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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/20/18

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, Young & Hungry returns to Freeform to kick off the second half of its fifth/final season, with back-to-back episodes. After nearly five years of their will they/won’t they/on again/off again relationship, when we last left off, Gabi & Josh finally officially became a couple. It seemed like this was never going to happen – especially when in the midseason finale, Josh bumped his head and got amnesia, and Gabi had to recreate their first date in order to jog his memory.

I have really enjoyed this series over the years and am looking forward to seeing what the show does with these final 10 episodes. Will we ultimately get an engagement or wedding by the end…or will the couple just find some new obstacle to keep them apart? Now that Josh and Gabi are together, will Gabi still work as his chef? Will they move in together? How would that affect Josh’s other employees, Elliot & Yolanda, and Gabi’s roommate Sofia? There are a lot of fun stories they could tell now that these two are together, and I can’t wait to see what the writers have come up with.

On the first half of tonight’s premiere, “Young & Downton Gabi,” Elliot and Yolanda worry about how their work lives will change now that Josh and Gabi are a couple; Gabi asks Josh to spend more time at her apartment, but Josh is horrified when he learns how messy Gabi is. Then, in “Young & Third Wheel,” Josh sets Sofia up with his dentist, but after the two hit it off, Gabi isn’t so sure he’s the right one for her friend; Elliot turns to Yolanda for help in reigniting the spark between him and Alan.

Check out the double-episode premiere tonight on Freeform starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Reverie, MasterChef, Yellowstone, and The Expanse.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/7/18

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

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has come a long way in the decade since the first Iron Man movie marked the inaugural moment in the time line, and in that time it’s spread from silver-screen to TV to newer platforms like Netflix. Tonight, the complex tapestry of that defines the furthest boundaries of the MCU take us to New Orleans for a new rendition of the classic Marvel troubled teen couple: Cloak & Dagger.

What’s that you say? The original book took place in New York, like you know, nearly every Marvel title in the 80s/90s except West Coast Avengers & Alpha Flight. They say that this was an intentional move to set it apart from so much of what is going on elsewhere in the continuity, but I think it was just cheaper to film there. (Similar economic circumstances led to last year’s Inhumans inexplicably being set in Hawaii.) But what does stay true to the original Cloak & Dagger story? Well, we’re not sure yet. All I’m given to understand is that they are still teen runaways but that their powers are interdependent and affected by their blossoming romance.

Way back when in the comics, they got their powers when a mad scientist experimented on them with synthetic heroin that was being developed for some of Spiderman’s enemies. They spent the greater portion of their time fighting drug dealers rather than any superpowered bad guys. So like Luke Cage maybe? TBH, the MCU has been severely lacking in convincing Big Bads since Jessica Jones season one, so not sure yet if this is a good look or a bad one. But just based on their powers alone, I think it will be fun to watch: he has a giant cloak that helps him contain the Negative Zone, a dimension we already are familiar with from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; she can project hard light projectiles which are shaped as daggers. Very punny, eh?

The show stars Olivia Holt (Disney XD’s Kickin’ It) and Aubrey Joseph as main characters Tandy & Tyrone. It also stars Andrea Roth (13 Reasons Why, Rescue Me), Gloria Reuben (Mr. Robot, ER, Raising the Bar, Saints & Sinners), J.D. Evermore (Rectify, True Detective, Treme), & James Saito (Eli Stone), as well as Carl Lundstedt & Miles Mussenden.

There are two episodes tonight, airing on Freeform (an interesting choice of networks, really…). It’s worth checking out to see how they are handling the latest addition to the Marvel small-screen family.

On tonight’s first episode, “First Light,” two teenagers from very different backgrounds find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. The only constant in their lives is danger and each other.

Then on the second episode, “Suicide Sprints,” Tandy and Tyrone try to grasp what has happened to them with their newfound powers, while Tandy’s past catches up with her and Tyrone becomes consumed with revenge; Detective Brigid O’Reilly works an interesting case that has ties to Tandy.

Don’t miss the two-episode premiere tonight on Freeform starting at 8/7c.

Other than this premiere, I’ll also be watching The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/3/18

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Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, FX premieres the latest spectacle from prolific TV series creator Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story). Pose is set in 1987 New York, where all walks of life come together and intersect – from the wealthy Wall Street businessmen, to those who participate in a unique world of ball culture, and the social and literary elite. Blanca Rodriguez (Mj Rodriguez) has been a longtime member of the House of Abundance, the reigning champion in a world of underground costume ball competitions. Each week various “houses” challenge one another to compete in themed costume balls, where the participants are judged on their outfits, attitude, and dance skills – the only prize being bragging rights and reputation. Assisting and mentoring all of those who compete is house grandfather Pray Tell (Tony Award winner Billy Porter).

