TV tonight: ‘The Blacklist’ returns with double dose of drama

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NBC Hisham Tawfiq portrays Dembe Zuma on NBC’s “The Blacklist.”

TV picks for Thursday, April 20

“MasterChef Junior” (8 p.m., Fox): Chef Edward Lee serves as a guest judge, and in the season’s first mystery box challenge, the junior home cooks must prepare a delicious dish of their choice, inspired by their families. Then, in the next challenge, the young cooks team up in pairs to replicate a sushi platter and the judges will decide which two kids will go home.

“The Blacklist” (9 p.m., NBC): The action thriller returns from its hiatus with back-to-back episodes. After weeks of hunting for Dembe Zuma (Hisham Tawfiq), Red and the FBI Task Force finally get a lead on his whereabouts when Aram goes missing. Meanwhile, Dembe takes a calculated risk as Red closes in. In the second part, memories of the past set Red on a dangerous collision course with an enemy determined to destroy his criminal empire.

“The Amazing Race” (9 p.m., CBS): In special back-to-back episodes tonight, a previously played U-turn causes friction between two teams in Tanzania, and the racers take on a record setting Roadblock by helping build a 13-story bonfire in Norway.

“Soundtracks: Songs that Defined History” (10 p.m., CNN): This new eight-part documentary series recalls the music tied to pivotal moments in history and illuminates how music has played an integral role in celebrating, criticizing, and amplifying seismic events. Part 1 examines the era following the assassination of Martin Luther King. The series includes interviews with music legends like Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, Paul Simon, Melissa Etheridge, Andra Day and Pat Benatar, among others. For more info, see the show’s official website.

“Mysteries of the Abandoned” (10 p.m., Science Channel): This new series explores why some of the world’s most advanced architectural achievements were left behind. The opener focuses on California’s Goat Canyon Trestle railway, known as the ‘Impossible Railroad,’ that required the biggest wooden trestle bridge in the world; Ukraine’s Duga, the notorious anti-ballistic missile radar that still stands within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone; and the Grades Goulets Road in the French Alps, a narrow and perilous mountain passageway.

“Supernatural” (8 p.m., The CW)

“The Big Bang Theory” (8 p.m., CBS)

“Superstore” (8 p.m., NBC)

“This Old House Hour” (8 p.m., PBS)

“The Great Indoors” (8:30 p.m., CBS)

“Powerless” (8:30 p.m., NBC)

“Scandal” (9 p.m., ABC)

“Kicking and Screaming” (9 p.m., Fox)

“60 Days In″ (9 p.m., A&E)

“Mysteries at the Museum” (9 p.m., Travel)

“Swamp People” (9 p.m., History)

“The Catch” (10 p.m., ABC)

“Skin Tight” (10 p.m., TLC)

Contact Chuck Barney at cbarney@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/chuckbarney and Facebook.com/bayareanewsgroup.chuckbarney.