If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/2/11

Well, it’s mid-week. That means by the time you watch tonight’s TV, the work week will be over halfway finished. Thank goodness for that, huh? There’s some great stuff on tonight, and we’re here to tell you what WE think you should watch tonight. Why not comment and tell us how right (or wrong?!) we are? 😀

Jenny’s Choice #1

I’m thrilled that Criminal Minds is back tonight. It wasn’t on last week, and the break between the last ep and this was extra long because of what happened at the end of the last episode. Rossi’s ex-wife turned up, asking him for a favor. Turns out she is sick—ALS—and she knows her health is beginning to decline. She wants Rossi to help her die when the time comes. It’s a horribly sad issue and Rossi has a huge decision to make. How they will play out that storyline, I have no idea, but I have no doubt it’ll be good.

On tonight’s episode, “Epilogue,” the BAU searches California’s Angeles National Forest after a number of bodies mysteriously turn up in the mountain lakes there. Also, Rossi struggles with an agonizing decision regarding his ex-wife. Zach Filkins, from the hit music group OneRepublic, is guest starring as a forest ranger.

Check it out tonight on CBS at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Criminal Minds @ Clicker.
 
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Megan’s Choice #1

We are down to the Top 12 on The X Factor, and what a 12 it is! I am loving this group—especially the girls. Rachel is amazing, and I get goosebumps every time she sings. I’m still not a huge a fan of any of the groups, although from those left, I can’t help but feel warmly about Stereo Hogzz. Their sound has that old school charm that makes you smile. 🙂

On tonight’s episode, the final 12 try their hardest to win your votes. With just 12 of the contestants left, I’m looking forward to watching especially Josh, Rachel, and Chris. You?

To see if any of them hit the right notes for you, tune in to FOX at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of The X Factor @ Clicker.
 

Lisa’s Choice #1

Last week’s Halloween episode of The Middle was both adorable and hilarious, all in one. It even provided a really sweet life lesson for those who tuned in to this dysfunctional family based comedy. Brick went as Hemingway’s ghost for Halloween, and Frankie had to schlep his social skills class with them as they trick or treated. Sue realized that the fun costume does not always get the attention of the boys. This didn’t sit well with Mike, who wasn’t ready to let Sue dress, or act, so grown up. Axl showed some maturity of his own when he helped some kids who had their candy bags stolen. You never know what is going to happen with this mixed up clan!

Tonight, Mike and Frankie worry that Axl will blow a big opportunity that could result in a full college scholarship. Brick and Sue start a texting marathon after Aunt Edie accidentally gives them her cell phone.

Tune in at 8/7c to ABC for an all new episode! Learn where to find episodes online of The Middle @ Clicker.
 

Tara’s Choice

This is Top Chef’s 9th season and the first that has been advertised with a State theme: Texas. Filming took place in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. And yes, those of us in Houston feel left out, since we are the largest and most culturally diverse city in the state. But I won’t get on that rant anymore today.

This season, Top Chef: Texas showcases the abilities of 29 chefs – the most in Top Chef history. I sense a lot of double eliminations. The 29 chefs represent 9 different states: 6 from California and Illinois, 4 from New York and Washington, 3 from Florida, 2 from Texas and Georgia, and 1 from Kentucky and North Carolina. It’ll be interesting to see what these chefs and the judges consider “Texas” food. I don’t think it’ll be the same as what I get from my favorite bar-b-que place.

Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons are back for their critical judgements. Also joining them as judges in Season 9 are Emeril Lagasse, who has apparently emerged from the depths of Louisiana’s bayous to make a television comeback of sorts, and Hugh Acheson. You may remember him as a contestant on Season 3 of Top Chef: Masters, who was eliminated in the first episode, until he was brought back after another contestant withdrew. But don’t be surprised if I reconsider my Top Chef dedication if Emeril says BAM! more than once per episode.

Oh, but there’s something new! Bravo is trying to gain more website/online participation, with a “Last Chance Kitchen” challenge. Eliminated chefs compete head to head in a “webisode” challenge on Bravo’s website. The one with the most votes will be allowed back into the competition at the end of the season. It’s sorta like being voted out of the kitchen and fighting to get back in. I think with more people watching shows online now, Bravo is making big strides to be a more current and technologically-friendly network.

Tune in to Top Chef Season 9 and watch the drama play out in Texas. This season looks like it won’t disappoint.

The new episode tonight airs on Bravo at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Top Chef @ Clicker.
 

Jenny’s Choice #2

Last week’s episode of Psych was epic. It was all about vampires, which is always a fun topic. We got to see Lassie get sweet on a young woman who ended up in prison—she was involved in the theft of blood to try and help her sick brother—and at the end of the episode, he told her he would wait for her when she got out. It was fantastic and amusing. The whole season so far has been great, hasn’t it?! Hopefully, tonight’s episode will continue that trend. My seventh grade crush is guest starring, so I am REALLY excited!

