The highlights Wednesday night:
1. The eight finalists on "American Idol" perform the music of Detroit, the Motor City, at 8 on Fox. Because those eight singers have two hours to fill, expect to hear the judges talk at length. That should divide the fans of Nicki Minaj. In a conference call this week, I asked Minaj to review her best and worst "Idol" moments.
"I don't have a worst 'Idol' moment. I've been spectacular. Yes, I'm going to toot my own horn," she said. "My best moment is every single moment. I’ll toot it again."
How do you like that? She also said there's no way a man is going to win this year. The three guys remaining -- Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor and Devin Velez -- will be most vulnerable when the next singer is ejected Thursday.
2. ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 is preempting a new episode of "The Middle" at 8 for a "9 Family Connection" special. WFTV will show "The Middle" at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Or you can go to abc.go.com on Thursday to watch.
The other new ABC sitcoms are new tonight. "Modern Family," at 9, sounds promising for several reasons. Phil (Ty Burrell) teaches his children fix-it skills; what could go wrong there? Jay (Ed O'Neill) spends time alone with the baby, and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) advises Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) on how to deal with a bully. Fred Willard and Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaids") guest star.
4. The CBS dramas are reruns. But NBC offers fresh installments of "Law & Order: SVU" at 9 and "Chicago Fire" at 10. The "Law & Order" episode stars Lauren Cohan of "The Walking Dead" and David Marciano of "Homeland." ABC serves up a new episode of "Nashville" at 10 that features Katie Couric playing herself. (She is not playing a country singer, thank goodness.) Rayna (Connie Britton) talks about her career and marriage in a visit to "Katie." Will Rayna lie to Katie about that marriage?
5. The season finales start early for broadcast sitcoms. "Whitney" wraps up its season with two episodes at 8 on NBC. "The Neighbors" concludes its freshman season at 8:30 on ABC. Mark Hamill of "Star Wars" and George Takei of "Star Trek" guest star.
6. "Survivor" continues its tribal intrigue at 8 on CBS. If you're interested in global survival, try PBS" "Nova" at 9. The report, called "Meteor Strike," examines the meteor that hit Siberia in February and produced chilling video.