What to Watch Tonight: Southland and Survivor Are Back, Martindale on The Americans and More

Southland Season 5 premiereOn 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.

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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.

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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!

PREVIEW | Nashville: Freezing Onstage, Drunkenly Dancing With Liam —  Is Rayna Losing Her Mind?

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.)ta_102_121213_092

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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  1. kirads09 says:

    CSI Is new tonight. Exile – “The CSIs investigate the demise of a famous Cuban singer’s sister who’s in town as part of a U.S. tour. Meanwhile, Hodges begins to get cold feet at the prospect of marrying his Italian bombshell girlfriend.

  2. owen says:

    Survivor is back!

    It is 90 minutes premiere now instead of 2 hour. They scaled it back last week, now a repeat from Big Bang airs from 9.30 til 10 pm

  3. Jared says:

    I LOVE Felicity on Arrow. I hope her role becomes bigger in season 2.

  4. Adam Bramble says:

    Arrow was awesome. HULU.
    Survivor needs to be cancelled.

  5. jenna says:

    Wow. !0pm is crazy! Southland, The Americans, and Unnecessary Roughness for me.

  6. mia says:

    Survivor woot!! Also Arrow, Whitney, Arctic Air and Suburgatory (and Love You Mean It and The Soup)

  7. SK says:

    CSI tonight for me.

  8. Tran says:

    So excited for Southland tonight. :-)

  9. Brandy says:


  10. Arrow & Chicago Fire live
    Nashville DVR

  11. Andy says:

    Arrow, Modern Family, and The Americans

  12. Marz says:

    Arrow & Supernatural

  13. ollie says:

    the middle, supernatural and subagatory

  14. Elyse says:

    Arrow, Supernatural & Chicago Fire for me! while DVRing Modern Family, Suburgatory & Nashville :)

  15. Babybop says:

    The Middle, Suburgatory, and Happily Divorced for me.

  16. Supernatural is a definite watch, while I think I’ll also check out this episode of Arrow live since I love Felicity. I’m glad they promoted her to a series regular for next season.

  17. Melissa says:

    Nessesary Roughness Season Finale?!?!?!?! it literally just came back…

    ::super sad face::

    • Curly Girly says:

      I know, right?? This was the 2nd half of the season. I hate when they break in the middle of a season. It’s so disconcerting.

  18. rmcepp says:

    Can’t wait for new Southland. John Cooper was born to play a cop. I remember him from STANDOFF. He must have had 5 minutes on that very short lived show, but he made such an impression on me. He is also funny. Great show, glad it’s back. Wish Flashpoint had been picked up by someone. Obviously I love good cop shows.

  19. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I am ready for you, Southland! And I really need to give The Americans a shot. I am curious.

  20. Bobbie says:

    Southland, Suburgatory, CSI

  21. jackie2830 says:

    Wooohooo, Southland is back! DVR The Middle, Modern, & Top Chef!