episode "Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La" profiles a self-styled society of recently found primates that have banded together to deal with the environmental challenges of the Himalayas. Though the Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys are gentle in nature, the leader of the group here proves quite resilient in keeping them protected from the elements. However, it also takes cooperation among all of the members for them to survive.

American Idol
8 p.m. on FOX

The title is within reach for those still in the contest in the new two-hour episode "Top 4 Perform" ... and since they've gotten this far, the decision of which participant to eliminate clearly is a tough one. Nevertheless, it has to happen, putting the reasoning of judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban - and also of viewers who cast their votes - to the test. Ryan Seacrest is the host.

Arrow
8 p.m. on CW

Nyssa's (guest star Katrina Law) training of Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is interrupted by the League of Assassins, the members of which have Nyssa in their crosshairs, in the new episode "Ah Sah-Him." Laurel seeks assistance from Felicity and Diggle (Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey) in protecting Nyssa, who steels herself to do battle with her enemies on her own. Oliver (Stephen Amell) transforms himself, quite literally.

Young & Hungry
8 p.m. on FAM

In the new episode "Young & Moving," Gabi and Sofia (Emily Osment, Aimee Carrero) hope to improve their chances of securing a fantastic new two-bedroom apartment across the hall by introducing Yolanda (Kym Whitley) to their smitten landlord. Elsewhere, Josh's (Jonathan Sadowski) new girlfriend, Shauna (guest star Kylie Minogue) is keeping something from him, but it's not what he thinks.

The Casual Vacancy
8 p.m. on HBO

Adapted from a best-selling novel by J.K. Rowling, this three-part miniseries is set in a small English village where class and political differences are aggravated by a sudden death that opens a pivotal seat on the parish council. The excellent cast is headed by Michael Gambon, Julia McKenzie, Rory Kinnear, Keeley Hawes, Emilia Fox and newcomer Abigail Lawrie. Part two immediately follows; the conclusion airs Thursday night.

The Goldbergs
8:30 p.m. on ABC

Erica (Hayley Orrantia) continues her aim for a music career by applying to the prestigious Juilliard School in the new episode "Bill/Murray." Beverly and Adam (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone) try to help her chances by devising a music video showcasing her. Murray's (Jeff Garlin) new friendship with Lainey's (guest star AJ Michalka) father Bill (guest star David Koechner) has unexpected effects. Troy Gentile and George Segal also star.

Chicago PD
9 p.m. on NBC

The new episode "The Number of Rats" continues a story begun on "Chicago Fire," as Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Danny Pino cross over from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Their characters are in the Windy City to help Voight (Jason Beghe) and his team solve a case similar to an earlier one in New York. The main suspect (guest star Dallas Roberts) in a rape and murder cautions Lindsay (Sophia Bush) about possible results of the investigation.

Modern Family
9 p.m. on ABC

While on an errand together, Phil and Jay (Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill) decide to assert themselves at home more in the new episode "Integrity," Phil wants a video-game console that Claire (Julie Bowen) is against, and Jay is upset by Gloria (Sofia Vergara) enabling Joe (guest star Pierce Wallace) to have items more suited to girls. Mitch and Cam (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet) consider expanding their own family while babysitting Joe. Michael Urie also guest stars.

NOVA
9 p.m. on PBS

Originally shown just over a month after the crime was committed, "Manhunt - Boston Bombers" takes viewers through the pursuit of the two key suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing of April 2013. The program focuses on the role that modern technology played in the search, including which high-tech innovations worked and which didn't, and also examines the related implications for the future of crime solving.

Supernatural
9 p.m. on CW

Guest star Kathryn Love Newton is back as Claire Novak, who may be able to locate her long-missing mother (guest star Leisha Hailey), in the new episode "Angel Heart." At the behest of Castiel (Misha Collins), who feels guilty for his role in a situation involving the Novaks, Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) help in the search. What they discover along the way, though, could imperil everyone concerned.

blackish
9:31 p.m. on ABC

Zoey's (Yara Shahidi) sudden rebelliousness divides her parents on how to handle it in the new episode "The Peer-ent Trap." Dre (Anthony Anderson) wants to nip her troubling behavior in the bud, but Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) thinks it might be better to just let it play itself out - the way her own mother did when the younger Bow displayed a similar streak. Anna Deavere Smith ("Nurse Jackie") guest stars. Laurence Fishburne also stars.

