Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!
Jenny’s Choice #1
Tonight is the series premiere of The Code on CBS. Half drama, half procedural, this new legal thriller is about the active-duty Marines who are also attorneys working out of the Judge Advocate General Headquarters in Quantico. They are trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, and an investigator and choose to serve their country in pursuit of military justice at home and overseas. Luke Mitchell (Blindspot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Tomorrow People) stars as Captain John “Abe” Abraham, a driven prosecutor who comes from a family of Marines. Anna Wood (Falling Water, Deception, Reckless) plays his colleague and friend, Captain Maya Dobbins, the lead defense attorney not afraid to go up against one of her own but also a team player if the situation calls for it. Ato Essandoh (Chicago Med, Altered Carbon, Blue Bloods, Copper) plays Major Trey Ferry, Abe’s superior officer and friend. One of my favorite actresses, Dana Delaney (Hand of God, Body of Proof, Desperate Housewives) stars as commanding officer Colonel Glenn Turnbull, one of the highest-ranking female officers in the Judge Advocate Corps. She’s tough but fair and demands an excellence in herself and her staff. And finally, assisting the team is Lt. Harper Li (played by Phillipa Soo, Smash), a highly capable lawyer who is eager to take on bigger cases, and tech-savvy, efficient Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi (played by Raffi Barsoumian, The Vampire Diaries), the Marine equivalent of a paralegal.
I’ve seen the first episode quite enjoyed it. It’s a bit too much drama for me, but I love the cast so much (Besides the ever delightful Delany, I loved Mitchell on Blindspot, Wood on Reckless, & Essandoh on Chicago Med & Blue Bloods) and the military and procedural aspects of it that I’m in for at least a few more episodes.
On tonight’s episode, “Blowed Up,” when a soldier in Afghanistan murders his commanding officer, Capt. John “Abe” Abraham and Capt. Maya Dobbins, working out of the Judge Advocate General Headquarters in Quantico, Va., are assigned to the case as prosecution and defense lawyers.
Meet TV’s newest attorneys tonight on CBS at 9/8c.
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Tonight, FX kicks off the 8-episode limited series Fosse/Verdon, which explores the personal and professional relationship between acclaimed theater and film choreographer/director Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and his wife/partner/dancer Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). The series opens in 1968 as Fosse is directing his first feature film, “Sweet Charity,” in Hollywood. It covers a period of five decades, jumping backwards and forwards in time, showing what brought this talented duo to where they are, and what their futures ultimately lead to. Throughout the premiere, years are not displayed on screen, rather, time is measured in how many years Fosse has left.
I have always heard the name Bob Fosse but never really knew anything about him. The series takes an interesting look at this man and the underappreciated woman responsible for much of his success. Gwen Verdon was once the hot young starlet who everyone sought after, but now she struggles to find roles. When it comes time to translate her big Broadway roles to film, they are given to other, younger actresses. Gwen often assists with her husband’s projects, just not in front of the camera. At times she is the only person who understands Bob’s vision, but she is able to foster and explain it to others in a way that her husband can’t. She is able to put out his fires before they start. Gwen loves Bob but often turns a blind eye to his infidelities and other questionable activities.
The series has an amazing supporting cast that includes Kelli Barrett (The Punisher) as Liza Minnelli, Norbert Leo Butz (Bloodline) as playwright Paddy Chayefsky, Nate Corddry (Mindhunter) as playwright Neil Simon and Aya Cash (You’re the Worst) as his wife Joan, Evan Handler (Power) as theater producer/director Hal Prince, Laura Osnes as Shirley MacLaine, and Paul Reiser (Mad About You) as film producer Cy Feuer. The series also recreates many of the films/musicals that Fosse worked on, which leads to some excellent song and dance numbers.
Tonight’s premiere is titled “Life Is a Cabaret,” so you can pretty easily guess what musical is represented in the episode!
Don’t miss the premiere tonight on FX at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching/recording American Housewife, The Kids Are Alright, black-ish, The Rookie, The Code, The Village, and Growing Up Chrisley.
