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New on TV: September 22-28

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Monday, September 23

8:00pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

Finally, viewers get to meet The Mother! In this final season, 24 episodes will cover all of Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend. Marshall struggles to tell Lily about his judgeship appoint when he arrives in New York. Stars Sheri Shepherd and Roger Bart will have recurring roles all season while special appearances will be made by John Lithgow, Wayne Brady and Tim Gunn.

8:00pm The Voice (NBC)

Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera choose their teams based on a blind pick by listening to contestants singing voices. Once teams are picked the coaches groom their contestants to battle it out in a singing competition like no other. In the final round, America votes for the winner. Can anyone unseat Blake as the coach with the most wins so far?

9:00pm 2 Broke Girls (CBS)

Max is a smart-mouthed Brooklyn waitress who also works as a nanny, and her new coworker Caroline is an heiress who must now make her own living after her rich pops is locked up in jail. The two end up moving in together and plan to start their own business.

9:30pm *Mom (CBS)

From Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) comes another comedy about a dysfunctional family. Single mom, Christy (Anna Faris), is on the wagon as she tries to juggle raising two kids while dealing with her previously estranged mother who is trying her best to push her off the wagon and back to the bottle. “Mom” also stars Allison Janney, Sadie Calvano, Blake Garrett, Nate Corddry, Spencer Daniels, Matt Jones and French Stewart as Chef Rudy.

10:00pm Castle (ABC)

When we left Castle last season, Kate was in Washington D.C. interviewing for a new job with the Attorney General’s office. Later, the Deputy Director of the FBI calls Captain Gates informing him that Beckett got the highest of recommendations. Castle secretly learns about the interview and frets over the possibility of Beckett taking the job and leaving him. Beckett gets the call informing her she got the job. Castle and Beckett meet at the park to talk things over and before Beckett can say anything, Castle gets down on one knee, whips out a ring and proposes. Which path will Beckett choose? Stay tuned to find out.

10:00pm *Hostages (CBS)

When Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) family is taken hostage in their home, terrorist Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott) orders her to assassinate the President of the United States. “Hostages” also stars Tate Donovan, Quinn Shephard, Mateus Ward, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Rhys Coiro and James Naughton as President Kincaid.

10:00pm *The Blacklist (NBC)

When Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader),who is on the FBI’s most wanted list, voluntarily turns himself in he has one condition – he will only work with rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone). Working only with Liz, Red will aid in the capture of terrorist Ranko Zamani, who was thought to be deceased. Zamani is only one of many “bad guys” on a special list Red has compiled. The question is why does he want to aid the FBI in their capture? What will he gain from it? “The Blacklist” also stars Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold and Ilfenesh Hadera.

Tuesday, September 24

8:00pm *Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) has created a small group of special agents who take on strange activities around the world in Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The select team of Agents consists of an expert martial artist and pilot, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); a highly trained combatant, Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton); biochemist Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge); engineer Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); and new recruit Skye (Chloe Bennett) who is a world class computer hacker.

 9:00pm *The Goldberg’s (ABC)

In the 80’s, geeky 11-year-old Adam (Sean Giambrone) faces each day armed with a video camera to capture all the wonders around him (mainly his crazy family). Adam is the youngest child who has two siblings, 16-year-old brother Barry (Troy Gentile) who suffers from middle child syndrome and 17-year-old sister, Erica (Hayley Orrantia) who most guys would describe as both hot and terrifying. The parents of this trio of unruly children are Beverly and Murray (Wendi McClendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin). Beverly is a typical overprotective mom and dad has a screaming short fuse. Rounding out the family clan is Pops (George Segal), the kids’ grandfather who thinks of himself as a smooth Don Juan. I wonder if they got the premise for this show from the movie Super 8 where a boy carries a movie camera around filming everyone and everything.

9:30pm *Trophy Wife (ABC)

“Third time’s the charm,” or so the saying goes, right? Reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is not so sure about that after she becomes the third bride of Pete (Bradley Whitford). After getting hitched, Kate becomes an instant step-mom. Bert (Albert Tsai) is the adopted son to ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), who knows exactly which of Pete’s strings to pull to get what she wants. Twin teenagers Hillary and Warren (Gianna LePera and Ryan Scott Lee) are Pete’s biological children with ex-wife number one, Diane (Marcia Gay Harden), an over-achieving doctor. Kate barely has any maternal instinct and turns to her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales) for support who has even less experience than she does with kids.

