What to Watch Tonight: Damages' Final Face-Off, Soul Man Does Community Service and More

On TV this Wednesday: Damages debuts its final, bloody-good season, a Royal Pains patient wants two HankMed docs to find love, Chloe Sevigny takes on a killer role (with a twist) and a Community fave visits The Soul Man. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) | The Top 20 dancers have big dreams and want fame. Well, fame costs. And tonight is where they start paying… in sweat. (Couldn’t resist.)

8:30 pm Up All Night (NBC) | With this Repeat to Revisit, be sure to stick around until the very end, when Christina Applegate and guest-(rock)-star Stevie Nicks – whom Reagan and Ava try to book all episode — engage in a brief-but-awesome duet.

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9 pm Damages (DirecTV Audience Network) | The fifth and final season of the legal drama/thriller features Ryan Phillippe as a Julian Assange-type truth-teller and Jenna Elfman as a Wall Street whistle-blower. The flash-forwards teasing the season-ending shockers, meanwhile, will have you never looking at pigeons the same way again. (Read our preview Q&A with Rose Byrne.)

9 pm Dallas (TNT) | Rebecca goes to Bobby and Christopher with information she thinks can save the ranch; John Ross moves into Southfork to put distance between him and his dad’s dirty work.

9 pm Royal Pains (USA Network) | Judy Greer (Archer, Arrested Development) guest-stars as an enthusiastic matchmaker who gets treated by Hank and Divya — and then wants to hook them up with their soulmates.

9 pm Beverly Hills Nannies (ABC Family) | Let’s place bets on who’ll act more childish in this new reality series: the nannies, or the kiddies they’re paid to watch?

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10 pm Soul Man (TV Land) | Lolli plans a surprise party for Boyce’s birthday, but the pastor gets a bigger shock from the unexpected arrival of his old Sin City neighbors – played by guest-stars Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) and Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911!).

10 pm Hit & Miss (DirecTV Audience Network) | Series premiere: In this British import, Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) stars as a pre-op transsexual assassin whose ex-wife is about to die. (Because apparently someone thinks we haven’t had enough pre-op transsexual assassin shows.)

10 pm The Franchise: A Season With the Miami Marlins (Showtime) | Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated series shares a behind-the-dugout look at the reinvented Marlins franchise and its sometimes-controversial manager, Ozzie Guillen.

10 pm Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network) | As the Season 4 premiere of this eatery-makeover show is served, I can’t help but wonder: How does chef Robert Irvine stuff his bulging guns into those tight shirts? Anyway, tonight’s charity case is Longbranch Steak and Seafood.

 Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.

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12 Comments
  1. Mack says:

    I’ll be watching Dallas and DVR Damages.

  2. Gerald says:

    Dallas and Damages.

  3. Tonight is awesome. So You Think You Can Dance, for starters. Then Damages, The Real World, Futurama and Through The Wormhole

    • just saying says:

      The Real World? Really? As if there’s anything new or interesting this franchise can bring to the tv audience? Why not watch Big Brother too? I don’t understand people like you that are entertained by “real” people acting “fake” in boorish and crass ways. Do these people amuse you at your local bar or frat party as well? Because there’s no difference. These kind of antics are only amusing based on how much alcohol you’ve consumed yourself.

      • As much as you’re amused by my taste in television, I’m as amused at the level of interest you’ve taken in it.
        I have no desire and feel no obligation to justify my choices, but here it goes anyway. I never miss an episode of Treme, Breaking Bad or Mad Men – I love watching quality television. However, sometimes I do like to give myself the pleasure to indulge in ridiculous, over-the-top and fake television. And I don’t find it to be a mind-numbing, intelligence-lowering experience or a world-class problem as you perceive it to be. Sheesh.

  4. Jarrod says:

    Damages!

  5. Velvet says:

    Royal Pains
    Haunted Collector

  6. Justin says:

    Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness for me.

  7. Lani says:

    Well, since 2 of my shows made the cut.. I will be watching Melissa and Joey, Baby Daddy and Necessary Roughness

  8. Viv says:

    Alternately very excited for Damages’ return and very sad that it is ending for real.

  9. Mína says:

    SOUL MAN! They get amazing guest stars