If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/12/13

Christmas is less than two weeks away, and many shows are airing their fall finales tonight! While I have these visions of me finally catching up on my ever-growing TiVo backlog over the holidays, I somehow doubt that will ever happen. As you count down the shopping days until Christmas, let us count up some shows we suggest you check out tonight…

Kyle’s Choice

thereturned1212smallTonight, we are down to the penultimate episode of The Returned’s first season. Last week, Pierre told the other crash victims’ parents about Camille, and they had loads of questions for her about their own children and why they hadn’t reappeared. Simon had been brought to the morgue after Thomas shot him as an “intruder,” but Simon soon found himself reawakening once again—in a morgue drawer. Thomas was afraid this might happen after he heard the news about Camille. Meanwhile, Victor had a scar growing on his arm like the one on Lena’s back. And at the end of the episode, we saw Lucy walk out of her hospital room to meet up with Simon, who was wandering up from the morgue—these returned folks seem destined to find one another!

What do these scars mean? Why are these people back, and can they even die?! What is the big secret about the dam? I have so many questions, but this show is so good that I don’t care if they answer them all right away because I’m enjoying the ride, and I know there’s already a second season on the way. If you’re not watching this show, you should be—Sundance has been airing the new episodes every Thursday, but also a marathon of all of the previously aired episodes every Sunday, so there are lots of opportunities to catch up!

On tonight’s episode, “Adèle,” various clans begin to emerge in the town’s ever-more-chaotic environment.

See if your curiosity is piqued tonight on Sundance Channel at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, and Parenthood.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

themillers1212smallIt took me a couple of episodes to really warm up to it, and while it’s certainly not my favorite comedy on TV or even my favorite of the new ones this season, CBS’s The Millers is very funny. This family is definitely kooky, but I love that it kind of shows a real family with real problems. Last week, Nathan found out his sister was their father’s favorite, and even though he was his mother’s, it still bothered him. The two started competing, trying to win/keep their position as Dad’s favorite. In the end, it was very sweet when Nathan made an apology video to Debbie because she’d felt slighted her whole life.

On tonight’s episode, “Carol’s Parents Are Coming to Town,” when Carol’s overbearing mother and father announce they’re coming to visit for Christmas, Carol recruits Nate and Tom to cover up their failed relationships and present a happy facade. However, Nate begins to believe the lie and considers getting back together with his ex, Janice. June Squibb and Jerry Van Dyke guest star as Carol’s parents. Eliza Coupe returns as Nathan’s ex-wife.

Find out if the family comes clean tonight on CBS at 8:31/7:31c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Big Bang Theory, The Michael J. Fox Show, Two and a Half Men, Ground Floor, On the Rocks, Elementary, & Panic Button.

Megan’s Choice

thecrazyones1212smallThe Crazy Ones had my attention even before it aired because of its amazing cast, and thankfully, they have lived up to my expectations. This is a comedy that I find very amusing, whimsical, and heart-warming at the same time. Robin Williams is flawless week after week, and as always, Sarah Michelle Gellar makes me happy simply by gracing my television screen, but together, they are fantastic. The father/daughter relationship is so dysfunctional and flawed that it makes for some incredibly funny moments, yet we are getting to see Simon grow as a father and a man.

Last week, we watched as Lauren got herself trapped in the 7-million dollar Victoria’s Secret bra and had to complete all her assistant duties without tipping off Sydney as to what was really going on. We also watched as Zach felt out of his element when the models preferred Andrew to him—a nice change, if you ask me. In the end, it all worked out, but not without a few hilarious bumps along the way.

On tonight’s episode, “The Intern,” when the bratty daughter (Ashley Tisdale) of an important client becomes the latest intern at Roberts and Roberts, Sydney’s insecurities resurface.

To see if Sydney can put her issues behind her, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, Elementary, Scandal, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, The X Factor, The Sing-Off, and Parenthood.

JJ’s Choice

tbbt1212smallAlmost every week, we recommend The Big Bang Theory, and this week is no exception! The writers are showing such knowledge of their characters, and this year really is a redemption for Sheldon. They are trying to humanize him a little, show us how Sheldon’s brain works and how the other characters relate to him and why they stick with him. It’s not easy to have this growth on a comedy that’s on its seventh season, and while there have been lesser seasons, this season so far has been a great step forward.

Tonight continues the theme of the season with “The Cooper Extraction.” With Sheldon away in Texas, the group gathers to decorate the Christmas tree in the apartment, and they realize how much Sheldon has changed their lives.

Find out what happens on CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching The Vampire Diaries, Sean Saves the World, The Crazy Ones, Project Runway All Stars, Ground Floor, and Scandal.

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