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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/17/19

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

First thing this morning, A Discovery of Witches made its U.S. debut on streaming services Sundance Now and Shudder. The series, which aired on Sky TV this past September in the UK, is based on the bestselling “All Souls” trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Historian Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer, Hacksaw Ridge) is a witch who refuses to use her magical powers – not that she really knows how to control them anyway. After her parents were murdered, Diana was raised by her Aunt Sarah (Alex Kingston, ER, Doctor Who) and her partner Emily (Valarie Pettiford, Being Mary Jane) in their farmhouse in Madison County, New York. Sarah is upset that Diana denies her magical heritage and wants her niece to embrace being a witch, but Diana is more concerned with her academic career. While she received tenure at Yale, Diana has now returned to Oxford in hopes of obtaining a professorship.

While doing research for a paper on Alchemy, Diana accidentally discovers a bewitched manuscript that had been thought to have been lost for hundreds of years. When she opens the book, she finds herself thrust into a dangerous world of witches and vampires, with many parties eager to get their hands on the manuscript. Vampire/geneticist Dr. Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode, The Crown, Downton Abbey) has been trying to figure out why his breed are dying out and are having trouble siring new vampires. He has been looking for The Book of Life for over 100 years and believes the manuscript contains information about how the vampires were created – this information may be the key to their survival. He finds himself inexplicably drawn to Diana after she opens the book but must try to control his urges. Meanwhile, power-hungry witch Peter Knox (Owen Teale, Game of Thrones) is also after the book, but he has other, more nefarious purposes in mind.

This series is beautifully shot, with some really great production value. The pilot quickly establishes the main characters and some of the rules of this world, where vampires, witches, and other demons hide in plain sight among the humans, always fearful of being discovered. The first season is 8 episodes and covers the events of the first book of the trilogy. The series has already been renewed for two more seasons, and the plan is to cover one book per season, so there’s plenty more to come for fans! I’m not sure if there are plans to eventually air the series on the linear Sundance TV network, but today the entire season is available on both the Sundance Now and Shudder streaming services.

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I got the chance to speak with some of the cast and creators of the series and hold the actual book itself! Check out my interview videos at NoReruns.net.

Check out the entire first season streaming now on Sundance Now and Shudder!

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Fam, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, Gotham, and The Orville.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/16/19

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 officially launches the new series Deadly Class, which is based on Rick Remender’s hit comic book series of the same name. Set in the 1980s, the series follows Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth, Teen Wolf), who was orphaned as a young boy when his parents were killed by a person with mental issues. He blames Ronald Reagan and his budget cuts for his parents’ untimely death. Marcus was sent to a boys’ home, where the living conditions were horrible. He literally burned the place to the ground when he left, killing dozens of children. Now he lives on the street, eating out of trash cans and avoiding the cops. One day Marcus is approached by a group of teenagers, who abduct him and bring him to see Master Lin (Benedict Wong, Doctor Strange, Marco Polo). Master Lin tells him about King’s Dominion, a secret school for assassins, founded by his grandfather, where Marcus could learn to harness his hate and master the deadly arts.

And so Marcus now finds himself in this strange and deadly new world, taking classes like AP Black Arts, Hand-to-Hand Combat, and Poison Lab. He learns of the various gangs and cliques on campus and meets some of his fellow students – the mysterious Saya (Lana Condor, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), who has goals of being valedictorian and is the person Master Lin sent to close the deal with Marcus; the unstable and wild Maria (Maria Gabriela de Faria, Yo Soy Franky), who causes Marcus to be the target of the cartel on his first day of class; skater punk misfit Billy (Liam James, The Way, Way Back, Psych), the son of a corrupt cop; and would-be gangster Willie (Luke Tennie, Vengeance), whose L.A. gang leader mother sent him to the school to toughen him up.

I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere, which sets up this elaborate and interesting world that feels both fresh but also familiar in some ways – King’s Dominion is like Hogwarts or Brakebills but for assassins rather than magicians. The episode also introduces viewers to a wide variety of characters, each with a unique background and reason for being at the school. The series has a bit of a darker, more mature tone, as it explores the angst of high school – just at a very unusual and more deadly one than most of us attended. The 1980s setting works well for the series, as these students live in a world that isn’t flooded with social media and phone cameras to catch them doing their homework assignments—the first of which involves finding and killing someone who deserves it! Plus there’s a lot of great 80s rock/punk music in the show’s soundtrack. This show looks and feels like a feature film, and I can’t wait to see where this story goes next and what lies ahead for these characters.

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I got the chance to speak with some of the cast and creators of the series. Check out my press room videos at NoReruns.net.

On tonight’s premiere, “Reagan Youth,” a disillusioned teen finds purpose and fights for survival at an elite academy for the Deadly Arts.

If you want to check out the episode early, for free, you can find it on iTunes, Vudu, and possibly On Demand.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Schooled, Modern Family, Single Parents, Match Game, The Masked Singer, Schitt’s Creek, MythBusters Jr., and I’m Sorry.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/14/19

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, FOX kicks off the new series, The Passage, which is based on the trilogy of novels by Justin Cronin. Project NOAH is a top-secret government medical organization formed through the cooperation of the CDC and DOD. Its goal is to create a vaccine that would prevent and cure all deadly diseases. While exploring a remote cave, Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick, Lost) makes a startling discovery, a vampire-like creature that has been alive for over 250 years. Unfortunately, his best friend, scientist Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane, Bosch, Bloodline, Sons of Anarchy) is attacked, becomes patient zero of a new deadly virus and the target of Dr. Lear’s research.

