On TV this Wednesday: Whitney is back for a silly sophomore season, American Horror Story: Asylum comes Bloody Face-to-face with a killer, Matthew Broderick joins the Modern Family and Criminal Minds salutes war veterans. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are nine programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Arrow (The CW) | When The Royal Flush Gang hits Starling City, Diggle urges Oliver to deviate from his father’s list and start helping his fellow citizens. Meanwhile, Moira confronts Oliver about his habit of disappearing in the middle of family functions. (Hey, I do that, and I’m no hero. The Roots clan gets loud.)
9 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Bijou Phillips (Raising Hope) guest-stars as a woman who claims the baby she kidnapped from a city playground is her own child – and that the father is a high-powered legal expert (Quantum Leap‘s Scott Bakula).
9 pm Supernatural (The CW) | Castiel’s back but has no idea how he escaped Purgatory. Elsewhere, Mrs. Tran and Kevin get double-crossed and wind up in Crowley’s hands. (Check out a trailer!)
9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Matthew Broderick aka Ferris Bueller himself guest-stars as Dave, a new pal Phil thinks is really great. Thing is, Dave also thinks Phil is really great — in a quite different way, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
9:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | Tessa decides to spend Thanksgiving in New York with her birth mom (Childrens Hospital‘s Malin Ackerman) — whom she’s never met — so Dallas tries to distract George by asking him to host the holiday. Spoiler alert: Neither Tessa’s trip nor George’s feast turn out as planned.
10 pm Eddie Murphy: One Night Only (Spike) | This two-hour tribute to the Raw comedian-turned-Shrek donkey includes appearances by fellow Saturday Night Live alumni Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, In Living Color grads Keenan Ivory Wayans and Jamie Foxx and 30 Rock‘s Tracy Morgan.
10 pm Chicago Fire (NBC) | Casey’s involvement in a dangerous apartment-building fire may grant him a reprieve from Voight’s relentless badgering; Dawson faces suspension but gets a hand from the girl whose case landed the paramedic in trouble in the first place. (P.S. Count on a full first season.)
10 pm Top Chef (Bravo) | One turn of the famous Seattle Space Needle (which includes the rotating SkyCity Restaurant) determines which of the 15 remaining chefs will go home.
10 pm American Horror Story: Asylum (FX) | Sister Jude hires a Nazi hunter to gather evidence against Arden, Dr. Thredson plots to spring Lana and Bloody Face is unmasked. Hit the comments with your predictions on who’s behind the serial killer’s grotesque visage!