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What to Watch Wednesday: Welcome back, Empire

Plus: ‘The Path’ debuts on Hulu

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Your daily guide to the most interesting stuff happening on TV and streaming. All times Eastern. 

PICK OF THE NIGHT

Empire

Fox, 9 p.m.

The sudsy record-industry drama’s second season returns from its four-month hiatus tonight, and it promises to be a return to form — in other words, insane. Snappy dialogue! Good songs! Taraji P. Henson vs. Naomi Campbell! It’s all there. Be sure to check out our exclusive preview of the upcoming half-season for more on what to expect. 

CULT OF THE NIGHT

The Path

Hulu, streaming

Wondering what Aaron Paul’s been up to since Breaking Bad, other than hanging out with talking horses and needing speed? Wonder no longer: He, along with Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy, star in this gripping cult drama, which debuts today with two episodes on Hulu. Check out our critic’s review of the new series. 

COME TOGETHER

Survivor

CBS, 8 p.m.

A tribe merge will reshuffle the game and its alliances in an episode called “It’s Merge Time.” Incidentally, “It’s Merge Time” is also the title of my failed romance novel.

BY GEORGE

Lopez

TV Land, 10 p.m.

Sometime between Curb Your Enthusiasm and Louie, every midlife male comedian decided he needed his own single-camera semiautobiographical comedy to document his daily travails. Some were bad (The Paul Reiser Show), others were not so bad (The Jim Gaffigan Show). Some were even pretty good — hi, Maron! So where does Lopez, which features George Lopez as himself, fall on that scale? Watch on Wednesday night and decide for yourself.

THAT ‘70s TALK SHOW

The Late Late Show With James Corden

CBS, 12:35 a.m.

Corden invites old That ’70s Show pals Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson — stars of Netflix’s upcoming The Ranch — onto the show. Also, soccer star Thierry Henry is the third guest, but that doesn’t really fit into my narrative, so …