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What to Watch on Wednesday: 'Whitney' returns, 'American Horror Story' terrifies

Whitney (8pm, NBC) - Season 2 opens with Whitney and Alex celebrating their unofficial wedding day. Whitney's mother arrives but then abruptly departs, leaving Whitney in tears. Meanwhile, Lily and Roxanne butt heads trying to purchase the perfect wedding gift for their friend.

Nova: Ultimate Mars Challenge (9pm, UNC-TV) - A look at NASA's Curiosity Mission to Mars. Included are remarks from Mars Science Laboratory personnel, including chief engineer Rob Manning.

Suburgatory (9:30pm, ABC) - Tessa wants to spend Thanksgiving in New York City with her mother, who is en route from Berlin, and her grandmother. Of course, the holiday doesn't turn out like she planned. Meanwhile, Dallas asks George to prepare a feast, but he resorts to help from a professional. All ABC comedies are new tonight (and Matthew Broderick guest stars on "Modern Family."

American Horror Story (10pm, FX) - Sister Jude digs up dirt on Dr. Arden and Kit makes a surprising confession. And in what is perhaps the most terrifying sequence of events I've watched on TV all year, Bloody Face is unmasked.

Nashville (10pm, ABC) - Rayna wants her music to have a fresh sound, so she contacts a producer with a solid track record in that department. Meanwhile, Juliette tries to get good publicity by dating an NFL player with a pristine reputation.

Eddie Murphy: One Night Only (10pm, Spike) - Celebrities like Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Martin Lawrence pay homage to comedian Eddie Murphy.

What to Watch on Wednesday: Zabvronian mating season on 'The Neighbors'

Arrow (8pm, CW) - Oliver is arrested for murder and demands that Laurel represent him in court. Later, Oliver recalls a confrontation on the island with Deathstroke.

The Neighbors (8:30pm, ABC) - The Zabvronian mating season coincides with Debbie and Marty's wedding anniversary, and Debbie and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye at right with Simon Templeman) are intrigued by alien and human expressions of love. Meanwhile, Amber is invited to a party by a handsome boy and Reggie Jackson tags along. (I love this sitcom a little more each week.)

Modern Family (9pm, ABC) - Haley gets arrested for underage drinking, prompting a frantic trip to the police station for Clarie, Phil and the family lawyer, Mitchell, leaving Alex and Luke under Cameron's shaky supervision.

Nova: The Mystery of Easter Island (9pm, UNC-TV) - A documentary examining Easter Island, the remote island in the middle of the Pacific that is home to almost 900 giant statues known as moai.

Nashville (10pm, ABC) - Deacon wants to draw lines in his relationship with Rayna, and Teddy fears his problems (secrets!) will be exposed and hurt his campaign.

American Horror Story: Asylum (10pm, FX) - In part one of  a two-part story arc called "I Am Anne Frank," a patient exposes secrets about Dr. Arden. Also, Kit learns the truth about Grace's past. (Note: This is a particularly gory episode and not my favorite. But next week is fantastic.)

Top Chef (10pm, Bravo) - Season 10 opens with 21 chefs battling for culinary honors in Seattle.

What to Watch on Wednesday: Return of 'Suburgatory' and 'American Horror Story'

Arrow (8pm, CW) - Laurel is targeted by the violent Chinese Triad and by ruthless mercenary China White, while Oliver is asked to take over his family's company.

World Without End (8pm, Reelz) - A miniseries based on the best selling fantasy novel by Ken Follett.

The Neighbors (8:30pm, ABC) - Marty and Debbie help Larry and Jackie's kids, Reggie Jackson and Dick Butkus, get ready for their first day of school with humans. But when an anti-bullying tactic goes awry, the Bird-Kersees grow frustrated with their neighbors' parenting advice.

Nova: Forensics on Trial (9pm, UNC-TV) - An examination of modern forensic science, which is a far cry from what's presented on crime dramas. (We're looking at you, "CSI.") Few established scientific standards, no central oversight and poor regulation of examiner shave led to many wrongful convictions.

