What to Watch Tonight: Charisma Fights Evil, Dempsey Does Le Mans, Three Finales and More

Surviving EvilOn TV this Wednesday: The Exes finale engages in nuptial nuttiness, Soul Man closes with a new tune, Patrick Dempsey trades his scalpel for a speedster and Charisma Carpenter helps you survive Evil. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Melissa & Joey (ABC Family) | In the first half of a two-part episode, Joey tries to pass Mel off as his ex-wife at his Nona’s 99th birthday party.

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9 pm The Unexplained Files (Science) | Series premiere: In 1978, a pilot and his aircraft disappeared from the skies above southern Australia. His last radio transmission: “The strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. It is hovering, and it’s not an aircraft.” Creepy, right? If you’ve been jonesing for the goosebumps Unsolved Mysteries used to give you, check out this new, weekly examination of the weird.

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10 pm FanAddicts! (Realz) | Series premiere: An appraiser helps a Harry Potter superfan sell some of his prized possessions — accio cash! — for a move to Los Angeles in the opener of this look at extreme pop culture junkies.

10 pm Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans (Velocity) | Miniseries premiere: Grey’s Anatomy hottie/racing enthusiast Patrick Dempsey tackles the world’s oldest, most grueling automotive endurance race, France’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Get scoop!)

10 pm Surviving Evil (Investigation Discovery) | Series premiere: Charisma Carpenter (Buffy, The Lying Game) – who herself survived a near-fatal attack chronicled in tonight’s episode — hosts this series about victims who fought back against their attackers and survived. (Get more details on the show and Carpenter’s harrowing story.)

10 pm Top Chef Masters (Bravo) | The Mindy Project‘s Mindy Kaling asks chefs to create dishes inspired by her favorite romantic comedies, while Yo Gabba Gabba is on hand to help the contestants win over some picky young eaters.

10 pm Top Shot All-Stars (History) | Season finale: A tunnel, barbed wire, mud and an AK-47 are involved in winnowing the final four to the season’s ultimate winner. (Not yet renewed.)

10 pm Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) | Victoria is stuck in the hospital on the day of her bachelorette trip, so Elka and Mamie bring Vegas to her. Enrico Colantoni (Just Shoot Me) guest-stars.

10:30 pm The Exes (TV Land) | Midseason finale: At Paul’s wedding, Holly wreaks havoc and Phil and Eden realize they have feelings for each other. Nicole Sullivan (MADtv) guest-stars.

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11 pm The Soul Man (TV Land) | Season finale: Anthony Anderson (Law & Order) and Elise Neal (The Hughleys) appear in an episode that finds Boyce returning to his R&B roots to record a song. (Not yet renewed.)

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  1. alistaircrane says:

    Looking forward to Surviving Evil. I love Charisma, and I’m still bitter that Joss Whedon fired her from Angel.

    • Maryann says:

      What was the story to that?

      • Tommy says:

        The rumor is that he got upset at her “unplanned pregnancy,” which is why he wrote her off the show like he did in season 4. I don’t know how much truth there is the rumor, but he has publicly stated that he regrets how he treated the situation.

        • Josh says:

          I had thought it was because they wanted Spike there and couldn’t afford both actors, so they let Charisma go(big mistake, as I felt Spike’s storyline had wrapped properly and heroically in Buffy and cheapens the finale somewhat).

        • Drew says:

          I can’t even watch “Angel” because of the way they treated Charisma and her character. First, they destroyed a great character by trying to turn Cordelia Chase into sugar and sunshine. She was one of my favorite “Buffy” characters, but was reduced to nothing by the end of the first season of “Angel”. Then they really started messing with Charisma, which wasn’t cool at all. Especially from someone who claims to be so pro-women, to get pissed about a grown woman getting pregnant was really childish. I think they might have even forced her to dye her hair blonde. I don’t remember exactly, but I think I remember Charisma saying that she didn’t like the hair back then. I could be wrong about that, but it makes sense with the network that was always weird about having female cast members look too similar, because they were worried that we would get confused about who was who.

          • Nick C says:

            seriously…. You people with your rumors and your speculation.

            Joss gave her a great role on 2 shows.

          • Drew says:

            A lot of what I feel isn’t about rumors. They trashed the character, which I did not appreciate. The other issues were what they were. I’m not a fan of Joss the man because I think he has a huge ego. Not based on rumors. Based on words that come out of his own mouth and the work he’s put out. I’m not a crazy fan gone awry. I’m someone who’s been familiar with these stories for 15 years.

          • Pumpkinbabies says:

            He reduced her to nothing? You must have forgotten how they made Cordelia half demon right?

          • Drew says:

            I meant nothing of quality. They just kept finding creative new ways of destroying a once great character. The demon thing was… actually, I blocked that memory out completely. Now it’s flooding back and I’m cringing. :)

        • Danielle says:

          If there was genuine “regret” he would have offered her a role on any of his zillion other projects since. Yet he has not. Hmmm.

          • Nick C says:

            He’s had 3 projects if you count Shield.
            Maybe she wanted to be a mom for the first year of her babies life. Maybe she was sick of working long hours playing the same character for like ten years and needed a break. Maybe Joss and the writers had no more stories to tell with her character… you people always have to come up with all these negative rumors when it could just be a normal reason.

            the fact you know who she is, is because of her acting but more important. Joss gave her a great role when her only credit was Baywatch.

          • Pumpkinbabies says:

            Joss didn’t exactly hire Sarah Michelle gellar in his work either.

      • ann says:

        charisma was treated very unfairly during and after her pregnancy. whedon was upset that she had gotten pregnant without telling him first and basically punished her with an awful storyline (the whole jasmine possession thing) and forced her to do things she was very uncomfortable with (including putting her in revealing clothing while 6-7 months pregnant, sex scenes with someone who had basically been her child a season before) then, after working throughout her entire pregnancy and even filming right after giving birth, she was written off without any warning and did not find out until the press started calling her about her name not being on the press release for season five. even after all this, she agreed to return for one episode in season five with one condition – she did not want to be killed off. then after making the deal, she was told that the writers had decided to kill her off anyway.

        also – this is not speculation, this is not a rumor. this is charisma’s story. she has spoken about it in multiple interviews and at various conventions (they’re all on youtube go see for yourself!)

  2. JCK says:

    The Music Man on TCM. That’s better than what else is on and the whole family will love it.

  3. Joey says:

    Melissa and Joey, Baby Daddy, Royal Pains, and The Exes.

  4. Maryann says:

    NASA’s Unexplained Files (Science, 8PM, not the show listed in the article)
    Broadchurch (BBC America)
    Law and Orde: UK (BBC America)
    The Bridge (FX)

  5. Jared says:

    Melissa & Joey
    Baby Daddy

  6. Andy says:

    Baby Daddy and Hot in Cleveland

  7. Steve F. says:

    MasterChef (hour 2 has Paula Deen pre-brouhaha!) and DVR’ing Surviving Evil. Also, I didn’t know that’s why Cordelia was killed off – bad, Joss, bad! Make it up to her by giving her a guest role on Agents of SHIELD! (More Charisma is always welcome!)

  8. Roni says:

    Top Chef Masters, Top Shot finale, and The Bridge.

  9. Sebastian says:

    Unexplained Files: “The strange aircraft is… not an aircraft”?

  10. nick1372 says:

    Melissa & Joey
    Hot in Cleveland