If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/22/14

It’s the week of new television, and honestly it is super exciting every night for me. Tonight has shows returning and a few new shows, so let’s stop the chit chat and see what we’re recommending!

Megan’s Choice #1

gotham922smallGotham premieres tonight, and I am ecstatic for many reasons — and not just because Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.) is incredibly adorable, but because there’s a comic book lover in all of us. When I first heard the idea to do a story about how Gotham got to where it is today, how Commissioner Gordon got where he is, and how all the now famous criminals became as evil as they are, I was a little hesitant. Now I am not. Jada Pinkett Smith is fabulous as Fish Mooney, a gang boss, and the depictions of the younger versions of Catwoman, the Penguin, and the Riddler are fantastic. It’s refreshing to see how Bruce Wayne and the Commissioner became friends before they both became the heroes they are today. If you were going to write this show off right away because you don’t like comics…please don’t. It’s worth tuning in for at least one episode to see if it can catch your love like it has mine.

On tonight’s series premiere, “Pilot,” a rookie police officer working the streets of Gotham, a city on the verge of chaos, investigates the double murder of a couple and ends up befriending their son, only to end up witnessing the rise of one of the most iconic super heroes of all times.

To see where our beloved Batman started, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

scorpion922smallOne of my favorite new shows this season (*prays they don’t cancel it*) is going to be Scorpion. This fast-paced drama is about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien (played by Elyes Gabel, Body of Proof, Game of Thrones) and his team of brilliant misfits who basically become Homeland Security’s…think tank. When HS has a problem or situation they can’t solve, they turn to Walter and his team: Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas, ’Til Death), an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong), a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham, Huge), a statistics guru. This group uses their extensive knowledge to solve the predicaments that the government can’t. In charge of their team is Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick, The Unit, Last Resort, a federal agent who shares a rather…rocky history with Walter. Because the group is rather socially awkward as so many geniuses are, even though they are comfortable with each other, they aren’t so comfortable with the outside world, so to speak. During their first case, they meet Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee, Smash, American Idol), a waitress at a diner that Walter goes to. Paige has a young son who she believes is a little handicapped, sort of mentally slow…but that isn’t the case. And once Walter helps her figure out what’s truly going on with her son, she agrees to help the group communicate with the outside world, so to speak, in exchange for his help with her son.

I loved the premise when I first heard about it but loved it even more once I saw tonight’s pilot. What’s really cool is that it’s based off a true story — the group, I mean. I don’t know if Paige’s character is based off a true person or not and how many of the situations they find themselves in are based off true situations. Regardless, it’s a lot of fun, and tonight’s premiere kept me on the edge of my seat.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” when an emergency at LAX arises, high-tech prodigy Walter O’Brien and his team of intelligent misfits are called in by the US government to find a solution for safely landing a fleet of airplanes that are suspended in the air.

See how Walter and his team get the planes safely to the ground tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Big Bang Theory, Dancing with the Stars, Gotham, Rewrapped, & Forever.

Kyle’s Choice

foreversmallTonight, ABC kicks off night one of their two-night series premiere of Forever. Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd, Ringer) has a very unique power — he cannot die. For the past 200 years, whenever he he dies, he immediately reappears in the water, naked. So being a medical examiner in New York City, he is able to use this immortality to investigate the deaths of the victims that come across his desk, experiencing the same things they did, all in the name of science and curiosity. The only person who knows Henry’s secret is his best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch, Numb3rs), and it’s a constant struggle for Henry to keep the truth hidden from his assistant Lucas (Joel David Moore, Bones) and new partner Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza, Law & Order).

I was a big fan of the short-lived 2008 FOX series New Amsterdam, which had a similar premise, so I’m really glad to get this type of show back on my TV. Forever was possibly my favorite of all of the new fall drama pilots, so I’m happy to see it finally premiering, along with a second new episode tomorrow night. I think the framework of the series is great for a procedural, and I look forward to seeing the cases of the week. But I’m also interested to see how the show explores the serialized nature of Henry trying to figure out why this happened to him. The pilot also introduces another mystery that I’m really curious to find out more about and see how that plays out over the course of the season.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Dr. Henry Morgan and his new prtner Jo Martinez investigate a subway car crash; a man contacts Henry with information that could help him solve the mystery of how he came to be “immortal.”

Find out if this new drama’s for you tonight on ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, Scorpion, Under the Dome, The Blacklist, Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, and Rewrapped.

Megan’s Choice #2

tbbt922smallThe Big Bang Theory is returning with new episodes tonight, on a new night — and I’m okay with that. (Not that CBS contacted me before changing my TV watching schedule…) When we left our favorite group of nerds, Sheldon had left on a train trip to find himself, Penny and Leonard were engaged, and Raj actually had a girlfriend — I know, the last one is almost unbelievable. We also saw the comic store burn down, leaving Stuart in need of a job, so he moved in to take care of Howard’s mom — which, strangely enough, he loved. I’m very interested to see where all our favorites are this season and what happens with Sheldon concerning his job and trip.

On the first of tonight’s two episodes, “The Locomotion Interruption,” Leonard and Amy take an unexpected road trip to Arizona to pick up Sheldon. Meanwhile, Penny interviews for a job at Bernadette’s company, and Howard is weirded out by Stuart’s relationship with Mrs. Wolowitz.

The second episode, “The Junior Professor Solution,” when Sheldon is forced to teach a class, Howard surprises everyone by taking it. Meanwhile, the tension between Penny and Bernadette gives Amy a chance to play both sides.

To visit our favorite hilarious cast, tune in to CBS starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching The Voice, Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow, Forever, and The Blacklist.

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