Suburgatory (9:30pm, ABC) - In the Season 2 premiere, Tessa (Jane Levy, right) comes back to the suburbs after spending the summer with her grandmother in New York City, where she discovered her mother's musical talents.

American Horror Story: Asylum (10pm, FX) - In the second season premiere, the evils of Briarcliff Manor, a notorious insane asylum, are exposed. This is a totally separate story with different characters than we got in Season 1. Jessica Lange returns this season but doesn't play the same character.  

Nashville (10pm, ABC) - Teddy's run for office requires a background check, which exposes shocking family secrets. Meanwhile, Coleman discovers that Lamar is ready to battle him, and Juliette makes a keen observation about Deacon.

Chicago Fire (10pm, NBC) - Severide is still consumed with guilt over Andy Darden's death, and his remorse is only intensified when he learns that Darden's widow also blames him for the tragedy.

What to Watch on Wednesday: 'Nashville' and 'Chicago Fire' among big premieres

Arrow (8pm, CW) - A new drama about a billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen, who becomes a vigilante after being shipwrecked for five years on a remote island. In tonight's pilot, Oliver is rescued and creates the persona of Arrow, an expert archer determined to fight evil in his beloved city. Adrienne reviews.

Nature: Siberian Tiger Quest (8pm, UNC-TV) - In the Season 31 premiere, biolgist Chris Morgan travels to the forests of eastern Russia to meet wildlife filmmaker Sooyong Park, who recorded endangered Siberian tigers in their natural habitat.

Nova: Secrets of the Viking Sword (9pm, UNC-TV) - In the Season 40 premiere, the secrets behind the design and construction of the Vikings' Ulfberht sword, which was made between A.D. 800-1000.

Modern Family (9pm, ABC) - Two new episodes tonight. In the first, Lily's first day at kindergarten is marred by a scuffle with a little boy, which results in a confrontation for Mitchell and Cameron with the boy's lesbian parents. In the second episode, Phil goes in for a vasectomy, and Jay and Gloria debate the merits of learning their baby's gender. Why two episodes tonight? To give the best possible lead-in for ABC's new drama, "Nashville." Which you should totally watch.

Nashville (10pm, ABC) - In this excellent new ABC drama, country music legend Rayna (Connie Britton, right) fights to stay in the spotlight while a younger singer tries to usurp her power. In tonight's premiere episode, Rayna's record label asks her to open for the rising star, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere, right). Full review.

Chicago Fire (10pm, NBC) - From "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf, a new drama following the firefighters, paramedics and rescue squad of Chicago Firehouse 51. Tonight, a fire claims the life of a team member, and firefighters point fingers at one another. Adrienne reviews.

Nova scienceNow (10pm, UNC-TV) - Season 6 has David Pogue examining the evolutionary roots of those traits that separate humans from other species, and also investigating what may have happened to Neanderthals.

Paranormal Witness (10pm, Syfy) - In North Carolina, a man claims to have seen an apparition of a red-haired girl running across his backyard. Also, a creature with 14-inch feet is tracked to a cabin in the woods of Ohio.

What to Watch on Wednesday: 'Revenge' returns with prison blues

Nova: Why Ships Sink (9pm, UNC-TV) - The safety of cruise ships is investigated, including the 2012 sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy, the 2007 sinking of the Sea Diamond near the Greek island of Santorini, and the 1991 sinking of the Oceanos off the coast of South Africa.

Modern Family (9pm, ABC) - Claire helps Luke face the death of an older neighbor and Phil and Alex have a father-daughter bonding experience. Also, Cameron's father visits.

Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 (9:30pm, ABC) - June reluctantly agrees to let Chloe set her up on a date, and James Van Der Beek teaches an acting class. If you were on the fence after Episode 1, watch this one before you give up.

Revenge (10pm, ABC) - After a long break, "Revenge" is back! Tonight, Daniel's imprisonment sends Victoria to depths that no one thought possible, but an old beau unexpectedly reenters her life to provide a destructive but welcome distraction. Elsewhere, Jack's quest to locate Amanda takes on an added urgency when he becomes a murder suspect. That Hamptons jail is going to get crowded...

