Wednesday’s TV Highlights: ‘Empire’ on Fox

Mariah Carey.
Mariah Carey guest stars on Fox’s “Empire.”
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Blindspot An assassin is in the crowd at a museum gala, and Nas and Weller (Archie Panjabi, Sullivan Stapleton) lead the team in trying to locate the killer before a tragedy occurs. Jane (Jaimie Alexander) is surprised by the fresh view she gets of her former organization. Ashley Johnson also stars in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC

Arrow Diggle and Thea (David Ramsey, Willa Holland) have left the team after Laurel’s death, and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) tries to steer Oliver (Stephen Amell) through a solo crusade of dealing with villains and vigilantes. Chad L. Coleman guest stars. 8 p.m. KTLA

The Goldbergs Adam (Sean Giambrone) risks injury in a game of paintball and Erica’s (Hayley Orrantia) friends see through her fake boyfriend in this new episode of the family comedy. 8 p.m. ABC

Lethal Weapon Murtaugh (Damon Wayans Sr.) is dismayed to learn that his training officer (Ted Levine) may be involved with a lethal drug cartel in the new episode. Riggs (Clayne Crawford) has his own trouble, still struggling to cope with the death of Miranda (guest star Floriana Lima, seen in flashbacks). Jordana Brewster, Kevin Rahm and Keesha Sharp also star. 8 p.m. Fox


Forces of Nature The miniseries concludes with an examination of “Motion.” 8 p.m. KOCE and KPBS.

Kids Halloween Baking Championship Fan favorites from the Kid’s Baking Championship return to the kitchen to take on two spooky challenges. 8 p.m. Food

Speechless Maya’s (Minnie Driver) concerns about a homecoming bonfire not being wheelchair-accessible for JJ (Micah Fowler) prompt the event to be canceled, which doesn’t go over well with JJ’s friends. John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook, Kyla Kenedy and Cedric Yarbrough also star. 8:30 p.m. ABC

Criminal Minds When a case hits JJ (A.J. Cook) hard, in its aftermath, she tells her husband, Will (guest star Josh Stewart), about a similar crime from years earlier that had a deeply personal connection for her, in founding cast member Thomas Gibson’s final episode of the series. Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler and Adam Rodriguez also star. 9 p.m. CBS


Frequency This new drama series (based on the 2000 movie) reconnects a present-day police detective (Peyton List) and her late father, a cop (Riley Smith) killed on the job 20 years earlier. Co-stars include Mekhi Phifer and Anthony Ruivivar. 9 p.m. KTLA

Modern Family Martin Short guest stars as a veteran marketing expert who shares his professional theories on promotions with Haley (Sarah Hyland), while Luke and Manny’s (Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez) competition to become senior-class president prompts a rivalry between their families. Eric Stonestreet, Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson also star. 9 p.m. ABC

Empire Mariah Carey guest stars as a music superstar sought by Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) to record a duet with Jamal (Jussie Smollett). Taye Diggs and Leslie Uggams also guest star. 9 p.m. Fox

NOVA The new two-hour episode “Great Human Odyssey,” examining how small groups of hunters and gatherers spread out across Africa and on to other continents. 9 p.m. KOCE

Catching Kelce This new unscripted series tries to make the perfect match for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Friends and family members will help him chose from a field of 50 women (one from each state). 9 p.m. E!

black-ish Dre (Anthony Anderson) tries to help Junior (Marcus Scribner) win his run for class president. Tracee Ellis Ross also stars and Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”) continues his guest role. 9:30 p.m. ABC

Code Black Willis (Rob Lowe) treats a young soccer player (Jonathan McClendon) whose future could be affected by an injury he suffers in the crash of his team’s bus. Marcia Gay Harden also stars with guest stars Eric Roberts and Camryn Manheim. 10 p.m. CBS

Chicago P.D. Voight, Lindsay and Halstead (Jason Beghe, Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer) investigate – and also support a distraught Mouch (Christian Stolte) when Platt (Amy Morton) is attacked while getting into her car after visiting her father (guest star Chelcie Ross). Jon Seda also stars. 10 p.m. NBC


Designated Survivor  President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) and his staff try to keep a White House security breach a secret as he prepares for a television interview with a prominent journalist (Elizabeth Vargas, herself) in this new episode of the political thriller. 10 p.m. ABC


The U.S. Senate Debate Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris (D) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) discuss issues in their only scheduled debate. 7 p.m. ABC and KDOC


A Face in the Crowd Andy Griffith stars as Lonesome Rhodes, a charismatic homespun Arkansas bum who becomes a media hero with help from a TV woman (Patricia Neal) in this 1957 classic. 5 p.m. TCM



CBS This Morning Issa Rae; John Dickerson. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Paisley Park; Kelly Clarkson; Ted Danson; Elvis Duran’s Artist. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

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

Good Morning America Sarah Jessica Parker; Michael J. Fox; Armie Hammer; “Dancing With the Stars” castoffs. (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. Daniel Sunjata (“Notorious”). (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Live With Kelly Ted Danson (“The Good Place”); Ann Heche (“Aftermath”); Tom Odell performs; Fred Savage. (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View Kelly Clarkson. (N) 10 a.m. KABC

Rachael Ray Chef Mario Batali; Dr. Ian; Judith Light; a date night dinner. (N) 10 a.m. KCAL

The Doctors Dr. Pimple Popper returns; Ta’Rhonda Jones (“Empire”) wants a better smile. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL

The Wendy Williams Show Kristin Chenoweth (“The Art of Elegance”). (N) 11 a.m. KTTV

The Talk Marcia Gay Harden and Rob Lowe; Jaymes Vaughan. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

The Dr. Oz Show A police officer says angels do exist; messages from angels. (N) 1 p.m. KTTV

Steve Harvey Nate Parker (“The Birth of a Nation”). (N) 2 p.m. KNBC

The Real Dolly Parton; Mekhi Phifer (“Frequency”). (N) 2 p.m. KTTV

Dr. Phil A man wants to get custody of his 14-year-old daughter from her grandmother; Dr. Art Markman. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Taylor Lautner (“Scream Queens”); Paralympian Tatyana McFadden; Bon Jovi performs. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC

Harry John Cena, Nikki and Brie Bella; kids showcase their talents; women who are making a difference. (N) 4 p.m. KTTV and 9 p.m. KCOP

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 Mark Duplass. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Conan Norm Macdonald; Keke Palmer; ZZ Top performs. (N) 11 p.m. TBS

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Ashton Kutcher; Issa Rae; Norah Jones performs. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Armie Hammer; Lindsey Vonn; Gustavo Dudamel; the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live Zach Galifianakis; Idina Menzel performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KABC

The Late Late Show With James Corden Julie Chen; Beth Behrs; Kristin Chenoweth performs. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Late Night With Seth Meyers Chelsea Clinton; Ted Danson; Bishop Briggs performs; Stanton Moore performs. (N) 12:37 a.m. KNBC

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

Last Call With Carson Daly Kylie Bunbury; Ismo Leikola. (N) 1:38 a.m. KNBC

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