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What to Watch Tonight: The Premieres of Arrow, The Tomorrow People, and American Horror Story: Coven

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What to watch on Wednesday, October 9...

Having left town in the wake of the Undertaking, Oliver’s homecoming in “City of Heroes” is far from festive. Thea’s keeping her distance from a jailed Moira, Laurel has joined an anti-vigilante effort at the D.A.’s office, Roy is striving to fill his mentor’s hood, and new adversary Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) has designs on a hostile takeover of Queen Consolidated.

8pm, NBC
Rachel attempts to pull Miles’ grits out of the fire in “Love Story,” while riled-up refugees ambush Neville and Jason. Elsewhere, Charlie and Adam argue over Monroe’s fate, Tribesmen bring the hammer down on Willoughby, and Aaron finds himself in mortal danger (“yet again,” adds NBC’s press site with a palpable eye-roll).

The Tomorrow People
The CW Presents: The Amell Family Smile-Time Butt-Whooping Variety Revue continues with this latest reboot of the 1970s British sci-fi hit. Robbie Amell (cousin of Arrow’s Stephen) stars as one of the titular Tomorrow People, a gaggle of youngsters with both an array of superpowers and a cadre of powerful, shadowy nemeses hunting them down.

9pm, PBS
“Megastorm Aftermath” traces the impact of Hurricane Sandy, including the ways that communities are bolstering their defenses against future disasters, and how climate change may be contributing to an increase in devastating weather events.

9pm, NBC
Law & Order: SVU
“Internal Affairs” sends Cassidy undercover at a corrupt precinct. Why, I’ll bet those incorrigible scamps are just pranking their commanding officer and fooling unsuspecting citizens with uncannily realistic sound effects and funny voices and… wait, what’s that? Rape and sexual misconduct allegations, you say? Oh, right, this is SVU.

9pm, ABC
Modern Family
Cam’s older sister drops by for a visit in “Farm Strong,” the series’ 100th episode, but Cam is reluctant to spring the news of his and Mitch’s engagement. Meanwhile, Gloria insists she doesn’t need reading glasses, and one of the Dunphy parents reneges on an agreement to miss Luke’s soccer game.

9:30pm, ABC
Super Fun Night
When the gals’ online dating profiles fail to generate interest, Kimmie makes a few somewhat less-than-truthful tweaks in “Three Men and a Boubier.” Soon enough, they’re all hitting a swanky nightclub with three gentlemen suitors—and trying to keep up the elaborate charade.

American Horror Story: Coven
With a sly, come-hither stare, the opener announces the characteristically unsubtle mission statement of AHS’s third incarnation: “Bitchcraft.” The witch-centric season kicks off with young Zoe discovering her otherworldly nature and taking up residence at a New Orleans boarding school dedicated to Sabrinas-in-training.

10pm, CBS
John Ratzenberger guest-stars as a club owner in “Torch Song,” and dollars to donuts says that at one point he talks Russell’s ear off with half-baked trivia about the Napoleonic wars or something. Oh, also a fire kills four people and the cops get involved. But back to some inspirational tales of heroic postal carriers throughout world history...

10pm, FXX
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
“The Gang Saves the Day,” announces a title that is almost certainly lying to us all. Caught in the midst of an armed convenience store hold-up, each of the gang reckons with their responses to such dangerous situations.

10:30pm, FXX
The League
Taco Corp. expands into the lucrative field of petting zoo ownership and operation, a venture that bodes poorly for any number of cuddly quadrupeds, given this crew’s history with the animal kingdom. Elsewhere in “Heavy Petting,” Jenny faces an uphill battle while attempting to introduce a healthier lifestyle to the MacArthur home.

10:30pm, Comedy Central
Key & Peele
Sketches include a thug with a powerful attachment to his booze, a boxer trash-talking his opponent with gusto, and Keegan being barred from boarding a flight.

– Bill Maher, Margo Martindale, MC Lyte, and Mike Wysocki on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Sofia Vergara on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E! 
– Michael Fassbender on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central 
– Tom Hanks on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Whitney Cummings, Ann Romney, and Lissie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Lucy Liu, engineering professor Mark Jacobson, and The National on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Kanye West on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Alan Rickman, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jeff Musial, Ylvis, and Cassadee Pope on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Sean Hayes on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


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