Around the remote: Television picks for the week of April 13-18

April 13, 2014 

Don't Miss: 'Fargo'

This instantly addictive 10-part drama series captures the spirit of the beloved 1996 Coen Brothers cult hit but presents an all-new "true crime" story with new characters. Among them is Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), a mysterious and manipulative drifter who lures hapless small-town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) down a dangerous path. Is the series filled with dark humor and surprising twists? Darn tootin' it is! 10 p.m. Tuesday, FX.

Other Bets

Sunday: Conan O'Brien makes his debut as host of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. The offbeat celebration of big-screen goodness includes non-Oscar-ready categories like best fight and best kiss. Pass the Golden Popcorn. 9 p.m., MTV.

Sunday: Are you still mad for Mad Men? The acclaimed drama returns for the first half of its two-part final season, which has enigmatic ad executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) spending a lot of time in sunny California. 10 p.m., AMC.

Sunday: Years of Living Dangerously is an ambitious four-part documentary that uses celebrity star power to call attention to the issue of climate change. Participants include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba and Harrison Ford. 10 p.m., Showtime.

Monday: Trouble-prone actress Lindsay Lohan drops in for a guest spot on 2 Broke Girls. She plays an indecisive bride-to-be who hires Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) to make her wedding cake. Can they decline? 8 p.m., CBS.

Monday: It's the midseason finale of Dallas, and you just know there will be drama. Producers have promised plenty of red-hot action on various fronts in an episode titled, Where There's Smoke. 9 p.m., TNT.

Tuesday: The Address is a very different kind of documentary from Ken Burns. It follows students with learning disabilities who try to learn and recite Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Along the way, the film examines the effect and importance of those famous words. 9 p.m., KET.

Wednesday: The Americans continues its torrid second season with an episode that has Philip and Elizabeth (Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell) confronting painful truths in their respective missions. That doesn't sound so good. 10 p.m., FX.

Thursday: Say it isn't so. The season finale of Scandal is upon us. It's Election Day, so hold on to your seats because things could get explosive. 10 p.m., ABC.

Friday: On Kitchen Nightmares, cranky chef Ramsay visits the Old Neighborhood Restaurant in Arvada, Colo. Of course, major changes are needed. 8 p.m., Fox.

Saturday: Kentucky Life celebrates Earth Day by traveling to adventure tourism hot spot Dawson Springs, pizzeria and climbing supply shop Miguel's Pizza, the Red River Gorge Trail crew and Grit magazine homesteader of the year award winners Randy and Jennifer Luethje. 8 p.m., KET.

Saturday: What happens in the Clone Club stays in the Clone Club, so we're not about to spoil the Season 2 opener of Orphan Black for you. Just know that it's all pretty intense and that Tatiana Maslany is as awesome as usual. We are so in. 9 p.m., BBC America.

Contra Costa Times, Herald-Leader staff

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