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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/12/18

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

That feeling when you remember that your favorite action movie star also stars in an HBO comedy-drama? Yipeeeeeeeee!!! That was me last week when I realized season four of Ballers, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson & Rob Corddry as a pair of financial managers who manage the money and careers of pro football stars. Last season revolved around a huge campaign to get an NFL team to move to Las Vegas, where business magnate Wayne Hastings Jr. was working to expand his already impressive casino empire. Just before the finale we found out Hastings had divested himself from AFM, Spencer’s firm, and was working instead with Candace, who sat in much better favor with the board of NFL owners.

Last year’s finale signaled to us the general direction of the show, a move to California. Ricky & Charles took a flight to L.A. together, where they had diverging goals. Ricky was there to chase after the woman he loved, Amber. Charles was there to interview for the General Manager position of the L.A. Chargers. At first Charles bumbled his way through it, but then he broke through and it seemed like he was going to get the gig. Ricky went to Amber’s mom’s house, where he told her he was ready to give up football entirely and raise their child together.

Meanwhile up in San Francisco at the owner’s meeting, Team AFM had flown in Anderson’s brother with the big bucks to bid on the move to Vegas. Hastings’ team went first and the owners liked their pitch. But then Spencer hit the meeting with an onside kick when he suggested in an impassioned speech that the Raiders should stay in Oakland. And that they deserved a new stadium, one built with Julian Anderson’s private money, not the 700 million the taxpayers in Vegas had agreed to pay. He punctuated the well-articulated pitch by drawing the owners’ attentions to the huge crowd he’d organized to assemble in the streets below. They chanted their support for the Raiders. Later that night, they got the news that the owners decided to move the team to Vegas, but they did want ASM to finance the stadium construction with Julian’s money.

So tonight we start with season four and a definite shift to L.A. & Vegas as the setting for the show. Can’t wait to see where this one goes!

On tonight’s episode, “Rough Ride,” Spencer and Joe weigh the pros and cons of acquiring an extreme-sport agency. Ricky sets down roots in LA with Amber and their daughter but finds himself yearning for something else. Charles rallies a group of disgruntled employees as he begins his new tenure with the Rams.

Find out how the new season goes tonight on HBO at 10/9c.

I’ll also be tuning in for my other new late summer fav, Preacher.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/7/18

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!

Jenny’s Choice

My favorite genre of TV has to be the procedural – cops, detectives, crime scene, & the like. So when I got an email about screeners for a new lighthearted detective comedy/procedural on WGN America, Carter. Jerry O’Connell stars as Harley Carter, an actor playing a detective on a hit TV show who retreats to his hometown after an embarrassing public meltdown in Hollywood. (Yes, it sounds similar to Take Two, with the actor/public meltdown/becoming a detective in real life. But I’m okay with that. LOL) Once there, he uses what he’s learned on set to help out his childhood best friend, Sam Shaw (Sydney Poitier Heartsong), a police detective. He also ropes in their third best friend, Dave Leigh (Kristian Bruun), who reluctantly goes along with Harley’s sometimes crazy, sometimes dangerous schemes.

I’ve seen most of the first 10-episode season, and while it isn’t perfect, it’s a fun, enjoyable show that is an escape from the real world, which is just kind of what we want sometimes, isn’t it?

On tonight’s episode, “Koji the Killer,” Harley Carter returns to his Ontario hometown after a public scandal, only to find that his housekeeper has been accused of murder.

Check out this fun new comedic procedural tonight on WGN America at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing America’s Got Talent, Chopped, & Making It.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/6/18

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, Better Call Saul returns to AMC to kick off its fourth season. During last season’s finale, Howard had had enough of Chuck’s drama. He handed him a $3M personal check to buy out his part of the firm and then immediately announced Chuck’s departure to the entire firm. When Jimmy heard the news, he went to apologize to his older brother, but Chuck didn’t want to hear it. Later that evening, Chuck had another one of his panic attacks, tearing apart his home looking for the source of an electronic hum. Chuck had lost his job, and his reputation, and couldn’t control his anxiety. He had had enough – he kicked some piles of paper in his office that were holding up a lantern, until it fell over, setting the whole house ablaze with him still inside.

