With Comic-Con just two weeks away, I’ve been in a mad dash to submit my press room requests and put my schedule together. To add to the chaos, earlier this week, my water boiler sprung a leak and I had a bit of food poisoning—I thought summer was supposed to be a time of rest! You certainly wouldn’t know it was even summer, based on tonight’s TV lineup—there are at least 10 premieres and 1 finale on TV tonight! So we’re here with some suggestions to help you choose what to watch.
One of the new shows starting up tonight is the NBC comedy, Welcome to Sweden. Bruce Evans (Greg Poehler), a successful accountant to the stars in New York City, is madly in love with his girlfriend Emma (Josephine Bornebusch). So when Emma accepts a job in her native Stockholm, Bruce makes the life-changing decision to join her. But he’s is not prepared for the huge culture shock ahead, which starts with moving in with Emma’s therapist mother, Viveka (Lena Olin), and retired sea captain father, Birger (Claes Månsson).
The series is based on events in the life of Greg Poehler, who serves as executive producer, along with sister Amy Poehler, and guest stars over the season include Patrick Duffy, Illeana Douglas, Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell, and Gene Simmons. It sounds like a really fun premise—I’m a real fan of these fish-out-of-water style comedies. And if Greg Poehler is even half as funny as his sister, then this show should be great!
On tonight’s episode, “Pilot – Day One/Välkommen,” Bruce faces unique challenges and culture clashes while struggling to impress Emma’s Swedish family.
See how Bruce is getting along in Sweden tonight on NBC at 9:01/8:01c.
I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, Rookie Blue, Hollywood Game Night, Working the Engels, MythBusters, Defiance, Dominion, and Rectify.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
My pick tonight is NBC’s other premiere, Working the Engels. The show is about a family who loses their husband/father, He was the breadwinner, and when he died, he left them a mountain of debt, so the family has to go to work running his storefront law firm. The problem is that daughter Jenna (Kacey Rohl) is the only one qualified to practice law. This looks like a cute comedy about a quirky family, something NBC doesn’t have a lot of. I’m not very familiar with the cast (including Rohl, the show stars Andrea Martin, Azura Skye, & Benjamin Arthur), but I can’t wait to see if this becomes a hit.
On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” after the accidental suicide attempt of their mother, Ceil, the youngest member of the Engel family, Jenna leaves her job at a big corporate law firm to take over her late father’s law practice with help from her sweet ex-con brother, narcissistic mother, and self-help obsessed sister. Colin Mochrie and Jennifer Irwin guest star.
Meet this new family tonight on NBC at 9:30/8:30c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing Hell’s Kitchen, Hollywood Game Night, Rookie Blue, Welcome to Sweden, Last Comic Standing, Leah Remini: It’s All Relative, & World Food Championships.
Leah Remini has always been one of the female comedians I find very entertaining, so when I heard that we’re going to get to meet her family on her new TLC show, Leah Remini: It’s all Relative, I was super excited. There’s something awesome about the insanity of family life that makes it worth tuning in for. From the preview clips, Leah’s mom looks like she’s going to be a riot, and I bet we’re going to hear some interesting things come out of her mouth on a regular basis. Whatever happens, I’m sure it’s going to be hilarious!
On tonight’s first episode, “Welcome to the Family,” Leah and Angelo throw a party for their friends who stood by them during their separation from Scientology. The second episode, “Putting the ‘Fun’ in Funeral,” Leah’s mother worries about how she will be remembered after she dies; Leah and her sister hold a living funeral for the mother.
To see what Leah and her family are like, tune in to TLC starting at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching/recording Rookie Blue, Hell’s Kitchen, Welcome to Sweden, Working the Engels, & Gang Related.