On TV this Wednesday: American Idol kicks off another star search, the Suburgatory premiere walks a solo road, Criminal Minds has a Pains-ful run-in with an ex and CSI might want to call in the TSA. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
PREVIEW | Arrow‘s Stephen Amell Teases Mirakuru Freak-Out and First-of-Its-Kind Oliver/Laurel Scene
PREVIEW | Arrow EP Talks of Oliver’s Obsession, Slade’s Revenge, Laurel’s Downfall and Juggling ‘Olicity’
8 pm American Idol (Fox) | Two-hour Season 13 premiere: The star-making musical competition is back with a revamped judges’ table – featuring returnee Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and fresh blood Harry Connick Jr. (see photo) – and the first round of auditions in Boston and Austin. (Find out what’s in store this season and watch a promo or two.)
8 pm Melissa & Joey (ABC Family) | Midseason premiere: Austin returns looking for another chance with Mel – does Joe stand a chance?
8:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | Season 3 premiere: Alex disappears, George introduces Tessa to his new dog (who winds up in Sheila Shay’s crosshairs), and Dalia shuns Dallas for breaking up with Daddy Altman. Natasha Leggero (Burning Love) guest-stars.
8:30 pm Baby Daddy (ABC Family) | Season 3 premiere: Ben and Riley work on being a couple; Angela tries to prove she’s a responsible parent.
9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | A BAU trip to San Jose is occasion for Garcia to delve into her hacker past and reconnect with an old flame (played by Paulo Costanzo, Royal Pains).
9 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | When he shoots and gravely wounds a teenage suspect, Amaro must decide if the resulting professional and public scrutiny is worth it for himself and his family. Also: Cragen makes a surprise announcement… which may not be such a big surprise if you’ve read this.
9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Gloria deals with a mean girl mom (30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski) at a high school open house, Mitchell runs into his judgmental, environmentalist neighbor (The Social Network‘s Jesse Eisenberg) and Alex sees a therapist (The Big C‘s John Benjamin Hickey).
10 pm American Horror Story: Coven (FX) | Cordelia makes a desperate sacrifice to protect the coven.
10 pm CSI (CBS) | A petty crime aboard an inbound plane to Vegas turns into a murder investigation when a passenger is found dead. Joel Grey (Cabaret), Jaleel White (Family Matters) and Ethan Embry (Once Upon a Time) guest-star.
10 pm Men at Work (TBS) | Season 3 premiere: Neal wants to propose to Amy but must first get her dad’s consent (and that’s no easy feat).
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