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TV picks: Thursday, April 5

Tonight's TV highlights: Shonda Rhimes unveils a "Scandal."

"Scandal"

DRAMA. In Shonda Rhimes’ latest sudser about a smart woman who can’t get her personal life together, Kerry Washington plays the high-powered heroine who is a professional “fixer,” solving crises — minus her own affairs — for the Washington, D.C., elite.

Series premiere, 10 p.m., ABC



"The Big Bang Theory"

COMEDY. Just one week after Leonard Nimoy guest starred, "The Big Bang Theory" pulls another space-related coup with tonight’s cameo by famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

8 p.m., CBS



"God is the Bigger Elvis"

DOCUMENTARY. Elvis co-star Dolores Hart abruptly turned her back on Hollywood to become a nun in 1963. This Oscar-nominated documentary short looks at her life as the Mother Prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn.

8 p.m., HBO



"Grey’s Anatomy"

DRAMA. A lion is on the loose in Seattle? Yawn. After that whole bomb-in-a-guy's-belly escapade a few seasons ago, an outrageous storyline is simply par for the course.

9 p.m., ABC