The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday

On TV this Wednesday: Yuletide antics for ABC’s four comedies, Top Model immortalizes a new mannequin, BBC America hits Play again, and more. We’ve hand-selected 15 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | A relative crosses the line during the emotional family reunion; an unlikely alliance threatens the pecking order of the Te Tuna tribe.

8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Mike buys Frankie a new dishwasher for Christmas, but has a hard time keeping it a secret; Sue asks Reverend TimTom to explain the meaning of Christmas to Brick when he reads the Bible and begins to question it.

8:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | Tessa, blaming herself for George’s failed relationship with Zoe, plots to get them back together — unaware that her father is actually enamored with her cute art teacher.

ALSO WATCH: Christina Applegate Previews Up All Night‘s ‘First Christmas’

9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | The BAU team investigates the apparent mass suicide of a group of youths at a military academy; Hotch and Morgan butt heads when a team member could be in jeopardy.

9 pm America’s Next Top Model (The CW) | The All-Stars season finale features modeling under water!

9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | A mad rush to celebrate Christmas earlier than expected finds Mitchell, Alex and Lily in search of the tree, Jay and Cameron in charge of gift wrapping, Phil and Manny getting groceries, Gloria and Luke fetching ornaments, and Claire and Haley shopping for all the gifts.

9:30 pm I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Fox) | A reader pointed out that I did promise all freshman shows “two free passes” in the TVLine-Up, so here goes No. 1: “Family game night goes awry!”

9:30 pm Happy Endings (ABC) | Max agrees to dress up as Santa for Penny’s charity event; Jane accidently gives her housekeeper the envelope of money for her and Brad’s holiday getaway instead of the Christmas tip she had planned — and then schemes to get the cash back. (Read preview here!)

ALSO WATCH: Emily VanCamp Previews Revenge‘s Fall Finale: ‘Things Get Sticky!’

10 pm State of Play (BBC America) | BBCA is rerunning this award-winning six-part miniseries from 2003 about a journalist (played by John Simm) and his editor (Bill Nighy) who try to find the connection that two unrelated murders have with a prominent politician (David Morrissey).

10 pm American Horror Story (FX) | Violet learns about the rules of the house; the truth about Larry’s condition is explained; Constance is interrogated by the police. (Read preview here!)

10 pm Psych (USA Network) | After a beautiful woman (pin-up Diora Baird) claims to have witnessed a murder, Shawn and Gus hide her at a remote commune. (Watch a video sneak peek.)

10 pm CSI (CBS) | Titus Welliver (Lost), Annabeth Gish (The X-Files), Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights) and Grant Show (Melrose Place) all guest-star — does the plot really matter?

ALSO WATCH: Law & Order: SVU Guest Star Treat Williams Tackles an ‘Extraordinary’ Episode

Which of the above is must-see TV for you? Also, hit the Comments to politely offer tune-in suggestions of your own. With raindrops we can fill buckets!

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  1. scooterbeanbag says:

    I love all the random character interaction on Modern Family. Gloria and Luke should be hilarious!

    • Billie says:

      I know. I love when they mix up the families on Modern Family. Phil and Manny! That’s gonna be epic!

      • CJ says:

        It has gradually become a rule of ensemble comedies that mixing up the combinations almost always pays off comedically. Going back to Designing Women and Cheers, among others. Even I Love Lucy did an occasional Lucy/Fred episode. But I don’t think any show has ever done it as systematically (or successfully) as Modern Family.

  2. kevin says:


  3. amy says:

    Is Criminal Minds a re-run this week?

  4. Saint Alicia says:

    CRIMINAL MINDS! From the promo and sneak peak it seems like it’s one of those cases where the audience is in the dark about the unsub’s identity as well–best kind!
    So glad we still have an ep tonight (and next week) before the hiatus. :)

  5. timotey says:

    State of Play is a great series. Worth seeing for James McAvoy – Charles Xavier in XMFC – if nothing else. His Dan is wonderful and his scenes with Bill Nighy who plays his father are a hoot!

  6. EdTV says:

    Are all the ABC shows tonight fall finales, or just Revenge?

  7. ohyeah says:

    Everything will be PVR’d tonight because I’m going to see BON IVER!

  8. Lisa says:

    The Middle
    Modern Family
    Ghost Hunters
    American Horror Story

  9. kevin says:

    Have a feeling TEENAGE DAUGHTER gets canceled after tonight’s episode ’cause it does have a horrible following with X FACTOR but HAPPY ENDINGS does give the advantage though.

  10. King says:

    I’ll be watching/recording Survivor, Criminal Minds, CSI, The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Law & Order: SVU, and Top Chef. What?! I love Wednesdays.

    State of Play sounds good I’ll watch it too. Thanks TVLine for mentioning it

  11. J says:

    Suburgatory and American Horror Story :)

  12. Templar says:

    Criminal Minds and Psych.

  13. laur2222 says:

    up all nigh
    criminal minds

  14. kevin says:

    My money’s on I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER getting canceled after tonight’s episode. What do you guys think?

  15. fernando says:

    Every one yes there is a ne Revenge so dont forget to watch please.

  16. tvaddict says:

    The Middle
    Modern Family
    Happy Endings
    American Horror Story

    Wednesday is probably my busiest night of TV.

  17. Justin says:

    Modern Family, Criminal Minds, CSI, Psych, and TNT movie “Silent Witness”.

  18. Me says:

    ABC’s on fire this year!

  19. Michael says:

    Criminal Minds, CSI, Psych