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TV best bets with 'Scandal' series finale, return of 'Westworld'

Posted Sunday, April 15, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

I'm overseas. I wrote this on April 6 so a few shows I normally highlight didn't have descriptives ready on that day. 

ABC and Shondaland wraps up "Scandal" after seven seasons on Thursday. The show for a moment was the hottest drama on television.

HBO, in the meantime, is bringing back its buzziest show "Westworld" for a trippy second season Sunday. And AMC returns with a third season of "Into the Badlands" the same night.

This covers Monday, April 16 through Sunday, April 22, 2018.

MONDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — The top 14 are named.

“I Am Evidence” 8 p.m. HBO — This documentary examines the fact that thousands of rape kits in the United States go untested each year, and looks at efforts to combat this injustice.

“Kevin Can Wait” 8 p.m. CBS —When Monkey Fist lands Alviti's big account to provide security for his parking garages, Kevin inadvertently derails Rootger's efforts to study for his security guard test and puts the new job in jeopardy, much to Vanessa's dismay.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Live playoffs begin.

“The Resident” 9 p.m. Fox — Conrad is hit by a bike and badly sprains his ankle, but works through it when he takes the case of his old medical professor, who is hallucinating visions of her old patients.

“McMafia” 10 p.m. AMC — Vadim is convinced to broker peace in Istanbul.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS (fourth season finale) — Team Scorpion heads to Northeast Africa where they must carefully navigate a minefield in order to save the lives of local villagers.

“Good Girls” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Rio's feeling the heat from the FBI investigation, so he abruptly shuts down operations, cutting off Beth, Ruby, and Annie's money supply.

TUESDAY

“Roseanne” 8 p.m. ABC — David unexpectedly shows up for Harris' birthday after being absent for years, forcing Darlene to re-examine their relationship and the rest of the family.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — NCIS searches for a petty officer suspected of assault who escapes when the sheriff transporting him crashes into a lake.

“Black Lightning” 9 p.m. the CW (first season finale) — The aftermath of the showdown with Black Lightning leaves everyone reeling.

“Bull” 9 p.m. CBS — A friend from Bull's past enlists his services to help convince a jury that a domestic abuse survivor who shot her husband in his sleep is not guilty of murder because she feared for her life and the life of her unborn child.

“Rise” 9:01 p.m. NBC — As Lou's vision for "Spring Awakening" starts to crumble, Lilette and Robbie feel the weight of responsibility on their shoulders with rehearsals going into overdrive.

“New Girl” 9:30 p.m. Fox — Over a drunken power lunch, Jess and Cece decide to stand up to Russell and demand Jess be given more responsibility in her new job.

“Chicago Med” 10 p.m. NBC — After taking the lead on a surgery, Dr. Bekker feels the heat after something goes wrong.

“Forged in Fire: Knife or Death” 10 p.m. History (new series) — A spinoff of the original hosted by Bill Goldberg focsed on an obstacle course for knife choppers.

“For the People” 10 p.m. ABC— Allison defends a man accused of stealing supplies intended for victims of a devastating island hurricane and goes up against Celia Chavez.

“Legion” 10 p.m. FX — David navigates the maze.

“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls” 10 p.m. USA — The Task Force gets help from an FBI informant.

WEDNESDAY

“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox — Although Lucious pressures Cookie to take it easy, she can't help but take matters into her own hands when she receives unsettling news about an old friend.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — A special third live episode of the week.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — The search for an abducted woman and her young daughter leads Lt. Benson to cross paths with an old friend.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Jay's pal Shorty returns from Costa Rica and stays at Jay's house so they can reconnect, but he spends more time with Gloria than with Jay.

“The Originals” 9 p.m. the CW (fifth and final season debut) — Desperate to see her father, Hope resorts to drastic measures.

“Star” 9 p.m. Fox — Major competition ensues between Midtown Sound artists Take 3 and Noah Brooks when they fight for a coveted track produced by one of the industry's hottest producers.

