If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/7/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, the third season of The Last Man on Earth comes to a close on FOX with a special 1-hour finale. Last week, the show took a sudden and unexpected leap forward in time, and Tandy comically and casually mentioned all of the “boring” stuff viewers missed during those 6 months. Melissa was now sane again and ready to walk down the aisle with Todd. Meanwhile, Jasper was talking up a storm, Erica and Gail were a couple, and Erica’s and Carol’s pregnancies had advanced tremendously. And the episode ended with Erica’s water breaking.

Will these untrained survivors be able to deliver the baby successfully, or will Erica face the same fate as her baby’s father? Will Carol also give birth before the end of tonight’s finale? And will we finally see the return of Kristen Wiig’s character? (I really hope so. She’s so hilarious!) The series creators already warned that this season finale was not written as a series finale, so we’ll likely be left with yet another twist/cliffhanger, so I really hope we hear of some good renewal news from FOX soon!

On tonight’s season finale, “When the Going Gets Tough; Nature’s Horchata,” the long-term consequences of surviving an apocalyptic event start to have a major impact on the group as their daily lives are turned upside down.

See how the season (series?) ends tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Madam Secretary, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Making History, Into the Badlands, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, Veep, and American Gods.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Phoebe’s Choice

Last Sunday on Starz, a dark and graphic new series premiered with the first installment of American Gods. Based on the NYT best-selling Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, the series will follow the tale of arch-typically named Shadow Moon, a downtrodden broken man who soon finds himself in the middle of a battle between the ancient Gods and the newest Gods that are worshiped by mortal humans. (SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t guessed it yet, yes Television is one of the new gods!)

The tone is set early in the opening scene, demonstrating how the first European god was brought to America. Over a thousand years ago. a Viking raiding party invaded North America where their Gods had no dominion. They were easily beaten and couldn’t sail home because the winds were not there to sail their ships. So they made a great blood sacrifice to their religion’s All-Father and creator, Odin. Soon the winds picked up. When the next Vikings returned to the Americas hundreds of years later, the American Odin was there waiting for them.

We then fast-forwarded to modern times to find Shadow, the series’ central antihero, was a convicted bank robber who just got released from jail early. The early release was no real treat, though, as it came merely three days premature and was prompted only by the fact that his wife had just been found dead in a car crash. Lacking in direction and literally alone in the world, Shadow was offered a job as bodyguard and enforcer for a mysterious man known only as Mr. Wednesday. After accepting the gig, he had to prove his mettle by besting a six-and-a-half-foot tall beast of a leprechaun in a bar room brawl.

As an avid fan of the original book as well as several other Gaiman works, not the least of which is the comic book series Sandman, I was surprisingly impressed with the first episode. It contained most of the first few chapters of the very long tale, plus some new material. One scene felt like it occurred about 150 pages too early, but this is not an exact adaptation. It’s just damn close. It should be noted this is an ADULT show with graphic violent and sexual elements, and they dive right into that from the jump. With Gaiman himself overseeing it, it should prove to be a rather bossome (Boss Level Awesome) series. While the specific details of his contract have not been made public, it is known that they intend to run past the first two seasons that will encapsulate the novel’s events.

On tonight’s episode, “The Secret of Spoons,” Mr. Wednesday begins recruitment for the coming battle; Shadow Moon travels to Chicago with Mr. Wednesday and agrees to a high-stakes game of checkers with the old Slavic deity Czernobog.

Catch an all-new episode tonight on Starz at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Bob’s Burgers (and feeling kind of sad that we’re not getting to see the rest of Time After Time that never aired!).

Jenny’s Choice

Last week’s case on Chicago Justice was really interesting. A woman was driving too fast and hit a man, which would seem like a clear-cut case of homicide, but it turned out the woman believed her daughter had been kidnapped, was on her way to pay the ransom, and the kidnapper told her not to stop. In the end, it turned out the woman’s ex-husband was the caller. He used a voice changer so she wouldn’t recognize him. While the daughter was on a school trip, he had his ex rent a car and go to four different banks to withdraw money. He later claimed it was so she understood how he felt every time he wanted to go see his daughter or “chase after” money to pay his outrageous alimony and child support. The wife was a class-A witch. When they first divorced, the husband was a pilot. So she got enough alimony and child support that she and the daughter lived a very comfortable life in a nice house, etc. When the husband lost his job and became a janitor, the wife refused to go back to court to get the support payments amended. So the husband was living in a dump while the wife got to stay in her more than cushy place and didn’t have to work. I really did see the husband’s POV, although I found him more at fault for the actual death, even though the wife was such a bitch! In the end, the husband admitted to the fake kidnapping scam and was arrested, so the wife went free, but she’ll have to live the rest of her life knowing she was partially responsible for her daughter growing up without her father.

On tonight’s episode, “Fool Me Twice,” after a man is shot multiple times and left for dead, and a kilo of diluted heroin is found in his car, Antonio discovers other similar cases where murder victims were found with the same type of adulterated drugs. Ultimately, the narcotics detectives involved in the case – one a decorated hero – appear to be the common thread. Meanwhile, Stone is hesitant to let Nagel be involved in the case, as she has a close connection to the victim. Dylan Walsh (Unforgettable, Nip/Tuck), Tim Kang (The Mentalist), & Gary Basaraba (Brooklyn South) guest star.

Find out how the detectives are involved tonight on NBC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Guy’s Grocery Games, Little Big Shots, NCIS: LA, Iron Chef Gauntlet, & Iron Chef Eats.

Megan’s Choice

The last couple episodes of NCIS: LA have been strong and filled with great team moments. It’s been fun watching Hetty and her old buddies catch up working a case together but also bittersweet, as there was quite a bit of talk about Granger. I’m quite sad that he won’t be back, because he really added something special to the team.

We also got a little closure on the Deeks murder confession front, because he spoke with the detective, and she just wants him to help her find some dirty cops. That is far better than the alternative, where Deeks ends up arrested.

On tonight’s episode, “Uncaged,” after Sam’s wife, Michelle, is taken from her home, the kidnappers demand the prison release of Tahir Khaled, Sam’s arch nemesis, in exchange for information on her whereabouts.

To find out if Sam releases Tahir in order to save Michelle, tune in to CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Chicago Justice and Iron Chef Gauntlet.

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