What to Watch Wednesday: The Middle Dabbles in Pawn, Barrowman on Arrow, Top Chef and More

On TV this Wednesday: Pawn Stars proprietor Rick Harrison finds himself stuck in The Middle with Sue (as well as fellow guest star Jane Kaczmarek), Captain Jack dresses up for Arrow, Top Chef gets chopping on its 10th season and the South Park kids mess with the presidential election. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | The Top 12 finalists perform. (Psst: Need a quick review of who’s left in the competition? Hit up Michael Slezak’s recap of last week’s results show.)

8 pm Survivor: Philippines (CBS) | Per CBS, tonight’s Tribal Council is when stuff starts getting real.

8 pm Arrow (The CW) | After his arrest for murder, Oliver wants Laurel to represent him – awkward — and a polygraph question about who else was on the island triggers a flashback to getting his first scar from Deathstroke (guest star Jeffrey Robinson). Meanwhile, the Well-Dressed Man (Torchwood‘s John Barrowman) makes an appearance. (Check out photos from the episode.)

8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Frankie has a rough first day of dental-assistant school, thanks to her tough teacher (Malcolm in the Other Middle’s Jane Kaczmarek); hoping for big bucks, Sue and Brick bring an expensive item to a local pawn shop (manned by guest star Rick Harrison of History Channel’s Pawn Stars).

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9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | A rash of prostitutes killed in the same manner as mutilated animals makes the BAU think an UnSub’s confidence is on the rise. Matthew Lillard (Scream) guest-stars.

9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Cheers‘ Shelley Long returns as Jay’s ex, Dede, whom he tries to usher out of the house before she learns that Gloria is expecting. Elsewhere, family lawyer Mitchell accompanies Phil and Claire to the police station when Hayley is arrested for underage drinking.

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10 pm Top Chef (Bravo) | Season 10 premiere: 21 chefs are challenged in kitchens belonging to the series’ judges: Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Hugh Acheson and new addition Wolfgang Puck.

10 pm CSI (CBS) | When his son Charlie’s basketball coach dies, Russell is drawn into the investigation. Family Ties‘ Michael Gross guest-stars as president of Charlie’s school.

10 pm Chicago Fire (NBC) | Casey gets all shouty with Voight, and it doesn’t end well (watch a preview); when Severide’s injured arm gives out during a rescue, he asks an old flame/pharmaceutical rep for help.

10 pm South Park (Comedy Central) | Season finale: Hmm… Did Cartman have something to do with the results of last night’s election?

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

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  1. Renee says:

    Arrow! Can’t wait for this show each week.

  2. Am I the only one who’s been praying for the TV Gods for a Chicago Fire renovation? It’s becoming a beloved show real quick. And it’s on NBC. My heart can’t stand it :/

  3. Jared says:

    Arrow & American Horror Story!

  4. Slash Goggles says:

    Criminal Minds. Lots of Morgan and Reid scenes expected tonight!

  5. Sarah says:

    Usually Arrow but CTV in Canada arrived it last night and Chicago Fire. Why aren’t more people watching this show??? It is becoming very very good.

  6. Heather says:

    Chicago Fire!
    With Modern Family and Suburgatory of course.

  7. wrstlgirl says:

    Lovin’ Chicago Fire lots!!!

  8. Blake says:

    Arrow (Thanks to Canada and the internet, I’ve already watched it and it is great)
    Modern Family

  9. GKdude says:

    AHS: Asylum
    I already watched Arrow and it was the best yet! Awesome episode!

  10. Kreshan says:

    Is Supernatural airing today??

    I watched Arrow online ^^ Really hope that they air SPN!! :D

  11. SK says:

    Criminal Minds and CSI

  12. suzieque says:

    The Middle, Neighbors, Modern Family and Suburgatory – Fun night!!

  13. Kim R says:

    Watched Arrow and Criminal Minds last night. Tonight it will be CSI and Modern Family. :)

  14. Forwarddad says:

    Will watch XFactor tape The Voice. Watch CSI, tape CF. watch Top Chef later on demand as well as MF.

  15. Amy says:

    Defnitely Nashville!

  16. Allison says:

    Chicago Fire
    and the DVR for Criminal minds,CSI & a late night Top Chef premiere!!

  17. G says:

    Arrow, Survivor, Criminal Minds, CSI, Modern Family, South Park, and Nashville.

  18. jules says:

    Arrow and Chicago Fire – my two new TV obsessions,
    and of course my all-time fav: Supernatural!!

  19. Barack to the Future says:

    Where are all the political bums who were invading our comments sections from yesterday? Just like sports fans who over-hype their team ad nauseum, when they lose, its a ghost town.

  20. BravoGuy says:

    you forgot to mention LOLWork on Bravo @ 11am.

  21. Kat says:

    Busy night – the DVR is working OT!
    Survivor, In the Middle, Criminal Minds, Modern Family, CSI, Top Chef (what a panel of judges!), Storage Wars Texas

  22. Arrow
    American horror Story

  23. TheBeach says:

    It drives me NUTS when these shows run on to 10:01 or 10:02 (i.e. The Voice and others). I know they do it in hopes that one will stay on that channel for their next show but, like tonight, it screws up my DVRing of two 10:00 shows on other channels…damn irritating:(

  24. Justin says:

    Modern Family and Criminal Minds for me tonight.

  25. Leondre says:

    The Voice, The Middle, Modern Family, Suburgatory.

  26. bobbie says:

    Arrow,Suburgatory, Criminal Minds, CSI, The Daily Show

  27. suzieque says:

    Why do you say it’s TV for tonight when it’s always a day late? Make it current (as in TODAY’S TV picks) instead of yesterday’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!