If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/16/11

I’m taking the top today, and that just means you get to enjoy more of my fabulous ramblings. 🙂 This week has already been filled with great episodes, and tonight is nothing different. If anything, it’s going to be even better tonight, because there’s the premiere of the all new Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour after all new episode of the orignal. Let’s see what everyone is suggesting you watch tonight.

Megan’s Choice

While I strongly suggest you check out the new Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour, I’m going to stick with the original tonight. I love the dynamics of the original team, and the look of the sexy boys. Especially Shemar Moore… I adore him. 😀

On tonight’s episode, the BAU is called to upstate New York to investigate mysterious disappearances. Meanwhile, Prentiss receives some disturbing news about one of her former colleagues at Interpol.

Tune into CBS at 9/8c and then stay tuned for the new spin-off at 10/9c.

Jump ahead to see the suggestions from the others.

Jose’s Choice

One of my favorite shows on Wednesdays is Cougar Town, so I was a little disappointed when ABC announced the show was going to take a break for Matthew Perry’s new show. My tune changed after seeing last week’s premiere episode of Mr. Sunshine. Matthew Perry is the lead character of Ben, the operations manager for the Sunshine Center, an arena in San Diego. Between the crazy demands of his job, his equally bizarre boss (played brilliantly by Allison Janney), and recently breaking up with his girlfriend and co-worker Alice (Andrea Anders from Better Off Ted), Ben has a hard time being Mr. Sunshine. Although Perry was good in the pilot episode, I thought Janney’s performance as Crystal was hilarious and worth tuning in again.

This Wednesday’s episode, “Employee of The Year,” has Ben trying to cater to the whims of a popular singer (played by Nick Jonas), while trying to keep his staff focused on prepping the arena for the show. What’s distracting the staff? Crystal has announced a contest to see who becomes Employee of the Year, but things are not as simple as that.

Mr. Sunshine is on tonight at 9:30/8:30c on ABC. Let me know what you think about the show and whether it will be renewed for a new season.

Lisa’s Choice

I’m all about breaking the mold, and that’s exactly what the Heck family does. They aren’t your average Midwest family that are well polished. In fact, they’re the direct opposite. They are messy, obnoxious, lazy, and they rarely eat food that isn’t out of a bag from a fast food restaurant. Basically, they’re not your family, they’re your next door neighbors! If you’re not tuning in, you’re missing out on this funny and off beat family.

Tonight, Frankie intends to find a suitable friend for Brick, while Sue sneaks into an R rated movie with her friend Carly. Axl and his band covertly shoot footage of their biology teacher (guest star Kristin Cavallari) for their music video.

Catch a new episode of The Middle tonight on ABC at 8/7c.

Jenny’s Choice

There is so much on tonight that I want to recommend. Last season, I stopped watching Survivor only a few episodes in. But this season shows a huge amount of promise from the premise alone, not to mention having Boston Rob and Russell (2 of my fave contestants ever!) back and competing against each other! Then there’s the original Criminal Minds, which I love love love. We can’t forget, of course, the new episodes of the comedies Modern Family, Better with You, & Hot in Cleveland, or another of my favorite dramas, Justified.

Still… My pick tonight has to be the spinoff of my favorite show, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. If you are a die-hard fan of the original, there are 2 ways you can be looking at the new show: 1) with unbridaled enthusiasm, hoping it will capture your heart like the original did, or 2) with utter disdain and promise of not watching a single second of it. From an unofficial poll of my Criminal Minds friends, that’s pretty much the only 2 options that I can tell. There doesn’t seem to be much of a middle ground. Why is that?

Most of the hatred seems to stem from AJ Cook’s firing early this season, and Paget Brewster’s reduced episode order & (just speculating here, folks, no spoilers intended!) impending death. My friends all say if CBS hadn’t started the spinoff, the original cast would still be intact. My problem? We can’t know that. The original has been on the air for 6 seasons now. That’s a good run for a television show. I think it can definitely go longer, but really, we fans have to face the fact that at some point, the show WILL end. CBS may simply have felt the need to shake things up a bit to try and keep it from getting too stale. Networks do that ALL the time. They take a show that seems solid (ratings-wise, etc) and mess with it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s a gamble, but that’s what they do. Don’t get me wrong, I hate it just as much or more as the next person… But I try and look at it realistically, too.

My thoughts on it all are this: Yes, by not watching, viewers will send a message to CBS, and the spinoff might get pulled. But that won’t bring back AJ or Paget. It will hurt CBS, but it will also hurt Forest Whitaker, Janeane Garofalo, Matt Ryan, Michael Kelly, & Beau Garrett, not to mention the supporting cast and crew. They weren’t responsible for CBS’s decision to fire AJ and (basically) Paget. They deserve as much of a chance to succeed in this new show as anyone. The cast of the original (all who are on Twitter) have all Tweeted to give it a chance, not to hold what happened to AJ & Paget against it. (including AJ & Paget!) So…

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior has a strong cast, an obviously great premise, and a fantastic lead in of the original. Plus, it’s got the brilliant Why not give it a shot? If you watch the original, too, watching the spinoff won’t make the original fare worse than it would if you DIDN’T watch the spinoff. In fact, if you watch both, CBS might decide they really like the combination of the two and keep them around longer. (NCIS & NCIS: LA, anyone?)

On tonight’s premiere, Special Agent Sam Cooper and his elite group of the FBI’s Red Cell team are sent to Cleveland, where they are tasked with investigating a series of mysterious child abductions going on in the city, before they occur again.

Please, if you are a fan of the original show, give this new one a chance. Don’t write it off before you give it an honest shot. The premiere airs tonight on CBS at 10/9c.

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