If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/11/12

So the question has been answered, and badda boom, the jury is OUT—the first canceled show of the season is Made in Jersey, which is being replaced with Undercover Boss. As for tonight’s TV, I’m glad there’s the VP Debate cutting down the number of new shows because I already have a backlog from earlier in the week. That said, there’s still plenty of new stuff on tonight for those who are all caught up, so check out our recommendations.

Kyle’s Choice

I’m excited for the return of The League tonight. I’m not a sports fan, but I find this show about a group of friends stressing and fighting over their fantasy football league hilarious. The cast is so much fun, and they all have great chemistry, which makes their use of improvisation seem so natural. Paul Scheer and Nick Kroll are always amazing and will do anything and everything for a laugh. When we left the gang last season, Jenny had just found out she was pregnant, Pete had accidentally branded the words “Sacko” on his lower back, and Ruxin had set the Shiva and Sacko trophies on fire and set them out to sea, declaring the season null and void. I’m looking forward to another season of crazy antics, insults, and politically-incorrect humor, and I hope we also get some more of those totally inappropriate Taco songs!

On tonight’s episode, “Training Camp,” preparations are made for the arrival of Kevin and Jenny’s baby. Meanwhile, Taco scores an invite to the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp.

See what hijinks the gang gets up to tonight on FX at 10:30/9:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of The League @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, Last Resort, 30 Rock, Up All Night, The X Factor, and The Greatest Event in Television History.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

One of my fondest memories growing up was watching Linda Hamilton and her Beast on Beauty and the Beast. We would curl up in her bed—I was about 12 when it first started airing—and watch every episode together. I loved the show (& I just now realized when looking up the year it started airing that the Beast was Ron Perlman—murderer and wife-abusing Clay on Sons of Anarchy!), and I’ll never forget that time spent with my mom. So I was thrilled when I heard they were remaking it. I have no doubt that it probably won’t be anything like the 1987 version. I think they’ve “prettied” up the Beast, for one thing. But I do have hopes that I’ll enjoy it.

Here’s what The CW has to say about the show: “Detective Catherine Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective. Several years earlier, Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Catherine would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her. No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the assassins…it was human. Years have passed, and Catherine is a strong, confident, capable police officer, working alongside her equally talented partner, Tess. While investigating a murder, Catherine discovers a clue that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. Catherine learns that Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her many years before. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder. Thus begins a complex relationship between Catherine and Vincent, who are powerfully drawn to each other yet understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them.” It stars Kristen Kruek (Smallville), Jay Ryan (Terra Nova), Max Brown (The Tudors, MI-5), Nina Lisandrello (Nurse Jackie), Nicole Gale Anderson (Make It or Break It), Austin Basis (Life Unexpected), and Brian White (The Shield).

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” police officer Cat Chandler investigates a case that leads her to Vincent, a man guarding a secret; as Cat is drawn closer to Vincent, she must keep their relationship secret.

Don’t miss it tonight on The CW at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Beauty and the Beast @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Big Bang Theory, Last Resort, & Two and a Half Men.

Megan’s Choice

Finally, the season premiere of The Vampire Diaires—that collective squeal you just heard was women everywhere waiting for their fix of Stefan’s and Damon’s sexiness. Last season, Elena had it rough, and we were left wondering her fate now that she’s had an accident after receiving vampire blood. The world as she knows it may change, and I’m excited to see where they go with it this season.

On tonight’s episode, “Growing Pains,” Elena awakens on the morning after the accident to find the thing she dreaded most has come true—she died with vampire blood in her system and now must go through the terrible transition to become a vampire…or face certain death. Stefan promises Elena that he and Bonnie will exhaust every possible way out of the situation, but Damon is furious with his brother for letting Elena die in the first place. Bonnie pays a terrible price for her attempt to change Elena’s fate, while Damon takes out his frustration and rage on Matt. In a rare moment of empathy, Rebekah is deeply touched by Stefan’s and Elena’s devotion to one another. Finally, Pastor Young and the town council members begin rounding up the vampires and their supporters, leading to an unexpected tragedy.

To see how Elena handles her fate, tune in to The CW at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Vampire Diaries @ Clicker.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, The X Factor, Last Resort, and Beauty and the Beast.

JJ’s Choice

This season, Up All Night has been such an improvement over season 1. I started watching because of the leads, but the show felt disjointed. Sometimes, it focussed more on The Ava Show than raising a family, and the title and premise suggest otherwise. With the cancellation of The Ava Show, Chris working at home and Reagan finally raising a kid the show felt more focused, together, and solid.

On tonight’s episode, “Jerry Duty,” Chris runs into an annoying college roommate, is forced into attending a party, and brings Ava to keep him sane. Meanwhile, Reagan helps Scott throw a sleepover for his son and his friends.

See if Ava can keep anyone sane on NBC at 8:30/7:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Up All Night @ Clicker.

I’ll also be watching 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries, The X Factor, Two and a Half Men, and Project Runway.

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