What to Watch Wednesday: Modern Family and 8 Other Premieres, South Park Hits Hard and More

On TV this Wednesday: Premiere week continues with the returns of Modern FamilyThe Middle (supersized!), Criminal Minds, SVU, CSI and Key & Peele. Phew! In addition, ABC introduces us to new Neighbors and South Park takes a lickin’ and keeps on killing Kenny tickin’. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar tonight.

8 pm The Middle (ABC) | In the hour-long Season 4 premiere, Mike accidentally reveals that he likes Axl best. Perhaps as a result, Sue tries to get her dad to spend some quality time with her.

8 pm Animal Practice (NBC) | Regular timeslot premiere: Doug tries to convince George to operate on his dog, and Angela sells off Rizzo’s artwork. (Side note: Is monkey painting actually a thing?)

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9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | Season 8 premiere: An escaped prisoner’s killing style leads the team to believe he’s the UnSub known as “The Silencer.” Meanwhile, Prentiss is gone and Agent Alex Blake (new series regular Jeanne Tripplehorn) has filled her place at the BAU. Get more scoop – including on how Morgan and Garcia spent their summers — here.

9 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Two-hour Season 14 premiere: It’s time for Benson & Co. to deal with the dead hooker in Capt. Cragen’s bed – after all, she’s been there all summer. (Get a sneak peek!)

9 pm Ghost Hunters (Syfy) | The show promises “one of the best pieces of evidence” it’s ever captured,  collected while investigating Louisiana’s Alexandria Zoo.

9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Season 4 premiere: Phil and Jay go on an unconventional fishing trip and Cam and Mitch think about adopting a… cat. But enough about everyone else: I can’t wait to see how everyone handles the news about Gloria’s pregnancy!

9:30 pm The Neighbors (ABC) | Series premiere: I’m invoking this column’s Two Free Passes rule to tell you that the new sitcom created by Dan Fogelman (Tangled) follows Marty (The Knights of Prosperity’s Lenny Venito), wife Debbie (Still Standing’s Jami Gertz) and their kids as they move to a gated community inhabited by very strange aliens. Simon Templeman (Just Shoot Me) and Toks Olagundoye co-star.

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10 pm CSI (CBS) | Season 13 premiere: As the CSIs scramble to find Russell’s kidnapped granddaughter, uh-oh, evidence points to the culprit being a dirty cop. (Get more details in TVLine’s preview.)

10 pm South Park (Comedy Central) | The rude kiddos’ Season 16 continues as South Park Elementary takes steps to address a rise in the number of football concussions. We blame the replacement refs.

10:30 pm Key & Peele (Comedy Central) | Season 2 premiere: Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele return with sketches about Civil War reenactors and President Obama’s college years.

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

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  1. Nick says:

    Modern Family & The Middle dvr CSI & X Factor

  2. ABC is king of the networks says:

    I sure wish Nashville and Chicago Fire were premiering tonight, there doesn’t appear to be any good new shows to sample tonight. I’ll be watching Survivor, Modern Family, The Neighbors, Revenge: the first chapter recap, and DVRing the X-Factor.

  3. SK says:

    Criminal Minds and CSI

  4. omabin says:

    Modern Family and that’s it. Also, the revenge recap maybe. Wished Arrow was premiering already.

  5. French says:

    There is nothing for me, tonight.

  6. Danielle says:

    I caught the pilot of Animal Practice OnDemand, The monkey itself will keep me coming back for more. Nothing is cuter than a monkey in a lab coat.. I will be watching my favorite FBI Profilers! I missed you’s! And Csi.. Although it’s been blah since the loss of Grissom.

  7. cha says:

    The Middle and DVR of either Vegas or Castle. Animal Practice was cute – well, the animals were cute. It may be a DVR for later show.

  8. Simon Jester says:

    Meh. I’ll be watching the stuff I DVRed from Monday & Tuesday.