10:00pm Chicago Fire (NBC)

Renee’s pregnancy announcement creates tension between Severide and Shay. In the wake of Hallie’s death, Casey will find comfort in some children he takes under his wing. New faces in the firehouse will include a powerful man who wants to close three firehouses and an ex-military guy turned new firefighter who spies on Firehouse 51.

10:00pm *Lucky 7 (ABC)

In Astoria, Queens in Astoria, Queens seven lucky gas station employees who have been running a lottery pool at work finally hit the jackpot. Of course, a little money can change anyone’s life and these people are no different. Samira (Summer Bishil) can realize her musical dreams and attend Julliard. Denise (Lorraine Bruce) hopes the money can help heal her marriage. Matt (Matt Long), his two kids and girlfriend can move out of his mother’s home and Matt’s brother Nicky (Stephen Louis Grush) can pay of a loan shark who is out to get him. For young mother Leanne (Anastasia Phillips) it means a better future for her daughter. Antonio (Luis Antonio Ramos) plans on creating a whole new life for his family. And finally, the store manager, Bob (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) can retire.

 10:00pm Person of Interest (CBS)

In a move for self-preservation, Finch’s Machine moved itself to an unknown location. In the wake of this move, Reese and Finch may not be able to help Carter who is on a collision course with HR. Finch may no longer be in total control of the Machine, but the Machine is still feeding him numbers.

Wednesday, September 25

8:00pm Revolution (NBC)

When the power got turned back on, the first act was one of violence when Randall sent missiles flying to Atlanta and Philadelphia. Aaron is scrambling to try to turn the power back off before the missiles hit. Miles and Monroe will temporarily unite against a new foe known as The Patriots.

8:00pm The Middle (ABC)

Axl graduated high school, Sue got her driver’s license, and Brick moves on the middle school. What will all that mean for the Heck family this season?

8:30pm *Back in the Game (ABC)

Terry Gannon, Jr. (Maggie Lawson) used to be an All Star softball player until she found herself pregnant and lost her scholarship. Now she and her young son, Danny (Griffin Cluck) had to move in with her estranged father, Terry, Sr. (James Caan). Terry would prefer to keep her son sheltered from sports but Danny has a mind of his own and insists on playing Little League even though he doesn’t know which hand the glove goes on. When a wealthy neighbor offers to finance the team of misfits, Terry reluctantly finds herself coaching a team similar to the original “Bad News Bears.” “Back in the Game” also stars Lenora Crichlow, Ben Koldyke, Kennedy Waite, J. J. Totah and Cooper Roth.

9:00pm Criminal Minds (CBS)

There’s a new boss in town. Matt Cruz (Esai Morales) will fill the void left by Strauss in the wake of his death. Cruz has a professional history with JJ that will be explored this season. Unsubs still at large may return for another go. Also look for The Reaper when the show revisits Haley’s death.

9:00pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

We last saw Benson with murdered/rapist William Lewis holding a gun at her head and the SVU squad bands together to find her.

9:00pm Modern Family (ABC)

Last season there was a death and a birth on “Modern Family.” After the death of Phil’s mother, could we see more of Phil’s father (Fred Willard) on the show? A new opening sequence will be made to include baby Joe, who is being re-cast. Could there be a wedding in Cam & Mitchell’s future? And could Lily get a sibling?

10:00pm CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)

Ellie, and now Morgan, have been kidnapped and it’s all hands on deck to search for them. The opening scene in the season premiere shows a casket with a memorial service in progress. With familiar faces missing in the crowd, it’s suggestive that someone in the CSI family is dead. But who could it be?

10:00pm Nashville (ABC)

When Deacon turned to alcohol after learning he is the father of Rayna’s oldest daughter Maddie, he and Rayna are in a bad car accident. Now Deacon has to deal with sobriety and fatherhood. On the other hand, Rayna feels liberated not having to keep the secret any longer. Will Scarlett accept Gunnar’s proposal?

10:00pm South Park (Comedy Central)

Thursday, September 26

8:00pm Parks & Recreation (NBC)

This season, Ron is working on coming to terms with Diane’s pregnancy, April has to decide whether to go to veterinary school, and some unknown person is trying to put Tom out of business. Plus, someone gets married, but who?

8:00pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Did you hear that? Raj spoke to Penny without the aid of alcohol! Now everyone wishes he shut up! While Leonard is gone on a research trip, Penny and Sheldon bond so much that Penny blows off the girls’ night with Bernadette and Amy.