CSI: Cyber
10 p.m. on CBS

Going " Die Hard 2" - in which all of an airport's flights were threatened - one better in terms of specific targeting, the new episode "L0m1s" imperils several planes that departed from the same airport. The attack is conducted via Wi-Fi, making the case ideally suited to the skills of Avery (Patricia Arquette) and her colleagues. Jason George ("Mistresses") and Sarah Butler guest star. James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol and Shad Moss also star.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10 p.m. on NBC

A tale that started on "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago PD" concludes with the new episode "Daydream Believer," as the prime suspect (guest star Dallas Roberts) in a rape and murder is released. However, that doesn't mean he still isn't being watched closely by Benson and Voight (Mariska Hargitay, Jason Beghe) and their respective police teams. Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Marina Squerciati and Brian Geraghty also cross over in their "Chicago PD" roles.

Nashville
10 p.m. on ABC

Rayna's (Connie Britton) efforts to help Deacon (Charles Esten) in the present reveal much about their past in the new episode "Time Changes Things." Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) goes up on the roof, literally, to try to re-energize her career by giving a concert. Jade (guest star Christina Aguilera) stages a Malibu beach party that turns into more than guests Luke, Jeff and Layla (Will Chase, Oliver Hudson, guest star Aubrey Peeples) bargained for.

Super Skyscrapers
10 p.m. on PBS

Tragedy has led to renewal in New York, as demonstrated by the episode "One World Trade Center," tracing the last year of the exterior building of what is meant to be the world's most structurally secure skyscraper - for very obvious reasons. Also apparent is the reasoning behind its being specifically 1776 feet tall, one of the factors discussed by construction chief Steve Plate and others involved in the project, including engineers and scientists.

Million Dollar Listing New York
10 p.m. on BRAVO

While trying to sell a $35 million listing in the Time Warner Center to prospects from China, Fredrik hits a great wall of resistance despite his best efforts in the new episode "Three Brokers and a Baby." Luis plans a party to feature a new listing in Harlem, but response from prospective buyers isn't encouraging. Ryan, meanwhile, is the proud recipient of a very special delivery that he promptly puts to good use.

Freak Out
10:30 p.m. on FAM

In a new episode called "Nitrogen Freaks Me Out!," a clueless young woman on her very first day of work at an art studio is accused of breaking the artist's most expensive piece, then - even worse - making him freeze his arm in liquid nitrogen. In other segments, people in a waiting room are horrified when a gas leak from the ceiling appears to poison everyone around them and an exasperated man destroys the house a construction crew is working on.

THURSDAY APRIL 30, 2015

The Big Bang Theory
8 p.m. on CBS

Surely not hurt by Jim Parsons' four Emmy wins (to date) for his portrayal of Sheldon, this sitcom is still one of broadcast television's ratings powerhouses as it heads toward the end of Season 8. Since the show already has been renewed for two more years, Parsons will be staying around a while - along with fellow series stars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch also remain as cast regulars.

Bones
8 p.m. on FOX

Many shows have been made by 20th Century Fox Television over the years, but this one becomes the studio's longest-running drama with its new 206th episode, "The Big Beef at the Royal Diner." In honor of the occasion, each of the 206 bones in the human body is mentioned as a celebrity chef's death is probed. Brennan and Booth (Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz) fear workers at their favorite restaurant, which the victim reviewed, may be suspects.

The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. on CW

Elena (Nina Dobrev) seeks input from Bonnie and Jo (Kat Graham, guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) on Damon's (Ian Somerhalder) surprising proposition in the new episode "I'd Leave My Happy Home for You." Jo has her own concerns, since she and Alaric (Matt Davis) aren't thrilled about their respective bachelorette and bachelor parties. Enzo (Michael Malarkey) seeks Stefan's (Paul Wesley) help in dealing with Lily (guest star Annie Wersching).

