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Around the remote: Be prepared for anything as ‘Scandal’ ends its run

Kerry Washington attends the “Scandal” 100th Episode Celebration at Fig & Olive on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Richard Shotwell / AP file)
Kerry Washington attends the “Scandal” 100th Episode Celebration at Fig & Olive on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Richard Shotwell / AP file)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: “Scandal” – Break out the red wine and popcorn, gladiators. After seven seasons of political intrigue and lustful romance, the drama series that has been described as “D.C. on crack” is bidding farewell. Yes, the show was chaotic, ludicrous, shocking and bat-dung crazy – but millions of devotees couldn’t resist it. We have no idea of how brazen crisis manager Olivia Pope and the gang will go out, but clearly “Scandal” has taught us to be prepared for anything. (10 p.m. Thursday, ABC).

Other bets

SUNDAY: Reba McEntire returns to host the “53rd Academy of Country Music Awards” in Las Vegas. The star-studded roster of performers includes Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and more. (8 p.m., CBS).

SUNDAY: “Fear the Walking Dead” launches its fourth season right after tonight’s “Walking Dead” finale. The big news? Morgan Jones (Lennie James) makes his long-awaited move to the spinoff series. Other new cast members include Garret Dillahunt, Jenna Elfman and Maggie Grace. (10 p.m., AMC).

MONDAY: Dis you miss her? After a nine-week break, “Supergirl” soars back into action. And not only does she have an impressive guest star in Laurie Metcalf on hand, there’s some vital info about the Worldkillers to learn. (8 p.m., The CW).

MONDAY: “I Am Evidence” is a revelatory documentary that examines why hundreds of thousands of rape kits, containing crucial DNA evidence, are languishing untested in police-evidence storage rooms across the country. Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”), a longtime advocate for survivors of sexual assault, produced the film. (8 p.m., HBO).

TUESDAY: Another familiar face pops up on “Roseanne” as Johnny Galecki returns to play David, Darlene’s boyfriend (and later husband). After being absent for years, David unexpectedly shows up for Harris’ birthday, forcing Darlene to re-examine their relationship. (8 p.m., ABC).

TUESDAY: A reality TV knife fight? Well, not quite, but “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death” is a new competition series in which top bladesmiths, martial artists and knife experts slice, stab and chop their way through daunting obstacle courses. Don’t ask us to explain. (10 p.m. History).

WEDNESDAY: “Riverdale” attempts to hit the high notes in its first song-filled episode as Archie’s high school begins rehearsals for “Carrie the Musical.” Based on Stephen King’s teen horror tale, this one should be a scream. (8 p.m., The CW).

WEDNESDAY: Stephanie March makes a welcome return to “Law & Order: SVU.” Her popular character, Alex Cabot, accidentally crosses paths with old friend Lt. Olivia Benson while the latter is searching for an abducted woman. (9 p.m., NBC).

FRIDAY: “Mercury 13” is a documentary about 13 remarkable female pilots who reached for the stars, but were ahead of their time. In 1961, they passed spaceflight tests and, in some cases, outdid their male counterparts. But in plotting America’s first voyages beyond Earth, NASA dismissed them all in favor of men. (Netflix).

SATURDAY: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third installment in the rebooted series, makes its cable TV debut. It follows a confrontation between the simians – led by a vengeful Caesar – and the humans for control of Earth. (8 p.m., HBO).

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