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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/21/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Food Network Star is about to return for its 13th season, but before we meet the new contestants, one last contestant needs to be chosen to join them. Tonight kicks off a special 3-week “Comeback Kitchen” competition, where six past finalists – Rob (season 12), Josh (season 8), Matthew (FNS season 11, “Comeback Kitchen” season 1), Jamika (season 5), Danushka (season 9), & Joy (season 12) – return to compete for the final open spot in the new season. Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence judge the returning contestants as they tackle the fatal flaws that kept them from winning the last time and try to prove they are worthy of competing again. Tonight one of the six will be sent home.

Tonight’s premiere is available for free on iTunes and Vudu, so if you’ve already got a packed night of TV, you can check it out early! I had forgotten how much I missed this show – and these contestants. It was a lot of fun seeing these contestants again and learning what they’ve been up to since they last appeared on the show. I had a tough time deciding who I was rooting for. Even Danushka had me laughing out loud this time around! While I never end up watching the winners’ shows, I always enjoy the Food Network Star competition itself. I’m looking forward to the start of the regular competition in a couple of weeks but am thoroughly enjoying this mini competition in the meantime.

On tonight’s episode, “Comeback Kitchen: A Fresh Star(t),” former finalists return to the kitchen for a second shot; hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence identify what kept each of them from winning previously; each takes on a retro dessert and shoots an Instagram video about their updated version.

Re-meet the contestants and see who goes home first tonight on Food Network at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Madam Secretary, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Making History, Family Guy, 12 Monkeys, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, Veep, American Gods, and Twin Peaks.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/28/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, I’m looking forward to the return of Ginormous Food on Food Network. Each episode finds comedian/host Josh Denny in a new city, on the hunt for delicious but insanely proportioned food. He talks with restaurant owners and chefs to learn more about their menus and the massive signature dishes their establishments are known for and then heads into the kitchens to see how these culinary monstrosities are brought to life. After taking a bite of one of these ginormous dishes – which never seems to disappoint him – Josh provides his review and then serves up much more reasonable size portions to the other restaurant patrons, asking for their feedback. I really enjoyed the first season of this series. There were some pretty amazing looking dishes…but you’d need to be dining with the Duggars if you’d have any hope of finishing them!

On tonight’s second season premiere, “Atlanta: Barbecue, Brunch and the Bayou,” Josh rolls into Atlanta in search of a titanic Southern trinity. He hits up a BBQ joint with a 5-pound muffaletta piled high with pulled pork, brisket, collard greens, and coleslaw. Then he finds a 9-foot po’ boy boasts 30 pounds of fried shrimp, crawfish, oysters and alligator at a Louisiana-style restaurant. Finally, a true Southern staple of 3 pounds of chicken and waffles and a dozen fried eggs piled atop two-foot wide pancakes.

Check out the huge portions tonight on Food Network at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Toy Box.
 
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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… 4/16/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, Veep returns to HBO for its sixth season. When we last left off, the state of the presidency was left to a vote by the Senate. Tom James offered Selina the position of vice president should he win the presidency, but she turned this down, saying she would rather be Secretary of State. Selina tried everything to improve public opinion of her, and Jonah even became a Senator so he could vote for her. However, all of this was moot because the vote came down to a tie, and Vice President Doyle made the tie-breaking vote for Laura Montez, because she promised him the job of Secretary of State. And to add insult to injury, moments after Montez was sworn in, she was given credit for freeing Tibet and was said to be in line for the Nobel peace price, which was the legacy that Selina had been working hard to claim for herself.

I’m really curious to see where this season will go now that Selina is no longer in office. What are she and her former staffers up to now? What kind of schemes is Selina plotting to try to establish her legacy? And does she have plans to try to re-run for president?

On tonight’s premiere, “Omaha,” Selina tries to secure her legacy one year after losing the presidency. Meanwhile, Dan tries to fit in at his new job; and Amy’s D.C.-style campaign tactics are a little too rough for her new coworkers.

Catch up with Selina tonight on HBO at 10:30/9:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Match Game, Into the Badlands, The Leftovers, and Guerrilla.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/25/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, Syfy’s fantasy series The Magicians returns for its second season. This series was a pleasant surprise for me last year. When I saw that the premise was about a bunch of people in magic school, I jumped to the incorrect conclusion that it was just going to be Harry Potter in college. However, the show has a very unique style and more of an adult tone, and halfway through the first season the series took a very creepy, dark turn that had me hooked.

When the series left off, the group had made their way from Brakebills College to the magical land of Fillory, a place they thought only existed in a series of novels. Eliot discovered that he was next in line to become High King of Fillory and agreed to get married, meaning he could never leave this land. Meanwhile, the others sought a magical blade that would help them defeat the Beast, who had been threatening the lives of those back at Brakebills. However, the confrontation with the Beast didn’t go as planned. Alice, who had swallowed the magical “elixir,” froze under pressure and the group was badly injured. Penny got the worst of it, losing both his hands. Meanwhile, Julia, who was still reeling over her revelation that she had been violated by a trickster, snatched the blade and appeared to make some kind of deal with the Beast, helping him to get away.

The second season picks up right where we left off as the gang must regroup, tend to their wounds, and figure out their next move. Can they forgive Julia’s betrayal? What deal did she make with the Beast? How will the group prepare to face the Beast again? I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere – it is a lot lighter and funnier than I would have expected, given the extremely dark direction the first season headed. The premiere has some really funny moments and sets up some interesting quests/journeys for each of the characters, kicking off what looks to be another thoroughly entertaining season.

I got a chance to speak with the cast about the new season at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. You can check out my videos at NoReruns.net.

On tonight’s premiere, “Knight of Crowns,” in the aftermath of their clash with the Beast, Quentin and his friends scramble for a new plan. Meanwhile, Julia and the Beast strike a dangerous deal.

Learn what deal Julia made tonight on Syfy at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Hunted, Arrow, Frequency, Workaholics, Jeff & Some Aliens, Man Seeking Woman, Incorporated, Suits, and The Young Pope.
 
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