Wednesday’s TV highlights: ‘Empire’ on Fox

Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard in a new episode of the music-industry drama "Empire" on Fox.
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The Blacklist An unidentified young girl appears and the team tries to find her connection to a secret that Red (James Spader) is hiding in this new episode. Megan Boone also stars. 8 p.m. NBC

Riverdale Hiram (Mark Consuelos) tries to influence the mayoral race between Fred and Hermione (Luke Perry, Marisol Nichols) by seeking an alliance with Sheriff Minetta (guest star Henderson Wade) in this new episode. Lili Reinhart, KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse star. 8 p.m. KTLA

The Goldbergs Barry (Troy Gentile) is given the chance to throw the first pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies game, and sees that as a sign that he’s destined for a baseball career in this new episode. Hayley Orrantia, Bryan Callen, AJ Michalka and Alison Rich continue their guest roles. Sean Giambrone, Jeff Garlin and George Segal also star. 8 p.m. ABC

Empire Eddie (guest star Forest Whitaker) gets support from the Empire board of directors, complicating the efforts of Lucious and Shine (Terrence Howard, Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner) to oust him, in this new episode. Taraji P. Henson also stars. Alfre Woodard also guest stars. 8 p.m. Fox


Alex, Inc. With his podcast about to debut, Alex (Zach Braff) is particularly sensitive to comments from others, including internet trolls. Michael Imperioli and Hillary Anne Matthews also star. 8:30 p.m. ABC

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rollins (Kelli Giddish) struggles to stay focused on the professional aspects of her job instead of her own personal anguish, as she tries to save a youngster whose father (guest star Ray McKinnon) has made the child a hostage in this new episode. Mariska Hargitay, Ice T and Peter Scanavino also star. 9 p.m. NBC

Modern Family Shelley Long reprises her guest role as Dede, whose surprise visit prompts Mitchell and Cam (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet) to have an epiphany about her. Claire (Julie Bowen) may be in for a lot of bad news, so Phil, Luke, Alex and Haley (Ty Burrell, Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland) try to time their revelations well. Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara also star. 9 p.m. ABC

NOVA Wonders Hosts Talithia Williams, Rana el Kaliouby and Andre Fenton explore the bacteria and viruses that inhabit the human body, for better and worse. 9 p.m. KOCE and KPBS


The Expanse The crew of the Rocinante provides life-saving medical care to wounded Martian soldiers in exchange for supplies, while Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) struggles with how to circulate a key piece of evidence while she remains in hiding. Wes Chatham and Cas Anvar also star. 9 p.m. Syfy

Designated Survivor Though attorney Ethan West (Michael J. Fox) is continuing his probe of the White House, President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) has concerns that demand his immediate attention. Paulo Costanzo, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, Kal Penn and Maggie Q also star. 10 p.m. ABC

Being Serena This intimate new documentary series gives viewers an insight into the private life of tennis icon Serena Williams, as she goes through her last weeks of pregnancy and adjusts to new motherhood, and then as she embarks on a journey back to supremacy on the court. 10 p.m. HBO

America Inside Out With Katie Couric Couric examines the argument that anxiety among the white working class is fueling the political and cultural divide in the United States. 10 p.m. National Geographic


Krypton In the aftermath of the unsuccessful coup, Daron (Elliot Cowan) receives orders to punish the conspirators. 10 p.m. Syfy

Colony The third season of this dystopian thriller opens six months after Will and Katie Bowman (Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies) escaped from the Los Angeles bloc. 10 p.m. USA


CBS This Morning Marcia Gay Harden. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Ralph Macchio and Billy Zabka; “Once on This Island.” (N) 7 a.m. KNBC


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

Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. Child-safety activist Elizabeth Smart; Barry Manilow; celebrity hair stylist Robby LaRiviere; sportscaster Erin Andrews; orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Megyn Kelly Today Weight loss; Dr. Robynne Chutkan. (N) 9 a.m. KNBC


Live With Kelly and Ryan Helen Hunt (“Candy Jar”); Ralph Macchio (“Cobra Kai”). (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View Nicole Polizzi; Jenni Farley; Deena Nicole Cortese; Paul DelVecchio; Vinny Guadagnino. (N) 10 a.m. KABC

The Wendy Williams Show Kathy Griffin. (N) 11 a.m. KTTV

The Talk Anjelica Huston; Alexandra Wentworth; Paigion Walker. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS


The Dr. Oz Show Details of the Casey Anthony child-murder case. (N) 1 p.m. KTTV

The Doctors FaceTime may have saved a woman’s life; a woman finds worms in her eye; sleep and health. (N) 2 p.m. KCBS

Steve Eugenio Derbez (“Overboard”); Natalie Morales, Diann Valentin and Lynn Richardson. (N) 2 p.m. KNBC

Harry Jillian Michaels. (N) 2 p.m. KTTV


Rachael Ray Carla Hall (“The Chew”); Josh Holloway (“Colony”). (N) 2 p.m. KCOP

Dr. Phil Released from prison, a drug dealer wants her two daughters’ legal guardian to return them to her. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and Jenna Dewan Tatum (“World of Dance”). (N) 3 p.m. KNBC

The Real Tyler Henry (“Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry”). (N) 3 p.m. KTTV


Amanpour on PBS (N) 11 p.m. KOCE, KVCR

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Michael Hayden. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Conan Aubrey Plaza; Marlon Williams performs. (N) 11 p.m. TBS

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb; Robert Irwin; Jaden Smith performs. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC


The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Jim Gaffigan; Michael Avenatti; David Chang. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live Mike Myers; Zazie Beetz; Sugarland performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KABC

The Late Late Show With James Corden Will Ferrell; Eva Longoria; Jo Koy. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Late Night With Seth Meyers Priyanka Chopra; Mike O’Brien; Lord Huron performs; Carter McLean performs. (N) 12:37 a.m. KNBC


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

Last Call With Carson Daly Shaquille O’Neal; Elisa New; Creeper performs; Tommy Wiseau; Greg Sestero. (N) 1:38 a.m. KNBC

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