“Fresh Off the Boat” debut, 8:30 and 9:31 p.m., ABC.
Eddie Huang figures
he would have been happy staying in Washington, D.C., surrounded by
hip-hop music and hip Chinese-American friends. But when he was 11,
his family moved to Orlando.
comedy has little to do with Huang's oft-angry memoir; still, it;s an
enjoyable look at a newcomer to suburban strangeness. His mom is
reduced to a sitcom stereotype, but the rest of “Boat” has solid
humor. After launching alongside ABC's Wednesday hits, it will be
dispatched to Tuesdays.
“Empire,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Rippling with giant
plot twists that are downright operatic, this ratings-success keeps
aiming big. Tonight's hour starts and ends with mega-twists, with
more scattered between.
Parts of this make
no sense. How could a basic music video (cavorting in front of a
green screen) be $1 million over budget? But for all its excesses,
“Empire” scores with music, passion and Taraji Henson.
ALTERNATIVE: “Nashville” return, 10 p.m., ABC.
Here's the country
cousin of “Empire,” suggesting that Nashville can be just as
treacherous as the hip-hop world. Rayna was oblivious to two things
that viewers knew – that she really loves Deacon and that he has
liver cancer; she almost married Luke, then called it off on their
Now there's rage –
cars and guns can be dangerous to wedding cakes and champagne bottles
– and more, in a good (if overwrought) hour: Layla, whose husband
Will is gay, tried suicide ... Gunnar fights for custody of Micah ...
Sophie has a gun ... and the Juliette/Avery marriage starts shakily.
8 p.m., Fox. These judges are an agreeable lot and they sent more
than 200 singers to the “Hollywood Week” round. Now more than
three-fourths of those hopefuls will be sent home quickly. Over the
next two weeks, we'll see the field trimmed to 48.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. Frankie's Aunt Edie has died; now the entire family is
accompanying her body by train to South Dakota. The result brings
arguments, crises and sudden life changes.
9 p.m., ABC. As a teen, Luke spends less time with his dad; Andy
(Adam DeVine) fills in. Also, Mitchell finds revelations when working
with his sister Claire at their dad's company.
“Earth: A New
Wild,” 9 and 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Over five hours
on four Wednesdays, we'll see new ways that humans and animals
co-exist. The first hour has Jane Goodall and her chimps, plus
delightful footage of pandas, born in captivity but trained for
“re-wilding.” The second ranges from Africa to the Arctic. It
includes a fascinating look at the Saiga antelope, on a remarkable
comeback after losing 95 per cent of its herd in the lawless years
after the Soviet empire fell.
10 p.m., NBC. Continuing a “Chicago Fire” story, the team closes
in on a suspect in the arson that killed Shay.
10 p.m., FX. Last week ended with a woman being choked to death,
after confessing to her lover that she was a Russian spy. Now Phillip
turns a tragedy into an advantage – disposing of the body (it's
terribly messy) and compromising the killer. Then, in a solid hour,
we're back to the ongoing debate over whether Phillip and Elizabeth
should tell their teen daughter about their secret life.
“It's Always Sunny
in Philadelphia,” 10 p.m., FXX. A health inspector is coming, on
the worst possible day: The bar is full of chickens, the toilet is
clogged and Frank has no shoes. What follows is a furious crescendo
of visual humor, some of it excessive and some quite funny.