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Wednesday's TV highlights

January 12, 2011

SERIES

Live to Dance: The semifinals begin as the first six acts, two of which will advance, perform in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS).

American Masters: The new episode "Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides" chronicles the life and career of the Academy Award-winning actor (8 p.m. KOCE).

Modern Family: Alex (Ariel Winter) starts obsessing over her studies, and Phil and Claire (Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen) urge her to relax in this new episode (9 p.m. ABC).

Austin City Limits: Alternative rock group Monsters of Folk performs songs from its debut album in this new episode (9 p.m. KLCS).

MythBusters: Demolition Derby: The teams test four automotive myths (9 p.m. Discovery).

Off the Map: This new drama series revolves around young doctors working in the South American jungle. Zach Gilford, Caroline Dhavernas, Mamie Gummer, Rachelle Lefevre, Martin Henderson, Jason George and Valerie Cruz star in the season premiere (10 p.m. ABC).

SPECIALS

Megaquake 10.0: This new special analyzes the potential outcome of 10.0 megaquakes hitting various faults in the U.S., underwater and around the world (9 p.m. History).

MOVIES

The Good Earth: Drought, famine and greed take their toll on a Chinese farming couple in this 1937 adaptation of the Pearl S. Buck novel. Paul Muni and Luise Rainer star (5:30 p.m. TCM).

SPORTS

College basketball: Pittsburgh at Georgetown (4 p.m. ESPN); Louisville at Villanova (4 p.m. ESPN2); Duke at Florida State (6 p.m. ESPN); Kansas at Iowa State (6 p.m. ESPN2); Nevada at Idaho (8 p.m. ESPN2).

Hockey: The St. Louis Blues visit the Ducks (7 p.m. FSN).

Pro basketball: The Lakers visit the Golden State Warriors (7:30 p.m. KCAL); the Miami Heat visit the Clippers (7:30 p.m. FS Prime).

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