9:00pm Glee (FOX)

In the wake of the death of star Cory Monteith, it won’t be until the third episode what the fate of Finn will be. The first two episodes will pay homage to The Beatles.

 9:00pm *The Crazy Ones (CBS)

If you have to work for a crazy boss you couldn’t pick anyone better than Robin Williams. Williams is trying to bring real comedy back to TV in “The Crazy Ones” as an unconventional advertising agent who also happens to be the crazy boss. The staff and his family try their best to keep his crazy ideas locked inside the box. “The Crazy Ones” also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hamish Linklater, Amanda Setton and Jimmy Wolk.

9:00pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

This season Meredith will learn the ups and downs of being a new mother, Cristina and Owen will have to decide if their breakup is real this time, April and Jackson may decide to hook up, and Callie will act out after finding out about Arizona’s infidelity.

9:30pm *The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)

The character of Mike Henry, played by Michael J Fox, is based on Michael’s real-life struggles with Parkinson’s disease and how his family helps him cope with it. “The Michael J. Fox Show” also stars Betsy Brandt, Conor Romero, Juliette Goglia, Jack Gore, Katie Finneran, Wendell Pierce and Ana Nogueira.

9:30pm Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Jake and Alan have both been dumped by their girlfriends and went on a father-son bonding trip where Jake tells Alan he will be stationed in Japan. Angus T. Jones has officially left the show and has been replaced by Charlie’s illegitimate daughter, Jenny.  This show keeps rolling downhill. How much farther can it go?? 

10:00pm Elementary (CBS)

Moriarty is really Sherlock’s true love, Irene Adler, whom he’d believed to be dead, but is now locked away. This season, Sherlock heads to London with Watson in tow to help his old friend, Scotland Yard Inspector Lestrade (Sean Pertwee), on a cold case. Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft (Rhys Ifans), will not welcome him back to London with open arms.

10:00pm Parenthood (NBC)

Last season there were happy endings all around for the Braverman family. Victor was officially adopted, Kristina beat breast cancer, Amber and Ryan got back together, and Jasmine and Crosby are expecting. Well, happy endings for everyone except Sarah who lost both Mark and Hank. This season, Sarah gets yet another job and may actually move out on her own, Kristina becomes a political candidate, it’s a girl for Crosby and Jasmine, and Julie has a difficult time returning to work. Plus, could there be a Braverman wedding soon?

Friday, September 27

8:00pm *Masterchef Junior (FOX)

The kids are taking over the kitchen. Literally. Children ages 8 – 13 who love to cook will be competing in a slightly scaled-down version of the adult “Masterchef.” The judges from “Masterchef,” Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianuch and Graham Elliott will also oversee the junior chefs.

8:00pm Undercover Boss (CBS)

High level chief executives go undercover and slip anonymously to work side-by-side with their companies blue collar workers to find out how their decisions from on high effect the workers, what needs to be fixed and who the unsung heroes are on the working mans’ level. It’s amazing how some whiskers, a pair of glasses and a cap can transform a high level executive into a person not one of their employees recognizes.

9:00pm Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

McGarrett decides to help Wo Fat, against his better judgment. Later, he will learn the connection between Wo Fat and his mother. Adam and Kono are still on the run, while Danny’s love-life hits a snag. When Catherine is taken hostage, McGarrett butts heads with new SWAT Commander Captain Grover (Chi McBride).

 10:00pm Blue Bloods (CBS)

At the end of last season Jamie’s partner, Vinny, is killed by a gang member which means this season Jamie gets a new partner, Eddie Janko (Vanessa Ray), who is fresh from the academy. Danny’s temporary partner, Baez (Marisa Ramirez), is now his full time partner. Erin has to let an accused cop killer walk when Danny fails to provide enough evidence for her to convict him. That makes for awkward Sunday dinners at the Reagan house.

 Saturday, September 28

10:00pm 48 Hours (CBS)

September 24th, 2012

“The Big Bang Theory” 6th Season Premiere

Howard is enjoying his time in space.

We last saw Howard enjoying space life after a quickie rooftop wedding and Leonard proposed to Penny while in bed together. Once Howard gets his feet back on the ground he has to tackle the issue of where he and his new wife should live. While Penny and Leonard are trying to decide if they want a future together, Sheldon and Amy are still together, but will Sheldon’s new office mate throw a wrench into their relationship? And the tongue-tied Raj finally gets himself a real girlfriend. Comic book fans are rejoicing at the news that Stuart has been promoted to a series regular.

