We’re finally past hump day—this has been a crazy-busy work week, and my TiVo has been struggling to keep itself under 100% full! I am anxiously awaiting the weekend so I can catch up on all of this week’s TV shows. But until then, primetime goes on, and we’ve got a couple of suggestions on what you should check out tonight.
Tonight, FOX premieres the new comedy, Surviving Jack, starring Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) as Jack Dunlevy, a tough, ex-military, no-nonsense oncologist who has decided to take a more active role in raising his teenagers so his wife Joanne (Rachael Harris) can attend law school. Set in the fall of 1991, Jack’s son Frankie (Connor Buckley) is just starting his freshman year in high school, while daughter Rachel (Claudia Lee) is heading into her junior year. Jack had always taken a back-seat role when it came to parenting his children, but now he’s in charge and is determined to be the father his kids always wished they had. (Though they may have a change of opinion soon.) In addition to his own children, Jack finds himself looking out for his son’s two best fiends, George (Kevin Hernandez) and Mikey (Tyler Foden), as well.
I got to preview the first two episodes of the series, and I really enjoyed it. The 90s setting is a lot of fun, as I was a similar age to the son at the time and remember all the music and clothing styles used on show. Christopher Meloni is hilarious in the title role—he not only delivers on the humor, but also the heart. I love his no-nonsense attitude and the humor that goes with that. The relationship between him and his children (and his son’s friends) is great. I really enjoy how Jack will speak exactly what’s on his mind, no matter how politically incorrect, but never in a hurtful way.
On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Jack Dunlevy goes from emotionally distant working father to taking a more active role in the lives of his two teenage kids when his wife, Joanne, goes back to law school in the series premiere of this comedy set in the 1990s.
Check out Christopher Meloni in a great comedic role tonight on FOX at 9:30/8:30c.
I’ll also be watching/recording Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, Hell’s Kitchen, Inside the Actors Studio, Suits, Sirens, Vikings, and Review.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
Megan’s Choice #1
Is it just me, or are there a number of incompetent chefs on Hell’s Kitchen this season, more so than usual? Honestly, the last two episodes have been complete train wrecks for dinner services, although the team challenge last week was hilarious. Watching those big guys on that tiny tricycle was super amusing, but the funniest part was watching Ralph on the trike because he was actually almost the right size for it. As for dinner service, everything was getting cooked wrong and both teams were thrown out of the kitchens before the end of the night. At the elimination time, Ramsay chose Nicole, even though her team didn’t nominate her, because he felt she wasn’t trustworthy in the kitchen or talented at all. Good call.
On tonight’s episode, “18 Chefs Compete,” teams are put through a physical challenge involving pigs and potatoes; the winning team earns a luxurious day out.
To see if any team can actually complete a dinner service for the first time this season, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.
Megan’s Choice #2
Grey’s Anatomy had us all on the edge of our seats recently when Avery and April tied the knot unexpectedly, and now we’re dealing with the aftermath of that. Last week, Catherine, Avery’s mother, came to speak to April and Avery about a post-nuptial agreement, which left a bad taste in Avery’s mouth. April agreed to sign because she really doesn’t want the money, just Avery, except after signing it, the reality of what life together will mean set in. I’m hoping these two can be one of the couples on the show that actually survives, because I really, really like them together. Also on last week’s episode, we watched a gross surgery where a man had his twin brother removed from his stomach by Richard. It was ridiculously disgusting and disturbing. Can you even imagine?
On tonight’s episode, “Do You Know?” Cristina thinks about her future as she contemplates a decision; a patient in the hospital must make a decision of their own.
To see what Cristina is contemplative about, tune in to ABC at 9/8c.
I’ll also be watching Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Scandal, American Idol, Surviving Jack, Reign, and Chopped Canada.