On TV this Wednesday: Criminal Minds‘ Hotch says hello to a new lady, CSI‘s Catherine starts to say goodbye, comical commercials, a dead-serious Horror Story twist, supposedly “fascinating” people and more. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | Tensions escalate when the final five original Upolu members are forced to turn on each other (as opposed to “turn each other on,” which is an entirely different reality series). Next stop: Sunday’s season finale!
8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | The final…um… [Help me out here, Slezak….] “four” perform! The final four!
9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | The BAU enters the Philadelphia boxing ring as they investigate a string of brutal bludgeonings; Hotch makes a connection with an attractive art curator (Dirty Sexy Money‘s Bellamy Young) as they both train for a triathlon (watch a promo below). Southland‘s Shawn Hotosy and Emmy winner Charles S. Dutton also guest-star.
9:30 pm I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Fox) | Free pass, Week 2: “Matt vows to be more involved in Sophie’s life!” (I have no idea who Sophie is, so I am pretty much doomed to fail.)
9:30 pm Barbara Walters Presents The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2011 (ABC) | Find a partial list here, and weep that the boorish Kardashian clan somehow made the cut.
10 pm CSI (CBS) | When the body of a naked dead man is discovered by Dr. Robbins’ wife in their master bedroom, it leads to a lot of questions. The episode is also being touted as the beginning of series vet Marg Helgenberger’s farewell storyline.
10 pm State of Play (BBC America) | After the murder of Detective Inspector Brown, the Metropolitan Police puts Detective Chief Inspector Bell on the investigation; Stephen Collins‘ story becomes more complicated when an anonymous fax reveals that his affair with Sonia was far from being superficial.
10 pm American Horror Story (FX) | Per FX: Vivien gives birth, while Violet looks into ridding the house of some particular ghosts. Per me: Someone’s gonna really, really, really want an epidural.
10 pm Psych (USA Network) | Midseason finale: Shawn and Juliet’s romantic getaway vacation is interrupted when their hotel room is robbed and a dead body surfaces at a nearby winery.
10 pm Funniest Commercials of the Year (TBS) | Isaiah “Old Spice pitchman” Mustafa hosts this retrospective. Look again, this column is now diamonds!
10 pm Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) | While teaching the gals how to go “funeral crashing,” Elka reunites with a man from her past (Frasier‘s John Mahoney).
Which of the above is must-see TV for you?