What to Watch Wednesday: X Factor's Top 16 Sing, 30 Rocks the Vote, Great Pumpkin and More
On TV this Halloween Wednesday: The X Factor goes live, 30 Rock refuses to leave its chad hanging, Supernatural revisits Benny and Dean’s purgatory stint, Face Off wraps its season and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (always linked within), here are 11 programs to look for tonight.
8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | Since the World Series ended so quickly, the Top 16 contestants will perform live tonight for the first time (treat!) — and new hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez make their debut (trick?).
8 pm Survivor: Philippines (CBS) | The Tandang and Kalabaw tribes merge, and Lisa Whelchel is confronted about her past as a former TV teen star. Word to the wise? Do not mess with the Blair.
8 pm It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC) | The animated special has been around since 1966, but maybe this will be the year that Linus finally sees the Great Pumpkin.
8 pm 30 Rock (NBC) | The last-ever Animal Practice was supposed to air here, but with the NBC’s Thursday comedy line-up pre-empted this week (by an encore of The Voice) the network is turning the slot over to a timely, election-themed ep of 30 Rock. (Watch preview.)
9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | The BAU searches for four men missing in rural Oregon. Anne Dudek (Covert Affairs, House) guest-stars.
9 pm Ghost Hunters (Syfy) | The spooky show goes underground – literally – as it investigates subterranean ghosts in allegedly haunted tunnels.
9:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | George and Dallas go on their first date – with her life coach Tabitha (Bob’s Burgers‘ H. Jon Benjamin) in tow; Lisa’s generosity toward Ryan makes him think he’s dying.
10 pm Nashville (ABC) | Two not-great developments for the future of Rayna and Teddy’s marriage: 1) She performs with Deacon at her hubby’s campaign fundraiser and 2) a woman from Teddy’s past (According to Jim‘s Kimberly Williams-Paisley, kicking off a multi-episode arc) shows up with a secret. Meanwhile, Juliette tries to polish her image via an interview with Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts.
10 pm Chicago Fire (NBC) | Chief Boden is accused of leaving a homeless man to die in a warehouse fire, and things get uncomfortable when Shay runs into her ex-girlfriend Claire (Life Unexpected‘s Shiri Appleby) – and Claire’s husband – during a call.
10 pm Face Off (Syfy) | Season finale: Viewers choose the Season 3 winner. (Paint a smile on your face: The show’s been renewed for a fourth season.)
10 pm American Horror Story: Asylum (FX) | A violent storm cues up Movie Night at Briarcliff — as well as offers several inmates the perfect opportunity to escape. (The hour’s grisly final image, you will see, is pretty much inevitable.)
Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.Follow @kimroots