If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/24/14

In just a few weeks, the networks will have their Upfront presentations, and we’ll finally find out which shows have been renewed, which have been canceled, and what new shows we can look forward to. This whole system seems a bit outdated to me—it’s been almost a year since the last Upfronts, and tonight, we have 2 more new series starting up, at least one of which was announced at CBS’s Upfront presentation last year! What’s the point of picking up a series if you aren’t going to air it until a year later? What chance does it even have at that point of getting a second season?! But enough of my ranting… Here’s what we’re recommending tonight.

Kyle’s Choice

badteachersmallTonight, CBS premieres its small-screen version of the comedy Bad Teacher. Lazy, foul-mouthed former trophy wife Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor) is left penniless from a divorce and hatches a plan to masquerade as a teacher at a ritzy Chicago middle school in order to find her next rich husband. While I never saw the original film with Cameron Diaz, the premise sounds like a lot of fun and the cast is great—it also includes Ryan Hansen, Sara Gilbert, Kristin Davis, David Alan Grier, and Sara Rodier! I’m looking forward to checking out this new comedy, even though it’s likely just a burn-off at this point in the season.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” a faculty member becomes suspicious.

See how this new comedy stacks up against the movie version tonight on CBS at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, Elementary, Grey’s Anatomy, Black Box, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Surviving Jack, Sirens, and Review.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

elementary424smallThe last new episode of Elementary was great. A pickpocket died from anthrax, poisoning, and Sherlock and Watson had to figure out where he’d come in contact with it. During their investigation, Sherlock put himself in danger trying to spy on the bad guys’ trucks after seeing them load what he thought was the anthrax, only he got caught, and we thought he’d get beaten up. When they found him, he was covered in a white powder, which of course freaked everyone out—except Sherlock. He had figured out it wasn’t anthrax. In the end, though, the case wasn’t the biggest part of the episode. That went to Sherlock and his reaction to finding out that one of his oldest friends (the man he got to play his father at first for Watson), a man who’d been sober for a long time, had died of a heroin overdose. It really shook Sherlock to the core, and I loved the way Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller played those scenes together.

On tonight’s episode, “The Man with the Twisted Lip,” when Sherlock’s brother Mycroft makes a surprise return to New York, his motivations cause discord between Sherlock and Joan. Meanwhile, a missing person case takes Sherlock and Joan inside the world of unmanned aeronautics. Rhys Ifans guest stars.

See what Mycroft wants with Sherlock and Holmes tonight on CBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Big Bang Theory, Hell’s Kitchen, The Millers, Chopped Canada, Two and a Half Men, & Surviving Jack.

Megan’s Choice

blackbox424smallABC has added a few new shows to its schedule recently, and tonight is the premiere of the new show, Black Box. This show follows Catherine Black, a bipolar neurologist who works as the medical director of a neurological center called “The Cube.” Dr. Black has a unique outlook on life, and with her staff alongside her, she treats some rare and disconcerting cases. There will be lots of hallucinogenic and startling conditions, which we will get to see through the patient’s eyes as Dr. Black diagnoses and treats them. I’m a little hesitant to fall in love with another medical show, but the premise of a medical drama focusing on the most intricate and baffling part of the body is intriguing enough for me to give it a chance, and you should, too.

On tonight’s series premiere, “Kiss the Sky,” Dr. Catherine Black meets new staff member Dr. Ian Bickman.

To see if this new medical drama amuses your gray matter, tune in to ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Bad Teacher, Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, Elementary, Hell’s Kitchen, Vikings, and Chopped Canada.

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