If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/14/19

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, FOX kicks off the new series, The Passage, which is based on the trilogy of novels by Justin Cronin. Project NOAH is a top-secret government medical organization formed through the cooperation of the CDC and DOD. Its goal is to create a vaccine that would prevent and cure all deadly diseases. While exploring a remote cave, Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick, Lost) makes a startling discovery, a vampire-like creature that has been alive for over 250 years. Unfortunately, his best friend, scientist Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane, Bosch, Bloodline, Sons of Anarchy) is attacked, becomes patient zero of a new deadly virus and the target of Dr. Lear’s research.

Heading up Project NOAH is Major Nichole Sykes (Caroline Chikezie, The Shannara Chronicles), who authorizes the use of prisoners as test subjects for the vaccine research. The project’s latest acquisitions include death-row inmates Shauna Babcock (Brianne Howey, The Exorcist) and Anthony Carter (McKinley Belcher III, Ozark, Mercy Street). With each new subject, they make some progress with the vaccine but also yield new and interesting side effects. They decide that a much younger test subject will be needed in order to stave off these side effects and start looking for a child that no one would miss.

Clark Richards (Vincent Piazza, Boardwalk Empire, Rescue Me), head of security of the project, had been tasking his former Special Ops trainer, Federal Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Pitch), with obtaining the test subjects. Wolgast doesn’t know what’s going on at the secret facility but does know it can’t be good for the people he brings there. So once he meets 10-year-old target Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney, Fences, Hidden Figures), he has a change of heart. She reminds him of the child he and ex-wife, Dr. Lila Kyle (Emmanuelle Chriqui, Entourage, Murder in the First) had lost. So he makes it his mission to protect her by any means necessary. Meanwhile, inside the walls of the Project NOAH facility, lies a deadly new race of beings with increasingly mysterious, untold powers.

Tonight’s premiere does a lot of setup work, establishing the characters and the premise. I’m not familiar with the source material, but it looks like the series will be a nice blend of sci-fi thriller mixed with character drama – kind of like Touch meets The Strain. The pilot just gives a glimpse at what these vampire-like beings are capable of, and it seems like only a matter of time before they get loose and start to wreak havoc. Meanwhile, we also get a look into the emotional backstories of many of the main characters, learning their motivations for what they are doing. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the series.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” as an imminent flu epidemic threatens the U.S., federal agent Brad Wolgast is tasked with bringing in a 10-year-old girl to be used as a test subject at a secret medical facility; after meeting her, Brad’s loyalties are tested.

Meet Amy, Brad, and the rest tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Good Doctor, Manifest, and The Resident.
 
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Jenny’s Choice

My pick tonight is the premiere of a new game show on Game Show Network, Common Knowledge. The show asks those practical, everyday questions that everyone should know, like: What should you do when you have a fever? Or how can you tell if a watermelon is ripe? Two teams of three (friends/coworkers/relatives) compete to answer multiple-choice questions in three rounds of play with the winning team going on to the bonus round to play for $10,000.

I love fun competition shows like this one, and Joey Fatone (*NSync) as host should be great. He’s got the personality and just the right amount of lack of shame to be fun. If you’re a fan of trivia shows or game shows in general, be sure to check this one out. It airs Monday through Friday, so you’ve got plenty of chances!

On tonight’s episode, it’s Church Group vs Thrill Seekers competing to win the ultimate prize of $10,000.

Don’t miss the premiere tonight on Game Show Network at 5:30/4:30c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing America’s Got Talent, Kids Baking Championship, Magnum PI, The Passage, & Winner Cake All.

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