The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday

On TV this Wednesday: A really big tree grows in Manhattan, the Shat hits the Psych, Soup‘s on… a new night, and more. With ABC in repeat mode and the CBS dramas riding the pine, we’ve singled out 11 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | Sit down and wrap your brain around this teaser: “A castaway tells a bold lie in hopes of gaining favor with his tribemates.” No, really. A strategic lie. On Survivor!

8 pm Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC) | Co-hosted by Today‘s Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie, the 79th annual tree lighting features musical guests such as Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green, Katharine McPhee (Smash!) and Javier Colon performing current hits and holiday classics.

8 pm A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (The CW) | Thanks to Mr. Jason Segel, they’re all the rage again. Good for you, CW, for striking while the iron is hot!

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | The Top 7! Perform! Words set to music!

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9 pm Ricochet (TNT) | The second entry in TNT’s new Mystery Movie Night series is based on the Sandra Brown bestseller and stars John Corbett (Parenthood), Julie Benz (Dexter), Kelly Overton and Gary Cole.

9 pm Harry’s Law (NBC) | Harry and Adam represent parents whose son died after suffering a concussion during a high school football game; Tommy argues on behalf of a single mother who robbed a bank to pay her bills. (Um, wasn’t that the case from the pilot?)

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10 pm The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night (CBS) | Sorry, with a title like that there’s no room to say more.


OK, fine: In addition to announcing nominations for the 54th Grammy Awards, you’ll get performances by the likes of Lady Gaga, Ludacris, Rihanna and Sugarland, plus an all-star rendition of Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message.” Also watch for a live announcement from “an iconic group” regarding a reunion to take place at the Grammys on Feb. 12. I’m thinking… Edie Brickell? Zit Remedy?

10 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | When a Romani boy vanishes on his way home from school, the SVU must penetrate his insular community to find the abductors. Guest stars include Gilbert Gottfried as an insurance mascot a tech whiz, Ron Rifkin (Alias) and Tony Award nominee Gavin Lee.

10 pm Psych (USA Network) | Juliet gets a visit from her estranged father (guest star William Shatner), a charming grifter who wants to mend their broken relationship… at least, that is, until the opportunity to pull off a dream con is presented to him. “Connnnnn!”

10 pm The Soup (E!) | As if you needed more to choose from on Wednesdays at 10, Joel McHale & Co’s weekly snarkfest is now calling this time slot home. If TVLine might sweeten the pot: Community‘s Danny Pudi, late-night talk host Jimmy Kimmel, and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter with his wife/star Katey Sagal are all set to drop by.

10 pm Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) | The Season 3 premiere finds the ladies still recovering from Elka’s bachelorette party — namely with Victoria going to NYC to proclaim her love for Joy on national television, and Elka having second thoughts about the suitor she chose.

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Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the Comments to offer tune-in suggestions of your own!

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