I took yesterday off from this column because my power went out from 6pm (Tues) until 2am (Wed)—I know exactly when it was restored, as I was awakened by every light in the house turning on and the sounds of electronics whirring back to life! Ironically, my pick for yesterday was going to be the midseason premiere of Revolution! But now the power is back on (knock on wood), and I’m ready for tonight’s packed primetime schedule! Check out our suggestions as to what you should be watching this evening.
Tonight, IFC kicks off The Spoils of Babylon, a parody of those epic dramatic TV mini-series of the 70s and 80s, with a double-episode premiere. Author Eric Jonrosh wrote, directed, and financed the original 22-hour adaptation of his best-selling novel, and now, decades later, he has edited that down into tonight’s epic television mini-series that chronicles the relationships and lives of multiple generations of the Morehouse family through war and the oil business.
I remember watching those “event television” programs all the time growing up, so I’m really looking forward to seeing this comedic take on the genre—I love how they’ve even given the mini-series this whole fictitious backstory. Also, it has such an amazing cast, including Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, and Will Ferrell!
On tonight’s first episode, “The Foundling,” an entrepreneur hopes to strike it rich in the oil fields, while his adopted son begins an affair with his daughter. Then, in “The War Within,” when war breaks out, Devon decides to enlist, leaving behind a distraught Cynthia, who learns that there might be another woman in the picture.
See this fantantic cast in a fun new mini-series tonight on IFC at 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c.
I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, The Assets, Community, Parks and Recreation, 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 #1
I’m fearful about the direction The Big Bang Theory is going. Last week, Penny was so excited and got her friends and family all excited about a guest spot she scored opposite Mark Harmon on NCIS, and when her part ended up on the cutting room floor, it made her question everything: her career choice—both hopeful as an actress and current as a waitress. She didn’t handle it at all well, drinking too much and making the rash decision to propose to Leonar—who didn’t say no, but he didn’t say yes. When Sheldon asked him why he hadn’t said yes, Leonard didn’t know. Speaking of Sheldon… Watching him try to be funny was hysterical, especially when he dropped his pants in front of Amy. She was dumbfounded. *laugh*
So where are they going with this Leonard/Penny story? Is Leonard questioning their future? I hope not. I love them together. And what happened to Penny & college? Maybe we’ll find out tonight, since she’s making a career change…
On tonight’s episode, “The Occupation Recalibration,” Sheldon tries to relax after he is forced to take a vacation. Meanwhile, Leonard struggles to be supportive of Penny after she quits her job, and Bernadette seeks Stuart’s help in replacing one of Howard’s comic books. Josh Peck (Drake & Josh) guest stars.
Find out if Sheldon can take some time off and how Leonard & Penny are doing tonight on CBS at 8/7c.
JJ’s Choice #1
Tonight marks the 100th episode of Parks and Recreation, and I couldn’t be more excited that we’ve gotten so far. Between all the characters we get with this show, it’s been so hilarious. The moments that stick out are giggling Ron and happy April and whenever Leslie tends to go a little darker. And it’s been amazing how the writers have been able to incorporate parts of the real life of the actors in the show, like Nick Offerman’s woodworking and Retta’s live-tweeting. It really is one of the best comedies on TV now!
On tonight’s episode, “Second Chunce,” Leslie comes to terms with her last day in office and plans for the future with Ben. Chris and Ann find out the sex of their child, Andy comes home from London, and Tom looks to the future.
See it on the 100th episode tonight on NBC at 8:30/7:30c.
Jenny’s Choice #2
Last week, Sherlock’s ex, bad girl Moriarty, turned back up on Elementary. When I heard she was going to be consulting with the NYPD, I wondered how on earth she wasn’t in prison. Turns out, she was. I’m not a fan of hers or story lines having to do with her, so I kind of only…half watched. But I did totally call her finding a way to be in contact with the (other) bad guys, as well as being able to escape. The end part with her and Sherlock in the hall was pretty emotional for him, and that’s never a bad thing to see. One part that did make me very sad was watching Det. Bell as he struggled to hold and shoot his weapon at the range.
On tonight’s episode, “All in the Family,” when a body is found in a barrel, Holmes and Watson launch an investigation into the mafia’s ties to the murder. Meanwhile, Sherlock attempts to make amends with Detective Bell. Peter Gerety & Paul Sorvino guest star.
Find out if Sherlock can make any headway with Det. Bell tonight on CBS at 10:01/9:01c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Taste, The Millers, Chopped Canada, The Michael J. Fox Show, Two and a Half Men, Ground Floor, & Panic Button.
JJ’s Choice #2
It’s sort of ironic that Community is the second show I’m recommending tonight. Especially because for years now, NBC has tried to “broaden their comedic appeal” on Thursday, attempting to get rid of the low-rated Parks and Rec and Community, while these shows seem to be the only ones that get renewed year after year. Last week, Community returned with Dan Harmon at the helm, and while “Repilot” dealt with the season that came before, the show almost immediately returned to the greatness it has shown in the first few seasons.
On tonight’s episode, “Basic Intergluteal Numismatics,” everyone is up in arms when an anonymous bandit starts dropping coins down people’s pants. Dean Pelton mobilizes the school to investigate, while Jeff and Annie start methodically interrogating staff members.
Find out if this is all that happens on NBC at 8/7c.
I’ll also be watching The Big Bang Theory, Sean Saves the World, The Crazy Ones, Project Runway All Stars, and Ground Floor.