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).

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  1. matt says:

    Actually, for XFACTOR, it should read “Two of the nine remaining finalists are sent home!”

  2. kevin says:


  3. Jessica says:

    Anyone know if Criminal minds is on tonight or is it a repeat?

  4. ceebee says:

    Might check out The Middle for Marsha Mason & Molly Shannon…otherwise…I can NOT WAIT for American Horror Story!!!

  5. TaMara says:

    Revenge! Just the antidote to a weekend filled with relatives. Woo-hoo. (And of course Modern Family)

  6. TaMara says:

    And Happy Thanksgiving Matt and everyone at TVLINE. Thanks for all the great scoops that make my work day bearable.

  7. Sarah says:

    I’m so excited for the Rubber Man reveal. I can hardly wait!

  8. Sasha says:

    The only reason I’ll be watching the X factor tonight will be because of Kelly Clarkson…

  9. Looking forward to a new episode of Revenge tonight. The last few weeks have been steadily building and both Amanda and Tyler are causing a significant number of problems for Emily. Check out our full recap here

  10. Justin says:


  11. Sierra says:

    Yes, Happy Thanksgiving, guys. Have a great one. I doubt I’ll be watching TV for the next couple of days because of the holiday. But to those who do, enjoy! :)

  12. Sumer says:

    Can’t way for
    Up All night
    The middle
    Modern family
    And Revenge!!!!!!!!!!

  13. KBC says:

    XFactor, Kelly Clarkson, BAM!

  14. laur2222 says:

    Up all nite

    can’t wait for revenge!!!! so good!
    im considering possibly checking out Mobbed. not sure tho. that looks like something fun to watch but prob not a show to consistantly watch from week to week

  15. Gerald says:

    Thanks Matt!
    Revenge, American Horror Story, Happy Endings and Suburgatory.

  16. ModernGleekEndings says:

    I am SO ready for Happy Endings and Modern Family!!! WHOOT!!!

  17. S. says:

    Its on for Revenge, AHS, and Whitechapel! BUT I’m so sad that there is no Psych tonight! Happy Thanksgiving and TV All!

    • S. says:

      oh and I hooope to see some more JUSTIFIED teasers tonight during AHS! I cant remember who reported (TVLine) that it was returing in March, sooo glad you guys were off :)