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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.

SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015

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

Staging a surprise for Linda's (voice of John Roberts) birthday proves more complicated than anyone thought in the new episode "Eat, Spray, Linda." Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) finally gets her out of the house - but then, she can't be found. The entire family participates in the search for her. Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal also are in the voice cast.

Madam Secretary
8 p.m. on CBS

An uncomfortable encounter with ex-friend Juliet (Nilaja Sun) causes Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) to flash back to the roots of her association with the president (Keith Carradine) - who then led the CIA - in the drama's first-season finale, "There But for the Grace of God." Stevie (Wallis Currie-Wood) becomes more than friends with the president's son (guest star Jason Ralph). William Sadler and (as himself) journalist Martin Bashir guest star.

Call the Midwife
8 p.m. on PBS

A teenager named Paulette (guest star Nell Hudson) surely doesn't have it easy in the new "Season 4, Episode 6." She learns she's pregnant, and her reaction to the news is tempered by her diabetic condition and her boyfriend's unsavory background. Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) lends support, but the young couple doesn't help the situation with their subsequent actions. Itinerants are suspected of thievery. Jenny Agutter and Judy Parfitt also star.

The Simpsons
8 p.m. on FOX

The past comes alive again in the new episode "Let's Go Fly a Cool," as Grampa (voice by Dan Castellaneta) reflects on his time and exploits in the Air Force - which viewers can share via animated flashbacks. Smitten with Milhouse's (voice of Pamela Hayden) Dutch cousin Annika (voice of guest star Carice van Houten, "Game of Thrones"), Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) starts smoking to try to impress her. Julie Kavner and Yeardley Smith also are in the voice cast.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on BRAVO

In the new episode "Reunion Part Two," the women discuss how the group dynamic has shifted during this past season, as friendships splinter then reconfigure themselves. Kandi tearfully talks with Phaedra about the cracks in their own relationship. After some of the others call out Cynthia over her fondness for stirring the pot and sowing discord, she reveals that she has suffered major blowback for being so outspoken. The men join the group to lend their perspective to some hot-button issues.

MLB Baseball
8 p.m. on ESPN

One of the oldest rivalries in sports and still one of baseball's best is rekindled tonight when the Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees. With nearly a month of the season behind them, these are two teams that could be going in different directions. The Sox started strong behind speedy outfielder Mookie Betts while the Bronx Bombers have struggled all around the diamond.

NBA Basketball
8 p.m. on TNT

Few things are longer in professional sports than the first rounds of the NBA playoffs, which assuming at least two matchups go seven games, will commence today with a doubleheader on ABC. At press time, the Atlanta Hawks were by far the top team in the Eastern Conference while the Golden State Warriors were the class of the West. Later this week, the conference semifinals get underway.

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

Teamed on a case with a top New York police detective (guest star Garret Dillahunt, "Raising Hope"), Jake (Andy Samberg) couldn't be more thrilled in the new episode "Det. Dave Majors" - until he learns of his new partner's interest in Amy (Melissa Fumero). Terry (Terry Crews) mulls a job offer in private security, prompting Charles and Gina (Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti) to get him to stay at the precinct. Andre Braugher and Stephanie Beatriz also star.

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

The disciples aren't free from persecution - nor prosecution - since they're placed on trial again in the new episode "The First Martyr." Pilate (Vincent Regan) gets ever closer to the Zealot assassin. Stephen's (Reece Ritchie) very vocal opposition to the temple earns him the most severe sort of punishment. Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are executive producers of the series that also features Adam Levy, Babou Alieu Ceesay and Chipo Chung.

Secrets and Lies
9 p.m. on ABC

In the drama's season finale, "The Lie," Ben (Ryan Phillippe) just wants to have a nice, belated Christmas - but that isn't likely to happen as the murder investigation takes yet another unforeseen turn. Detective Cornell (Juliette Lewis) finally feels ready to make an arrest, with Tom Murphy's killer about to be named. The story's director, Timothy Busfield, also is a guest star in it. KaDee Strickland and Natalie Martinez also star.

Family Guy
9 p.m. on FOX

Now a top action star, Liam Neeson voices his animated likeness in a new story that also marks the show's 250th episode, "Fighting Irish." That's a literal title, since the actor takes up the challenge when Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) declares he could beat Neeson in a fight. Stewie (also MacFarlane's voice) isn't happy when Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) volunteers for duty with his class and seems to give the other children more attention.

Blood, Sweat & Heels
9 p.m. on BRAVO

In the new episode "For Love or Family," things get tense as Mica and Demetria go head to head in a discussion about their rocky past. Meanwhile, Arzo worries about revealing that she has a non-Muslim artist as a boyfriend as she and Melyssa head to San Francisco to spend time with Arzo's very traditional Afghani family. Mica visits her ailing grandmother in Maryland, while Geneva focuses on her career in a bid to rebound from her recent arrest.

Spring Baking Championship
9 p.m. on FOOD

The seven bakers still standing are challenged to take the notion of sweet and tart to a new level for judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale, starting with a honey dessert in the preheat round. Next, they have to pucker up as they incorporate lemons and limes into a spring citrus treat in the new episode "Sweet and Tart." Bobby Deen hosts.

Nurse Jackie
9 p.m. on SHOW

In a new episode called "Nice Ladies," Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) doesn't trust Jackie (Edie Falco) when she shares the news that the hospital is being sold to Norwegian developers. Elsewhere, Coop (Peter Facinelli) is prompted to make a major life decision when Carrie (Betty Gilpin) has an unexpected reaction to his proposal. Jackie's dealing takes a surprising turn as she continues to scrounge for cash.

Breaking Borders
9 p.m. on TRAV

The new episode "Gorillas & Genocide in Rwanda" finds journalists Mariana van Zeller and celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio in the region of central and east Africa that was the scene of a horrifying genocide in 1994. The pair visit the Nyamata Church, where 3,000 Tutsis were murdered. Later, for a much-needed cleanse of the spiritual palate, Mariana and Michael take a trek through nearby mountains to get a first-hand look at some of the area's fascinating gorilla population.

