If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/24/18

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!

Jenny’s Choice

I loved whenever I got to see reruns of Magnum P.I. – Tom Selleck was such a hottie! (Still is, frankly! The man’s aged well.) So when I heard they were making a reboot of the series, I was so excited. In case you don’t know anything about the show, here’s the short of it: Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez, The Expanse, Six Degrees) is a private investigator in Oahu, Hawaii. Okay, here’s the longer version: Magnum lives in a guest cottage on Robin’s Nest, the luxurious estate where he works as a security consultant to supplement his P.I. business. Juliet Higgins (who was male in the original series) is a beautiful, strong disavowed MI:6 agent who is the “majordomo” of the property and whose second job is to keep Magnum in line. Magnum’s friends and fellow POW survivors are Theodore “TC” Calvin, who runs a helicopter tour business, and Orville “Rick” Wright (Zachary Knighton, Happy Endings, Flash Forward), the most connected man on the island.

I’ve seen tonight pilot, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s got a very similar vibe to Hawaii Five-0, especially given the setting – and they ARE in the same “universe,” so we’ll get several crossovers, beginning with tonight’s premiere. It’s just a small one, but it’s there. If you’re a fan of Hawaii Five-0, you’ll know it when you see it! If you liked Scorpion and some of the crazy rescues they had to do, you’ll enjoy this show, so give it a chance!

On tonight’s episode, “I Saw the Sun Rise,” Jay Hernandez stars as Thomas Magnum in a modern take on the classic series about a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii.

Meet the 2018 version of Thomas Magnum tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Big Bang Theory, 9-1-1, Halloween Baking Championship, & Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
 
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
 

Megan’s Choice #1

I am beyond excited that the fall television season is upon us – gone is the stale summer schedule. Hopefully you have all gotten your DVRs set and your popcorn popped, because here we go!

My first recommendation for tonight is Bull, moving to a new night for a new Dr. Bull. When we left our favorite trial scientist, Dr. Jason Bull, last season, he was working on changing his life but hit a snag when he had a heart attack on the steps of the courthouse in the final moments of the finale. Obviously, we all know he’s going to survive, because the show is centered on him, but how will he be? Will his brush with death make him more focused on work or perhaps finally help him work on his personal life as well? Time will tell.

On tonight’s season premiere, “The Ground Beneath Their Feet,” Bull returns to work with a new rich client for the firm to represent: an insurance company being sued by a dying mother for denying coverage of her liver transplant.

Find out if the team can help this client tonight on CBS at 10/9c.
 

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, NBC premieres the new drama Manifest. On April 7, 2013, Montego Air Flight 828 left Jamaica bound for New York City. While en route, it experienced some rough turbulence, but nothing that felt too out of the ordinary to the passengers on board. However, when they landed, the passengers discovered that it was now November 4, 2018, and the plane had vanished over 5 years earlier without a trace. For them, it was instantaneous, and they haven’t aged a day, but their families and loved ones on the ground have.

Former cop Michaela Stone (Melissa Roxburgh, Valor) was engaged when she stepped aboard the plane and is still madly in love with fiance Jared (J.R. Ramirez, Jessica Jones), but for him, it has been 5 years, and would he still be waiting for her? Michaela’s brother Ben (Josh Dallas, Once Upon a Time) was also on board with his terminally ill son Cal (Jack Messina). However, new advances in science over the those missing 5 years may now be able to save Cal. At the same time, Cal’s twin sister Olive (Luna Blaise, Fresh Off the Boat) is all grown up, and Ben’s wife of 15 years, Grace (Athena Karkanis, Zoo), had already dealt with her mourning and had started to move on. There were over 100 passengers on Flight 828, each with his or her own similar story. In the pilot, we also meet passenger Saanvi (Parveen Kaur, Beyond, The Strain), a woman who helped to develop the treatment that could possibly save Cal.

Was there a reason these particular people were on that plane? What exactly happened to them, and have the passengers been affected in some way by their experience? That’s something the FBI is eager to figure out, while the passengers just want to get back to their normal lives. However, they quickly discover that there is nothing normal about their new lives and there is some deeper connection between them.

The creators of the series described it as being Lost meets This is Us. They are hoping to have the mystery and wonder of Lost but with the deep character drama and storytelling of This is Us. I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere, which sets up the premise and unlocks several larger mysteries that will play out over the course of the season and series. This is probably my most anticipated new Fall TV show, and it lived up to expectations for me. I look forward to seeing how the mystery and drama unfolds and learning more about the other passengers and how they fit into the larger picture.

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I got the chance to speak with the stars/creator of the series. You can find my press room videos at NoReruns.net.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” returning to New York from a family vacation in Jamaica, the Stone family is separated when adult siblings Michaela and Ben, along with Ben’s gravely ill son Cal, are bumped to a later flight, while Ben’s wife, daughter, and parents fly ahead. When that later flight lands, the passengers are bewildered to discover that five and a half years have gone by. They attempt to reconnect with the loved ones who mourned their passing and moved on long ago and try to make sense of a mystifying phenomenon steering them to act in ways they don’t understand.

Time jump with the plane’s passengers tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Good Doctor, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Magnum P.I., The Resident, 9-1-1, and Better Call Saul.
 

Megan’s Choice #2

For my second recommendation, I’m going to draw your attention to the edgy medical drama The Resident. Last season when this show premiered, everyone was hesitant to fall in love with yet another medical drama, but I quickly got over it and embraced the excellent writing.

We watched as Conrad, Devon, and Nic struggled to take down Dr. Lane for her unethical overtreatment of patients at her cancer center. In the end, the truth came out and Lane was arrested for her crime, but sadly that doesn’t bring the patients who died back. I’m looking forward to what this season brings and where these writers dare to tread.

On the season premier, “00:42:30,” a blackout requires the staff to treat their patients without the help if any technology; Bell orders staff to stop accepting new patients; Conrad and Devon go against the mandate to help a child; Mina and Austin must perform heart surgery.

To see how our favorite badass doctors are doing, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching 9-1-1, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, The Voice, and Magnum P.I.

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