TV highlights for Feb. 27: ‘Scandal’ returns to primetime


GREY'S ANATOMY: The doctors face the consequences of the events that took place at April's wedding. (Eric McCandless/ABC)
February 26

Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott anchor “Countdown to the Oscars” (ABC at 8 p.m.), featuring interviews with this year’s nominees, including Lupita Nyong’o, and a celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Forrest Gump.”

British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg and Season 12 “Idol” winner Candice Glover are slated to perform on “American Idol” (Fox at 8) before one finalist is booted off the show.

Abed and Professor Hickey finally get to spend some quality time together on “Community” (NBC at 8) when Abed accidentally damages one of his drawings and has to confess.

Tom and Adam join forces with Leslie to point out the positives of Pawnee’s merger with Eagleton on “Parks and Recreation” (NBC at 8:30), while Ben sneakily plans an anniversary surprise that’s sure to make you cry.

Debuting in a new time slot, “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC at 9) has celebrity players Sean Hayes, Allison Janney, Don Cheadle, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde.

The doctors are all feeling unsettled about what happened at April’s wedding on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC at 9), while Alex deals with disconcerting news about his father, and Bailey uncovers the real reason that Ben returned to Seattle.

SERIES PREMIERE: Reviewed by TV critic Hank Stuever on Page C6, “The Red Road” (SundanceTV at 9) revolves around a local cop and his struggle to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities in woodsy New Jersey.

RETURNING SHOW: “Portlandia” (IFC at 10) returns for its fourth season with more hipster-centric parodies starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.

RETURNING SHOW: “Vikings” (History at 10), reviewed by Stuever on Page C1, is back after a critically acclaimed first season with a battle brewing between Ragnar and King Horik’s forces against Rollo and Jarl Borg.

Sally rocks the White House with a shocking announcement on “Scandal” (ABC at 10), and Olivia takes on a new, demanding role.

Actor Denzel Washington and Olympian Shaun White come to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), with music from Sara Bareilles.

Simon Helberg of “The Big Bang Theory” and a selection of stupid human tricks are on the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), along with a performance from Young the Giant.

Actress Kerry Washington and football analyst/television co-host Michael Strahan stop by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with a performance from Juicy J featuring Wiz Khalifa.

— Rachel Lubitz

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