What to Watch Tonight: The Season Premieres of Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness

What to watch on Wednesday, June 12.

8pm, Fox
The top 16 competitors fuel firefighters with the finest steak dinners they can conjure, and a pressure test awaits the losing team. Then the four chefs at the bottom of the rankings seek redemption in that classic American way: by throwing together some burgers in Las Vegas.

8pm, ABC Family
Melissa & Joey
Well Joe, this is another fine mess you’ve gotten Mel into. She goes to the trouble of landing you cushy City Hall employment in “Inside Job,” and you thank her by getting embroiled in a financial scandal! And it’s not like Mel will be able to Kickstarter her way out of this predicament, as recent experience has taught us. Away from the sordid world of municipal politics, Lennox is romantically tempted by her co-star in the school play.

8:30pm, ABC Family
Baby Daddy
The latter half of “The Wheeler and the Dealer” clearly refers to Ben, who books Danny a commercial endorsing a Japanese energy drink (with wackily chaotic results, no doubt). That makes Riley the “wheeler” of the title when she scratches a community service itch by volunteering as a candy striper. Because... candy stripers wheel stuff around, I guess? Like food carts, and maybe patients? It’s entirely possible I’m overthinking this.

8:30pm, ABC
Family Tools
In “Role Model,” Terry is convinced that Mason needs a responsible, admirable figure to look up to... but Jack is who’s available, so y’know, you work with what you’ve got. Elsewhere, Tony, Darren, and Stitch outfit Ellis with a snazzy and fully loaded new wheelchair.

9pm, Discovery
The team gets behind the wheel to test automotive myths, including three alleged methods of boosting fuel efficiency. And could backseat passengers of sufficient girth act as human airbags for someone sitting between them during a major crash?

Royal Pains
His surgery behind him, Hank is back on the job in “Hankwatch” and treating a woman whose fundraising work may be taking a physical toll. In retrospect, perhaps signing up for that asbestos-scarfing contest for charity was an ill-considered choice? Around the Hamptons, Divya gets a surprise, Evan meets a potential new client, and Jeremiah helps HankMed keep up with demand.

9:30pm, ABC
How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)
Faced with a stack of unused Groupons in “How to Not Waste Money,” Polly could use some fatherly advice on following through on her actions. Good for her, I say, and good for Max for helping her out. Finishing what you start is a habit I happen to

10pm, Science
Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman
This week’s inquiry: Could the human species soldier on after the death of the sun? I suppose we’ll find out eventually, when that happens in the ninth episode of Game of Thrones’ fourth season.

Necessary Roughness
“Ch-Ch-Changes” greets Dani with an enticing business proposition from rakish tycoon John Stamos. Wait, is he offering to book the Beach Boys to play halftime at all Hawks home games? That’s it, isn’t it? We’re wise to you, Stamos.

– Nathan Fillion and Bret Michaels on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Mark-Paul Gosselaar & Breckin Meyer and guest host Ross Matthews on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Mavis Staples on The Daily Show, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Paul MCartney on an hour-long episode of The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Kevin Hart and Trace Adkins & Colbie Caillat on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Tom Brokaw and Darlene Love on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Jennette McCurdy, and Mario Batali and his sons Benno and Leo on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Valerie Bertinelli and Adam Ray on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


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