The Casual Vacancy
8 p.m. on HBO

In the conclusion of this three-part miniseries, the Sweetlove House matter is swiftly decided after an excruciatingly close election, but Miles (Rufus Jones) has a shock waiting at home. Shirley and Samantha (Julia McKenzie, Keeley Hawes) have a bitter confrontation about their family during Howard's (Michael Gambon) birthday party, and Arf (Joe Hurst) catches two couples in compromising positions. Pagford is rocked by yet another tragedy.

The Odd Couple
8:31 p.m. on CBS

As well as Oscar (Matthew Perry) might think he knows Felix (Thomas Lennon), he doesn't know everything, as the new episode "Sleeping Dogs Lie" confirms. The two men make a trip to recover a special item from Felix's ex-wife Ashley (guest star Christine Woods), and along the way, Oscar learns something about his traveling companion that surprises him greatly. NBA veteran Chris Webber guest stars as himself. Wendell Pierce and Lindsay Sloane also star.

The Blacklist
9 p.m. on NBC

Finally, the code is broken on the Fulcrum in the new episode "Quon Zhang," and Reddington (James Spader) sets out to prevent the imminent danger indicated by the newly deciphered information. A photo found by Liz (Megan Boone) renews her determination to figure out her past. Corpses of Chinese-American women prompt a new case for the task force. Guest star David Strathairn returns as The Director. Harry Lennix and Diego Klattenhoff also star.

Backstrom
9 p.m. on FOX

The mystery series' season finale, "Rock Bottom," finds Amy (guest star Sarah Chalke) torn between her former love Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) and her current police-captain beau (guest star Adam Beach) during the investigation of a death on an Indian reservation. While also trying to keep his job, Backstrom has his own mixed feelings about the case, given what his sheriff father (guest star Robert Forster) might know about it. Lolita Davidovich also guest stars.

The Comedians
10 p.m. on FX

When FX pushes forward the premiere date of "The Billy & Josh Show," the guys (Billy Crystal, Josh Gad) frantically try to fix their series. Unfortunately, if unsurprisingly, each has a different idea how to do that, so they wind up pulling the show in completely different directions in the new episode "Celebrity Guest."

Olympus
10 p.m. on SYFY

While he is making his way back to Athens to confront King Aegeus, Hero (Tom York) is arrested by agents of the vengeful Prince Lykos (Wayne Burns), who has discovered Hero's true identity and is out for blood. Back with the Minoans, Daedalus (Matt Frewer) reveals his plans for an ultimate war machine designed to bring Athens to its knees in the new episode "Blood Brothers."

Dig
10 p.m. on USA

As an ancient sect completes all the pieces to put its deadly scheme into action, Peter (Jason Isaacs) is thrust into partnership with some unlikely allies in the new episode "Jehoshaphat." Lynn (Anne Heche) comprehends the depth of the conspiracy while investigating Ambassador Ridell (Regina Taylor). Golan (Ori Pfeffer) tries to gain clues from the Donaldson case. Avram (guest star Guy Selnik) takes steps to protect a valuable asset. Richard E. Grant also guest stars.

American Crime
10:01 p.m. on ABC

The result of the demonstration on Carter's (Elvis Nolasco) behalf prompts Aliyah (guest star Regina King) to try to get the court to speed up the timeline of his case in the new "Episode Nine." Russ (Timothy Hutton) tries to overcome his regrets about the past by continuing the house renovations. Alonzo (Benito Martinez) makes a desperate move on Tony's (Johnny Ortiz) behalf. Aubry (Caitlin Gerard) responds to a message from Carter in an unexpected way.

FRIDAY MAY 1, 2015

Grimm
8 p.m. on NBC

Is a killer terrorizing Portland by emulating Jack the Ripper? Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) is determined to get the answer sooner than later, since he's at the center of a media firestorm over the murders, in the new episode "You Don't Know Jack." Nick, Hank, Monroe and Wu (David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee) try to get to the bottom of the matter before any more lives are taken. Bitsie Tulloch and Claire Coffee also star.

