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Wednesday, June 22: American Gothic (Not the Painting)

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Wednesday, June 22

American Gothic
CBS, 10pm
New Series!
CBS’ self-described “perfect summer mystery” is a 13-part “whodunit” about a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threaten to tear the family apart. Juliet Rylance, Antony Starr, Virginia Madsen, Justin Chatwin and Megan Ketch star.

Big Brother
CBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Season 18 of the voyeuristic reality series premieres with a special two-hour episode tonight. The series will have three weekly episodes Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Julie Chen returns as host.

The Great Polar Bear Feast
PBS, 8pm
Investigate a unique population of polar bears facing problems due to climate change. At the heart of the story is an extraordinary event — the annual gathering of up to 80 polar bears on Barter Island in the Arctic Ocean each September.

Car Matchmaker
Esquire Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!
In Season 3, host Spike Feresten takes on an entirely new set of challenges as he draws upon his two decades of automobile knowledge and expertise to find the perfect match for his clients, who include a couple looking to live completely off the grid for a year; an art director who wants a motorcycle with a sidecar for his bulldog; and a retired NFL player who wants a luxury lifestyle but is currently living on a budget.

Wayward Pines: “Sound the Alarm”
FOX, 9pm
Rebecca recalls first meeting Pilcher, and the creation of Wayward Pines is revealed. Megan experiments on the first female Abbie that has been captured.

Skin Wars: “Contort This!/Fresh Paint”
GSN, 9pm
Former U.S. Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson is the guest judge in this new episode. The artists take on the complex challenge of painting multi-body illusions on acrobatic contortionists who can bend their bodies into almost any shape.

Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons
HBO, 10pm
New Series!
After his acrimonious split with ESPN, former Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons starts his tenure at HBO with this new weekly talk show featuring special guests and lively debate on sports, pop culture, arts, technology and more.

The Night Shift: “Three-Two-One”
NBC, 10pm
As the city erupts in violence over an impending jury verdict, the night shift becomes ground zero when they have to take in the man suspected of the racially motivated shooting at the source of the unrest. His presence in the emergency room sparks sharp conversation and disagreements among the staff over the highly charged topic, and even close friends Kenny (JR Lemon) and Paul (Robert Bailey Jr.) find themselves at odds.

Royal Pains: “Home Sick”
USA Network, 10pm
Hank meets a woman selling her house for health reasons; Eddie has made a major medical decision without consulting Hank; Evan and Paige continue the IVF process; Jeremiah is furious at Boris.

Thursday, June 23

ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
The epic robot-fighting tournament is back for a second season, hosted by ESPN’s Samantha Ponder. The 10-episode season features 48 next-generation, homemade robots — bigger, faster and stronger than ever before — and highly competitive builders determined to have the last bot in the battle.

Bones: “The Stiff in the Cliff”
FOX, 8pm
When the remains of a famous billionaire explorer are found in Antarctica, Brennan and Booth must determine if his death was murder. Unfortunately, their findings land a member of the Jeffersonian team on the suspect list.

Beauty and the Beast: “Something’s Gotta Give”
The CW, 9pm
Cat discovers that she might be pregnant, and Vincent follows a lead that puts his life in jeopardy.

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge: “No One Triumphs Alone”
NBC, 9pm
NBC’s challenging competition series moves to its regular day and time as six more teams compete in challenging obstacle courses that test their strength, speed and stamina.

Lone Star Law: “Calm Before the Storm”
Animal Planet, 10pm
Across Texas, boating and fishing patrols are interrupted by record storms and flooding resulting from weeks of heavy rain.

BBC America, 10pm
New Miniseries!
When Ivy Moxam (Jodie Comer) escapes 13 years of captivity, she returns to her family hoping to find that nothing has changed, but she learns that everything has. And when the kidnapper eludes capture and kidnaps another girl, Ivy is forced to relive her trauma and help in the investigation. But inconsistencies and lies poke holes in Ivy’s tale. As the story unravels and the truth is revealed, no one’s life escapes the fallout.

Aquarius: “Revolution 1”
NBC, 10pm
On the day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Hodiak (David Duchovny) must investigate a murder in a black neighborhood while trying to prevent an imminent riot.

Queen of the South
USA Network, 10pm
New Series!
Based on the best-selling novel La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (which was also adapted into a very popular Spanish-language telenovela), this drama tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a woman who is forced to seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. In the process, she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the drug-trafficking ring that has her on the run.