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What to Watch Tonight: The Series Debut of Code Black, and the Season Premieres of Criminal Minds and Chicago P.D.


What to watch on Wednesday, September 30...

8pm, The CW
iHeartRadio Music Festival
Janet Jackson, The Weekend, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, and more performers from the Las Vegas concert are highlighted. No word on whether any of them agreed to perform in a Gorilla Grodd suit to promote the return of The CW’s regular slate next week.

8pm, ABC
The Middle
Bummed that her roommate hasn’t arrived, Sue bombards Frankie and Mike with texts, calls, and quite possibly a carrier pigeon or two. Elsewhere in “Cutting the Cord,” Axl and Hutch have some new roommates of their own, of the six-legged variety; and Brick comes under the protection of an enigmatic bodyguard at school.

8pm, Fox
In “Fireflies and Fidelity,” Rosewood uses the Power of Private Pathology™ to probe a grave crime involving a well-heeled Miamian. But even that can’t help him balance his love life and his mother’s demands.

8pm, NBC
The Mysteries of Laura
After a cancer patient dies under strange circumstances in “The Mystery of the Cure to Loneliness,” Laura and Co. delve into the surprisingly shady world of survivors and their support networks. The lesson, as always: In the world of a police procedural, every subculture is in fact a shadowy realm of venom and depravity.

8pm, ABC Family
Young & Hungry
Over Sofia’s objection, Gabi decides to sublet their apartment during Gay Pride weekend in “Young & Doppelganger.” But a dispute between their temporary tenants reveals an even wider rift between the gals. Elsewhere, Josh succumbs to stage fright during his Ed Talk, while Yolanda and Elliot’s weekend bacchanal runs into a hitch.

8:30pm, ABC
The Goldbergs
Puberty takes its toll on Adam in “A Chorus Lie,” with his voice-cracks registering a whopping 8.5 on the Peter Brady Scale. It’s especially bad timing since he’s landed a lead role in the school production of A Chorus Line—so Beverly devises a cunning plan. Meanwhile, Murray sways Erica to take JTP member Geoff Schwartz to the Homecoming dance.

Criminal Minds
Aisha Tyler joins in a recurring role as a forensic psychologist, and her first job in “The Job” is to help the team track a serial killer with a penchant for violently violating his victims’ visages.

9pm, Fox
Cookie launches a new record label, but she and her collaborators have differing views about its direction. Meanwhile in “Without a Country,” Lucious hires a new attorney (Andre Royo) and cuts a track from behind bars, Jamal makes some cutthroat business decisions, and Hakeem tries to recruit a popular singer for the girl group he’s assembling, Nick Fury-style.

9pm, NBC
Law & Order: SVU
In “Transgender Bridge,” a trans teen is tormented and injured by bullies. When one of the assailants is subsequently tried as an adult, the squad considers the painful ramifications for the victim, the perpetrator, and their families.

9pm, PBS
E.O. Wilson - Of Ants and Men
The renowned biologist is profiled, including a look at the childhood curiosity that led him to become one of the world’s leading experts on ants and the author of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning book On Human Nature.

9pm, ABC
Modern Family
In “The Day Alex Left for College,” Alex misleads her parents about her move-in date to avoid their inevitable hullabaloo. And she’s not the only disappointing Dunphy child this week, as Luke tries to escape helping Phil at an open house in favor of hanging out with friends. Danged whippersnappers and their independent streaks.

9:30pm, ABC
A burglary on the family’s block has Dre thinking about buying a gun, which Bow is not comfortable with. Other security measures in “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Gun” include Pops teaching Zoey karate and Junior taking steps to prevent cyberterror attacks, possibly by watching some CBS procedurals and taking thorough notes.

Chicago P.D.
Chicago’s head heroin honcho cop-naps an Intelligence Unit detective in “Life Is Fluid.” In other distresses, Halstead tries to help Lindsay steer out of her skid, Olinsky shares with Platt a secret from his past, and Roman confides in Burgess about his pre-wedding jitters.

Code Black
This medical drama adapted from the eponymous 2014 documentary centers on America’s busiest emergency room. In the pilot, residency director Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden) throws her new first-year residents straight into the fire. Bonnie Somerville, and Luis Guzmán also star.

10pm, ABC
In “‘Til the Pain Outwears the Shame,” Juliette’s appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael hits a small snag when she has a total breakdown. Meanwhile, Rayna vows to sign a rock superstar and prove her label’s credibility.

10pm, Comedy Central
South Park
With gentrification taking hold of the town in “The City Part of Town,” Kenny gets a job at City Wok in hopes of improving his economic station.

10pm, FXX
The League
Jenny consults Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb for relationship advice in “Deflategate,” while Andre is slapped with a lawsuit courtesy of Frank “The Body” Gibbiati.

10:30pm, FXX
You’re the Worst
As Jimmy spends his day interviewing with an oddball author, Gretchen manages a crisis at work. Elsewhere in “All About That Paper,” Lindsay is served with divorce papers and Edgar takes a shine to improv comedy.

– Kunal Nayyar, Ed Burns, and El Vy on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Julianna Margulies, Andy Cohen, Ask This Old House, and John Scofield on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– John Oliver, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill Withers, and Ed Sheeran on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 11:35pm, CBS
– Don Rickles, Ken Jeong, and Kelsea Ballerini on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Robert DeNiro, Judy Greer, and Highly Suspect on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35am, NBC
– Patricia Arquette and A$AP Rocky on The Late Late Show with James Corden, 12:37am, CBS

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