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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/14/14

It’s the start of another week, but thank goodness it’s a short week, with Easter at the end of the tunnel. Let’s see we’re recommending tonight to help us unwind after another manic Monday.

Megan’s Choice

bones414smallBones has been having a really strong season, but I’m also really loving the move to Mondays. The character development has been great, especially when it concerns relationship growth for Booth and Bones. Last week’s episode brought up quite a controversial issue about marijuana used for medical reasons, with the victim of the week being a woman who was suffering from MS and worked at a dispensary. The issues were intensified when Wendell came back to work and admitted that he was using cannabis to help with the side effects from the cancer treatments. Cam fired him because, even if it is legal in DC, the Jeffersonian is federally sanctioned, and on a federal level, marijuana is illegal. This caused a rift in the team, but in the end, Booth helped Wendell get a job back at the Jeffersonian as a consultant, because that makes it out of federal jurisdiction. I loved how this subject was handled and how the team eventually came around and helped each other.

On tonight’s episode, “The Cold in the Case,” the team investigates the death of a woman who is cryogenically frozen; Cam is hesitant about meeting Arastoo’s parents; Booth is up for a promotion. Shohreh Aghdashloo (Grimm, 24) guest stars.

To see what kind of promotion our favorite FBI agent is up for, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching The Voice, Mom, Star-Crossed, The Following, & Rick & Morty.
 
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Quick Review of Season 3 Game of Thrones

gameofthroness3recapsmallIt’s hard to believe that Game of Thrones is coming back tomorrow—Sunday, April 6th—for its season 4 premiere already, but I am more than excited to see where we go next. The third season had a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns, with the viewers being left on the edge of our seats by the end. Despite the quality of the show, it’s been a bit since the finale, so we were thinking a refresher was in order. Let’s have a quick review of a few key moments from last season to jog our memories.

The most talked-about moment of last season had to be the Red Wedding. What an incredible episode that changed the course of the entire show. The only members of the Stark family left are: Arya, because she was in the hands of the Hound; Rickon, who is fleeing to House Umber; Bran, heading past the wall with the Reeds; and Sansa, who is trapped in King’s Landing, married to the difficult Tyrion Lannister. For viewers who have not read the book series, the Red Wedding was a huge surprise, and it left us flabbergasted.

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Speaking of Arya Stark… That woman has gumption, because after arriving at Walder Frey’s house just as half of her family was massacred, she drove her knife through one of the men who desecrated her brother Robb, killing him. I enjoy her backbone and hope to see more of her in the season to come.

The Lannister clan has a few black sheep, to say the least, but we did learn that Jaime Lannister, aka The Kingslayer, didn’t really want to be that person. He also showed some valiant efforts when he stopped Brienne from being raped, lost a hand, and saved Brienne from a bear—lots of good deeds for a Lannister.

Continuing on the path of good deeds, we have Jon Snow, who, after falling for Ygritte and then getting shot with three arrows by her, went on to warn his brothers guarding the wall that they were about to have a huge war upon them. I’ve always liked Jon, even if his character has an aptitude for getting himself into trouble.

One of the most troubling moments for me was watching Theon Greyjoy get tortured by Ramsay (Lord Bolton’s bastard son). It was just so hard to watch the pain and humiliation as Theon took the identity of Reek, but he needs to hang on, because his sister Yara is on her way.

Finally, in the season finale, “Mhysa,” Bran Stark continued his journey beyond the wall in his attempt to meet the three-eyed crow. Bran, Hodor, Jojen, and Meera Reed all met up with Sam, who managed to kill a White Walker while fleeing with Gilly and her baby boy, who provided them with a way beyond the wall. Also across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys freed Yunkai.

I know it’s a lot to take in, so if you’re still confused or need another refresher, check out the clip below that HBO released as a recap of season 3, just in time for the season 4 premiere.
 

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Don’t miss it! To join in the history making television, tune in to HBO Sunday at 9/8c.
 

