What to watch on Wednesday, October 2...
8pm, The CW
Arrow: Year One
Ahead of next week’s return, relive the greatest hits from the superhero drama’s freshman year and preview what’s in store for billionaire vigilante Oliver “Don’t Call Him Green Arrow” Queen in Season 2 (other than copious shirtlessness).
“There Will Be Blood” finds Miles in mortal peril after being abducted, and Aaron teetering on the brink lest Rachel and her father can resuscitate him. Elsewhere, Charlie throws herself into her mission to find Monroe, while Neville connives his way into the Patriots’ camp.
Back in the Game
As Terry redoubles her job search efforts so she can escape her father’s house, the Cannon plans an unorthodox training session for the Angles that entails a field trip to a prison. Meanwhile in “Stay in or Bail Out,” an unused bedroom and bathroom at the house are shrouded in secrecy.
Law & Order: SVU
Take two (2) recent, racially charged news stories of the extra hot-button variety and mix them together in a saucepan. Add a dollop of rape fear. Season with a veteran guest star. Stir vigorously. That’s the recipe for “American Tragedy,” in which a celebrity chef (Cybill Shepherd) guns down an unarmed teenager in the belief that he’s the serial rapist loose in the city.
SERIES PREMIERE, 9:30pm, ABC
Super Fun Night
Scribe and star Rebel Wilson takes her Yankee accent out for a spin as up-and-coming attorney Kimmie, whose social life centers on her two best friends and roommates. Since ABC is skipping over the pilot, “Anything for Love” follows Kimmie and Co. to a piano bar, where she attempts to overcome her wariness of singing in public.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, NBC
A tenacious New York City detective (Blair Underwood), rendered paraplegic after taking a bullet in the line of duty, tackles the city’s toughest crimes with the help of his hand-picked squad (Pablo Schreiber, Spencer Grammer, and Neal Bledsoe). Since every elite team needs a fitting nickname, allow me to suggest we dub his loyal worker bees the Iron Drones.
SEASON 1 FINALE, 10pm, FX
As Sonya and Marco track down a missing girl in “The Crazy Place,” Marco is faced with choice that could throw his entire world asunder. Elsewhere, Charlotte meets someone with disturbingly comprehensive knowledge of her newest professional endeavor.
SEASON 11 PREMIERE, 10pm, Bravo
The cooks take on the cuisine of the Crescent City in this New Orleans-set season. Their first task takes them into the swamps of Louisiana to whip up a dish featuring alligator, frog, or turtle.
A million-dollar poker game is the site of a murder and robbery in “Take the Money and Run.” The CSIs of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are shocked—shocked!—to find that gambling was going on in this establishment.
Juliette wrangles with two new adversaries in “Never No More”: The steely new label chief who dismisses her artistic ambitions, and the preening reality show star in town who hogs her spotlight. Meanwhile, a rejuvenated Rayna launches plans for her own label that include Will and Scarlett, and Conan O’Brien makes an appearance because why the heck not.
10pm, Comedy Central
“Informative Murder Porn” sends the boys into the world of Minecraft. The video game proves to be useful in diverting their parents’ more destructive impulses toward one another.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Mac calls the shots on “Mac Day,” and the gang must bow to his every whim and desire. Mac’s a temperate and fair-minded fellow, so I’m sure he won’t abuse this absolute power in the least. I predict 22 minutes of rousing yet friendly pinochle.
A missed business trip flight leads to Rodney Ruxin’s Day Off in “The Bye Week.” In business news, Taco Corp. settles into its spanking new global HQ, which could literally be anywhere from a Michigan Avenue high-rise to the alley behind the Wiener Circle.
– Tony Goldwyn, J.B. Smoove, and Iliza Shlesinger on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Jenna Dewan-Tatum on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Hannibal Buress on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, 11pm, FXX
– Sandra Bullock on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Chris Matthews on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Kathy Griffin, Newt Gingrich, and Demi Lovato on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Kerry Washington, Ariel Tweto, and Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Tim Allen and Kenny Rogers on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Cee Lo Green, Stephen Merchant, and Goodie Mob on Conan, 12am or after the MLB Playoffs, TBS
– Paul Giamatti, Anthony Mackie, and MS MR on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Robin Williams on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS