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What to Watch on Thursday: ‘Scandal’ and ‘Vikings’ return, ‘Red Road’ debuts

From left: Paul Adelstein and Kate Burton in “Scandal.”
From left: Paul Adelstein and Kate Burton in “Scandal.” Nicole Wilder/ABC

Scandal (10pm, ABC) - We’ve been waiting two months for this -- “Scandal” is back!! Tonight, Sally delivers some shocking news, which rocks the White House. Meanwhile, Olivia tackles a demanding new role.

Also on tonight . . .

Countdown to the Oscars (8pm, ABC) - Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott host a preview of Sunday’s Oscar show, which includes clips and interviews with Jonah Hill and Lupita Nyongo’o. At 9, CNN airs “And the Oscar Goes To …”, a two-hour look at the history of the Academy Awards, featuring clips from past ceremonies and films, as well as interviews with stars and filmmakers.

The Red Road (9pm, Sundance) - This new drama, about a sheriff (Martin Henderson) trying to police the small New Jersey town where he grew up and a nearby Native American settlement, begins with a tragedy that impacts both factions of the area.

Mary Mary (9pm, WE) - Season 3 beings with the duo returning from their hiatus and landing on the cover of Ebony magazine. Also, Tina reveals that her marriage is under massive strain, and Erica puts her focus on her solo career.

Vikings (10pm, History) - Season 2 of this massively popular History Channel series begins with a battle pitting Ragnar and King Horik’s forces against Jarl Borg and Rollo. Also, Princess Aslaug arrives in Kattegat with a surprise that leaves Ragnar in a difficult predicament.

Elementary (10pm, CBS) - Holmes and Watson are forced to partner with Gareth Lestrade, Sherlock’s former Scotland Yard colleague, on a bombing investigation.