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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

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American Horror Story: Coven 10 p.m., FX

Tonight, at long last, we learn the identity of the next supreme. Please let it be Stevie Nicks. This season of “Horror Story” has been entertaining, albeit wildly uneven. How is it that nearly every witch died and then came back to life with no explanation? How did Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) manage to patch Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) together so flawlessly? Despite its glitches, season three has been notable in that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk created a showcase for strong actresses. Finally, a thriller where the women are not the victims, but the rulers of their kingdom. The men have been emasculated week after week. Ryan and Falchuk have duped the men of America into watching the most woman-centric show on television. Pictured: Frances Conroy as Myrtle.

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Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond 10 p.m., BBC America

In this four-part miniseries, premiering Wednesday, Dominic Cooper (“Mamma Mia!”) plays the dashing British naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming, who, of course, would go on to create one of our most enduring, and sexy, cinematic spies.

Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2014 8 p.m., CBS

A look back and a peek ahead.

American Idol 8 p.m., Fox

Sal Tlay Ka Siti

Hawking 10 p.m., Channel 2

Let’s get cosmological. (See review, Page 3)

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