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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/12/19

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, TBS kicks off the 7-episode limited comedy series Miracle Workers, which is based on the book “What in God’s Name” by Simon Rich (Man Seeking Woman). The series in set in the headquarters of Heaven, Inc., where everyone has pretty much given up on humanity. God (Steve Buscemi) has grown bored with his creation and is upset that his number of fans has been steadily declining. Assistant Sanjay (Karan Soni, Deadpool) is getting increasingly frustrated with his omnipotent boss, especially when he announces that he is ready to just blow up the Earth and move on to a new venture/hobby.

The only person who seems to care is Eliza Hunter (Geraldine Viswanathan, Blockers) – she is tired of working in the Dept. of Dirt and requests a transfer. She is excited to join the Dept. of Answered Prayers, where she will be able to do some good. But when she arrives for her first day, she discovers only a single co-worker – low-level angel Craig (Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter), who seems content with just resolving a few minor requests to find lost items and marking the rest “impossible,” sending them up to the big boss, where they remain unanswered. Eliza is eager to actually make a difference, and when she learns of God’s plan to destroy Earth, she makes a bet with him – God will spare Earth if she and Craig are able to close one impossible prayer over the next 2 weeks. Their seemingly impossible task? Helping humans Sam (John Bass, Baywatch, Big Time in Hollywood, FL) and Rosie (Lolly Adefope, Damned, Loaded) fall in love.

I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere (which TBS has made available online and On Demand). It reminds me of The Good Place crossed with a workplace comedy, with some inspiration from series creator Simon Rich’s previous dating comedy Man Seeking Woman. I like that this is a short, limited series, so it’s not going to be a huge time commitment, and we’ll likely get a complete story in just 7 episodes. The main cast is a lot of fun and are joined by some great guest stars over the course of the series, including Tituss Burgess, Margaret Cho, Angela Kinsey, Tim Meadows, John Reynolds, and Chris Parnell. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the story plays out.

On tonight’s premiere, “2 Weeks,” frustrated with the mess that Earth’s become, God contemplates the end while two determined angels try to change his mind.

Go to Heaven and meet with God and his angels tonight on TBS at 10:30/9:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording American Housewife, The Kids Are Alright, black-ish, The Rookie, This Is Us, and The Flash.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/11/19

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

Good morning, USA! I have a feeling that it’s going to be a wonderful mid-season premiere of American Dad! tonight. This show is one of the funniest animated series ever, and I am glad there are still seasons to go on this whacky Seth McFarland creation. The mid-season finale was a classic and hilarious end to another amazing run of episodes. It started with Francine getting appointed guidance counselor at Steve’s high school, because of course. Steve’s French Club pals were putting on a fashion show, which prompted Rodger’s “school janitor persona” to warn Francine about the dangerous bullies, the “Golden Girls,” who will mock Steve’s efforts. This trio of bad girls, all with the same 1/2-Chelsea haircut, reminded Francine of the Archery Club bullies who once crushed her spirit in HS.

There was a completely “bleh” B story about Jeff losing his hat, and Stan and Klaus just sort of hopped into a high school movie tertiary character role and landed a few good jokes. Predictably, Francine tried to fit in with the girls rather than curbing their cruelty. She chopped her hair down to their style haircut to fit in and blew off her counselor duties. When Steve’s show finally did happen, it was a coconuts train wreck that got worse when Francine dumped clam chowder on his head – just to earn her golden bowling jacket, a sign she’s in the bad girl club now. When she tried to apologize to Steve about her actions, he urged her to rise above the petty nature of the Golden Girls and pursue the dreams the Archery Club once stole from her.

So she went into the cafeteria and did a break dance number, as that’s what high school Francine really wanted to do. She used her insight as a guidance counselor to out all sorts of dirt on the girls, and they fled in shame. The last scene was Jeff & Hailey at a hat store with a “to be continued” pinned on, as if that was some sort of suspense. No one cares, Jeff. You were cool when you were stranded in space with Sinbad, but you are back to being the suck now. Nonetheless, tonight is going to be awesome. This show is the bee’s knees and then some, get some.

On tonight’s episode, “One-Woman Swole,” after her family accuses her of being a quitter, Francine becomes a bodybuilder. Klaus claims to have invented the high five.

To see how it goes for bodybuilder Francine, tune in to TBS at 10/9c.

I’m also watching Arrow and Black Lightning.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/10/19

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, The Walking Dead returns to AMC. In the first half of the season, we said goodbye to Rick Grimes. While our main group believes that he is dead, we know that he was taken away in a helicopter and that his story will continue in some future TV movies. There was a time jump, and folks tried to move on, but Michonne still struggles with the loss of Rick. She was at odds with daughter Judith, who welcomed some new arrivals to Hilltop. Meanwhile, Negan has spent the past several years locked in a cell in Alexandria (why didn’t they just kill him?!), and Carol is married, living in the Kingdom, and helping to raise Henry as her son.