“Suits” 9 p.m. USA — Mike's attempt to distract Harvey with a case backfires. Louis tries not to let emotion affect his judgment in a legal duel. Donna finds a way to prove her worth to the firm.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS (13th season finale) — When Reid discovers former FBI Special Agent Owen Quinn locked inside a storage unit, the BAU questions the credibility of Quinn's bizarre accounts of searching for an UnSub that he named "The Strangler."

“The Americans” 10 p.m. FX — After picking up a disastrous piece of intelligence, Elizabeth takes extreme measures to get close to a Soviet negotiator.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — As more content from President Kirman's confidential therapy sessions leaks out, Vice President Darby meets secretly with the entire cabinet.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS  — Sheldon's comic book store experiences changes when writer Neil Gaiman puts Stuart's store on the map.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — An agent from ICE shows up at Grey Sloan in search of an employee who may be working in the U.S. under DACA.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — Gordon and Bullock try to figure out who the clever thief is behind the robberies of various bank branches in Gotham.

“Station 19” 9 p.m. ABC — Andy, Jack and 18 other candidates take the captaincy drill test, gunning for one spot as captain of Station 19.

“Mom” 9 p.m. CBS — Christy considers getting a new sponsor after witnessing Marjorie having a major breakdown at a grocery store.

“Atlanta” 10 p.m. FX — Why Paper Boi always got an attitude? He rich, right? That's why I can't feel bad for these celebrities.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC —  After responding to a residential fire at a property belonging to a Mexican drug cartel, Casey is skeptical of Cordova (guest star Damon Dayoub) after a hefty amount of money was found missing from the crime scene.

“Scandal” 10 p.m. ABC (series finale) — No clue how this will end with ABC keeping things under wraps.

FRIDAY

“Dope”  3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut)   A docu-series filmed from the perspective of dealers, users and the police, this vivid series features a bracing look at the war on drugs.

“Dynasty”  8 p.m. the CW  — The manipulative power games between Fallon and Alexis continue.

“Masterchef Junior”  8 p.m. Fox  — The Top 12 have just 15 minutes to make as many eggs benedict dishes as they can.

“MacGyver”  8 p.m. CBS  —  While MacGyver is in Puerto Rico helping his friend rebuild his hurricane-damaged home, he is taken hostage in the bank his friend manages when robbers attempt to steal $2 million.

“Taken” 9  p.m. NBC  — When a dangerous weapons dealer smuggles his wares into New York City, Bryan (Clive Standen) teams up with the FBI in a race to stop him before he reaches the safety of international waters.

“Hawaii Five-O”  9 p.m. CBS  —  Harry Langford enlists McGarrett and Danny's help to track down Lady Sophie, a teenage British royal who has run away while under his protection

WEEKEND

“Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World”  10 p.m. Saturday CNN (first season finale)  —  She explores being transgender in China.

“American Idol”  8 p.m. Sunday ABC  —  Top 14 perform live for the first time, including Georgia's Caleb Lee Hutchinson.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”  8 p.m. Sunday Bravo  —  The third and final reunion show features verbal squabbles between Kim and NeNe.

“Instinct”  8 p.m. Sunday CBS  —  Dylan and Lizzie investigate the murder of a Jane Doe, but when they realize that the victim was killed by mistake, they must identify the killer's motive and intended target before she suffers the same fate.

“Fear the Walking Dead”  9 p.m. Sunday AMC  —  A troubled survivor finds allies in an unexpected place. Meanwhile, the life Madison has fought to build comes under threat.

“Westworld ”  9 p.m. Sunday HBO (second season debut)  —   There's a ShogunWorld, the feudal Japan theme park.

“Into the Badlands”  10 p.m. Sunday AMC  —  Daniel Wu is back as Sunny, the former regent to Baron Quinn who is now dedicated only to his son, Henry.

“Madam Secretary”  10 p.m. Sunday CBS  —  Elizabeth's negotiations for a security agreement combatting gang violence in South America becomes complicated when she attempts to free an American recently kidnapped there

“Deception”  10 p.m. Sunday ABC  —  When Cameron's ex-girlfriend is robbed during Fashion Week, he insists on helping Kay with the investigation and the team finds themselves in the middle of a high-speed, dangerous chase.

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