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

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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:

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  1. ollie says:

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

  2. SK says:

    Criminal Minds
    CSI – excited about the crossover between CSI and CSI:NY! Hope Christine is okay. Charlie from Fringe is a guest star – cool!

  3. Nashville ! Bring on lots Deacon and Rayna scenes !

    • Lime says:

      Oh yeah! Can’t wait! I was so sad last week when I tuned in because it was a repeat. Love that Nashville!

    • Maggie Ames says:

      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.

  4. Elyse says:

    Arrow, Supernatural and Chicago Fire :) Nashville too but i’ll DVR it and watch later.

  5. mia says:

    Arrow, Whitney, Bomb Girls, Arctic Air and CougarTown (which airs Wednesday here in Canada)

  6. “Kirk Acevedo (Oz) ” Not Fringe?

  7. The Middle
    Probably start House of Cards over again. Loved it so much.

  8. Remember when Lost was on Wednesday’s? I miss Lost.

  9. Sam says:

    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.

    • Carrie says:

      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…

  10. rockgolf says:

    On the other hand (pun not intended) glad to see Fred Willard is getting work again.

  11. Amanda says:

    Modern Family, Chicago Fire. DVR arrow.

  12. chris says:

    The Americans!!

  13. icywinter2 says:

    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

  14. Bradley says:

    The Middle
    Modern Family
    The Americans

  15. Tran says:

    Chicago Fire

  16. Brandy says:


  17. Babybop says:

    The Middle, Suburgatory, Happily Divorced for me.

  18. Superhero says:

    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.

  19. Jared says:


  20. Supernatural for sure, maybe Arrow. I still need to watch the premiere of The Americans, but I expect to like it.

  21. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Okay, I’m curious, I’m going to try The Americans.

  22. Andy says:

    Modern Family, Arrow, Supernatural, and The Americans

  23. King says:

    The Middle, Modern Family
    Criminal Minds, CSI

  24. Lidia says:

    The Americans!!!!!

  25. Linderella says:

    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.

    • Icy says:

      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.

  26. nick1372 says:

    ABC’s comedy block, with the exception of The Neighbors.