Television

Wednesday’s TV Highlights: Season premiere of “Modern Family” on ABC

Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell.
Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell in the season premiere of “Modern Family” on ABC.
(Eric Liebowitz / ABC)

SERIES

Survivor Baby boomers are pushed aside as the new season of the unscripted competition series pits millennials against Generation Xers. Jeff Probst returns as host. 8 p.m. CBS

Blindspot Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and the team try to prevent a dangerous arms deal in the season premiere. Archie Panjabi, Sullivan Stapleton and Michelle Hurd also star. 8 p.m. NBC

ABC family comedies “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family” and “black-ish” return for new seasons. 8, 9 and 9:30 p.m. ABC

Speechless Micah Fowler stars in this new comedy as a teenager with cerebral palsy whose mother (Minnie Driver) is determined to see that he gets what’s best. 8:30 p.m. ABC

Lethal Weapon After four popular movies, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are a hard act to follow, but Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans Sr. give it a shot in this new series iteration of the comedy-adventure franchise. Det. Riggs (Crawford) still has a troubled past that makes him an initially unwanted wild-card partner for Det. Murtaugh (Wayans). Jordana Brewster also stars. 8 p.m. Fox

Forces of Nature The documentary miniseries continues with “Elements,” an examination of the factors that helped make Earth a habitable planet. 8 p.m. KOCE and KPBS

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit The squad uncovers a terrorist plot in New York as the long-running procedural returns for a new season. 9 p.m. NBC

Empire The third season of the music-industry drama opens right where last season left off. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson star. Leslie Uggams and Vivica A. Fox reprise their guest roles. 9 p.m. Fox

Big Brother The unscripted series ends its season. Julie Chen hosts. 9:30 p.m. CBS

Chicago P.D. The aftermath of Voight’s (Jason Beghe) actions on the night of a certain death plagues him and Lindsay (Sophia Bush) in the drama’s fourth-season premiere. Philip Winchester guest stars in his role from the upcoming “Chicago Justice.” 10 p.m. NBC

Designated Survivor Kiefer Sutherland stars as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development who rises to the office of president following a devasting attack on the U.S. Capitol during the annual State of the Union address.  Natascha McElhone, Kal Penn (who actually worked in the White House) and Italia Ricci also star. 10 p.m. ABC

India: Nature’s Wonderland This new documentary series explores India’s rich culture and rare wildlife. 10 p.m. KOCE and KPBS

South Park Kyle tries to keep his identity as a troll secret in this new episode of the animated series. 10 p.m. Comedy Central

Queen Sugar The Bordelon family tries to return to its normal lives, but Ralph (Kofi Siriboe) suffers some setbacks as he struggles to run the farm. 10 p.m. OWN

Mr. Robot An old friend reveals everything to Elliot (Emmy-winner Rami Malek) in the season finale of the technological thriller. 10 p.m. USA

TALK SHOWS

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

Today America Ferrera; Mickey Guyton performs. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

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

Good Morning America Kiefer Sutherland; Sofia Vergara; Mark Wahlberg; “Dancing With the Stars.” (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. Norman Lear (“America Divided”); Eddie Cibrian (“Rosewood”); Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”); author Alan Cumming (“You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams”). (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Live With Kelly Kiefer Sutherland (“Designated Survivor”); Ken Jeong (“Dr. Ken”); Jussie Smollett. (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View Anthony Anderson; “Dancing With the Stars” castoff. (N) 10 a.m. KABC

Rachael Ray Emeril Lagasse and Clinton Kelly; Tony and October Gonzalez. (N) 10 a.m. KCAL

The Doctors Maureen McCormick; a woman undergoes a live procedure; super lice; child abductors. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL

The Wendy Williams Show Bethenny Frankel (“The Real Housewives of New York City”); Kent Jones performs. (N) 11 a.m. KTTV

The Talk Minnie Driver; Daniel Sunjata. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

The Dr. Oz Show People who say they have died share a message from beyond; dangers of adult loneliness. (N) 1 p.m. KTTV

Steve Harvey Kristin Cavallari; John David Washington (“Ballers”). (N) 2 p.m. KNBC

The Real Michael Ealy (“Secrets and Lies”). (N) 2 p.m. KTTV

Dr. Phil The stepmother of a little boy who vanished six years ago without a trace. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Lupita Nyong’o; Tim Kaine; Grace VanderWaal; Tyler Oakley; the Head and the Heart performs. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC

Between the Lines With Barry Kibrick Steven Bochco. 9 p.m. KLCS

Tavis Smiley (N) 11 p.m. KOCE

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

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Wendy Williams. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Conan Eric Andre; Catfish & the Bottlemen performs. (N) 11 p.m. TBS

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Kelly Ripa; Priyanka Chopra; Band of Horses performs. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Ethan Hawke; Tim Meadows; Wilco performs; Nile Rodgers sits in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live Lupita Nyong’o; Bill O’Reilly; Jake Owen performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KABC

The Late Late Show With James Corden Kurt Russell; Ellen Pompeo; Kristen Bell; Banks & Steelz. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Late Night With Seth Meyers Omari Hardwick; James Blake; Elaine Bradley. (N) 12:37 a.m. KNBC

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

Last Call With Carson Daly Grace Helbig; Mamrie Hart; Hannah Hart; Peter Bjorn and John; Scout Durwood and Jessica Rothe. (N) 1:38 a.m. KNBC


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