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/27/14

We’re finally past hump day—this has been a crazy-busy work week, and my TiVo has been struggling to keep itself under 100% full! I am anxiously awaiting the weekend so I can catch up on all of this week’s TV shows. But until then, primetime goes on, and we’ve got a couple of suggestions on what you should check out tonight.

Kyle’s Choice

survivingjack327smallTonight, FOX premieres the new comedy, Surviving Jack, starring Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) as Jack Dunlevy, a tough, ex-military, no-nonsense oncologist who has decided to take a more active role in raising his teenagers so his wife Joanne (Rachael Harris) can attend law school. Set in the fall of 1991, Jack’s son Frankie (Connor Buckley) is just starting his freshman year in high school, while daughter Rachel (Claudia Lee) is heading into her junior year. Jack had always taken a back-seat role when it came to parenting his children, but now he’s in charge and is determined to be the father his kids always wished they had. (Though they may have a change of opinion soon.) In addition to his own children, Jack finds himself looking out for his son’s two best fiends, George (Kevin Hernandez) and Mikey (Tyler Foden), as well.

I got to preview the first two episodes of the series, and I really enjoyed it. The 90s setting is a lot of fun, as I was a similar age to the son at the time and remember all the music and clothing styles used on show. Christopher Meloni is hilarious in the title role—he not only delivers on the humor, but also the heart. I love his no-nonsense attitude and the humor that goes with that. The relationship between him and his children (and his son’s friends) is great. I really enjoy how Jack will speak exactly what’s on his mind, no matter how politically incorrect, but never in a hurtful way.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Jack Dunlevy goes from emotionally distant working father to taking a more active role in the lives of his two teenage kids when his wife, Joanne, goes back to law school in the series premiere of this comedy set in the 1990s.

Check out Christopher Meloni in a great comedic role tonight on FOX at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, Hell’s Kitchen, Inside the Actors Studio, Suits, Sirens, Vikings, and Review.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/13/14

Wow… Yesterday, it was announced that The Big Bang Theory has been picked up for another 3 seasons, so there’s a lot more of the show to look forward to! I just hope they don’t run out of ideas and maybe start moving along the Sheldon/Amy relationship a little faster! Fan or not, the first of many more new episodes airs tonight, and in addition, we’ve got some suggestions on what other shows you should check out.

Kyle’s Choice

kingofthenerds2smallTonight, a new nerd will sit atop the Throne of Games as the second season of King of the Nerds comes to a close. Last week, it was every nerd for him/herself. It was “gaming” week, and in the first challenge, the nerds had to race around a track in Tron-inspired go-carts. Zack somehow didn’t even have a driver’s license and failed miserably—and it was Kayla who took the win and was safe from elimination. In the Nerd Off, it was Zack versus Jack in a game of Angry Nerds, which had them shooting projectiles, trying to knock down one another’s structures. Jack just barely eked out a win, finally sending the evil Zack home.

While I thought Zack was irritating and annoying, at least he made a good villain. The person I really wanted to see go home last week was Kayla—I actually find her more annoying than Zack! Tonight, the final four becomes the final two, who will go head-to-head for the title. After last year’s disappointment with Celeste winning, it’s time for a guy to take over the throne, and I would be happy if any one of Xander, Jack, or Brian is crowned tonight.

On tonight’s episode, “One Nerd To Rule Them All,” the banished Nerds return as the final two battle for supremacy in a gauntlet of nerdy games. In the end, a new King of the Nerds will be crowned.

Find out who takes home the title and sits on the Throne of Games tonight on TBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, Community, Parks and Recreation, Hollywood Game Night, Parenthood, Hell’s Kitchen, Chopped Canada, Suits, Sirens, Review, Portlandia, and The Red Road.
 
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Interview with Keahu Kahuanai from Teen Wolf

keahucallasmallTwo years ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with some of the cast of Teen Wolf at San Diego Comic Con. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to chat with the adorable Keahu Kahuanui, who plays Danny Mahealani. That has now been rectified, as the talented and humble actor took some time to discuss his character, the show, and some interesting details about himself. I enjoyed every minute of our chat and honestly want to be his best friend in a different life!

