TV picks: Wednesday, Jan. 9

Actress Alexandra Paul prepares for a dive during training for the two-hour special "Stars in Danger: The High Dive."

“Stars in Danger: The High Dive”
SPECIAL. Latching on to the popularity of the summer Olympics — or simply desperate to fill a hole in the dreary winter schedule before “American Idol” premieres — Fox presents this D-list reality competition that puts celebrities such as “Jersey Shore” star JWoww and Kim and Kyle Richards of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” in a pool — but not to test their tanning skills. The challengers train and compete in both solo and synchronized diving events. Really.
8 p.m., Fox

The People’s Choice Awards
SPECIAL. Don’t agree with the Golden Globe nominees? You get your say in this annual fan-voted pop culture party that hands out trophies in categories like Favorite On-Screen Chemistry.
9 p.m., CBS

“Washington Heights”
REALITY. MTV focuses its lens (way) uptown to chronicle a group of twentysomethings with big dreams in Manhattan.
Series premiere, 10 p.m., MTV

“Modern Family”

COMEDY. Billy Dee Williams saves Jay’s family trip to Palm Springs over New Year’s Eve. Lando would be so proud.
9 p.m., ABC



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