The fall television season is officially upon us, and that means a lot of television to choose from every night. Whether you're one of the lone few who still watch live, or you just need to know what's worth DVRing with limited space there, LA TV Insider Examiner is not merely letting you know what shows will deliver new episodes on any given night but rather what is worth watching.
These are our recommendations for primetime Wednesday, September 25 2013.
The Middle (ABC, 8 p.m.) - "The Drop Off" - On the fifth season premiere episode, against Axl's (Charlie McDermott) wishes, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) insists on having the entire Heck family along for the ride as they drive to his college to move him into his dorm. But the short drive turns into an eternity when Sue (Eden Sher) freaks out after discovering that Frankie forgot to fax in her essay to be a candidate for Junior Peer Leadership Advisor, and Brick (Atticus Shaffer) proves once again that he can't be trusted when he keeps losing his new cell phone.
Revolution (NBC, 8 p.m.) - "Born in the USA" - In last year's finale, our heroes made the treacherous journey to the Tower and were able to turn on the power, but at what cost? The effects of this move prove to be catastrophic for everyone, and now, on the second season premiere, Miles (Billy Burke), Aaron (Zak Orth), and Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) have found themselves in a mysterious small town, in the great nation of Texas where Rachel unexpectedly encounters an important figure from her past. Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) finds herself on a mission in the Plains Nation while Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and Jason (JD Pardo) search a refugee camp for a lost loved one. Meanwhile, Monroe (David Lyons) has discovered a gritty role in his new environment.
Modern Family (ABC, 9 p.m.) - "Suddenly, Last Summer" / "First Days" - On the fifth season premiere, the family is in the throes of summer activities: Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) are trying to orchestrate a kid-free week by coordinating Luke's (Nolan Gould) camp with Haley's (Sarah Hyland) beach trip and Alex's (Ariel Winter) volunteering excursion; Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) are getting Manny (Rico Rodriguez) ready for his first solo trip back to Colombia; and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) make it a summer to remember. In the second half-hour, Luke and Manny have their first day at high school, which proves to be harder for Phil and Gloria than for the boys. Elsewhere, Claire makes her big return to the workforce at Jay's closet company and is a little rusty on her first day, and Cam starts a new substituting gig at the high school, leaving Mitch to try to juggle Lily's first day in 1st grade and a very important meeting at work.
Capture (The CW, 9 p.m.) - "The Final Countdown" - A winning team emerges from the final hunt and is rewarded with the $250,000 prize. Who do you think it will be?
Nashville (ABC, 10 p.m.) - "I Fall to Pieces" - On the second season premiere, after the crash, Rayna (Connie Britton) is in a coma, and Deacon (Chip Esten) is left to wait on his pending jail sentence. Teddy (Eric Close) is still shell-shocked about Peggy's (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) pregnancy and struggles to understand where he belongs... Is it by Rayna's side with his daughters? Meanwhile, Maddie (Lennon Stella) grapples with the revelation that Deacon is her father and, feeling alone, turns to Juliette (Hayden Panettiere), unwittingly revealing the details of what happened before the traumatic crash. And Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett's (Clare Bowen) relationship becomes even more complicated after the proposal, so they turn to their friends, Will (Chris Carmack) and Zoey (Chaley Rose), for support.
Top Chef Masters (Bravo, 10 p.m.) - "Finale" - It’s down to the final three as they battle it out for the prestigious title of Top Chef Master and bragging rights. In creating notable dishes from their personal and professional lives, the Chefs pull out all the stops. Which Master can win over the critics and take home the ultimate prize?
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 10 p.m.) - “Mac and Dennis Buy a Timeshare” - The gang does their best to recoup their investments in questionable schemes by dumping their losses on Ben the soldier (guest star Travis Schuldt) while trying to avoid being duped again by whatever mastermind is pulling their strings.
The Challenge (MTV, 10 p.m) - "The Island of Misfit Challengers" / "Reunion" - Part two of the season finale of Rivals II sees the four remaining teams finishing their two-day athletic event and competing for the $250,000 prize. Will CT finally win one!? Then select cast members (hint: all of the ones we interviewed earlier this season) gather to reflect on the season.
Which will you watch??
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