What to Watch Wednesday: Survivor Returns, Big Brother’s Live Finale, a Royal Finish and More

On TV this Wednesday: Sunburn and backbiting and torrential rains, oh my! Survivor makes camp in the Philippines, Royal Pains takes one more patient before closing up shop for a spell, a Repeat to Revisit reveals that the Modern Family is growing; and what will you do with the three nights a week you’ll no longer have to keep tabs on Big Brother? Here are nine programs to look out for tonight.

8 pm Survivor: Philippines (CBS) | Season 25 premiere: Facts of Life’s Lisa Whelchel, aka the OB (Original Blair), joins a former San Francisco Giants star, players medically evacuated from previous seasons and a bunch of others to compete for $1 million.

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9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | In tonight’s first Repeat to Revisit, it turns out that Gloria’s keeping a secret, which we find out as she plays translator at the birth of Cam and Mitchell’s possible (?) new child.

9 pm Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network) | We’re sure Michele and Andy, proprietors of Michele’s in Corry, Pa., had the best of intentions when they bought their restaurant at auction. On a whim. Despite having no experience whatsoever. Thank goodness for Chef Robert’s tough-love rescue!

9 pm Royal Pains (USA) | Summer finale: Hank’s weekend plans are shot after he treats an amateur beach volleyball player who may be suffering from something worse than a summer bug; Divya discovers shocking info about her new man — and confronts him with it.

9 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Repeat to Revisit No. 2: An out-of-control party, a dead governor and one heck of a surprise for Capt. Cragen make for an eventful finale to the procedural’s Season 13.

9 pm Toy Hunter (Travel) |One, two, Jordan’s coming for you….” The titular host gets his claws on a Freddy Krueger statue while searching through the grown-up toy boxes of Mississippi.

9:30 Big Brother (CBS) | Live season finale: The final few Houseguests will be questioned by the jury before a winner emerges and takes home the $500,000 grand prize.

9:30 Suburgatory (ABC) | Tonight’s final Repeat to Revisit aka the ABC comedy’s freshman finale celebrates Mother’s Day with Jill and Noah throwing an endangered species-themed baby shower for Eden, Yalkult speaking in Whoopi Goldberg’s voice and Lisa finding out the truth about her suspected adoption.

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10 pm Top Chef Masters (Bravo) | Drop the spatula! Put down the pastry bag! In the penultimate hour, the chefs will be completely hands-off as they guide culinary students through making a dish.

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

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  1. Tt says:

    Big brother and survivor for me. CAN’T WAIT!

  2. Bob says:

    What? Grant leaves and suddenly there’s no love for Ghost Hunters??? 9:00 PM SciFi (I refuse to use the other moniker).

    • TV exec smiling to the bank says:

      Ghost Hunters = Scam Artists. I can see through the sham, but its suprising how there are so many who don’t. Encountering these people everyday without knowing is the most troubling part. Only show I can compare it to are the Ice Road Truckers. You watch all year, or in some peoples cases 5 years straight, and nothing ever happens. Suspense that capitulates to absolutely nothing. Just a bunch of teasers and next show previews that encourage to keep you tuning in. Suckers.

  3. Nina says:

    BB finale! Actually excited to see this one. TEAM DAN GHEESLING! <3

  4. jenna says:

    BB finale for me. Too bad this season has been absolutely awful, the fact that dan could play such a dirty game (and still be here) shows how dumb everyone in the house is. Team Frank for America’s favourite!

    • BB finale says:

      Yeah. Frank was my favorite player this season also. I think Jodi should win the 100 grand. As a parting gift from CBS for not encouraging the players to vote out the only person of color in the first 30 minutes of a 2-3 month show. They just scared that demographic from auditioning to BB ever again. Would have a longer role in a horror film, than BigBrother.

    • Chris says:

      Haha…Frank as the favorite player? That’s laughable. Not only was he a bad player, but not likeable either…

  5. Jo says:

    Big Brother and Ian FTW!!!!

  6. G says:

    Big Brother and Survivor.

  7. L says:

    Supernatural (repeat)
    Royal Pains
    Ghost Hunters

  8. Jack S says:

    Loved this season of Big Brother, hoping that Ian wins but I’d be happy enough with any of them (which is better than the past couple of years).

  9. Josh says:

    Taping X factor watching Survivor and BB Finale im team Ian and Frank is an arrogant douchebag Ian or Britney for AC frank sucks!!

  10. John says:

    Still like Royal Pains but the Boris storyline is FFWD material every time. Nice that Covert Affairs is back so soon, White Collar will be missed while it’s gone.

  11. Playing with no chance to win says:

    Dan will win just like Rob from Survivor last year. Returnee/all star seasons are set up for them to roll through the rookies. I think it detracts better players from auditioning to these shows. Being lambasted by CBS producers so a veteran can “triumph” at the end is detrimental to the integrity of competition programming.

    • Erica says:

      One could argue that Dan will win in spite of producers interference not because of it. When you consider how many times production intervened on Frank and Boogie’s behalf it’s kind of amazing that Dan is still there and he deserves the win.

  12. Challay says:

    Can’t wait for Survivor. This offseason has felt really long to me, and the cast/location looks great. I’m so pumped!

  13. Joe says:

    Big Brother, Survivor, and The Challenge :)

  14. JP says:

    Tonight is either a book or DVD night for me.

  15. tikkanen10 says:

    Big Brother (Dan for the win!) and Survivor for me. I hate reality TV except for those shows.

  16. nancy says:

    can anyone out there tell me how many millions of people are watching Survivor season 25! I LOVE this show and haven’t missed one episode since day 1 but CANNOT GET A STRAIGHT ANSWER ONHOW MANY WATCH IT???? THANKS