On tonight’s episode, “The Amazing Psych-Man & Tap Man,” Shawn and Gus investigate the whereabouts of a mysterious, masked vigilante named The Mantis, who is trying to take down a local drug syndicate called The Caminos. The SBPD is also trying to take down The Camino Syndicate; however, The Mantis seems to always be one step ahead of everyone’s game. Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block) and Miles Fisher guest star.

See if they give you the giggles tonight on USA Network at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Psych @ Clicker.
 

Megan’s Choice #2

Who thought that living in the suburbs could be so funny? Well, it is, and that’s why week after week, Suburgatory manages to make me laugh. I love the father/daughter jokes and think that every parent/child relationship should be so funny. Who knew that people are so plastic in the ‘burbs… I didn’t, but it makes for excellent TV!

On tonight’s episode, “Charity Case,” Tessa persuades the school to get behind charitable causes, which yields mixed results, but her peers begin to wonder who really needs their help. Meanwhile, George’s friendship with Noah hits a snag after he gets a huge bill for dental work.

To see if living in the ‘burbs could be for you, tune in to ABC at 8:30/7:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Surburgatory @ Clicker.
 

Lisa’s Choice #2

The old saying always goes “revenge is a dish best served cold.” I don’t think that’s true, because on the TV show Revenge, Emily Thorne always serves up her plate of revenge boiling hot with extra spice! Emily Van Camp, as Emily Thorne, continues to captivate audiences in this Fall break out show that has viewers on the edge of their seats every Wednesday night. Last week, Emily Thorne sunk her hooks into Frank in order to try get Victoria and Conrad to bury him. Nolan got caught red handed on tape sneaking into Lydia’s before her flying leap. Emily and Tyler went toe to toe at dinner, and Tyler’s suspicious ways continue to escalate. With so much scandal, you may need to take a shower after you watch Revenge. The dirt may just rub off on you!

The drama unfolds tonight with a high-profile newspaper story interrupting the Graysons’ wishes to lay low on their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Frank digs into Emily’s past in order to try and prove his loyalty to Victoria.

Watch an all new episode at 10/9c on ABC! Learn where to find episodes online of Revenge @ Clicker.
 

Jenny’s Choice #3

One of my favorite comedies on TV right now is Modern Family. The cast is huge, but TPTB (the powers that be) do a fabulous job of giving everyone great screen time. If one character has it a bit lighter one week, you can bet they will be quite involved in the next episode or two. I love that. A lot of shows with large casts tend to have some characters that just stay faded in the background. The last episode was two weeks ago, and it was great, as always. Phil and Haley went to visit his Alma Mater, where he proceeded to embarrass her—like any good parent! In other parenting news, Gloria was worried when Manny got a suspicious package. She had a feeling it had something to do with…hormones and being a teenage boy…but it turned out to be an exercise bar. Meanwhile, with Phil & Haley out of town and Luke & Alex out of the house for the night, Claire convinced Cam & Mitchell to take her out for a night on the town. It didn’t work out the way she had planned—for any of them. She ended up half dressed with man she THOUGHT was gay, and Mitchell & Cam ended up taking the wrong car and getting it bashed with a baseball bat by the real owner’s wife. It was a hysterical episode.

On tonight’s episode, “Treehouse,” hanging out with Shorty (Chazz Palminteri, Rizzoli & Isles, The Usual Suspects) and his girlfriend, Darlene (Jennifer Tilly, Family Guy, Out of Practice), makes Gloria envious of how much those two do as a couple, so she gives Jay an ultimatum to step it up for a night of salsa dancing or else. Meanwhile, Cameron take a bet a little too far when Mitchell and Crispin challenge him to get a hot girl’s (Leslie Mann, Allen Gregory, Knocked Up, Funny People) number at the bar, and Phil builds a tree house for Luke, but ends up being the one to make a new friend (Kevin Hart).

Don’t miss this great comedy tonight on ABC at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Modern Family @ Clicker.

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5 Responses to If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/2/11

  1. Kyle says:

    So much great TV tonight–looking forward to all of the above. Though, with all the TV backlog I already have from this week so far, I think I may finally drop out of X Factor (when it comes to these performance reality shows, I always lose interest once the actual performances begin). Really hope to get my power back soon–need my Wednesday ABC comedy fix!

  2. Tara says:

    Wednesday is a double edged sword. So many great shows but….so many of them! And now Top Chef to add to it. It’s going to be rough. I’m glad Storage Wars is moving to Tuesday. That’ll help me out.

  3. Kyle says:

    Never seen Storage Wars, but I suspect it is one of those shows like American Pickers and Pawn Stars where if I start watching an episode during one of their marathons, I’m sucked in, watching the entire marathon through to the wee hours of the morning.

    • Tara says:

      Yes! That’s exactly how I got sucked in. That’s also how Gold Rush got me too.

    • Megan says:

      That’s how my husband got hooked on all of those shows. American Pickers, and Storage Wars, those damn marathons! 🙂 I get sucked in because it’s a continuous topic to watch, and the people are amusing. I have to say I enjoy Auction Hunters the most.