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What to Watch Tonight: The Debut of Rosewood, and the Season Premieres of Empire, Nashville, The Goldbergs, Black-ish, and SVU

What to watch on Wednesday, September 23...

SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, Fox
Rosewood
Morris Chestnut stars as the titular private pathologist, who uses his considerable brainpower to help the Miami police solve perplexing crimes. The pilot pairs Rosewood with a young detective on an investigation that hits close to home.

SEASON 7 PREMIERE, 8pm, ABC
The Middle
The family prepares for Sue’s move into her college dorm in “Not Your Brother’s Drop Off,” but in her excitement the middle Heck child suffers a coiffure snafu. Elsewhere, Brick is at a loss when Cindy wants to take their relationship to the next level.

SEASON 31 PREMIERE, 8pm, CBS
Survivor
The Cambodian island of Koh Rong is the setting for the season, which welcomes back 20 former contestants selected by fans to return.

SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 8pm, NBC
The Mysteries of Laura
“The Mystery of the Taken Boy” finds Laura and the team on the trail of a kidnapped child. But recovering the lad safe and sound will mean rooting through some skeletons in his family’s closet.

SEASON 34 PREMIERE, 8pm, PBS
Nature
The first half of a two-parter, “Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Second Chances” spotlights the work of human caretakers tending to orphaned baby animals. Featured critters include a baby koala at an Australian conservation center and a gaggle of baby sloths at a Costa Rican sanctuary.

8pm & 8:30pm,, ABC Family
Young & Hungry
Serenity gives way to shenanigans when Sofia is mistaken for an escort during her spa day with Gabi in “Young & How Sofia Got Her Groove Back.” Then in “Young & Trashy,” the gals give Josh a Steve Jobs-esque turtleneck to commemorate the launch of his app—but then try to reclaim it after learning it actually was Steve Jobs’ turtleneck, and could be worth a pretty penny.

SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 8:30pm, ABC
The Goldbergs
Looking for even more call-girl-related humor during the family hour on the Walt Disney Company family of networks? Lainey, Erica, and Barry have you covered as they throw “A Kick-Ass Risky Business Party” inspired by the 1983 Tom Cruise vehicle. Naturally, the shindig gets out of control and it’s up to Beverly to save the day. Elsewhere, Adam tries to stay in touch with Dana after their lengthy phone conversations earn Murray’s ire.

SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 9pm, Fox
Empire
“The Devils Are Here” resumes the action three months after Lucious landed behind bars, whence he attempts to keep hold of Empire Entertainment’s reins. While an ambitious state prosecutor determines to lay him low, Cookie arranges a high-wattage concert in support of her ex (even as she plots to seize control of the company, natch).

SEASON 7 PREMIERE, 9pm, ABC
Modern Family
Hoo boy, we’re not even halfway through today’s roundup are we? Hang in there, gang, we can do this. In “Summer Lovin’,” Haley tries to keep Andy from popping the question to Beth, Jay and Gloria get more than they bargained for when enrolling Joe in preschool, and Cam plots to get Mitch his old job back in the face of straitened finances.

SEASON 17 PREMIERE, 9pm, NBC
Law & Order: SVU
“Devil’s Dissections” and “Criminal Pathology” see the squad tangling with terrors old and new after another body turns up on the beach where serial killer Gregory Yates deposited many of his victims. The ensuing case takes an even darker turn when Barbra squares off against a pair of hard-charging defense attorneys at trial.

SEASON 7 PREMIERE, 9pm, Food Network
Worst Cooks in America
A celebrity edition tasks hosts Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray with instilling some basic culinary skills in onetime TV stars including Barry Williams, Dean Cain, Jaleel White, and JWoww.

9pm, PBS
NOVA
“Arctic Ghost Ship” explores the mysterious fate of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, in which two British Royal Navy ships sent to chart the Northwest Passage vanished. The recent discovery of one of the ship’s remains could hold clues to what happened, and almost certainly also includes g-g-g-g-ghosts!

SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 9:30pm, ABC
Black-ish
Jack faces possible expulsion after uttering the N-word during his school talent show performance in “THE Word.” As Dre and Bow fight to prevent that punishment, the family examines the history of that word and its various roles and meanings in American culture.

SEASON 17 FINALE, 9:30pm, CBS
Big Brother
Whatever usually happens in the last episode of a Big Brother season probably happens in the last episode of this Big Brother season.

SEASON 1 FINALE, 10pm, TV Land
The Jim Gaffigan Show
Hey, we made it to the 10pm hour! Gettin’ close now, I swear. The hour-long “Wonderful” caps the rookie season with Jim passing up a show in Australia after his kids are beset by both lice and flu bugs. Why, it’s enough to make him imagine what life might’ve been like had he not chosen marriage and fatherhood.

SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 10pm, ABC
Nashville
Juliette’s career is cresting, what with her starring movie role and her dueting with Steven Tyler, but her home life is on the opposite trajectory. Also struggling in “Can’t Let Go” are Rayna and her family, who come together in the wake of Deacon’s liver transplant.

10pm, FXX
The League
The fellas argue about the best place to watch the games in “The Blind Spot.” In personal pursuits, Taco inaugurates his latest venture while Ruxin enjoys having the house to himself (or so he believes).

10pm, Comedy Central
South Park
Mr. Garrison proposes a drastic solution when the boys clash with a growing number of undocumented immigrants at South Park Elementary in “Where My Country Gone?”

10:30pm, Comedy Central
Moonbeam City
“Lights! Camera! Reenaction!” finds a true crime show interested in dramatizing one of Dazzle’s arrests. He agrees—as long as he gets to direct the episode.

10:30pm, FXX
You’re the Worst
Gretchen throws a housewarming bash hoping to reconnect with old friends, while Jimmy pooh-poohs the notion of adult friendship entirely. Meanwhile in “Born Dead,” Lindsay meets Paul’s new squeeze as Edgar continues his attempts at courtship. ...That’s the last one, right? Whew, we got through it! Good team effort, everyone. Fall premiere week, am I right?

LATE-NITE:
– Tim Allen, Ta’Rhonda Jones, and Gary Clark, Jr. on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Derek Waters on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– James Spader, Andrew Rannells, and Brian Regan on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Hugh Jackman & Global Poverty Project founder Hugh Evans, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Pearl Jam on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 11:35pm, CBS
– Don Johnson and James Taylor on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Will Forte, Natasha Lyonne, and Stephen Perkins on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35am, NBC
– Brit Marling, Kunal Nayyar, and Fifth Harmony on The Late Late Show with James Corden, 12:37am, CBS

 

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