On your TV this Wednesday: ABC’s a little bit country, while X Factor is (presumably) a little bit rock ‘n roll — plus an Up All Night getaway, romantic woes for my JJ Jareau, and more. All told, I’ve rounded up 12 programs to keep on your radar tonight.
8 pm The 45th Annual CMA Awards (ABC) | Hosted for a fourth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, this three-hour kudoscast is broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | A double eviction rocks the newly merged Te Tuna tribe!
8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | The Top 11 perform!
8 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Reagan and Chris labor to spend their first night away from Amy — at the Beverly Hilton, no less! — even if it means leaving their wee one in the care of Ava (who then winds up in the care a charming single dad played by Jason Lee).
9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | As the BAU investigates some bodies that turn up in the wake of a series of tornadoes, professional pressures cause personal woes for JJ. Josh Stewart (Third Watch) returns as Ms. Jareau’s longtime beau, Detective William LaMontagne, Jr.
9 pm Vietnam In HD (History) | Part 2 of 3 covers the Tet Offensive, Hamburger Hill, and how the all-around turmoil of 1968 helped one Richard Nixon win the presidency.
9 pm Harry’s Law (NBC) | Harry’s vacation takes a detour when a small town impounds her Mercedes for violating their “Buy American” law. In challenging the charge, Harry and Oliver face off with the local mayor (played by Cheers alum George Wendt aka “Norrrrm!”).
10 pm CSI (CBS) | At the scene of a car crash, the CSIs find three casualties… and a human brain that doesn’t belong to any of the victims; D.B. worries his son (Lie to Me‘s Brandon Jones) isn’t focused on college following his suspension from school. Victor Webster (Castle) also guest-stars.
10 pm American Horror Story (FX) | Come for the grim backstory on Tate’s reign of terror and the 411 on what that ultrasound revealed, but stay for the raw brains. (A lot of brains bouncing around in this time slot tonight, hmm.) Modern Family man Eric Stonestreet guest-stars as a patient of Ben’s who has some very pig issues, while Sarah Paulson (Studio 60) plays a medium who apparently didn’t get the memo that seances aren’t quite needed to talk to the dead here.
10 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Captain Cragen goes undercover as a lonely suitor to lure out the killer of a mail-order bride. Timothy Busfield (The West Wing) guest-stars as
brains the deceased’s fiance.
10 pm Psych (USA Network) | Shawn and Gus go undercover as a coach and team mascot when a minor league baseball team’s hitting instructor is murdered. Guest stars include Danny Glover, Wade Boggs and Michael Trucco (Fairly Legal).
10 pm South Park (Comedy Central) | After watching History Channel special, the boys come to believe that aliens were involved in the first Thanksgiving dinner
Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the Comments to offer tune-in suggestions of your own!