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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/23/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, USA Network’s hilarious comedy Playing House returns for its third season. In the first season, Maggie (Lennon Parham) discovered that her husband was cheating on her and faced the prospect of raising her newborn baby all on her own. However, childhood best friend Emma (Jessica St. Clair) gave up her lucrative international business career to move back to her Connecticut hometown to be there for Emma and help her raise her daughter. However, she also ran into her first love, local police officer Mark (Keegan-Michael Key), for the first time in 13 years, and this reawakened some old feelings. While Mark was now married, it was evident that the two still had feelings for one another, and at the end of last season, they finally admitted it to one another. Meanwhile, Maggie also moved on with her life, starting a new career as a nurse.

Playing House is a laugh-out-loud show. The two leads have such great chemistry and play off one another impeccably – you can tell they are friends in real life. Not only is the writing filled with lots of jokes and fun situations and pop-culture references, but there is also a lot of wacky physical comedy as well. This season, the women tackle a serious topic as they bring the real-life struggle of one of the actresses into the storyline of the show. However, they are still able to keep the show light and fun and make you laugh while also dealing with a very painful subject.

I attended the Playing House panel at this year’s ATX Television Festival, and these women were just as funny in person as they are in the show. You can tell how much they love making this show, and that comes out in their performances. At the festival, they screened the season premiere to non-stop laughs. There was so much laughing that I missed some of the lines, so I’m looking forward to catching it again tonight!

USA Network will be airing the two episodes of the season each Friday night, but tomorrow all 8 episodes of the season will be made available via On Demand for those who would prefer to binge it all at once. As we head into this third season, what is the state of Emma and Mark’s relationship? How will “Bird Bones” take the news that her husband is in love with someone else? Will Maggie find love again? And what general wackiness with these best friends get up to this season?!

On tonight’s first episode, “Cookie Jar,” Maggie hosts a game night to welcome Bruce’s new girlfriend into the fold; Emma discovers that this is what 40 looks like. Then, in “None of Your Business,” Emma tries to rescue Tina from a pyramid scheme; Maggie starts a nursing rotation with a cold doctor.

Catch up with Maggie, Emma, and their friends tonight on USA Network starting at 11/10c.

I’ll also be watching/recording GLOW, The Great British Baking Show, Ginormous Food, Dark Matter, and Wynonna Earp.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/22/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, Spike kicks off the 10-episode first season of the new horror series, The Mist, which is based off a novella by Stephen King. The series is set in the small town of Bridgeville, ME, where the residents are blissfully unaware of the impending danger that’s making its way over the mountains toward their hamlet. Bryan Hunt (Okezie Morro, Shuga), an Army officer who wakes up with no memory of who he is, discovers the dangers that lurk within the approaching mist and tries to warn the police, but his words fall on deaf ears. Meanwhile, the Copeland family – father Kevin (Morgan Spector, Allegiance), high school teacher Eve (Alyssa Sutherland, Vikings), and their teenage daughter Alex (Gus Birney) – find themselves mixed up in various controversies that threaten to tear the family apart. Other characters in the town include Alex’s odd goth friend Adrian (Russel Posner), the Copeland’s hippie neighbors Natalie (Frances Conroy, American Horror Story, Six Feet Under) and Benedict Raven (Darren Pettie, Good Witch), Police Chief Connor Heisel (Darren Pettie, Madam Secretary) and his high school quarterback son Jay (Luke Cosgrove), local priest Father Romanov (Dan Butler, Banshee), a mysterious woman named Mia (Danica Curcic, The Bridge) who has both a criminal past and a connection to the town, and local mall manager Gus Bradley (Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Law & Order: SVU).

