On TV this Wednesday: Arrow will have you aquiver, Nashville starts with a twang, Chicago Fire hopes to ignite your interest and Modern Family makes up for lost time. As a supplement to TVLine’s original programming, here are 10 programs to keep on your radar tonight.
8 pm Arrow (The CW) | Series premiere: After a shipwreck maroons Oliver Queen on an island for five years and kills his dad, the rich playboy is rescued and secretly becomes Arrow, a vigilante who’s got a bow and isn’t afraid to use it. Stephen Amell (Private Practice) stars as the titular hero, while Katie Cassidy (Melrose Place), Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files), Willa Holland (The O.C.) and Susanna Thompson (Once & Again) round out the cast. (Read TVLine’s review of the pilot.)
8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | After boot camp ends, the survivors are whisked off to their mentors’ homes for their final shot at earning a place in the live shows.
8 pm Survivor: Philippines (CBS) | Hoping to avoid going home, one of the contestants shares a shocking childhood story and then sets out to find the Immunity Idol.
8 pm Animal Practice (NBC) | George is displeased when 1) Yamamoto’s emergency surgery on the mayor’s dog is a huge success, making him a media star and 2) Dorothy hires an accomplished new doctor (NTSF: SD: SUV::‘s June Diane Raphael) who might cause her cocky ex to quake in his lab coat.
9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Back-to-back episodes: First up, Phil and Claire drop Hayley at college and Lily gets into a fight with a boy in her kindergarten class, necessitating a parent conference between Mitch, Cam and the kid’s confrontational lesbian parents (played by Bridesmaids‘ Wendi McLendon-Covey and Saturday Night Live alum Michaela Watkins). Then, Phil gets a vasectomy and Gloria and Jay can’t agree about whether or not to find out the sex of their baby.
9 pm Supernatural (The CW) | Misha Collins returns as Castiel, whose own visit to purgatory apparently was not the stuff of postcards. (View photos.)
9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | When the bodies of two seemingly unrelated victims are found just hours apart in San Diego and Los Angeles, the BAU suspects that two killers are working together. Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) guest-stars.
10 pm Nashville (ABC) | Series premiere: Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) is Rayna Jaymes, an aging country music star who chafes when her label asks her to open for popular newcomer Juliette Barnes (Heroes‘ Hayden Panettiere). Powers Boothe (24) plays Rayna’s dad, who’s grooming her husband (Without a Trace‘s Eric Close) for a mayoral run; and Jonathan Jackson (General Hospital), Sam Palladio (Episodes) and Clare Bowen (Home and Away) play up-and-comers in Nashville’s music scene. (Check out TVLine’s first impression of the pilot – Spoiler alert: They’re good.)
10 pm Chicago Fire (NBC) | Series premiere: A blaze that kills a member of Firehouse 51 causes a huge rift among its tight-knit ranks. Jesse Spencer (House) stars as Matthew Casey, who continually butts heads with Rescue Squad leader elly Severide (Vampire Diaries‘ Taylor Kinney), while Eamonn Walker (Oz), Monica Raymund (Lie to Me), Lauren German (Hawaii Five-0) and David Eigenberg (Sex and the City) round out the cast.
10 pm South Park (Comedy Central) | Cartman signs up for a home-security system.
10:30 pm Key & Peele (Comedy Central) | Tonight’s sketches include Ice-T as a puppy and a Rihanna/Chris Brown reunion… which might be funny if it weren’t (possibly) true.
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