What to Watch Wednesday: Idol Hits Hollywood, SVU Hosts a Heavyweight, Arrow and More

AI12_Hollwood_Week-Day6_0921 On TV this Wednesday: American Idol sets up shop in Hollywood, CSI and CSI: NY embark on a cross-country crossover and Mike Tyson makes a controversial appearance on Law & Order: SVU. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm American Idol (Fox) | The action moves to Hollywood as hopefuls vie for a spot in the semis.

8 pm Arrow (The CW) | David Anders guest-stars as Cyrus Vanch, a just-out-of-jail criminal who’s gunning for Arrow. But when Det. Lance makes a deadly mistake, Laurel winds up in Vanch’s crosshairs. Plus, a flashback to Oliver’s first dust-up with Deathstroke. (Read preview and see photos).

8 pm The Middle (ABC) | When Axl’s friends start receiving college-acceptance letters – and Axl doesn’t – Frankie and Mike worry that their son’s chances of getting a sports scholarship have passed him by. Roger Rees (Cheers, Elementary) guest-stars.

8 pm Whitney (NBC) | Monty Python alum John Cleese returns as couples’ counselor Dr. Grant, who gets Whitney and Alex on the couch after the latter lies to the former in an effort to carve out some alone time.

PREVIEW | Supernatural Lets Loose With a ‘Comedic’ Nazi Necromancers/Golem Adventure

9 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Former boxer Mike Tyson plays a death-row inmate linked to a sexual abuse case Benson and the team are investigating. Ed Asner (Mary Tyler Moore) guest-stars and Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street) returns as Bayard Ellis. (Read why some people didn’t want Tyson in this episode at all.)

9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | When the daughters of a writer (thirtysomething‘s Ken Olin) whose wife mysteriously vanished go missing on the anniversary of their mother’s disappearance, the BAU eyeballs the dad as a suspect. (Check out photos of Thomas Gibson’s directing debut.)

9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | When the star of the Cam-directed school production of Phantom of the Opera falls ill, Manny stops at nothing to land the lead. Nathan Lane (The Producers) returns as Cam’s ex Pepper and Fred Willard (Best in Show) is back as Phil’s dad Frank.

9:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | Dallas and Dalia take a social tumble when, after realizing part of their property is located in East Chatswin, they’re forced to live like residents of that less affluent community.

PREVIEW | Nashville Video: Steamy Love in an Elevator and a Chilling Reality Check

PREVIEW | Nashville: When Avery and Gunnar Come to Bloody Blows, Scarlett Gives Some TLC

PREVIEW | Chicago Fire Video: Dawson Gets Stuck in an Awkward Moment Between Casey and Mills

10 pm CSI (CBS) | Crossover Alert! CSI: NY‘s Mac Taylor realizes his girlfriend’s missing in Las Vegas, and asks D.B. Russell for help. Edward Herrmann (Gilmore Girls), Kirk Acevedo (Oz) and Jeff Branson (The Young and the Restless) guest-star. (Watch an exclusive clip.)

10 pm The Americans (FX) | An uncooperative maid threatens to derail Philip and Elizabeth’s mission to plant a bug in Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger’s office. Meanwhile, Stan closes in on a member of the Soviet Rezidentura. Get preview from Keri Russell below:

Comments (34)

  • the middle, suburgatory, supernatural which should be funny and great with it penned by edlund

    Comment by ollie – February 6, 2013 04:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Criminal Minds
    CSI – excited about the crossover between CSI and CSI:NY! Hope Christine is okay. Charlie from Fringe is a guest star – cool!

    Comment by SK – February 6, 2013 04:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nashville ! Bring on lots Deacon and Rayna scenes !

    Comment by Hilla Osovsky – February 6, 2013 04:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh yeah! Can’t wait! I was so sad last week when I tuned in because it was a repeat. Love that Nashville!

      Comment by Lime – February 6, 2013 06:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I LOVE that show. I’m a little afraid they will cancel it. Hoping not. Love the Deacon/Rayna scenes…We should start writing to ABC to keep it on the air. Would not hurt.

