What to Watch Tonight: American Horror Story, a Flash-ier Arrow, and the Series Premiere of Frank Darabont's Mob City

By Andy Daglas

Dec 04, 2013


What to watch on Wednesday, December 4...


12am, Hulu
Misfits
Rudy’s alter ego and Abby plan a party at the community center to commemorate the anniversary of the storm—but the emergence of a new threat may foil the festivities. Meanwhile, Alex tries to help a woman cursed with a dreadful power.


8pm, NBC
Christmas in Rockefeller Center
Celebrate the 81st annual lighting of Manhattan’s famous tannenbaum, featuring performances by Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, and more. In many markets, local NBC affiliates will broadcast an additional hour of the special beginning at 7pm Eastern.


8pm, The CW
Arrow
Central City police scientist Barry Allen is drawn to Starling City by a daring heist—one that reminds Oliver of an island incident. As the Emerald Archer and the Scarlet Speedster investigate in “The Scientist,” Sin seeks Roy’s help locating a missing friend, which puts them both in Brother Blood’s sinister sights.


8pm, ABC
The Middle
“The Kiss” schleps Frankie and Mike off to her sister’s gadget-laden abode for a child-free weekend of house-sitting and technological bafflement. Back home, Sue’s supervision of Brick is complicated by the invasion of the Glossner kids, and Axl, Darrin, and Sean hit the road to visit Cassidy at Vassar.


SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, TNT
Mob City
Based on the book L.A. Noir, this hard-boiled drama from writer-director Frank Darabont follows an elite police squad’s efforts to combat some of America’s most notorious mobsters in 1940s Los Angeles. “A Guy Walks Into a Bar…” kicks things off with guest-star Simon Pegg cluing Det. Joe Teague in on a blackmail plot. Then in “Reason to Kill a Man,” the cops press a witness who’s harboring a dangerous secret.


SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, HBO
State of Play
This new series from filmmaker Peter Berg examines high-profile topics and personalities from the world of sports, with a documentary feature followed by a roundtable discussion. The opener, “Trophy Kids,” puts athletics-obsessed parents under the microscope.


9pm, NBC
SNL Christmas
A compilation of holiday-themed sketches, as related by Lorne Michaels wearing a Santa hat, sitting in a leather armchair next to a crackling Yule log, and reading from an oversized storybook.


9pm, ABC
Modern Family
“The Big Game” is Cam’s one and only focus this week, and even the opposing team’s surprise disadvantage won’t temper his competitive drive. Meanwhile, Claire strives to prove her bona fides at the office, and fate flummoxes Phil’s attempts to instill an optimistic spirit in the kids.


9:30pm, ABC
Super Fun Night
Oh, hey, it’s the Super Fun Night pilot airing like 10 episodes into the show’s run. ABC’s press release suggest it’s been restructured as a flashback episode, so that when Kimmie, Helen-Alice, and Marika break their longstanding staying-in tradition to hit the town, no one will think they’ve suffered collective amnesia about the previous two and half months of their lives.


SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, TV Land
Kirstie
Cable’s premier destination for NBC sitcom stars of the 1980s and 1990s welcomes Kirstie Alley, Michael Richards, and Rhea Perlman with this new series about a brash Broadway star suddenly reunited with the child she gave up for adoption. In the opener, Maddie Banks meets her now-grown son Arlo, who hopes to strike up a relationship with his reluctant mother. Then in “Arlo Moves In,” Maddie adjusts to her new life and fends off the sorties of her understudy (guest-star Kristin Chenoweth).


10pm, FX
American Horror Story: Coven
Animosity between Marie Laveau and Delphine reaches critical mass in “The Sacred Taking,” while Cordelia fires up the troops for another skirmish with Fiona. Meanwhile, Misty is targeted by a fiendish new foe.


10pm, Comedy Central
South Park
The preparations have been made, the standards raised, and the arms hoisted. Now, in “Titties and Dragons,” the Houses of Xbox and Sony meet in pitched battle. Who shall triumph when the mall flings open its doors for Black Friday?


10:30pm, Comedy Central
Key & Peele
Keegan and Jordan listen in on white women with a jones for black men, Wendell brings his talents to the music video medium, and Kareem and Jahar hit the gym.


LATE-NITE:
– Alyssa Milano, Charlie Murphy, and Ne-Yo on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Ben Stiller, Evangeline Lilly, and The Wild Feathers on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Orlando Bloom on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Jehane Noujaim on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Benedict Cumberbatch and R. Kelly on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Aisha Tyler and Bruce McCall on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?

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