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TV best bets with season finales of 'Scandal,' 'Parenthood,' 'Mom,' return of 'Devious Maids'

Although the official (and increasingly outdated) broadcast season isn't over until next month, several shows are ending a bit early.

'Scandal" closes shop this Thursday for the third season, perhaps with a bang?

"Mom" on CBS finished its first season tonight and will be back next season. NBC's "Parenthood' ends its fifth season Thursday with its fate for a sixth season a tossup. NBC's "Community" also closes its fifth season the same night and is also on the fence. ABC's "Scandal" is certain to be back for a juicy fourth season after Thursday.

Lifetime's "Devious Maids,' shot primarily in Stone Mountain but set in Beverly Hills, will return on Sunday night.

And in the most intriguing new series, FX tries on Tuesday to capture the magic of the Coen Brothers film "Fargo," adapting it in TV series form with different characters but similar pacing and style.


“Dancing With the Stars ” 8 p.m. ABC — Cody Simpson and Candace Cameron Bure could be going home.

“2 Broke Girls ” 8 p.m. CBS (new time slot) — Max and Caroline agree to make a wedding cake for a bride played by Lindsay Lohan.

“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — Remains found in a swamp belong to a woman cryogenically frozen before being discarded.

“The Voice ” 8 p.m. NBC — The top 20 perform.

“The Following ” 9 p.m. Fox — Ryan hopes to kidnap Joe from the Korban compound.

“Dallas ” 9 p.m. TNT (third season spring finale) — Relationships are in jeopardy in the wake of a discovery about John Ross and Emma.

“The Real Housewives of Orange County ” 9 p.m. Bravo (ninth season debut) — Vicki tries to move forward when her divorce is finalized.

“Warehouse 13 ” 9 p.m. Syfy (fifth season debut) — Claudia faces off against Paracelsus.

“Mom ” 9:30 p.m. CBS (first season finale)— Violet goes through labor.

“16 & Pregnant ” 10 p.m. MTV fifth season debut) — These shows actually deter teens from getting pregnant.

“Bates Motel ” 10 p.m. A&E — Zane threatens Dylan.

“Glee ” 8 p.m. Fox — The guys gets tested for STDs.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — A Navy officer is found dead on a rural road.

“Pioneers of Television ” 8 p.m. GPB — Standup comics who transitioned to sitcoms.

“The Voice ” 8 p.m. NBC — More of the top 20 vocalists perform.

“Dance Moms ” 9 p.m. Lifetime (100th episode) — Abby presents her new junior elite competition during pyramid, shocking the original squad.

“NCIS: Los Angeles ” 9 p.m. CBS — An undercover NCIS agent is taken into custody when he is suspected of working with a smuggler he is supposed to be investigating.

“New Girl” 9 p.m. Fox — Jess and Nick struggle to keep their breakup a secret.

“About A Boy ” 9:01 p.m. NBC — Fiona oversees a project for Marcus’ class.

“Chicago Fire ” 10 p.m. NBC — Dawson receives a suicide note.

“Chrisley Knows Best ” 10 p.m. USA — The kids plan a romantic evening for their parents.

“Celebrity Wife Swap ” 10 p.m. ABC (ninth season debut) — Daniel Baldwin ex-girlfriend and Jermain Jackson’s wife swap.

“Fargo ” 10 p.m. FX (new series) — An adaptation of the classic 1996 Coen Brothers film.


“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — The top 7 pick songs for each other. Sabotage, anyone?

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS —Paranoia reigns at the halfway point of "Survivor."

“Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse” 9 p.m. OWN — Leslie and Joseph begin the hard work of repairing their relationship.

“Women of Homicide” 9 p.m. TLC — Summer Benton from the Atlanta homicide division is featured .

The Americans” 10 p.m. FX — Philip and Elizabeth face painful turns in their missions.

“Lucky Bastards” 10 p.m. Esquire (new series) — Six single guys explore the dating scene in New York City.

“Unusually Thicke” 10p.m. TV Guide Channel (new series) — Alan Thicke has a garage sale in this blend of reality TV and sitcom.


“Community 8 p.m. NBC (fifth season finale) — Annie and Abed search for an abandoned computer lab.

“Hell’s Kitchen 8 p.m. Fox— The remaining 15 chefs work as teams to serve VIP guests.

“Parks & Recreation” 8:30 p.m. NBC — Leslie and Ben take charge of a charity auction.

“American Idol” 9 p.m. Fox — For C.J., it’s just a matter of time.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Pressure amounts for Derek both at work and home.

“The Crazy Ones ” 9:01 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — Simon's team comes up with a radial way to save a library.

“Anger Management ” 9:30 p.m. FX — Charlie catches Jordan in the act.

“Parenthood ” 10 p.m. NBC (fifth season finale) — Adam and Crosby reminisce. Amber and Ryan reunite.

Scandal ” 10 p.m. ABC (third season finale) — Olivia tries to figure out what Maya is up to with the bomb.

“Vikings ” 10 p.m. History — Aslaug prepares to give birth.


“Last Man Standing 8 p.m. ABC — Vanessa's freeloading sister visits.

“Kitchen Nightmares 8 p.m. Fox (sixth season debut) — Amy’s Baking Company is revisited.

“Unforgettable 8 p.m. CBS — Carrie and Al hunt for a recently paroled criminal who may be responsible for a defense attorney's death.

“Whose Line Is It Anyway 8 p.m. the CW — Former Atlantan Gary Anthony Williams joins in the fun.

“Shark Tank 9 p.m. ABC — Dallas entrepreneurs pitch a smart light bulb.

“The Writers' Room 9 p.m. Sundance (second season debut) — The writers of "Scandal" tell us how in the world they cram so much plot into a single hour.

“Hannibal ” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Will rejoins the FBI team to investigate a peculiar case.


“A Day Late and a Dollar Short” 8 tonight Lifetime — Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames star features a mother whose next asthma attack may kill her.

“Billy Crystal 700 Sundays” 10 tonight HBO — The actor-comedian's 2005 Tony Award-winning play about his life.

“Orphan Black” 9 tonight BBCA (second season debut) — Sarah searches for her missing daughter.

“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — The race moves to Italy.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — The reunion featuring Porsha fighting Kenya.

“Cosmos” 9 p.m. Sunday Fox — A look at the work of a geochemist who calculated the age of the Earth.

“Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Tyrion gets a visit from a loyal subject.

“In My Dreams” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Two people meet in dreams but have only seven days to meet in person.

“The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — Florrick/Agos represents an NSA whistle-blower.

“Devious Maids ” 10 p.m. Sunday Lifetime (second season debut)  — Perio goes to great lengths to keep Spence and Rosie apart.

“Mad Men ” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC  — Draper is as happy as ever. In other words, not really.

Naked & Afraid” 10 p.m. Sunday Discovery — Two survivalists face flash floods and heat exhaustion in Bolivia, including a woman from Atlanta.

“Silicon Valley” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Gavin Belson promotes Nucleus, a competing compression platform.

“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — A woman's body is found near an affluent men's club.

“Salem” 10 p.m. Sunday WGN (new series) — John Alden returns from war to discover that the woman he left behind is married in this supernatural drama.


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