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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

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American Idol 8 p.m., Fox

Boston is front and center in the first night of the two-night season 13 premiere. The producers are no doubt hoping to wash away the bad taste of last year’s uncomfortable friction between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Things are looking up in the first episode with the new, more collegial panel of season 12 holdover Keith Urban, newbie Harry Connick Jr., and returning judge Jennifer Lopez. The trio hands out golden tickets to several promising vocalists from Massachusetts.

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Crazy Hearts: Nashville 11 p.m., A&E

Country music is among the most popular radio formats in the United States and its artists are selling out stadiums. This new reality show tracks a group of country musicians a long way from those stages. It chronicles them scrapping in clubs, selling songs — apparently having romances with each other — and trying to make it. It premieres Wednesday at 11 and then the next episode airs Thursday, and the following Thursdays, at 10 p.m.

Arrow 8 p.m., the CW

Simon joins River in Starling City.

Jim Rome on Showtime 10 p.m., Showtime

Kicking off with “The Great One.” Party on, Wayne.

Suburgatory 8:30 p.m., ABC

Back to the ’burbs.

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