By Hal Boedeker
9:04 AM EDT, May 8, 2013
We're getting a singing slugfest in Wednesday television. Is that what we need?
"The Voice" offers another hour at 8 p.m. on NBC. The show will announce its 12 finalists, but the bigger draws may be Rod Stewart and CeeLo Green in performance. "Voice" fans will want to see Green, who was a coach on the contest's first three seasons.
The three "American Idol" finalists will each perform three songs in a two-hour show 8 on Fox. Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison also return to their hometowns in this episode. Candice has been the most consistent, but will that win her the title? Angie has come on strong in recent episodes. Kree hasn't, but maybe her fan base is there for her, no matter what. The winner will be named next week.
If you prefer grittier reality contests, there's always "Survivor" at 8 on CBS. The castaways get those emotional visits in this episode. Expect more tears when the show offers its season finale at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Larry the Cable Guy starts a new season of "Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy" at 9 on History. The man uses his offbeat humor to celebrate American culture. (An episode next month will focus on Central Florida.)
For sitcom laughs, your best bet will be "Modern Family," which goes to a roller rink at 9 on ABC. ABC dangles this very intriguing preview: "Phil teaches Gloria how to skate in spectacular fashion."
On "The Middle," at 8 on ABC, Axl gets bad news at the prom, and Frankie drops hints about what she wants for Mother's Day. But Sue may have the best plot: She is feeling resentful about failing her driver's test.
Crime is always a big staple of sweeps-month drama. On "Arrow," at 8 on The CW, Malcolm (John Barrowman) makes more mischief. On "Law & Order: SVU," at 9 on NBC, the team hunts a sniper targeting police officers, and Kathryn Erbe guest stars. A ghost hunter's death draws the attention of the team on "CSI" at 10 on CBS.
There are also new episodes of "Criminal Minds" at 9 on CBS and "Chicago Fire" at 10 on NBC. If you find that all too grim, "Nature" focuses on the white-tailed deer at 8 on PBS.
On "Nashville," the tensions run high between Rayna and Juliette when they're both nominated for CMA Awards. ABC reveals the results at 10. Chris Carmack guest stars.
The NBA may offer the best competitions in Wednesday TV. The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat meet in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at 7 on TNT. The Golden State-San Antonio playoff game follows at 9:30, also on TNT.
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