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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… 4/12/17

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, Pop TV kicks off two new comedy series starring former celebrities playing exaggerated versions of themselves trying to reinvigorate their careers. First up is the improvised comedy, Hollywood Darlings, which follows real-life friends/former ’90s child stars Jodie Sweetin (Full House, Fuller House), Christine Lakin (Step By Step), and Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) as they juggle reviving their careers with being busy wives and moms. Pop TV aired a “preview” episode of the series last week.

Then, the scripted comedy Return of the Mac follows the misadventures of New Kids on the Block member Joey McIntyre and his real-life family – wife Barrett and their three children, Griffin (8), Rhys (6), and Kira (5) – as he struggles to be taken as a serious actor. However, this plan is derailed when he ends up taking a role as a talk-show host for the fledgling Comfy Channel cable network. The series also stars Adam Ray (MadTV revival), Jamie Denbo (Childrens Hospital), Katie Wee, Punam Patel (Kevin from Work), and Jordan Black (Shaded).

This looks like it’s going to be a really fun and somewhat nostalgic hour of TV. Plus, there are sure to be loads of surprise celebrity guests/former co-stars on both of these shows.

On the premiere of Hollywood Darlings, “How Christine Got Her Groove Back,” Beverley and Christine have a day of unconventional relaxation, and Jodie substitute teaches an acting class for kids.

Then, in the premiere of Return of the Mac, “New Kid on the Talk,” Joe pitches a drama at the Comfy Channel, but he’s talked into hosting his own talk show instead.

Enjoy this hour of new TV tonight on Pop TV starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Designated Survivor, Survivor, Empire, Archer, Brockmire, The Magicians, The Expanse, Major Crimes, and Nobodies.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/8/17

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 so excited because Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is back earlier than expected (after Doubt was quickly canceled). This spinoff had a short 13-episode first season, but it was a good one regardless of length. In case you’ve forgotten, this branch of the BAU is the IRT – International Response Team. They travel to foreign countries when American citizens run into trouble abroad. Jack Garrett, played by the incomparable Gary Sinese, is the unit chief. Members of his team include Clara Seger (Alana De La Garza), Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney), Mae Jarvis (Annie Funke), and Russ “Monty” Montgomery (Tyler James Williams). We know that Jack is married with older children. Matt is also married with young children (a whole bunch of them, if I remember right. Like…5?). Clara was married but her husband died a few years ago. Mae is a medical examiner, and Monty is a tech whiz.

I’m really looking forward to seeing where the team will travel this season and what we might learn about their personal lives, as well as what kind of bad guys we’ll see! With Criminal Minds in the name, there’s sure to be some baddies!

On tonight’s premiere, “Lost Souls,” Unit Chief Jack Garrett and his international response team are called to Tanzania when a 23-member church group disappears. Kirsten Vangsness guest stars as Penelope Garcia & Sherry Stringfield guest stars as Jack’s wife Karen.

Don’t miss the season premiere tonight on CBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Chopped Junior, The Goldbergs, Lethal Weapon, Major Crimes, Modern Family, Property Brothers, black-ish, Bakers vs. Fakers, & Six.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/25/16

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!

Kyle’s Choice

waywardpines525smallTonight, FOX is taking viewers back to that creepy town of Wayward Pines, as some new residents are starting to wake up to discover all is not as it seems. As the first season came to a close, David Pilcher decided that Group B had failed his social experiment and that it was time to burn things to the ground and start anew. So he turned off all of the power, allowing the blood-thirsty Abbies to climb over the wall and clean up the “mess.” The aftermath left many dead, including David Pilcher and Ethan Burke – the man who helped open people’s eyes to what was truly going on in the town. Kate Hewson, the woman behind the revolt, managed to survive, along with Pilcher’s henchwomen Nurse Pam and Megan Fisher. It seemed like things might take a turn for the better now that Philcher was out of the picture, but the show then cut to three years later, where Ben Burke, Ethan’s son, awoke from a coma to discover that the first generation of native-born Wayward Pines teenagers had taken over control of the town and were governing it using the same fear and denial tactics that Pilcher had.

The second season picks up shortly afterwards, with Ben and some others trying to lead a rebellion to overthrow this first generation and allow the residents of Wayward Pines to live freely and not in fear – at least not of their fellow people, because there are still the Abbies to worry about. At the same time, Group C is starting to be thawed out and introduced into the population. Tonight we are introduced to one of those new residents, our new protagonist Dr. Theo Yedlin (Jason Patric), who finds himself in a similar confused state as Ethan Burke displayed in the opening moments of the first season.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first season, and I guess a lot of others did as well, because the show is back despite the fact that it was only supposed to be a single season. I’m a little wary of this second season, as the series has a new showrunner and already went through all of the material from the original book trilogy in the first season. However, I’m hoping they can continue to bring the creepiness and surprises in this second season. I just hope the characters I loved from the first season survive long enough to make it through this season, as this is a show that’s not afraid to kill off characters, especially if they are played by well-known actors!

On tonight’s premiere, “Enemy Lines,” Dr. Theo Yedlin awakens from suspended animation and finds himself in the middle of a rebellion in Wayward Pines.

Catch the introduction of Dr. Yedlin tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Price Is Right Primetime Special – The Amazing Race Edition, Arrow, and The Americans.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/26/16

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!

Kyle’s Choice

theamericans427smallThe Americans is such an amazing show that more people need to be watching. Last week, things got really intense. Philip suspected that Martha’s cover had been blown and that the feds had discovered that she was the rat in their organization. So he immediately took her to a safe house, where Gabriel was waiting to watch over her. “Clark” revealed the truth about him being KGB to Martha and tried to comfort her, but she was devastated. And Gabriel and Elizabeth were shocked and upset at the news that Philip had previously revealed his true physical appearance to Martha. Meanwhile, Martha’s sudden disappearance from work and her clearing out of her home only intensified Stan and Agent Aderholt’s suspicions of her, which they brought to Agent Gaad, who felt betrayed by his longtime employee. The next day, Martha was so fed up that she stormed out of the safe house. Gabriel went after her, quietly pleading with her to return, but she threatened to scream that he was KGB if he came any closer.

Will Gabriel allow “Clark” to try to bring Martha on as a KGB asset, or is she too much of a loose cannon who needs to be eliminated? What will the feds’ next move be? Will Oleg, distraught over the execution of Nina, find his way to Stan as his new double-agent? And what’s going on with these bio-weapons?

On tonight’s episode, “Travel Agents,” stakes are raised as the KGB and the FBI race to track down an agent.

Learn who finds the agent first tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Survivor, The Middle, The Goldbergs, black-ish, Empire, and Arrow.
 
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