Wednesday’s TV Highlights: ‘Motive’ on ABC

Kenny Johnson, left, and Warren Christie  in “Motive” on ABC.
Detectives investigate a prosecutor’s murder on “Motive.” Kenny Johnson, left, guest stars, with Warren Christie..
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So You Think You Can Dance Figure skater Tara Lipinski returns to the judges’ panel along with Jesse Tyler Ferguson as the top four perform before next week’s season finale. Jason Mraz also performs in this new episode. 8 p.m. Fox

Young & Hungry Gabi (Emily Osment) is struggling with her feelings about Josh’s (Jonathan Sadowski) upcoming marriage to Caroline (Mallory Jansen) in the season finale. 8 p.m. Family

Mystery Girls In the season finale Charlie and Holly (Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling) discover that the killer from the murder investigation that brought them back together is on the loose again. 8:30 p.m. Family


Extant In this two-hour episode visions of his late daughter prompt Sparks (Michael O’Neill) to go on the run with Molly’s (Halle Berry) baby. 9 p.m. CBS

Who Do You Think You Are? Minnie Driver unravels family secrets in this new episode. 9 p.m. TLC

Legends Martin (Sean Bean) assumes the persona of international arms dealer in this new episode. 9 p.m. TNT

Motive An undercover cop (Kenny Johnson) is the killer in the season finale, and the victim is Sergeant Cross’ (Warren Christie) girlfriend, prosecutor Samantha Turner (Laura Mennell). Kristin Lehman also stars with guest star Aliyah O’Brien. 10 p.m. ABC

Best Bars in America In the season finale hosts Jay Larson and Sean Patton end their cross-country journey back home in Los Angeles. Guests include comic Rory Scovel, chef Roy Choi and musician Matt Sorum. 10 p.m. ESQTV

Restaurant: Impossible In this new episode the owner of Uncle Andy’s Diner in Portland, Maine, is a part-time stand-up comic and spends more time telling jokes to customers than paying attention to the quality of the food. 10 p.m. Food

Franklin & Bash Peter and Jared (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer) represent a taxi driver who is accused of teaming up with an accomplice posing as a passenger to steal celebrity handbags in this new episode. (Malcolm McDowell also stars with guest stars John Michael Higgins and Mike Tyson. 10 p.m. TNT

Hot in Cleveland Victoria (Wendie Malick) is up for an Academy Award and Elka (Betty White) faces a City Council election in this new episode. 10 p.m. TV Land



Operation Maneater In this new special, veterinarian Mark Evans uses technology to demonstrate how predators and their human prey can coexist. 10 p.m. KOCE


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

Today Jennifer Aniston; Betty Who performs; Marilu Henner. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

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

Good Morning America Chefs Gail Simmons and Marcus Samuelsson; KEM performs. (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. Jo Dee Messina; Hayley Hasselhoff; Judy Greer; Matt Barnes, L.A. Clippers; Julie Benz (“Defiance”). (N) 7 a.m. KTTV


Live With Kelly and Michael Andrew Garfield and Ricky Gervais; MKTO performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View S.E. Cupp and Jason Biggs; Kate Hudson; Laverne Cox. 10 a.m. KABC

The Doctors Weight loss. 11 a.m. KCAL

The Talk Goran Visnjic. 1 p.m. KCBS

The Dr. Oz Show Fire safety; dangerous over-the-counter medications; combining food and medicine; monk fruit. 2 p.m. KABC

Dr. Phil A 24-year-old daughter’s severe alcohol addiction and destructive choices. 3 p.m. KCBS

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Jennifer Lopez. 4 p.m. KNBC

Charlie Rose (N) 11 p.m. KVCR; 12:30 a.m. KOCE

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

Conan Kevin Hart. 11 p.m. TBS

The Colbert Report Michael Sheen. (N) 11:30 p.m. Comedy Central

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Chris Rock. 11:34 p.m. KNBC

Late Show With David Letterman James McAvoy; the Last Internationale performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live Jennifer Aniston. (N) 11:35 p.m. KABC

Tavis Smiley Ed O’Neill; Jennifer Holliday. (N) midnight KOCE

Late Night With Seth Meyers Carson Daly. 12:36 a.m. KNBC

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Maria Bello. 12:37 a.m. KCBS

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