If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/22/11

Thursday night’s TV lineup is going to tickle your funny bone! There are so many amazing new seasons and shows starting, you’re not going to want to be anywhere but your couch. NBC begins its all new Thursday night lineup, including the big announcement on The Office as to who the new branch manager is. The Vampire Diaries sinks its teeth into a new season full of drama, and suspense begins with the new shows Charlie’s Angels and Prime Suspect. Thursday is guaranteed to hit all of the high notes on a night that will carry you into a very happy Friday!

Lisa’s Choice #1

The Secret Circle premiered last week to rave reviews and plenty of TV watchers! If you missed the season premiere, no worries—you can still indulge in all things supernatural with an all new episode tonight. Cassie is just beginning to learn of her witchy ways and begin a journey that will certainly take her down a path of no return. Don’t miss a moment of this captivating new show that’s going quickly become one of your new favorites.

Tonight, Cassie tries to establish a somewhat normal, non supernatural life. Dana worries about her powers getting out of control, and Fay seems to be thrilled with her new abilities. Meanwhile, Adam struggles with his feelings for Cassie.

Tune in at 9/8c for an all new episode on The CW! Learn where to find episodes online of The Secret Circle @ Clicker.

Jump with us to see what else we think you should be watching tonight.
 

Jenny’s Choice #1

My first pick tonight is the season premiere of The Mentalist on CBS. Up until now, it’s been all about Patrick Jane finding Red John, the man who killed his wife and daughter. The last couple of episodes were crazy good. We found out Grace’s fiance, Craig, was the mole. He went with Grace to see Hightower, and was going to kill her. He shot Lisbon, which forced Grace to shoot and kill him. Lisbon was wounded, but okay. Meanwhile, Jane was at the mall at a table in the food court. He asked Lisbon to hit redial on Craig’s phone, and when a phone rang on a table in front of a man near Jane, we knew that was Red John. (That was Bradley Whitford, by the way, from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip & The West Wing.) After talking for a bit, with Red John giving Jane details about his wife and daughter and how they smelled, Red John started to walk away. Jane called him back, and then shot him in the stomach. Then he sat back down at the table and continued sipping his tea. W-T-F?! Where do you go from there?? … Prison, of course!

On tonight’s premeire, in prison for killing his nemesis, Patrick Jane must prove that the man he shot really was Red John. Meanwhile, Lisbon urges Van Pelt to seek counseling in the aftermath of the death of her fiance, Detective O’Laughlin.

Check out the season premiere tonight on CBS at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Mentalist @ Clicker.
 

Megan’s Choice #1

I am so unbelievably excited for the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory, it’s actually scary. 😉 Seeing the cast at the San Diego Comic Con only helped to fuel my love for them. Tonight, our favorite band of merry geeks get back to dealing with theories and romantic issues. I’ll be watching as Penny and Raj work out their awkward views on their night of drunken sex. In fact, I’m going to put on my Sheldon t-shirt from Comic Con that reads “I cry because people are stupid. That makes me sad.” and watch the hour long premiere.

In the fifth season opener, Penny hits a low point when she realizes what she’s done by sleeping with Raj, and Sheldon becomes the leader of the paintball team. In the second instalment, Penny and Sheldon clash, and Amy is caught in the middle of their battle. Leonard looks for ways to keep his long-distance romance with Priya alive.

Tune in to CBS starting at 8/7c to see this brilliant comedy return for another hilarious season. Learn where to find episodes online of The Big Bang Theory @ Clicker.
 

Kyle’s Choice #1

Tonight, we kick off the third season of Community and introduce two great new guest stars—John Goodman and Michael K. Williams. If there’s one thing you can count on this show for, it’s going over-the-top, and it sounds like tonight’s opening sequence does just that, with a huge musical production! When we last saw the gang, Pierce’s future involvement in the study group seemed to be over. Will he be back? How will the new guest characters shake things up at Greendale? I’m looking forward to finding out tonight.

In tonight’s episode, “Biology 101,” the Greendale study group reunites, Jeff butts heads with the new Biology teacher, and Dean Pelton finds a new nemesis in the dean of the Air Conditioning Repair Annex.

Check out the season premiere on NBC at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of Community @ Clicker.
 