Masterpiece Classic
9:05 p.m. on PBS

Harry's (Jeremy Piven) deepening involvement with Nancy Webb (Kelly Adams) prompts him to sell some of his shares in his store, affecting his control over the operation and leaving him susceptible to Nancy's secret plans, in the new "Mr. Selfridge, Season 3: Episode Six." Serge (Leon Ockenden) takes Rosalie (Kara Tointon) along as he goes to Paris to secure his own funding. When Kitty's (Amy Beth Hayes) assailants are released on bail, she decides to take action.

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

Phil and Carol (Will Forte, Kristen Schaal) patch things up with each other in the show's season finale, "Screw the Moon" - but that doesn't mean there isn't more potential for them to get into hot water. The series has been renewed for a second season, and since there's only a handful of characters, it's virtually a necessity that more problems will arise among them to keep the program going.

Happyish
9:30 p.m. on SHOW

In the new episode "Starring Marc Chagall, Abuela and Adolf Hitler," Thom (Steve Coogan) loses his couch and gets a lesson in corporate America (involving, somehow, German pornography) from Jonathan (Bradley Whitford) Meanwhile, the Swedes push a new campaign and Lee's (Kathryn Hahn) bubble is invaded as her mother sends Julius (Sawyer Shipman) a package. Carrie Preston ("The Good Wife") and Molly Price guest star.

Battle Creek
10 p.m. on CBS

How can a dead man still be on the run? If he isn't really dead, which is what Russ and Font (Dean Winters, Kal Penn) suspect in the new episode "Gingerbread Man." The person in question has been on the FBI's most-wanted list, but Milt (Josh Duhamel) is certain he's deceased. Since this show is spending a whole hour on the case, you can pretty much bet surprises are in store. Former "ER" co-star Eriq La Salle directed the story. Janet McTeer also stars.

American Odyssey
10 p.m. on NBC

Odelle (Anna Friel) arrives at a safe house, directed there by Colonel Glenn (Treat Williams) - who may have an ulterior motive for wanting her there - in the new episode "Beat Feet." Peter (Peter Facinelli) worries his wife and daughter (Sarah Wynter, Elena Kampouris) with his intensifying fears about those around him. Harrison (Jake Robinson) continues to seek information on the circumstances of his father's death. Nate Mooney and Sadie Sink also star.

Wolf Hall on Masterpiece
10 p.m. on PBS

The new drama's penultimate hour, "Episode 5," sets King Henry VIII's (Damian Lewis) sights on Jane Seymour (Kate Phillips) while Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) is both pregnant and absent. That doesn't mean Anne isn't aware of it from afar, though - and she draws Cromwell (Mark Rylance) into the situation, seeking to get what she feels she's due before she gives birth. However, with the king, there's a big risk of pushing things too far ... and she may have.

Penny Dreadful
10 p.m. on SHOW

John Logan's lush Victorian monster mash returns for a second season with the new episode "Fresh Hell," which finds Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) again beset by an occult assault, this one caused by the enigmatic Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory). Following the violence at the Mariner's End, Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) decides to leave London, while Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) tries to reanimate Brona (Billie Piper) as a mate for his petulant Creature (Rory Kinnear). Timothy Dalton also returns.

Revenge
10:01 p.m. on ABC

Conflicting forces either will save or destroy Emily (Emily VanCamp) in the new episode "Plea." Incarcerated, she has to rely on Nolan and Jack (Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler) to come up with evidence that proves her innocent - but Ben (Brian Hallisay) takes equal measures to ensure that she remains behind bars. Courtney Love, Christa B. Allen and Roger Bart guest star. Madeleine Stowe, James Tupper and Karine Vanasse also star.

MONDAY MAY 4, 2015

2 Broke Girls
8 p.m. on CBS

Though they'd hoped to cash in by overseeing Nash's (guest star Austin Falk) career as a model, Max and Caroline's (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) dreams are put on hold in the new episode "And the Minor Problem." His Irish homeland calls ... and even more specifically, so does his mother, who comes to New York to bring him back with her. Sandra Bernhard reprises her guest role as Joe. Matthew Moy, Jennifer Coolidge and Garrett Morris also star.

The Voice
8 p.m. on NBC

The path to being declared this season's "Voice" doesn't have much farther to go for those still in the contest in the new episode "Live Top 6 Performances." Elimination will be the thrust of Tuesday's show, but for now, the remaining hopefuls give it all they've got. Judges and mentors Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams offer their assessments of the amateur singers' efforts. Carson Daly is the host.

Antiques Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

A new three-part visit to Santa Clara, Calif., wraps up with host Mark L. Walberg paying a visit to the Computer History Museum. You can place a bet on what he and appraiser Brian Witherell find there, including a true treasure: the very first Apple computer. As for the items that are assigned values, they include a Booker T. Washington-related grouping collected by one of the teachers Washington had, plus a wine pot from the 17th century.

Gotham
8 p.m. on FOX

The show ends its first season with the ironically titled "All Happy Families Are Alike," as Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, who has announced she's leaving the show) has her ultimate showdown with Penguin and Maroni (Robin Lord Taylor, guest star David Zayas) for control of the city. Barbara and Leslie (Erin Richards, guest star Morena Baccarin) commune over their recent experiences. Bruce (David Mazouz) scours his home for desired clues.

The Originals
8 p.m. on CW

Klaus (Joseph Morgan) understandably isn't happy about his family's disloyalty, prompting him to seek revenge - with some surprising help - in the new episode "Fire With Fire." Elijah, Rebekah and Freya (Daniel Gillies, guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers, guest star Riley Voelkel) try to stay focused on their shared mission to destroy Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black). Hayley and Jackson (Phoebe Tonkin, guest star Nathan Parsons) face peril in the bayou.

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

The personal and the professional collide for Molly and Mike (Melissa McCarthy, Billy Gardell) in the new episode "Fight to the Finish." He doesn't listen when she expresses her frustration over having Peggy (Rondi Reed) as a writing partner, and the resulting blow-up prompts the spouses to take a day off from each other. Swoosie Kurtz, Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon and Nyambi Nyambi also star.

