If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/25/13

Last night was crazy busy. I didn’t record the pilots I’d already watched, which meant my DVR was okay, but come next week, I’m not sure how I’ll handle it. I can only record three HD things at a time…so what happens when I have four? Gah! But enough about Tuesdays. Tonight’s another busy night, so we’re here (minus Megan, who was sick as a dog last night) to give you our recommendations. 🙂

Jenny’s Choice #1

svu925asmallTonight is the 2-hour season premiere of Law & Order: SVU. Last season went out with a bang, with a sadistic rapist who liked to torture his victims. The team was unable to find out his real identity, which made convicting him just a pipe dream. Right at the end, Olivia got home…and the guy was there with a gun. Obviously she’ll get rescued, but what will she have to go through before they find her?

Last season was really great. I’ve loved the addition of Kelli Giddish & Danny Pino as Rollins and Amaro. They round out the team well and brought some great personal story lines to the show. The only thing I didn’t like was finding out Olivia’s boyfriend was the other cop, not ADA Barba. I ADORE ADA Barba. Ah well.

svu925bsmallOn tonight’s first hour, “Surrender Benson,” hours turn into days, and with no word from Detective Benson, the SVU squad takes drastic measures to find her and her abductor. A trail of murders and rape victims leads them to fear it may be too late. Dean Winters, Lauren Ambrose, and Bill Irwin guest star. Then on the second hour, “Imprisoned Lives,” a young boy is abandoned in Times Square and leads the detectives to the house where his family lives. Inside, they find a locked basement, where more victims await rescue, and they work to solve decades-old cold cases. Dean Winters, Michael Massee, and Bill Irwin guest star.

To see how the team finds Olivia and what’s up with the houseful of victims, tune in to NBC at 9/8c.
 
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
 

Kyle’s Choice

backinthegamesmallTonight, ABC adds the new comedy Back in the Game to its already-great Wednesday night comedy lineup. The series finds a divorced single mom (Maggie Lawson, Psych) forced to move back home to live with her ornery father (James Caan, Las Vegas among others). After her son is rejected from the local little league teams, she volunteers to coach a new team comprised of all of the misfits no one else wanted. The plot is similar to The Bad News Bears, but I really enjoyed it. Lawson and Caan have great chemistry and portray a father/daughter relationship that is both funny and heartwarming. Add to that the antics of the ragtag group of kids who are athletically-challenged, and it’s an entertaining half hour.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” a divorced single mom and former softball all-star decides to coach her son’s baseball team of misfits after they’re rejected by the local Little League hierarchy, and she gets help from her grizzled, beer-guzzling father, a once-promising ballplayer with whom she’s forced to live after being estranged for years.

Catch (see what I did there? 😉 ) this great new comedy that we all loved tonight on ABC at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Survivor, Criminal Minds, CSI, The Middle, Modern Family, Nashville, Revolution, Capture, The League, Top Chef Masters, Thieves, Inc., and Broadchurch.
 

JJ’s Choice

revolution925smallAnother great show, Revolution, is returning tonight, and after last season’s finale, it will be interesting to see how the show goes forward. With Nora and Randall dead, the power back on, POTUS resurfacing in Guantanamo Bay, and nukes heading towards the east coast, it will be an interesting start of the season.

But now that the power is back, the creators and writers might have a difficult time keeping up with the show. It started with the promise of a world without power, so were they too quick in turning the power back on? And with the steady decline in ratings and the show now having to start a new night by itself…I’m really hoping the show will do well, but I’m very curious about the ratings the day after.

On tonight’s episode, “Born in the USA,” the effects of turning the power back on prove to be catastrophic for everyone. Miles, Aaron, and Rachel find themselves in a mysterious small town, where Rachel encounters an important figure from her past, while Charlie finds herself on a mission in the Plains Nation, and Neville and Jason search a refugee cam for a lost loved one.

Find out if they succeed and see what happens on NBC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Modern Family and The Challenge.
 

Jenny’s Choice #2

criminalminds925smallTonight is also the season premiere of Criminal Minds. Last season ended with the death of Section Chief Erin Strauss. Her death rocked the whole team to its core. She’d come a long way from the beginning, when she was a complete and utter uptight…witch. She still wasn’t everyone’s favorite person, but getting closer to Rossi and getting sober helped a lot. So now, who will be taking her position? The description for tonight’s episode makes it seem like the team thinks Hotch will, but Esai Morales is joining the cast…as the new section chief. It’ll be interesting to see how the team is coping after Strauss’s death and, what we think anyway, the death of the man who killed her, the Replicator.

On tonight’s episode, “The Inspiration,” the hunt for a methodical killer takes the BAU to Arizona to search for an increasingly devolving UnSub, and the team speculates that Hotch is in the running to be the new BAU section chief. Camryn Manheim & Fred Koehler guest star.

Watch the team in action tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Back in the Game, Modern Family, Restaurant Stakeout, CSI, Top Chef Masters, & Thieves, Inc..

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