Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

Paul Schiraldi

Veep 8:30 p.m., HBO

So far, this season belongs to Jonah, played so brilliantly unappealingly by the tall and toothy Timothy Simons. Now a D.C. blogger, Jonah is the epitome of a jerk, always spitting out cleverly written idiocies. He also inspires some of the show’s nastiest putdowns, as Selina’s staff members continually find new ways to make his name obscene. “Veep” has been Simons’s first big break. The 35-year-old actor has upcoming roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s comedy based on the Thomas Pynchon novel “Inherent Vice” and Seth Rogen’s “The Interview.”


Nashville: On the Record 10 p.m., ABC

It’s still not clear whether this show, whose ratings have eroded across the season, will be renewed. But as a multimedia property, “Nashville” is still plugging along. The stars have been performing in concert, including this special built around a show in Nashville, and a fourth soundtrack of original material from the show is due next month. Given ABC’s thin lineup, as well as the added money from the music sales, “Nashville” will most likely be back for a third year.

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The Americans 10 p.m., FX

Philip’s rushin’ into anger.

TripTank 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central



Big Bold Builds 10 and 10:30 p.m., Bio

Hugh Jackman.

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