What to Watch Tonight: Modern Family & Justified

by Jason the TVaholic on February 16, 2011

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News & Notes

Get Justified S.1 on DVD or Blu-ray at AmazonTonight, CBS has the 22nd season premiere of Survivor and the series premiere of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

Over on cable, Syfy has the second winter season finale of Ghost Hunters International and TLC has the second season finale of My Strange Addiction.

Still a few days left to enter our Spin City: Season 3 & 4 on DVD giveaway.

Prime Picks

Nikita (The CW): Repeat. Last Thursday’s episode, “The Next Seduction,” replays. Last week’s The Vampire Diaries follows.

Modern Family (ABC): New. Fizbo gets sent packing from a birthday party for Lily. Shelley Long returns as Mitchell and Claire’s mother and brings along one of Claire’s ex-boyfriends, guest star Matt Dillon, as her date. Runs 31 minutes.
Mr. Sunshine (ABC): New. Crystal decides to have everyone compete for employee of the year by trying to “Wow” her, even though she has already picked the winner. Nick Jonas guest stars as a teen pop star doing a concert at the arena and Ben ends up trying to keep him happy. Starts a minute after the half hour and runs 29 minutes. First, it must be said that the only reason this appears under the “Prime Picks” heading is so I could write the following about it, as my real recommendation is to skip it. So, not exactly how they were able to accomplish it, but this episode was actually less funny than last week’s premiere. And, as you may remember, it was terrible. This mostly revolves around the fact that Mathew Perry’s character is hard to watch, as he isn’t all that likeable and thus you don’t really feel anything for him and the situations he is in the episode. It’s almost as if Perry wanted to play something different than Chandler Bing, which most actors want to not just play the same thing over and over. But, what they seem to have come up with is more like, what if Chandler never fell in love with Monica and went on to become a bitter douche in his 40s. As I’ve said before, I like much of the cast, but they just aren’t being given anything to do here. What’s even worse, there is no sign that this will ever change. I’m more than willing to give a show a chance to improve, especially with comedies, and wish networks would do the same much more often than they do. But, there are shows that you can see the potential, even if things aren’t working comedy-wise, there are parts that show promise. But, on the flip side, there are shows that you can just tell right from the start that there is very little chance they will. This one feels like the latter. What did you think of last week’s premiere episode? Will you be watching again this week?

Justified (FX): New. Raylan is looking for a pregnant woman that escaped from custody. Runs 61 minutes. Plays twice and again later. This episode has a great twist to what happens after the escape. This is one of the best shows on TV right now, but it is by far the best drama on Wednesday nights right now.

Solid Selections

The Middle (ABC): New. Frankie is trying to find a friend for Brick. Axl and his band are shooting secret footage of their biology teacher to use in their music video.
Better With You (ABC): New. Casey heads out to a job interview wearing a borrowed leather jacket that nothing good has ever happened for the wearer while wearing it.

Criminal Minds (CBS): New. The team is head to upstate New York to investigate a rash of disappearances. Prentiss gets some news about a former colleague that troubles her.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS): Series Premiere. The team heads to Cleveland to investigate a rash of child abductions. I suspect the behavior of this show will be much like its predecessor.

Other Options

  • Hot in Cleveland (TV Land): New. Everyone takes a trip to L.A., as Victoria is set to appear on All My Children. Plays again later.
  • Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network): New. Robert attempts to help an Italian restaurant streamline their menu and use more fresh ingredients. Plays again later.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has college basketball followed by NBA action with the Denver Nuggets at the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • ESPN2 has tripleheader college basketball action.

Late Night

  • Being Erica (SOAPnet): New. Erica isn’t sure what to do with the information she finds out about her future. Plays again tomorrow afternoon and Saturday morning.
  • Fairly Legal (USA Network): Repeat. Last Thursday’s episode, “Bo Me Once,” replays.
  • Lights Out (FX): Repeat. Last night’s episode, “Combinations,” replays.
  • Royal Pains (USA Network): Repeat. Last Thursday’s episode, “Astraphobia,” replays.
  • Southland (TNT): Repeat. Last night’s episode, “Sideways,” replays.

TV Marathons

Bravo has six episodes of Million Dollar Listing followed by six episodes of Top Chef: Just Desserts and then five episodes of Top Chef: All-Stars.
Oxygen has 11 episodes of Roseanne.
Syfy has 16 episodes of Tales From the Darkside early.
USA has 11 episodes of NCIS.

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