On TV this Wednesday: NBC’s Olympic coverage leads into a special preview of its fall sitcom Go On, Dallas sews up a soapy and satisfying first season, Top Chef Masters wonders “What Would Brian Boitano Stew?” and Futurama goes free will hunting. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm 2012 Summer Olympics (NBC) | On tap for tonight: Diving, track and field and the women’s beach volleyball final.
8 pm Melissa & Joey (ABC Family) | Veteran stand-up comedienne Rita Rudner guest-stars as Mel’s mother, whose visit throws her daughter into a tizzy that Joe inadvertently makes worse.
9 pm Dallas (TNT) | Season 1 finale: The Ewings pull together in the midst of a medical crisis, Christopher and Elena learn that appearances can be deceiving and big secrets from the past are revealed. (Yep, already renewed!)
9 pm Hollywood Heights (Nickelodeon) | Happy birthday, Eddie! He marks the day by writing a song with Loren, which prompts Nora to worry about Loren’s feelings for the musical dreamboat.
10 pm Top Chef Masters (Bravo) | Olympic gold medal figure skater/cooking show host Brian Boitano joins the judges for this episode, in which the chefs must put on a show as they create a three-course meal for VIP guests.
10 pm Paranormal Witness (Syfy) | Phantom blood and a ghostly old man terrorize bungalow dwellers in the Season 2 premiere of the spooky unscripted series.
10 pm Futurama (Comedy Central) | Bender’s gaskets are blown when he realizes that, as a robot, he lacks free will.
10 pm The Soul Man (TV Land) | The Voice judge Cee Lo Green shows up as one of Boyce’s former back-up singers who’s now a mega-preacher ready to hang up his robes. In other words, he’s like: Church, forget you! (Sorry, I had to.) Side note: How many more of Boyce and Lolli’s former acquaintances can possibly show up before the end of the season?
11:08 pm Go On (NBC) | Preview a full episode of Matthew Perry’s new sitcom – about a widower’s adventures with a wacky support group – before the series officially premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Laura Benanti (Playboy Club), John Cho (Harold & Kumar) and Allison Miller (Terra Nova) are among Miss Chanandler Bong’s co-stars.
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