If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/7/11

I’m excited for tonight’s television, because there are tons of great shows on. A lot of them are back now after a short break for Thanksgiving, and this is also the last week we’ll see a lot of them until after Christmas and New Years, so take advantage and watch them while you can!

Jenny’s Choice #1

Even though it’s only been a couple of weeks since the last new episode of Criminal Minds, I’ve missed it. I feel like this season is getting back to what it was toward the beginning of the show—before the whole Reaper and Prentiss storylines and everything that happened because of them, and back to our team as it should be, with a few additions, like Garcia getting more into the cases, JJ working as a profiler and not just a media liason. We’re also getting small glimpses into the private lives of the team—like JJ’s son, Henry, being sick, etc. Give me the cases of the week, rather than the huge, heartwrenching arcs and I’m a happy camper!

On tonight’s episode, “Self-Fulfilling Prophecy,” the BAU team looks into the real reasons behind an apparent mass suicide of a small group of youths at a military academy. Also, Hotch and Morgan butt heads when a team member could be in jeopardy. Rene Auberjonois (Boston Legal, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) guest stars as Ron Massey, headmaster of the military academy, and Jayne Atkinson is back as FBI Section Chief Director Erin Strauss.

Check it out tonight on CBS at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Criminal Minds @ Clicker.
 
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Kyle’s Choice #1

I missed not having the ABC comedies last Wednesday, but tonight, Modern Family returns with its holiday episode (which sadly, also means this is probably the last new episode we’ll be getting for at least a month!). The Dunphys are one of my favorite families on TV. Phil and Claire are hilarious together, and I love when Phil tries to be the cool dad. Shows like this, which are centered around large families, are perfect for holiday-themed episodes. Nothing says humor like a disastrous but heartwarming family holiday get-together. In the last episode, we saw the Pritchetts and Dunphys celebrating Thanksgiving, and tonight, they move on to Christmas. I can’t wait for hilarity to ensue.

In tonight’s episode, “Express Christmas,” the Pritchett clan decides to celebrate Christmas a little early—and in a hurry—so they split up to gather the holiday trappings as Mitchell, Alex, and Lily hunt for a tree, Gloria and Luke fetch the ornaments, and Claire and Haley shop for the gifts. Meanwhile, Phil and Manny buy the groceries, and Jay and Cameron stand by to wrap presents.

See the new episode tonight on ABC at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Modern Family @ Clicker.
 

Megan’s Choice #1

We are down to the final five on The X Factor, and it’s getting to be a tight competition. Last week’s eliminations of Drew and Astro were shocking and had everyone confused. Last week, Marcus Canty and Chris Rene were the worst, but Marcus rocked his ‘sing for your life’ song, so the judges voted Drew off. Simon was angry, Steve was confused… it was an insane moment in reality television.

Tonight, the final 5 take the stage, with each of them performing two songs to prove that they’re worthy.

Tune in to FOX at 8/7c to see who proves that they’ve got what it takes. Learn where to find episodes online of The X Factor @ Clicker.
 

Lisa’s Choice #1

On the last episode of Happy Endings, Uncle Max was set with the task of babysitting his brother’s kids, who he really was not interested in at all. So, being the attention whore she is, Penny agreed to help out and take the kids off of Max’s hands, as she has proclaimed herself “Cool Aunt Penny.” Notice she proclaimed that herself… Needless to say, her babysitting efforts were not as much fun as Max, and in fact, hers were downright creepy. Max had the kids basically doing all of his grunt work, like cleaning up the house or making him food, but he just acted like it was a game. Jane needed a dress for a work event and turned to Alex, who promised she could design something spectacular for her, a la Project Runway. Unfortunately, when Jane showed up for the event, other women were wearing the same dress, because it turned out Alex had bought the dress, since her creation didn’t go over so well. You never know what you’re going to get from this show, but the one thing you do know is there are guaranteed laughs in store!

On an all new episode, desperate to earn money, Max agrees to play Santa at Penny’s charity event. Jane tries to reclaim some money she and Brad saved for their vacation after she accidentally gives it to their housekeeper.

Watch an all new episode at 9:30/8:30c on ABC! Learn where to find episodes online of Happy Endings @ Clicker.
 

Kyle’s Choice #2

I can’t wait for another dose of Shawn and Gus tonight with an all new Psych. Last week learned a lot about Juliet’s relationship with her father. It’s only fitting that she became a cop, since her dad is a con man. In the end, we got a heartwarming story of Juliet reconciling with her father, but we also got a whole lot of funny. Gus’ attempt at a Southie accent, or as Shawn described it, “Mr. Ed if he was Irish,” was hilarious! This is always a fun show and a great way to end my Wednesday nights.

In tonight’s episode, “The Tao of Gus,” Shawn and Gus hide a witness at a remote commune populated by eccentric intellectuals, while they investigate a murder that the witness claims occurred in broad daylight.

Be sure and watch tonight on USA Network at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Psych @ Clicker.
 

