What to watch on Wednesday, September 18...
SEASON 27 PREMIERE, 8pm, CBS
Survivor: Blood vs. Water
Ah, Orientation Day at Survivor. Former contestants returning, catching up on their lives, introducing everybody to the loved ones who will be joining them for this go-round. For a few moments, the air is filled with a sense of camaraderie and the promise of tranquil team birdhouse construction. Then the producers shove all the old castaways into one tribe and all the family and friends into the other, summoning to the surface many years of the type of deep-seated rivalry and animosity that only family can truly comprehend, and stoking the most vicious of all possible endurance matches. Or so CBS and its advertisers hope, anyway.
SEASON 8 FINALE, 9pm, NBC
America’s Got Talent
“Musical guests” too nondescript to even be named on NBC’s press site will perform in the two-hour finale, which will crown the nation’s Preeminent Entertainer of 2013 (Willing to Appear on an NBC Summer Competition Show Division).
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 9pm, OWN
Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse
Perry’s TV fiefdom expands its strategic alliance with Oprah’s empire as the former TBS sitcom sets up shop on OWN. In the two-part “The Runaway Bride,” Joseph’s motorcycle accident spurs Leslie to nix the nuptials, while Keisha brings tension between Leslie and Chris to a head.
SEASON 7 FINALE, 9pm, BBC America
Law & Order UK
“Dependent” sends Brooks and Casey in search of a missing two-year-old whose adoptive father was savagely slain.
SEASON 15 FINALE, 9:30pm, CBS
Find out tonight which houseguest will soon update his or her LinkedIn profile to include, “Winner - That Big Brother Season Where Everybody Hated Everybody. No Not That One, the Other One.”
10pm, BBC America
The emergence of a new clue brings the detectives one step closer to pinpointing Danny’s killer, as time for the investigation (and the season) draws short. Meanwhile, Beth and Mark cross a threshold in their efforts to move past the tragedy.
Willie and Korie must tend to sedation-addled John Luke and Sadie in “John Luke After Dentist.” At Duck Commander, Phil needs Jase and Jep’s help handling a cottonmouth den, and the contents of the broken fridge present a new batch of hassles.
During a confrontation on the titular border-spanning, elevated structure, the killer spills the last details about his master plan. Will “Take the Ride, Pay the Toll” reveal him to be a ruthless yet high-minded criminal genius, or a crackpot who heard homicidal ravings in his Rice Krispies?
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Submitted for your consideration: “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award.” After years of unappreciated toil in the booze-slinging business, the Paddy’s crew takes drastic steps to reap the recognition they so richly deserve.
It’s “Chalupa vs. The Cutlet” when Kevin and Jenny learn that their tyke is preschool classmates with Jay and Kristen Cutler’s kid. Elsewhere, Pete enlists Snoop Dogg to buck up Andre’s spirits, and Taco cedes control of his team.
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 10:30pm, Comedy Central
Key & Peele
Mr. Garvey and A-Aron return, and Jordan is caught in a compromising position, among other shenanigans in the season-opening smorgasbord sketches.
– Dr. Phil McGraw and Bill Bellamy on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Seth Green, Lizzy Caplan, and Sammy Obeid on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Anna Faris on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Comedian Michelle Buteau on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, 11pm, FXX
– Hugh Jackman on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Novelist Nicholson Baker on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Christina Aguilera, Joy Behar, and Valerie June on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Aaron Paul, Hannah Ware, and Jim James on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Chris Hemsworth, Tony Danza, and Jack Johnson on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Megan Mullally and Tommy Lasorda on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS