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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/19/17

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!

[Note from Jenny: Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. I was a senior in high school in a town 45 minutes from OKC. I happened to be in the office turning in the absentee list for one of my teachers moments after it happened, and the secretaries had their little TV on, so I was in there watching when the plane hit the second tower. My brother had a friend/classmate whose mother was at the building for a meeting that morning, and she was killed. So this is a very personal date for me. To all those affected, know that you are remembered and thought of often. To those who weren’t, remember how lucky you are and give a moment of silence for those 168 people who didn’t make it home to their families that day. Thank you.]

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, FX’s anthology series, Fargo, returns for its third season with a brand new cast and a new story. This third installment is set in 2010 and follows twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy (both played by Ewan McGregor, T2 Trainspotting). Emmit seems to have all the luck – he’s got the looks, has been married to his wife for 25 years, and has become the “Parking Lot King of Minnesota.” Meanwhile, slightly younger brother Ray is overweight and balding, spends his days as a parole officer watching people pee in cups, and has had one failed relationship after the next. However, Ray thinks he has finally met the woman he wants to marry, Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, BrainDead), one of his recent parolees. Ray blames his brother for his life’s misfortunes and soon finds himself mixed up in a plan to get payback that goes horribly wrong; and Emmit also discovers that things with his business aren’t exactly going the way he planned either, thanks to the mysterious V.M. Varga (David Thewlis, Harry Potter). Meanwhile, newly divorced mother/local police chief Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon, The Leftovers) finds herself personally and professionally pulled into the brothers’ feud.

The series comes from writer Noah Hawley, who also recently created Legion for FX. This series also has an amazing visual style and makes nice use of music to help set the usine tone of the series, which is both a gripping drama but also darkly humorous. What’s nice about this show is that while all of the seasons are set in the same overall world and have a consistent feeling, each installment is its own unique story, set in a different time period with different characters, which means anyone can jump in without having seen the previous seasons. It’s looking like this is going to be another great season with an interesting story that weaves around this unique cast of characters. And it also looks like there will be some excellent guest stars coming up in future episodes.

On tonight’s premiere, “The Law of Vacant Places,” a petty sibling rivalry between two brothers escalates and brings chaos to a small Minnesotan community.

Meet the Stussy brothers tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Designated Survivor, Survivor, Archer, The Magicians, and The Expanse.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/17/17

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!

Jenny’s Choice

Last week something very exciting happened for loyal fans of CBS’s 2 Broke Girls: Candy Andy and Bobby came face-to-face! Whew. That was a lot of hotness in one screen! It was the press junket for Caroline’s movie, and Max and Caroline were invited, along with Andy, who was also featured in the movie. The movie itself got a bit of a change-up from Caroline’s real life. She did indeed lose her money, then meet Max. But she and Candy Andy fell in love instead of breaking up like in real life. The actress playing Caroline was Australian. The Han character was played by a 12-year-old girl. The Oleg character was…well, very Oleg-like. And instead of having a Sophie AND an Earl, they combined them to make it a full-figured black woman playing a Polish woman. Bizarre! LOL A now-divorced Andy told Caroline he missed her and wanted to get back together, but Bobby, who’d told Caroline earlier in the episode that he wasn’t jealous, burst in and hit Andy – well, hit the actor playing Andy – who was kissing Caroline – well, the actress playing Caroline. Turns out he really was jealous. Of course, both Caroline and Bobby were wistful when Andy later on mentioned that he was now rich after an accident at Six Flags. He had a helicopter and everything. And Max finally got to meet the actress who was playing her – a young woman who went very method when preparing for the roll. Maybe a little too method, since she asked Max, “How are you still alive??”

Tonight is the season finale. It hasn’t been renewed yet, and TV Line has it listed as “Could go either way.” So I’m not sure what’s going to happen. Will we get a satisfying conclusion in case this is the end of the series? Caroline and Bobby are happy. Oleg and Sophie are married with a baby. But Max needs to find love… I want her to get back together with Randy! Since he’s listed as being back for the finale, maybe that’ll happen? Guess we’ll have to watch to find out!