As the first half of the season came to a close, Daryl, Jesus, and Aaron were on a rescue mission to save Eugene and Rosita, who had been injured and were being pursued by an unusually intelligent herd of walkers. This herd was a lot more organized than usual, double-backing and following them at every turn – and Eugene swears that he heard them talking. The herd ended up cornering them into a cemetery and attacked. As Aaron was about to kill one of the walkers, it quickly dodged his weapon and then stabbed and killed him with a knife, whispering “You are where you do not belong” – certainly not your typical walker behavior! The others managed to kill this “walker” and then discovered that it was a normal human wearing a mask made out of walker flesh. Meanwhile, back in Alexandria, Negan discovered that Gabriel forgot to lock his cell and decided to make his escape.

Who are these new “Whisperers” with the ability to control the walkers, and what do they want? Do they plan to attack Alexandria, Hilltop, and/or The Kingdom? What does Negan plan to do with his newfound freedom? Will he go back to his old ways and rally his troops to get his revenge? Or will he just quietly go away? (I really hope it’s the latter!) I did not enjoy the last two seasons with all the Negan stuff, but the first half of this season was a surprising return to the great show I once loved – I didn’t even miss Rick, and I’m actually really looking forward to tonight’s midseason premiere! While I do wish the show would think about winding things down and plan an ending, it’s already been picked up for a tenth season, and Norman Reedus (Daryl) has signed on for 3 mores seasons (I guess they are trying to lock down at least one of the original characters for the long haul), so there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.

On tonight’s midseason premiere, “Adaptation,” the communities thought they could build a better future separately, but the recent loss of one of their own drives them to band together; new leaders rise when a disturbing and dangerous threat is unmasked; an escaped captive revisits his past.

Catch up with the survivors tonight on AMC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Worst Cooks in America, Counterpart, Black Monday, and SMILF.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/7/19

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!

Jenny’s Choice

Last week was Gina’s last week at the 99 on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Tying back to the previous episode, she took Jake’s advice and decided to spread her wings and fly. Much to Holt’s dismay, she didn’t have concrete plans for her future – basically anything that would then make her a millionaire. During his time with her, while they played game after game of chess, Holt tried to talk her out of it, but she stuck to her guns. The funniest part of the episode was Gina and Jake trying to get to Mario Lopez at the Manhattan Club and then having him show up at the “hungry monkeys” party only to be turned away. It was a sweet episode, seeing her spend time with all (okay, most…poor Hitchcock & Sully. LOL) of them – or in Terry’s case, giving him a subscription to the Yogurts of the World Club.

I love this show, and I love that the move to NBC didn’t change it. It’s still the same show we’ve always known and loved – funny and quick=witted with a little bit of heart.

On tonight’s episode, “A Tale of Two Bandits,” Terry believes the Pontiac Bandit is stealing cars again, but Jake is convinced his friend wouldn’t do that. The rest of the squad fight to keep Shaw’s a police bar after some firemen stake their claim to it. Craig Robinson & Rob Riggle guest star.

See if Terry or Jake are correct about Doug Judy tonight on NBC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Big Bang Theory, The Titan Games, Top Chef, Dr. Pimple Popper, Will & Grace, Beat Bobby Flay, & S.W.A.T.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/6/19

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

If you read this blog much, you may have seen me raving a few weeks ago about the premiere of the final season of You’re the Worst, when I called it a perfect microcosm of the bittersweet show. Well, they clearly took this season very seriously and are seeking to stick the landing with a perfect score, because last week they did it again! We started with Jimmy getting a check for $700,000 for selling the movie rights to his last bawdy book. He reached out to Paul, who is an accountant. Amongst other things, Paul advised him to not tell Gretchen because of her massive crippling debt.

Soon, Becca showed up and tried to fuck Jimmy for blackmail purposes, but he got a pic of her C-section scar and blackmailed her instead! Some work-related B-stories peppered the episode as well. Edgar was lying to his boss cause he hated his new position at work, and Gretch needed to get her biggest clients cool with the idea that Lindsey was taking over as their manager. When Becca failed in her honeypot trap, her husband came to just pitch business ideas to Jimmy. Everybody wanted his money!

When Gretchen did finally find out about the cash, she told him she’s slept with lots of rich guys and never pursued anyone for money. Jimmy decided to put the money into paying off his mortgage and buying a fancy new red sports car for Gretchen. She noted they may actually be growing up, and we saw a moment of horror and hesitation on both their faces. They avoided that and got in the car to go get breakfast. SMASH CUT TO: Jimmy opened the door of the car back up, but we saw there had been much damage to the car, and as he and Edgar got out, there was a “for sale” sign on the lawn. It was too good to be true! But only one third into the season, this hopefully means the last episodes will once more climb toward some oddball reunion of these star-crossed, mentally questionable lovers. Hopefully, this show finally wins the Emmy it deserves!

On tonight’s episode, “A Very Good Boy,” Jimmy attempts to prove that, despite being on the verge of becoming a married man, he has not lost his edge. Edgar and Lindsay attempt to go on a real date.

Find out if Jimmy accomplishes his goal tonight on FXX at 10/9c.

I will also be tuning in for Deadly Class and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
 
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