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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/20/15

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

switchedatbirth2015smallSomehow, Switched at Birth has done the seemingly-impossible—they have made me care about Daphne again! At the end of last season, she had gone off the rails and gotten into drugs. Bay (stupidly) took the fall for her vandalizing so that Daphne wouldn’t have to go jail, and now Bay is stuck wearing an ankle bracelet, doing community service, and had to cancel plans to join Emmett in California. Meanwhile, Daphne is having a hard time at school due to her deafness. Even though she hired a translator, she couldn’t keep up with her study group’s fast-talking, so they bailed on her. However, they had a sudden change of heart after they found out she received advanced notes for the class due to her disability—but since they would both using each other for something, I guess that makes it all okay now.

I find the relationship between Daphne and her translator really interesting, and I hope they explore this more. Why doesn’t this guy just take the chemistry class himself since he’s already there? Why doesn’t he just finish his degree?! Why did he have a breakdown the first time he attended this school, and can he overcome whatever issues he had? And what’s up with this musical Katheryn wants to do? Will she somehow pull Toby into helping her with this project? He’s hardly been in any episodes since the show returned.

On tonight’s episode, “I Lock the Door Upon Myself,” Daphne deals with a prankster in her dorm. Elsewhere, Bay interviews with the Kansas City Artist Showcase; Regina takes a liking to an Easter Riverside coffee house—and its owner; and John ponders his future as he celebrates a big birthday.

To see what the prankster pulls, tune in to ABC Family at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Parks and Recreation, MasterChef: Junior, The Flash, Supernatural, Justified, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Cougar Town, Face Off, and Kroll Show.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/16/15

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 #1

12monkeys116smallTonight, Syfy kicks off 12 Monkeys, inspired by the cult 1995 film of the same name, about a man from a post-apocalyptic future who travels back in time to our present try to stop the spreading of a deadly plague that will ultimately wipe out almost 94% of the world’s population. The main cast includes Aaron Stanford (Nikita) as James Cole, the man trying to save the planet; Amanda Schull (Suits, One Tree Hill) as virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly who reluctantly aids Cole in his mission; Kirk Acevedo (Fringe, Oz) as Ramse, Cole’s best friend; and Noah Bean (Nikita, Damages) as Aaron Marker, Cassandra’s boyfriend and political insider. The recurring cast also includes Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue), Barbara Sukowa, Tom Noonan (Manhunter), Zeljko Ivanek (Madam Secretary, Damages), and Todd Stashwick (Warehouse 13, The Originals).

While I wasn’t a huge fan of the original film, I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere. While the general premise is the same as the film, the series sets up a larger world, mystery, and conspiracy. It looks like the show is going to be a fun action-adventure thrill ride with lots of time-whimey things to try to wrap your head around. Things are constantly jumping backwards and forwards in time, events are occurring in the past before they are actually known in the present, and so on. So you are constantly piecing together the puzzle of a story and working things out at the same time as the characters are. I can’t wait to see how more of this story unfolds!

Syfy held panels for 12 Monkeys and Helix at the Syfy Digital Press Tour a few months ago. You can find my videos and coverage at NoRerruns.net.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” using a dangerous and untested method of time travel, a man from a decimated future travels to present day on a mission to locate and eliminate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually all but annihilate the human race.

Jump back in time with this new series tonight on Syfy at 9/8c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/17/14

Christmas is just over a week away, and I’m actually pretty much done with my Christmas shopping—just waiting for all of the packages to arrive in the mail. However, I haven’t even started on my Christmas cards yet. Tonight, Syfy’s big three-night Ascension event comes to a close, but if you didn’t heed my advice on Monday and watch part one—or part two last night—don’t fret, because I’ve got another suggestion for tonight’s TV watching. Megan & Jenny are taking the night off, but Jenny said to watch Hot in Cleveland (their first Christmas episode) and The Exes if you’re missing the Wednesday-night comedies.

Kyle’s Choice

survivor2014smallTonight, another season of Survivor comes to a close with the show’s traditional 3-hour season finale/live reunion combo. Last week, we were down to the final 6, when it looked like Missy might have to exit the game due to an injured foot. However, she decided to stick it out, and despite her protesting, the group was finally able to pull off the big blindside orchestrated by Natalie. The group split the votes, causing a tie between Keith, Jon, and Jaclyn, and in the re-vote, Jon was sent packing, with an unused idol in his pocket. It’s unclear if he actually passed the idol to his girlfriend Jaclyn before he walked away, but I guess we’ll find out tonight. So we are down to the final 5, which includes the final pair—mother/daughter Missy and Baylor—and individuals Natalie, Keith, and Jaclyn. Will the individuals go after Missy and Baylor first, or will someone try to make a final 3 deal with the last remaining pair? I’m rooting for my Amazing Race “Twinnie” to win tonight.

