Prime time, 8-11 p.m., NBC.
First comes a boost
fr om “The Voice” (8 p.m.), making a rare Wednesday stop; we
learn which of the 20 finalists are in the top 12. Then comes the
completion of a two-night, three-show crossover.
That started on
Tuesday's “Chicago Fire,” with the discovery of a box of child
pornography. Now the probe heads to New York on “Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit” (9 p.m.), then returns to town on “Chicago
P.D.,” in search of the porn-ring boss.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II:
“How We Got to now” conclusion, 10 p.m., PBS (check local
Lamarr's epic life ranged from sexy stardom to a a scientific
breathrough. In 1933, she was fully nude in the movie “Ecstasy”;
in '41, she hatched an idea that could have changed World War II.
“Frequency hopping” would eventually be at the core of the
military rejected the idea at first, then embraced it ... a frequent
theme. Other inventors crafted a way to use sound echoes; rejected
at first, sonar later helped spot submarines, icebergs, fetuses and
the Titanic. This hour ponders sound (including the rise of radio),
ending a terrific, six-week series.
ALTERNATIVE: “Goldfinger” (1964) and “The Game,” 7:30 and 10
p.m., BBC America.
For the second
straight Wednesday, BBC America offers opposite views of the spy
game. “Goldfinger” was the third of the James Bond films and the
first to fully capture the formula – glitter, sex, action, soaring
music and brief tension – that moviegoers love; then “Game”
turns much darker.
In the 1970s,
England fears a nuclear attack. Joe (Tom Hughes) is a young spy,
obsessed with avenging the death of a Russian woman he loved; Daddy
(Brian Cox) is his boss, possibly losing his grip. This episode
wavers -- Joe seems really inept at surveillance – before ending
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. Things always seem to go wrong here. Brick breaks the
lawnmower; also, the kitchen sink crashes through the floor.
8:30 p.m., ABC. Barry's bad at Trivial Pursuit, Adam is worse at
dodgeball. Eventually, however, the family tries to save the job of
the gym teacher who badgered Adam.
Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. Sure, it seems kind of logical for Manny to
learn Spanish; his mom, after all, is from Colombia. The problem? He
wants to learn French, instead; also, his mom hires a tutor (Nicholas
Gonzalez) who seems way too handsome.
100,” 9 p.m., CW. Last week brought major changes: Marcus put Abbey
in charge, while he headed out on a rescue mission; Clarke almost
succeeded in escaping the mountain compound. Tonight, Clarke is
betrayed; also, the mismatched trio of Bellamy, Finn and Murphy tries
a rescue mission.
9:31 p.m., ABC. The kids dislike a low-price restaurant from Dre's
past. That leads to a crackdown, with the kids told to get jobs ...
and neighbors assuming the family has money problems.
10 p.m., ABC. For the next couple episodes, this entwines with other
ABC shows. Here, Rayna sings on “Dancing With the Stars”; next
week brings the CountryMusic Association awards.
My Choir,” 10 p.m., Oxygen. Here's the second episode of this show,
with choirs helped by Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child fame) and
singer-preacher Dietrck Hadden, whose “Preachers of L.A.” has new
episodes at 8 and 9 p.m. Tonight is the L.A. Inner City Mass Choir,
an underfunded youth group held together by the idealism of director