We Like to Watch: Oct. 11th-17th, 2010

Vanilla Ice tackles a fixer-upper, The Office gets a sex-ed class, and Bam Margera returns.

There’s a lot of TV options to choose from these days. Too much for any one person to completely monitor, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to do our best to sift through all the listings and figure out what you should be watching every week…with all the highlights, lowlights and guilty pleasures you can stand.

Monday, Oct. 11th

10:00 p.m. Castle (ABC)

Full disclosure: Castle‘s getting on our nerves, what with all of the gimmicky tricks they’ve pulled so far this season; from making Castle look like a killer to dealing with fortune tellers and treasure maps, it’s feeling a little forced. We’re curious to see how this week’s episode, which kind of sort of involves time travel, shapes up. Luckily, Nathan Fillion is still awesome, as is Stana Katic, who gets hotter every week.

Tuesday, Oct. 12th

10:00 p.m. Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time (Comedy Central)

After hearing comedian Nick Swardson on Adam Sandler records and then watching him steal practically every scene in Grandma’s Boy, we’re curious to see what he can do with his own sketch comedy show. We’ve seen a few clips from skits like Garry Gaga and Wheelchair Cat; hilarious stuff so far. To tide you over until Tuesday, check out his greatest moments.

Wednesday, Oct. 13th

11:30 p.m. Bam’s World Domination (Spike)

The Jackass and Viva La Bam star can’t seem to stop making ridiculously stupid, destructive and violent television, and we just can’t stop watching. On World Domination, fellow Jackass-er Ryan Dunn will be along for the ride, so pretty much anything can happen. We just hope his brother’s crappy band (remember CKY?) keeps their appearances to a minimum.

Thursday, Oct. 14th

9:00 p.m. The Office (NBC)

The Office has surprised us this season with a rise in quality over last year’s rockiness. (Remember when Michael was actively ruining the lives of his co-workers?) On this week’s episode, Andy teaches a sex-ed class to his officemates, while a distracted Michael calls his exes under the assumption that he has an STD. Considering Scott’s dated gorgeous cougars like Amy Ryan, Melora Hardin, Nancy Walls (Steve Carrell’s real-life wife) and Amy Pietz, it should be an eye candy- and awkward chuckle-filled half-hour. Hopefully.

Sunday, Oct. 17th

10:00 p.m. Mad Men (AMC)

At the end of each Mad Men season, we usually sit back and ask ourselves how the hell it came to this, then wonder how the writers will follow it up. We don’t know too many details about the finale to the show’s most tumultuous year so far, but events seem to swirl around Don and Peggy getting offers that will change their lives. After the heist-esque sendoff that wrapped last season, we can’t wait to see how Season 4 gets closed out.


Tuesday, Oct. 12th

9:30 p.m. Running Wilde (FOX)

The jury’s still out on this sitcom starring Will Arnett (as a super-rich guy) and Keri Russell (as the girl he used to have a thing for who is now an activist with a daughter). With circumstances forcing Russell and Arnett to move in together, the situations are pretty cartoony, and Arnett’s basically still playing Gob from Arrested Development. (As much as we love Arnett, we’re not sure if Gob 2.0 can keep a whole show afloat.) Luckily, Russell’s as perky and beautiful as ever, so that helps. Andy Richter follows last week’s David Cross guest spot, so look forward to that…and Russell’s legs.


Thursday, Oct. 14th

9:00, 9:30 p.m. The Vanilla Ice Project (DIY)

The V.I.P. sounds more like an SNL skit than a legit reality show, even one that’s premiering on the barely-watched DIY network. Basically, Vanilla does home improvements. (We can see Jason Sudeikis in the part now…) After Ice’s exploits on The Surreal Life, we’re hoping for unwanted demolition and constant freakouts, but we’ll settle for a handful of contractors asking him about Cool As Ice.