The Following
9 p.m. on FOX

Who's the mole inside the FBI? That's among Ryan's (Kevin Bacon) concerns in the new episode "Demons," as he seeks the agent who's been probing Daisy's laptop. Other worries are more personal, given the recent turns in his life. The chain of killers still poses problems thanks to someone linked to Theo (Michael Ealy), who wants to vanish along with Penny (guest star Megalyn Echikunwoke). Diane Neal ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") also guest stars.

Jane the Virgin
9 p.m. on CW

With a high-school reunion coming up, Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is concerned about attending - given what her aims were and how her life actually is going - in the new episode "Chapter Twenty One." She also sets conditions for attending Michael's (Brett Dier) event. Petra (Yael Grobglas) tries to turn what she learns from Rafael (Justin Baldoni) to her advantage. Xo (Andrea Navedo) has a tough time trying to guess Rogelio's (Jaime Camil) thoughts.

Bates Motel
9 p.m. on A&E

In the new episode "Crazy," this season's penultimate hour, Norman (Freddie Highmore) spends the day with a surprising visitor, while Norma (Vera Farmiga) struggles desperately to keep Bates family secrets from being exposed. Elsewhere, Caleb (Kenny Johnson) pays a price for helping Dylan (Max Thieriot) follow through with a good deed at the farm. Nestor Carbonell also stars.

Shahs of Sunset
9 p.m. on BRAVO

With wedding plans still unresolved, Reza decides to have a "destination wedding" in Thailand in the new episode "One Wedding and a Dog Funeral." Elsewhere, Asifa gives herself a Bollywood-themed birthday party, but she begins to question the future of her relationship with Bobby after he gives her a diamond necklace instead of a ring. Still stinging from Jessica's harangue, Reza rescinds Mike's wedding invitation, creating chaos at Pablo's memorial service.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
9 p.m. on HBO

Filmmaker Brett Morgen's ("The Kid Stays in the Picture") new feature documentary uses material from the Cobains' personal archives to construct an in-depth examination of the Nirvana frontman's childhood, music career and untimely death by suicide at age 27. Fans can anticipate a respectful tone, since Cobain's daughter, visual artist Frances Bean Cobain, serves as an executive producer on this authorized documentary, which was eight years in the making.

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern
9 p.m. on TRAV

Chef and host Andrew Zimmern ventures into the United Arab Emirates to a destination that is both gritty and gleaming in the new episode "Dubai: Carp, Camel and Cocoons." There, he learns how to milk a camel and watches the local practice of fermenting fish in the desert sun. Also: finding manna from heaven at the spice market and making musical organ meat mush.

Independent Lens
10 p.m. on PBS

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson's film "Kumu Hina" profiles Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender teacher seen counseling a Hawaiian youngster about embracing masculine and feminine traits alike. Both individuals benefit greatly from the their common pursuit of pride and acceptance, with the educator also getting fresh insight into the search for enduring love. The program is offered as part of PBS' Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Time Traveling With Brian Unger
10 p.m. on TRAV

Marking the recent 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, host Brian Unger traces the escape route of the president's killer, John Wilkes Booth, through Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia in the new episode "Lincoln's Killer on the Run." Starting in an alley behind Ford's Theater, Unger and some companions follow the arduous path taken by Booth and his co-conspirator David Herold as they evaded federal officers for 12 days.

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

Trace Adkins - not only a country-music star, but a winner of "The Celebrity Apprentice" - guest stars as TC's (Eoin Macken) group-therapy leader, who delivers a message from the White House, in the new episode "Moving On." It's not just lip service for the show: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden also are slated to appear in the tale. Jordan (Jill Flint) teams with Paul (Robert Bailey Jr.) on the case of a youngster whose mother also needs medical help.

Castle
10:01 p.m. on ABC

The title of the new episode "Dead From New York" leaves little doubt which show the plot is loosely inspired by, moreover since a murder victim is the iconic creator of a popular sketch-comedy series titled "Saturday Night Tonight." Castle and Beckett (Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic) probe the crime, and they soon find a possible reason for it. Carly Rae Jepsen, now back on the music charts with "I Really Like You," and Jaleel White guest star.

The Returned
10:01 p.m. on A&E

In "Helen," the next to last new episode of Season 1, Chloe (Dakota Guppy) finds herself in grave jeopardy from someone who shows up unexpectedly. Peter (Jeremy Sisto), meanwhile, makes a shocking announcement and Helen (Michelle Forbes) finally sets into motion her deadly plan for the town. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kevin Alejandro and Sandrine Holt also star.

TUESDAY MAY 5, 2015

NCIS
8 p.m. on CBS

Though CSI has a cyber unit that has fueled its own series, NCIS also is deeply involved in online crime in the new episode "The Lost Boys." A case that Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team are working goes international with the pursuit of terrorists who recruit new, very young allies via the Internet. The situation becomes potentially more lethal with the villains' purchase of black-market weapons. Guest star Matt Jones returns as Special Agent Ned Dorneget.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
8 p.m. on PBS

One of the most prominent families in U.S. history gets ample attention from celebrated documentary maker Ken Burns, as an encore run of his profile of the Roosevelts begins with "Get Action (1858-1901)." Theodore Roosevelt (voice of Paul Giamatti) makes his military mark, then becomes America's youngest president to that time. His cousin Franklin (voice of Edward Herrmann, who has had the role several times) develops his own political aspirations.

Hell's Kitchen
8 p.m. on FOX

Preparations for a homecoming can be demanding, as the remaining cooks discover in helping Calabasas (Calif.) High School get ready for a big event in the new episode "8 Chefs Compete." The organizing committee wants a Mardi Gras theme, and three courses are offered to them to sample - with the losing team staying under the committee's scrutiny even more intently, while the victorious rivals get to play pirate, quite literally.

The Flash
8 p.m. on CW

He may not be King Kong, but as simians go, Grodd is sufficiently fearsome in his own way - and he resurfaces in the new episode "Grodd Lives." Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) dispatches the gorilla in the hope of putting his Reverse Flash identity on the back burner among Barry's (Grant Gustin) concerns. After Grodd absconds with Joe (Jesse L. Martin), Barry literally races through the sewers under the city to try to find them. Candice Patton also stars.

