If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/21/11

Well, we are just a few days into the new season, and I’m already falling behind! I’m still not used to having so much to choose from every night! My TiVos are on overdrive, but it’s so great to get new episodes of my favorite Fall TV shows. Monday kicked off my three weeks of Audition Rounds, where I’ll be deciding which shows get 3 Yes’s, and which shows must pack their scripts and go. As I work to get my schedule down to a manageable number of shows, I’ve got to figure out how to compress nine and a half hours of new Wednesday TV into just 4! If anyone knows the secret, let me know!

Kyle’s Choice

My favorite Wednesday night comedy, The Middle, returns tonight with a special hour-long third season premiere. The Heck family is so hilarious and entertaining—especially the kids. First, there’s Axl, your typical lazy teenager who will find any excuse to get out of doing work and always starts fights with his younger siblings. Then there’s Sue Heck, the most unlucky teenager, who somehow manages to look at every bad situation as glass half-full. And finally, there’s Brick, who would rather be reading a book than participating in the real world. I have already seen tonight’s episode, and it is so funny, and it’s a great way to kick off a whole new season with the Hecks.

In tonight’s episode, “Forced Family Fun,” Frankie insists that the family go on vacation together before school starts, and Mike and Frankie remember their honeymoon, which was ruined by Nicky (Ray Romano), a guy Mike knew in high school.

Check out the one-hour season premiere on ABC at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Middle @ Clicker.

Jump with us to see what else we think you should be watching tonight.

Jenny’s Choice #1

Last season was full of upheavel, when AJ Cook was fired and Paget Brewster’s episode order was reduced. JJ left to take a new job away from the BAU, and Prentiss was “killed” by an old mark—a bad guy she had gone undercover to get info on for the government. Only JJ and Hotch knew Prentiss was really alive and well, vanished in the wind to protect herself and the team. At the end of the season finale, JJ showed up in Rossi’s office and said she was back. This season? Prentiss returns, too. Something is up with Strauss, too, so things this season are going to be crazy. The team is back together, though, which is fantastic.

On tonight’s premiere, “It Takes a Village,” the BAU team is at a crossroads as they are questioned by a Senate Committee for their retaliatory actions in the wake of Prentiss’ loss, but an unexpected familiar face could help them win their case and keep the team together. Mark Moses (Desperate Housewives) guest stars.

Check out the season premiere tonight on CBS at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Criminal Minds @ Clicker.

Megan’s Choice #1

He’s back! Simon Cowell will be crushing dreams and hounding out talent on our televisions once again with The X-Factor. He’ll also be reunited with Paula Abdul, and we’ll get to see their passive aggressive flirting again.

If you don’t know about The X-Factor, it’s not like other singing competitions. The first time contestants audition for the judges (Simon Cowell, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Paula Abdul, and Nicole Scherzinger), but it’s not just the judges—it’s also an audience of thousands. This is going to increase the pressure, to not only win the judges, but a group of fans. They will have to prove their vocal skills, charisma, and stage presence, all in order to win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

On tonight’s premiere episode, we see auditions from L.A., Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Seattle, and Newark, NJ.

To see if this is the new singing show for you, tune in to FOX at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of The X Factor @ Clicker.

Lisa’s Choice

Fresh off their Emmy wins comes an all new season of Modern Family! After winning big over the weekend at the Emmys, it’s easy to see why Modern Family cleaned up!  The cast brings the comedy and the chemistry, and the writers bring the hilarious storylines that tickle your funny bone and have you grinning from ear to ear.  Whether you relate more to the Dunphys or the Pritchets, there is a character on this show that you can’t help but fall on the floor laughing at.

Tonight, the family vacations at a ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  While there, Mitch and Cam gather the family together to announce that they want to adopt another child.

Tune in at 9/8c to catch the season premiere on ABC! Learn where to find episodes online of Modern Family @ Clicker.

Jenny’s Choice #2

Last season, Law & Order: SVU ended with a bang—literally—as there was a shoot out in the squad room at the precinct. It was a VERY rough case for both Benson and Stabler. I don’t know if that will play into it or not, but I would almost think it’s got to. Chris Meloni (Stabler) is gone. He couldn’t reach an agreement with the network, so he will not be back on the show. How they will write Stabler out, I have no idea. Mariska Hargitay will also be—like she has the last handful of seasons—in reduced episodes. Taking over for them are Kelli Giddish (Chase) and Danny Pino (Cold Case). Pino will first appear next week, although Giddish appears on tonight’s premiere. Also back this season, for a handful of episodes, are Stephanie March as ADA Alex Cabot, and Linus Roache as former ADA and new Bureau Chief Mike Cutter, who will both appear for the first time on tonight’s premiere. I LOVE Alex Cabot, and I enjoyed Cutter on the original Law & Order the last few seasons. I also really liked Chase & Cold Case, so I’m excited to see all four of them!

On tonight’s season premiere, “Scorched Earth,” the detectives investigate when a hotel maid (guest star anika Noni Rose) accuses a powerful Italian diplomat (guest star Franco Nero) of rape. Bureau Chief Mike Cutter and ADA Alex Cabot prosecute the high-profile case, which quickly grows more complicated as the maid’s credibility is publicly questioned. Detective Amanda Rollins (Giddish) joins the Manhattan SVU from Atlanta, while Benson struggles to cope with the fall-out from the shooting in the precinct. Ron Rifkin (Alias) also guest stars.

See the season premiere tonight on NBC at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Law & Order: SVU @ Clicker.

Megan’s Choice #2

Tonight is the series premiere of Revenge on ABC. I enjoyed this pilot, but it’s going to have to step it up to stay on my watch list. I love Emily Van Camp from her days on Everwood, so she always holds a special place in my heart. I’ll give her the best chance I can to succeed.

Here’s a break down of the premise: The Hamptons is ruled by beauty, wealth, and status. It’s the very definition of who the people are. Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) is out to destroy all of it for the sake of revenge. Emily mingles with the neighbours, makes some friends, and tries to blend into the town full of secrets. The truth is that Emily isn’t new to the neighborhood. This was once her home, until something broke apart her family and their reputations. She’s back to get retribution, but revenge is a tricky game with a slippery slope.

It’s best defined by the series creator Mike Kelley. “Revenge is universal. As primal as the need for love, sex, or the feeding of a searing hunger. Revenge crosses time and culture. It starts unwinnable wars and visits generations of blood feuds on families with unsettled scores. Revenge is as old as humanity. Dark and dramatic and endless.”

Curious? Good. See what a tangled web is weaved when you tune in to ABC at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Revenge @ Clicker.

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