New Amsterdam returns tonight after a couple weeks off, but when we last watched these amazing doctors, they were battling to keep patients alive during the blizzard. Reynolds went out into the storm and rescued a man who fell and got himself impaled on an iron fence post. It was incredibly tense watching the team take their talents to the streets to save people who couldn’t make it to the hospital, and I am so excited to see how this all plays out.
On tonight’s episode, “Sanctuary,” while the doctors continue to weather the storm without power, Max relies on an unlikely source to get the lights back on. Meanwhile, Reynolds must get creative as he continues to work to save Hugh with very few resources.
To see if everyone can survive this storm both emotionally and physically, tune in to NBC at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, The Voice, The Code, Chopped, MasterChef Junior, The Village, Mental Samurai, Roswell, New Mexico, and The Rookie.
Jenny’s Choice #2
Last week was an interesting one for The Rookie. Nolan spent most of the episode with his attorney in front of a judge when he was sued for running into a pedestrian and causing him bodily injury when he was chasing down a suspect. Nolan didn’t believe he’d touched the man, and the others teased him and assured him it wasn’t anything to worry about – this was routine when you were a police officer, and Nolan had been assigned a great lawyer, one who’d been around for a long time and knew what he was doing. Of course, when his attorney did show up, he turned out to be the longtime attorney’s son and Nolan’s was going to be his first case. In the end, even though Nolan couldn’t keep his mouth shut and nearly sabotaged his own case, the young attorney who reminded me so much of Doogie Howser turned out to be a good one and the case was dismissed.
While Nolan was dealing with that, though, the others were having to check up on some prisoners who’d been set free after a dirty cop was arrested for lying on the stand ten years before, which put an innocent woman in prison for a decade. So our rookies and their TOs were sent to look in on her and on the three men who’d been released (because their convictions were suspect, given the dirty cop’s involvement). Bishop realized one of the men used to run with…her “brother.” Surprise! She visited her brother (who she hadn’t seen in years but who she’d kept track of), who said he was clean and working and not in with a bad crowd, but he was clearly still mad that she left him when she was sent to a better foster home and didn’t look back. She continued following him when he left for “work,” but he met up with the just-released man Bishop had been assigned to check in on, and Bishop realized they were going to rob a stash house. She tried to stop them, but another guy got the drop on her, and they took her, cuffed her in the back of the van, and robbed the place. In the process, the one man got killed, Bishop’s brother was shot but okay. The just-released convict then drove them out into the middle of an empty lot and was going to kill her, but her brother shot and killed him instead to save her. She then turned around and arrested him, telling him she was trying to save him.
As for the others, Lopez is apparently back on with Wesley. They had a cute scene in the break room and then another when she got him to take on a case pro bono for an idiot who’d used marker (sort of) all over his face as a mask and a squirt gun filled with soda or something to rob a store of like $20 he claimed the guy owed him. Lopez and Wesley flirted across the interrogation table while playing footsie underneath…until the thief asked who kept touching his foot. LOL And West finally confronted his father about the allegations from the escaped con a few episodes before. His dad got REALLY angry about it but then calmed down later and tried to explain that sure, he’d cut corners like they all had sometimes back then, using the excuse about how long DNA took, etc etc, but swore he’d never planted evidence or lied, etc. West once again seemed to act holier than thou and said he didn’t believe him.
So Bishop’s in trouble because she lied when she signed up for the job about not having any family members or friends who were cons. But apparently the guy wasn’t really her brother. They spent a year together in a foster home, which meant they got close, sure, but I think in the end, that’s going to be the thing that keeps her on the job, that he’s not actually her brother. She hadn’t had any contact with him since she changed foster homes, so… Ugh. We’ll see!
On tonight’s episode, “The Checklist,” Sergeant Gray informs the rookies that they must track down a specific set of crimes in a 48-hour period in order to qualify for their final exam. Meanwhile, Officer Nolan and Officer Bishop answer a silent alarm call at will.i.am’s house. Guest starring is Currie Graham as Ben McRee, Demetrius Grosse as Detective Kevin Wolfe and will.i.am as himself.
See if Nolan or Bishop “fangirl” out about will.i.am tonight on ABC at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing American Housewife, MasterChef Junior, NCIS, The Kids Are Alright, Chopped, Mental Samurai, & NCIS: New Orleans.