NCIS: New Orleans
9 p.m. on CBS

The enemy known as Baitfish returns - and makes matters personal for the team - in the new episode "How Much Pain Can You Take." Someone close to the agents is murdered, evidently by Baitfish, who wants to bait Pride (Scott Bakula). The subsequent, fury-fueled pursuit of the villain also involves Police Captain Messier, played again by guest star Dylan Walsh ("Unforgettable"). Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan and CCH Pounder also star.

Undateable
9 p.m. on NBC

A number of this sitcom's stars are stand-up comedians, so doing this live, hour-long episode shouldn't seem all that alien. Executive producer Bill Lawrence intends to enlist stars of his previous shows - including "Scrubs" and "Cougar Town" - to pop up here as guests, and he also promises a major musical element to the story. Chris D'Elia, Brent Morin, Bianca Kajlich, Ron Funches, Rick Glassman, David Fynn and Bridgit Mendler are the cast regulars.

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

The split loyalties Skye (Chloe Bennet) has been experiencing between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans reach a critical point in the new episode "Scars," as troubles between them increase and she edges closer to having to make a choice. Coulson (Clark Gregg) has been hiding something, and even his closest associates are stunned when he reveals it. Edward James Olmos and Patton Oswalt guest star. Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton and Elizabeth Henstridge also star.

New Girl
9 p.m. on FOX

The fact that Damon Wayans Jr. is leaving the show's cast cues the departure of his character Coach in the fourth-season finale, "Clean Break." The imminent exit elicits interesting reactions from other members of the gang, with Schmidt (Max Greenfield) deciding to do a massive cleanout of his own belongings - and Jess and Nick (Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson) pondering whether there's still something romantic between them. Lamorne Morris also stars.

iZombie
9 p.m. on CW

The range of topics covered by a murdered radio talk-show personality makes Liv (Rose McIver) a better-informed individual very quickly in the new episode "Dead Air." What she suddenly knows worries Clive (Malcolm Goodwin), especially when she uses it in a personal way with him. Ravi's (Rahul Kohli) new romance could pose problems for Liv. Major (Robert Buckley) gets an assist from Peyton (guest star Aly Michalka). David Anders also stars.

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

Just three weeks ago, the three couples in this social experiment met and married, then went on their honeymoons, celebrated the holidays, set up housekeeping in a new residence and ushered in a new year. Now, however, the new episode "Adjusting to Married Life" finds them facing what may be the biggest test yet - going through routine daily life together as a married couple, without the artificial interruptions of celebrations and other distractions.

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

After being warned about Sonja's questionable business aspirations, Bethenny has lunch with her to see for herself if the other women have a point in the new episode "Mind Your Own Business." Kristen holds a guerilla-style photo shoot on the streets of New York for her new fashion blog. Dorinda hosts a cocktail party for the ladies where Carole makes a confession to LuAnn and Dorinda's boyfriend gets a little too flirty with some of the guests.

Deadliest Catch
9 p.m. on DISC

With Super-Typhoon Nuri closing in, the captains are forced to make some hard choices if they're going to find a way to save their seasons in the new episode "Super Typhoon Part 1." While the Northwestern charges boldly into the approaching storm, the Cape Caution retreats to the relative safety of land and the Wizard gets a replacement deckhand delivered while the boat is at sea.

Weird Loners
9:30 p.m. on FOX

A trip to a gay bar generates a dilemma for Caryn and Stosh (Becki Newton, Zachary Knighton) - since they both take an interest in the same person - in the season finale, "We're Here. We're Weird. Get Used to Us." Zara (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) also faces an unexpected situation involving Eric (Nate Torrence), related to the light in which other bar patrons view him. Katie Aselton ("The League") and Kylie Sparks guest star.

Chicago Fire
10 p.m. on NBC

Jason Beghe crosses over again in his "Chicago PD" role in the new episode "Category 5," as Voight asks Casey (Jesse Spencer) to work secretly to expose Jack Nesbitt's (guest star Eric Mabius) suspected corruption. The ongoing debate between Otis and Severide (Yuri Sardarov, Taylor Kinney) over Scott Rice (guest star Warren Christie) threatens to divide the entire firehouse into factions. Jon Seda also appears as his "Chicago PD" character Dawson.

Frontline
10 p.m. on PBS

Last year's Ebola epidemic is traced in the new episode "Outbreak," focusing not only on the roots of how it happened, but also on why it wasn't stopped before it reached the level it did. The program tackles the investigation from a variety of perspectives: authorities who had to make decisions on how the crisis was handled; health responders who were on the front lines; and victims of the disease in such locations as Monrovia and Guinea.

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

Thrilled with the news of her pregnancy, Kirk gives Laura the gift for which she has been waiting in a new episode called "Hurry Up and Weight." Toi decides to throw a soiree as a way to draw more business to her store and placate Rouvaun. After Laura wins an award for nonfiction writing, she and John decide to shift their focus to her career. Meanwhile, Nadine's doctor delivers news that only heightens her already considerable fears about childbirth.

Sons of Winter
10 p.m. on DISC

In episode 2, Dale and Shane already find themselves facing a critical yet difficult decision: whether to focus on finding a much-needed source of heat and worry about food later, or to make hunting a priority even if it means spending another frigid night out in the wild. Back at home, Kole struggles to fill his difficult new role as Randy's right hand as the family worries about a tree that has fallen on the Barks' skinning shed.

Chopped
10 p.m. on FOOD

As contestants Anne Burrell, Hung Huynh, Mary Sue Milliken and Dale Talde vie for a spot in the grand finale, they find a sweet and sour surprise in their appetizer basket. Once past that hurdle, three chefs are tasked with pairing a cheesy party food with some expensive offal in the entree round. Finally, the last two All-Stars must create sweet dishes using a refreshing drink and some airy cookies in the new "All-Stars Tournament: Part 2." Marc Murphy, Alex Guarnaschelli and Chris Santos are the judges.