On tonight’s episode, “And 2 Broke Girls: The Movie,” as the big premiere of the film about Caroline’s life arrives, the girls and the diner gang prepare for their night on the red carpet. Also, Caroline and Max contemplate their future at the diner and the states of their love lives. Celebrity fashion stylist Brad Goreski guest stars as himself, who helps the girls choose dresses for the big premiere. Ed Quinn also guest stars as Randy.

See how the season (series?) ends tonight on CBS at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan, Superior Donuts, APB, Help My Yelp, Scorpion, & Taken.
 
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Recap/Review – Rick & Morty

On April Fool’s Day a couple of weeks ago, Adult Swim totally flipped the script on their fans and dropped the season three premiere of Rick & Morty in several places at once without advanced warning. The joke was for us, not on us this time. Since season two ended in fall of 2015, all of us diehard fans have been fiendishly salivating for a new episode like Kalaxian Crystal addicts twitching for our next fix.

One of the only ongoing gags between show runners Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland and their fans has been how impossibly long it takes to make each season. Every few months a new release date rumor circulates, and they tell us “no, wait longer.” So the surprise release was a way of paying back the fans for their patience. The only issue now is: the rest of the season won’t come out till this summer, so as rewarding as it was, it is still a major tease.

For anyone who has been living under a rock or who doesn’t like funny TV shows, Rick & Morty is a sci-fi comedy cartoon that airs on Sunday nights on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. It follows the adventures of awkward and dumb teen Morty Smith and his super genius grandfather, Rick Sanchez. Through Rick’s inventions that allow interdimensional travel, the duo find themselves in dozens of hilarious adventures on alternate Earths, in space, or in their own neighborhood. The linchpin of the humor is often based in Rick’s over-the-top Nihilism and utter disregard for everyone in the multiverse who is not him. Or when he faces off against the consolidated power of The Council of Ricks, he even disregards versions of HIMSELF that are from different time lines. Bottom line is the show is hilarious, self-aware, and as twisted as it gets for cartoons these days.

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Recap/Review – Archer Season Premiere

It’s that time of year again, folks. For the better part of a decade, sometime by spring, the crew over at FX churns out another season of Archer for the rabid fans. The kind of people who shout out “Holy Shit Snacks!” when surprised or who can’t help saying “phrasing” then giggling when someone mentions how “hard” a task is. This year, in the eighth season, the show finds itself shifted over to FXX for a change. Other than that, the other major shakeup is that this time around, 99% of the show takes place in a coma – in Archer’s three-months-to-date ongoing coma that we found him in at the start of last week’s season premiere.

In the waking world, Lana & Mallory, the two most important women in Archer’s life had a brief chat after Woodhouse’s funeral, reflecting on Archer’s fate and bringing us up to date on the situation via rather snappy exposition. Mallory wondered what dreams he must be having, and presto blammo, we sank into Archer: Dreamland, as the newest season is branded. Woodhouse’s death was something we knew had to happen, as the legendary George Coe who provided his voice passed away in 2015. They worked around that issue last year by simply having him be missing the whole time, but this year we finally got closure. And we learned what happened after Archer got shot and left to drown in a pool at the end of season seven.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/6/17

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!

Megan’s Choice

Grey’s Anatomy has been getting back to its old self lately as week after week it has been making me tear up, but last week had me in full ugly cry mode. Watching Maggie deal with her mother’s illness and try to fix it was heartbreaking. The worst part was at the end when her mother died. the anguish on her face was intense and very moving. I’m not sure where she’s going to go now, but I’m concerned about the speech her mother gave her about letting go and making mistakes, because there are a lot of complicated relationships on the show she could end up making even more complex. One of those is April and Jackson. Rumor has it she may end up with Jackson, and that will really make me sad because I am a fan of Jackson getting back together with April officially. Regardless of which path she takes, one thing for sure is that it’s going to be a very bumpy emotional ride.

On tonight’s episode, “What’s Inside,” when Maggie takes on a big case, many of the doctors are worried she’s not the right one for the job while Stephanie makes a mistake, treating one of Grey Sloan’s own.

To find out if Maggie can handle the case or crash and burn, tune in to ABC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching The Big Bang Theory, Chicago Med, MasterChef: Junior, Kicking and Screaming, The Amazing Race, and The Catch.
 
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