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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/9/14

This is the summer, which used to be a leisurely time to catch up on those shows you missed or catch some movies, but not anymore—it seems like there is at least one new series starting up every day! I am having more trouble now keeping my TiVo under 90% full than I did during the fall! I picked up two new shows last night, and tonight I’m adding yet another one to my bursting DVR.

Kyle’s Choice

Outlander 2014Tonight, Starz premieres the new series Outlander, from executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Helix) and adapted from the best-selling book series by author Diana Gabaldon. The series follows combat nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) who is reunited with her husband (Tobias Menzies) after 5 years apart, when World War II comes to an end. However, her second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands comes to an abrupt end when she finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to 1743, where she is found by a group of Scottish warriors who are being hunted down by British soldiers. How did she get here? Will she ever return to her time? And how will she survive in the meantime?

I must admit that I had never even heard of the book series until I got to San Diego Comic-Con, where there was a huge presence for the show. It was amazing to see the devotion and love for the material from the hardcore fans. I found tonight’s premiere to be visually stunning, with a unique concept and interesting, well-defined characters. The performances are also really good—it was very nice to see such a strong female lead character who holds her own with the tough men she comes across. While the premiere can be a little slow at times, it does a great job establishing the worlds and the premise of the series, and by the end, I was sucked into this world and really interested to see what happens next.

On tonight’s episode, “Sassenach,” a married British combat nurse time-travels from World War II to 1743 Scotland, is kidnapped by Highlanders, and tends to an injured young warrior.

See if this new series is for you tonight on Starz at 9/8c.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/10/14

The return of summer TV is ramping up, and tonight brings a series premiere, 2 season premieres, and a season finale! Tuesdays are quickly becoming like a second Sunday for me, with a lot of shows to record and watch! Megan and Jenny are taking the night off from recommendations, but I’m still here with a pair of shows for you to check out tonight.

Kyle’s Choice #1

chasinglifesmallTonight, ABC Family kicks off the new dramatic series, Chasing Life. Twenty-four-year-old April (Italia Ricci) has had a rough couple of years since her father passed away and has been living with her mother (Mary Page Keller), troubled younger sister (Haley Ramm), and grandmother (Rebecca Schull). Things are finally starting to look up when she has some promising developments in both her professional and personal life. However, after she faints at a blood drive, April learns that she has leukemia. Now she must figure out how to deal with this illness and keep her life on an upward trajectory.

Tonight’s premiere was really entertaining—I really enjoyed the characters and relationships they set up and the interesting premise for the series. I’m curious to see how they keep the tone of the series to be more uplifting than depressing as April deals with her serious illness. The pilot also sets up a really interesting twist that I can’t wait to see explored in future episodes.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” in the series premiere of this drama about an ambitious reporter who won’t give up on her dreams, April gets a chance to impress her boss and her office romance begins to prosper, and then she receives unexpected news: She’s been diagnosed with cancer.

To see how April handles this development, tune in to ABC Family at 9/8c.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/29/14

There may be practically nothing on TV right now, but I have been really enjoying this long-needed break! It has given me a chance to watch a lot of the pilots for the upcoming fall shows and finally catch the final season of Spartacus, which had been on my To-Do list for years! The summer shows are starting to trickle into the schedule, and tonight, there’s another new series starting up. Check out my recommendation to learn more about that.

Kyle’s Choice

undateable529smallTonight, NBC is premiering the new comedy series Undateable, with back-to-back episodes. The series comes from prolific TV creator Bill Lawrence, the man behind shows like Scrubs, Cougar Town, and Spin City. The series finds confident 29-year-old Danny (Chris D’Elia, Whitney) helping out his new roommate Justin (Brent Morin), an unsuccessful bar-owner who is also struggling in his love life. Justin’s misfit gang of friends include Shelly (Ron Funches), Burski (Rick Glassman), and Brett (David Fynn, Game of Thrones). And rounding out the group is Danny’s divorced older sister Leslie (Bianca Kajlich, Rules of Engagement).

The cast is filled with a lot of talented comedians, and the show looks like it could be a lot of fun, so I’m really looking forward to checking it out tonight. They have apparently re-used the sets from Chris D’Elia’s previous NBC comedy Whitney, so as someone who watched both seasons of that series, it’ll be another interesting aspect of the show to look out for.

On tonight’s first episode, “Pilot,” when confident slacker Danny unwittingly inherits his new roommate Justin’s group of romantically-challenged friends, he decides to mentor them in the game of love. Then, in “Pants Buddies,” Danny forces Justin into action when he sends a message to Nicki on Justin’s behalf; Danny’s role is questioned.

Check out the new comedy tonight on NBC at 9:01/8:01c & 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Hollywood Game Night and Gang Related.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/1/14

Looks like it’s just me today recommending what you should check out tonight. And since I always watch the Oscars, I wanted to just mention that there are some other things for those who don’t like awards shows—there’s The Amazing Race, The Walking Dead, and full lineups on HBO and Food Network to check out. I’m always jealous of those West Coasters for whom it’s still early enough to watch other primetime shows once the ceremony is over.

Kyle’s Choice

academyawardssmallThere are only four award shows that I watch every year, and the Oscars is one of them. This year, The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, so I’m expecting it to be a lot of fun, as she is always so hilarious. Once again, this year, I’ve managed to see all of the Best Picture nominated films, and once again, I was severely underwhelmed. Out of those nominated, I really enjoyed Gravity and Captain Phillips, with Philomena and 12 Years a Slave close behind. However, the others—Her, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska—I wouldn’t have even nominated for “Good Picture,” let alone “Best Picture.” A few of them started off okay, but I quickly grew so bored—and in the case of Nebraska, there’s no reason a black and white film should ever be made now that we have color technology!

Since I never really care about the nominees, I primarily watch the Oscars for everything else—the jokes, the speeches, the musical performances, etc. And speaking of the music, one things I’m excited to see tonight is Idina Menzel’s live performance of the Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go,” from Frozen. (If that song doesn’t take home the award tonight, I’ll be shocked.)

Be sure to check it all out tonight on ABC at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Amazing Race, Cutthroat Kitchen, The Walking Dead, and Looking.

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Interview with Rob Corddry from Childrens Hospital

robcorddrysmallThis Thursday at midnight, another season of the hilarious Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital comes to a close. Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in a press conference call with series writer/creator (and Dr. Blake Downs himself), Rob Corddry. Right from the start of the call, it was easy to tell how gracious and appreciative Rob was of the show’s loyal fans. Rob talks about the series and previews what fans can expect in the season finale.

Kyle Nolan: Could you talk a little bit about the craziness we can expect in the season finale and the challenges or benefits that you found making a double-length episode?

Rob Corddry: Well, it was – yes, basically, the same challenges that would come with making any episode increased by 50 percent. It was a lot. We were really kind of under the gun, and we always are when we’re shooting. And this episode, in particular, we were writing right up until the minute it was shooting downstairs, and sometimes even during, because, you know, we got cocky after last season. We won an Emmy. It’s sort of like, oh, we got this. We can throw these three episodes away and just write some more as we go.
And so we were just writing a lot. And I was literally writing a scene for two days in the future. I was looking over notes that David was rewriting for a scene that was going to be done next while I was writing a scene that was actually shooting downstairs with Erinn Hayes that was a complete circus.
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