Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

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Back in the Game 8:30 p.m., ABC

In this new single-cam multi-gen fam-com, placed strategically before “Modern Family,” Maggie Lawson (right) plays a divorced mother who moves in with her estranged father, James Caan’s beer-drinking “The Cannon.” They coach a little league team of misfits — including her son — together. The pilot is sweet but forgettable. The character I might return for is Lenora Crichlow’s gonzo sidekick (left).

Modern Family 9 p.m., ABC


The beloved single-cam multi-gen fam-com returns for season 5 with an hourlong episode and a fourth Emmy for best comedy. The only other shows that have won four or more best comedy Emmys are “All in the Family,” “Cheers,” and “Frasier.” ABC’s “Modern Family” plot summary makes it sound as though all will continue as before: Claire and Phil struggle to find time alone and Cameron becomes a substitute teacher. Pictured: RICO RODRIGUEZ and SOFIA VERGARA.

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Breaking Bad series marathon 8 p.m., AMC

Walter White’s life gets very methy.

Nashville 10 p.m., ABC

Rayna’s in a coma. It’s really serious.


Law & Order: SVU 9 p.m., NBC

Benson is held captive. Viewers aren’t.

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