Wednesday TV: ‘Chicago’ Crossover Traffic

Chicago Fire - Season 8Why have three Chicago procedurals on the same night if you’re not going to have a three-show crossover event every so often? This one occurs four weeks into the new season, like a three hour movie — with lots of commercials. It starts on “Chicago Fire” (NBC, 8 p.m.), when a deadly bacteria begins to take its toll across the city. It leads to quarantine on “Chicago Med” (NBC, 9 p.m.) and a bioterrorism arrest by the “Chicago P.D.” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

Reba McEntire gets a lifetime award in the country music special 2019 CMT Artists of the Year (CMT, 8 p.m.). Ashley McBryde will get named breakout artist of the year. Other honorees include Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Kane Brown and Dan + Shay. Infiltrating the roster of performers that include Sam Hunt and Lady Antebellum are TV stars, are TV stars like Chrissy Metz of “This is Us” and Johnny Galecki of “The Big Bang Theory.”

In lieu of baseball there is a sneak peek of the gross new quiz show “The Misery Index” (TBS, 8 p.m.). Jameela Jamil makes an appealing host, but the show is infiltrated with the ruthlessly unfunny “Impractical Jokers.”

Frank finds a waiter has his back on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FXX, 10 p.m.).

Conservationists work with “Gorillas of Gabon” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.) to become tolerant of humans in seeking to create an ecotourism industry that will also save the rainforest.

On “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.), Lily is unnerved about attending a pool party.

Archie encourages Mad Dog to attend “Riverdale” (CW, 8 p.m.).

On “The Goldbergs” (ABC, 8 p.m.), Barry rushes a fraternity.

A soccer star is recruited on “Schooled” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

The latest quasi-celebrity uncovered on “The Masked Singer” (Fox, 8 p.m.) was Dr. Drew Pinsky as the Eagle.

Julia finds herself in a video that’s gone viral on “Almost Family” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

At some point the roster on “All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite” (TNT, 8 p.m.) should battle competitors on  “WWE NXT” (USA, 8 p.m.).

Walt tries to make up with with Jessica on “Black Ink Crew” (VH1, 9 p.m.).

“Nancy Drew” (CW, 9 p.m.) learned that Tiffany’s body is being moved out of town for a private autopsy.

“SEAL Team” (CBS, 9 p.m.) is off to retake a power plant in Aberbaijan.

Douglas fails to keep his weekly poker game secret on “Single Parents” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.).

“24/7 College Football” (HBO, 10 p.m.) looks at preparation of Arizona State for their game with Washington State.

Survivors brace for final brawl on “American Horror Story: 1984” (FX, 10 p.m.).

On “Stumptown” (ABC, 10 p.m.), Dex goes after a wealthy real estate mogul.

“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.) prepares to take down a gang printing counterfeit money.

Turner Classic Movies’ Wednesday collection of films shorter than 75 minutes turns to gangster movies today and noir tonight with “Three on a Match” (6 a.m.), “Midnight Mary” (7:15 a.m.), “Taxi!” (8:30 a.m.), “Racket Busters” (9:45 a.m.), “Dr. Socrates” (11 a.m.), “Don’t Turn ‘Em Loose” (12:15 p.m.), “Blondie Johnson” (1:30 p.m.), “Star Witness” (2:45 p.m.), “Smashing the Rackets” (4 p.m.), “Highway West” (5:15 p.m.), “Dillinger” (6:30 p.m.), “Detour” (8 p.m.), “The Set-Up” (9:30 p.m.), “The Big Steal” (11 p.m.), “Kid Glove Killer” (12:30 a.m.), “The Narrow Margin” (2 a.m.), “The Hoodlum” (3:15 a.m.), “The Threat” (4:30 a.m.) and “Journey Into Fear” (5:45 a.m.).

Who will Washington face in the World Series? Game 4 of the ALCS has Houston at Yankees (Fox, Sports 1, 8 p.m.), with the Astros leading 2-1.

Hockey includes Colorado at Pittsburgh (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.) and Philadelphia at Edmonton (NBC Sports, 9:30 p.m.).

Preseason basketball has Atlanta at New York (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Golden State at Lakers (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

In college football, it’s South Alabama at Troy (ESPN2, 8 p.m.).

Women’s college basketball includes Kentucky at Tennessee (ESPNU, 7 p.m.) and Purdue at Nebraska (ESPNU, 9 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Mariska Hargitay, Victoria Beckham, Catherine Fisher. The View: Alyssa Milano, Chelsea Clinton. The Talk: Camryn Mannheim. Ellen DeGeneres: Jessica Biel, Melissa McCarthy, Joel Kinsman. Kelly Clarkson: Kaley Cuoco, YBN Cordae. Wendy Williams: Michael Rapaport. The Real: Paris Hilton, MJ Rodriguez.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Whoopi Goldberg, Ta-Nehisi Coates (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Jennifer Aniston, Dave Matthews, Blanco Brown. Jimmy Fallon: Lupita Wyong’o, Dane Cook, Jay Won, Matthew DeLisi, the Avett Brothers (rerun). Seth Meyers: John Goodman, Michael C. Hall, Midland, Yesod Williams (rerun). James Corden: Ed Helms, June Diane Raphael, 5 Seconds of Summer (rerun). Lilly Singh: Meghan Trainor (rerun). Trevor Noah: Cyntoia Brown-Long, Ali Wong. David Spade: Thomas Lennon, Diplo, Whitney Cummings.

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