What to Watch Tonight: Franklin & Bash Is Back, Shatner Live in Cleveland, Futurama and More

Franklin & BashOn 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.

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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.

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Futurama10 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.

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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.

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!

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  1. SK says:

    Master Chef

  2. Jamie says:

    Necessary roughness!!!

  3. Jerri says:

    Hot in Cleveland & The Exes.

  4. ladyluck527 says:

    i’m watching Hot in Cleveland, The Exes and The Soul Man live gonna dvr Franklin & Bash, Necessary Roughness, and R&B Divas

  5. GS says:

    Going to see NKOTB but the DVR will be recording Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy. Might check out Franklin & Bash again but didn’t care much for it last year. I’m ready for Rizzoli and Isles next week!

  6. Joey says:

    Melissa and Joey, Baby Daddy, Franklin and Bash, and The Exes.

  7. Stanley Cup Finals Game Four. GO BRUINS!!

  8. Jared says:

    Melissa and Joey
    Baby Daddy

  9. Steve F. says:

    MasterChef for me! (Oh, love the TJ Hooker jokes – keep ’em coming!)

    • I always dreamed of Heather Locklear when she was on T.J. Hooker. One of the sexiest female TV crime fighters of all time especially that one episode when her character went undercover as a stripper/dancer.

  10. Tammy says:

    Necessary Roughness with John Stamos! :)

    • tp says:

      I really liked John’s character. As long as T.K stays so do I. I wasn’t as disappointed as I thought I would be when Matt left. I couldn’t believe he married her. I couldn’t believe she married him knowing he was in love with Dani. Eh, I’m Team Nico anyway. Him and Dani are better suited. Same place in their lives. I hope the changes bring about good storylines.

      • Mel says:

        tp – ITA. I wasn’t shocked Matt married Noelle due to the pregnancy and his inherent “stand up guy.” But was shocked he left. Actually, he was looking pretty darn good in the season premier. Too bad…but like you I am Team Nico. Looking forward to a great season. Love Dani got fired from the Hawks. There really was no point in her being there without Matt and Nico.

  11. lyn says:

    I would have watched F&B, but I can’t tolerate Ms Locklear.

  12. Justin says:

    I’ll b seeing Necessary Roughness and Royal Pains tonight.

  13. Sable says:

    Royal Pains, Franklin & Bash, MasterChef,

  14. nick1372 says:

    Melissa & Joey
    Hot in Cleveland

  15. bobbie says:

    Hot in Cleveland, Franklin and Bash, Royal Pains