By Samantha Highfill
Updated March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
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We’re not going to lie: Other than a little crooning on the part of Justin Timberlake, and a visit from Tina Fey, this week’s offerings are pretty serious, but in a good, high-quality drama kind of way. There’s controversy, psychopathy, lying, scandal, spies, and danger. You’re welcome.

Kick off your week tonight by catching what is sure to be the highly polarizing season 2 finale of Girls, and then I recommend you shut your eyes and, without looking back, jump into the intense and oh-so-entertaining drama from Scandal, The Americans, and more during the rest of your week.

Here’s what you need to look out for this week:


Girls, 9 p.m., HBO

It’s season-finale time for the anti-sitcom comedy’s second go-around. And after the controversies we’ve already seen, we’re willing to bet that tonight’s episode is going to be the talk of the town come Monday.


Dancing With the Stars, 8 p.m., ABC

Bates Motel, 10 p.m., A&E

Monday’s premieres offer two very different television-viewing options: You can either choose to watch ex-athletes, reality stars (Bachelor Sean!) and the like dance around a ballroom — some better than others — on Dancing With the Stars, or you can catch the series premiere of Bates Motel about the very twisted relationship between a young pre-psychotic-break Norman Bates and his mother. Or both!


Pretty Little Liars, 8 p.m., ABC Family

In the season 3 finale, the Liars are finally going to learn the identity of red coat! And then there’s also the question of whether Spencer has joined the “A” team. Tune in to find out, and then check out the next day to hear what executive producer Oliver Goldstick has to say about all of our burning questions!


The Americans, 10 p.m., FX

This intriguing new spy drama is worth catching up on, particularly if you’re a fan of suspense, sexual politics, or watching Keri Russell kick butt.


Scandal, 10 p.m., ABC

Good news, gladiators! Scandal is back, and it’s still full of affairs, high-profile clients, and flirtation between Olivia and Jake.



Sometimes (or perhaps all the time), you just can’t go wrong with a little Tina Fey and a little Paul Rudd.


Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience

If you haven’t already streamed it, downloaded it, or bought the CD (yes, they still exist) at this point, we don’t really know what to tell you. Justin Timberlake’s new album, which officially hits stores Tuesday, makes for a solid weekend soundtrack.


Book release: Six Years

Episode Recaps

Harlan Coben is back this week with the release of his perfect-for-spring-break thriller. It’s a tale of one man’s love for a woman and how everything he thought he knew puts his life in danger. Hooked yet?


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