Shark Tank
8 p.m. on ABC

Veteran entertainer Pat Boone turns up in this new episode, helping a Vermont man pitch an ecology-tailored car that uses compressed air as its "fuel." The Sharks also entertain ideas from a Colorado mom who has developed a line of snack bars, a fisherman who has come up with a special lure, and two Cincinnati men who have created affordable eyeglasses with interchangeable parts. Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec are on the Shark panel.

Taken
8 p.m. on FOX

Liam Neeson transformed his screen career to become a top action hero with this tense 2008 melodrama. He plays a former CIA operative who must use the tricks of his trade anew when his daughter (Maggie Grace, "Lost") and a friend (Katie Cassidy, "Arrow") are kidnapped, sending him to Europe to find them before they vanish forever. Famke Janssen also appears in the film, which yielded two direct sequels and a number of other Neeson-starring adventures.

Cedric's Barber Battle
8 p.m. on CW

One would expect the world's entertainment capital to be filled with providers of every conceivable service, including cutting hair - and the new episode "Hollywood" doesn't disappoint on that count. In a sense, host Cedric the Entertainer is in his own backyard as he surveys the talents of several specialists in creating "hair sculptures." He's not alone: Noted barber Conrad Hilton, whose celebrity clients have included Jamie Foxx, joins him.

Cold Justice
8 p.m. on TNT

Former crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary and ex-prosecutor Kelly Siegler tackle the oldest missing persons case they've ever undertaken on this show in the new episode "Trip to Nowhere," which finds them in Hernando County, Fla. It was there, in 1981, that a daughter returned home from school one day to find her mother inexplicably missing. Can clues that are now decades old lead Kelly and Yolanda to any answers?

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30 p.m. on CW

Keegan-Michael Key - half of the popular comedy team Key & Peele - is on hand to contribute to the humor in this new episode. He joins Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles to add his on-the-spot creativity to the improvisational sketches and songs suggested by the studio audience ... which should be especially interesting, given the distinctive brand of amusement that Key has become known for. Aisha Tyler is the host.

Beyond the Tank
9 p.m. on ABC

What happens after those who pitch ideas on "Shark Tank" get the support they seek? That series has shown some of the results, but this new show deals exclusively with them as it starts a three-week run. Sharks including Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec traverse America to offer more of their expertise in helping the entrepreneurs make new business ideas work. It's not entirely altruistic for the Sharks, since they want to profit from their investments.

America's Ballroom Challenge
9 p.m. on PBS

Stately and spicy ... those two words describe the content of the new "Episode Two," which spotlights the contests in the International Standard and International Latin divisions in a competition in Columbus, Ohio. Waltzes, involving some dancers who stride across the floor in lavish gowns, highlight the first part of the program. Then, seductive moves and flashy outfits take over the spotlight. Mary Murphy and Tony Meredith are the hosts.

The Messengers
9 p.m. on CW

The Horseman of War is sought by Joshua, Erin and Peter (Jon Fletcher, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Joel Courtney) in the new episode "Path to Paradise." They stay the course, but Vera and Raul (Shantel VanSanten, JD Pardo) don't - and those two end up paying a price for that. Vera finds a silver lining, though, as she realizes exactly what her new gift is and gives serious thought to how to use it. Diogo Morgado and Anna Diop also star.

Bitten
9 p.m. on SYFY

In the aftermath of the brutal faceoff between the witch and werewolf coalitions and their new common enemy, Elena (Laura Vandervoort) awakens to the horrifying discovery that she is being held prisoner at an off-the-grid compound run by a maniacal cult leader who is subjecting her to a series of sadistic experiments. Meanwhile, back at Stonehaven, the Pack and the witches are forced to resort to dark magic to find their missing members in the new episode "Dead Meat."

Meet the Smiths
9 p.m. on WTBS

In a new episode called "The Zen Detective," Kenny meditates on a way to help Gwen better cope with all the stress in her life, preferably in a non-intrusive way that won't make her throw something at him. Elsewhere, Kayla and Monique are focused entirely on keeping Kenny out of their business.

