What to Watch Tonight: SVU, Revolution and 7 Other Premieres, Broadchurch Ends and More

Law & Order: SVUOn 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.)

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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.

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37 Comments
  1. Maryann says:

    And you left Broadchurch off the poll why? I understand it is not a broadcast network show, but it is one that is on a lot of people’s radar, and should be allowed on the list for the most meaningful results.

    Watching tonight:

    -Broadchurch season finale
    -CSI

    Watching later, online or on demand:

    -Revolution
    -Back in the Game

  2. MariaD says:

    Wow, no mention of the just renewed and excellent The Bridge? That definitely has my vote. It just keeps getting better and better, though how tonight could possibly top last week’s episode is beyond me. And yeah, Broadchurch is my other top vote of the night, though I admit I sometimes got impatient with too many red herrings thrown my way. David Tennant excelled in this role.

    • Kiddoo says:

      While it’s awesome to be getting our big-four (five) network shows back, the two shows on tonight I”m most looking forward to are Broadchurch and The Bridge. As for red herrings and Broadchurch, I’ve got two words to make you feel better…The Killing.

    • Aimee says:

      I’m with you guys. I will definitely be watching The Bridge tonight!

  3. SK says:

    Criminal Minds
    CSI

  4. Disastrous.. says:

    Back in the game.. Criminal Minds, Csi & South Park!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Modern Family
    Broadchurch
    L&O SVU
    Top Chef Masters
    (All on the DVR – I have no patience for live TV anymore)

  6. Nashville, Nashville, Nashville (and Svu)

  7. Jenna says:

    The Middle
    Back In The Game
    SVU

  8. Bobbi says:

    Broadchurch and Top Chef Masters are what I will watch live. The others will all be recorded and watched this weekend, most likely.

  9. Esaul says:

    Eager for SVU. Still feel Revolution to Wednesday is a bad move. Checking out Back in the Game too, I think.

  10. GS says:

    Criminal Minds is a definite. I’ll watch Nashville if I can stay awake. Those 10 o clock shows kill me now.

  11. Justin says:

    Criminal Minds and Modern Family for me tonight

  12. Vlada says:

    So, so glad The Middle is back! Heck yeah!

  13. Brandy says:

    Nashvile

  14. Joey says:

    It’s Always Sunny, The League, and South Park.

  15. REVOLUTION. Hope the second season is going to be bigger, better and more action-packed than the first season.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Revolution, The Middle, Modern Family and Nashville.

  17. can’t deal with yuppie family shows..they have NO relevance to my life or anyone else’s that I know.
    On the other hand, can’t wait to find out what happens to Benson on SVU. Now THAT’S a series (nay franchise!) with consistently good writing and storytelling!

  18. meah says:

    Criminal minds and nashville

  19. nicademus11 says:

    Broadchurch – The best thing on TV this summer and a terrific 8 hours of television. Period. I am astonished by the lack of love it’s been given here on TV Line, especially after the explosion that was Orphan Black.

  20. Bella says:

    Broadchurch, The Middle, Back in the Game, Modern Family

  21. Criminal Minds, CSI and Law & Order SVU

  22. Andy says:

    It’s Always Sunny, Modern Family, and Back in the Game because of Maggie.

  23. Chris says:

    Broadchurch airs at 10 pm not 9 according to BBC America website

  24. Jan says:

    It will be Broadchurch tonight. I hope they bring it back for a new season to the USA. and i hope i learn to understand English…. but i do get the idea just in the acting.

  25. Ash says:

    I’ll be watching SVU, Criminal Minds (though that’ll be recorded), and The Middle. I’ll probably also check out Back in the Game. It looks promising. Wednesday is by far my favorite night of TV. I’m so, so excited that all my shows are finally back!

  26. Heather says:

    CANT WAIT FOR REVOLUTION! MAKES ME WONDER WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF THE POWER REALLY WENT OUT?

  27. Mel says:

    Broadchurch finale, Revolution and Survivor. DVR: The Middle, Back in the Game, Modern Family, Nashville, and the Finale of Top Chef Masters.

  28. Roni says:

    Modern Family, The Bridge, Key & Peele, and Top Chef Masters (go Bryan!).

  29. Angela says:

    “Criminal Minds” (happy to have it back), then “The Soup”, and later “Daily Show”/”Colbert Report”. Good evening ahead.

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