Wednesday TV: ‘Criminal Minds’ Finale

Criminal“Criminal Minds” (CBS, 10 p.m.) closes its penultimate season tonight with the marriage of Joe Mantegna’s Rossi to Gail O’Grady’s Krystal. But there are also a series of fatal shootings to investigate as well.

I always love the personal stories,” Mantegna told me for a story in TV Guide Magazine last fall. “Especially in a show with this kind of longevity, we want to be able to delve into those characters, and find their backstories.” The series will conclude after the 15th season, the network has determined.

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) returns with its first new episode in a while, just in time to analyze the state of the union.

The latest person to be revealed on “The Masked Singer” (Fox, 9 p.m.) was Tori Spelling. Were we supposed to know what her singing voice was like?

In the time slot premiere of “The World’s Best” (CBS, 8 p.m.), we finally get to see the fate of the UK underwater escape artist Matt Johnson.

Spain’s Generalissimo Francisco Franco is the focus of tonight’s “The Dictator’s Playbook” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

“Incredible Animal Moments” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.) counts down animal action caught on camera.

The Arctic’s white wolf is subject of a “Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) replay from last year.

Just about every show on the CW has been renewed for a new season except for “All American” (CW, 9 p.m.), which remains on the bubble.

“The Challenge” (MTV, 9 p.m.) returns for a new season, accompanied by an after show at 10.

Stu is blackmailed on “Suits” (USA, 10 p.m.).

New evidence on the engineering of the Great Pyramid of Giza is revealed on “Nova” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

On “Riverdale” (CW, 8 p.m.), Sierra and Tom get an unsettling message on the eve of their wedding.

A new campus policy gets some push back on “Grown-ish” (Freeform, 8 p.m.).

In “Deadly Class” (Syfy, 10 p.m.), Saya and Marcus survive an attack on the school.

Katy gets a puppy on “The Magicians” (Syfy, 9 p.m.).

“Project Runway All Stars” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) welcome Wendy Williams, Danica Patrick and Lily Aldridge.

Doctors bicker on “Chicago Med” (NBC, 8 p.m.); Cruz organizes a Polar Plunge on “Chicago Fire” (NBC, 9 p.m.), and Atwater goes undercover on “Chicago P.D.” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

Glass is broken on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

“Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back” (Fox, 8 p.m.) renovates a Cajun joint in Kansas City.

The curse of King Tut’s tomb is examined by Don Wildman on “Beyond the Unknown” (Travel, 10 p.m.), but first he goes to Washington for a special on “The Watergate Scandal: A Mysteries at the Museum Special” (Travel, 9 p.m.). But the evening starts with a Civil War chest on “Mysteries at the Museum” (Travel, 8 p.m.).

Jimmy tries to be cool before the wedding on “You’re the Worst” (FXX, 10 p.m.).

Waitresses get makeovers from the nine remaining contestants on “American Beauty Star” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

It’s Kat Graham vs. Shameik Moore and Nikki Glaser vs. Brad Williams on “Drop the Mic” (TNT, 10 p.m.).

What’s the best turning point film that had Oscar considerations? Turner Classic Movies pits “The Longest Day” (8 p.m.) and “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (11:15 p.m.). Then two best picture winners that didn’t have any acting nominations: “An American in Paris” (2 a.m.) and “Gigi” (4:15 a.m.). All day are fantasy films that have Oscar nominations: “Gulliver’s Travels” (4:30 a.m.), “Lost Horizon” (6 a.m.), “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T” (8:15 a.m.), “The Thief of Baghdad” (10 a.m.), “Brigadoon” (noon), “Tom Thumb” (2 p.m.) and “Blithe Spirit” (6 p.m.).

NBA action has Washington at Milwaukee (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and San Antonio at Golden State (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

In hockey, it’s Boston at Rangers (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Connecticut at Temple (CBS Sports, 6 p.m.), Clemson at Georgia Tech (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.), Rhode Island at Davidson (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Notre Dame at Miami (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Wichita State at East Carolina (ESPNews, 7 p.m.), Georgetown at Providence (Fox Sports 1, 7:30 p.m.), Creighton at Villanova (CBS Sports, 8 p.m.), LSU at Mississippi State (ESPN2, 9 p.m.), Oklahoma State at TCU (ESPNU, 9 p.m.), California at Oregon (Fox Sports 1, 9:30 p.m.), Nevada at Colorado State (CBS Sports, 10 p.m.) and UNLV at Boise State (ESPNU, 11 p.m.).

In college football, it’s National Signing Day (ESPN2, noon; ESPNU, 2 p.m.), and it becomes a TV show.

It’s the World Alpine championship in men’s super-G (NBC Sports, 6:25 a.m.) and aerials skiing (NBC Sports, midnight).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Chris Pratt. The View: Jill Abramson. The Talk: Tiffany Haddish. Ellen DeGeneres: Elizabeth Banks, Pink. Wendy Williams: Killer Mike, Nick Cannon. The Real: Wayne Brady.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Steve Buscemi, Bret Baier, Sasha Sloan. Jimmy Kimmel: Daniel Radcliffe, Phoebe Robinson, Lauv & Troye Sivan. Jimmy Fallon: Liam Hemsworth, Jessica Williams, Ronnie Milsap and Little Big Town. Seth Meyers: Ice-T, Paul Schrader, Tucker Rule. James Corden: Alicia Keys, Hailey Bieber, Joe List. Carson Daly: Killer Mike, Lucy Dacus, Shane West. Trevor Noah: Danai Gurira. Conan O’Brien: Tracy Morgan, Taraji P. Henson.

 

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