‘Mad Men’ Veteran Stars In Miniseries
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.
Sunday: 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.
Sunday: 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.
Sunday: 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.
Friday: On Nikita, our title hero (Maggie Q) wants the president of Chad to be killed in Paris, but Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) disagrees and refuses to take part in the plan. We say make her go stand in the corner. 8 p.m., The CW.
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.
Chuck Barney: cbarneybayareanewsgroup.com.