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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Wednesday on TV: ‘The Americans’ ... who are really Russians ... are back

The Americans (11 p.m., FX), returns for Season 2, which shows every indication of living up to the extremely high quality of Season 1.

The premise of the show is as daring as anything on American television. A pair of Russian spies, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) are operating in Washington, D.C. They’re in an arranged marriage; they have two kids who don’t know mom and dad are spies.

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Or do they?

If you saw Season 1, you know that we find ourselves rooting for the Russians. And it’s a lot more complicated than just good vs. evil.

If you give "The Americans" a chance, it will reach out and grab you. And it won’t let go.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Survivor (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A new season begins with three tribes - brains vs. beauty vs. brawn.

The Middle (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mike doesn’t want to attend a dinner in his honor.

Revolution (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Aaron and Priscilla butt heads over the nano code.

Nature (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Documenting the natural history of Ireland’s Shannon Rive through the four seasons.

American Idol (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The 13 finalists perform.

Arrow (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): The team goes after a brilliant thief known as the Clock King.

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Phoenix Suns at Utah Jazz

Suburgatory (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Noah is much changed after court-ordered anger management training.

Modern Family (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Gloria chaperones a field trip.

Law & Order: SVU (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A misogynistic comedian is accused of rape.

The Tomorrow People (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Stephen makes a deal with Jedikiah.

Legit (8 p.m., FXX): In the second-season premiere, Jim is exposed as a sex addict.

Men at Work (8 and 10 p.m., TBS): The guys follow a girl to a party.

Mixology (8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): This new ABC comedy is reviewed here.

Criminal Minds (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A 4-year-old girl disappears.

Nashville (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Feeling lost, Scarlett turns to Liam.

Chicago PD (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): "SVU" agents Fin and Rollins help track down a serial killer.

Super Skyscrapers (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): One57 in Manhattan will be the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere.

Psych (10 p.m., USA): Lassiter is determined to solve a 1967 case - the murder of the mayor, which was never solved.

Duck Dynasty (11 p.m., A&E): Jase spends company funds on an all-terrain vehicle.

The Exes (11 p.m., TV Land): Holly dates an older man.

Kirstie (11:30 p.m., TV Land): Maddie throws a dinner party. (Season finale)



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