Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

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Naked and Afraid 8 p.m., Discovery

Like Adam and Eve, the contestants are trying to survive in the wilderness in pairs. Can they weather the bugs, and the sun, and the muddy swamps? They’re facing a few weeks of hard times, like the “Survivor” competitors. Oh, yeah, and THEY’RE NAKED, PEOPLE, NAKED. Talk about your not-so-subtle gimmicks. Anyhow, in this episode our heavily pixilated players get dirty — no, not that kind of dirty — in Madagascar.

Modern Family 9 p.m., ABC


There was a time when I wouldn’t miss an episode of this series. But somewhere in Season 3, I realized it was repeating itself. And now that old episodes are plastered all over USA, the need to watch is even less imperative. That said, I never regret tuning in to catch up with the characters as they go through their familiar motions. Plus, tonight Fred Armisen, Stephen Merchant, and Patton Oswalt are guest starring.

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The Americans 10 p.m., FX

Wigstock, 1981.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 10 p.m., TMC

We could steal time, just for one day.


Psych 9 p.m., USA

“Psych” out.

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