Blanca decides it’s time for her to break away and start her own house, which doesn’t go over well with her former house mother, diva Elektra Abundance (Dominique Jackson). However, Blanca wants to create a new home that is welcoming to LGBTQ youth who have been rejected by their birth families, like she was. She soon crosses paths with dancer Damon Richards (Ryan Jamaal Swain), who is currently sleeping on park benches after his parents kicked him out of their home for being gay. Meanwhile, young New Jersey couple Stan (Evan Peters, American Horror Story) and Patty Bowes (Kate Mara, House of Cards) also find themselves entering a new, unfamiliar world of luxury and glamour when Stan takes a job at Trump tower. His new boss, Matt Bromley (James Van Der Beek), is the epitome of everything 80s, from his casual drug use to his “Greed is Good” type attitude. However, is his new setting, Stan also starts to explore another side of his desires when he meets transgender streetwalker Angel (Indya Moore).

Pose is certainly not going to appeal to everyone. In fact, I was about to quit watching the pilot halfway through, but I was glad I stuck with it. While I don’t understand this ball culture – or why one team is judged to be better than the other – at the core of the series is a really interesting and compelling character drama with characters that we don’t see on TV. The glitz and glamour of these balls is just icing on top of a much deeper show that I am interested to see more of. The series feels very authentic, featuring the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series. However, at no time during the pilot did I feel like the show was getting political or pushing an agenda. It doesn’t specifically call out the characters as being gay or transgender – they are treated like any other character, just everyday folks trying to get by and facing issues that anyone can relate to. Although, the series is set in the 1980s, and there is also the very serious scare of HIV in this community at that time. Tonight the series is being kicked off with an extended 97-minute premiere. I highly recommend those who maybe aren’t drawn in by the glitzy Ryan Murphy spectacle part of the series stick around to experience the more dramatic core of the show.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” in 1987 New York, Blanca Rodriguez pursues her dream of becoming a house mother after receiving a devastating medical diagnosis; Damon Richards moves to the city with aspirations of joining a dance company.

Don’t miss this new show tonight on FX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Fear the Walking Dead, Food Network Star, Westworld, and Succession.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/30/18

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 about tonight’s series premiere of Reverie. It comes from Mickey Fisher, the creator of Extant, and stars Sarah Shahi, whom I’ve loved in everything I’ve ever seen her in, like Person of Interest, Fairly Legal, & Life. She plays Mara Kint, a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who endured a horrible tragedy in her personal life and quit the police force and became a college professor. But her former boss, Charlie Ventana (played by the incomparable Dennis Haysbert, from one of my favorite shows ever, The Unit, among others), recruits her to do what she does best in an entirely new way. He now works with a company that invented a highly advanced immersive virtual-reality program called Reverie, in which you can live out your wildest dreams. It’s so good that they’re finding some people don’t want to come back out from it, and if they stay, they’ll die. So she’s brought in to go in with them and convince them to come out.

It’s such a fun, cool premise. I’ve seen the pilot, and it isn’t surprising that Sarah Shahi rocks it. She’s brilliant in everything, and this is no exception. The cast also includes Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes, Covert Affairs), Jessica Lu (Awkward.), & Kathryn Morris (Cold Case).

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot/Apertus,” former hostage negotiator Mara Kint is hired by tech company Oniratech to save people who have lost themselves in a sophisticated virtual reality program called Reverie.

Step inside Reverie tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing American Ninja Warrior, MasterChef, & Brother vs Brother.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/29/18

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, TNT’s family crime drama Animal Kingdom returns for its third season. Last season, the guys started to wonder why they were doing all the work and their mother, Smurf, was taking a huge cut, so they decided to do things on their own. This left J in the middle – he felt loyalty to both his uncles and his grandmother. Meanwhile, Baz was convinced that it was Smurf who killed his wife, so he planted evidence and arranged for Smurf to get arrested for another murder. He also stole all of the money that Smurf had been hiding from her sons and stashed it behind the walls of his home. While in prison, Smurf gave J the power of attorney over her affairs, as he was the only one she trusted. As the season ended, Baz and his girlfriend Lucy were about to take a trip to Mexico when someone approached their truck and put four bullets through the windshield and into Baz. As Baz lay on the ground bleeding out, Lucy ran away and cleared out all of the hidden money.

Will Baz survive his attack, and who arranged the hit? Did Lucy do it to get her hands on the money, and where did she move it to? Did Smurf arrange this as retaliation from jail? After all, Baz is her adopted son, while the others are all blood relatives. Did Pope, Craig, or Deran arrange the hit on their brother? Or was J responsible for getting the man he thinks might be his father shot? Who will step up to be the new leader of the group if Baz is out of commission? And how will Smurf manage to get herself out of prison? Also, Denis Leary joins the cast for season three, so I’m looking forward to seeing what awaits the Cody crime family this season!

On tonight’s premiere, “The Killing,” Baz fights for his life as the Cody boys figure out their next move in the aftermath of the shooting; Smurf gets some surprising news in jail and fields an offer from Pearce.

Catch up with life with the Codys tonight on TNT at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Arrested Development, Legion, Chrisley Knows Best, and 100 Code.
 
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