The Willis Family
10 p.m. on TLC

In this new 13-episode unscripted series, cameras follow the 14 members of this family band, at home and on the road, as they try to juggle personal responsibilities with their professional commitments. Suburban Nashville, Tenn., couple Brenda and Toby Willis found themselves and their large brood thrust into the national spotlight when they made it into the final rounds of "America's Got Talent." This season will follow the Willises as they produce and record their first music album.

Your Family or Mine
10 p.m. on WTBS

Ricky's (JoBeth Williams) annual summer family gathering to take the clan's official Christmas photo for cards and newsletters is approaching, but there may be a shortage of goodwill this year. After Louis (Richard Dreyfuss) absentmindedly scheduled his company-mandated physical for the same day, he and son Blake (Andrew Lees) smoked some pot together - which means now Louis needs to find a relative who will cough up (as it were) an untainted urine sample he can give the insurance rep in the new episode "Christmas in July."

Person of Interest
10:01 p.m. on CBS

The pursuit of The Machine by enemy system Samaritan - which has occupied much of this show's season - reaches its crux in the fourth-year finale, "YHWH." It's up to Finch and Root (Michael Emerson, Amy Acker) to protect their cyber-operation once it's intercepted by the other one. Reese (Jim Caviezel) may be caught in the crossfire of another clash, as crime kingpins Elias and Dominic (Enrico Colantoni, Winston Duke) prepare for literal battle.

Forever
10:01 p.m. on ABC

The series' first-season finale, "The Last Death of Henry Morgan," finds Jo (Alana De La Garza) caught between Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) and his longtime nemesis Adam (guest star Burn Gorman) - and in the case of this show, we mean a really, really long time. The enemies' latest showdown is prompted by the disappearance of the dagger that caused Adam's first death, as well as the demise of Julius Caesar. John Noble ("Sleepy Hollow") also guest stars.

WEDNESDAY MAY 6, 2015

The Mysteries of Laura
8 p.m. on NBC

The slaying of a young nightclub frequenter is linked to robberies in New York's so-called Diamond District, giving Laura (Debra Messing) and her comrades two cases in one in the new episode "The Mystery of the Crooked Clubber." Jake's (Josh Lucas) intrusion on Laura's relationship with Tony (Neal Bledsoe) causes her to reconsider the state of her personal life. Janel Parrish ("Pretty Little Liars") and Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle") guest star.

The Middle
8 p.m. on ABC

Frankie (Patricia Heaton) wants Mother's Day to be different than usual for her in the new episode "Mother's Day Reservations." Mike (Neil Flynn) tries to meet her desire for a special meal, but his efforts to set it up online prove problematic. He also tries to ensure that Axl, Sue and Brick (Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer) get Frankie gifts that she'll truly enjoy. Guest star Marsha Mason returns as Frankie's mom.

Nature
8 p.m. on PBS

Often used as a source of humor for its ability to mimic others - even James Bond at the end of "For Your Eyes Only" - a certain bird's more serious aspects are considered in "Parrot Confidential." The program delves into challenges faced by breeders and owners, with some of them candidly discussing why raising parrots is problematic as well as beneficial. Also noted: the role of the television series "Baretta" in parrots' popularity.

American Idol
8 p.m. on FOX

"Critical" is the word for the episode "Top 3 Perform" - as the title should indicate - since what happens in these two hours will determine which two finalists go for the season's title. That much time gives those who remain plenty of opportunity to show why each of them should be the new American Idol, along with lots of space for Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban to make their judgments and pronouncements. Ryan Seacrest is the host.

Young & Hungry
8 p.m. on FAM

With the best of intentions, Gabi (Emily Osment) goes behind Josh's (Jonathan Sadowski) back to find a very special gift for Shauna (guest star Kylie Minogue), only to be horrified when her plan backfires and leads to an awkward reunion for Josh in the new episode "Young & Ferris Wheel." Elsewhere, Elliott (Rex Lee) is paranoid about falling asleep around his new boyfriend, so he asks Yolanda (Kym Whitley) to watch his slumber to see whether he does anything embarrassing.

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.

Criminal Minds
9 p.m. on CBS

A threat that has been looming over Kate's (Jennifer Love Hewitt) niece Meg (Hailey Sole) becomes real in the new episode "The Hunt," the finale of the procedural drama's 10th season. The youngster and her best friend are kidnapped, challenging Kate to stay focused and professional when the disappearances appear to be linked to an online predator. Greg Grunberg ("Heroes") reprises his guest role as Kate's husband. Joe Mantegna and Thomas Gibson also star.

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

Capt. Donald Cragen has been absent from this series for a while, but he's back - still played by Dann Florek - in the new episode "Perverted Justice." His knowledge may help when a woman (guest star Samira Wiley), who did much to get her father sentenced years earlier for rape and incest, wants to recant her testimony and have him released. Andre Braugher, moonlighting from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and"House" alum Robert Sean Leonard also guest star.

Modern Family
9 p.m. on ABC

Excited to be named valedictorian, Alex (Ariel Winter) has to take the bitter with the sweet when she learns she has to share the title with a rival in the new episode "Patriot Games." Just as each of them wants the position solely, their respective parents want that - and the decision-maker is a foot race between the two graduates-to-be. Gloria's (Sofia Vergara) studying for a citizenship test is impacted by Javier's (guest star Benjamin Bratt) visit.

NOVA
9 p.m. on PBS

Dr. Robert Ballard, celebrated for his undersea explorations, undertakes another mission in the new documentary "Nazi Attack on America" - largely a study of a U-boat whose wreckage was found submerged off the coast of Louisiana. What is discovered in the remains helps paint a thorough picture of Operation Drumbeat, a concentrated World War II attack by German vessels against American forces over a period of more than three years.

Supernatural
9 p.m. on CW

They're not exactly the Hatfields and the McCoys, but the Winchesters and the Stynes make for a potent family feud on their own terms in the new episode "Dark Dynasty." Sam and Dean's (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) probe of a murder leads them to the Styne clan ... and a particularly aggressive Eldon Styne (guest star David Hoflin). Charlie and Rowena's (guest stars Felicia Day and Ruth Connell) tenuous teaming prompts Castiel (Misha Collins) to mediate.

