The title says it all. Even the most casual viewer of CBS’ Criminal Minds loves Prentiss and Paget Brewster who plays her. Tonight is her last episode – will she die? Probably not as if her sitcom pilot fails she may be back, her swan song also marks the return of JJ in a very-special episode. Tonight’s also a reality junkie’s dream with 8 hours of unscripted fare including Post-Russell (!) Survivor, which including a few other choices are our recommendations for tonight, Wednesday March 16 2011.
Survivor: Redemption Island “I Hate My Tribe” 8:00 on CBS
It was one week ago tonight, I sat in my room with unbridled anticipation as I watched the Redemption Island challenge last week – part of me wanted Russell to win, to keep that crazy-eyed bastard in the game and part of me wanted that arrogant sonofabitch to get what he deserved, a disheartening loss to a child and a rookie. I gasped when Russell was about to win and his LAST BLOCK fell short. And finally when he lost, and that look of sorrow and dejection crept upon his face I started to cackle, not just a little bit – but hysterically. Tears were flowing down both of our faces but for wildly different reasons – and I knew what me heart wanted. As much as I love watching Russell not win a million dollars, watching him get voted out, and then humiliated on redemption was pretty good too. Tonight, Caliban-esque Philip continues his reign of obnoxious terror. PS I hope Christine stays, Matt is be-YOND yawn-city.
Criminal Minds “Lauren” 9:00 on CBS
All season we’ve been learning more and more about Emily Prentiss’ (Paget Brewster) past as an undercover for Interpol and the begrudged psycho named Doyle that she put away who’s out to get her. Tonight is a bead deal episode of Criminal Minds for three reasons:
1. This is Emily Prentiss’ (and her portrayer Paget Brewster) last appearance on the series. (Unless her new sitcom pilot goes belly up, but yeah she was fired and then rehired, and then she quit. Go girl – no one deserves to be treated like that. Brewster has had a knack for making good decisions ever since she dumped Joey for Chandler after the whole Velveteen Rabbit ordeal)
2. Tonight marks the return of AJ COOK as JJ JAREAU. Amazing! I F’n LOVE JJ (In fact; the producers firing of her and demoting of Brewster at the end of last season is the reason I stopped watching religiously)
3. Tonight’s episode is directed by Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Reid) which made filming Brewster’s last episode and Cook’s return all that more special.
Justified “Blaze of Glory” 10:00 on FX
Sometimes I ask myself if I’ll feature Justified in this section every week, is it overkill? No. When a show is THIS GOOD you need to pimp it at every turn. Last week was the season’s best so far, finally getting Ava (Joelle Carter) into the mix. We knew living with Boyd would have consequences, but we also knew that rule about no criminal activity wasn’t gonna last either. But tonight’s episode looks a little lighter than most – and it seems to heavily feature the main woman in Raylan’s life (at least for now), his ex-wife Winona (Natalie Zea). I hope there’s some Bennett business too – Margo Martindale is destroying the world as Mags – she simply cannot be beat – the scene in which she injures her idiot son to prove a point to Dickie (Jeremy Davies) was some of the best work on TV – BAR NONE.
Top Chef: All Stars “Island Fever” 10:00 on BRAVO!
The final four catch fish to cook at a banquet. I totally thought tonight was the final episode – but there’s even two more after this one! Check out the preview!
American Idol 8:00 on FOX – Watch Casey kill it and Karen make me want to die.
America’s Next Top Model 8:00 on CW – Doesn’t Andre Leon Tally have better things to do than judge this shitshow?
Minute To Win It 8:00 on NBC – Idaho (insert joke here).
Mr. Sunshine 9:31 on ABC – One of the weaker outings so far – but still better than most crapulance.
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 10:00 on CBS – Beau Garrett from Tron Legacy is pretty.
Off The Map 10:00 on ABC – If you like this show – you’ll love it’s current stars on new projects – it’s pilot season and people can’t get off this sinking ship fast enough. Martin Henderson and Rachelle LeFevre (right) booked the same pilot – BFFAEAEAE!
The Real World: Las Vegas 10:00 on MTV – In a world where Jersey Shore exists, this is too watered down to be anything but meh.
Hot in Cleveland 10:00 on TVLand – Betty White will live forever, Vatican Warlock Assassins tend to be immortal.
Retired at 35 10:00 on TVLand – Jessica Walter is better on Archer. PS – how funny was watching Cyril and Mallory write her novel in Archer last week? Genius. “You cannot call the sexy burly slave Cassius”