Wednesday TV: Victorian Copper Comedy

yearof theRabbitMatt Berry, one of the crustier vampires in “What We Do in the Shadows,” who was also in the British comedies “The IT Crowd” and “Toast of London,” as well as providing a voice on “Disenchantment,” stars in a new series “Year of the Rabbit” (IFC, 10:30 p.m.) as a crude detective in Victorian London. The cast also includes Freddie Fox, Alun Armstrong and Susan Wokoma. In the premiere, the Elephant Man also pops up.

“Criminal Minds” (CBS, 9 and 10 p.m.) ends its run after 15 seasons and 322 episodes with its final two, an attempt to capture the Chameleon after all these years and the retirement of Joe Montegna’s character David Rossi. Expect a lot of looking back from longtime cast members like Paget Brewster and Kirsten Vangsness. But it would be fun to see former cast members from Thomas Gibson to Shemar Moore (Mandy Patinkin’s character who lasted the first three seasons was killed off-screen in season 10).

After so many debates it might be interesting to have tonight’s ninth Democratic Presidential Debate (NBC, MSNBC, 9 p.m.) performed in the format of “The Masked Singer” (Fox, 8 p.m.). It is being held in Las Vegas, after all. Masks would be welcomed.

But there will be a new element in the political event: the addition of billionaire candidate Michael Bloomberg, suddenly as omnipresent in TV commercials as the Geico lizard. He takes his first questions amid Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Joe Biden. Moderators are Lester Holt, Hallie Jackson, Chuck Todd, Vanessa Hauc and Jon Ralston.

Meantime, there will be six new candidates on “The Masked Singer” tonight: Banana, Elephant, Frog, Kitty Mouse and Taco. Last week, Miss Monster was unveiled to be Chaka Khan (just in time to sing the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday).

African-American heroes of the Revolutionary from Crispus Attucks to Peter Salem are featured in the special “Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution” (History, 10 p.m.), hosted by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“Bluebird” (CMT, 8 p.m.) takes a look at the famed cafe in Nashville that has been a songwriters’ haven. The documentary includes appearances by Maren Morris and Garth Brooks, among others.

A new season starts for the gastronomic series hosted by Jon Favreau and Roy Choi, “The Chef Show” (Netflix, streaming).

“Howie Mandel’s 5th Annual All-Star Comedy Gala” (CW, 8 p.m.) from the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal includes ronny Chieng, Cameron Esposito, Alonzo Bodden and Rachel Bloom.

Boston Rob is mad his wife was the first one voted out to the Edge of Extinction on “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

“Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) takes a look at the life of weasels in a report narrated by Ana Gasteyer.

Val tries to reconnect with her parents on “Party of Five” (Freeform, 9 p.m.).

“LEGO Masters” (Fox, 9 p.m.) are tasked with creating halves of everyday objects.

Davia tries to reconcile with Andre on “Good Trouble” (Freeform, 10 p.m.).

On “Single Parents” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.), rent on the Winebrary goes up.

Andi’s career is threatened on “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” (BET, 9 p.m.).

Luke hits on Hannah on “Summer House” (Bravo, 9 p.m.), while Carl and Lindsay go on a terrible date.

Lily goes on her first date on “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

On “Schooled” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.), Lainey learns she has unresolved issues from her past while mentoring a student.

Jennifer and Margaret are still squabbling on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (Bravo, 8 p.m.).

On “The Goldbergs” (ABC, 8 p.m.), Adam tries to get cool for Dave Kim’s party.

Peter Sellers stars in “Dr. Strangelove” (8 p.m.) and “The Pink Panther” (9:45 p.m.) as part of Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar. Also on today: “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” (6:45 a.m.), “Dr. Erlich’s Magic Bullet” (9:15 a.m.), “It Happened Tomorrow” (11 a.m.), “Mighty Joe Young” (12:30 p.m.), “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (2:15 p.m.), “Gang Gun” (4 p.m.), “The Asphalt Jungle” (6 p.m.), “Around the World in 80 Days” (midnight) and “Pepe” (3:15 a.m.).

Hockey has Rangers at Chicago (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Butler at Seton Hall (Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.), Syracuse at Louisville (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Auburn at Georgia (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Central Florida at Cincinnati (EPNU, 7 p.m.), Georgia Tech at Wake Forest (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.), East Carolina at Memphis (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Providence at Georgetown (Fox Sports 1, 8:30 p.m.), Duke at North Carolina State (ESPN, 9 p.m.), Villanova at DePaul (CBS Sports, 9 p.m.), Tulsa at Houston (EPNU, 9 p.m.) and Kansas State at Texas Tech (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Nathan Fillion, the Impractical Jokers, Fitz and the Tantrums. The View: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Talk: Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, NeNe Leakes. Ellen DeGeneres: Chris Pratt. Kelly Clarkson: Ken Jeong, Jurnee Smollett-Bell. Tamron Hall: Isaac Wright Jr. Wendy Williams: Adam Pally. The Real: Matthew Modine.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Laura Dern, Kesha (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Chris Pratt, Huey Lewis, Sam Hunt (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Jennifer Lopez, Lil Rel Howery, Andre D. Thompson (rerun). Seth Meyers: Tiffany Haddish, M. Night Shyamalan, Shaed (rerun). James Corden: Justin Bieber, James Marsden, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Peñate. Lilly Singh: Ashley Graham (rerun). Conan O’Brien: Lizzy Caplan, D.J. Demers (rerun).

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