Wednesday TV: New ‘Whitechapel,’ ‘Top Chef: Just Desserts’ Finale

BBC America has had a knack for putting in some pretty strong dramas on Wednesday night, following “The Hour” and the second season of “Luther” now with “Whitechapel” (BBC America, 10 p.m.) about a police team that tends to follow crimes that are recreations of historical murders.

The first is the London Strangler, as tough as it is for the precinct to believe. The new Detective Inspector (played by Rupert Penry-Jones, right), fresh faced but a bit squeamish at crime scenes, butts heads with the entrenched and world-weary detectives led by Philip Davis, who is in just about every quality British drama around.

The season two finale of “Top Chef: Just Desserts” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) season two finale features three still in the running – Sally, Matt and Chris.

It figures that the new addition “American Horror Story” (FX, 10 p.m.) begin a two part Halloween episode. If the two episodes are as weird as the first two of the series, it ought to fit just in.

Texas could win it all in tonight’s Game 6 of Texas at St. Louis (Fox, 8 p.m.).

In college football, it’s Connecticut at Pittsburgh (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

Halloween abounds, of course, with holiday themed episodes of “Suburgatory” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.) and “Happy Endings” (9:30 p.m.), while last year’s Halloween episode of “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

On cable, there is “Casper” (ABC Family, 9 p.m.), “Halloween” (AMC, 10 p.m.) and one of its sequels, “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” (AMC, 8 p.m.). Another holiday is covered in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (CMT, 8 p.m.). And there’s a snooty Fourth of July party on “Revenge” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

The creators of “South Park” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) address their Tony-winning adventure on Broadway on a new episode.

Kathy Griffin is guest judge on a new “America’s Next Top Model” (The CW, 9 p.m.).

Pop art is the assignment on “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

Kristy Swanson guest stars on a new “Psych” (USA, 10 p.m.).

I’m guessing the public demand is a little low for a “E! True Hollywood Story: Kara DioGuardi” (Bravo, 10 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Regis and Kelly: Salma Hayek. The View: Kelly Charkson, Jane Levy. The Talk: Ana Gasteyer, Martina McBride. Ellen DeGeneres: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones. Wendy Williams: Patricia Heaton, Boyz II Men.

Late Talk

David Letterman: Justin Timberlake, the Civil Wars. Jay Leno: Amanda Seyfried, John Cho & Kal Penn, Patrick Stump. Jimmy Kimmel: Amanda Seyfried, Brett Ratner, Frank Turner. Jimmy Fallon: Salma Hayek, Elizabeth Olsen, Cyndi Lauper. Craig Ferguson: Jonah Hill, Chris Young. Tavis Smiley: Anita Hill. Carson Daly: Amber Heard, Chef Jacques Gautier, Mona. Jon Stewart: Lisa Randall. Conan O’Brien: Jane Lynch, Paul Scheer, Allen Stone. Chelsea Handler: Matt Braunger, Heather McDonald, Jeff Wild.

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