If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/16/12

It’s going to be a busy week of television, which is a double-edged sword. I’m always happy with more new episodes, but it also means that I’m juggling to try to keep up on everything. These are the issues of a TV addict – can you relate? Tonight, there are a couple of series premieres, as well as the return of a few favorites, so let’s take a look at what you should be watching.

Megan’s Choice #1

In case you haven’t heard the awesome news, there is going to be a two night crossover event between Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: LA in May. How fabulous is that? Seeing as those are two of my favorite shows, I am beyond excited. Unfortunately, that’s not until May, so let’s talk about the now.

Last time we saw our favorite Hawaiian crime fighters, there were so many issues swirling around between McGarrett and Joe. All we know for sure is that Joe isn’t being honest, and that’s a surefire way to upset Steve. Those two are so much alike, it’s scary.

On tonight’s episode, “Pu’olo,” McGarrett is rocked to his core when Chin Ho tells him some shocking news about Joe White. Meanwhile, Danny plays mid-wife for his ex-wife when she goes into labor early.

Tune in to CBS at 10/9c to enjoy this game changing episode. Learn where to find episodes online of Hawaii Five-0 @ Clicker.
 
Jump with us to see what else we think you should watch.
 

Jenny’s Choice #1

Last week on Castle, Ryan and Jenny finally got married, and although we didn’t actually see the ceremony, the events leading up to it were fantastic. The case was ok—and the best part of that was finding out Jenny had been one of his previous conquests, and then learning Ryan knew all about it—but my favorite part of the episode was seeing Castle and Beckett agree at the end to be each other’s plus one and walk into the sanctuary arm-in-arm. Lanie and Espo also seemed to be getting back on the right track. When Espo learned Lanie was bringing a date to the wedding, he got very jealous. So he showed up with a date, as well. Of course, her date turned out to be an old friend who is gay, and Espo’s date turned out to be his cousin. They were too cute when they figured it all out. This week’s episode promises to be not nearly as light and happy…especially for Castle & Beckett. 🙁

On tonight’s episode, “Dial M for Mayor,” Derek Webster (Desperate Housewives, Damages) guest stars as Mayor Robert Weldon, Castle’s longtime friend and the Mayor of New York City. It was Mayor Weldon’s political clout that allowed Castle to partner up with Beckett. But now a woman is found dead in a car that traces back to the Mayor’s motor pool, and that partnership comes under fire as the scandal surrounding the investigation threatens to bring down Weldon’s administration.

Do NOT miss it tonight on ABC at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Castle @ Clicker.
 

JJ’s Choice #1

This week, there are some premieres, and a new series on Syfy is Lost Girl. It tells the story of Bo, a girl who finds out she’s a Succubus. She feeds on the sexual energy of humans. Being raised by human parents, she never knew she was supernatural – until she killed her boyfriend. She finds out she is one of the Fae, creatures of legend, who pass as humans while feeding off them. This show is on season 2 already in Canada, where it is very popular.

On tonight’s episode, “It’s a Fae Fae Fae World,” Bo has been living on the run for years, killing people when she kisses them. After leaving someone she kills out in the open, she is swept into the secret world of the Fae. She discovers who and what she is, and is told to choose a side, either the Light or the Dark. She refuses and chooses the side of humanity instead.

I’m a sucker for science fiction, and this show looks to be very exciting. Check it out on Syfy at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Lost Girl @ Clicker.
 

Lisa’s Choice

Last week on Pretty Little Liars, Emily went to work at a teen help line and found out that A may have a helper on the side. Hanna threw a birthday party for Caleb that went sour when Lucas took her out in a boat and almost revealed his misdoings. Aria was forbidden to speak or see Ezra, but not talking to her man proved quite difficult, and any chance she got, she snuck in a moment to try to reach out to him. Jenna went off to Boston to have eye surgery and left Garrett dwindling in the dust.

On an all new episode, “Let the Water Hold Me Down,” Lucas is missing, and there are questions surrounding what happened to him at the lake. With all the tension of what went down, Hanna can barely catch her breath. Caleb is determined to find his friend, and Hanna’s reluctance to help causes a lot more problems. Will Hanna be able to tell Caleb what happened in the boat without somehow tipping off to her larger problems with “A?” And if she does involve him, will he be willing to stick around after he hears all the horrible things that she’s done? Meanwhile, Spencer follows a lead about “A,” which leads her to a very unexpected place and revelation.

Tune in at 8/7c to ABC Family for nonstop drama! Learn where to find episodes online of Pretty Little Liars @ Clicker.
 

