On TV this Wednesday: Southland‘s finest are back on patrol, Survivor: Caramoan pits fans against favorites, The Neighbors have a transformative experience and Necessary Roughness tackles a hot-button topic. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Survivor: Caramoan – Fans Vs. Favorites (CBS) | Two-hour season premiere: 10 superfans, 10 past players, one million-dollar prize. Go! (Take a look at the full lineup.)
8 pm Arrow (The CW) | Felicity and Diggle team up to save Oliver, who has a pivotal flashback to an island escape attempt while he hovers between life and death. Manu Bennett (Spartacus) guest-stars. (Watch the action-packed new trailer.)
8:30 pm The Neighbors (ABC) | Film director and possible extraterrestrial Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon) — guest-starring as himself — runs into Debbie and Jackie during their night at a trendy club.
9 pm Supernatural (The CW) | According to the tablet Kevin deciphers, either Sam or Dean must face a series of three tests… designed by God. (I’m guessing “How Many Harps Can You Simultaneously Strum Whilst Sitting Atop a Fluffy Cloud” isn’t one of them?)
9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Cam and Mitch host a wild Valentine’s Day bash that leaves them hung over and wondering exactly why Dylan is now living with them. Also: “Clive” and “Juliana” return!
10 pm Southland (TNT) | Season 5 premiere: Officer Cooper clashes with new guy Gary, who’s an Afghanistan vet, Lydia struggles to strike the balance between work and motherhood, and Ben falls in with a sketchy cop crowd (including One Tree Hill‘s Chad Michael Murray). (Watch a video sneak peek and get preview from Michael Cudlitz.)
10 pm The Americans (FX) | Philip and Elizabeth discover that a murdered colleague had a wife they never knew about – and their investigation into the mystery woman puts them directly in Stan’s path. Justified Emmy winner Margo Martindale (right) begins a multi-episode arc (get shocking scoop).
10 pm Necessary Roughness (USA Network) | In the launch of a two-part storyline about homophobia in pro sports (concluding in next week’s season finale), Dr. Dani tries to help the Hawks’ star QB, Rex Evans, come out to his team — and to the public.
10 pm Chicago Fire (NBC) | Dawson puts herself in danger by turning to an unlikely source for help in her brother’s case; Severide visits someone important from his past.
10 pm Top Chef (Bravo) | Dog sleds, glaciers, a very pregnant woman and a panic attack figure prominently in tonight’s episode. Bon appetit!
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