What's on TV Wednesday? Fox debuts 'Rosewood,' returns 'Empire'

Wednesday night of premiere week is a bit more about returning shows than series premieres, including the season premiere of Fox's breakout hit from last season, Empire, and ABC's Wednesday night comedy lineup including Modern Family. The biggest premiere is Fox's Rosewood, which we could kindly say has received mixed reviews.

Here's a look at the lineup with some tips from TV Remote writer Chuck Barney (CB) and AP TV critic Frazier Moore (FM).

8 p.m.

ABC. The Middle season seven premiere.

CBS. Let the back-stabbing and blindsiding begin. Twenty fan favorites return for Survivor: Cambodia — Second Chance, looking to scheme their way to the $1 million prize. — CW (We say thanks for writing that, Chuck, because here at LexGo, we haven't watched Survivor since Kentucky Joe was on.)

Fox. Rosewood stars Morris Chestnut as a beefcake Miami pathologist, doubles as a crime drama with Dr. Rosewood using his medical wiles to bust bad guys while charming every lady in his path. If you're willing to buy into any part of Fox's cartoonish medical-actioner ... (especially the idea that, beneath his swagger and Adonis physique, its hero is a borderline invalid) then there's a bridge in New York City someone's eager to sell you. — FM

NBC. That last-season's tepidly, at best, received Debra Messing vehicle The Mysteries of Laura is back may be the biggest surprise of the new season.

The CW. America's Next Top Model is still on.

8:30 p.m.

ABC. The third season of The Goldbergs 80s-ness begins.

9 p.m.

ABC. Modern Family rolls into Season 7 without an Emmy for best comedy. Shocking.

Fox. One of the most ground-breaking dramas in recent memory returns with the second season premiere of Empire.

NBC. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit kicks off its 17th(!) season with a two-hour premiere.

The CW. The season one finale of the controversial A Wicked Offer.

9:30 p.m.

ABC. The second season premiere of Blackish addresses use of the N-word.

CBS. Big Brother.

10 p.m.

ABC. Season four premiere of the country music soap opera Nashville.