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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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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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