On your TV this Wednesday: a Survivor shocker, many sitcom tricks and treats, and frightful times for Shawn, Gus, Ben and Vivien. As but a supplement to TVLine’s original features and reporting, here are 12 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm World Series Game 6 (Fox) | Barring a possible rain-out, the action returns to St. Louis with the Rangers looking to seal the deal. Or do the Cards have a bit more fight left in ’em?
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | One tribe is shocked, I tell you, shocked, when one of their players makes a risky move that “will go down in Survivor history,” CBS attests.
8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Frankie reluctantly volunteers to take Brick’s socially awkward social skills group trick-or-treating; embarrassed after wearing a childish costume to a high school party, Sue asks a her dad for advice on what boys want.
8:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | Tessa’s “suburban” choice in Halloween costume reminds her classmates of a recent local tragedy — awkward! — while George gets a scare when Dallas’ husband (played by Jay Mohr) finally returns from one of his many business trips.
9 pm America’s Next Top Model (The CW) | The models pose as reality stars for a photo shoot; Kathy Griffin guest judges.
9 pm Man Vs. Food Nation (Travel) | A Nebraska radio broadcaster attempts to consume five pounds of pig wings and three pounds of corn nuggets in one hour. To paraphrase a onetime coworker, “You eat that much food that fast, it’s gonna come out angry.”
9:30 pm Happy Endings (ABC) | Leading out of last year’s Modern Family Halloween episode (“Wellllcome to your niiightmare!”), this sophomore sitcom sends most of the gang to a costume party, while Jane and Brad get more tricks than treats while house-sitting for friends in the suburbs.
10 pm Psych (USA Network) | Lassiter’s sexy new honey (guest star Kristy Swanson) is in the mood for necking — meaning, the boys come to suspect she’s a bloodthirsty vampire.
10 pm Top Chef: Just Desserts (Bravo) | Season 2 finale: The final three chefs compete in a Top Chef version of the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France — aka “the World Series of pastry competitions.”
10 pm American Horror Story (FX) | Part 1 of a Halloween-set arc has the Harmons doing their best to make their on-the-market home look festive and inviting… and not quite so Murder House-y. Zachary Quinto (Heroes) and Teddy Sears (Raising the Bar) pop up as the ill-fated couple who previously inhabited the deadly domicile.
10 pm Whitechapel (BBC America) | U.S. premiere: A novice Detective Inspector (MI-5‘s Rupert Penry-Jones), a Detective Sergeant (Phil Davis) and a ‘Ripperologist’ (Steve Pemberton) investigate a modern-day killer who is aping Jack the Ripper’s infamous murders down to the tiniest detail.
10 pm Revenge (ABC) | It’s the Fourth of July, so expect fireworks when an incriminating surveillance video pits the Graysons against private eye Frank, which in turn spells trouble for Nolan and Emily.
What will you be watching this Wednesday?