What to Watch Wednesday: Ian McShane in the Asylum, Heck-y Holidays, Grammy Noms & More

AHS santa blogOn TV this Wednesday: St. Nick adds to the naughty goings-on at American Horror Story, the Heck family celebrates a Middle-class Christmas and Nashville sings its last note for 2012 – but there’s plenty of musical fun happening at The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

PREVIEW | Arrow‘s Stephen Amell on the ‘Nefarious’ Merlyn, Meeting the Real Deathstroke

8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Reverend TimTom casts Brick in a holiday play and asks an overzealous Sue to bake cookies for the event. (I’m sure nothing will go awry there, right?) Norm MacDonald returns as Mike’s brother, Rusty.

8 pm Whitney (NBC) | After Alex admits faking it in bed, Whitney decides they both have to ‘fess up about past lies; a new bartender (recent cast addition Tone Bell) draws Lily and Roxanne’s attention.

PREVIEW | Supernatural Boss Talks Winter Finale, Polarizing Flashbacks and the Bros’ Battle Over Benny
PREVIEW | Supernatural Hot Shots: It’s Sammy Vs. Benny!

9 pm The Hour (BBC America) | Hector is arrested on suspicion of assaulting Kiki.

9 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | A prostitute (Medium‘s Patricia Arquette) from one of Benson’s old cases becomes crucial to the FBI’s hunt for a killer, so the SVU teams up with the lead federal agent (Jason Gedrick, Dexter) to save the woman’s life. TV vet Anne Meara also guest-stars.

9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | Matthew Gray Gubler directs an episode that finds the BAU investigating a ritualistic killer while Reid freaks out about possibly meeting his mystery woman.

9:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | George’s Christmas present to Tessa — a trip to New York, to hang with her mom (returning guest star Malin Ackerman) — might be a gift she’ll wanna return. And yeah, this is the episode where Ryan finds out he’s adopted. Saturday Night Live alum Tim Meadows also guest-stars.

PREVIEW | Nashville Exclusive Sneak Peek: Teddy Confesses – But Does He Tell Rayna Everything?

10 pm The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! (CBS) | NCIS: LA‘s LL Cool J and Taylor Swift host this run-up to the Grammys (to be held Feb. 10), with performances by The Who, FUN and others.

10 pm Chicago Fire (NBC) | When Mills’ emotional reaction to seeing a young victim nearly paralyzes him at the scene of a train accident, he doubts his future as a firefighter.

10 pm American Horror Story: Asylum (FX) | A very bad Santa — played by Deadwood‘s Ian McShane — arrives at Briarcliff, and Arden can’t believe what he sees in the Death Chute. Happy holidays, everyone!

10 pm Top Chef (Bravo) | Watch out for the flying fish! The contestants hit Seattle’s Pike Place Market, where they encounter rare ingredients they’ll need to use in the elimination challenge.

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

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  1. HEATHER says:

    Chicago Fire

  2. Jared says:

    X Factor

  3. Saulo says:

    The Abi-Maria Show on CBS.

    • Sara says:

      I totally agree the Abi- Maria Show. They can’t make this show look more set up. What a disappointment. I was looking so forward to her going home. I predicted at the beginning the producers would set it up for her to win immunity. Such a good show to see go to waste. It’s not even worth watching now that the setups are so obvious.

      • Lili Ann Noln says:

        Let’s see what happens tonight, Sara. Whatever happened last week, Abi is the biggest star of this season of Survivor. Can’t wait to see how her fake HII story develops.

  4. John says:

    Excited for Supernatural’s mid-season finale!!
    AHS: Asylum

  5. Andy says:

    Arrow and Supernatural

  6. ollie says:

    the middle supernatural who.normally put a great cliffhanger at end of mid season finale except the last 2 seasons but this has been a much much better season . suburatory

  7. Amy says:


  8. Adam Bramble says:


  9. Joe says:

    someone told me this is the last AHS for 2012?! is this true?

  10. Reward says:

    Arrow and AHS!
    I’m worried about Lana. God, can’t wait.

  11. NEK5552 says:

    Nashville and American Horror Story

    Thank goodness that FX repeats AHS right after.

  12. SK says:

    Criminal Minds!

  13. Britta Unfiltered says:

    So tonight is our Ian McShane night on AHS? :) That news makes an infinitely cruddy day much better and happier. I hope they wrote him some good monologues. He can totally rock a monologue.

  14. nick1372 says:

    The Middle
    Hot in Cleveland

  15. JT says:

    Suburgatory, Modern Family and AHS!

  16. Linderella says:

    Just watched Patricia Arquette’s turn on SVU. She was absolutely awesome (no surprise there) in a character 180 degrees from her portrayal of Allison Dubois on Medium. She definitely did Emmy-worthy work!