“Empire,” 9 p.m., Fox.
By now, you'd assume
Lucious Lyon would be barely hanging on. He's been investigated,
imprisoned, investigated some more. His kin almost pulled a takeover,
then started their own record label. Still, he thinks of going
global; he huddles with Jago Locke (Patrick Mulvey), head of a
At the competing
Lyon Dynasty label, his ex-wife Cookie pushes to be part of a
televised fundraiser. Their son Hakeem works on developing his new
star Laura, played by the gifted Jamilia Valazquez.
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
After being bumped
by the country-music awards last week (and overshadowed by the World
Series the week before that), ABC's strong Wednesday comedies can
In this one, Phil
has some personal insecurities, while all three of his kids have
trouble. Luke is caught driving without a license, Alex is seen
leaving a liquor store and Haley and Dylan bump into her former
boyfriend Andy, who's with Beth. Also, Cam wants to market Gloria's
family's hot sauce.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Brain,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
From the beginning,
this fascinating hour says, most people have social instincts. One
test goves babies a show with nice and naughty puppets; afterward
each chooses to hold the nice one.
involve our face “mirroring” someone else's; tests show that
people whose faces are stiffened by Botox have trouble reading
others' expressions. And when social contact fails? One person
describes 400-plus days in solitary confinement; another describes a
lifetime of Asperger's syndrome ... and a test that seems to have
accidentally alleviated the problem.
“22 Jump Street”
(2014), 7:05 p.m., Starz, or “21 Jump Street” (2012), 7:30 p.m.,
FXX. You can choose between the sequel or the original ... which is
lots of fun. The original even has a dandy visit by Johnny Depp as
Tom Hanson ... a role he originated on TV, 28 years ago.
“The Voice,” 8
p.m., NBC. This week the show has a third night, with results for the
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. Frankie's big plans for the Homecoming tailgate go astray
when her mother joins the party. Also, Axl is sick, so Brick is the
big hope for the tailgate contest.
Movies, 8 p.m.,
cable. These rage all the way from the innovative “Easy Rider”
(1969) on Sundance to the warmly moving “Notebook” (2004) on ABC
Family. There's the youth-favorite “Karate Kid” (1984) on AMC and
Ben Affleck's intense and praised “The Town” (2010) on TNT.
North America,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). In the middle
of Kansas, a zillion miles from big water, scientists point to a
fossil of a 14-foot fish. It all goes back to the era when a
mega-lake ruptured the continent. And it's part of an intriguing
history that makes mid-America the ground zero for dinosaurs.
"Strange Inheritance" season-opener, 9-11 p.m. ET, Fox Business Network. Here are real-life stories of people who inherited George Washington's wallet, a gold mine and, apparently, the only autographed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson. Then there's tonight's opening half-hour -- the instant inheritance of 240 military vehicles.
“Code Black,” 10
p.m., CBS. After injuring other people and herself, a woman can't
remember what happened. Also, an illegal immigrant's son is diagnosed
with cystic fibrosis.
“Men Women Wild”
debut, 10:02 p.m., Discovery. Nothing stirs (or shatters) romance
like a crisis in the wild. Survivalist couples are dumped into scary
places – snakes and snow and such – for 21 days.