What to Watch Tonight: Franklin & Bash Is Back, Shatner Live in Cleveland, Futurama and More
On TV this Wednesday: Franklin & Bash are Locklear and loaded, William Shatner helps Hot in Cleveland boldly go where 30 Rock has gone before, The Exes get buzzed and Futurama launches its final missions. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm MasterChef (Fox) | After the contestants cook for the cast and crew of Glee, then stars Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith and Matthew Morrison help choose the winning team.
8:30 pm Baby Daddy (ABC Family) | Dr. Shaw determines Riley is the cause of Danny’s inability to focus on the ice and bans her from the next game.
9 pm Franklin & Bash (TNT) | Double-episode Season 3 premiere: The boys are back! First, Stanton hires legal heavyweight Rachel King (new cast member Heather Locklear, Melrose Place) to help run the firm, and Peter and Jared represent a famous musician (played by Adam Goldberg, NYC 22) accused of theft. Then, the gang moves into Infeld’s beach house, where Peter takes an interest in a pretty neighbor. (Watch a promo for the new season.)
9 pm Royal Pains (USA Network) | Hank treats a police offer whose rebellious daughter could be harming his health; Laura Benanti (Go On) debuts as the new senior VP of the company trying to buy Hamptons Heritage Hospital.
9:30 pm How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (ABC) | When Elaine’s in a slump, Polly gets her mom a movie audition to boost her ego.
10 pm Futurama (Comedy Central) | Hour-long midseason premiere: The animated series’ final spate of episodes begins with Prof. Farnsworth joining a gang of street-racing punks and Fry and Leela’s romantic vacation going wildly wrong. (Get a peek at what’s ahead.)
10 pm Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) | Live midseason premiere: Continuing tonight’s T.J. Hooker theme (see TNT, 9pm), William Shatner (as well as The Office‘s Brian Baumgartner) guest-star as Joy discovers what shady business Elka and Mamie have been up to. (Note: West Coast viewers will see a live-to-tape version of the show at its regular time.)
10:30 pm The Exes (TV Land) | Season 3 premiere: The guys accidentally break a very personal item of Holly’s after mistaking it for a back massager. Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (Prison Break) guest-stars; Adrian Zmed does not.
11 pm The Hustle (Fuse) | Series premiere: The music channel’s first scripted series is a drama about underground rap duo Kutta and D (played by newcomers Y’lan Noel and London Brown), their one-man entourage Rashad and their childhood friend-turned-record-label exec Ya-Ya.
11 pm The Soul Man (TV Land) | Season 2 premiere: Boyce thinks he’s in primo shape until a mandatory physical reveals that he may have something to worry about.
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