On TV this Wednesday: Molly Shannon is no superstar, Suburgatory throws an extreme “Sweet 16,” Happy Endings‘ Max gets a blast from his “straight” past, Psych goes mental and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original feature stories, here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | On Redemption Island, a castaway makes a bold threat to his former tribemates; paranoia threatens to break a once-impenetrable alliance.
8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | The Top 10 perform!
8 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Reagan’s inability to fire a less-than-stellar assistant (guest star Molly Shannon) leads Ava to question whether the new mom has lost her edge.
8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Frankie learns that Sue may be cut from a local staging of Wizard of Oz; Brick asks his quirky uncle (Norm Macdonald) to attend his school’s Special Friends Day — with disastrous results.
8:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | Tessa wants a simple 16th birthday party, but Dalia plans an extravaganza at the country club, complete with a live performance by her favorite band and go-go cages.
9 pm Harry’s Law (NBC) | Oliver and Cassie butt heads over defending a schizophrenic 17-year-old who shot three college students; Chunhua returns to ask Adam for help when her family’s business is seized.
9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | After a neighbor’s home burns down, the Pritchett-Dunphy clan organizes a community drive to help do some good — or at least go crazy trying to.
9:30 pm Happy Endings (ABC) | Max’s high school girlfriend, whom he dated before he figured out he was gay, moves back to town, and her arrival affects everyone; Jane finds out Brad has a “work wife,” so she decides to get herself a “work husband” (Perfect Couples‘ Hayes MacArthur). P.S. Keep an eye out for the latest Cougar Town cameo!
10 pm American Horror Story (FX) | When the Moiras persuade a prospective buyer to make an offer on the house, Constance and Larry work to thwart her (their?) efforts; Vivien and security guy Luke grow closer.
10 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Benson and Rollins try to piece together what really happened to an alleged rape victim (American Pie‘s Natasha Lyonne) who denies being assaulted. Carrie Preston (True Blood) also guest-stars, as the troubled young woman’s aunt.
10 pm Psych (USA Network) | When a billionaire is found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity, Shawn and Gus go undercover at the mental ward he is being held to prove that he’s indeed sane. Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles) and Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, heh) guest-star.
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!