Jenny’s Choice #2

When I started looking up info for tonight’s episode of I Hate My Teenage Daughter, I thought, “Oh! They have it wrong…This is last week’s!” Then I realized, no, I’ve just already gotten to see this episode. lol I know a lot of people hated the premiere. Personally, I loved it. I know Megan did, as well… Maybe it’s because we’re women, so we WERE teenage girls, or because we are mothers, so we uh, might have had feelings similar to those, but whatever the reason, it’s true. I really enjoyed last week’s premiere. It’s not my favorite comedy on TV, but it made me laugh, and that’s usually a good indicator of how much I enjoy a show. 😉 Tonight’s episode is great, too. There’s still just as much of the bitchy daughters and moms trying to get closer to them, but there’s some fantastic family stuff, as well as some movement—not saying forward or back!—on the romantic front. If you enjoyed the premiere, I promise that you’ll like this week, too!

On tonight’s episode, “Teenage Family Night,” in an effort to reconnect with the girls, Annie reinstates an old tradition of “Family Night,” even though the adults are all now divorced. Of course, nothing goes right: the girls try to escape, Nikki becomes outraged after learning that Gary is dating someone new, and Annie is thrown for a loop when Jack shows up with a hot date.

See the new episode tonight on FOX at 9:30/8:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of I Hate My Teenage Daughter @ Clicker.
 

Megan’s Choice #2

Suburgatory sounds like hell to some, but to me, it’s another 30 minutes (ok, 22 minutes 😉 ) of laughter. A chance to get a break from the everyday stress and a moment to forget about your troubles. Laugh at George’s attempts to fit in to suburbia and watch Tessa fight the system. All the while, they are surrounded by plastic women and gay men pretending to be straight. Last episode, we learned that George had a secret girlfriend in the city, and we saw what happens when your mom tries to force you to wear an ugly pilgrim dress. Lisa rebelled to the point of running naked in the street… I was in hysterics.

On tonight’s episode, “The Nutcracker,” Tessa feels responsible when her father breaks up with his girlfriend, but George already has his eye on someone else – his daughter’s art teacher – when he throws a tree-trimming party with a very interesting guest list.

To see how Christmas trees look in the suburbs, tune in to ABC at 8:30/7:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Suburgatory @ Clicker.
 

Lisa’s Choice #2

Last time on Revenge, the real Emily Thorne revealed to Jack that she was actually Amanda Clarke (even though she’s actually not). “Amanda” didn’t want to leave the high life in the Hamptons and let the real Amanda Clark have all of the fun. Tyler and Nolan’s deal took a new twist, with Tyler taking on an investment from Nolan. Tyler and Nolan’s scandalicious secret agreement was exposed to Ashley, and Ashley struck up a new relationship with Victoria. It looks like there may be some new paths charted for many characters, and it can only continue on a winding adventure full of devilish behavior!

Tonight, after Emily discovers a secret, she questions Nolan’s loyalty. “Amanda” settles into her new life in the Hamptons, and Victoria regains some power. Also, things between her and Conrad take a large turn for the worse.

Tune in to ABC at 10/9c for an all new episode! Learn where to find episodes online of Revenge @ Clicker.
 

Jenny’s Choice #3

Last week was the season premiere of Hot in Cleveland and series premiere of The Exes. As always, I really loved the first. It was fun seeing Elka trying to decide which man she wanted to be with. I didn’t like her choice of her presumed dead husband, but I did cheer when she decided to leave him. Of course, that means Fred and Max are gone—at least for now. Elka is too saucy to stay single, though, so hopefully Fred will be back, because I liked them together. As for The Exes, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I might. I’m not the biggest fan of Kristen Johnston (she’s SO manly, it’s hard for me to get past!) or Wayne Knight (I didn’t like him on Seinfeld—even though I rarely watched that—and I only tolerate him on other shows that I do enjoy), but I liked them both okay in this one. KJ was a lot better than I thought she would be, and WK was even tolerable. I think it’s his voice that drives me nuts. I dunno. Anyway, I loved Donald Faison, David Alan Basche, and Holly’s (KJ) assistant, Eden (played by the adorable Kelly Stables). So I’m excited about giving it another shot tonight and hope it will be as enjoyable for me as the first.

On tonight’s new episode of Hot in Cleveland, “Beards,” it’s all aboard when Victoria is invited to speak on an A-list gay cruise and brings Melanie, Joy, and Elka with her.

Then on the new episode of The Exes, “A Little Romance,” Phil uses Holly’s assistant to help him land a star jockey as a client, but he’s got his eyes on a bigger prize. Haskell talks Stuart into selling sentimental mementos from his marriage, but Stuart has trouble letting go.

Don’t miss them tonight on TV Land at 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Hot in Cleveland & The Exes @ Clicker.

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3 Responses to If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/7/11

  1. Kyle says:

    Just noticed none of us recommended The Middle, with the return of Reverend Tim Tom. Another show I’ll definitely be watching tonight! 🙂

  2. Amanda Willey says:

    I am with Megan on watching the X factor!!! I am loving this show!

  3. Jenny says:

    I don’t watch The Middle, (haven’t ever), and am not watching The X Factor anymore either. haha *shrug* 🙂