Wednesday TV: New ‘Men Women Wild’

men-women-wild-homepageA clothed variation of their “Naked and Afraid” series, “Men Women Wild” (Discovery, 10 p.m.) tests the relationships of three survivalist couples by sending them in three directions. One pair goes into the jungles of Mexico, another into frigid areas of Norway and the third into the desert mountains of Morocco.

Like the couples, who travel only with the clothes on their back and one small pack, the title of the series itself is packing light; it seems to be missing a verb. Using different couples makes it different than the original series of a singular title that ran from 2010 to 2012 on Discovery using just one couple, Mykel Hawke and Ruth England (that series also used commas between the words).

On the second of three episodes of “Making North America” on “Nova” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) Kirk Johnson looks at how dinosaurs and early primates first appeared on the continent — and the giant flood that divided the country and deposited big fish fossils onto the Kansas drylands.

Then, on “The Brain with David Edelstein” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) he finds that what a brain thrives on most are other brains — which sounds more sic fi than it should.

Jimmy’s trashy family comes to visit on “You’re the Worst” (FXX, 10:30 p.m.) and he is more than dismayed.

Like Jay-Z, Lucious looks to start a streaming service on “Empire” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

He’s so grown up, almost: Luke is driving on “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.), but arrested when he doesn’t have a license.

Axl misses the homecoming tailgate on “The Middle” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

The resident of room 33 is revealed on “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX, 10 p.m.). Must be check out day.

The family on “Black-ish” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) goes on a college visit to Brown.

Taco retires from sex because of concussions on a new episode of “The League” (FXX, 10 p.m.).

JJ is back from maternity leave on “Criminal Minds” (CBS, 9 p.m.) and is probably back in the thick of things.

Terrorists are recruiting the kids on “South Park” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.).

Somebody’s got amnesia on “Code Black” (CBS, 10 p.m.). Like: What’s that show about again? (Hospital drama).

The month long Wednesday night showcase on Southern writers, hosted by John Grisham, continues on Turner Classic Movies with adaptations of Davis Grubb’s “The Night of the Hunter” (8 p.m.), Flannery O’Connor’s “Wise Blood” (9:45 p.m.), Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” (11:45 p.m.) and two from Erskine Caldwell, “Claudette Inglish” (2 a.m.) and “God’s Little Acre” (3:45 a.m.).

NBA action includes Clippers at Dallas (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and San Antonio at Portland (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

In hockey, it’s Montreal at Pittsburgh (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.).

College football has Bowling Green at Western Michigan (ESPN2, 8 p.m.) opposite Northern Illinois at Buffalo (ESPNU, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly & Michael: Viola Davis, James McAvoy, Lance Ulanoff. The View: Margaret Cho. The Talk: Antonio Banderas, Bill Alverson. Ellen DeGeneres: Seth Rogen, Leon Bridges, Justin Bieber. Wendy Williams: Christie Brinkley, Chole Melas. Meredith Vieira: Jaime Alexander.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Viola Davis, Brian Greene, George Ezra. Jimmy Kimmel: Rob Lowe, Adrianne Palicki, Dave Gahan & Soulsavers. Jimmy Fallon: James McAvoy, Sam Smith, Kurt Braunohler. Seth Meyers: Adam Levine, Bethenny Frankel, Alessia Cara, Jeremy Gara. James Corden: Christoph Waltz, Carey Mulligan, Johnny Galecki. Carson Daly: Devin Pereira, Broncho, Emily Beecham. Tavis Smiley: Kevin Powell, Joss Stone. Trevor Noah: Paul Bettany. Conan O’Brien: Jesse Eisenberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Six Strong

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