If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/16/13

This has been a super busy week for TV news, with all the networks announcing their new fall shows and schedules. While there’s a bunch of stuff that looks great, there’s also quite a few other new shows that I can’t believe they thought were better than the stuff they decided not to renew. And speaking of things ending—there are at least eight shows having season/series finales tonight, so here’s what we recommend you check out tonight…

Kyle’s Choice

theoffice516smallAfter 9 seasons, the US version of The Office finally comes to an end. It’s pretty amazing that the show has lasted this long, seing as the original UK show only ran for a total of 15 episodes! I loved last week’s episode—it was a return to that great mix of fun and heartwarming drama of the early years of the show. Jim assured Pam that he didn’t regret his choice of staying with her in Scranton, Dwight proposed to Angela, and Angela revealed that Dwight was actually the father of her baby.

Tonight, it all comes to an end with Dwight and Angela’s wedding and a look at the characters’ lives once the documentary has aired. So who will return—and will Michael Scott make an appearance? I would think you couldn’t have a finale of this show without having him back (despite the producers saying he wouldn’t be)! I can’t wait to see how it all comes to a close on tonight’s super-sized 75-minute episode. Plus, I’m also really looking forward to re-living the past nine years with the hour-long retrospective special that airs before the finale.

Tonight’s special, “The Office Retrospective,” features interviews with the show’s writers, producers, and actors, including John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, and Paul Lieberstein. Also: a look inside the writers’ room; actor auditions; and favorite moments.

Then, on “Finale,” past and present staffers gather for a wedding and their closing interview sessions in the series finale. Appearing: Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr., Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson, Andy Buckley, and Malcolm Barrett.

Tonight’s special starts at 8/7c on NBC, followed by the 75-minute series finale at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Grey’s Anatomy, Hannibal, Giving You the Business, Men at Work, and Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous.
 
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
 

Jenny’s Choice

menatworkgibbssmallI was going to do the 2-hour season finale of Elementary, but I have yet to see last week’s episode, unfortunately. Between appointments & late school work for my kiddo and extra work for my husband, we haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and watch TV, so we’re a bit behind. So I recommend you watch that because I KNOW it’s going to be an amazing finale.

Instead, my pick tonight is the new episode of Men at Work. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite comedies, especially on cable. The cast is so great together—you truly forget you’re watching TV because they seem like they are just really, truly friends. Last week, when Tyler met a beautiful woman at the grocery store (played by Bethany Joy Lenz, Haley on One Tree Hill), he was really excited about seeing her again, but the news that she had kids kind of threw him. He was still determined to date her, even though the guys teased him. In the end, he ended up clicking more with her ex-husband (played by cutie patootie Ben McKenzie, Southland, The OC), so his relationship with the woman was going nowhere. Meanwhile, the other guys started fighting over an empty office when a guy at the company got fired. It was really great, watching them try to outdo the others on annoyance. Jason Lee guest starred as a REALLY annoying coworker of theirs. It made me miss My Name is Earl!

On tonight’s episode, “Uncle Gibbs,” Gibbs’ nephew Donald (guest star Arjay Smith) comes in town for a medical school interview, but a long night of partying throws off his plans. And Milo opts for a fashion change that really amps up his mojo.

See if Milo becomes the height of fashion tonight on TBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Big Bang Theory & Elementary.
 

Megan’s Choice

greysanatomy516smallGrey’s Anatomy has been an emotional rollercoaster this season—last week’s episode had me smiling, crying, and angry all in the same hour!! I was happy for April, but sad for Jackson, although it was a pretty adorable proposal from Matthew. Alex helped save Jason, even though Jason abused Jo—but we learned that it was actually Jo that put Jason in the hospital. After Jason awakened, Alex convinced him that men who hit women shouldn’t really be pressing charges, and it all melted away.

Elsewhere, Bailey got back to surgery, and Owen lost his dream of becoming a dad to Ethan because Ethan’s father woke up. The thing that made me the most angry about the episode was Arizona hooking up with Lauren (guest star Hilarie Burton)! How could she do that to Callie? After all they’ve been through? I was heartbroken for Callie. We went to credits with Meredith going into labour, so I’m sure tonight’s finale will cover that.

On tonight’s finale, “Perfect Storm,” as the storm rages, patients are brought to the hospital by the busload and resources dwindle; a doctor’s life hangs in the balance.

To watch the delicious doctor drama unfold, tune in to ABC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, and Giving You the Business.
 

JJ’s Choice

tbbt516smallTonight, the season finale of The Big Bang Theory is upon us, and I don’t really know what to expect. Although most episodes have been great, there hasn’t been a overarching story (like preparing for Wolowitz’ wedding last year). This lack of a overall story has made me less invested in the season as a whole, but maybe tonight will be a start for that for next season?

On tonight’s finale, “The Bon Voyage Reaction,” a new job opportunity overseas for Leonard makes Sheldon jealous and throws Penny for a loop. Meanwhile, Koothrappali pushes Lucy too far in their relationship.

See how the relationships are handled on the season finale on CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching American Idol, The Vampire Diaries, and Wipeout.

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