Wednesday TV: The Mentalist, black-ish, Hindsight Series Premiere & More

by Jason the TVaholic on January 7, 2015

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News & Notes

Get black-ish Episodes via Amazon Instant VideoTonight, CBS has The Mentalist on its new night and the People’s Choice Awards 2015 and FOX has the 14th season premiere of American Idol and the series premiere of Empire.

Over on cable, Cooking Channel has the fifth season premiere of Extra Virgin, Food Network has the eighth season finale of Mystery Diners, OWN has the first winter season premiere of Love Thy Neighbor, and VH1 has the series premiere of Hindsight.

In late night, Food Network has a Fitness: Impossible special.

Prime Picks

The Mentalist (CBS): New. Abbott has to deal with his old boss when the team is called in to help with a DEA case that went bad.

Modern Family (ABC): New. A near death experience has the Dunphys thinking about how they live. Runs 31 minutes.
black-ish (ABC): New. Dre is weirded-out after a guy complete ignores his presence while he is with Bow. Dre’s parents seem to be getting close once again. Starts a minute after the half hour and runs 29 minutes.

Hindsight (VH1): Series Premiere. A woman about to get married for the second time starts to wonder what her life would be like now if she had made different choices in life and ends up back in the 1990s on the day of her first wedding attempting to live out the day with her former best friend and see if she can change things. Plays again later three times. Haven’t seen it, but it sounds a bit like Being Erica. Will you be checking this one out tonight?

Solid Selections

The Middle (ABC): New. Frankie hangs out with an old high school classmate, which has her acting oddly. Brick wins an award for athletics.
The Goldbergs (ABC): New. Beverly is tasked with cleaning out the garage. Adam and Barry find Erica’s hidden stash of New Kids on the Block stuff.

Empire (FOX): Series Premiere. A hip hop music mogul gets some bad medical news and decides it is time to figure out which of his three sons should be groomed to take over his business. He also deals with his ex-wife’s release from prison. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 59 minutes. This is a solid primetime soap that takes place in present day, yet at times felt like it was taking place in decades past. The cast, Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest) and Malik Yoba (Alphas, New York Undercover) and Gabourey Sidibe (American Horror Story: Coven, Precious), is fantastic. Think Dallas meets Nashville for the type of musical family drama being portrayed here. If those styles of shows are for you, then you should check this one out.

Forever (ABC): Repeat. “The Man in the Killer Suit” replays, where Henry helps on a case involving what looks to be a dead British aristocrat in Central Park.

Other Option

  • The Missing (Starz): Repeat. This past Saturday night’s episode, “Return to Eden,” replays.

Sports Notes

  • CBS Sports has tripleheader college basketball action tonight with Seton Hall at Xavier, Southern Illinois (Edwardsville) at Belmont and Nevada at UNLV.
  • ESPN has doubleheader NBA action tonight.
  • ESPN2 has doubleheader college basketball action tonight with North Carolina State at Virginia and Colorado at Utah.
  • ESPNU has tripleheader college basketball action tonight with Syracuse at Georgia Tech, Kansas at Baylor and California at USC.
  • FS1 has college basketball action tonight with DePaul at Creighton.

Late Night

  • Cougar Town (TBS): Repeat. Last night’s sixth season premiere episode, “American Dream Plan B,” replays.

Wednesday TV Marathons

Cold Case (ION): Nine episodes tonight into late night.
Episodes (Showtime): All nine third season episodes tonight.
NCIS (USA Network): Has 13 episodes.
Numbers (ION): Nine episodes today.
Sanford and Son (TV One): Has 10 episodes early.
Supernatural (TNT): Has 10 episodes.

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