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Wednesday's TV highlights: 'Nature,' 'American Idol' and more

Beavers get busy on a new episode of "Nature" on PBS
Fox's "American Idol" airs its 500th episode
Epix presents the musical bio-doc "Charles Bradley: Soul of America"

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SERIES

American Idol The three finalists visit their hometowns as the singing competition hits the 500-episode mark. 8 p.m. Fox

Nature The engineering skills of the humble beaver are examined in this new episode. 8 p.m. KOCE

Suburgatory The recently canceled sitcom wraps up its run after three seasons. 8:30 p.m. ABC

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "The West Wing's" Joshua Malina is the suspect of the week in this new episode of the crime drama. 9 p.m. NBC

Modern Family Nathan Lane and Elizabeth Banks guest star in this new episode. 9 p.m. ABC

Nova The new episode "Escape From Nazi Alcatraz" revisits some British POWs' daring plan to build a glider right under the noses of their captors. 9 p.m. KOCE

Nazi Mega Weapons The defensive perimeter that was designed to protect Hitler's underground bunker is examined in the new episode "Fortress Berlin." 10 p.m. KOCE

Kodiak Guides help hunters and fishermen stear clear of Kodiak Island's sizable population of ferocious brown bears in this new four-part series. 10 p.m. Discovery

MOVIES

Charles Bradley: Soul of America This 2011 music documentary charts the 65-year-old singer's late-in-the-game rise to fame. 8 p.m. Epix

Blue Caprice Isaiah Washington ("Grey's Anatomy") stars in this 2013 drama inspired by the Beltway sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington area in 2002. 8 p.m. TMC

TALK SHOWS

CBS This Morning (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today James Franco; chef Mark Bittman; Lily Allen performs; Kim Raver. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA

Good Morning America Jim Parsons; Santana performs; Alexa Ray Joel. (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. Sarah Drew; Amy Purdy ("Dancing With the Stars"). (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Rachael Ray Patricia Heaton. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL

Live With Kelly and Michael Harry Connick Jr.; Santana performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC

Dr. Phil 9 a.m. KCAL

The View (N) 10 a.m. KABC

The Doctors Drug-addicted babies. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL

The Wendy Williams Show Terry O'Quinn. (N) 11 a.m. KTTV

The Talk Tyne Daly. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

The Queen Latifah Show Gloria Steinem; Rita Moreno; Arianna Huffington; MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry. (N) 2 p.m. KCBS, 7 p.m. KCAL

The Dr. Oz Show Food cravings. (N) 2 p.m. KABC

The Wendy Williams Show John Leguizamo. 2 p.m. KTTV

Dr. Phil 16-year-old party girl. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

Steve Harvey Forgiveness. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC

Katie Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of AIDS activist Ryan White. (N) 3 p.m. KABC

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Emily Blunt; Ansel Elgort. (N) 4 p.m. KNBC

The Arsenio Hall Show Randy Jackson; Jackie Fabulous and Kym Whitley; Jermaine Dupri; Lil' Jon performs. (N) 11 p.m. KTLA

Tavis Smiley Barbara Walters; dancer Maurice Hines. (N) 11 p.m. KOCE

Charlie Rose (N) 11 p.m. KVCR, 11:30 p.m. KOCE

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Blondie performs. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Chelsea Lately Jason Priestley. (N) 11 p.m. E!

Conan Jonah Hill; Lupita Nyong'o; the John Butler Trio performs. 11 p.m. TBS

The Colbert Report Keri Russell. (N) 11:31 p.m. Comedy Central

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Maya Rudolph; Robert Duvall; Lily Allen performs. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC

Late Show With David Letterman Barbara Walters; Elle Fanning; Randy Houser performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live Emily Blunt; Daymond John ("Shark Tank"); the Birds of Satan perform. (N) 11:35 p.m. KABC

Late Night With Seth Meyers Tina Fey; Matthew Rhys; the Wild Feathers perform. (N) 12:36 a.m. KNBC

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Carrie Ann Inaba. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m. KABC

Last Call With Carson Daly Allison Tolman; the Preatures perform; I Am the Avalanche performs. (N) 1:37 a.m. KNBC

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