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What to Watch on Wednesday: 'Nova' looks into the mind of a rampage killer

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Arrow (8pm, CW) - Oliver asks detective McKenna on a date. Also, a jewel thief named Dodger hits Starling City and targets someone close to Oliver.

The Neighbors (8:30pm, ABC) - Max and Dick Butkus go head-to-head in the school spelling bee, a competition that Larry Bird and Reggie Jackson -- who have become obsessed with winning an Academy Award -- think would make a compelling story for a documentary.

Nova: The Mind of a Rampage Killer (9pm, UNC-TV) - As part of PBS' week of After Newtown coverage, Miles O'Brien examines the possible motivations of rampage killers, including the theory that they're driven by the desire to die, not kill, but want to go out making headlines.

The Path to Violence (10pm, UNC-TV) - A special looking at what can be done to prevent mass shootings, including expanding the Safe School Initiative to encompass parents and families.

Southland (10pm, TNT) - Ben investigates when Mendoza is injured in a drive-by. Meanwhile, Lydia probes the slaying of a female boxer's husband, and friction reaches the breaking point between John and his new partner.

The Americans (10pm, FX) - An assassination attempt is made on President Reagan, and Stan tries to determine if the KGB was responsible.

Mad About Oscar with Katie Couric (10pm, ABC) - Katie Couric explores the history of the Academy Awards with behind-the-scenes footage of past Oscar presentations, home movies with classic stars, and a look back and memorable speeches, unscripted moments and red carpet fashions.

Chicago Fire (10pm, NBC) - Cruz suffers from emotional distress and ends up putting himself and his colleagues at risk. At the same time, Casey, his sister and their mom try to hash out their problems.

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Brooke Cain isn't always proud of the number of hours she logs in front of the TV, but her loss of brain cells can be your gain. From reality shows to sitcoms to the more serious stuff, Brooke keeps her DVR smoking so that she can help keep you in the know. Brooke also tweets for Happiness is a Warm TV (you can follow @WarmTV) and updates the blog's Facebook page.