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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/2/17

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 kicks off the new mystery/thriller The Sinner. Cora (Jessica Biel, 7th Heaven) and Mason Tannetti (Christopher Abbott, Girls) have been happily married for three years and have an infant son. However, lately Cora seems a bit off or depressed. One day the couple is enjoying some leisurely time at the local beach when Cora suddenly snaps and commits a violent crime. In the moment, she doesn’t seem quite herself, and afterwards, she doesn’t have any recollection or explanation for her actions. Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman, Independence Day), the detective assigned to the case, quickly becomes obsessed with solving the puzzle of why Cora did what she did and discovering if there is more to the situation than she is letting on. The eight-episode series is based on the novel by Petra Hammesfahr.

Tonight’s premiere slowly introduces viewers to the characters, the town they live in, and the life-changing incident in question. The show slowly builds the tension as pieces of the mystery of Cora’s past and the motivations for her actions are revealed. The series kind of reminds me of a cross between Big Little Lies and Broadchurch. I really enjoyed the creepy atmosphere, drama, and performances, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of this mystery unfolds over the course of the season.

On tonight’s premiere, “Part I”, a housewife commits a vicious crime, which sparks an investigation and creates confusion in a small town.

Don’t miss all the excitement tonight on USA Network at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, The Carmichael Show, MasterChef, The Lowe Files, Blood Drive, I’m Sorry, Younger, and Kingdom.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/28/17

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

Last week on Syfy’s Killjoys, the trio of RAC bounty hunting agents started things off with a party to celebrate that Johnny was now finally a Level Five agent like his brother D’avin and their longtime teammate Dutch. The festivities were broken up by other RAC agents arriving to serve Johnny with an old warrant for killing Del Seyah. The orders come straight from the new Reclamation Apprehension Coalition overseer, Banyan Gray. Dutch and Turin stood up for Johnny, but when he admitted he killed her, a tense shoot out began. Johnny & Dutch made their escape with Pree the bartender, who is both a smuggler plus their sometime informant and ally.

Meanwhile, on the Hullen Armada Mothership, Dutch’s evil doppelgänger Aneela was acclimating the recently recruited and very much still alive Del Seyah. Aneela is the default leader of the Hullen species now that her father died in last season’s finale. Seyah was shown that the green goo that fuels her species can fully immerse them into any of their collected memories just by touching it.

Dutch and Johnny made their way to the Ohron moon, where they encountered the obscure group of outlaws known as the Ferran. We discovered that Pree is a disgraced former leader of their band, and he offered himself up to their justice in return for amnesty for both Dutch and Johnny. The Ferran then set up a triathlon competition to represents the two sides of the drama, and Pree picked Dutch as his champion. Cleverly, the Ferran selected Johnny as theirs, as he had already been granted entrance to their ranks by being on the run; that base qualification of “being on the run” is sacred to them and the primary cause of how they formed as a collective.

Back in Westerly, D’avin found proof on security cam footage that Seyah survived the time that Johnny shot her. He used this evidence to force Banyan Gray to cancel the warrant on his brother, but not before a RAC agent took Dutch & Johnny into custody during the third round of their forced contest. Pree was left to face death at the hands of the Ferrans, but let’s be honest, he’s too damned charming to just be executed by his former comrades.

The new nerd tech girl Zeph, who is akin to a future sci version of Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, finally conceived a way to take advantage of D’avin’s prior exposure to the goo, and she was able to send him into a recently created memory that confirmed Seyah is both alive and working with the Hullen. Pree and the Ferran rescued Dutch & Johnny from the rogue RAC agent who still held them as captives.

On the Mothership, Aneela actually saw D’avin invading their space psychically and she ejected him forcibly with a message: Tell Dutch Aneela is coming for her. The very last scene saw Dutch, D’avin, and Johnny all together agreeing to collaborate towards the ends of the Hullen perversion of humankind.

On tonight’s episode, “Attack the Rack,” the Killjoy rebels take drastic measures to clean house: a secret ops attack against their own Rack. But thanks to Aneela’s schemes and a mole among them, not everyone will make it out alive.

Don’t miss all the excitement tonight on Syfy at 8/7c.

In addition to this quickly escalating show, I will also be catching up on my Wynonna Earp & Dark Matter. (P.S. Be on the lookout for my upcoming August interview with Dark Matter/12 Monkey‘s Jeff Teravainen!!!)

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/25/17

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

Last week on Adam Ruins Everything, the comedian turned comedic/annoying educator took on weight loss as his topic du jour. As he does every week, host Adam Conway tackled common misconceptions about an everyday subject. I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds for two years, so this one really pulled me in. It opened with an exercising man named Sam doing an aerobic workout while watching a satirical version of The Biggest Loser called Fatty Melt. During a commercial break, he went to the fridge for a low-fat snack and instead found Adam, who had been hiding in there overnight.

Adam immediately started picking apart and refuting everything poor Sam thought he knew about what makes us gain weight in the first place. We quickly learned that the idea that “low-fat” food keeps weight off or helps lose weight is all based on cherry-picked data published by physiologist Ancel Keys. The sugar industry was paying for such erroneous data to be spread to obfuscate the fact that obesity and heart disease are linked to sugar consumption, not fat consumption. The sugar lobby was so successful in duping the world that by 1980, the USDA was recommending a fat-free diet as a way to stay healthy. Logically, obesity increased.

