Sci-fi stamp of approval

Neil Gaiman helped lend Minneapolis’ DreamHaven Books and Comics some street cred when he lived in the Twin Cities area and wrote some of his most important work. Let’s see if he can do the same for Stuart’s shop on “The Big Bang Theory.” The “American Gods” author plays a pivotal role in this week’s episode, joining an impressive geek guest list that already includes Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates.

7 p.m. WCCO, Ch. 4

End of an era

“Scandal” wraps up seven seasons of political and romantic intrigue in a highly anticipated series finale that should have Gladiators cracking open an extra bottle of wine. On one level, the series was just another prime-time soap opera, but the casting of black actress Kerry Washington in the lead role gave this show historical significance. Let’s hope there are more Olivia Popes in TV’s future.

9 p.m., KSTP, Ch. 5

All washed up

There might have been a reality dating show with more obnoxious, self-centered players than the ones on “Ex on the Beach,” but it’s not coming to mind. The rapper known as Romeo looks like he’d rather be anywhere else as these intolerable singles blow gaskets when their make-out sessions are interrupted by past lovers. Burnsville native Andre Siemers will eventually wash up on shore, but even a wave of Minnesota Nice can’t save this outing.

8:01 p.m., MTV