On TV this Wednesday: Glenn Close and Rose Byrne do Damages for the last time, Britney Spears joins in the search for singers with The X Factor, the housemates must go back to The Real World when they leave St. Thomas and brews and babies mingle when we meet Guys With Kids. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | Season 2 premiere: Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid — not to mention the legendary Miss Britney Spears — fill the judges’ panel for Season 2 of the singing competition. (The two-night opener continues Thursday at 8 pm.)
8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Repeat to Revisit: Is Frankie playing quidditch? Because she’s found one Heck of a golden snitch in Brick.
9 pm Damages (DirecTV Channel 239) | Series finale: When Patty and Ellen face off in court, the results change their lives forever — although given the pigeon pecking at Ellen’s head as she lay in the alley in last week’s episode, could it be that “forever” won’t be very long for the younger attorney?
9 pm Royal Pains (USA Network) | Hank and Boris put aside their differences to rescue Dmitry, who’s having a medical emergency in a foreign land; Evan and Paige meet Louise “Lou” Hunter (Rosanna Arquette), a Hamptons visitor who claims to be Paige’s biological mom.
9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | Another Repeat to Remember: Emily leaves the BAU for good and J.J. and Will get hitched in the Season 7 finale.
10 pm Guys With Kids (NBC) | In keeping with this column’s Two Free Passes rule, there’s this: Following the penultimate America’s Got Talent, get a sneak peek of this Jimmy Fallon-produced comedy starring Anthony Anderson (Law & Order), Jesse Bradford (The West Wing) and Zach Cregger (Friends With Benefits) as 30-something dads desperately trying to stay young. Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital) and Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show) play the gals in the guys’ lives.
10 pm Top Chef Masters (Bravo) | The chefs must prepare an elegant picnic meal for Las Vegas’ first-ever Dinner En Blanc, an underground event at which diners dressed in white enjoy an epic, impromptu feast.
10 pm The Real World: St. Thomas (MTV) | Season finale: The gang, minus Brandon, says its good-byes as the reality show’s 27th go-around comes to a Caribbean close. (A reunion show follows at 11 pm.)
10 pm Paranormal Witness (Syfy) | A woman is haunted by spirits in a California apartment complex. Don’t worry, lady; once you banish the mother, we’re sure the son is exactly the kind of low-key roommate you’re hoping for.
Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.Follow @kimroots