Monday: The Karate Kid, aka Ralph Macchio, guest-stars as himself on “How I Met Your Mother” as the gang plans a legendary bachelor party for Barney (KBNZ-CBS @ 8 p.m.). Tonight we’ll find out how the showdown between the former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and the cult leader and killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) plays out in the season finale of “The Following” (FOX @ 8 p.m.). Thousands of Mexicans have perished trying to illegally enter the U.S. via Arizona’s Sonora Desert. PBS’ “Independent Lens” looks at the immigration debate from the perspective of those desperate enough to make the attempt (OPB @ 11 p.m.).
Tuesday: The twists and turns on the “Golden Boy” serve as backdrop to the story of the up-and-coming police detective who in seven years will become New York City’s youngest-ever police commissioner. Tonight Clark is reminded of his past while investigating the murder of a star basketball player (KBNZ-CBS @ 10 p.m.). Amanda Knox sits down with Diane Sawyer and discusses the trial that led to her murder conviction and four-year prison term in Italy in “Murder. Mystery. Amanda Knox Speaks” (ABC @ 10 p.m.). Frontline reporter Dana Priest traces the battle against terrorism in the United States in “Top Secret America – 9/11 to the Boston Bombings” (OPB @ 10 p.m.).
Wednesday: The stakes are getting higher as the end game nears on “Survivor: Caramoan.” Tonight the contestants are considering major moves with two tribal councils and two immunity challenges (KBNZ-CBS @ 8 p.m.). It’s down to the final three contestants on “American Idol” — and time to start speculating on which judges will return next season (FOX @ 8 p.m.). Rob Riggle is back as Gil Thorpe, Phil’s real estate nemesis, in “Modern Family.” Things gets get ugly when Rob shows up for career day at Luke and Manny’s school (ABC @ 9 p.m.). We say season goodbye to the bumbling KGB spies on “The Americans.” The season ender is rumored to be a nail-biter (FX @ 10 p.m.).
Thursday: Bob Newhart makes a guest appearance as Sheldon’s childhood hero, TV scientist Professor Proton, on “The Big Bang Theory.” Meanwhile, Howard and Bernadette agree to dog-sit Raj’s spoiled Yorkshire terrier and then lose her (KBNZ-CBS @ 8 p.m.). While Leslie celebrates her first year as a city councilor, April receives life-changing news on “Parks & Recreation” (NBC @ 9:30 p.m.). MTV premieres the series “Zach Stone is Gonna be Famous,” about a young man who decides to skip college and spend all his money producing a reality show about himself (MTV @ 10:30 p.m.).
Friday: Isaiah Mustafa, better known as the “Old Spice” guy, guest-stars as a reformed rogue arms dealer on “Nikita.” The question is if the show’s creators will work in the quick scene changes made popular in the commercials for male grooming products (The CW @ 8 p.m.). “Happy Endings” may have a happy ending after all. Rumor has it the USA Network might pick up the show if ABC cancels the series. In the meantime, Jane is tasked with planning the perfect wedding for the season finale (ABC @ 8:30 p.m.). Sheriff Lamb’s investigation of the death of a local lawyer triggers an attack that lands Katherine in the hospital. That sounds like a storyline only “Vegas” could pull off (KBNZ-CBS @ 9 p.m.).
Saturday: “Cops” is featuring an hourlong 25th season finale. Things go haywire when female neighbors fight in Las Vegas (FOX @ 8 p.m.) All cat lovers: Take notice! In order to balance the show “My Cat from Hell,” Animal Planet is turning up the cuteness factor with “America’s Cutest Cat.” Bring out the yarn balls and prepare to coo (Animal Planet @ 9 p.m.). “The Nerdist” features “30 Rock” alum Jack McBrayer and “Wreck-It Ralph” voice star Eliza Dushku (BBC America @ 10 p.m.). Comic actor Zach Galifianakis, promoting “The Hangover Part III,” hosts “SNL” for the third time with musical guest “Of Monsters of Men” (NBC @ 11:30 p.m.).
Sunday: After sprinting nearly 30,000 miles through nine countries on five continents, the final three teams on the “Amazing Race” head to our nation’s capital, where they’ll scour historic landmarks for the chance to be crowned this season’s winners (KBNZ-CBS @ 8 p.m.). Pete has an awkward run-in with a client on “Mad Men,” while Roger changes his approach to land new business (AMC @ 10 p.m.). In the season finale of “Red Widow,” Marta, convinced that Schiller murdered her husband, asks for help with a revenge plot (ABC @ 10:01 p.m.).
BendBroadband Movies on Demand: Here are the latest VOD movie premieres (April 30): “Broken City” with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe; “Silver Linings Playbook” with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; and “The Guilt Trip,” starring Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen. Here’s the link for more On Demand movies.