If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/16/11

Welcome to a new, and tremendously busy, week of TV! This week, our guest poster is another returnee – so everyone welcome Jason, theTVaholic! – Jenny

Hi, My name is Jason and I’m @theTVaholic. The ladies of TVisMyPacifier have asked me back to attempt some remote control guidance this week. I had fun last time, even though I find it quite difficult to narrow down the nightly choices to a single selection. And this week’s a particularly big one to attempt such a feat, as most shows will be back with new episodes and many others will be debuting. You can always find me over at TVaholic.com providing daily digests of what is worth watching each night. Now, let us take a look at Sunday.

Jason’s Choice

Showtime has a great Sunday night lineup. This season of Californication is really good, as are the first three episodes of Shameless. But, my pick tonight is the show that plays between them: Episodes. I believe it was Adam’s pick last week as well. I love this show, but it may not be for everybody. It apparently suits my comedy tastes. Once I watched last week’s premiere episode, I didn’t want to stop. Especially since tonight’s episode introduces Matt LeBlanc, playing an extreme version of himself (read: he’s kind of an ass). But his introduction provides lots for Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan to react to, which is one of my favorite things about the show. They have great comic timing and can deliver just the right reaction to the Hollywood shenanigans that are going on around them.

Greig and Mangan play a married British writing duo that just has one thing after another go wrong, as they attempt to adapt their hit British TV series for an American TV network. This is another thing I loved about the show. The comic look behind the scenes of how many a foreign hit show remake can turn into the junk that litters our television screens way too often.

Jump with us to read more about my pick and to see what everyone else recommends.

The last reason I love this series so much is, while they are funny along the way, each episode is like one long setup leading up to a punch line. They build to a final moment that both makes you laugh and leaves you wanting to see where they’re going to go in the next one. In this respect, the whole season builds to an ending that left me hoping we get a second season.

Episodes plays tonight on Showtime at 9:30/8:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Episodes @ Clicker.

Jenny’s Choice

Tonight is one of my slower nights for the week (as I tweeted overnight… I have 15 episodes to watch/record on Wednesday! LOL), but there’s still some good stuff on. My pick tonight is the new episode of Desperate Housewives. The show has really been hitting it out of the park this season, and last week’s touching storyline with Susan, her mother, and her aunt really made me tear up. On the show, her mother has cancer, and that’s something that many of us, myself included, have had to deal with in real life. They’ve done a great job so far with Susan’s kidney problem and her dealings with her mother’s disease. The other storylines are fantastic this season, too. For a while, I was really not liking Gabby at all, but she is just utterly heart broken over knowing her real life flesh and blood daughter is somewhere out there and she can’t know where or if she’s all right. I started thinking of my own kiddo, and now, I definitely can feel for her. In addition to all that, we have the gorgeous Brian Austin Green as Keith. Hello?! 😉

On tonight’s episode, Lynette feels her mother, Stella (Polly Bergen), is marrying Frank (Larry Hagman) – an abrasive and obnoxious man – for all the wrong reasons and tries to talk her out of it. Meanwhile, Susan tries to befriend a curmudgeonly man during her dialysis sessions who has given up on ever finding a kidney donor, Bree runs into Keith’s ex-girlfriend and learns some shocking news about his past, Carlos becomes concerned when he learns about Gaby’s obsession with her doll, Bob and Lee hire a non-maternal Renee to decorate their newly adopted girl’s bedroom, and Paul has other plans in store for Beth when he books a trip for the two of them at a remote cabin in the woods. Eek!

Look for tonight’s new episode of Desperate Housewives on ABC at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Desperate Housewives @ Clicker.

Lisa’s Choice

Some may argue that Bob’s Burgers, a new show from FOX, is rather crass, but others may argue that it is pure adult fun. The premiere of this show was last week, and it had me in stitches with some of its off color humor. Bob’s Burgers is a completely new animated show that is definitely out of the box. This show follows an animated (literally) family of five as they navigate their way through owning a burger restaurant. Parents should absolutely be cautious with letting young kids watch this show, as the jokes can be very mature.

Tonight’s animated delight has Linda’s mother visiting, and Bob gets stuck in a wall while he’s trying to repair a leak in the roof.

Watch an all new episode of Bob’s Burgers on FOX at 8:30/7:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Bob’s Burgers @ Clicker.

Megan’s Choice

I can’t believe how quickly January is going by, and I too am overwhelmed with the amount of new television there is this week. Tonight is a bit slower, but there are some great shows on none the less. While I completely suggest you watch Desperate Housewives tonight for the pure simply pleasure of enjoying someone else’s drama, my main suggestion for tonight is an all new episode of CSI:Miami.

It doesn’t matter to me that Horatio is as corny as corny can be, or that the story lines tend to get repetitive. I love crime dramas, and I’ve been a faithful viewer of all 3 CSI shows since their premiere. There is a possibility that it also helps my love of them that Adam Rodriguez is so adorable, and that the cast works so well together.

On tonight’s episode, the CSIs investigate a murder at a roller-derby match. Which sounds like an interesting start for a story don’t you think?

Don’t miss a new episode of CSI: Miami on CBS at 8/7c. (but don’t forget to record long, in case of overtime in football!) Learn where to find episodes online of CSI: Miami @ Clicker.

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2 Responses to If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/16/11

  1. Adam Wright says:

    Hey, I’m a fan of “crass” and “off color” humor. You’ll know that from my Twitter feed. But that wasn’t why so many people hated Bob’s Burger. It just wasn’t good in my opinion :p lol

  2. Jenny says:

    LOL @ Adam. You? Crass and off color? No! *grin* 😉