Storage Wars
9 p.m. on A&E

The new episode "What Cowboy Dreams May Come" finds the group in Santa Ana, Calif., Dave Hester's old stomping ground - and don't think he's reluctant to press that advantage over his competition. As the other buyers struggle to find a locker worth their time and money, Jarrod and Brandi are off their game, while Ivy Calvin just runs up against new competition when he tries to crash an auction in Orange County.

Man Finds Food
9 p.m. on TRAV

A new episode called "Tweet Secrets" finds Adam in Nashville, Tenn., to sample an off-the-menu deep-fried grilled cheese sandwich. There's also a sweet ice cream soda "science experiment" that can be ordered only via Twitter, a three-cheese chili hidden hot dog, and sweet and spicy chicken and waffles.

blackish
9:31 p.m. on ABC

A Mother's Day visit may lead to a revelation by Rhonda (guest star Raven-Symone), Dre's (Anthony Anderson) sister, in the new episode "Please Don't Ask, Please Don't Tell. While she never has stated so, most of her relatives know she's gay - except for Ruby (guest star Jenifer Lewis), which prompts Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) to urge Dre to break the news. Jack and Diane (Miles Brown, Marsai Martin) vie to find the better Mother's Day gift.

CSI: Cyber
10 p.m. on CBS

Those who purchase medicine online may experience discomfort from the new episode "Click Your Poison," involving a man whose death is linked to the product marketed on a Web-site ad that was hacked. Avery (Patricia Arquette) and her team launch a hunt for those responsible. Guest stars include Michael Irby ("The Unit") and Brian McNamara ("Army Wives"). James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol and Shad Moss also star.

Chicago PD
10 p.m. on NBC

Their emotions are elsewhere, having just suffered a loss, but the team has to focus on the job after an explosion at a cafe in the new episode "There's My Girl." A youngster (guest star Haley Seda, daughter of series regular Jon Seda) is the only true eyewitness, but her mother is reluctant to let her help. Mouse's (guest star Samuel Hunt) technical skills may do much to advance the probe. Guest star Markie Post returns as Lindsay's (Sophia Bush) mother.

Nashville
10 p.m. on ABC

Juliette's (Hayden Panettiere) rooftop concert success apparently has her basking in glory again in the new episode "Is the Better Part Over," but those around her worry that she actually has postpartum depression. Will (Chris Carmack) gets a couple of bombshells, in the form of a surprise visit from his father plus a potential tabloid story. Deacon and Rayna (Charles Esten, Connie Britton) try to deal with the uncertainty generated by his health prognosis.

Super Skyscrapers
10 p.m. on PBS

In the concluding half of the documentary miniseries, "Building the Future," London's Leadenhall Building is cited as an example of the episode's title. The structure's steel exoskeleton is a key element of the very modern architecture being used in the construction. The dual aims are ease and safety, factors in many other skyscrapers as well as they're being erected now.

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

Those "Twin Towers" of real estate stand together for the first time after Fredrik invites Ryan to join him in listing a Chelsea penthouse. Fredrik, in fact, gives every sign that he'd like them to be friends, but a skeptical Ryan keeps some other irons in the fire, too, courting a Russian businessman in the new episode "Frenemies Unite." Elsewhere, Luis receives an offer on his Harlem townhouse.

Restaurant: Impossible
10 p.m. on FOOD

Host Robert Irvine shakes up how he does things on this show in a new episode called "The Ambush," where he and his team drop in unannounced and unscheduled to Tomatore's Pizzeria in Orlando, Fla. He wants to get a candid and frank impression of what problems are really besetting this struggling eatery. Of course, that means Robert and his crew also have made their own deadline even harder to meet as well.

Fake Off
10 p.m. on TRUTV

Season 2 of this unusual reality competition series begins as 10 teams from across America vie in the art of faking, a genre that combines theater, dance, acrobatics, black light and illusion. Teams are challenged to reimagine iconic pop culture moments, with their efforts judged by Harry Shum Jr. ("Glee"), director-choreographer Laurieann Gibson and actor-choreographer Beau Casper Smart. YouTube personality Meghan Camarena is backstage correspondent, while Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical") hosts.

Monument Guys
10:03 p.m. on HIST

Brothers Mark and Steve Palmerton take on commissions to create (with sculptor Craig Campbell) monuments to heroes at their company, Crucible Foundry. In the premiere of this unscripted series, "Tesla and the Unbreakable Glass," a private collector hires Craig to create a six-foot monument of 19th-century mountain man Hugh Glass, who crawled 200 miles to safety after being mauled by a grizzly bear. The University of Oklahoma physics lab wants a similar bronze tribute to inventor Nikola Tesla.

Freak Out
10:30 p.m. on FAM

On a new episode called "Flesh Eating Viruses Freak Me Out!," Ricky, one of the show's hapless marks, is waiting for a friend in a doctor's office where a lockdown is imposed when one of the patients there is diagnosed with a horrifying - and highly contagious - disease. In other segments, random people visit an office where they run into an escaped convict, and a group of volunteers who report for clean-up duty after a party in Griffith Park is confronted by an escaped gorilla from the Los Angeles Zoo.

THURSDAY MAY 7, 2015

The Big Bang Theory
8 p.m. on CBS

Romantic relationships are central to the sitcom's eighth-season finale, "The Commitment Determination," with Leonard and Penny (Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) still undecided on when they'll get married. Detail-obsessed Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is insistent that they pick a date, but he soon has to be concerned about his own affair of the heart in regard to Amy (Mayim Bialik). Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Melissa Rauch also star.

Bones
8 p.m. on FOX

Two episodes form the new two-hour offering "The Lost in the Found/The Verdict in the Victims." Bullying is suspected to be behind a private-school student's murder, which brings back uncomfortable memories for Brennan (Emily Deschanel). Then, a suspected serial killer's (guest star Gabriel Salvador) imminent execution prompts Brennan to question whether the man actually is guilty. Veteran actress Linda Lavin ("Alice") guest stars.