Next Adam started to pick apart the concept of counting calories. For one thing, everyone’s body is different, so there can be no standard count that is correct for all humans. Secondly, the median value they came up with — 2350 calories a day — was rounded down, because it is presumably easier to recall the number 2000 than it is to remember 2350? This is clearly not science. It’s propaganda. Further confusing this issue was the fact that the FDA found that the calorie count on labels varies by as much as 20%. No two Fig Newtons have the exact amount of calories in them. The entire calorie counting method is literally junk science. Fitness bracelets, which people use to count the calories they burn, are neither scientifically accurate nor medical devices, according to their own disclaimers!

Adam then used his magical television host powers to teleport himself and Sam onto the set of the aforementioned Fatty Melt game show, where contestants were trying to win by losing the most weight. He exposed the scams weight-loss game shows use: They have contestants gain extra weight before starting on the show, & they use dehydration to create artificial temporary weight loss occasionally. After exposing those points, Adam sat down to talk to an expert who spent six years studying the after-the-show statistics of former contestants on The Biggest Loser. He disclosed that 80% regain the weight they lost on the show. The only way to keep the weight off is to maintain the diet and exercise rates that lost the weight in the first place. Also, quick weight loss is harder to keep off. Basically only 1% of all dieters are able to keep the weight off, and this is done by completely changing their lifestyle.

In the final scene, Adam teleported Sam to the high school reunion pool party that motivated him to try to lose weight. He met his high school crush, Marcy, and she was enamored despite his slightly chubby tummy. Adam pointed out that you could be obese and still healthy and that essentially “weight is just a number.”

On tonight’s episode, “Adam Ruins the Hospital,” Adam explains that inflated hospital costs have created a system that’s unaffordable and unfair. Plus, reckless prescription of antibiotics is making them worthless, and you might not need a mammogram. [Note from Jenny: Always do your own research, check with your doctor, etc etc, about things like mammograms. Don’t just take even Adam on blind faith!]

Don’t miss Adam’s take on hospitals and health care tonight on TruTV at 10/9c.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/24/17

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’m excited about tonight’s premiere of Midnight, Texas on NBC. This is based on the best-selling book series by Charlaine Harris (who also wrote the books that inspired True Blood). François Arnaud (The Borgias) as Manfred, a charming young guy who happens to be a powerful psychic that can communicate with spirits. After going on the run from some bad dudes, he ends up in Midnight, after a prompting from his (dead) grandmother. Midnight is home to both human and supernaturals: Bobo, the owner of the local pawn shop (Dylan Bruce, Orphan Black); Fiji, a witch who owns the local wiccan shop (Parisa Fitz-Henley, Luke Cage); Olivia, a human assassin who runs with the supernatural crowd (Arielle Kebbel, The Vampire Diaries); Joe, an angel — literally, with big white wings! (Jason Lewis, Sex and the City); Lemuel, a vampire with a long history in Midnight (Peter Mensah, True Blood); Creek, an aspiring writer (Sarah Ramos, Parenthood); and Rev. Emilio Sheehan, a shifter — but what kind, you’ll have to watch to believe… (Yul Vazquez, Captain Phillips).

For the most part, critics haven’t been nice about this one, but I rarely put my faith in what critics (for TV, movies, or books) have to say — I listen but then make up my own mind, and I tend to like a lot of things they don’t and vice versa. That’s why I’m hopeful others will give this one a shot, no matter what they’ve heard. I’ve seen the first couple of episode and really enjoyed it. It’s not something you should sit down and expect to get serious TV from. It’s pure entertainment, and if you can take it for what it is and not try to make it more than that, it should be fun to watch.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Manfred Bernardo, a powerful psychic on the run, decides to hide out in the small, sleepy town of Midnight, Texas. But when he’s haunted by the ghost of a recently murdered Midnighter, Manfred discovers this sleepy community is a mysterious safe haven for outsiders with secrets — both supernatural and human.

See if this latest supernatural show’s for you tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing American Ninja Warrior, Dessert Games, So You Think You Can Dance, Texas Cake House, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, & Somewhere Between.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/21/17

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

If you grew up in or had kids in 2003-2007, chances are you watched That’s So Raven. The show starred Raven-Symone as a Raven Baxter, a teenager who had psychic powers and often froze, starring off into space, when she would get a vision. Her best friends on the show were Chelsea and Eddie, and we also regularly saw her parents, Victor and Tanya, and brother Corey. Now, Raven-Symone is back in Raven’s Home, which centers around adult Raven and Chelsea, both newly divorced with kids of their own. Much like Fuller House, the two women decide to come together to help raise their kids: Raven’s 11-year-old twins, Booker (Issac Ryan Brown, black-ish, Miles from Tomorrowland) and Nia (Navia Robinson, Being Mary Jane), and Chelsea’s 9-year-old son, Levi (Jason Maybaum, Superstore). Their house is also frequented by the twins’ best friend and neighbor, Tess (Sky Katz, America’s Got Talent). Raven’s still seeing the future, but so is her son, Booker, which should make for a fun family dynamic.

I haven’t heard anything about whether or not we’ll see Victor, Tanya, or Corey around, but I do know Eddie (Orlando Brown) won’t be showing up. I’ll be interested to see if the spinoff has as much fun with just Raven, Chelsea, and their kids as the original series did.

On tonight’s episode, “Baxter’s Back!” Booker enlists Levi and Tess to help him convince Nia of his newfound abilities to see into the future. Meanwhile, Raven’s latest vision involves a family disagreement that leads her to meddle in her kids’ life at school.

Catch up on Raven’s & Chelsea’s lives tonight on Disney Channel at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Great British Baking Show.

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