Wow, this has been a busy week for new TV—and there are eight more new and returning shows premiering tonight! This week, I’ve had the advantage of having seen screeners for most of the new series, but starting next week, I have no idea how I’m going to keep up with everything! We’ve got some suggestions to help you decide on what to check out tonight.
Kyle’s Choice #1
Tonight, Elementary heads across the pond for the premiere of the show’s second season. I really enjoyed the first season—I was a little skeptical at first, with Sherlock already on airing on PBS, but I was immediately won over. Jonny Lee Miller makes a perfect Sherlock Holmes, and I really enjoy the dynamic Lucy Liu brings as a female Watson. The cases are always interesting, the chemistry between the leads is great, and I always enjoy watching them use their powers of deduction to solve the mystery. I’m looking forward to meeting more of the classic Sherlock characters in tonight’s season premiere.
On tonight’s episode, “Step Nine,” Holmes and Watson travel to London to help a former mentor investigate an unsolved mystery. Meanwhile, Sherlock’s estranged brother, Mycroft, reunites with him and reveals some secrets of his own. Rhys Ifans guest stars.
See Sherlock on his home turf tonight on CBS at 10:01/9:01c.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
Jenny’s Choice #1
Michael J. Fox is back, baby! Even with Parkinson’s, the man can out-act almost anyone on TV. He’s brilliantly funny, and his new show, aptly titled The Michael J. Fox Show, is just as funny. It’s cute, and the look at a family man living with Parkinson’s is a heartbreaking and interesting look into Fox’s own life. Michael J. Fox plays one of New York’s most beloved news anchors, Mike Henry, who put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. But five years later, with the kids busy growing up and Mike growing restless, it just might be time for him to get back to work. Having never wanted Mike to leave in the first place, his old boss Harris Green (Wendell Pierce, The Wire, Treme) jumped at the chance to get him back on TV. The trick, as it’s always been, was to make Mike think it was his idea. Now the plan is in motion and Mike will be back to juggling home, family, and career—just like the old days, but only better. I’ve seen the pilot, and it was one of my favorite new comedies, so I highly recommend you check it out.
On tonight’s first episode, “Pilot,” after five years, Mike Henry return to the workplace, forcing him to learn to juggle his home, family and career again. Then on the second episode, “Neighbor,” Mike confronts a noisy neighbor who develops a crush on him; Ian tries to court Eve’s friend; Leigh is mistaken for a single mom.
Laugh along with me and welcome Michael J. Fox back to TV tonight on NBC at 9:01/8:01c & 9:31/8:31c.
I am so excited about tonight’s series premiere of The Crazy Ones! We’ve got Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who I adore, and then Robin Williams (From…everything lol), who I also adore. You put them together, and it’s magic! There are so many amazing casts this season, but this is my favorite. The writing on this show is already showing to be at a fabulous level, and I have high hopes for this comedy. It’s more of a dramatic comedy, where we watch Robin do what he does best, and then it throws some family relationship growth on top, with Sarah and Robin bonding as father/daughter. Overall, if you don’t tune in to this new gem, you are insane.
On tonight’s season premiere, “Pilot,” Simon tries to get singer Kelly Clarkson to help with a jingle. Kelly Clarkson guest stars as herself.
To see what is amazing about this new show, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.
I’ll also be watching Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Glee, The Michael J. Fox Show, and The X Factor.
Tonight marks the sixth season (one-hour) premiere of Parks and Recreation, and it will be an interesting year with some of the news already out there (no spoilers here, but if you know the news, you’ll understand what I mean). But tonight, the show moved to London for the season premiere to accommodate Chris Pratt’s taping for Guardians of the Galaxy, and it will be great fun to see Leslie and the gang in another country.
But the biggest change will be how the season progresses with a Swanson baby. A mustached, whiskey-drinking, canoe-making, and government-hating baby? But hopefully, we’ll get “Giggling Swanson” more often when he gets to hold the baby. But anyway, the baby will be comedy gold!
On tonight’s episode, “London, Part 1 & 2,” Leslie wins an award from an international Women in Government and travels to London with Ben, Andy, April and Ron to accept it, while Tom hunts down the mysterious businessman trying to put Rent-a-Swat out of business, and Ann and Chris settle into the next phase of their relationship.
See what happens in London on NBC at 8/7c.
I’ll also be watching The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Project Runway, The Crazy Ones, and Two and a Half Men.
Kyle’s Choice #2
Another show heading to London (sort of) tonight is NTSF:SD:SUV::. This show has been on fire lately. Last week’s face-swapping episode was a hilarious masterpiece. While it was a lot of fun seeing Trent and Sam swap personalities, and the action-movie style slow motion pigeon shootout was perfection, the highlight of the episode had to be Piper pretending she had swapped faces with various co-workers in order to secretly learn why no one wanted to attend her game night. Given how many laughs the show is able to squeeze in in just 11 minutes, I can’t wait to see tonight’s special double-length episode!
On tonight’s episode, “U-ko’ed,” Alphonse is captured while infiltrating the Little Britain section of San Diego.
Check out the great fun on tonight’s double episode on Cartoon Network at 12AM/11PMc.
I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Crazy Ones, Grey’s Anatomy, Parks and Recreation, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, Glee, and Supermarket Superstar.
Jenny’s Choice #2
My favorite comedy is back tonight, with the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory. Last season ended with Leonard taking a job working for Stephen Hawking in the North Sea for four months. Raj and Lucy broke up—but on a good note, Raj can finally speak around women. Of course, he’s not very smooth about it, but at least he doesn’t have to get drunk anymore! So how will Penny and Sheldon cope with Leonard gone for that long? Somehow, I have a feeling that Sheldon will have the harder time. 😉
On tonight’s first episode, “The Hofstadter Insufficiency,” with Leonard away, Sheldon and Penny spend quality time together sharing intimate secrets. Also, Wolowitz helps Raj get over his ex-girlfriend. Regina King guest stars. Then on the second episode, “The Deception Verification,” Leonard’s friendship with Sheldon is put to the test when he returns from the North Sea. Meanwhile, Wolowitz’s relationship with his mother causes an unusual threat to his masculinity.
Get your laugh on tonight on CBS at 8/7c & 8:31/7:31c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Crazy Ones, Two and a Half Men, Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell, Elementary, & Supermarket Superstar.