TV best bets with ‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘Scorpion,’ ‘Top Gear’

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By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Sunday, April 24, 2016

I wrote this two weeks in advance before going on vacation so I apologize that I couldn’t include many shows that didn’t have plot descriptions such as “The Big Bang Theory” and “Game of Thrones,” both which have scheduled original airings this week.

This is a quiet week for big new shows coming and going. “Scorpion,” “Lucifer” and “Hell’s Kitchen” all complete their seasons.

The Kardashians (season 12) on E! and History’s USA version of “Top Gear” (season six) are back.

And Showtime returns with the third season of “Penny Dreadful” Sunday.

This covers Monday, April 24 through Sunday May 1, 2016.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Hard to say who will win. There are plenty of candidates.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The top 11 perform.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — A strange discovery will be made in Gotham City.

“Mike & Molly” 8 p.m. CBS — Mike brings home a stray puppy but Molly has a hard time warming up to it.

“Bates Motel” 9 p.m. A&E — A chance discovery spurs Norman to return home.

“Heart of a Dog” 9 p.m. HBO — Artist Laurie Anderson’s documentary about love and loss after the death of her rat terrier Lolabelle.

“Scorpion” 9 p.m. CBS (second season finale) — Team Scorpion must outthink their unstable ex-Scorpion member  Mark Collins after he kidnaps Toby.

“Lucifer” 9:01 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — Lucifer is framed for murder.

“Turn” 10 p.m. AMC (third season debut) — A season that builds toward the treasonous defection of Benedict Arnold.

“Blindspot” 10:01 p.m. NBC — The team races to stop an active shooting on a college campus.

“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — A miraculous survivor of an attempted murder tries to help Castle and Beckett solve the case.

TUESDAY

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8 p.m. ABC — Louis and Jessica reveal how they each acquired their American names.

New Girl” 8 p.m. Fox — Schmidt’s bachelor party goes off the rails.

The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Top 11 eliminations.

Chicago Med” 9 p.m. NBC  — Dr. Manninng is forced to make a difficult decision and Dr. Halstead reconnects with his past.

“Containment” 9 p.m. the CW — A young woman who had contact with the infected patient is unaccounted for.

“Top Gear” 9 p.m. History (sixth season debut) — Senoia’s Rutledge Wood returns as co-host.

Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — Severide is forced into a delicate situation and Casey receives a surprise in the mail.

WEDNESDAY

“Rosewood” 8 p.m. Fox — Rosewood’s arrangement with the police is threatened.

“Heartbeat” 8 p.m. NBC Alex, Jesse and Millicent try to save a heart transplant patient who sustains devastating injuries in a car crash.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — With help from Andre, Lucious hosts a fundraiser as part of a campaign to prove to the board he should return as CEO.

“Black-ish” 9:30 p.m. Fox — Dre fears for his job and reputation after learning that Stevens & Lido is going through layoffs.

“The Americans” 10 p.m. FX — The KGB and FBI race to track down a vital agent.

“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” 10 p.m. CBS — The international response team investigates the murder of a mother vacationing with her family in Mexico.

“Nashville” 10 p.m. ABC — Rayna and Deacon are desperate to bring Maddie home.

THURSDAY

“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — The team investigates multiple murders linked to a serial murderer.

“Grey’s Anatomy 8 p.m. ABC — Stephanie’s relationship to Kyle becomes complicated while Meredith encourages Amelia and Owen to take a chance.

The Blacklist 9 p.m. NBC — After a devastating loss to the FBI task force, they must track down the assailants.

Scandal 9 p.m. ABC — A spin war between Abby and Olivia threatens to keep their candidates grounded.

Mom 9:01 p.m. CBS — Despite being extremely ill, Christy insists on taking her final exams.

Game of Silence 10 p.m. NBC — Jessie secretly volunteers at the campaign of the corrupt former warden.

FRIDAY

“The Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW —  With Bonnie’s life at stake and an uphill battle ahead of them, Damon and Enzo lead the charge to save her before her condition worsens.

“Hell’s Kitchen” 9 p.m. Fox (15th season finale) — The winner gets to work at BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS Five-O must save a kidnapped college student from a dangerous vigilante.

Grimm” 9 p.m. NBC Black Claw closes in as Wu’s primal instincts take center stage.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC Two billionaire sharks fight over an entrepreneur’s all-in-one solution to early education.

“Banshee” 10 p.m. Cinemax Dawson and Lucas scope out an S&M club in search of murder clues.

WEEKEND

“2016 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” 8 p.m. Saturday HBO N.W.A. members explain why they think they are just as rock and roll as Steve Miller and Cheap Trick.

American Country Countdown Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox — The least important of the many country awards by a long shot.

The Good Wife 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — As Peter’s trial begins, Alicia works desperately to keep her husband from returning to jail.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians” 9 p.m. Sunday E! (12th season debut) — Still no sign of Rob!

“Elementary 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Holmes and Watson discover the perpetrator behind the attempt made on Morland’s life.

“Quantico 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — The NATS are dispatched to various field offices.

“Penny Dreadful 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (third season debut) — Patti LuPone, who guest starred last season, returns as a season regular in the new role of Dr. Seward.

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