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ABC is finally allowing us to laugh again

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, February 10. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

The Middle / The Goldbergs (ABC, 8 / 8:30 p.m.): It’s been awhile, ABC Wednesday night comedies. Don’t do that to us again, okay? Okay. At least we know they’re coming back in style, as The Middle gives us something almost too beautiful right out the gate: “Brick becomes a tyrannical director for a school project.” Yes! Yes! Yes! Then, The Goldbergs gives us “Lainey Loves Lionel” (formerly known as “Hello!”), and you guessed it: “Barry tries too hard to impress Lainey for the holiday using the legendary music of Lionel Ritchie.” Will Harris has been known to get a little tyrannical when it comes to Lionel Ritchie, but that’s a story for another time.

Modern Family (ABC, 9 p.m.): “Newly into retirement, Jay decides to get a new hobby - piloting a plane - but the danger puts Cameron into a tailspin of worry. And elsewhere, Gloria wants to connect with Jay more and decides to pick up his favorite game of golf, and ropes Mitchell into teaching her.” Yes, this all checks out. Have fun, Kyle Fowle.

Black-ish (ABC, 9:30 p.m.): Oh boy. Black-ish returns with Dre going into “full Dre mode.” “After Dre notices that his neighbor Janine has never invited his family to any of her pool parties, he assumes she is racially stereotyping them as a family that doesn’t swim. The kids are shocked to find out that, in fact, Dre doesn’t know how to swim. At work, Dre shares the story with his colleagues, and Daphne Lido is not convinced it’s a race thing, so Dre confronts Janine directly.” And by the way, LaToya Ferguson knows how to swim, but she still does not want to be invited to your pool parties.

Top pick No. 2: Judgment Day

The Challenge: Battle Of The Bloodlines (MTV, 10 p.m.): “The final three teams begin the final challenge, which is set in a major city.” Way to keep it tight, Challenge synopsis.


Also noted

Arrow (The CW, 8 p.m.): When we think back to Arrow season three… Honestly, we try not to think back to Arrow season three. But then when we continue to do so, we remember the bright spot that was Nyssa and Laurel and cheeseburgers. So while everything right now is pretty tense—one of the lead characters is paralyzed!—it brings us such joy to read the words “Laurel has a heart to heart talk with Nyssa.” Sorry we like joy, Alasdair Wilkins!


It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FXX, 10 p.m.): In “Being Frank,” follow along with “a day in the life of Frank Reynolds as he tries to keep up with the gang’s newest scheme.” Dennis Perkins once tried to keep up with the gang’s schemes. It didn’t go well.

Regular coverage

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD, 9 p.m.)

American Crime (ABC, 10 p.m.)

Younger (TV Land, 10 p.m.)

Elsewhere in TV Club

Have you read about Married At First Sight tonight? No, you probably haven’t. So how about you check out Joshua Alston’s For Our Consideration piece on said A&E show? You’re welcome.


What else is on?

2 Broke Girls (CBS, 8 p.m.): “Max and Caroline sign up to be ‘booth babes’ in order to get into a huge gaming convention for free. Once inside, they’re shocked to see that Han’s friend has created video game characters based on them, and demand compensation.” You know—just normal Wednesday night stuff.


American Idol (Fox, 8 p.m.): We’re at the Top 24, so bring on the Showcases! Take us home, press release! “Twelve of the Top 24 perform in hopes of earning their spot. Find out who will make the cut in the all-new ‘Showcase #1: 1st 12 Performances’ episode of American Idol.” Yeah!

Young & Hungry (Freeform, 8 p.m.): “Young & Coachella.” Just… “Young & Coachella.”


The Mysteries Of Laura (NBC, 8 p.m.): “Valentine’s Day turns deadly when Laura suspects a long-dormant serial killer may have reemerged. Meanwhile, secrets run rampant in the squad room when it comes to romance.” Ah, classic Laura.

Unsung (TV One, 8 p.m.): The 10th season premiere of Unsung focuses on the Sugarhill Gang. Personally, we think they’re pretty sung, but we’re not the experts, now are we?


Mob Wives (VH1, 8 p.m.): We thought TV Guide Dude was taking the piss out of Mob Wives, but as it turns out, this week’s episode is titled “Younger Version Of The Same Old BS.”

Mike & Molly (CBS, 8:30 p.m.): “Molly’s leisure activities between novels become an issue with Mike as he wants her to be the perfect homemaker.” Another week of Mike & Molly, another reason to say how terrible Mike is. He’s very terrible. And the episode is titled “The Good Wife,” most likely as a reminder that both of these shows are dying.


Baby Daddy (Freeform, 8:30 p.m.): “When Emma starts calling every woman she sees ‘Mommy,’ Ben decides it’s time to find someone with whom to be serious. He turns to Riley to find him a date, but she thinks Ben is not ready to settle down and sets out to ‘build a better Ben.’” Spoiler alert: It’s been five seasons, and there’s no such thing as “a better Ben.” Sorry about your defective kid though!

Criminal Minds (CBS, 9 p.m.): “When an 18-year-old girl escapes from a suburban home where she was held captive for years with two other women, the BAU searches for the Unsub who kidnapped them.” CBS’ Wednesday nights aren’t that fun, now are they?


Tia Mowry At Home (Cooking Channel, 9 p.m.): “Tia Mowry invites her assistant over to watch an awards show. They get dressed up, walk their own red carpet and snack on stuffed mushrooms, caprese skewers, chocolate mousse and a Champagne pear cocktail.” Replace “invites” with “kidnaps.” Just another day at Tia Mowry At Home.

Supernatural (The CW, 9 p.m.): “Sam and Dean investigate a set of murders on Valentine’s Day and discover they are dealing with an ancient curse. Once kissed by the curse, the person is marked to die.” Wait, wasn’t that curse just Sam’s love life for the first seven seasons? Hey-oh!


Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, 9 p.m.): “Later during the dinner service, tempers flare during family night in Hell’s Kitchen, causing not one, but both teams to be kicked out of the kitchen in the all-new ‘14 Chefs Compete’ episode of Hell’s Kitchen.” Alright then.

Little Women: LA (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): “Briana’s family reaches out in hopes of reconciling, but Matt insists their children will never meet her family…Tonya gets vocal with Briana about Matt’s mind games when the girls go apple picking.” That’s clearly the best time to get vocal about anyone’s mind games.


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 9 p.m.): “Nationwide Manhunt” apparently only extends to two states: New York and Illinois. Yes, this episode of Law & Order: SVU is a crossover episode with Chicago P.D., with Sophia Bush and Jon Seda representing the Chi-side. More on that in a bit.

Face Off (Syfy, 9 p.m.): Say, do you like “parasitic aliens that burst out of their human hosts”?


Newlyweds: The First Year (Bravo, 10 p.m.): Well this sounds like a boring episode: “Rob and Ro travel to London to reconnect with her father. Elsewhere, Tara and Rob renovate their home to clear out negative energy; Craig cares for his bedridden husband following surgery; and Adonis is enlisted to look after Erica’s nephew.” Keep the “negative energy” in, you guys.

Code Black (CBS, 10 p.m.): Beau Bridges is in this episode with his daughter Emily Bridges, which we’re sure is a hook for someone. Also, apparently Meagan Good works fast, because she begins her recurring role as Dr. Grace Adams tonight. Leave the memories of Minority Report alone.


Kocktails With Khloé (FYI, 10 p.m.): “Raise Your Glass.” Alright, keep it raised. Good job.

Little Women: Atlanta (Lifetime, 10 p.m.): “Emily invites all the ladies to go horseback riding, causing Amanda and Andrea to doubt if she’s actually pregnant.” Is it bad if our initial reaction is to laugh at that?


Chicago P.D. (NBC, 10 p.m.): Chicago Platt Update: No. And this is even an episode that crosses over with a Law & Order: SVU, as both Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay show up. They could’ve thrown in Oliver Platt. They could have.

Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan (Travel Channel, 10 p.m.): “Dom travels to Vietnam to find a giant water bug.” He could probably just YouTube it, but who are we to judge?


Man Seeking Woman (FXX, 10:30 p.m.): Is no longer featured under regular coverage. It’s still a good show though! We swear!

Teachers (TV Land, 10:30 p.m.): In “Jacob,” “Ms. Watson finds out her ex has moved on and Ms. Cannon tries to stop teacher cliques.” Everyone knows that the best part of any school experience is the teacher cliques, so hopefully Ms. Cannon fails miserably. As for Ms. Watson, maybe she can move on too with the help of a teacher clique. We’re just saying.


Suits (USA, 10 p.m.): “With time running out before Mike’s case goes to trial, Harvey and Mike are at odds over their strategy, and just what lengths they’ll go to in order to defeat Gibbs.” Definitely the perfect time to have petty arguments, you two.

Watch What Happens: Live (Bravo, 11 p.m.): Leslie Mann, Dakota Johnson, and Alison Brie. It looks like we know what we’re watching at 11 p.m.


True Life (MTV, 11 p.m.): Sorry, “True Life: I’m Dating With HIV,” but we already committed to Watch What Happens: Live.

Lucky Numbers (HBO Comedy West, 6:25 p.m.): We’re talking Travolta. We’re talking Kudrow. We’re talking Roth. We’re talking O’Neill. We’re talking Rapaport. We’re talking Mitchell. We’re talking Pullman. We’re talking a movie from the year 2000 where “John Travolta plays a TV weatherman who participates in a lottery scheme after his snowmobile business starts to fail.” We’re talking Nora Ephron. We’re talking numbers, Lucky Numbers.


Two Of A Kind (HBO Family East, 8:45 p.m.): Apparently we’re still talking Travolta, thanks to TV Guide Dude. “Critics passed on this pairing of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in a curiously old-fashioned romantic comedy with divine intervention as the premise.” You don’t have to actually watch this, but if you do, feel free to share your thoughts.

Sports, sports, all type of sports

Fútbol Alemán: VfL Bochum vs. Bayern Munich (ESPN Deportes, 2:25 p.m.)

FA Cup Soccer: Peterborough vs. West Brom (FS1, 2:30 p.m.)

College Basketball: Tulane at East Carolina (ESPNews, 6:15 p.m.)

College Basketball: Butler at Seton Hall (FS1, 6:30 p.m.)

College Basketball: Providence at Marquette (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.)

College Basketball: LSU at South Carolina (ESPN2, 7 p.m.)

College Basketball: Memphis at Houston (ESPNU, 7 p.m.)

NBA Basketball: Spurs at Magic (FSN, 7 p.m.)

NBA Basketball: Lakers at Cavaliers (ESPN, 8 p.m.)

NHL Hockey: Rangers at Penguins (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.)

College Basketball: Baylor at Kansas State (ESPNews, 8:15 p.m.)

International Friendly Soccer: Mexico vs. Senegal (FS1, 8:30 p.m.)

College Basketball: Tulsa at SMU (CBS Sports, 9 p.m.)

College Basketball: Washington at Utah (ESPN2, 9 p.m.)

College Basketball: Iowa State at Texas Tech (ESPNU, 9 p.m.)

NBA Basketball: Rockets at Trail Blazers (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.)

College Basketball: San Diego State at Fresno State (CBS Sports, 11 p.m.)

Lucha Underground (El Rey, 8 p.m.)

WWE NXT (WWE Network, 8 p.m.)

Ring Of Honor (Comet TV, midnight)

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