What to Watch Wednesday: FX's Asylum Opens, Suburgatory's Back, a Criminal Surprise and More

On TV this Wednesday: American Horror Story: Asylum gets its scary start, Suburgatory returns for Season 2, there’s a lot of questions being asked in Nashville and Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles steps behind the camera. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are nine programs to watch for tonight.

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8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Brooke Shields returns as the Hecks’ neighbor Rita, who accuses Frankie of stealing her hose; Brick learns about the birds and the bees.

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9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | When one Kansas family turns up dead and another goes missing, BAU tries to figure out who if not Elphaba is behind it all. Also, Beth gives Hotch some surprising news.

9 pm Supernatural (The CW) | Jensen Ackles directs tonight’s episode, which shows us Sam and Amelia’s relationship from a different angle and deals with the murders of several organ recipients. Ackles’ real-life dad, Alan Ackles, guest-stars as Detective Pike. (Get a sneak peek!)

9 pm Ghost Hunters (Syfy) | The Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, Ill., and its mysterious Lady in White get the TAPS treatment.

9 pm Nova (PBS) | “Forensics on Trial” shows the difference between the flashy, cool forensics shown on series like Bones and CSI and the not-as-hot reality: Forensics in the U.S. is in a state of crisis, and the science’s shaky state is having a huge impact on the criminal-justice system.

9:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | Season 2 premiere: Tessa’s home after spending the summer with her grandmother, and George isn’t psyched about her renewed interest in her mom. Meanwhile, Noah and Dallas compete for Carmen. (Read our full fall preview.)

PREVIEW | American Horror Story: Who’s Who — and What Are They Up To? — in the Asylum

10 pm American Horror Story: Asylum (FX) | Season premiere: Ryan Murphy’s horror-filled franchise returns for its retooled sophomore run, which takes place in the 1960s at Briarcliff, an East Coast insane asylum in the 1960s that’s home to a serial killer dubbed Bloody Face. New cast members include The Voice‘s Adam Levine, Big Love‘s Chloe Sevigny and FlashForward‘s Joseph Fiennes. (Check our preview/guide to the new characters.)

10 pm Chicago Fire (NBC) | Severide tries to deal with his guilt about what happened to Darden.

10 pm Nashville (ABC) | Teddy’s mayoral campaign puts Rayna and the fam through an investigation that reveals big secrets; Scarlett can’t decide what’s more important: her dream, or her commitment to Avery.

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

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23 Comments
  1. Car says:

    The Middle
    Modern Family
    Suburgatory
    Nashville
    American Horror Story: Asylum
    And South Park

  2. jan says:

    Wednesdays are suddenly full!

    The Middle
    Modern Family
    Nashville
    American Horror Story
    CSI
    Arrow
    Nova looks good tonight, too.

  3. Dean says:

    Arrow
    Supernatural
    American Horror Story: Asylum
    Nashville
    Modern Family

  4. Balaji K says:

    Arrow
    Modern Family
    Nashville

  5. Kreshnik says:

    Supernatural
    Arrow
    Supernatural
    Supernatural
    Supernatural

    That’s what I will be watching :)

  6. mia says:

    Arrow
    Suburgatory
    Nashville

    Woot!

  7. Jared says:

    Arrow
    AHS
    Suburgatory

  8. RJ says:

    AMERICAN HORROR STORY!!!!!!!!

  9. Leo says:

    Arrow, AHS, Nashville, Chicago Fire…Woo, Wednesday’s getting crowded!

  10. Eric says:

    When did Wednesday become TV night???!!!
    The Middle
    The X Factor
    Arrow
    Survivor
    Modern Family
    Nashville
    American Horror Story

  11. Bri Brit says:

    Criminal Minds only

  12. Shaun says:

    I’m gonna try to catch Xfactor and Arrow+Supernatural all at once….flicking back and forth,lol.Then I’ll watch Nashville probly.

  13. Thea says:

    X-Factor
    Arrow
    Nashville
    American Horror Story

    Great night for tv!

  14. Arrow & American Horror Story and DVR Nashville

  15. G says:

    Wednesday has become a bit busy for me now!

    Survivor
    Criminal Minds
    CSI
    Archer
    Modern Family
    South Park
    Nashville

  16. Reward says:

    AHS. Only AHS

  17. omabin says:

    All of the sudden, my Wednesdsay became very crowded: Arrow, Modern Family, Chicago Fire, Nashville and I will try AHS even though I wasn’t a fan of last season.

  18. Britta Unfiltered says:

    American Horror Story right here. Tonight’s the night, Joseph Fiennes. I think I feel it. You feel it. America feels it.

  19. Isabelle says:

    Arrow, supernatural, chicago fire, criminal minds , AHS

  20. nick1372 says:

    Watching The Middle. DVRing Dragons:Riders of Berk (on Cartoon Network), Modern Family, Suburgatory, and Nashville. Will catch Arrow online.

  21. Becca says:

    I’m watching Suburgatory and it’s dawned on me that Dalia reminds me of Ann Romney.

  22. Ashley says:

    Apparently every other show got transferred to Wednesdays.