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Wednesday: "Top Chef" heads to Chicago. Plus: What did you think of "Beauty and the Geek" on Tuesday?

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Remember back when “Top Chef” (premieres 10 p.m. EDT on Bravo) seemed like a badly repurposed “Project Runway”? Since then, the latter has become steadily less thrilling each season, while the former has just gotten better and better. Tonight we begin in Chicago with pretty Padme Lakshmi, merciless Tom Colicchio and 16 aspiring chefs. Of course we hope there are a few foaming wankers in the bunch, because nothing adds spice to “Top Chef” like a Marcel or two. And if they also look just like the Heat Miser? All the better.

Also…

It’s an awful show, but tonight’s “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious” (9 p.m. EDT on the CW) makeover episode brings with it the irresistible lure of bad haircuts and crying jags. Maybe we’ll find out what the hell is going on with Sophie on tonight’s “In Treatment” (9:30 p.m. EDT on HBO). The 12th season of “South Park” premieres tonight (10 p.m. EDT on Comedy Central), followed by the season premiere of “Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil” (10:30 p.m. EDT on Comedy Central), in which Black decides who’s more evil, Oprah Winfrey or the Roman Catholic Church.

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Last night

What did you think of “Beauty and the Geek” on Tuesday? Go here to discuss.

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Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Kate Beckinsale, Parker Posey

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Carol Burnett, Djimon Hounsou

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Wanda Sykes, 8-year-old singer Anthony Gargiula

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

How to look great at any age (repeat)

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

TBA

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

TBA

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT

Ronald Kessler

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Dr. Laura Schlessinger

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Charlize Theron, Lewis Black, British Sea Power

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Bill Cosby, Novak Djokovic, Gavin DeGraw

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Anne Rice, Ken Mehlman

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Adam Carolla, Sheryl Crow

Conan O’Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Snoop Dogg

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Denis Leary, Deana Carter

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