TV Picks

TV picks for the week ahead

bcain@newsobserver.comApril 10, 2014 

LA Premiere Of "Mad Men" Season 7 - Red Carpet

“Mad Men” stars, from left, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Pare, Elisabeth Moss, Jon Hamm, January Jones and Christina Hendricks. The show returns Sunday.

JOHN SHEARER — NVISION FOR AMC/AP

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    • In “Live from Lincoln Center: Jason Isbell Moving Forward,” singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, a former Drive-By Trucker, will perform songs from his highly acclaimed 2013 album “Southeastern.” The concert airs Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

    • Also Friday is the Season 2 finale of “The Neighbors” on ABC (8:30 p.m.) – a silly but smartly written sitcom that may not be back next season.

    • On Sunday, the second season of “The Bletchley Circle” returns on PBS, following the former WWII code breakers as they try to prove the innocence of a former colleague who’s accused of murder. It’s a very good series which, unfortunately, is on opposite “Mad Men.”

    • Also Sunday, the MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Conan O’Brien, start 9 on MTV and VH1.

    • Over on Showtime Sunday, “Nurse Jackie” returns for the sixth season (9 p.m.), followed by the “Californication” season premiere at 9:30. And a new documentary series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” debuts at 10 and features celebrities and journalists exploring climate change around the world.

    • On Monday it’s the season finale of “Mom” on CBS at 9:30 p.m.

    • Tuesday is the series debut of “Fargo” (10 p.m., FX). A wonderful adaptation of the 1996 Coen brothers film, this series follows a manipulative drifter (Billy Bob Thornton) as he wreaks havoc on the lives of people in small-town Minnesota. Those unfortunate enough to cross his path include an insurance salesman played by Martin Freeman (“Sherlock”) and a deputy played by Colin Hanks.

    • Also Tuesday is the fourth season premiere of “Pioneers of Television” (8 p.m., UNC-TV), which looks at stand-up comics who transitioned to sitcoms.

    • Thursday it’s season finales for “Community” (8 p.m., NBC), “The Crazy Ones” (9 p.m., CBS), “Parenthood” (10 p.m., NBC) and “Scandal” (10 p.m., ABC).

The first part of the final season of “Mad Men” returns Sunday night at 10 on AMC (seven episodes this spring and the final seven next year), with the usual cryptic plot clues: Don makes a new friend, Joan meets a client for drinks, Peggy hears some impressive new work and Roger experiences a strange phone call. Vague or not, we know we’re all tuning in.

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