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10pm, NBC) - A man witnesses his wife's rape and kidnapping while video chatting with her on his way home from a business trip. The abductors seek a ransom, and the case grows more complicated as the detectives probe deeper. Chloe Sevigny guest stars.

American Weed (10pm, NGC) - A cancer patient who uses medical marijuana to deal with health problems is profiled. Meanwhile, the only dispensary in Castle Rock, Colorado, is at risk of being shut down.

What to Watch on Wednesday: 'The B in Apartment 23.' Trust me.

Nova: Deadliest Tornadoes (9pm, UNC-TV) - A look at the science behind the April 2011 tornado outbreak in the U.S., which saw more than 360 people killed from hundreds of twisters.

Modern Family (9pm, ABC) - All ABC comedies are back tonight. It's election day on "Modern Family," so the Dunphys are all campaigning and Claire has technical problems during last-minute interviews. Be sure to stay tuned for ...

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (9:30pm, ABC) - A very funny new sitcom about an optimistic girl from the midwest who moves to New York and finds herself a roommates who "has the morals of a pirate." The best part (and there are many wonderful parts) is the evil roomie's best friend is James Van Der Beek, playing himself. Check out my review.

Law & Order: SVU (10pm, NBC) - A closed rape case of Benson's is reopened because of its similarities to a new case, and the possibility of wrongful imprisonment surfaces. As Benson's work is questioned, tension develops between her, ADA Haden and Bayard Ellis.

CSI (10pm, CBS) - A man Nick helped  put in prison gets his conviction overturned and will be released, unless the CSIs can uncover new evidence to prove he is guilty.

Psych (10pm, USA) - In the Season 6 finale, Gus and Henry reopen a murder investigation when the victim's body finally surfaces after 20 years.  

Revenge (10pm, ABC) - There's no new "Revenge" tonight, but there is a recap special.

What to Watch on Wednesday: Marg Helgenberger exits 'CSI'

Nova: Mystery of a Masterpiece (9pm, UNC-TV) - Nova examines the work of art sleuths who tackle "cold case" art mysteries as well as the criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art. Includes a look at image analysis which reveals a portrait purchased for $20,000 to be a lost work of Leonardo da Vinci, which revalues the painting at $100 million.

Criminal Minds (9pm, CBS) - A serial rapist in Houston known as "The Piano Man" resurfaces and assaults his previous victims. Meanwhile, Prentiss deals with the trauma of rejoining the team.

Touch (9pm, Fox) - The debut of a new drama in which a blue-collar New York widower (Kiefer Sutherland) gets help from a social worker and an educator in an attempt to bond with his emotionally troubled son, whose obsession with numbers appears to enable him to predict the future. Adrienne has a review.

CSI (10pm, CBS) - Catherine (Marg Helgenberger, right) makes the painful decision to leave CSI. This is the final episode for Helgenberger, who has been on the show for 12 seasons. She hasn't ruled out returning for an occasional guest spot.

Royal Pains (10pm, USA) - Members of a rock band become ill, forcing Hank and Divya to figure out the cause, but the prescription debacle puts a strain on their working relationship.

Hot in Cleveland (10pm, TV Land) - Victoria's daughter arrives for a visit with the news that she and Melanie's son are engaged. Meanwhile, Joy's blind boyfriend thinks she's 26 and Elka prank-calls the New York Yankees third baseman.

What to Watch on Wednesday: 'Idol' returns, Harry Connick Jr joins 'L&O:SVU'

American Idol (8pm, Fox) - Season 11 opens with auditions in Savannha, Georgia. Auditions will go on for quite awhile, with episodes airing on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Nova: 3D Spies of WWII (9pm, UNC-TV) - A WWII Allied initiative to locate Nazi rocket bases is recalled. The program brought together experts from British universities and Hollywood to study 3-D stereoscopic photos of German territory that had been shot specially by Spitfires.

Happy Endings (9:30pm, ABC) - Penny decides to stop adapting her lifestyle to the guys she dates and elects to change them to be more like her. Her first attempt is with a thirty-something slacker who still acts like a teenager. Also, Max and Alex try to get Dave to stop wearing v-neck t-shirts.