Meanwhile, Kim had already decided to take some time off after her car accident, and now Jimmy was about to have some free time of his own. Jimmy felt guilt over destroying Irene Landry’s life, and when he couldn’t con her friends into accepting her back, he orchestrated an accidental confession during bingo. This basically destroyed his credibility at the old-age home and caused his clients to flee en masse. And finally, Nacho watched from his car as Hector, Gus, and Juan had an argument outside his father’s upholstery shop. Hector clutched his chest and collapsed to the ground. Surprisingly, Gus Fring administered CPR, saving Hector’s life. Surely part of some master plan.

I’m looking forward to another season of Better Call Saul tonight. How is Jimmy going to react to his brother’s death/suicide, and will this be what finally pushes him to become Saul Goodman? And how will this affect Kim and Jimmy’s seemingly doomed relationship? And what else will we learn of the larger Madrigal business that plays such a major role in Breaking Bad?

On tonight’s premiere, “Smoke,” Jimmy struggles to cope with Chuck’s tragic death; Mike ponders his role at Madrigal; and Howard makes a startling confession.

Check out how the season begins tonight on AMC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Lodge 49.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/5/18

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

It’s no shock that I love cooking competition shows, so obviously I’m looking forward to Food Network’s latest, Ultimate Summer Cook-Off. Six talented chefs – from a chef with a restaurant on the beach to a seafood master to a chef from Hawaii, & more – will compete in two rounds of summer culinary heats each week. Whoever wins the first round will earn a key advantage during round two. Eddie Jackson hosts, while Damaris Phillips and Jamika Pessoa (all three we originally met on Food Network Star over the seasons) are the main judges, joined each week by a roster of special guest judges, including Mark Anderson & Ryan Fey, Susie Bulloch, Lazarus Lynch, Courtney Rada, & pitmaster Cameron True. Food Network fans will likely recognize at least a few of those names. In the end, the winner earns a $25,000 grand prize.

Eddie Jackson makes a great host, and Damaris Phillips especially is a ton of fun. My favorite of the guest judges are Mark Anderson & Ryan Fey, the Grill Dads, who we first met on Guy’s Big Project, which was like a smaller, slightly different version of Food Network Star. They’re really funny and should make for great judges. So I’m really looking forward to tonight’s premiere.

On tonight’s episode, “All-American Party,” host Eddie Jackson welcomes six spectacular chefs to the summer house for the ultimate all-American showdown. First up is the best backyard burger. Round two features another quintessential American summer food – hot dogs! In the end, the judges will send one chef home for the summer, while the rest continue on in pursuit of the $25,000 grand prize.

Don’t miss the premiere tonight on Food Network at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, Food Network Star, Private Eyes, Beat Bobby Flay, & To Tell the Truth.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/2/18

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

Last week’s penultimate episode of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger season one took an interesting approach to its unfolding, bringing us back into the world of Tyrone’s love interest Evita. The whole ep was framed around lectures Evita was taking notes on in school about “heroes.” Also, her Aunt Chantelle, the voodooienne who warned her niece that Roxxon Corporation will destroy all of New Orleans unless the “divine pairing” of Tyrone & Tandy can stop them.

But of course they were caught up in their own drama movies: Tandy has learned not only can she see people’s greatest hope, she can also take it from their mind as well, while Tyrone dealt with the fact that the corrupt cop who killed his brother had gotten off the hook for the murder againnnnn. Tandy finally bailed Liam out of jail but only to steal his greatest hope: getting married to her. His love for her gone, he stole her cash stash and skipped town ASAP. Tyrone meanwhile was now the target of Connors, his brother’s killer. The corrupt cop turned to treachery again and falsely accused Tyrone of murder, leading dozens of NOPD to come knocking on his door. Same time, crosstown? Tandy was dealing with an assassin at her mom’s pad. Both storylines ended on cliffhanger moments, setting the stage for a wild finale tonight.

This show was been rock solid, one of the best in the MCU so far, up there with The Gifted & Legion. The young thespians playing Tandy and Tyrone are promising, and season 2 is already confirmed. So if you have never seen it yet, start binging now or wait for it to hit ‘flix, cause this one is a rewarding, twisting tale of two teens cursed or blessed with powers that somehow tie their very souls together.

On tonight’s season finale, “Colony Collapse,” everything comes to a head for Tyrone and Tandy as the city of New Orleans is thrown into chaos. The two realize that it is time they face their destiny and test their powers as the “Divine Pairing” to save the city.

See how the season ends tonight on Freeform at 8/7c.

Other than this tonight, I’m just working on my binge of the first two seasons of Preacher, ’cause holy f*** that show is nuts, as it turns out.

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