What to Watch Wednesday: Arrow, Nashville and Chicago Fire Debut, Double Dunphys and More

Connie BrittonOn 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.

RELATED | Stephen Amell Reveals Arrow‘s Greatest Weakness: ‘He’s Going to Self-Destruct’

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.

PREVIEW | Law & Order: SVU First Look: Revenge and Veep Actors Get Their Fifty Shades of Grey On!

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.

PREVIEW | Nashville Team on Connie Britton’s ‘Journey’ as a Singer, Hayden Panettiere’s Hussy and the Reba/Taylor Swift Comparisons

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.

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:

    Whole ABC lineup& DVD CSI & X Factor

  2. Renee says:


  3. Arrow & Nashville, Two out of three new shows that I am looking forward too and the three being Emily Ownes.

    And next week American Horror Story

  4. GK says:

    Modern Family
    Chicago Fire

  5. Renee says:

    Arrow is my most anticipated new show, and I’ll also try Nashville and Chicago Fire.

  6. Maria says:

    Nashville, mostly for Eric Close.

  7. Patricia says:

    Arrow and Chicago Fire.

  8. Isabelle says:

    I’ve been waiting for this for months, Arrow, Supernatural, and Chicago Fire one after another. Might DVR Nashville because of Jonathan Jackson.

  9. Jackie says:

    Chicago Fire!!! Jesse Spencer is back!

  10. Balaji K says:

    Modern Family – 2 episodes

  11. Andrea says:

    I watched Nashville online already (loved it!) so maybe I’ll check out Chicago Fire.

  12. Curly Girly says:

    Geez, Wednesday nights are KILLING me (and my DVR!)
    Watch LIVE: Arrow, Supernatural
    DVR: Modern Family, SVU, Criminal Minds, Nashville, Chicago Fire
    And next week: AMERICAN HORROR STORY!!!!

  13. g.g72 says:

    Arrow, modern family, Chicago fire and maybe Nashville!!!!

  14. Court says:

    Watched the Nashville pilot already – by far the best pilot I’ve seen all season. I definitely recommend it. But as for tonight, since I already watched Nashville, just the x-factor for me.

  15. jen says:

    Will check out Arrow,
    then Modern Family and CSI

  16. Liz says:

    The Middle, Modern Family, and I will give Nashville a try and see if I like it.

  17. Lommm says:

    I’m watching everything on the networks tonight except for overrated CSI..

  18. Steph says:

    Modern Family and Chicago Fire.

  19. Nina says:

    I’m watching Chicago Fire of course!!!!

  20. Jessica says:

    Chicago Fire

    Wednesday’s are now packed for my DVR!

  21. K.Chenoweth's role picker says:

    Nashville has GCB written all over it.

  22. Eric says:

    NASHVILLE!!! Modern Family, The Middle, Survivor, Arrow, The X-Factor!!! Wholy Moly!!! and then next week AHS!!!! Whats a DVR to do???

  23. Juan says:

    Will watch both CW shows since I just finished all of supernatural and arrow looks good, then Nashville cause everyone has said it’s awesome and it looks awesome and modern family

    • Dean says:

      Sorry, but if you just finished first 5 seasons of Supernatural, nothing will come close to season 4 and 5’s awesomeness.

  24. chris says:

    abc lineup, south park, key and peele live, dvr arrow and csi

  25. Arrowlife says:


    its Arrow day, its a national holiday
    have a good Arrow day, and a good arrow watch, ater an a good Arrow sleep

  26. Arrowlife says:


    arrow jitters, good ones.

  27. Amanda says:

    Arrow, Modern Family, Chicago Fire, Nashville. Packed night for me and my DVR

  28. Chicago Dan says:

    DVR Arrow, SN, CM and CSI (which, of course, wasn’t highlighted so that Trashville and CF could be pimped.) LOL

    • Marge says:

      I’m with you–will be watching CSI at 10. Everyone thought Revenge was the big hot show last year–but it never came close to beating CSI in viewers or the demo. So ABC moved it to Sunday against The Good Wife. Have to say I’m a little more worried about Nashville. Of the 3 Major networks the only show I watch that isn’t on CBS is Castle on Monday night.

      • Judy Tankoos says:

        I’m pretty much the same. Everything’s on CBS – all my fave shows, for the most part. Although I do like Revenge, am a BIG fan of SVU, and I’ve just discovered Homeland on Sunday nights. My DVR is challenged trying to keep up with my Sunday viewing! But CBS, in my opinion, really needs to end Survivor and find something else that is NOT a dumb reality show for Wednesday nights at 8! Tonight I will, of course, watch Criminal Minds, record SVU, and give Chicago Fire a shot.

  29. theresa says:

    Crminal Minds and Supernatural!

  30. Josh says:

    Watching Survivor and Criminal minds Dvring Arrow Supernatural Xfactor and Nashville

  31. Mick says:

    Nashville is an amazing pilot and I am going to watch it again tonight. Already saw Chicago Fire’s pilot and it is not nearly as good.

  32. Brett Heitkam says:

    My DVR is freaking PACKED tonight. I work second shift so I always have to record everything. Wednesdays are KILLER this season! Luckily, I can record 4 things at a time!

    Animal Practice
    The Middle
    The X Factor

    The Neighbors

    L&O: SVU

    South Park
    Chicago Fire
    The Soup

    Next week I have to squeeze Suburgatory and AHS: Asylum into the mix…ugh!

  33. Danielle says:

    Wow big night.. DVRing Arrow, South Park, Animal Practice (Love the monkey!) Watching Criminal Minds. Saw Chicicago Fire’s first episode already..Missed supernatural last week, Really wish I didn’t. ;[

  34. janeen says:

    I am going to try to DVR as many as I can and watch the rest…NASHVILLE, CHICAGO FIRE, SVU, CSI, XFACTOR, MODERN FAMILY

  35. Brandy says:


  36. Lili An-noln says:

    8PM is the worst. Huge Survivor fan here, who happens to love X-Factor as well and is very excited to see Arrow (and Stephen Amell’s abs). There’ll be no space left for the Hecks tonight. After that it’s easy: ABC all the way with Modern Family and The Connie Britton Show.

  37. murley says:

    arrow and modern family. might check out nashville online. not really my type of shows but the great reviews have me intrigued. and who doesn’t love connie britton?

  38. Trent says:

    I agree with everyone — big TV night. I’ll be watching/DVR-ing Arrow, Supernatural, Guys With Kids, SVU, and Chicago Fire.

  39. nick1372 says:

    Watching The Middle. DVRing Dragons: Riders of Berk (on Cartoon Network), Modern Family and Modern Family.
    I’d like to DVR Arrow’s pilot, but 3-way DVR confict :-(
    I saw Nashville online. It was good. It wasn’t as good as critics said, though. It definitely was not the best pilot of the season. Revolution was better, The New Normal was better, Go On was better, and Last Resort was a lot better.