The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. on CW

Alaric and Jo (Matt Davis, guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) finally head to the altar in the new episode "I'll Wed You in the Golden Summertime," but there's no guarantee their big day will run smoothly, even as Elena and Bonnie (Nina Dobrev, Kat Graham) try to keep Jo calm and focused. Stefan (Paul Wesley) hits the road with Damon (Ian Somerhalder). Caroline (Candice Accola) returns and tries to make up for her recent actions. Annie Wersching guest stars.

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

If the aim of yoga is peace and relaxation, Felix (Thomas Lennon) clearly missed out on that information, as indicated by the new episode "Enlightening Strikes." His way of substitute-teaching such a class agitates everyone in attendance, including Emily (Lindsay Sloane) and a man named Steve (song-parody master Weird Al Yankovic, in a guest role). Regis Philbin also guest stars in a subplot about Oscar (Matthew Perry) getting trapped on the subway.

The Real Housewives of Melbourne
9 p.m. on BRAVO

In the new episode "A Day at the Races," the women flaunt their personal styles at Derby Day, then change into finer frocks for the launch party of "Switch the Bitch," Pettifleur's new book. They save their most jaw-dropping outfits, though, for Gamble's bachelorette party, where the dress code is "Bond girl."

PGA Tour Golf
9 p.m. on GOLF

Often called the "fifth major" because of its prestige and large payout, the PGA Tour stops this week at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for the Players Championship. Martin Kaymer is the defending champion and Tiger Woods took trophies here in 2013 and 2001.

The Comedians
10 p.m. on FX

Show business is such a dog-eat-dog world that it's often difficult for one performer to feel genuinely happy for a friend or colleague when the latter gets one of those rare and highly coveted lucky breaks. That's what seems to be happening in the new episode "Go for Gad," when rumors fly that Josh (Josh Gad) is up for a high-profile movie role. The attention goes to his head in a big way, which doesn't make Billy (Billy Crystal) very happy. And when Billy's unhappy... .

Olympus
10 p.m. on SYFY

In a new episode called "The Lexicon," Medea and Aegeus (Sonita Henry, Graham Shiels) pressure Hero (Tom York) to solve the Lexicon's riddle, hoping he will use any resulting powers to save Athens. Hero, however, remains suspicious of their true motives and he weighs the thorny issue of whether the Lexicon is a rare gift or a curse that he should destroy as soon as possible. Matt Frewer also star.

Dig
10 p.m. on USA

In the sseason finale "Armageddon Protocol," Peter (Jason Isaacs) races to stop the Order of Moriah's plan to trigger the End of Days by destroying the Temple Mount. Lynn (Anne Heche) takes matters into her own hands, leading to an explosive faceoff with the ambassador (Regina Taylor). Tad (David Costabile) finds a potentially deadly flaw in his plot as Peter finally gets the answers he's been seeking in the Emma Wilson case. Zen McGrath, Richard E. Grant and Angela Bettis guest star.

American Crime
10:01 p.m. on ABC

Matt may not have been as much a blameless victim in the murder as it first seemed - at least according to Aubry's (Caitlin Gerard) claims - in the new "Chapter Ten." Barb (Felicity Huffman) is devastated by the implications, prompting Russ (Timothy Hutton) to come to the forefront in making sure justice is served. Aubry's account also has a drastic effect on Hector (Richard Cabral), whose testimony is negated, leaving him vulnerable to deportation.

Lost in Transmission
10:03 p.m. on HIST

"Top Gear" co-host Rutledge Wood and George Flanigen, another car fanatic, hit the road in this new unscripted series. They have a fairly straightforward mission: rescuing underappreciated classic American cars and restoring them to something approaching their former glory. The series premiere, "Drowned DeLorean," finds the duo racing to the rescue of a 1981 DeLorean that became submerged during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012.

FRIDAY MAY 8, 2015

Grimm
8 p.m. on NBC

Wu (Reggie Lee) faces peril, as Nick and Hank (David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby) close in on the serial killer during a murder investigation, in the new episode "Headache." Juliette's (Bitsie Tulloch) rejection of Silas and Rosalee's (Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner) proposal is followed by her fortified effort to seek revenge, thanks in part to a new ally. Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) comes back to Portland. Claire Coffee also stars.

Shark Tank
8 p.m. on ABC

It's not that crime shows don't feature enough corpses, as it is but they may get a new source, thanks to one of the entrepreneurs in this new episode. The person is a Tampa, Fla. scientist who has created a synthetic and realistic cadaver - the actual purpose of which is to aid medical testing. Also, two Seattle residents put forth their idea for personalized action figures, and several Philadelphia women pose a concept for online interior design. Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, and Kevin O'Leary then decide if they want to invest or pass.

Scream
8 p.m. on FOX

Veteran horror director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson created a new genre with this franchise-launching 1996 thriller: the horror parody. But we're not talking over-the-top parody in the "Naked Gun" vein ... this is a real horror movie with a sly wink toward the conventions of the category, with characters who have seen enough slasher films to know all the tricks. Stars include Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and (in the opening sequence) Drew Barrymore.

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

New Jersey is the destination for the series' latest round of hair creations in the new episode "Newark." Participants known as "The Amish Barber" and "Showtime" are among those who show off their styles and styling as they devise what this Cedric the Entertainer-hosted program likes to label "hair sculptures." As usual, it's not just about the results atop customers' heads, but also the vibrant barbershop conversation that ensues.

Vampire Academy
8 p.m. on SHOW

At a secret boarding school, half-human/half-vampire teenager Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) trains to become a guardian for her best friend - a vampire princess (Lucy Fry) - in this 2014 fang-in-cheek adaptation of a best-selling novel of the same name by Richelle Mead. Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Cameron Monaghan, Claire Foy and Joely Richardson also star.

Cold Justice
8 p.m. on TNT

The cable drama "Justified," a crime drama set in Kentucky, recently concluded its long run on FX, but a new episode of this unscripted series, "Beloved Doctor," serves as a reminder that sometimes truth is stranger - and bloodier - than fiction. Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary travel to Paducah, Ky., to investigate the shocking cold case of a popular local doctor who was savagely murdered and then set on fire in his kitchen.