The show feels a lot like The Strain or The Walking Dead – there is this mysterious danger that lurks in the shadows and quickly engulfs this small town. Circumstances have caused people to be separated into various groups of mismatched strangers, and the members of each group will need to figure out how to work together to both stay alive and to reunite with their loved ones. I thoroughly enjoyed tonight’s premiere. It provides a slow burn as it introduces the characters, relationships, and other things happening in this town, while also mixing in some foreboding sights of the dangers to come. By the end of tonight’s episode, things are firing on all cylinders and the show gets really exciting. If I had had the ability to binge the entire season, I probably would have! I can’t wait to see what happens next week.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” a foreboding mist arrives in a small town, ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents and putting their humanity to the test.

See if this new show’s for you tonight on Spike TV at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Boy Band, The Gong Show, Hollywood Game Night, Beat Shazam, and Queen of the South.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/21/17

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

I loved the first season and first half of the second season of To Tell the Truth. I never watched reruns of the original, but I love this new version, hosted by Anthony Anderson – and frankly, by his mother, who sits on the sidelines and interjects her own commentary. LOL The celebrities are usually fun to watch as they try to figure out who is lying and who is telling the truth. The best ones are usually the ones who really get into it. They don’t worry about what they look or sound like – they just let loose and have fun, really get into the spirit of the show.

On tonight’s episode, celebrities Justin Long, Arielle Kebbel, Nikki Glaser, and Kal Penn are presented with a variety of participants with interesting traits, from the only person in the world to bike to the South Pole, to the “Doggy Designer to the Stars,” as well as Usher’s choreographer.

See who is lying and who is telling the truth tonight on ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing MasterChef, Big Star Little Star, Brother vs Brother, Cutthroat Kitchen, The F Word, Blood Drive, & Lip Sync Battle.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/20/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, TBS’s island survival comedy Wrecked returns for its second season with two back-to-back episodes. In the first season, a plane crash-landed on a deserted island, leaving a group of strangers to band together in order to survive. However, this bond between the group quickly started to devolve. As the season came to a close, a ship was approaching the island, and everyone was excited that they were going to be saved, but Steve didn’t want to leave. He pulled out a gun and killed Kurt and afterwards took Danny hostage. Owen and Danny managed to overtake Steve and threw him and his supporters into the pit. Afterwards, the boat arrived on shore, but the survivors soon discovered that the men were actually pirates and they were here to kidnap Danny…who is the son of a billionaire!

Tonight we finally get a continuation to that cliffhanger! How is the group going to react to the news that Danny is actually the son of a billionaire? How did the pirates find him, and how do they plan to claim their ransom? What will the pirates do to the rest of the survivors? And will this development cause the group to let Steve and his crew out of the pit?

I really enjoyed the first season of Wrecked. It’s like a wacky, fun version of Lost, with a great blend of parody, pop-culture references, sight gags, and just witty dialogue and fun characters. I checked out tonight’s first episode, and I’m really happy we get two tonight, because that first half just flew by way too quickly. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season!

On tonight’s first episode, “Ransom,” the newly arrived pirates try to ransom Danny while marooning the others; Steve tries to make amends for murdering a survivor. Then, in “Poison,” Pack tries to negotiate a truce with the pirates; Steve pitches Danny on a new business venture.

Catch the two-episode season premiere tonight on TBS starting at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording iZombie, The Bold Type, and Animal Kingdom.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/16/17

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

My love of cooking/baking shows is not just limited to the United States. It extends across the pond to the UK as well. One of my favorites? The Great British Baking Show on PBS. The ABC version is the spinoff of this one, which is hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Both these ladies are so much fun to watch host. They play well off each other, interact perfectly with the bakers, and have a lot of fun teasing and poking fun at the judges, well-known bakers Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who are both also entertaining to watch. Overall, it’s just an easy, fun show to watch, and I’m so excited PBS is airing season 4 starting tonight with back-to-back episodes, as well as season 5 in the future.

On tonight’s first episode, “Cake,” meet the 12 bakers as they tackle a British classic, a sponge cake and a high-end showstopper. Then on the second episode, “Biscuits,” follow the remaining 11 bakers in their efforts to make biscuits, and learn a little more about each of them.

Meet the bakers and find out which two go home first tonight on PBS starting at 9/8c.
 
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