If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/12/12

Saturday—night, especially—had to have been one of the worst days/nights I’ve had in a long time, so I’m incredibly glad today is a new day. It’s the start of a week packed full of new television, including some big episodes, like the series finale of The Closer. So as always, we’re here to tell you what we think you should be watching. 🙂

Jenny’s Choice #1

One of my favorite new shows of the summer has been A&E’s Longmire. If you’re a fan of Justified, you might very well enjoy this show, too. The lead character, Walt Longmire, isn’t as quick to draw his gun as Raylan Givens, but the shows kind of remind me a lot of each other in some respects. Maybe it’s just because the leads wear cowboy hats, but I think a lot of it is that Walt & Raylan both tend to like to work alone as much as they can and don’t necessarily like to play strictly by the rules. All season, we’ve gotten glimpses of how Walt’s past. We know his wife has been dead a year, and we know she had cancer…but from what Scott & I have been able to piece together, something else happened that killed her. What, we don’t know, but we should find out more tonight. Last week, Walt finally confronted both his daughter and his deputy—and opponent for sheriff!—about sleeping together. It was really intense…but this week, it looks like Walt and Branch will come to blows over it all. Exciting stuff! I’m so happy this show has been renewed already. It really is a great addition to the summer schedule.

On tonight’s episode, “Unfinished Business,” Walt investigates the murder of a teenager who was one of four boys acquitted of raping a developmentally disabled Cheyenne girl. When another boy is killed, all signs point to the crime being an act of revenge by the girl’s brother. But Walt is not convinced by the circumstantial evidence and must find the real killer before someone else ends up dead. And the arrival of a detective from Denver forces Walt to finally confront the reality of his wife’s death. Michael McGrady (Southland) guest stars.

Don’t miss it tonight on A&E at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Longmire @ Clicker.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Megan’s Choice

While I love my Sunday nights and True Blood, I also love sitting back and watching some kitchen battles on Iron Chef America. It never ceases to amaze me the creativity level of some of these chefs when it comes to the secret ingredient. There have been times that the secret ingredient has been revealed, and I’ve thought that neither the Iron Chef or the challenger would be able to come up with enough dishes—I need more faith because both usually end up coming up with more than enough ideas to shock and wow the judges. So if you want to kick back, learn some new recipes, perhaps drool over some good food, you should be watching Iron Chef America tonight.

On tonight’s episode, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian faces off against chef Jesse Schenker, chef and owner of Recette in New York. Judges are Julie White, Art Smith, and Anya Fernald.

To see if the challenger can school Geoffrey Zakarian, tune in to the Food Network at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Iron Chef America @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/DVRing Drop Dead Diva, True Blood, The Great Escape, The Glades, Animal Practice, and the closing ceremony for the XXX Summer Olympics.

Jenny’s Choice #2

Last week, we got to see the pilot for one new show on NBC early. This week, it’s time for the sneak peek of another one. Animal Practice stars a couple of my favorite actors from recent years and is one of the new shows I have been most looking forward to. When successful veterinarian Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk, Weeds) learns that his ex-girlfriend Dorothy Crane (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Better with You) has inherited the hospital where he works and is now his boss, he is less than thrilled. George, who would rather spend time with his animal patients than with their human owners, is a stark contrast to the cheerful and optimistic Dorothy, who immediately inserts herself into the hospital business. As the sparks fly between George and Dorothy, the rest of the staff members struggle to maintain composure and do their jobs, including Dr. Doug Jackson (Tyler Labine, Reaper, Sons of Tucson), Dr. Yamamoto (Bobby Lee, Harold & Kumar), Juanita (Kym Whitley, We Bought A Zoo), Nurse Angela (Betsy Sodaro, The Nick Show Kroll), and last but not least, “Dr. Rizzo,” the resident capuchin monkey at Crane Animal Hospital and George’s closest companion (Crystal, The Hangover II, Community).

The show looks hysterically funny in the promos. I adore JoAnna Garcia (now Swisher, I guess?) and Tyler Labine (Loved him to death as Sock from Reaper), and I just can’t wait to see it.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” a veterinarian from New York works in a quirky animal hospital and must find a way to keep control over the hospital’s status quo after a former lover comes back into his life when she inherits the practice and is intent on making changes.

Don’t miss it tonight on NBC at 10:38/9:38c. Learn where to find episodes online of Animal Practice @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/DVRing Cupcake Wars, Chopped, Iron Chef America, The Great Escape, Falling Skies, Leverage, & The Glades.

Kyle’s Choice

OK, so I gave a false spoiler last Sunday—while I will certainly be watching Breaking Bad tonight, my pick is tonight’s season premiere of Hell on Wheels. While I didn’t watch this series when it originally aired, I watched the first season on blu-ray, and once I hit play, I didn’t stop until I had seen all 10 episodes! It’s a very scenic show with some really interesting characters.

“Hell on Wheels” is the name of the mobile town that moves along with the crew that’s building the first US transcontinental railroad. Last season, former Confederate soldier, Cullen Bohannon, arrived in town and joined the railroad as a foreman. However, he had a secret agenda to seek vengeance on the men who raped and killed his wife. He quickly attracted the attention of The Swede, the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner of Hell on Wheels, who suspected he was hiding something. While Cullen sought out his revenge, the other residents had their own issues to deal with, such as the corrupted railroad and town officials. The newly-freed blacks were also still being treated like second class citizens, and the railroad was constantly under attack by the Indians. At the end of the season, the hostilities between the railroad and the Indians came to a head in a bloody battle. Meanwhile, Cullen strangled a man to death, despite his claims that he was not responsible for what happened to his wife. And The Swede posted a $250 reward for Cullen’s capture. If there’s this bounty on Cullen’s head, how will he return to Hell on Wheels? If his quest is really over, what will drive him now? If not, will Cullen resume his quest for revenge?

In tonight’s episode, “Viva La Mexico,” Durant and Lily steer the railroad farther west, while Cullen and Elam land on opposite sides of the law.

If you missed any of last season, starting this morning at 11/10c, AMC will air a marathon of all 10 episodes of the first season, leading up to the premiere.

Don’t miss it tonight on AMC at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Hell on Wheels @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording Breaking Bad, Animal Practice, Big Brother, Chopped, Leverage, Falling Skies, The Great Escape, The Glades, Political Animals, Drop Dead Diva, True Blood, The Newsroom, Weeds, and Episodes.

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