On tonight’s finale, “This Is My Time,” the final five castaways compete for a spot in the final Tribal Council, where they are questioned by the jury.

To see who takes home the prize, tune in to CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The 100, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Top Chef, Chrisley Knows Best, and Ascension.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/11/14

Good luck to everyone who will be on their computers tonight at midnight (PST), pre-ordering their new iPhone 6s in order to get them on release day! Unfortunately, I don’t qualify for an upgrade until October, so I’ll be on a scavenger hunt in a few weeks, trying to to find any place that actually has them in stock! At least it means I don’t have to try to wake up at 3am tonight to go online to order! For those of you who will be anxiously waiting to pre-order your shiny new phone tonight, we’ve got some TV recommendations to help keep you occupied until then. [One note from Jenny: Take a moment today, whether it be this morning at 8:46, 9:03, 9:37, & 10:03 when all four planes crashed, or at any other point during the day. It was a dark day in US history, and the victims, their families and friends, and everyone around the US—and the world—deserve to be remembered. So please, take a moment to remember those who were so tragically impacted on that fateful day thirteen years ago.)

Kyle’s Choice

haven911smallTonight, Haven returns to Syfy for the start of its massive 26-episode fifth season. At the end of last season, the gang had to stop William, but they needed four people who were born in other worlds in order to do so. The group hunted for a fourth person—besides Audrey, Jennifer and William himself. As Vince looked for the town’s adoption records to find a possible fourth, Dave warned the others not to open the door, as it would bring evil. Vince discovered that his brother Dave was hiding a secret—that he was from another world. So the other-worldly four were brought to the lighthouse and caused the portal to open. As Audrey pushed William into the abyss, he caught hold of her hand, doing something to her and unlocking her evil persona from a former life, Mara.

What kind of evil will Mara bring to the town of Haven, and will the guys be able to return Audrey to her former self? How will Dave’s revelation change his relationship with Vince and the others? And what dreadful new Troubles will befall the residents of Haven this season?!

On tonight’s episode, “See No Evil,” Nathan and Duke cope with the loss of Audrey, who seems to be gone for good after having transformed into the wickedly evil Mara.

To see how Nathan, Duke, and the rest of them are coping, tune in to Syfy at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Quest, Married, and You’re the Worst.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/4/14

It seems like this week has been flying by—probably because Monday was a holiday! As the screeners are starting to arrive for the returning series, I am already starting to worry about how I am going to keep up with all the new and returning fall shows! I think this is the year I need to be more selective and let go of some of the meh shows I’ve been watching and just concentrate on the ones I really enjoy! This week has been relatively light on new programming, and next week looks to be the same—the calm before the storm, I guess. To help you decide what to watch tonight, I’ve got a suggestion, while Megan & Jenny take the night off.

Kyle’s Choice

thequestsmallLast week on the fantasy/reality series The Quest, the castle found itself under attack by an ogre. The contestants were too slow putting together the scorpion to fire at it, but Ansgar managed to take down the creature on his own with his mace. In the challenge, Christian put together a weak team so that he would lose, thereby saving his allies and hoping they would do the same in return. However, the others didn’t appreciate this less-than-honorable behavior and sent him home. Afterwards, the paladins discovered there was a spy in their midst and had to track down the orbs planted by one of Verlox’s minions throughout the castle grounds. Those who didn’t find an orb had to compete in a challenge reminiscent of Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Staff of Ra. After the vote, it was Adria who was banished.

I have been really impressed with this new reality series—they have done a great job combining an interesting and high-production value fantasy story with a reality competition series. The weekly challenges faced by the contestants feel like a natural and integral part of the story and not just some arbitrary task to pick the three contestants who might go home. I also love how each episode ends with a bit of a story cliffhanger, to keep you excited for the next part of these paladins’ adventure.

On tonight’s 2-hour block of episodes, “Verlox Attacks; The Dragon’s Lair,” the Dark Army prepares to attack; three Paladins enter enemy territory to avoid being banished; a village is burned when a dragon escapes.

See who goes home tonight on ABC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, Married, and You’re the Worst.

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