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Best bets on TV this week

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By Chuck Barney
Contra Costa Times
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Among this week’s best bets on TV:
Monday
Trouble-prone actress Lindsay Lohan drops in for a guest spot on “2 Broke Girls.” She plays an indecisive bride-to-be who hires Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) to make her wedding cake. Can they decline? 8 p.m., CBS.
It’s the midseason finale of “Dallas” and you just know there will be drama. Producers have promised plenty of red-hot action on various fronts in an episode fittingly titled, “Where There’s Smoke.” 9 p.m., TNT.
Tuesday
“Fargo”: This instantly addictive 10-part drama series captures the spirit of the beloved 1996 Coen Brothers cult hit, but presents an all-new “true crime” story with new characters. Among them is Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), a mysterious and manipulative drifter who lures hapless small-town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) down a dangerous path. Is the series filled with dark humor and surprising twists? Darn tootin’ it is! 10 p.m. Tuesday, FX.
“The Address” is a very different kind of documentary from Ken Burns. It follows students with learning disabilities who attempt to learn and recite Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Along the way, the film examines the impact and importance of those famous words. 9 p.m., PBS.
Wednesday
“The Americans” continues its torrid second season with an episode that has Philip and Elizabeth (Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell) confronting painful truths in their respective missions. That doesn’t sound so good. 10 p.m., FX.
Thursday
Say it isn’t so. The season finale of “Scandal” is already upon us. It’s election day and, hold on to your seats, because things could get explosive. 10 p.m., ABC.
Friday
On “Kitchen Nightmares,” cranky chef Ramsay visits the Old Neighborhood Restaurant in Arvada, Colo. Of course, major changes are needed. 8 p.m., Fox.
Saturday
What happens in the Clone Club stays in the Clone Club, so we’re not about to spoil the Season 2 opener of “Orphan Black” for you. Just know that it’s all pretty intense and that Tatiana Maslany is as awesome as usual. We are so in. 9 p.m., BBC America.
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