The Big Bang Theory” premieres Thursday, September 27 at 8:00pm on CBS.

January 18th, 2011

“The Big Bang Theory” Renewed

big bangs SheldonBazinga! Earlier this week CBS announced their hit comedy The Big Bang Theory will be renewed for 3 more years, according to a report by TV Guide. This will take the series into the 2013-14 TV season. "It doesn’t take a theoretical physicist to see why this show is a BIG part of our comedy future," Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment president, said in a statement. "From ratings to critical acclaim to pop culture buzz, it’s struck a chord on all levels.” 

Actors Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny, Penny, Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) have an on screen chemistry that makes for good genius comedy.

Recently The Big Bang Theory won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical and Jim Parson portrayal of Sheldon cooper won him Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical. Congrats to everyone!

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays 8/7c on CBS.

November 17th, 2010

Girls Are Taking Over “The Big Bang Theory”

Thanks to Direct TV, I have been enjoying the hit comedy The Big Bang Theory on my big screen TV ever since I found The Big Bang Theory offered in DirecTV packages. The geeky boys of The Big Bang Theory are being infiltrated by girls on my DirecTV! Melissa Rauch who plays Bernadette (Howard’s girlfriend) was bumped to a series regular recently will be joined by Mayim Bialik (from Blossom) who has received a similar bump according to Deadline Hollywood.  The two girls will join Penny (Kaley Cuoco) who has anchored the lone female role thus far in the series. Bialik who plays Sheldon’s non-girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler, (Sheldon claims she is just a girl who also happens to be his friend, but that does not make her his ‘girlfriend’!!) has a 1-season contract for recurring roles on the show as does Rauch. The character of Amy comes off as a female Sheldon (Jim Parsons) which has some viewers turning off. Others compare her to Star Trek’s Data, the humanoid robot. Amy acts more like she should be Sheldon’s twin sister, just not funny like Sheldon. As a permanent addition to the show, Melissa Gilbert’s Leslie Winkle character would have been a better choice. With all the viewer messages I am reading left on articles about The Big Bang Theory regarding these new female editions, I predict they will not receive a contract renewal offer after this season.

[Source: Deadline Hollywood; Photo Courtesy: CBS]

November 5th, 2010

Sheldon Puts His Foot in His Mouth on ‘The Big Bang Theory’

TBBT S4E7 Even though comedy The Big Bang Theory has a cast of geeky nerds as their lead characters you don’t have to be a nerd or a geek to enjoy watching the antics of Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, Raj and their ‘normal’ and beautiful neighbor Penny. Leonard and Sheldon are physicists and roommates while their best friends Raj and Howard are scientists at CalTech. Penny is the girl-next-door with an average IQ which baffles Sheldon but Leonard sees lots of possibility in her. The guys hang out at Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment playing games such as Klingon Boggle or shooting rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock to settle an argument.

In episode 7 of season 4, Sheldon puts his foot in his mouth when an FBI Agent questions him about Howard’s character and Sheldon accidently lets something slip that could get Wolowitz in big trouble with the government.

Read more about what Sheldon said and how he tries to redeem himself at Open Mouth, Insert Foot.


[In Photo: Sheldon (Jim Parsons) spills the beans to FBI Agent Page (Eliza Dushku); Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS]

July 20th, 2010

I Love Big Bang Theory

This guest post from Alice Wall

Sheldon I can’t remember a prime-time show that I have ever gotten quite as excited about as The Big Bang Theory. The quirky plot lines and ridiculously over the top acting just keeps me in stitches. The at times deft handling of scientific topics, and at other times daft summarization of topics, is always fun to see attempted in a popular sitcom. I especially enjoy watching the interaction of Sheldon and Leonard with their neighbor, Penny. It’s so funny to see Sheldon’s apathy toward social convention grate with her, and Leonard’s awkwardness shine through despite the best of attempts.

Raj and Howard are great too. Always around just enough to provides laughs, but not so much that I get bored with them. The occasionally crazy relationships, Raj’s inability to speak to women, all very, very funny. The general handling of misplaced stereotypes as a source of jest also keeps me amused throughout the all too short half an hour episodes. I’m so excited they’re moving the show to Thursdays, I don’t know what I would do without satellite TV to watch these guys. Definitely one of my favorite shows, it’s like Seinfeld, but funny. I can’t wait for the fall for the next season to start.