The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday

With the CBS and NBC dramas hitting the roads early for the holiday, lotsa laughs dominate primetime this Wednesday. There’s also more Rubber Man revelations than you perhaps ever expected, some frothy Revenge, a VH1 concert special and more. All told, we’ve picked 11 programs to keep on your radar. NOTE: The daily TVLine-Up will be taking off for the holiday, to return Sunday morning. 

8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | Never-before-seen moments give an inside look into the castaways and their decisions made during the game so far. Translation: This is largely a clip show.

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | Two of the nine remaining finalists are sent home!

8 pm Up All Night (NBC) | As Reagan spends a week off at home with Amy, she upsets the delicate balance of Chris’ neighborhood social life; Ava tries to win over Kevin’s (guest star Jason Lee) daughter by giving her vocal lessons.

8 pm The Middle (ABC) | When Frankie’s parents (returning guest stars Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke) invite the Hecks to celebrate Thanksgiving at their house, things fall apart when Frankie’s sis (SNL vet Molly Shannon) and her family also join in; Mike tries to offer advice to Axl on how to pick up girls — and fails miserably.

8:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | Tessa convinces Dallas to take her to the city for a girls’ day out, where they spy George [spoilering!] when he was supposed to be “working.” An angry Tessa later confronts him during the Royces’ Thanksgiving dinner.

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9 pm Mobbed (Fox) | I wasn’t going to pay the return of this Howie Mandel show any lip service, but then I caught a clip on Facebook of a surprise wedding that made me verklempt. So, free pass.

9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | When an old neighborhood kid (Josh Gad of The Book of Mormon and Back to You) returns to town for Thanksgiving as an Internet billionaire, it gets Phil thinking of what could have been; Cameron is offended when Mitchell questions the authenticity of his colorful childhood stories.

9:30 pm Happy Endings (ABC) | Jane is leery when Alex offers to design a dress for her to wear to a charity event; Penny helps Max babysit his niece and nephew. SNL vet Rob Riggle guest-stars.

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10 pm Revenge (ABC) | Having discovered that an ally has turned against her, Emily reaches out to her vengeance mentor (Lost‘s Hiroyuki Sanada) for advice; Victoria’s worst nightmare comes true.

10 pm iHeartRadio Music Festival (VH1) | Carrie Underwood, Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Steven Tyler celebrate the launch of Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio in a concert taped back in September.

10 pm American Horror Story (FX) | Sit back and pay close attention, because huge heaping gobs of exposition is (at long last) coming our way. The Rubber Man? Revealed! The ghosts’ rule book? Spelled out! You’ll also get some fine performances from Connie Britton (as Viv unravels more than a bit) and Kata Mara (as unhinged Hayden).