If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/25/14

I slipped on some ice on Sunday, and what I thought was just a pulled muscle turned out to be a dislocated hip. That’s right… Even when I hurt myself, it has to be unusual. 🙂 Tonight, I’m going to relax on the couch with a heating pad, snacks, and amazing new television. Join me, please?

Megan’s Choice #1

mindgames225smallI have been looking forward to the new ABC show Mind Games since I got a chance to watch the pilot months ago. It’s the premise that got me the most, even before the star-studded cast. We’re going to follow brothers Ross (Christian Slater) and Clark (Steve Zahn) as they use a mix of science, con-artistry, and mind tricks to help influence life-altering situations to make their clients’ dreams a reality. They run a quirky business, Edwards and Associates, based on the belief that people’s decisions are influenced by their environment in ways they don’t even realize. In a TV landscape that is dominated by crime dramas and sitcoms, I am very excited to have a new dramedy that is going to pull on our heart strings and still make us laugh at times.

On the series premiere, “Pilot,” Clark and Ross help a boy with a heart condition by convincing the insurance company to approve his claims.

You definitely won’t be sorry if you give this show a chance by tuning in to ABC at 10/9c.
 
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Jenny’s Choice #1

rizzoliisles225smallThank goodness all our favorite TV is back! That includes my first pick tonight, the spring premiere of Rizzoli & Isles. When we last left off in September, Maura met her grandfather, who she took in after he was paroled from prison. He was quite the character—gruff, mean, and just plain rude. In the end, he’d softened a little bit, after Casey told Jane he understood why the guy was feeling off, since he himself was having issues adjusting to civilian life after being out of combat, etc. Speaking of Casey, he & Jane are about ready to take their relatioinship to the next level, but he wants a permanent commitment, or he’ll go back to working with the military. I love him, so I hope they work it out.

The big question for the show, of course, is Lee Thompson Young’s death. He played Det. Barry Frost, one of the central characters on the show. I’ve not heard one word about how they’re going to handle it. Will he just suddenly have gotten transferred, and we didn’t get to see his goodbye? Or will they handle it by Frost being busy off screen, working on the current case, and he either gets killed off screen, or they just continue having him off screen to finish out the final four episodes this season and then he’ll be gone starting next season? I’m very interested to find out. I do know that Lee & Detective Frost will be missed on the show, however they do it.

On tonight’s episode, “Tears of a Clown,” when a kidnapper who dresses as a clown reemerges in Boston after more than 20 years, the squad is struck with fear. Desperate for clues, they dig through files from the unsolved abductions of the haunting 1988 “Summer of the Clown.” Meanwhile, as Jane’s relationship with Casey becomes more serious, they are forced to face the fact that one of them will have to compromise if they are to take things to the next level. Maura also finds herself in a dilemma when she inadvertently gets in the middle of another relationship.

Beware if you already have a fear of clowns tonight, and check out the new episode on TNT at 9/8c.
 

Kyle’s Choice

aboutaboy225smallI really enjoyed Saturday’s premiere of About a Boy and can’t wait for tonight’s episode. The pilot was like the entire 2002 film in 22 minutes. Will is a single guy who made a fortune off of a Christmas song he wrote years earlier and now doesn’t do much of anything. Living next door is Fiona—who suffers from depression—and her odd son, Marcus. In order to hook up with a woman at a support group, Will pretended to have a terminally ill son, but when she asked to meet the boy, Will bribed Marcus into helping him out—feeding him the ribs his vegan mother would never let him eat. When Fiona found out, she was furious, but she later warmed to Will when she saw him prevent her son from embarrassing himself at the school talent show.

This show is both funny and heartwarming, just like the original movie. The cast is great and has amazing chemistry. I hope folks give this series a chance, as David Walton really deserves a break—he needs to break away from the short-lived-series curse he has been under! He keeps getting cast in really entertaining shows that either the network burns off at the end of the year or that the Nielsen viewers don’t tune in to!

On tonight’s episode, “About a Pool Party,” Will agrees to babysit Marcus so Fiona can go on a job interview, but a last-minute invitation to a party complicates the situation.

I’ll also be watching/recording Mind Games, Growing Up Fisher, Glee, New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Supernatural, Chopped, Cougar Town, Perception, Face Off, Opposite Worlds, and Kroll Show.
 

JJ’s Choice

glee225smallTonight marks the return of Glee, and it will be interesting to see how the show moves forward with the ending of the show in sight. Especially since the last two original episodes didn’t really work for me during an overall interesting season. And tonight promises to reintroduce us to an old rivalry, which will be interesting to see!

On tonight’s episode, “Frenemies,” Santana snags the role of Rachel’s understudy in “Funny Girl,” causing a feud between the two roommates.

Find out how they deal on FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Cougar Town.
 

Megan’s Choice #2

ncisla225smallYes. Yes. Yes. NCIS: LA is back with new episodes, and I couldn’t be happier if I tried. This season has been incredible so far, and I really can’t wait to see where they go next. It’s not just the character growth and relationship development that has me hooked. It’s the superb story lines! I cannot wait to find out what’s going to happen with Kensi and the mess overseas, or if Nell is going to end up a full-time field agent. This has become my favorite of the franchise, and I’m more of a fan than a critic every week. I hope to never lose that with this show.

On tonight’s episode, “Tuhon,” Sam and Callen try to locate a retired assassin they have previously dealt with; Nate and Deeks stay in Los Angeles to help with the investigation. Peter Cambor & Danny Trejo guest star.

To see how this stellar team handles this case, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Voice, About a Boy, Growing Up Fisher, Person of Interest, Glee, New Girl, Rizzoli & Isles, Perception, Chopped, and Chicago Fire.
 

Jenny’s Choice #2

ncis225smallThe last new episode of NCIS brought the Parsa character to a…well, bloody end. The team was able to capture him (with the help of the US military), and once they had him on a ship in the middle of the ocean, Gibbs & Bishop flew out to question him. He worked it so he & Bishop were in the room together, and then he locked them into the hold so Gibbs & the marines had to blowtorch their way inside. Gibbs got there just in time to kill Parsa before he shot & killed Bishop. It was a tense little bit, although I had no doubt that the team would come out intact. In the end, Gibbs offered Bishop a permanent job on the team—with probation first, as per normal. She’s no longer just working with them but still employed by the CIA. Excellent. I love her.

On tonight’s episode, “Bulletproof,” after uncovering faulty bulletproof vests in a truck filled with stolen U.S.M.C. merchandise, the NCIS team attempts to locate both the source and any vests that had been shipped to military personnel overseas.

Find out if the team can track down all the faulty vests tonight on CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing NCIS: LA, About a Boy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Growing Up Fisher, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Cougar Town, Mind Games, & Person of Interest.

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