  9. Great comedy line-up this evening; Modern Family and The Middle.

  10. Larissa says:

    I need another DVR box for my 9:00 shows now that one will have to be unseen :(

    • M says:

      No kidding. Everyday after work I go home and speed watch what I’ve taped so I can tape more and so on and so forth. It’s vicious cycle. It’s hard work. I end up staying up til 1am watching shows so I can tape more the next day.

    • Mike says:

      It’s not cheap (well it’s cheaper now), but TiVo has a 4 Tuner DVR now. It works pretty well. Interface is a little slow, but it definitely has come in handy for me. And, if you happen to live in Kansas City, Google Fiber is going live with an 8 tuner DVR. :-) (ahh, one can dream)

  11. King says:

    Survivor: Philippines, Criminal Minds, CSI, The Middle, Modern Family, and Law & Order: SVU. Might try The Neighbors because sometimes I like watching ridiculousness on TV.

  12. Bob says:

    Key and Peele! *bleep* Chappelle.

    • Brickleberry time slot would have helped says:

      Key and Peele are alright. I watched the first season as well, but DO NOT get ahead of yourself. They are not even trying to push the limits of comedy, especially with the time slot they have on a cable network. Talk about a slew of corporate approved skits. Check them out getting boo’d the entire time of a 15-20 minute set on TMZ. It was at a comedy festival last week.

  13. No one says:

    There’s also a Revenge recap on tonight in its old time slot before it moves to Sunday. I’ll be watching that and X Factor.

  14. Birdie says:

    Paget Brewster on SVU!

  15. Tvaddict says:

    Just Modern Family tonight. Ready for Arrow,Supernatural, Nashville, and Chicago Fire to start

    • . says:

      Just started seeing the previews to Arrow this past week. Looks good enough for me to make this my first CW show since the inception of TMZ. I am hoping they give it a chance, because lately these superhero shows aren’t getting a chance (The crappy Cape, No Ordinary Family)

  16. Linderella says:

    SVU but I make no promises to watch after tonight. Benson’s morose disposition has begun to wear thin. I’m only watching tonight to see how they handle the Captain’s situation.

  17. M says:

    Animal Practice
    The Middle
    Modern Family
    Ghost Hunters
    The Neighbors

  18. M says:

    Castle-thon on TNT today starting @ noon.

  19. G says:

    Survivor, Criminal Minds, CSI, Modern Family, South Park and might check out Nashville. Is there anyway we can make our days 36 hours long? ;)

  20. Carm says:

    TOOOO Many shows at the same time!!

  21. kendallmh says:

    Paget Brewster on Law and order SVU!!!

  22. nick1372 says:

    Watching the Middle, DVRing Modern Family and Revenge: The First Chapter. Also, the kid inside of me DVRs the How to Train Your Dragon sequel series on Cartoon Network.

  23. Trish Pfaff says:

    Will watch The Middle, Modern Family CSI and DVR Criminal Minds and Revenge recap
    After 11pm will watch Honey BooBoo

  24. Joe Petitjean says:

    I will not be watching Modern Family at anytime this year ,I love The Middle and L&O SVU

  25. I have nothing to watch so I will watch Animal Practice and Guys with kids to just support NBC and the Modern Family and then Honey Boo Boo and DVR South Park

    My real wed. shows are Arrow, American Horror Story and DVR Nashville just to check it out

  26. Russ says:

    the middle, MF, top chef and dvr the challenge!

  27. Justin says:

    Modern Family and Criminal Minds for me tonight.

  28. Allyson says:

    Modern Family! I can’t wait to see the reactions from everyone once word spreads that Gloria is pregnant! It is nice to see fall tv shows returning!

  29. Emily says:

    I have to say I am really freaking excited for SVU, which is really wierd, like I’ve always loved the show, but I’ve never been hotly anticipating an episode as much has I this one

  30. William says:

    modern family and south park- also the revenge recap

  31. kavyn says:

    Survivor and Animal Practice for me. I’m also waiting for Nashville.

  32. M. says:

    Just tried to watch “The Neighbors.” Painfully bad. #soontobecancelled