Prime Time TV Roundup for Wednesday, Oct.17th

Sitcoms, cops, new talent, baseball playoffs, and conniving survivors are among tonight's viewing choices.

WASHINGTON, October 17, 2012 - Wednesday night brings us sitcoms, cops, new talent, baseball playoffs, and conniving survivors are among tonight’s viewing choices.

8:00PM A smorgasbord of sports, comedy, new talent, and reality shows dominate this hour.

ABC: The Middle: The story of this middle-class family of five is told by narrator, used-car salesperson, and mother Frankie Heck, (Patricia Heaton) while her stoic husband, (Neil Flynn) manages a quarry and tries to keep his wife and three decidedly quirky children on an even keel. Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke play Frankie’s parents, while Molly Shannon assumes the role of her sister. With so much comedic talent this show should be a winner, but the competition for this time slot is fierce. In this episode a hose goes missing.

CBS: Survivor: Philippines: The plotting and scheming continues with the fifth episode of this season.

NBC: Animal Practice: This show revolves around a veterinarian (Justin Kirk) and his staff, which includes a monkey called Dr. Rizzo who may be the most clever character in the show. Despite a sneak preview following the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, this show’s viewer numbers have fallen steadily since it first aired. In this new episode George (Justin Kirk) has to deal with his demanding mother’s sick cat.

FOX: The X Factor: 2 Hour Show: In this episode contestants attend boot camp at the judges homes. This year’s panel includes returning judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid, who are joined by newcomers Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.

CW: Arrow: This new series is based upon DC Comics character the Green Arrow. After being stranded on a desert island for 5 years, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, (Stephen Amell) returns home and becomes vigilante crime fighter “Arrow.” The show will also feature guest appearances by other DC super heroes. The premiere pulled in over 4 million viewers, and gave CW network its highest ratings in 3 years. In this episode Arrow deals with a violent Chinese crime triad.

ESPN: WNBA Finals: Game 2: Indiana at Minnesota

TBS: MLB Playoff: Game 4: Yankees at Tigers


ABC: The Neighbors: An average New Jersey family moves into a gated community occupied entirely by aliens. Taking in nourishment by reading rather than eating is just one of the many peculiarities of this group of stranded aliens. Stuck on Earth for ten years, they are still awaiting further instructions to return to their home planet. In this new episode the neighbors deal with the earthly problem of parenting.

NBC: Guys With Kids: The brain child of Jimmy Fallon: this show focuses on 3 thirty-something men who play a very hands-on role in the guidance and care of their children. The cast includes Anthony Anderson as Gary, father of four, including a set of twins. Tempestt Bledsoe of “Cosby” fame plays Gary’s wife, Marny. Zach Cregger plays Nick; a father of two, and Jesse Bradford as Chris makes 3. In this new episode Gary mistakenly thinks he has some free time to himself.

9:00PM: New episodes of an Emmy winning comedy and two first rate dramatic series make this hour a viewer’s delight.

ABC: Modern Family: This show has won the best comedy Emmy for 3 years in a row, and with good reason. In this new episode the cast deals with everything from a low libido to loud snoring.

CBS: Criminal Minds: A premier group of profilers utilize all their skills and tools in an attempt to stay a step ahead of the country’s most threatening criminal minds. In this new episode the unit heads to Kansas to investigate the murder of a family that may be tied to an abducted family.

NBC: Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: 14 seasons has not slowed down this emotional and gritty police drama. A sex-trafficking ring and terrorism keep the detectives busy in this new episode.

CW: Supernatural: Creator Eric Kripke describes this show as a modern American western where two gunslingers ride into town, fight the bad guys, kiss the girl, and ride out into the sunset again. The two gunslinger brothers; Sam and Dean Winchester, are played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. In this new episode Sam and Dean investigate a series of murders involving victims who each received organs from the same donor.


ABC: Suburgatory: This modern day Stepford Wives features George Altman, (Jeremy Sisto) a single father who decides to get away from New York City so he can give his teenage daughter, Tessa, (Jane Levy) a better life. In this season 2 premiere Tessa comes back to the suburbs after spending the summer with her grandmother in New York City.


ABC: Nashville: A musical drama series featuring Connie Britton as Rayna James, a legendary country music superstar whose stardom begins fading, and Hayden Panettiere as rising teen star Juliette Barnes. In this new episode shocking family secrets are revealed.

CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: This crime drama follows an intrepid group of criminalists who work for the Las Vegas Police Department. In this new episode a 14-year old girl is killed at a large rave in the desert.

NBC: Chicago Fire: This new series follows the lives of firefighters in Chicago. In this week’s episode the team must rescue two teens trapped in a car.

Basic Cable:

A new episode of American Restoration on The History Channel at 9:30PM.

A new episode of Cajun Pawn Stars on The History Channel at 10:00PM.

A new episode of Food Paradise on The Travel Channel at 10:00PM and 11:00PM.

For Movie Lovers:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 8:PM on ABCFAM

More Halloween on AMC with the airing of Friday the 13
th, Part V: A New Beginning at 8:00PM

Oscar winning movie: The Last of the Mohicans at 8:00PM on IFC

Oscar winning movie: Brokeback Mountain at 8:00PM on Showtime.

For further consideration: The Strange Story of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell at 8:00PM on HBO


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