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. 



Comments (23)

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

    Comment by Car – October 17, 2012 07:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wednesdays are suddenly full!

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

    Comment by jan – October 17, 2012 07:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arrow
    Supernatural
    American Horror Story: Asylum
    Nashville
    Modern Family

    Comment by Dean – October 17, 2012 07:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arrow
    Modern Family
    Nashville

    Comment by Balaji K – October 17, 2012 07:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Supernatural
    Arrow
    Supernatural
    Supernatural
    Supernatural

    That’s what I will be watching :)

    Comment by Kreshnik – October 17, 2012 07:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arrow
    Suburgatory
    Nashville

    Woot!

    Comment by mia – October 17, 2012 07:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arrow
    AHS
    Suburgatory

    Comment by Jared – October 17, 2012 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • AMERICAN HORROR STORY!!!!!!!!

    Comment by RJ – October 17, 2012 08:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arrow, AHS, Nashville, Chicago Fire…Woo, Wednesday’s getting crowded!

    Comment by Leo – October 17, 2012 08:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When did Wednesday become TV night???!!!
    The Middle
    The X Factor
    Arrow
    Survivor
    Modern Family
    Nashville
    American Horror Story

    Comment by Eric – October 17, 2012 08:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Criminal Minds only

    Comment by Bri Brit – October 17, 2012 08:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m gonna try to catch Xfactor and Arrow+Supernatural all at once….flicking back and forth,lol.Then I’ll watch Nashville probly.

    Comment by Shaun – October 17, 2012 08:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • X-Factor
    Arrow
    Nashville
    American Horror Story

    Great night for tv!

    Comment by Thea – October 17, 2012 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arrow & American Horror Story and DVR Nashville

    Comment by fernando rodriguez (@Fernanaberry) – October 17, 2012 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wednesday has become a bit busy for me now!

    Survivor
    Criminal Minds
    CSI
    Archer
    Modern Family
    South Park
    Nashville

    Comment by G – October 17, 2012 10:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • AHS. Only AHS

    Comment by Reward – October 17, 2012 10:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by omabin – October 17, 2012 10:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • American Horror Story right here. Tonight’s the night, Joseph Fiennes. I think I feel it. You feel it. America feels it.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – October 17, 2012 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arrow, supernatural, chicago fire, criminal minds , AHS

    Comment by Isabelle – October 17, 2012 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Watching The Middle. DVRing Dragons:Riders of Berk (on Cartoon Network), Modern Family, Suburgatory, and Nashville. Will catch Arrow online.

    Comment by nick1372 – October 17, 2012 04:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SVU

    Comment by Leondre – October 17, 2012 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m watching Suburgatory and it’s dawned on me that Dalia reminds me of Ann Romney.

    Comment by Becca – October 17, 2012 06:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Apparently every other show got transferred to Wednesdays.

    Comment by Ashley – October 17, 2012 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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