Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

National Geographic Channels

Locked Up Abroad 9 p.m., National Geographic

The series returns for season 7 with a look back at two American POWs during the Vietnam War. If you think one of them is Senator John McCain, you are correct. McCain, who was held for five years, joins Ernie Brace (pictured), who was captive for almost eight years, in recounting their stories. They were in adjoining cells and tapped messages through the wall. They first met face to face at a 1973 White House dinner for POWs months after they were released. “A guy came up to me, and I looked at him, and he said, ‘I’m Ernie Brace,’ ” McCain recalls. “I went ‘Wow.’ It was such an emotional moment for me.”

Phil Spector 10 p.m., HBO2


Did you see the goof on Al Pacino’s HBO movies on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend? It was a fake commercial for “The Al Pacino Accused Murderer Biopic Series,” and it featured Bill Hader as the raving star “disappearing” into the likes of Ted Kaczynski, Amanda Knox, the Menendez brothers, and Oscar Pistorius. Of course, Pacino doesn’t disappear. His Phil Spector is essentially Pacino in wigs, but he’s still the most interesting part of this pointless film. Pictured: Helen Mirren and Pacino.

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The Millionaire Matchmaker 10 p.m., Style

They’re looking for a red-headed woman (headed woman).

Crossfire Hurricane 8 p.m., HBO2

Or you could take out another mortgage.


How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) 9:30 p.m., Channel 5

Things that end in “-zepam.”

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