What to Watch Tonight: Ironside's On Duty, The Bridge Finale, Jon Hamm's Notebook and More

A Young Doctor's NotebookOn TV this Wednesday: Don Draper and Harry Potter take a page out of A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Ironside proves his mettle, ABC hopes for a Super Fun Night, Top Chef and The Soup Investigates boil up some good times and The Bridge is out (for now). As a supplement to TVLine’s original features, here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | The Four-Chair Challenge Round begins and contestants sing for a spot in the Top 16.

8 pm Arrow: Year One (The CW) | For those who’ve never met Oliver Queen or his crime-fighting alter ego: This special will catch you up in advance of next week’s Season 2 premiere. For those of you well acquainted with Arrow’s awesomeness: Catch this recap for an exclusive look at what’s coming this season. (Need more intel? Get scoop.)

8 pm Survivor: Blood Vs. Water (CBS) | A castaway quits; a family rivalry gets way out of control.

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9 pm The Getaway (Esquire) | Parks and Recreation‘s Aziz Ansari yuks it up in Hong Kong in this new series, which chronicles the adventures of famous folk in far-flung locales.

9:30 pm Super Fun Night (ABC) | Series premiere: In the time since three TVLine editors panned this new series – in which Australian comedienne Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) plays an awkward American lawyer flanked by two even more socially stunted pals – ABC shelved the original pilot and instead will open with Episode 2. Liza Lapira (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) and Lauren Ash (Scare Tactics) co-star. Wilson’s Bridesmaids bro Matt Lucas appears in tonight’s outing, which finds Wilson’s Kimmie and pals broadening their horizons by singing at a piano bar. (Read our First Impression – based on the pilot – and get the 411 on Wilson’s puzzling accent.)

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10 pm Ironside (NBC) | Series premiere: NBC revisits its late ’60s/early ’70s crime drama of the same name, tweaking the premise so that sexy, successful, wheelchair-bound police detective Robert Ironside (played by Blair Underwood, The Event) and the elite team he leads are based in New York. Pablo Schreiber (The Wire), Spencer Grammer (Greek), Brent Sexton (The Killing) and Kenneth Choi (Sons of Anarchy) co-star. (Read TVLine’s First Impression and get scoop.)

10 pm Top Chef (Bravo) | Season 11 premiere: The first challenge in this New Orleans-set season involves cooking up local delicacies alligator, frog and turtle.

10 pm The Bridge (FX) | Season 1 finale: Sonya and Marco search for a missing girl, Charlotte meets someone who knows too much about her new business and Marco makes a pivotal decision. (Renovado!)

10 pm A Young Doctor’s Notebook (Ovation) | Series premiere: Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Daniel Radcliffe (the Harry Potter films) both star as the titular doctor – Hamm as the older, opiate-addicted version and Radcliffe as the young physician – as the older man narrates from his own diaries, which chronicle his practice in early 20th-century Russia.

10:30 pm The Soup Investigates (E!) | Series premiere: Soup pot-stirrer Joel McHale hosts this collection of tongue-in-cheek segments (think The Daily Show‘s edited political packages) on pop culture topics.

NEXT WEDNESDAY: Arrow returns; The Tomorrow People and American Horror Story: Coven premiere.

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

Comments (18)

  • ABC all night

    Comment by Nick – October 2, 2013 04:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Criminal Minds
    They are on tonight, right?

    Comment by SK – October 2, 2013 04:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watched the Ironside pilot on demand and was kinda meh about it. But pilots aren’t always great, so I will give it another couple of episodes.

    Comment by Sheila – October 2, 2013 05:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Criminal Minds
    Law & Order SVU (online)

    Comment by Kim – October 2, 2013 05:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No love for Cybill Shepherd? A TV legend is on SVU tonight. It’s Trayvon Martin meets Paula Deen.

    Comment by Sam – October 2, 2013 06:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll watch the Arrow recap special to see new footage from season 2, check out Super Fun Night and watch new episodes of It’s Always Sunny and The League.

    Comment by Joey – October 2, 2013 07:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Revolution (beginning of a sophomore slump?). BTW, don’t know why episodes of Back in the Game didn’t came out On Demand as did Criminal Minds.

    Comment by Flacco Kaepernick – October 2, 2013 07:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nashville

    Comment by Brandy – October 2, 2013 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So I commented that The X Factor judges already know the categories they will be mentoring. The author of this article made the correction and deleted my comment. Really TVLine?

    Comment by Babar – October 2, 2013 07:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wednesday night is a BIG night of TV in my house. Watch Survivor, Criminal Minds, Nashville and The Bridge. DVR Revolution, Arrow, Ironside and maybe SVU (jury’s still out on whether I really care about this show anymore or not) :-)

    Comment by wrstlgirl – October 2, 2013 07:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Survivor, CM, CSI, Nashville, L&O: SVU and Ironsides. I’[ve read that Ironsides isn’t that great, but since I seldom don’t agree with critics, I’m going to give it a shot; and that means more than just the pilot.

    Comment by JMK – October 2, 2013 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Still pouting about SVU last week?

    Comment by Danny – October 2, 2013 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Back in the Game and Modern Family. I watched Ironside a couple of weeks ago and it was a decent pilot.

    Comment by Andy – October 2, 2013 08:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So the Russian doctor grew a foot and got a completely different face between age 24 and 42 even though he also got addicted to opiates and probably downed quite a lot of vodka over that same period? Good trick, Old Doctor with Notebooks. Good trick.

    Comment by Amie – October 2, 2013 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Saw Ironside on On Demand already. Meh.
    Saw Young Doctor’s Lament (the entire series) on a trans-Pacific flight. it’s weird.

    Comment by meem – October 2, 2013 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love me some Daniel Radcliffe in a comedic role. Already have my DVR set.

    Comment by Meredith – October 2, 2013 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not much… Maybe the Arrow recap but checking out South Park and It’s Always Sunny

    Comment by Bill – October 2, 2013 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CSI, Criminal Minds, The Bridge, Ironside, The Daily Show

    Comment by bobbie – October 2, 2013 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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