What to Watch Today

Empire, Nashville, Survivor, SVU and 5 Other Returns, the Big Brother Finale and More

On TV this Wednesday: Empire goes behind bars, Fox introduces Dr. Beau- mont Rosewood, SVU confronts an unforgettable killer and Big Brother crowns its last remaining houseguest.  Here are 12 programs to keep on your radar:

  • CBS

    Season 31 premiere (90 minutes): In the middle of the South China Sea, a new adventure gives former castaways a second chance for the win.

  • Fox

    Series premiere: A private pathologist (Morris Chestnut, V) with an unusual outlook on life teams with a Miami PD detective (Jaina Lee Ortiz, The After); Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black) co-stars.

  • NBC
    The Mysteries of Laura

    Season 2 premiere: Detective Laura Diamond — who, in case you forgot, is both a cop and a mom — looks for a kidnapped boy in Tribeca.

  • ABC
    The Middle

    Season 7 premiere: Sue’s college experience gets off to a bad start thanks to a hair-straightening mishap (watch a sneak peek); Brick’s girlfriend insists they take things to the next level.

  • ABC
    The Goldbergs

    Season 3 premiere: Lainey, Erica and Barry plan some Risky Business when Lainey’s dad goes out of town; Murray is troubled by Adam’s phone time with Dana.

  • NBC
    Law & Order: SVU

    Season 17 premiere (2 hours): When a body washes up on the beach, Rollins looks to Gregory Yates (returning guest star Dallas Roberts) for a confession.

  • Fox

    Season 2 premiere: Lucious attempts to run Empire from prison; Cookie, Hakeem, Andre, Anika and Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei) plot a hostile takeover. Chris Rock, Kelly Rowland, Ludacris, Don Lemon, Al Sharpton and Swiss Beatz guest-star. (View photos.)

  • ABC
    Modern Family

    Season 7 premiere: Haley and Andy confront their emotions; Jay and Gloria look for the perfect preschool; Cam worries about money.

  • CBS
    Big Brother

    Season 17 finale (90 minutes): After a long, lambasted season, the last remaining houseguest is awarded the $500,000 grand prize. (Renewed!)

  • ABC

    Season 2 premiere: Jack is nearly expelled after performing an uncensored rendition of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” at the school talent show.

  • ABC

    Season 4 premiere: As Juliette’s career skyrockets, her personal life crumbles; Rayna faces the aftermath of Deacon’s transplant; Steven Tyler guest-stars.

  • TV Land
    The Jim Gaffigan Show

    Season 1 finale: Jim ponders how life would’ve turned out without Jeannie or the kids; Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Steve Buscemi, Nathan Lane and John Mulaney guest-star. (Renewed.)


    COMING NEXT WEDNESDAY: Criminal Minds and Chicago PD return, CBS’ Code Black debuts.