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What to Watch on Wednesday: ‘Black-ish’ premiere is great-ish

From left, Anthony Anderson, Marcus Scribner and Laurence Fishburne in “black-ish” on ABC.
From left, Anthony Anderson, Marcus Scribner and Laurence Fishburne in “black-ish” on ABC. Adam Taylor/ABC

black-ish (9:30pm, ABC) - In this promising new sitcom, Anthony Anderson plays a dad who worries that his kids (including son Andre Jr., who wants to be referred to as Andy and announces that he wants to convert to Judaism) are losing their African-American heritage. This show has a strong cast ( Tracee Ellis Ross plays the mom and Laurence Fishburne plays the grandfather) and the potential to be great with some sharper writing. For now, call it “great-ish.” Read the full review of “black-ish.”

Also on tonight . . .

The Middle/Goldbergs /Modern Family (8pm, ABC) - ABC’s comedy block is back. In “The Middle” opener, Frankie is mistaken about when school begins, so Sue and Brick start classes a week late. In the “Goldbergs” season premiere, Adam takes the next step in his relationship with Dana by making her a mix tape. And “Modern Family” begins its sixth season with Alex returning home from a humanitarian mission and Mitchell and Cameron returning from their honeymoon.

Survivor: San Juan del Sur - Blood vs. Water (8pm, CBS) - 18 castaways compete with and against loved ones in a Blood vs. Water style competition that reintroduces Exile Island to the game.

Mysteries of Laura (8pm, NBC) - The early frontrunner for Worst New Show of the Season settles into its regular time-slot tonight, and I’ll admit I’m curious enough to tune in to see if the second episode is as bad as the pilot. Tonight, our favorite cop mom/mom cop works a murder case by baiting the killer on an internet dating site and by going to nightclubs undercover.

L&O: Special Victims Unit (9pm, NBC) - In the 16th season opener, Benson adjusts to being a foster mother (oh hey – another cop mom/mom cop!) to baby Noah, whose life is in jeopardy after Amaro does some undercover work linked to Noah’s deceased biological mother.

Big Brother (9:30pm, CBS) - The three remaining house guests compete for the final Head of Household, and later, the jury members vote for the winner.

Chicago PD (10pm, NBC) - In the Season 2 premiere, Voight is under scrutiny by Internal Affairs as the Sheldon Jin murder investigation gets underway.

Key & Peele (10:30pm, Comedy Central) - Sketches in tonight’s Season 4 premiere include an alien invasion of Earth, a family reacting to a gay relative’s wedding and surprising views from racists.