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In Dick Wolf’s impractical world, there is only one SVU

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, April 29. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

Chicago P.D. (NBC, 9 p.m.) / Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 10 p.m.): Aw yeah, it’s time for another Dick Wolf crossover extravaganza. A Dick Wolf Cravanganza. A Dolf Cranza, if you will. Tonight’s double feature is a continuation of the storyline from Tuesday night’s Chicago Fire. Such is the way of Dick Cranzas. First, in Chicago P.D., the 16-season-wonders from Special Victims Unit (specifically Benson, Fin, and Amaro) travel to Chicago to help the team “with a rape/murder case that is frighteningly similar to a case from New York a decade ago.” Obviously, it’s not all wrapped up into a nice little bow there, and so it continues on an all new episode of SVU. Speaking of SVU, wouldn’t these crossovers make a lot more sense if Chicago also had its own Special Victims Unit? We smell another spin-off…

Regular coverage

The Middle (ABC, 8 p.m.) / The Goldbergs (ABC, 8:30 p.m.)

Survivor (CBS, 8 p.m.)

Arrow (The CW, 8 p.m.)

Modern Family (ABC, 9 p.m)

Black-ish (ABC, 9:30 p.m)

Big Time In Hollywood, FL (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.)

Elsewhere in TV Club

First off, The Lady Aye has a For Our Consideration in store for us, all about Penny Dreadful and “the real-life roots” of its Creature. Then, it’s part two of the four part Inventory series on adult-friendly childrens’ programming.

In the morning, check out Victor Beigelman’s pre-air TV Review of HBO mini-series (and J.K. Rowling project) The Casual Vacancy (10 a.m). Also, Jennifer Wood talks to Raymond Cruz in the latest edition of Random Roles (11 a.m.). They of course talk Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, because anything less would just be a cruel joke on all of us.

TV Club Classic

Lost (Classic) (1 p.m.): Ahem. Let’s try this again. A little ditty, about Nikki and Paulo. Two ethnically ambiguous kids, living on an island. (Your friendly, neighborhood What’s On Tonight contributor still didn’t have the time to think of a good rhyme for Paulo.) You know what this means! Myles McNutt is finally going to cover the single greatest episode of Lost—“Exposé.” Or so he says. We’ll see.


What else is on?

Unusually Thicke (POP, 8:30 p.m.): Alan Thicke’s “hilariously” titled sort-of-reality series returns for its second season, and if it’s anything like its first season… We’re not exactly sure what that would mean. But we can tell you that in the season premiere, “Walk Of Shame,” “Alan is inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame, and Tanya has to deal with his overinflated ego.” We’re willing to bet a lot of these episode descriptions end with “and Tanya has to deal with his overinflated ego.” But the Canadian Walk of Fame! That’s a big deal! We think.


Tia Mowry At Home (Cooking Channel, 9 p.m.): This is the series premiere of Tia Mowry At Home, where “Tia Mowry takes us inside her life, sharing her recipes for success — and for dinner!” That “and for dinner!” sounds like a threat, so watch this if you dare and if you think you’ll be able to learn more than you could from the Sister, Sister episode “Thanksgiving In Hawaii (Part 2).” Also: When did Tia Mowry become an authority on recipes?

Supernatural (The CW, 9 p.m.): “CLAIRE NOVAK RETURNS.” If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the next episode in this season to feature Castiel’s sort-of-daughter, you’re in luck. “When Claire Novak gets a lead on her mother, Amelia, who has been missing for years, Castiel asks Sam and Dean to help her.” Question: Is Amelia really as common of a name as Supernatural would want us all to believe?


Nashville (ABC, 10 p.m.): Question: Does Christina Aguilera guest star as Jade St. John? Answer: Yes, Christina Aguilera guest stars as Jade St. John. Question: Does Gunnar’s “you are not the father” drama resurface? Answer: Yes, Gunnar’s “you are not the father drama” resurfaces. Question:

CSI: Cyber (CBS, 10 p.m.): The episode—which is an episode of broadcast television—is titled “L0m1s.”


Wet Hot American Summer (HBO Comedy, 8 p.m.): “You taste like a burger. I don’t like you anymore.” A quote from Wet Hot American Summer or the Lost writers to Nikki and Paulo? Think about it.

Sports, sports, all type of sports

MLB Baseball: Mets at Marlins (Fox Sports, 7 p.m.)

MLB Baseball: Phillies at Cardinals (ESPN, 8 p.m.)

Stanley Cup Playoff: Game 7: Red Wings at Lightning (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.)

NBA Playoff: Game 5: Nets at Hawks (TNT, 7 p.m.)

NBA Playoff: Game 5: Trail Blazers at Grizzlies (TNT, 9:30 p.m.)

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

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

In case you missed it

Jane The Virgin: There’s really no reason your friendly, neighborhood What’s On Tonight contributor wouldn’t choose Caroline Framke’s glowing review of this week’s lucha-infused Jane The Virgin.