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  • "American Idol" (8 p.m., Fox): The swan song begins, as the reality series that gave us Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Phillip Phillips and more kicks off its 15th and final season. First up: The audition rounds.

  • People's Choice Awards (9 p.m., CBS): More than 72 million votes were cast for tonight's award show. We're guessing that Taylor Swift probably got a few of them.

  • "American Crime" (10 p.m., ABC): One of last year's best broadcast dramas returns with a lot of the same faces (Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Regina King) but in different roles and a new story. This time the case involves a sexual assault pegged to students at a private high school in Indianapolis. Along the way, the 10-episode anthology series touches upon sensitive topics such as class and sexual orientation.

    Michael Seitz, Andre Williams, Joey Pollari and Trevor Jackson in ’American Crime.’
    Michael Seitz, Andre Williams, Joey Pollari and Trevor Jackson in 'American Crime.' (Ryan Green/ABC)

    Also on Wednesday:

  • "The Middle" (8 p.m., ABC)

  • "2 Broke Girls" (8 p.m., CBS)

  • "The Mysteries of Laura" (8 p.m., NBC)

  • "Mike & Molly" (8:30 p.m., CBS)

  • "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC)

  • "Nova" (9 p.m., PBS)

  • "Alaskan Bush People" (9 p.m., Discovery)

  • "The Rachel Maddow Show" (9 p.m., MSNBC)

  • "Expedition Unknown" (9 p.m., Travel Channel)

  • "Black-ish" (9:31 p.m., ABC)

  • "Duck Dynasty" (9:30 p.m., A&E)

  • "Chicago P.D." (10 p.m., NBC)

  • "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (10 p.m., FXX)

  • "Born This Way" (10 p.m., A&E)

  • "Pawn Stars" (10 p.m., History Channel)


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  • "Man Seeking Woman" (10:30 p.m., FXX)

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