Megan’s Choice #2

Tonight is the series premiere of Alcatraz on FOX, and let me tell you, this show is worth your time. You know it’s going to be deliciously twisted if it’s from the mind of Executive Producer J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe, Alias). The series follows the investigation into the strange reappearance of 302 of Alacatraz’s most well known prisoners and guards, 50 years after they disappeared. Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones, Sons of Anarchy) stumbles into the mystery while working a gruesome homicide case and is met by Agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill, , Happy Town, Jurassic Park) trying to throw her off her case. Madsen ends up working with Dr. Deigo “Doc” Soto (Jorge Garcia, Lost) to help unravel this intense mystery. This show is filled with so many twists and turns, it is going to keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

On tonight’s premiere, Detective Rebecca Madsen and Alcatraz historian, Doctor Diego Soto, team up with a secret agency that is dedicated to finding and catching inmates from the infamous prison who went missing 50 years ago and are reappearing today. The special task force includes Sam Neill as Emerson Hauser and Parminder Nagra (ER) as Doctor Lucy Banerjee. Then, when a sniper begins targeting young victims the team is forced to retrace the steps of the past in order to solve this modern day mystery on the special two-hour series premiere.

To check out this new series that is sure to amaze, tune in to FOX at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of Alcatraz @ Clicker.
 

Jenny’s Choice #2

We’ve seen 149 episodes of How I Met Your Mother. They have ranged from good to brilliant, but they’ve never failed to entertain me and make me laugh. Over the last 149 episodes, I’ve grown to love each of the characters as individuals and as a group. We’ve watched them grow and mature, as they made their way further into adulthood. And now tonight, we see the 150th episode. Lots of changes are in store for the gang over the next few months, including Marshall and Lily having their baby. And we know that eventually, we’ll learn who the mother is and who Barney’s soon-to-be wife was in an earlier episode. But for tonight, we see the first step in Marshall & Lily’s plans AND we get to see stripper Lily! Winner! lol

On tonight’s episode, “46 Minutes,” Lily and Marshall officially move to the suburbs and realize that Lily’s bossy father refuses to move out of their house. Meanwhile, the gang adjusts to them moving by going to a strip club. Chris Elliot & Kal Penn guest star.

Check it out tonight on CBS at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of How I Met Your Mother @ Clicker.
 

JJ’s Choice #2

Last week, 2 Broke Girls won the People’s Choice award for best new TV comedy, and a few days afterward, the 2 Broke Girls panel at the Television Critics Association has been described as the most awkward in many years past. I can relate to both. 2 Broke Girls has a lot of heart when it focuses on Max and Caroline, and Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs have a very nice and funny chemistry. Unfortunately, the show has a slightly racist undertone when it comes to the supporting cast. A lot of journalists asked Michael Patrick King about this aspect, and he responded very weirdly.

This week introduces Jennifer Coolidge (The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Joey) as Sophie. Sophie moves in upstairs, but Max and Caroline don’t trust her.

Catch it at on CBS at 8:30/7:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of 2 Broke Girls @ Clicker.

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7 Responses to If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/16/12

  1. Megan Ward says:

    I don’t agree with the slight racist undertone at all. In fact I believe that there are plenty of shows that have way more of a racist undertone. It’s comedy, and comedy has stereotypes. That said the show is breaking out of those regularly.

  2. JJ says:

    It depends on the scene. For instance: Han has mosly been portayed as a nerdy, bad-engrish speaking short asian. All earl says is how he has weird ‘adventures’ with white women, and their strange habits. Oleg is the over-sexed eastern-european dude with matching accent. The white dumb NY-socialite who can’t change her babies diapers and refers to them as fat.

    When they go for the (somewhat) more intelligent jokes it’s funny, when it’s mostly Kat and Beth it’s perfect. But I cringe at some of the diner-scenes that only go for easy race-based jokes. It’s funny when they have the tampon-monologue…

    And (luckily) they stay away from the ‘dangerous’ stereotypes (all arabs are terrorists), so it’s all in good fun. But yeah, to me the writers will score points to go for the somewhat more intelligent jokes and stay away from easy race jokes..

  3. Megan says:

    Stereotypes are usually based on some truth… ever been to a NY diner?

  4. JJ says:

    Stereotypes are fun to work with. But to me when stereotypes are based on race it’s becoming a dangerous territory quickly.

    Hehe, no, I haven’t

  5. Jenny says:

    Oh, this show is full of stereotyping. But that’s kind of why I love it. They don’t shy away from it. And the characters are so lovable. lol Megan’s right…diners really can tend to be like that. lol Yeah, JJ, stereotypes based on race can be dangerous, but so can any of them, imo. There are plenty of shows that do stereotypes of a different sort that can be much more hurtful, so…

  6. Megan says:

    The thing is stereotypes are completely different that being racist. Yes they are often based on race or appearance but they aren’t being hateful. They play them well, and the show is popular for a reason. I hate to say it, but I feel like a lot of TV journalists (I won’t name names 😉 ) tend to stir the pot and create controversary where there really isn’t any.

  7. Jenny says:

    Yeah, that’s very true. stereotype does not equal racist. They aren’t making slurs, they aren’t talking to or about the characters and being mean or whatever about their race. They are just portraying the stereotypes–and almost every show does that to some degree.