Heading up Project NOAH is Major Nichole Sykes (Caroline Chikezie, The Shannara Chronicles), who authorizes the use of prisoners as test subjects for the vaccine research. The project’s latest acquisitions include death-row inmates Shauna Babcock (Brianne Howey, The Exorcist) and Anthony Carter (McKinley Belcher III, Ozark, Mercy Street). With each new subject, they make some progress with the vaccine but also yield new and interesting side effects. They decide that a much younger test subject will be needed in order to stave off these side effects and start looking for a child that no one would miss.

Clark Richards (Vincent Piazza, Boardwalk Empire, Rescue Me), head of security of the project, had been tasking his former Special Ops trainer, Federal Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Pitch), with obtaining the test subjects. Wolgast doesn’t know what’s going on at the secret facility but does know it can’t be good for the people he brings there. So once he meets 10-year-old target Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney, Fences, Hidden Figures), he has a change of heart. She reminds him of the child he and ex-wife, Dr. Lila Kyle (Emmanuelle Chriqui, Entourage, Murder in the First) had lost. So he makes it his mission to protect her by any means necessary. Meanwhile, inside the walls of the Project NOAH facility, lies a deadly new race of beings with increasingly mysterious, untold powers.

Tonight’s premiere does a lot of setup work, establishing the characters and the premise. I’m not familiar with the source material, but it looks like the series will be a nice blend of sci-fi thriller mixed with character drama – kind of like Touch meets The Strain. The pilot just gives a glimpse at what these vampire-like beings are capable of, and it seems like only a matter of time before they get loose and start to wreak havoc. Meanwhile, we also get a look into the emotional backstories of many of the main characters, learning their motivations for what they are doing. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the series.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” as an imminent flu epidemic threatens the U.S., federal agent Brad Wolgast is tasked with bringing in a 10-year-old girl to be used as a test subject at a secret medical facility; after meeting her, Brad’s loyalties are tested.

Meet Amy, Brad, and the rest tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Good Doctor, Manifest, and The Resident.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/10/19

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!

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Tonight, NBC’s The Good Place returns to kick off the first of its final three episodes of the season. When we last left off, Shawn and his demons from the Bad Place had found Michael and the others. The group managed to escape into Janet’s void. However, this killed the humans in the process. While in the void, the humans all took on Janet’s appearance. Eleanor and Chidi confronted their romantic past and feelings, and Jason and Tahani learned that Janet and Jason had been married at one point in their Good Place iterations. Meanwhile, Janet and Michael headed to Accounting to see if they could figure out what was going on. Michael was shocked to discover that in the past 521 years, no one had made it into the Good Place. If even the Doug Forcetts of the world weren’t getting into the Good Place, something fishy had to be going on! So Michael transported everyone into an empty office in the Good Place so they could investigate things further.

This show is constantly throwing all kinds of unexpected twists and turns at the viewer so that you never know where it will go next! Will Michael figure out how the Bad Place is manipulating the point system so that no one gets into the Good Place? What will Jason and Tahani do with this news about Janet’s feelings for Jason? And what other adventures and twists await our group as they return once again to the Good Place (the real one this time)? It’s sad to think that there are just three episodes left this season!

On tonight’s episode, “The Book of Dougs,” Michael presents his case to the Good Place Committee; Chidi tries to calm Eleanor down; Tahani struggles to help Jason and Janet.

Learn what the Good Place Committee decides tonight on NBC at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Fam, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gotham, The Orville, and Top Chef.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/9/19

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, ABC kicks off the new comedy Schooled, which is a 1990-something set spinoff of The Goldbergs. Barry Goldberg’s former girlfriend Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) hasn’t had much success in launching her music career, so she heads back home and applies for a job as the music teacher at her old high school, William Penn Academy. Lainey thinks that she’ll be able to relate to the students since they aren’t that much younger than herself. In a way that’s true, but she also realizes that she’ll need to quickly step up and take charge if she wants the students to see her as an authority figure. Helping Lainey navigate these new waters are the school’s new principal/former guidance counselor, Mr. Glascott (Tim Meadows) and the familiar Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen). This new peer relationship with her former teachers and calling them by their first names is going to take some getting used to!

A while back, ABC had done a backdoor pilot for this spinoff that wasn’t picked up. They did air the episode last year (and it wasn’t very good). This is a completely re-worked version of the series that is better but is still missing those fun family relationships and sibling rivalry that The Goldbergs offers. This series is not a replacement for the original but has the potential to be a fun 90s counterpart. It follows a lot of the same structure, with Lainey doing narration, photos/clips/interviews with the show’s real-life counterparts during the credits, and lots of great 90s music and fun pop-culture references. It’s hard to tell after just one episode what the focus of the series will be – i.e. does it plan to follow the same students from season to season, will there be other regular teachers in the cast, will we see more Goldbergs cameos after the premiere, etc? But I’m definitely interested in seeing where it goes.

On tonight’s premiere, “Be Like Mike,” Lainey returns to William Penn Academy, where she has a hard time adjusting to being an authority figure; Coach Mellor struggles with Michael Jordan’s influence on modern-day basketball.

See if this new show’s for you tonight on ABC at 8:31/7:31c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Match Game, The Masked Singer, and I’m Sorry.
 
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