Lisa’s Choice #2

The Vampire Diaries fans have a brand new season to sink their teeth into! Stefan and Klaus on the run and on the rampage, and it makes for must see TV. Elena is on the search for her man, accompanied by Alaric and Damon, and Jeremy is conjuring the ghosts of girlfriend past. You can’t get TV much better than this. The new season of The Vampire Diaries has just started, and already, fans are on the hunt for more. Watch an all new episode tonight because the stakes are high!

On tonight’s episode, Klaus puts a big plan into motion that has quite the unexpected results! Plus, Alaric and Damon begrudgingly try Elena’s new strategy on how to find Stefan. Also, Jeremy seeks answers about the ghosts that have appeared from his past.

Watch the drama unfold at 8/7c on The CW! Learn where to find episodes online of The Vampire Diaries @ Clicker.
 

Jenny’s Choice #2

One of the new shows that looks the most intense is Person of Interest on CBS. It stars Jim Caviezel (The PrisonerLost), and Taraji P. Henson (Boston Legal) in a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent, Reese (Caviezel), who teams up with a mysterious billionaire, Finch (Emerson), to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese’s special training in covert operations appeals to Finch, a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law, using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the “person of interest” and stop the crime before it happens. Reese’s actions draw the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter (Henson), and Fusco, a cop whom Reese uses to his advantage. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything.

On tonight’s episode, a former highly skilled covert CIA agent teams up with a wealthy billionaire software developer to find out whether a young prosecutor whose social security number drew up interest is the victim or a perpetrator of a future crime.

See the series premiere tonight on CBS at 9/8c! Learn where to find episodes online of Person of Interest @ Clicker.
 

Megan’s Choice #2

Grey’s Anatomy left all of our favorite characters with their lives full of changes at the end of last season. The most prominent are Meredith’s being fired and Christina’s pregnancy. We’re going to see Meredith deal with being a single mom, and April try to deal with the strong personalities that surround her. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Are you ready?

As season 8 begins, Meredith faces the professional and personal consequences of tampering with Derek’s clinical trial. Alex isn’t off the hook, either. He’ll face some consequences, as well. Christina and Owen will deal with the unexpected pregnancy in their own way.

Tune in to ABC at 9/8c to see if after eight seasons, Grey’s Anatomy can still inspire you to watch. Learn where to find episodes online of Grey’s Anatomy @ Clicker.
 

Kyle’s Choice #2

Tonight is the fourth season premiere of Parks and Recreation, and if it’s even half as funny as last season, we are in for a treat! I was blown away by how hilarious the third season of the series was. Ron, April, Andy, & even Tom (who I wasn’t a fan of in the beginning) turned into some of my favorite characters on TV. I am really looking forward to the new season, as we will finally get to meet Ron’s mother (Tammy Zero) and first ex-wife (Tammy One).

In tonight’s episode, “I’m Leslie Knope,” Leslie must choose between Ben and her dream of running for office, Ann dispenses medical advice, and Ron gets ready for the return of Tammy One.

See the premiere tonight on NBC at 8:30/7:30c Learn where to find episodes online of Parks and Recreation @ Clicker.
 

Jenny’s Choice #3

My third pick is the series premiere of Prime Suspect on NBC. Based on the critically acclaimed British television series of the same name, the show has been redeveloped for American audiences by writer Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives, NYPD Blue), director Peter Berg (NBC’s Friday Night Lights) — and stars Maria Bello (A History of Violence) as tough-as-nails Detective Jane Timoney. Timoney finds that being a homicide detective in New York City is tough enough and having to contend with a male-dominated police department to get respect makes it that much tougher. She’s an outsider who has just transferred to a new precinct dominated by an impenetrable clique of a boys’ club. Timoney has her own vices too — with a questionable past — and she tends to be forceful, rude and reckless. But she’s also a brilliant cop who keeps her eye on one thing: the prime suspect. Also starring are Aidan Quinn (Unknown), Brian O’Byrne (Flash Forward), Tim Griffin (Star Trek), Kirk Acevedo (Fringe), Joe Nieves (How I Met Your Mother), Damon Gupton (The Last Airbender) and Peter Gerety (Blue Bloods).

On tonight’s premiere, after getting a rough start in her New York homicide squad by asking questions about her colleagues’ work on a mysterious murder case, Jane complains to her lieutenant about not getting enough cases, and then finds a unique angle to solve a crime.

Check out the series premiere tonight on NBC at 10/9c! Learn where to find episodes online of Prime Suspect @ Clicker.

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