Keahu’s character, Danny, has played a supporting role in the show from the beginning—the teammate and resident tech guy. He’s also one of the openly gay teenage boy characters that TV has to offer right now, which Keahu takes great care and pride in. He feels his role is important “not just because Danny’s gay, but because it’s important to portray a diversity, and real life imitates art. There are times that TV is the only examples people in some communities can relate to, and we’re helping the world learn that there is a large spectrum of homosexual people in the world. Whether it’s the extreme of Chris Colfer [Kurt on Glee] or the extreme of Danny, it’s important.”

Danny is always being the strong one with the advice for everyone, and while there are few characters he can rely on besides himself, Keahu says that “right now, it’s probably Scott.”

I mentioned that’s a little strange, seeing as Danny is still in the dark about all the supernatural stuff going on, and I wondered when Danny would figure out that something just isn’t right about his town. While Keahu agrees, he figures that maybe “he just hasn’t figured it out because it serves to keep him in the story, or perhaps growing up in the town with unfortunate events just seems normal to him now.” Although the self-admitted geek admits if he was a supernatural character, “it’d be interesting to see how Danny would deal with the prospect of having werewolf powers at the same time, considering the situations he’s put in a witching power would be useful.”

On the topic of supernatural powers, he quoted the great Stan Lee in saying that “with great power comes great responsibility.” He went on to say that “supernatural shows in the past have shown there are advantages to being an objective outsider, non-supernatural party. There are always two edges of the sword. For example: werewolves not being able to control their powers, or vampires with no sun, etc.”

keahucallbsmallRight now, Danny’s biggest struggle tends to lean towards his love life, and currently, he’s in and out of a thing with Ethan. He’s admitted that “the relationships he’s had to go through over the three seasons have been painful; they’ve added interest to the story.” I was curious if there was another character he felt might suit him better or help him be more stable in the love department. I was amused by his witty answer of Melissa (Scott’s mom). He explained that “almost every character on the show has a flaw that makes them interesting on the show, so you’d be trading one set of problems for another. Honestly, of all the characters on the show who I see having the most potential for stability, I’d have to go with Melissa.” Now wouldn’t that be an interesting story line in itself?

While on the topic of stability, we discussed how he had gone to university and gotten a degree before he even started acting. I’m not sure how most families would react to their child changing professions for one as unpredictable as acting, but his stood by him. Keahu said “[my] family has been more or less supportive of my choices, probably because of the aggressive nature of my pursuits. They’ve let me do my own thing. I didn’t go straight from university to acting. I held onto a couple of jobs, and all the experiences from then until now are things that add to what I can pull into acting.”

While asking a few quick end questions, I found out that acting isn’t the only thing that this sexy, intelligent young man approaches with dedication. I was amused to discover that his guilty pleasure is trying to make something before he buys it. I giggled and completely understood while he explained that “[I] hate buying something I think I can make. I will sit down and try making something first. I’ll try to make almost anything, including furniture, desk, and the list goes on.” As a mom who tries to make a lot of stuff from scratch, I had a moment of wanting to sit down with Keahu and figure out what kind of crazy things we could create. He would be the ultimate best friend, and I’m sure we’d end up with some great contraptions, but even better, some amazingly awesome stories to tell.

A couple of quick wrap-up questions:

Favorite TV show (past or present): Game of Thrones, Suits
TV crush: He has a man crush on Robert Downey Jr. for what he’s gone through and resurfaced even better. [Megan’s note: Who doesn't have a crush on RDJ? Yum.]
What’s on his play list? Graffiti 6, Bloody Beetroots, The Black Keys, David Guetta, Oldies

What a great chat with a down-to-earth guy who admits he’s “a pretty open book. Everything is out there.” He also wanted to just “say thank you for being fans, fans of me and fans of my work. I can’t be thankful enough, because that’s what keeps us being able to do what we love.” I love when an actor acknowledges that without an audience, they wouldn’t exist.

Check out Teen Wolf, airing Mondays on MTV at 10/9c, and let’s hope the creators hear our pleas for #MoreDanny.

– Megan

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