      Comment by Maggie Ames – February 6, 2013 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arrow, Supernatural and Chicago Fire :) Nashville too but i’ll DVR it and watch later.

    Comment by Elyse – February 6, 2013 05:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arrow, Whitney, Bomb Girls, Arctic Air and CougarTown (which airs Wednesday here in Canada)

    Comment by mia – February 6, 2013 05:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Kirk Acevedo (Oz) ” Not Fringe?

    Comment by Michael Sacal – February 6, 2013 05:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He was on Fringe the first few years

      Comment by Keith – February 6, 2013 07:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Middle
    Probably start House of Cards over again. Loved it so much.

    Comment by Tori Melching (@lizjaxe) – February 6, 2013 05:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Remember when Lost was on Wednesday’s? I miss Lost.

    Comment by amandareynolds – February 6, 2013 06:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not like a moral dictator or anything, but why do we still allow Mike Tyson to be famous? He’s a convicted rapist. I’m not saying he should be burned in the street or anything, but it’s insulting to people, especially women, to have him working in the entertainment industry.

    Comment by Sam – February 6, 2013 06:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Did ya catch how many people tuned in Sunday to watch a Murderer get his SuperBowl ring? Welcome to America, land of opportunity and short memories…

      Comment by Carrie – February 6, 2013 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • There is a huge difference between being convicted for a misdemeanor obstruction of justice and being convicted of rape.

        Comment by xx – February 6, 2013 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • On the other hand (pun not intended) glad to see Fred Willard is getting work again.

    Comment by rockgolf – February 6, 2013 06:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Modern Family, Chicago Fire. DVR arrow.

    Comment by Amanda – February 6, 2013 06:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Americans!!

    Comment by chris – February 6, 2013 07:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SVU!!! Though I’m not thrilled that Tyson is doing a guest stint on this show, I’ll still watch b/c I’m a fan of the show

    Comment by icywinter2 – February 6, 2013 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Middle
    Modern Family
    The Americans

    Comment by Bradley – February 6, 2013 07:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Chicago Fire

    Comment by Tran – February 6, 2013 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nashville

    Comment by Brandy – February 6, 2013 08:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Middle, Suburgatory, Happily Divorced for me.

    Comment by Babybop – February 6, 2013 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Suburgatory and The Americans for me. I’m kind of losing interest in the former, but I’m not getting off the train just yet. Enjoyed the pilot for the latter quite a bit, hoping for an even better second episode.

    Comment by Superhero – February 6, 2013 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ARROW!!

    Comment by Jared – February 6, 2013 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Supernatural for sure, maybe Arrow. I still need to watch the premiere of The Americans, but I expect to like it.

    Comment by Mikaylah Roggasch (@mkroggasch) – February 6, 2013 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Okay, I’m curious, I’m going to try The Americans.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – February 6, 2013 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Good choice. While there were some issues with the pilot, the show has a lot of potential.

      Comment by Superhero – February 6, 2013 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Modern Family, Arrow, Supernatural, and The Americans

    Comment by Andy – February 6, 2013 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arrow
    The Middle, Modern Family
    Criminal Minds, CSI

    Comment by King – February 6, 2013 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Americans!!!!!

    Comment by Lidia – February 6, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Americans and Chicago Fire (both DVR’d). SVU would have been on the list except any show that includes Mike Tyson in a story about rapists is on my “avoid at all costs” list. Talk about terrible, awful, very bad stunt casting…this one is a major fail.

    Comment by Linderella – February 6, 2013 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seriously a major fail b/c of him. There’s more to SVU than Tyson doing a guest stint . Plus a spoiler revealed that we’ll find out who the mystery hand was that went with Liv to the Bahamas.

      Comment by Icy – February 6, 2013 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABC’s comedy block, with the exception of The Neighbors.

    Comment by nick1372 – February 6, 2013 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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