We’re well into the new season now, and I couldn’t be happier. Some of my favorite shows, both old and new, have already aired, but there are more to come tonight and the rest of the week, so yay! As for tonight itself, check out our recommendations to help you weed through the whole kit and kaboodle!
Jenny’s Choice #1
My first pick tonight is the new comedy black-ish, on ABC. I know this may not be a popular choice, but I love Anthony Anderson, and I’ve seen the pilot and really enjoyed it. Anderson stars as Andre “Dre” Johnson, who is married to Rainbow (played by Tracee Ellis Ross), has four kids, a great job, and a colonial home in the suburbs. When a promotion at work turns out to be different than he expected—focused on something he was unhappy about—and his son decides he wants to have a Bar Mitzvah thrown for him, it all comes to a head. Dre sets out to establish a cultural identity for him and his family that honors their heritage while embracing the future.
Is the show perfect? No, I know it isn’t. But I do think it’s very funny (Anderson and Ross are great, and Laurence Fishburne as “Pops,” Andre’s father, is hysterical. I hope everyone will tune in and give this one a shot.
On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Dre, an advertising exec, is happily anticipating a promotion at work, which would make him the firm’s first African American senior vice president. Rainbow, an anesthesiologist, is looking forward to Dre’s raise. Meanwhile, Andre Jr. makes an announcement: he’s converting to Judaism so he can have a Bar Mitzvah, like all his friends.
See if this new comedy makes you laugh tonight on ABC at 9:30/8:30c.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
While I always enjoyed Chicago Fire, it was never a “must watch live” kind of show for me, but its spin-off, Chicago PD, definitely is. Some may say it’s because I’m a fan of cop dramas — this is true. Others may say that I loved One Tree Hill and I love Sophia Bush, so therefore I watched for her — this is also quite true. However, at the end of the day, I watched because from the first episode, this show grabbed my attention. In a schedule bombarded with police dramas, this show pushed boundaries with both cases and relationships right out of the gate, making for intriguing characters and incredible story lines.
When we left our favorites last season, everything was looking grim for Voight because someone implicated him in the murder of Jin by dropping him at the same place that Voight has often brought criminals. I don’t think our dark hero killed Jin, but someone is definitely out to make it look like he did. Lindsay was fearful of losing her job if Charlie leaked information regarding a murder from 2002, but when he was arrested, she managed to keep him quiet with the idea that maybe he could be a part of his son’s life. On a personal note, we saw Ruzek show up at Burgess’s door, and an apology turned into steamy sex. I love those two together. Unfortunately, poor Antonio wasn’t as lucky, because after his first day back at work after being shot, he came home to find his house empty except for a note from his wife — his love of the job had caused her to leave with their son. So sad… Where will all the members of our favorite Intelligence squad be this season? Who knows, but wherever it is, you can be sure it’s going to be exciting.
On tonight’s season premiere, “Call It Macaroni,” as the Sheldon Jin murder investigation moves forward, Voight is under close watch by Internal Affairs, but he’s still in complete command of the Intelligence Unit. A routine undercover job becomes anything but when Voight’s SUV is T-boned while trailing an armored car carrying Ruzek. At District, Burgess meets her new partner, Sean Roman (played by Brian Geraghty), and tension is high from the start. Soon she realizes there’s more to his story. After a long day, Lindsay pays a visit to someone she hasn’t seen in a very long time—her mom, Bunny. Markie Post guest stars.
To watch all this delicious drama unfold, tune in to NBC at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing Law & Order: SVU, Hell’s Kitchen, The Mysteries of Laura, Red Band Society, black-ish, The Goldbergs, and Wahlburgers.
Survivor returns for its 29th “season” tonight on CBS, and the Blood vs Water twist is back. Nine new pairs of friends/relatives will be split apart to form two competing tribes that will battle it out for the title of sole survivor. I like this twist because it adds a new level of strategy to the game, as each player automatically has an ally on the opposite tribe and must figure out how to use that to their advantage. While there are no returning teams this time around, there are some faces that may be familiar to the other contestants (and viewers at home): the “twinnies” from The Amazing Race and retired MLB pitcher John Rocker.
The actual competitions don’t really seem to change all that much from season to season — there are only a finite number of ways they can configure these beach/jungle challenges, and after 28 seasons, we’ve pretty much seen them all. However, it’s the contestants that keep this show fresh and interesting, and I’m looking forward to meeting this new batch tonight and learning how they plan to win.
On tonight’s episode, “Suck It Up and Survive,” eighteen castaways compete with and against loved ones in a “Blood vs. Water”-style competition that reintroduces Exile Island to the game. In the opener, the 18 players arrive in Nicaragua and participate in their first challenge.
Return to the tribes tonight for the 90-minute premiere on CBS at 8/7c.
I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, black-ish, The Mysteries of Laura, Red Band Society, The League, Top Chef Duels, Legends, and Franklin & Bash.
Jenny’s Choice #2
One of my favorite new comedies last season was The Goldbergs. Besides loving that it’s set in the 80s so I recognize so many of the references, the characters are just so dang funny. Whether it’s clueless Barry, thinking he’s the bomb, or Beverly, the original helicopter mother…or Eric, Adam, Murray, or Pops. They’re all hysterical. Last season, Adam kissed the girl of his dreams — or rather, she kissed him. Where do things stand between him and Dana? (I know because I’ve seen the premiere. 😉 ) The thing I’m looking forward to most this season is more heartwarming moments, even when one or more of the characters is annoyed or upset. (Okay, mainly that’s Murray… LOL But he truly had some of my favorite moments last season when he dropped the gruff exterior for even just a moment with his kids.l
On tonight’s episode, “Love is a Mix Tape,” after spending the summer apart with Dana and unsure of their relationship, Adam makes a mix tape to express his feelings…only to have it intercepted by Beverly, who thinks it’s meant for her! Meanwhile, Barry gets a fake ID, but as usual, nothing goes as planned. David Spade guest stars.
Find out what happens with Barry’s fake ID tonight on ABC at 8:30/7:30c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing Hell’s Kitchen, The Mysteries of Laura, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Law & Order: SVU, Modern Family, Mystery Diners, Chicago PD, Top Chef Duels, & Wahlburgers.