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TV best bets with ‘The Client List,’ ‘Scandal,’ end of ‘One Tree Hill’

by Rodney Ho (AJC) : The ads for Jennifer Love Hewitt’s “The Client List” are oddly racy for a show on Lifetime, a network targeting women.

The original movie a couple years ago was such a hit, Lifetime decided to turn it into a series. In it, Hewitt plays a single mom who needs a job and starts working at a spa. Then she finds out it’s actually a bit more than that.

But this is now Showtime or HBO. There will be no nudity, though cleavage will be unavoidable. Check it out on Sunday after “Army Wives.”

ABC’ gives Shonda Rhimes her third show on the network: the juicy political soap ‘Scandal,” which debuts conveniently after “Grey’s Anatomy” this Thursday. Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, who leads a band of “fixers” who specialize in crisis management in D.C., based on a real-life person. Pope is also conflicted over the fact she had an affair with the president. With the glib dialogue, ambitious characters and weepy music, it’s classic Rhimes.

And the CW ends its longest-running drama “One Tree Hill” Wednesday after nine seasons. It endured cast defections., time leaps and a network shift (from the WB). It never became a huge hit or a critical darling. But it survived. So cheers to that.

MONDAY

“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — An escaped convict’s remains are found in a residential sewer pipe.
“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — First one cut last week, Martina Navratilova, never looked comfortable on the dance floor.
“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The first 12 of the 24 semifinalist perform live for the first time.
“House” 9 p.m. Fox — An ailing Army veteran charged with treason refuses treatment unless he gets information about his late dad.
“Yard Crashers” 9 p.m. DIY (seventh season debut) — A Thai-inspired backyard transformation.
“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” 10 p.m. Food (14th season debut) — Guy Fieri samples a Georgetown, Texas diner with Matthew McConaughey.
“Intervention” 10 p.m. A&E (12th season finale) — A mother and former model battles alcohol addiction.
“Smash” 10 p.m. NBC — The show has been renewed for a second season.
“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — A Scotland Yard detective works with Castle and Beckett to solve a murder of a British model.

TUESDAY

“The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC – The contestants receive makeovers.
“Dance Moms” 9 p.m. Lifetime (90-minute second season finale) – Abby’s dancers compete in regionals.
“Dancing With the Stars” 9 p.m. ABC – Seal and Rascal Flatts perform.
“New Girl” 9 p.m. Fox – Jess and Cece have a falling out.
“Top Gear” 9 p.m. History (third season finale) – The hosts are given worthless cars to renovate and sell at auction.
“The Voice” 9 p.m. NBC – The first live results show.
“Fashion Star” 10 p.m. NBC – Give Marietta’s Sarah Parrott props. H&M has purchased her dresses three weeks in a row!
“Justified” 10 p.m. FX – Raylan closes in on the unpredictable Quaries.
“Tabatha Takes Over” 10 p.m. Bravo – Tabatha tries to revamp a bed-and-breakfast that serves no breakfast.
“Body of Proof” 10:01 p.m. ABC – A deadly virus attacks a city and a team headed by a CDC officer tries to find the cause.

WEDNESDAY
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox – The top 8, many who weren’t even alive in the 1980s, picks songs from that decade.
“Betty’ White’s Off Their Rockers” 8 p.m. NBC – Seniors pull pranks.
“One Tree Hill” 8 p.m. the CW (series finale) – Some former Tree Hill residents return.
“Best Friends Forever” 8:30 p.m. NBC – Jessica’s best friend Lennon, freshly divorced, moves back into the apartment they used to share.
“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS – Ritualistic murders in Oregon are investigated.
“Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy” 9 p.m. History (second season finale) – Larry works as a member of the TSA.
“Bent” 9:30 p.m. NBC (first season finale) – Given its pitiful ratings, this is probably the series finale.
“Happy Endings” 9:30 p.m. ABC (second season finale) – The gang attend a same-sex wedding.
“CSI” 10 p.m. CBS – A man is gunned down at a casino.
“Psych” 10 p.m. USA – A wrongly convicted chef hired Shawn and Gus to find the real culprit.

THURSDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox – Hot boy band the Wanted perform.
“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS – Sheldon wants to meet Stephen Hawking.
“Community” 8 p.m. NBC – The war between Abed and Troy intensifies.
“God is the Bigger Elvis” 8 p.m. HBO – A profile of Dolores Hart, a former Hollywood starlet who became a nun.
“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC – A lion breaks loose.
“Person of Interest” 9 p.m. CBS – The Machine produces numbers linked to New York’s crime families.
“Touch” 9 p.m. Fox – A lottery winner meets a depressed pastor.
“Awake” 10 p.m. NBC – Michael tries to end a delicate hostage situation.
“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS – A well-like English teacher’s homicide is investigated.
“Scandal” 10:02 p.m. ABC – A former White House communications director opens a D.C. crisis-management firm.

FRIDAY

“The Finder” 8 p.m. Fox (new time slot) — 50 Cent plays a music mogul.
“Undercover Boss” 8 p.m. CBS — TaylorMade CEO works undercover at his golf company.
“Who Do You Think You Are?” 8 p.m. NBC — “Nurse Jackie” star Edie Falco traces her mother’s familial history.
“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — The CSIs investigate a murder linked to a competitive video-gaming tournament.
“Fairly Legal” 9 p.m. USA — Lauren clashes with Ben over his handling of a settlement offer.
“Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC (third season finale) — A former pageant queen looks at dozens of dresses.
“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny reopens a closed case in which a fireman’s death was deemed a suicide.
“In Plain Sight” 10 p.m. USA — Mary looks after a bigamist.

WEEKEND
“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC – Sofia Vergara (”Modern Family”) hosts. Boy band One Direction sings.
“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS – The remaining couples battle it out in Tanzania.
“Finding Your Roots” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB – Married couple Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick sift through their past.
“Celebrity Apprentice” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC – By far the most annoying contestant is Aubrey O’Day, who has a knack for irritating everybody.
“Army Wives” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime – Claudia Joy has medical complications related to her diabetes.
“Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO – Theon returns home for the first time in nine years.
“GCB” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC – Carlene and Ripp plan a “Gone With the Wind”-themed ceremony to renew their wedding vows.
“The Killing” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC – Sarah searches for Rosie’s backpack.
“Nurse Jackie” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (fourth season debut) – All Saints is taken over by a multinational company, meaning changes are afoot.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 9 p.m. Sunday Bravo (fourth season finale) – Kandi holds a party to introduce her new line of adult toys.
“Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On” 9 p.m. Sunday TV Guide (new series) – It’s like it’s 1991 all over again.
“The Big C” 9:30 p.m. Sunday Showtime (third season debut) – Cathy receives encouraging medical news.
“The Borgias” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (second season debut) -A cache of long-lost Italian artifacts are found.
“The Client List” 10 p.m. Sunday Lifetime (new series) – Riley Parks (Jennifer Love Hewitt) works at a spa that doubles as a brothel.
“CSI: Miami” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS (10th season finale) – Horatio investigates one of his own.
“Mad Men” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC – Joan comes to a momentous decision.
“The Pitch” 11:04 p.m. Sunday AMC (new series) – A reality series in which ad agencies compete for new business.

Published Date: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 | 06:40 PM

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