Blue Bloods
10 p.m. on CBS

The two-part finale of the police drama's fifth season concludes with "The Art of War," which brings the ongoing investigation of a gang-related shooting case too close to home for the Reagans. A member of the family is wounded, challenging Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) to keep his emotions in check as he tries to get witnesses to come forward. Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou, Marisa Ramirez and Vanessa Ray also star.

VOCES on PBS
10 p.m. on PBS

Tragedy can prompt action, as demonstrated by the final documentary in this program's fourth season, "El Poeta." Its subject is Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was one of the numerous victims of a drug war during the past decade. Traveling by caravan, Sicilia appealed to Mexico's population to oppose policies of the country's government - an initiative that made its way to America, where citizens and lawmakers began to target related U.S. interests.

Lost Girl
10 p.m. on SYFY

A new episode called "Big in Japan" finds Bo (Anna Silk) and her valkyrie friend Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) serving as bodyguards for a young Japanese warrior (guest star Scott Yamamura) who has a contract on his head, as well as a connection to a mysterious group of ancient fae. He's not the only one getting threats, however. Lauren (Zoie Palmer) is in peril, too, when a benefactor looks to collect on her investment.

SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015

Shrek the Third
8 p.m. on ABC

The computer-animated, fractured fairy tale may not be completely as fresh in its third round (released in 2007), but it's still hugely enjoyable. Now married to a pregnant Princess Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz), the lovable title ogre (voice of Mike Myers) panics over becoming king and sets out on an odyssey to find a stand-in. He has his own choice (voice of Justin Timberlake), but Prince Charming (voice of Rupert Everett) has a different plan.

Backstrom
8 p.m. on FOX

Evidence points to vehicular homicide in a hit-and-run incident that leaves a wealthy woman dead in "Give 'Til It Hurts." As the S.C.U. investigates, the detectives discover not everyone was a fan of the victim's "philanthropy." Elsewhere, Backstrom's (Rainn Wilson) gravely unhealthy lifestyle rankles both his doctor (guest star Rizwan Manji) and his former fiancee (Sarah Chalke). Dennis Haysbert also stars.

When Calls the Heart
8 p.m. on HALL

The period drama continues in a new episode called "Heart and Soul," which finds Jack (Daniel Lissing) in the renamed Hope Valley to rebuild the church and school. That leaves Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) back in Hamilton, where her time with doting friend Charles (Marcus Rosner) leaves her feeling conflicted. Abigail (Lori Loughlin) is stunned as she finds out the devastating truth about Bill Avery (Jack Wagner). Martin Cummins also stars.

Ninotchka
8 p.m. on TCM

East meets West in this 1939 comedic tale of culture shock. Three Soviet emissaries are sent to Paris to sell the family jewels of the exiled Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire), but all does not go as planned. The three start to see the value of a capitalistic society, prompting by-the-books comrade Nina Yakushova (Greta Garbo) - otherwise known as Ninotchka - to take over the mission. Garbo's next-to-last film was acclaimed as one of her best.

Draft Day
9 p.m. on HBO

Kevin Costner has had success with sports-themed movies ("Bull Durham," "Field of Dreams"), and he stays in that realm with this Ivan Reitman-directed 2014 drama. The star plays the Cleveland Browns' general manager who mulls saving his job by making an important pick in the NFL draft, though his choice may not be the one many others expect him to make. The solid cast also includes Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn and Sam Elliott.

Shark Tank
10 p.m. on ABC

Anyone who's ever had problems with luggage is bound to be interested in one of the concepts presented in this episode, a suitcase that not only has wheels but can be folded up. The Sharks hear that pitch from a Brooklyn, N.Y. man and also consider a Houston woman's ideas for grooming products. Clothing meant to let women visually root for their favorite college teams is presented by an Oklahoma couple. The Sharks include Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec.

As Above/So Below
10 p.m. on MAX

Another horror film shot in the "found footage" style of "The Blair Witch Project," this uneven 2014 chiller follows young alchemy scholar Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks, "The Tudors"), whose determined quest to continue her late father's search for the legendary philosopher's stone takes her team deep into the miles of twisting, bone-littered catacombs beneath Paris. There she discovers a dark secret. Ben Feldman ("Mad Men") and Edwin Hodge ("Chicago Fire") also star.

 
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