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

A star of "Jane the Virgin" crosses over to another CW show as Jaime Camil - alias that series' Rogelio - demonstrates his abilities in working without a script in this new episode. His improv skills are put to the test as he joins Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles to act upon suggestions from the studio audience for songs and skits devised on the spot. Comic Jeff Davis also is featured. Aisha Tyler is the host.

Hawaii Five-0
9 p.m. on CBS

The modern variation of the classic police show ends its fifth season with a two-hour telecast comprised of two new episodes. A bounty hunter's murder concerns the team in "Luapo'i" (Hawaiian for "Prey"), and Danny (Scott Caan) has extra worries from Rachel's (guest star Claire van der Boom) revelation. Then, in "A Make Kaua" (Hawaiian for "Until We Die"), an overzealous patriot imperils Kono's (Grace Park) wedding to Adam (guest star Ian Anthony Dale).

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

The new series' relatively short run ends with the new "Episode Three," but it does so in a big way ... showcasing all of the winners in the competition recorded in Columbus, Ohio. That means a great variety of styles, since the hour includes the victors in the categories of American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard and International Latin. Hosts Mary Murphy and Tony Meredith are on hand again to help send the show off in style.

The Messengers
9 p.m. on CW

Racing the clock to determine two identities is the mission of the Messengers in the new episode "Drums of War." They head to a global energy summit where the Horseman of War is slated to be in attendance, along with someone he's targeting - and since Vera (Shantel VanSanten) and the others don't know exactly who those two individuals are, they have their work cut out for them. The Man (Diogo Morgado) is bent on keeping one of the Messengers jailed.

Bitten
9 p.m. on SYFY

In a new episode called "Rabbit Hole," Elena (Laura Vandervoort) realizes that her key to survival lies in her guiding Dr. Bauer (Carly Street) through the painful trauma of her first Change. She hopes that will at least buy her time while her pack and the witches desperately try to figure out who Aleister (Sean Rogerson) is and where his secret compound is located.

Mysteries at the Museum
9 p.m. on TRAV

Host Don Wildman reveals how a Hungarian genius devised a classic toy that became a pop-culture phenomenon in the new episode "Emo Rubik's Magic Cube, World's First Factory, The Amphicar." The hour also explores an unusual car that was designed to travel on both land and water, while a delicate silk sample recalls a gripping tale of international espionage and stolen trade secrets.

Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
10 p.m. on PBS

The "Piano Man" becomes a recipient of the prestigious honor in this special, taped last November in Washington, D.C. Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, LeAnn Rimes, Gavin DeGraw and host Kevin Spacey are among those saluting Joel on his singing and songwriting achievements in popular music. Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney and James Taylor are seen in tributes they recorded for Joel. The honoree offers some great anecdotes in his acceptance speech.

Unearthed
10 p.m. on DISC

In episode 2, Oregon's truffle kingpin, Justin Anderson, acquires 90,000 more acres of land for his truffle digging, but that also raises the risk of attacks from poachers exponentially. Richey Maxfield, meanwhile, sets up shop in "Old Faithful," while Terry and Roy opt instead to visit a secret location along the Willamette River.

Lost Girl
10 p.m. on SYFY

Bo and Tamsin (Anna Silk, Rachel Skarsten) disagree over the best course of action when a young Fae comes to them for help in a new episode called "When God Opens a Window... ." Elsewhere, Trick (Rick Hoffman) turns to Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) with a mysterious case on which he is saddled with an unwanted partner. These two teams collide when a startling revelation about Dyson's personal history threatens to change everything.

Mysteries at the National Parks
10 p.m. on TRAV

Apparently the basic folklore of the chupacabra - an uncanny beast that supposedly attacks and drains the blood of goats and other livestock - isn't weird enough on its own. A new episode called "Chupacabra Island" floats the notion that the beast that allegedly lives in Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest may be tied somehow to UFO sightings in the area, not to mention a top-secret U.S. government research facility, because, you know, why not? Another new episode immediately follows.

SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015

This Is Where I Leave You
7:10 p.m. on HBO

A stellar cast headed by Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Adam Driver drives Shawn Levy's somewhat uneven 2014 dramedy about four dysfunctional adult siblings who discover that their father's last request forces them to live together for a week under one roof, where they confront their turbulent history and tattered relationships. Jonathan Tropper adapted his own novel for the screenplay. Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Kathryn Hahn and Dax Shepard also star.

Backstrom
8 p.m. on FOX

The search for a drug-case witness evolves into a homicide investigation in "Inescapable Truth." While trying to figure out how the victim managed to leave a court-ordered stint in rehab, Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) becomes suspicious of the man's fellow band members - none of whom cared very much for him. The sleuth also is in store for a surprise from Valentine (Thomas Dekker). Lolita Davidovich ("Raising Cain") guest stars.

Stockholm, Pennsylvania
8 p.m. on LIFE

Seventeen years after being abducted at age 4, Leia Dargon (former Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, "Atonement") is found and returned to her parents, Marcy and Glen (Cynthia Nixon, David Warshofsky). As Leia struggles to adjust to a normal life, however, she yearns to be back in the basement she has called home for most of her life, with the only father figure she has ever really known: Ben (Jason Isaacs), her kidnapper. Nikole Beckwith makes her directorial debut with this 2015 psychological drama, which she also wrote.

Just the Way You Are
9 p.m. on HALL

Professional matchmaker Jennie Wreitz (Candace Cameron Bure) is aware how ironic it is that her own 15-year marriage has lost its spark, so she invites husband Ian (Ty Olsson) on a "blind date," where she hopes they can rediscover the excitement of a new relationship. That will require her hubby to change his workaholic ways, however, in this 2015 Mother's Day-themed romance. Farryn VanHumbeck, Natasha Calis and Kristine Cofsky also star.

The Dead Files
10 p.m. on TRAV

Former homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and medium Amy Allan travel to Oregon at the desperate request of a couple who fear for their grandson's safety in the new episode "House of Mirrors - Independence, OR." Steve discovers the history of this home and property includes a violent feud between neighbors and a possible suicide, while Amy confronts mischievous yet dangerous entities that can torment the living.

 

 
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