Law & Order: SVU (10pm, NBC) - A private military contractor CEO is sexually assaulted following a run-in with protesters, and as the case is investigated, links are made to a conspiracy in Iraq. Harry Connick Jr. (right) begins a guest arc playing Executive ADA David Haden, who is also Olivia's boyfriend.

Inside Nature's Giants (10pm, UNC-TV) - The first installment of a new four-part PBS series looks at the sperm whale. That's right, the show dissects -- as in, performs an autopsy on -- a 45-foot sperm whale. Future episodes will study the monster python, the great white shark, and big cats.

Revenge (10pm, ABC) - Daniel proposes to Emily and Nolan convinces Emily not to act hastily. Meanwhile, Charlotte is upset when she learns she must return to living under Victoria's roof.

Top Chef: Texas (10pm, Bravo) - The chefs create a gothic dish fit for a queen, but the plate must embody the essence of evil. Whatever that means. Guest judge is Charlize Theron.

What to Watch on Wednesday: People's Choice and Chelsea Handler sitcom

One Tree Hill (8pm, CW) - The ninth and final season opens with Brooke adapting to family life with Julian and her new brood, and Clay and Quinn facing a puzzling complication.

Are You There, Chelsea? (8:30pm, NBC) - The premiere of a confusing new series about a sassy young bar worker, Chelsea Newman, and her group of twentysomething pals. The book is inspired by Chelsea Handler's book, "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," but the Chelsea character is played by Laura Prepon. Adding to the confusion, Chelsea Handler, wearing a brunette wig, plays Chelsea's sister. So it's a show about Chelsea Handler starring Chelsea Handler, but Chelsea doesn't play Chelsea. Got it? Also, don't expect much.

People's Choice Awards (9pm, CBS) - Kaley Cuoco hosts this awards show, which recognizes fan favorites in movies, TV and music. Faith Hill and Demi Lovato perform.

Nova: Bombing Hitler's Dams (9pm, UNC-TV) - The story of a 1943 raid that employed a revolutionary bouncing bomb to destroy its targets: two gigantic dams in Germany's industrial heartland.

I Cloned My Pet (9pm, TLC) - A look at the social, scientific and financial ramifications of pet cloning. Okay, I understand the impulse, people. But just look at the over-crowded shelters!

Happy Endings (9:30pm, ABC) - Dave's father (Michael McKean) visits and brings along his new girlfriend (Megan Mullally), who just happens to be Penny's mother. Penny is happy for her mom but Dave is less than thrilled. Also, Alex buys a chatty, potty-mouthed parrot to keep her company at the story, and then suspects the Chinese restaurant next door to be a front for a brothel.

Face Off (10pm, Syfy) - Fourteen aspiring makeup artists face off the Season 2 premiere, which has them re-imagining characters from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

What to Watch on Wednesday: New 'Nova' season and a healthier Deen

Nova: Deadliest Volcanos (9pm, UNC-TV) - The season premiere looks at the work of scientists who are studying active volcanoes in an attempt to learn how likely they are to erupt, when eruptions might happen, and how deadly they could be.

Not My Mama's Meals (9pm, Cooking) - Bobby Deen (son of Paula) prepares more healthful versions of his mother's decadent recipes. In the opener, Bobby makes a fresh fruit-bread pudding and a frozen chocolate pie.

Modern Family (9pm, ABC) - Manny's dad (Benjamin Bratt) pays another surprise visit, this time to take his son to the racetrack as a belated birthday present. Meanwhile, Phil starts to get his affairs in order after a doctor's appointment coincides with the end of his lifetime supply of razors.

Happy Endings (9:30pm, ABC) - Dave has a tough time wrapping his head around the fact that Penny is dating his psychiatrist, and Jane and Max get into a competition testing their vanity when they see who can go the longest wearing an unflattering outfit.

Revenge (10pm, ABC) - A party crasher causes havoc at Daniel's small birthday gathering, and Conrad and Victoria use Charlotte as they delve deeper into their bitter divorce.

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