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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/26/16

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

bigbangtheory926smallThe Big Bang Theory returned last week with a hilarious and emotional premiere, which I enjoyed immensely. Leonard’s dad and Sheldon’s mom hit it off and were flirting, which led to a lot of conflict between Sheldon and Leonard, as well as for Leonard’s mom. In the end Sheldon made a lovely speech at Leonard and Penny’s vow renewal that made me tear up a bit. Elsewhere we saw Howard stressing out about being contacted by the military for a meeting, because he thinks they’re going to steal his invention. I’m not sure where exactly this season is going, but I’m hoping we’ll see more evolution in Amy and Sheldon’s relationship.

On tonight’s episode, “The Military Miniaturization,” Colonel Williams, an Air Force representative from the Department of Material Command, sits down to talk with Wolowitz.

To find out what the military really wants, tune in to CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching The Voice and Kevin Can Wait.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/25/16

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

ncisla925smallToday is my favorite day of the entire TV season. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration…but only slight! Tonight is the 2-hour season premiere of NCIS: LA, and it promises to be a good one! The LA branch of NCIS has been looking for a mole in the organization for a while now, and tonight it all comes to a head when higher-ups decide it’s time for someone else to be in charge and find the mole. How that will affect the team – and for how long – I don’t know. But something else that is affecting them is Daniela Ruah’s pregnancy. Kensi will be in every episode, but only because Daniela and (at least…) Eric (Deeks) filmed scenes in advance from each episode. Something huge happens with Kensi in this premiere, which keeps her out of the office/field for a while. I’m sure that means we’ll be seeing more of Nell in the field, partnered with Deeks, which should be a lot of fun. But it also means that this season should be an interesting one.

And don’t forget that because of football, Sunday shows on CBS tend to have erratic start times. CBS has tried to help by pushing everything back thirty minutes, which means shows will automatically start at 8:30/7:30c instead of 8/7c. But if you’re planning on recording NCIS: LA, Madam Secretary, or Elementary, I would make sure to record an hour or even two hours over, just to be sure you get it all. Trust me, I had to do that more than I’d like to remember the last few seasons!

On tonight’s two-hour premiere, “High-Value Target,” and “Belly of the Beast,” after NCIS fails to locate a mole in the department, Under Secretary of Defense Corbin Duggan (Jackson Hurst) insists on new leadership and takes over the Los Angeles unit from Hetty and Granger. Also, the team travels to Syria to apprehend a High Value Target, where one team member is severely injured when the mission goes awry.

See what happens when the office gets taken over and the team goes to Syria tonight on CBS at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Guy’s Grocery Games, The Great Food Truck Race, Cooks vs Cons, & Quantico.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/23/16

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

macgyver923smallThis season, I was looking forward to two new shows in particular: Lethal Weapon, which everyone seems to have enjoyed more than they thought they would…and the other? Tonight’s premiere of MacGyver. I was a big fan when I caught the original series on repeats years ago, and Lucas Till is adorable. So I had high hopes – and after seeing a screener for the first episode a couple of weeks ago, I have to say I wasn’t disappointed in the least. In case you don’t know…

Angus “Mac” MacGyver is a young special agent in a clandestine organization within the US government, and his specialty is basically being able to do almost anything with almost nothing – like disarming a bomb with nothing but a paperclip. In the original series, MacGyver is a bit older and has been around a while. So this iteration is us seeing Mac in his younger years, before he turns into the MacGyver from the original series. In this one, Mac works with former CIA agent Jack Dalton (George Eads, CSI) and Riley Davis (Tristin Mays), a computer hacker they “break out” of jail to help with their case but who ends up an integral member of the team. Their boss Patricia Thornton is played by Sandrine Holt, and Mac’s roommate, Wilt Bozer, who doesn’t know what Mac really does, is played by Justin Hires (from TV’s failed Rush Hour drama).

On tonight’s episode, “The Rising,” Angus “Mac” MacGyver and Jack Dalton, special agents for the Department of External Services (DXS), join forces to recover a missing bioweapon that has the ability to destroy hundreds of thousands of people with one single drop.

Meet Mac, Jack, and Riley tonight on CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Hell’s Kitchen, Last Man Standing, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, & Van Helsing.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/22/16

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Kyle’s Choice #1

pitch922smallTonight, FOX kicks off the new drama series Pitch. From a young age, aspiring baseball pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, Under the Dome) was trained by her father (Michael Beach, Sons of Anarchy), and she eventually made it into the minor leagues. Now her big day has come – she’s been called up by the San Diego Padres, making her the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Suddenly thrown into the limelight, Ginny must prove herself to the fans and her own teammates, especially team captain Mike Lawson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Franklin & Bash). The rest of the main characters include team manager Al Luongo (Dan Lauria, The Wonder Years), general manager Oscar Arguella (Mark Consuelos, All My Children), Ginny’s agent/friend Amelia Slater (Ali Larter, Heroes), center fielder/minor league friend Blip Sanders (Mo McRae, Sons of Anarchy), and his wife Evelyn (Meagan Holder, You Again).

I got a chance to see tonight’s pilot during a screening/Q&A with the cast at this summer’s ATX Television Festival. It’s a really entertaining and inspiring story. Since the series is working closely with MLB, they will be using real team names and locations, which adds a nice layer of authenticity to what’s happening in the series. It seems a bit odd that the series starts right as Ginny starts in the majors rather than leading up to this moment over the course of the series. But I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of dramatic stories they plan to tell.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” a young pitcher adjusts to life in the spotlight after making history as the first woman to play Major League Baseball.

Play catch with Ginny tonight on FOX at 8:59/7:59c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/21/16

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

speechless921smallTonight, ABC’s hilarious Wednesday night comedy line-up returns, but with a couple changes. One of these is the addition of the hilarious and heartfelt new comedy Speechless. Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver, About a Boy) is a mom on a constant mission to find the best education/care possible for eldest son, JJ, who has cerebral palsy, is in a wheelchair, and can’t speak. Being an aggressive advocate to help JJ find his “voice” means constantly uprooting the family every time Maya finds the tiniest flaw in care or imagined non-PC slight or mistreatment to be outraged about. This constant moving is starting to wear down on husband Jimmy (John Ross Bowie, The Big Bang Theory) and other kids, Ray (Mason Cook, Legends) and Dylan (Kyla Kennedy, The Walking Dead), who’d like a bit of stability and to feel like their opinions also matter. As the series opens, the family moves once again – this time into the junkiest house in a neighborhood with a great school that will provide a full-time aide for JJ. However, it isn’t long before Maya starts finding flaws in the situation. The series also stars Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911!).

I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere – it is one of my favorite new comedies of the fall. This series should fit well with the other family comedies in ABC’s stable, as it has the network’s trademark blend of humor and heart. While the series finds a lot of humor in situations surrounding JJ’s disability, it certainly doesn’t make fun of the disabled. It’s great to see an underrepresented demographic represented on TV. The cast is really talented, especially the young actor playing JJ, who himself has a less severe form cerebral palsy. My only concern about the show is how aggressive and annoying Maya gets in the premiere, but I suspect that character will loosen up pretty quickly over the course of the season.

On tonight’s premiere, “P-I-PILOT,” a mom is driven to do what’s best for her family in this sitcom, which begins with the DiMeos moving yet again, enrolling the kids in a new school and searching for the right caregiver to give JJ, her eldest son with special needs, his voice.

Move with the DiMeos tonight on ABC at 8:30/7:30c.
 
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