Wednesday TV: Last Season of ‘Rectify’

Rectify2Since it began, “Rectify” (Sundance, 10 p.m.) has been one of the best shows on television, quietly forging a path in telling the story of a man released from solitary confinement after 19 years when a conviction for murder was overturned, the effects on the family he left behind and his slow struggles to adjust.

It was more out of respect to Ray McKinnon’s storytelling than to his ratings that he was granted a fourth a final season. By now, some of its top-notch cast has found lead roles on new broadcast shows — Abigail Spencer to “Time; Clayne Crawford to “Lethal Weapon.”

They’re still going good work here, alongside Adelaide Clemens, J. Smith-Cameron and Bruce McKinnon. By now Aden Young’s Daniel Holden has moved to a halfway house in Nashville and has a full-time job in a warehouse. He has yet to meet a an intriguing woman in the arts (Caitlin FitzGerald) and begins to open up in his group setting. There’s still time to get involved in this fine series.

“Documentary Now!” (IFC, 10 p.m.) ends its second season with a one-hour parody of the Hollywood bio-pic “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” with Bill Hades as a celebrated director and Fred Armisen as an Italian comedian he imports. There are a number of surprising celebrity cameos playing along.

With paranormal activity finally solved, “Ghost Hunters” (Syfy, 9 p.m.) presents its final episode after eleven seasons.

On the new “Everest Air” (Travel, 10 p.m.) a team of Sherpas and helicopter pilots in the Alpine Rescue Service patrol the basecamp of Mount Everest.

They’re still trying to figure out Stonehenge and the Bronze Age on “Secrets of the Dead” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

Kelsey starts dating on “Younger” (TVLand, 10 p.m.).

“South Park” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) gets hacked.

The exes and rivals move in on “The Real World” (MTV, 10 p.m.).

A man single-handedly relocates a herd of wild giraffes on “Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

“Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.), “The Goldbergs” (ABC, 8 p.m.), “Speechless” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.), “Code Black” (CBS, 10 p.m.) and “Duck Dynasty” (A&E, 8:55 p.m.) all celebrate Halloween.

But “Blackish” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) marks Mischief Night.

Anthony Edwards guest stars on a new “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

Vernon and Paul take a road trip on “You’re the Worst” (FXX, 10 p.m.).

Tobias Church attacks the city on “Arrow” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

Rich Dotcom returns to “Blindspot” (NBC, 8 p.m., perhaps to get a new name.

The President tries diplomacy on “Designated Survivor” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

Making the millennial romance public is a bad idea on “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

A serial killer hits the Appalachian Trail on “Criminal Minds” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

If you haven’t noticed, there’s been some crossover between “Little Women: LA” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) and “Dancing with the Stars” which is featuring its cast member Terra Jole.

A preview of the new “Little Women: Dallas” comes during part two of the reunion of “Little Women: Atlanta” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

It’s Laverne Cox vs. Samira Wiley on “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike, 9 p.m.). It’s Queen Latifah vs. Marlon Wayons at 9:30 p.m.

Turner Classic Movies starts a two week Wednesday night series on presidential election drama with “The Last Hurrah” (8 p.m.), “All the President’s Men” (10:15 p.m.), “The Best Man” (12:45 a.m.) and “The Candidate” (2:45 a.m.).

It’s Cubs at Cleveland (Fox, 7 p.m.) in Game 2 of the World Series.

The NBA season is still opening with Oklahoma City at Philadelphia (ESPN 8 p.m.) and Houston at Lakers (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Hockey includes Boston at Rangers (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Blair Underwood, Abbi Jacobson, Michael Buble. The View: Phil Collins. The Talk: Tom Select, Lindsay Miller. Chelsea Handler: Meghan Trainor, Priyanka Chopra, Misty Snow. Harry Connick: Eric Dane, Rumor Willis. Ellen DeGeneres: Anna Kendrick, Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg, Donald Glover. Wendy Williams: Lori Bergamotto, Rob Shuter. The Real: Brian Tyree Henry, Kenya Moore.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Joel McHale, Abbi Jacobson, Jon Glaser. Jimmy Kimmel: Andrew Garfield, Mario Batali, Conor Oberst. Jimmy Fallon: Justin Timberlake, Tracey Ullman, Stanaj. Seth Meyers: Kate Beckinsale, Colin Hanks. James Corden: Ewan McGregor, Isla Fisher, Niall Horan. Carson Daly: Tricia Helfer, Temples, Trevante Rhodes. Trevor Noah: John Della Volpe, Phil Collins. Conan O’Brien: Elijah Wood, Joy Bryant, Tove Lo.

 

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