If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/13/12

I had an amazing weekend, even with internet issues here and there. I was surrounded by good friends and lots of giggles. As much as I was loving the Olympics, I am also really happy they have come to an end—time to get into fall television! I need my primetime schedule back starting with some premieres and finales tonight, so let’s take a look and see what we have to watch.

Megan’s Choice #1

Gordon Ramsay has faced some of the worst restaurants in Europe and the United States on Kitchen Nightmares, but now he’s branching out and tackling hotels in his new show, Hotel Hell. Ramsay is addressing all the issues that plague failing hotels, from poor management, dirty accommodations, and failing kitchens—he’s facing it all. I have seen the two-part pilot, and my goodness it’s intense. There is so much more going on in this one show that it’s a rollercoaster from start to finish.

On tonight’s premiere, “Juniper Hill Inn, Part One,” Ramsay travels to the Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor, VT, a place that’s beauty is undermined by the smell of raw sewage and the owner’s poor treatment of the staff.

To check out Ramsay kick some hotel ass, tune in to FOX at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of Hotel Hell @ Clicker.
 
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Jenny’s Choice #1

The first network show back for the new fall season is NBC’s Grimm. I’m so excited because last season went out with a bang. Not only has Hank seen two Grimm creatures transform—which has made him question his sanity—but now Juliette knows everything, and after Adalind infected her cat with something to make it ultra-agressive, it scratched Juliette, which put her in a coma. Finally, the mysterious woman who ran from the cops and then saved Nick from Kimura turned out to be Nick’s mother—who he and the audience had believed up to that point had died when he was a child. What in the world in going on?? Where has Mom been? Will Hank finally go over the edge or will Nick have to tell him everything? Will Juliette be okay? And who is it that the show is foreshadowing will visit her in the hospital? Exciting stuff, and I can’t wait to get answers. I’ve missed Monroe, especially. Love him. lol

On tonight’s episode, “Bad Teeth,” after their face-off with Kimura, Nick finds himself trying to come to grips with the return of his mother, Kelly Burkhardt. A trail of brutal murders unveils a foreign conspiracy to hunt down Nick, leading to several revelations about his past. Meanwhile, Juliette still lies in her mysteriously-induced coma as Rosalee and Monroe work tirelessly to bring her out of it safely. Elsewhere, Hank struggles with the shocking truths he’s recently seen, and Captain Renard deals with unexpected family issues when his estranged brother comes back into his life. Brian Tee, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, & James Frain guest star.

Don’t miss tonight’s premiere on NBC at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Grimm @ Clicker.
 

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, one TV chapter ends as The Closer comes to a close. However, that doesn’t mean the end of the LAPD Major Crimes Unit on our TVs. Following tonight’s finale of The Closer, TNT is kicking off the spin-off series, simply titled Major Crimes.

I haven’t seen tonight’s episodes, so the complete details of Brenda Johnson’s departure from the Major Crimes division is still a mystery to me, as well. However, it is clear that Capt. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) will take over as the head of the Major Crimes division. We can also expect most of the characters from the original show (excluding Sgt. Gabriel) to continue in their same roles.

I’m looking forward to seeing how The Closer comes to an end and what happens to Brenda Johnson. It will also be interesting to see how the show does without its main star and whether or not it will keep the same tone. I always enjoyed The Closer’s mix of serious drama with a sprinkle of light comedy, so I hope they don’t lose that in Major Crimes.

In tonight’s finale of The Closer, “The Last Word,” Brenda leads an investigation that she thinks will finally bring nemesis Philip Stroh to justice, but her obsession with him soon puts her career—and her life—in jeopardy.

Then, in the Major Crimes premiere, “Reloaded,” the newly-appointed Raydor investigates a string of store robberies that turns fatal. Meanwhile, an undercover detective proves her worth and is transferred into the division; and Raydor tries to protect Rusty.

Don’t miss the new episodes tonight on TNT at 9/8c & 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Closer & Major Crimes @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording The Glass House, Stars Earn Stripes, Grimm, Hotel Hell, Hell’s Kitchen, Bunheads, Warehouse 13, Alphas, and Teen Wolf.
 

Megan’s Choice #2

I cannot believe it’s the season finale of Teen Wolf already. What a crazy season it’s been. Kanimas, new wolves, identity issues, hunters, broken hearts, best friends tested—and death. Insane but delicious television that I am going to be going through withdrawal for when the season ends. Last episode had Gerard threatening Scott’s mother, Jackson ended up severely injured, Stiles was hoping to fight for the side of good, and Derek faced off with Peter. It’s a mighty fine mess our fave cast has gotten themselves into this time.

On tonight’s season finale, “Master Plan,” Scott races to uncover Gerard’s master plan following a shocking death on the lacrosse field in the season 2 finale. Meanwhile, Derek plots to take Gerard down using his own methods.

To see who’s left standing, tune in to MTV at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Teen Wolf @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/DVRing Hell’s Kitchen, Grimm, and Bunheads.
 

Jenny’s Choice #2

My second pick tonight is the series premiere of Counting Cars on the History Channel. Fans of Pawn Star$ will recognize Danny Koker as the car guy the Rick Harrison & family call in when they get a car in to the pawn shop. Danny is cool, kind of sexy, and a funny guy, so when I heard that there was going to be a new show centered around him and his shop, I was beyond thrilled. Here’s what the network has to say about the new show: Most people in Las Vegas bet with chips, but Danny “The Count” Koker bets with cars. Known from his numerous appearances on Pawn Star$, this Sin City legend walks, talks, and breathes classic American muscle cars. When he sees a car he wants, he will do whatever it takes to get his hands on it—including making on-the-spot cash offers to unsuspecting owners. On the HISTORY series Counting Cars, Danny and his team restore, customize, and sell cars in a hurry, scrambling to keep their Las Vegas shop in the black. From vintage Thunderbirds to classic Corvettes, toy cars to souped-up sidecar motorcycles, Danny and the crew of Count’s Kustoms will stop at nothing to find and flip the greatest rides of all time.

On tonight’s episode, “McQueen for a Day,” Pawn Star$’ Rick Harrison shows up to give the guys of Count’s Kustoms the project of a lifetime. Can they take a beat up 68 Mustang Fastback and turn it into Steve McQueen’s old “Bullitt” ride within Rick s modest budget? Then, when a customer rolls up to the shop with an unusual custom request for his motorcycle, Danny relies on Horny Mike, his eccentric airbrush artist, to get the job done.

Check it out tonight on the History Channel at 10:30/9:30c.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/DVRing Stars Earn Stripes, Hotel Hell, Warehouse 13, Hell’s Kitchen, Major Crimes, United Bates of America, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, & Pawn Star$.

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