By Hal Boedeker
3:54 PM EDT, June 25, 2013
The Wednesday TV highlights start early with Paula Deen, continue into prime time with the returns of "Big Brother," Carol Burnett and Tim Conway and go into late night.
Deen is giving an exclusive, live interview to Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today." She can talk about losing her job on Food Network, being dropped as a spokeswoman by Smithfield ham company and acknowledging in a deposition that she used racial slurs. The interview is set to air in the 7:30 half-hour.
The "Big Brother" house will have a new look when it starts a new season at 8 p.m. on CBS. "Mid-century modern chic," CBS calls the style. Other changes this season include having three house guests instead of two put up for ejection each week and letting viewers pick a Big Brother MVP each week. Julie Chen will explain how that prize will affect the game. The reality contest's time slots this summer: 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Sundays (starting this weekend) and 9 p.m. Tuesdays (starting July 2). "The American Baking Competition" shifts to 9 p.m. on CBS.
Fans can enjoy a mini-"Carol Burnett Show" reunion on "Hot in Cleveland" with Burnett and Conway at 10 on TV Land. Victoria (Wendie Malick) is tricked into coming home by her sister (Jean Smart of "Designing Women"). Victoria finds her mom (Burnett) is in bad shape. Mom has more trouble: Nick (Conway) is attracted to her and not his old flame Elka (Betty White). How do you like that convention of TV favorites?
You'll find more guest stars on the USA dramas. Frances Conroy, Callum Blue and Stephen Bishop visit "Royal Pains" at 9. The plot: Hank goes to Budapest to look into Boris' death. Garcelle Beauvais guest stars on "Necessary Roughness" at 10. The plot: Dani (Callie Thorne) tries to help a troubled basketball star.
With no Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final, NBC is offering "Dateline" at 8, "Law & Order: SVU" at 9 and "Chicago Fire" at 10.
If you do want hockey, look to David Letterman on CBS at 11:35. His guests include 2013 Stanley Cup MVP Patrick Kane from the Chicago Blackhawks. The Letterman lineup also features Jamie Foxx of "White House Down" as a guest, the Backstreet Boys giving a Top Ten List and a musical performance by Wale.
Foxx's co-star Channing Tatum from "White House Down" visits Jimmy Kimmel at 11:35 on ABC. Pharrell is the musical guest, and director Paul Feig will promote "The Heat."
John Fogerty is the musical guest on Jay Leno's show at 11:35 on NBC. The other guests are Whitney Cummings and Alex Minsky, a Marine amputee who is now an underwear model.
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