What to Watch Tonight: ABC's Comedies Shill for the Oscars, The Americans Tries to Assassinate the President, and Arrow Welcomes Roy Harper

What to watch on Wednesday, February 20...

8pm, The CW
Thea’s purse is pilfered by a young hoodlum by the name of Roy Harper, which ought to set sidekick-’shipper hearts everywhere a-quivering. (Look, I think the fact that I’ve gone this long without making a “quiver” pun is pretty damn commendable, so button it.) The primary larceny in “Dodger,” though, comes from a jewel thief bearing that Dickensian name—a thief who endangers one of Oliver’s comrades.

8pm, ABC
The Middle
Sue’s not sure what to make of Darrin’s new affection for her, and a befuddled Sue Heck is a funny Sue Heck (see also: any Sue Heck). Elsewhere in “Winners and Losers,” Brick heads to the Windy City on a class trip, wracking Frankie’s nerves so badly she can’t muster her usual enthusiasm for watching the Oscars.

8:30pm, ABC
The Neighbors
Max and Dick Butkus square off in the school spelling bee, an event Larry and Reggie consider ideal fodder for an Academy Award-winning documentary in “Larry Bird Presents an Oscar-Winning Film by Larry Bird.” Hey, that’s funny. This episode grafts on a seemingly superfluous Oscar runner, just like The Middle is doing this week. You know, you’re in this business long enough, you start to see quirky little coincidences like that now and then.

9pm, ABC
Modern Family
“Bad Hair Day” finds Claire in an uncomfortable position when she encounters a former professor (and former boyfriend) at a college reunion that Phil crashes. At the Pritchett-Tucker homestead, Cam is inspired to place baby Joe at the center of an Oscar-themed photo shoot and OH MY GOD YOU GUYS I JUST FIGURED IT OUT ABC IS AIRING THE OSCARS THIS SUNDAY THESE AREN’T COINCIDENCES AT ALL. Well-played, you wily, corporately synergistic bastards. Well-played, indeed.

9pm, NBC
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
In “Deadly Ambition,” Rollins’ sister Kim pays a visit, grappling with both pregnancy and her boyfriend’s latest round of abuse. The team tries to protect her, but when Rollins is forced into drastic measures, the ensuing Internal Affairs investigation puts everyone at risk.

9pm, The CW
A witchcraft-practicing cop is the prime suspect when people he has nightmares about murdering wind up murdered. Sounds like a pretty cut-and-dried case—I’m betting Sam and Dean wrap this one up in about 20 minutes and everyone can hit the bar early, yeah? I’m sure no disturbing complications will arise, especially not in episode bearing the warm and fuzzy title “Man’s Best Friend With Benefits.”

10pm, CBS
Y’know how sometimes when you’re having a hard time dealing with a break-up, but then you meet this guy, and everything’s going great, except later he’s found dead and you’re the last person to see him alive, you usually become the primary suspect in his murder? Relationships, am I right? Sara knows what I’m talking about, since that all happens to her in “Forget Me Not.”

10pm, FX
The Americans
Ripped from the headlines! When an attempt is made on the life of President Reagan in “In Control,” Phillip wants to know whether the KGB played a role. If so, he bets it was that dillweed Yuri from Spy Academy. That guy always got all the cool assassination assignments, the jerk.

10pm, Comedy Central
In “High Art,” Blake joins a teen artist collective while Adam and Ders become inventors in order to strike it rich. There’s an allegory for the contrast between right-brain and left-brain perspectives in there somewhere, no doubt... and the corpus callosum is comedy!

SEASON 10 FINALE, Part 1 10pm, Bravo
Top Chef
Craft is the battlefield as the three remaining contenders meet in the final culinary combat of the season. They must create their own menus for the dinner service, under the watchful eye of restaurant owner and kitchen facilitator Tom Colicchio. John Besh and Martin Yan serve as guest judges.

Necessary Roughness
Dani makes a decision about Matt and Nico while an unfolding scandal casts a pall over the Hawks’ season in “There’s the Door.” Since I’ve never seen this show I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess the scandal is that this entire time, the team’s head coach has been three little kids standing on each other’s shoulders wearing a trenchcoat.

– Snooki and JWoww, Ken Marino, and Mark Normand on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Gerard Butler on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Journalist Helaine Olen on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Author David Goldhill on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Chelsea Handler, 105-Year Old Edythe Kirchmaier, and Sky Blu on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Hugh Jackman and The Americans on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Michael Strahan, Miles Teller, and Dido on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Don Cheadle, John Oliver, Ke$ha, and Keith Sweat on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Lisa Kudrow and Bonnie Raitt on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


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I should learn to log on here more often... x I'm definitely tuning into Arrow right now because Roy Harper will be featured and soon enough become Arsenal; and with Felicity Smoak now in the fold -- and the series greenlit for a second season -- the show can now move forward in a more progressive way, right? Cheers. And Supernatural's season gr8 is doing so well... All it really needs now is for Castiel to come back; I mean come on, Misha Collins should be series regular again. COME ON! xP
...no nashville?
And season 1 episode 3 of the UK's insanely brilliant (and disturbing) Black Mirror.
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