On TV this Wednesday: American Idol‘s 14th season kicks off in Music City, Empire gets hip-hopping, Hindsight loves the ’90s and the People’s Choice Awards turn popularity into a prize. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:
What to Watch Tonight
Idol Returns, Empire Debuts, People's Choice and More
Time slot premiere: When the FBI is brought in to consult on a botched DEA raid, the questionable morals of his former boss put Abbot in a bad spot. Charity Dotson (Veronica Mars) guest-stars.
Kirstie Alley (Cheers) guest-stars as the most popular girl in Frankie’s high school class, who moves back to Orson and becomes a rather rebellious influence.
People's Choice Awards 2015
The proletariat has its say at the live accolades-fest, hosted by Mom stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney. Scheduled to appear: Dave Annable (Red Band Society), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory), Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Dax Shepard (Parenthood), pop star Iggy Azalea and more.
Law & Order: SVU
During a visit to New York, Atlanta Deputy Chief Patton’s (returning guest star Harry Hamlin, Mad Men) young protege, Detective Reese Taymor (The Good Wife‘s Dreama Walker), is raped… but then claims she wasn’t. Harboring a connection to the suspect, Rollins must face a painful past to put away the bad guy.
Series premiere: In this drama from The Butler‘s Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) plays Lucious Lyon, a music impresario preparing to hand his label over to one of his three sons… until his ex-con ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson, Person of Interest) shows up to stake her claim on the company she co-founded. Cast includes Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray (aka rapper Yazz The Greatest), Trai Byers and Malik Yoba; Gabourey Sidibe guest-stars. (Read our First Impression.)
Pops and Ruby get their swerve on (yes!), and Jr. is chosen to play Romeo to Zoey’s Juliet in the school play (noooooooo!).
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Elsa preps for her move to Hollywood, Dell plots Jimmy’s escape from police custody and Neil Patrick Harris makes his Freak Show debut. (See photos.)
When Burgess lands in the hospital with gunshot wounds, Lindsay delays her start on the task force to help with the investigation. Oh, and a bomb goes off.
Series premiere: On the eve of her second wedding, Becca (Laura Ramsey, White Collar) is mysteriously sent back in time to the ’90s. Can she make better choices this time around? (Watch sneak peek.)