If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/24/13

This is a CRAZY night of television: 5 series premieres, 4 season premieres, & 4 season finales! Insane, I tell you. Because of that, we have some recommendations, so check ’em out! 🙂

Jenny’s Choice

ncisla924smallThe last season finale of NCIS: LA was packed full of great stuff, from Deeks and Kensi’s kiss, to Deeks and Sam having to partner up and then getting taken and tortured by the bad guys the team was trying to put away. (It was a rockin’ episode for Deeks, who is probably my favorite character on the show. 😉 ) It ended with Sam’s wife hanging out a high-rise window and Kensi fighting two female assassins to try to save her, while Deeks screamed in pain as the bad guys tortured him to find out if Sam’s wife was a federal agent. How will the new season start? I know. 😉 I got a chance to screen it early. And while I won’t spoil, I will say it’s a great payoff to last season’s finale!

On tonight’s episode, “Ascension,” while Sam and Deeks recover from traumatic torture that will have a lasting impact on their personal and professional relationships, lives are still in jeopardy as the NCIS: LA team searches for stolen nuclear weapons. Guest stars include Aunjanue Ellis as Michelle Hanna, Christopher Lambert as Marcel Janvier, and Timothy V. Murphy as Isaak Sidorov.

Find out how the team gets out of the sticky situation they found themselves in tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Dads, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., NCIS, Whose Line is it Anyway?, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 19 Kids & Counting, The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, Chopped, Person of Interest, & Chicago Fire.
 
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
 

JJ’s Choice #1

shieldsmallOkay, before I start, I love and hate the title already! Can we just call it Agents of Shield? Because this will get tired very fast… Anyway, I’m here to recommend this show to you without ever having watched it, but bear with me.

TV shows around superheroes have always been a niche, but now ABC is attempting to start off a night with this new show based on a multi-million dollar movie franchise and heading up against the most-watched show on TV at the moment. This show might not be a guaranteed hit, but it does have some major aspects working for it. Joss Whedon is the creator and an executive producer for this show, and he has written and directed the pilot episode tonight. Clark Gregg returns as Agent Phil Coulson, last seen on The Avengers in quite a shocking death scene, and Cobie Smulders from The Avengers also has a special guest star role as Agent Maria Hill. It will be interesting to see how this episode explains Agent Coulson’s return, and I really hope that if this show is a success that Cobie Smulders can become a cast member for the second season (after How I Met Your Mother ends). The last cast member I’m really excited about is Ming-Na Wen. I loved her on Eureka and Stargate: Universe, and she does great on sci-fi shows. Combining these facts and the promos ABC has aired, I’m really hoping this will be and stay a success, because Marvel’s Avengers universe is great.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Agent Phil Coulson is back in action, right after the battle of New York, and he has his eye on a mysterious group called The Rising Tide. In order to track this group, he assembles a dedicated and highly select group of agents for the worldwide law-enforcement agency known as Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.). The group’s first assignment is to track down an ordinary man who has gained extraordinary powers that could have devastating consequences.

Watch the newest expansion of the Marvel universe on ABC at 8/7c.
 

Megan’s Choice

thegoldbergssmallAre you ready to jump into a time machine and head back to the 80s? Good, because that’s exactly what you’re going to do tonight when you tune in to the series premiere of The Goldbergs. This is one of my favorite new sitcoms, and I feel like it is the perfect balance of nostalgia and humor. Whether it’s watching how a father struggles to tell his kids he loves them, or a mom not being able to let go of her children, or even a boy trying to make sense of his crazy family, this show has it all. Do NOT miss it!

On tonight’s premiere, “Circle of Driving,” Barry is disappointed by his birthday present, which he hoped would be a car; Adam solicits love life advice from Pops.

To fall in love with this comedic gem, tune in to ABC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching NCIS: LA, NCIS, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Person of Interest, Trophy Wife, Lucky 7, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Voice.
 

Kyle’s Choice

fangasm924smallTonight, Syfy kicks off the new reality series Fangasm, which takes over the post-Face Off timeslot. The reality series follows seven geeky fans as they live and work together as interns for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. Viewers who loved the geekiness of Heroes of Cosplay should also enjoy this new series, as it’s another fun show that embraces and celebrates geek culture. Unlike other reality shows, there is no backstabbing or controversy—at least in the premiere, but that could all change. It is so nice to see all of these folks supporting one another and just having fun. I’m so glad that Syfy has found a way to fill out their schedule with reality shows while still maintaining the original spirit of the network.

On tonight’s episode, “Beam Me Up, Stan,” four fanboys and three fangirls become roommates in the premiere of this reality series, which follows their experiences living in a Los Angeles apartment complex and working together as interns at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo.

Check out all the great geekiness tonight on Syfy at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, Lucky 7, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Capture, Sons of Anarchy, Chopped, and Face Off.
 

JJ’s Choice #2

mindyproject924smallLast week marked the return of The Mindy Project, and it seems to have improved over the first season. The first season was really trying to find the tone of the show, but between Chris Messina, Mindy Kaling, and some cast changes, there really is great long-term potential here. Last week, Mindy returned from Haiti with Casey because she having gall stones. So she and Casey decided to try their relationship long-distance, as she returned to her work at the practice in NY and he stayed in Haiti. At the practice, a new doctor had been hired—Dr. Paul Leotard (played hilariously by James Franco)—who also was helping Danny and his wife with their wedding. So now Mindy clearly won’t be marrying Casey, and Danny seems to be single. So let’s see how this season combines the workplace comedy with the romantic comedy while tackling the hurdles clearly still in their way.

On tonight’s episode, “The Other Dr. L,” Mindy must adjust to her long-distance relationship and the new doctor at the office, as she’s no longer the office’s “Dr. L” and her patients and dignity have been over taken by Dr. Paul Leotard. Meanwhile, Danny has a new extracurricular activity following his breakup with Christina.

Find out what activity it is on FOX at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching Whose Line is it Anyway? and New Girl.

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