If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/2/14

So who’s already overwhelmed (for better or for worse) by all the new fall TV shows?! (*raises hand*) Well, tonight, there are 3 additional new shows starting up, 2 returning CW shows with season premieres, and new episodes of pretty much everything else. So we’ve got some suggestions to help you decide what to check out from tonight’s huge selection…

Kyle’s Choice

atoz1002smallOne of my favorite new comedy pilots of the season finally premieres tonight as NBC adds romantic comedy A to Z to its Thursday-night lineup. Andrew (Ben Feldman) is a guy’s guy, but also a romantic, who works for an online dating company. Zelda (Cristin Milioti) is a girl’s girl and a pro-bono lawyer but likes order and being in control. This series chronicles the 8 months the couple dates—from the day they meet, until the day they… Well, that’s for us to find out.

Tonight’s pilot is such a joy to watch—it looks like this is going to be a really charming series, especially with Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy, Married…with Children) providing a delightful commentary. Andrew and Zelda are so likeable, and the actors who play them have great on-screen chemistry. We only got a small glimpse of Milioti’s talent in the final season of How I Met Your Mother, and I’m so glad she’s been given this new opportunity to really shine. The supporting characters also quite amiable—there isn’t an annoying best friend or coworker in the bunch. And that is thanks to the talented supporting cast, which includes Henry Zebrowski, Lenora Crichlow, Christina Kirk, Parvesh Cheena, Hong Chau, and Ben Falcone. I look forward to seeing more of Andrew and Zelda’s relationship and how it develops over the course of the season (and hopefully beyond).

On tonight’s episode, “A Is for Acquaintances,” idealistic online matchmaker Andrew falls for no-nonsense lawyer Zelda in this romantic-comedy series. In the opener, the two meet for the first time when she comes into his online-dating workplace to deal with a misunderstanding. They immediately have chemistry, and he thinks he’s seen her somewhere before.

To see the lovebirds meet, tune in to NBC at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Bad Judge, Parenthood, Bones, Gracepoint, Food Truck Face Off, and Haven.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

badjudge1002smallMegan was going to recommend Bones, but she had some things to do Wednesday night so needed to skip today’s post. So in her place, I will say that I’ve seen tonight’s episode, and it’s great. The team has to say goodbye to Sweets, and they do it in a way that is perfect for the team. So be sure to check it out.

Buy my pick tonight is the series premiere of Bad Judge, one of NBC’s latest comedies. Kate Walsh, known for her almost-always professional and responsible character on Grey’s Anatomy and then Private Practice, stars as wild child Rebecca Wright, who is one of L.A.’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges but is a bit of a mess in her private life. She parties too much, isn’t the most responsible adult, and has sex in her chambers…

I’ve seen the first two episodes and loved it a lot more than I’d thought I might. Walsh is surrounded by some great characters, and it’s a lot of fun seeing how Rebecca tries (& sometimes fails) to balance her personal and professional lives. Tone Bell is fun as the judge’s bailiff, and Ryan Hansen is great as her occasional…well, maybe not LOVE interest, but… 😉 Miguel Sandoval (whom I loved in Medium) plays another judge, sort of Rebecca’s boss. He’s great in this. I really enjoyed this, so be sure to check it out!

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” by day, Rebecca Wright si one of the toughest and most unorthodox criminal court judges in Los Angeles, with a reputation for handing out creative rulings, but by night she lives a very different life, with a long line of men vying for her affection.

Check out this new comedy tonight on NBC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Bones, A to Z, Food Truck Face Off, & Beat Bobby Flay.

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