TV Notes: Moss stands out in ‘Top of the Lake’
“TOP OF THE LAKE” – Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” delivers an Emmy-worthy performance in this edgy, disturbing and altogether fascinating miniseries mystery from Jane Campion (“The Piano”). Moss plays a detective from Sydney who is investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old among the beautiful, but forbidding, backwoods of New Zealand. The saga is full of intriguing twists and eccentric characters, including a bizarre mystic (Holly Hunter) who heads up an all-female commune. 9 p.m. Monday, Sundance Channel.
TODAY: It’s crunch time for Hannah (Lena Dunham) in the Season 2 finale of “Girls.” She has to finish her novel in just one day, or risk being sued by her publisher. 9 p.m., HBO.
ToDAY: On “The Walking Dead,” the Governor (David Morrissey) leaves Woodbury to chase down a deserter. While he’s gone, a traitor tries to sabotage his evil master plan. 9 p.m., AMC.
TODAY: Daytime TV stars Susan Lucci (“All My Children”) and Jack Wagner (“General Hospital,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) drop by “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” to oversee a challenge in which the contestants must stage a soap opera scene. 9 p.m., NBC.
MONDAY: Let’s get ready to rumba. “Dancing With the Stars” is back for its 16th season with a roster that includes wannabe hoofers Wynonna Judd, Kellie Pickler, Andy Dick, D.L. Hughley and Dorothy Hamill. 8 p.m., ABC.
MONDAY: Is it time to avoid the shower again? In “Bates Motel,” a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s landmark film “Psycho,” we’re introduced to troubled teen Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his domineering mother (Vera Farmiga). 10 p.m., A&E.
TUESDAY: Will “Splash” make a big one in the ratings? It’s a new reality series that has celebrities – some of whom you may actually recognize – facing off in a diving competition. Olympian Greg Louganis serves as a coach. 8 p.m., ABC.
WEDNESDAY: On “Duck Dynasty,” the company throws a casino night party to celebrate the sale of its 5 millionth duck call. Now, that’s something to really quack about. 10 p.m., A&E.
THURSDAY: So, just who isn’t sleeping around on “Scandal?” In tonight’s episode, the president’s (Tony Goldwyn) top choice for a Supreme Court seat is caught in a torrid affair with a high-powered CEO (Lisa Edelstein), who just happens to be a client of Olivia’s (Kerry Washington). 10:02 p.m., ABC.
SATURDAY: Josh Duhamel is our host for the 26th annual “Kids’ Choice Awards,” which honor kids’ favorites in TV, movies, music and sports. Scheduled performers include Pitbull, Christina Aguilera and KeSha. 8 p.m., Nickelodeon.