Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, but somehow, I still have most of my Christmas shopping still to go—it’s hard to believe it’s less than three weeks away! I’m enjoying the lighter volume of new TV we get around this time of year, as it gives me a chance to catch up on my TiVo backlog before January’s midseason onslaught. We’ve got some suggestions to help you choose what to watch tonight…
Come Dine With Me was one of my favorite cooking shows a while back when it aired on BBC America. The Food Network also tried a similar show that didn’t last very long, but it wasn’t quite the same format. However, tonight, Lifetime brings back the original series. Each episode takes place over a week, where amateur cooks take turns holding dinner parties for one another. At the end of each night, the dinner guests speak frankly about the meal and give their rating. At the end of the week, the scores are totaled to see who gave the best dinner party. It’s always fun to see how petty some of these people are—saying how great everything is to the chef, but then in the car ride home, they start trash-talking so they can justify giving a low score (in order to improve their own chances of winning). However, there are also some of those who actually give credit where credit is due. I find the show a lot of fun to watch and am looking forward to it returning to my TV.
On tonight’s first episode, “Beets Backlash,” Angela prepares an Armenian allspice meal; Bill perfects his Italian-inspired menu; Cathy pushes boundaries with risky dishes; Sayeh makes a confession that may jeopardize her chances of winning. Then on the second episode, “Smokin’ Ribs,” Beth hopes her chances do not go up in smoke; Tania entertains with an Italian gangster style; Jackson serves an Asian sensation; Alex tries to win the hearts of his guests.
See if these amateur chefs can actually cook tonight on Lifetime at 10/9c & 11/10c.
I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, The Sound of Music Live!, Glee, White Collar, and The Returned.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
Jenny’s Choice #1
I’m SO excited about tonight’s special, The Sound of Music Live!. Based on the original 1959 Broadway production, not the 1965 movie (I’m not sure what the difference is…), the iconic story centers on a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a naval officer widower. The special is all live, which means anything can happen…and that’s part of what makes it so exciting.
The cast is really incredible, too. Besides American Idol & Grammy winner Carrie Underwood as Maria and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer as Capt. Von Trapp, it also stars Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Christian Borle and Laura Benanti. The young cast set to play the von Trapp children are Ariane Rinehart (Liesl), Michael Nigro (Fredrich), Ella Watts-Gorman (Louisa), Joe West (Kurt), Sophia Caruso (Brigitta), Grace Rundhaug (Marta) and Peyton Ella as young Gretl.
I watched the “Making Of” special last week, and it was a lot of fun seeing everything from the auditions and casting, to building the sets, and rehearsals. I absolutely can’t wait to see how it all goes tonight.
See the latest adaptation of the iconic musical tonight on NBC at 8/7c.
The Big Bang Theory has remained a family favorite in this house for a few years now, and I’m so happy that it’s back with a new episode this week. The last episode, we got to see Sheldon drunk at Thanksgiving dinner at Howard’s mom’s house; let me tell you, it was hilarious. Sheldon ended up bonding with Bernadette’s dad over football—one thing led to another, which led to a few beers, and voila! You have a drunk Sheldon. He was slapping Amy’s butt, saying so many sarcastic things about everyone, and finally ended up the night with puking on the clowns in Howard’s mom’s bathroom.
The other story line involved Penny finding out that the wedding she had with Zack in Las Vegas wasn’t pretend like she thought, but that she was indeed married to the brain-dead boy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed with Leonard during this episode, because I feel like he was an ass to her. Yes, she married Zack, and that wasn’t the brightest moment of her life, but he really shouldn’t use his brains to talk down to her the way he did. I really hope this doesn’t become a regular event on the show, because it wasn’t just him poking fun at her brains. It was straightforward rudeness.
On tonight’s episode, “The Discovery Dissipation,” Amy and Leonard try to help Sheldon deal with his shame; Raj stays with Bernadette and Howard for a week. Wil Wheaton guest stars.
To see how this housing arrangement goes, tune in to CBS at 8/7c.
I’ll also be watching The Crazy Ones, The Millers, Elementary, Glee, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, The Sound of Music Live!, The X Factor, Reign, and Come Dine With Me.
Ground Floor is a new comedy by Bill Lawrence, starring Skylar Astin, Briga Heelan (great on Cougar Town!), and John C. McGinley doing what he does best, this time in a suit. It’s really organic and feels old school in the best way possible! I’m really loving it and hope that the show will get to continue for quite some time.
On tonight’s episode, “The Gift,” Brody tries to buy the perfect gift for Jenny, but “What do you get for the girl who has nothing?” Brody’s extravagant gift for Jenny turns the downstairs gang against him and makes Jenny feel uncomfortable instead of flattered.
Find out what gift Brody gives her on TBS at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching The Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries, Glee, Project Runway All Stars, The Crazy Ones, and Scandal.
Jenny’s Choice #2
Ever since I read about TruTV’s latest competition series, Panic Button, I’ve been excited for the premiere. From TruTV: “Panic Button is a pulse-pounding challenge that makes people’s deepest anxieties fun! Teams of two enter the top-secret facility to confront their worst fears. As they overcome three escalating levels of horror that put their relationships to the test, you’ll be howling with terror in one minute, and screaming with laughter the next. Will the teams make it to the final challenge? Or will they bail and hit their Panic Button?” It reminds me a little bit of Syfy’s Total Blackout, in that people will be facing their fears, although it’s not in the dark—and it’s not hosted by Urkel. 😉 I think it’ll be a lot of fun.
On tonight’s episode, “Buried Alive,” five subjects face their fears, including being buried alive and the unknown.
Check out this new fun show tonight on TruTV at 10:30/9:30c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Two and a Half Men, Restaurant Divided, Elementary, & Come Dine With Me.