On TV this packed Wednesday: The Revolution continues on a new night, The Middle goes on a Heck of a trip, Back in the Game throws its first pitch, SVU saves Benson, Criminal Minds heads west, high school causes Modern Family problems, Nashville cues up a coma, CSI follows Russell’s lead and a South Park kid infiltrates the NSA. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Revolution (NBC) | Season 2 premiere: Rachel runs into someone important from her past, Charlie goes on a mission in the Plains Nation, and Neville and Jason search a refugee camp for a lost loved one. (Read our preview, get scoop and more scoop!)
8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Season 5 premiere: The entire family travels to help Axl move into his college dorm. What could go wrong?
8:30 pm Back in the Game (ABC) | Series premiere: Maggie Lawson (Psych) stars as Terry, a single mom who, with son Danny, moves back in with her former pro-baseball player dad (Las Vegas‘ James Caan). When the Little League dads won’t let Danny play ball, Terry steps in to coach a team of misfits. Griffin Gluck (Private Practice), Ben Koldyke (How I Met Your Mother) and Lenora Crichlow (BBC’s Being Human) co-star. (Read TVLine’s First Impression.)
9 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Double-episode Season 15 premiere: Benson’s still MIA, so the squad takes drastic measures to find her and that slimeball Pornstache Lewis. (Watch a sneak peek!) Then, a locked basement full of kidnapping victims sends the team diving into a bunch of decades-old cold cases.
9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | Season 9 premiere: The hunt for an increasingly devolving UnSub brings the BAU to Arizona. Camryn Manheim (The Practice) and Fred Koehler (Lost) guest-star. (Get scoop on the episode and the season ahead!)
9 pm Broadchurch (BBC America) | Season finale: Danny’s killer is revealed. (Renewed across the pond but not yet picked up for another Stateside season.)
9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Double-episode Season 5 premiere: The families enjoy the last throes of summer (which includes Phil and Claire trying to orchestrate a kid-free week at the house), then Luke and Manny’s first day of high school proves a tough time for Phil and Gloria. Justin Kirk (Weeds) returns as Mitchell’s boss Charlie.
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10 pm Nashville (ABC) | Season 2 premiere: With Rayna in a coma and Deacon waiting on his jail sentence, a distraught Maddie turns to Juliette for comfort… and inadvertently tells her mom’s tour partner everything that happened just before the crash. Oops. (Watch a sneak peek, get scoop and hear Connie Britton herself size up Rayna’s new “fellas.”)
10 pm CSI (CBS) | Season 14 premiere: D.B. Russell and the team race to find Morgan and Ellie after they’re kidnapped by a ritualistic killer.
10 pm Top Chef Masters (Bravo) | Season finale: Douglas, Jennifer and Bryan create notable dishes from their professional and home menus, and one is named Top Chef Master. (Not yet renewed.)
10 pm South Park (Comedy Central) | Season 17 premiere: Cartman infiltrates the NSA, but doesn’t like what he finds in his personal file.
COMING NEXT WEEK: The premieres of ABC’s Super Fun Night and NBC’s Ironside.