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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/24/17

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!

Jenny’s Choice

[Just a side note before you read my pick for tonight… This episode touches on a hot-button issue, especially right now, after the horrific attack in Manchester a couple of days ago. My thoughts and prayers are going out to all those affected, in Manchester and around the world.]

There are some story lines that bother me more than others. Last week’s Law & Order: SVU was one of those. Christians are often portrayed as crazy, religious zealots, and this was one of those cases. A group of young church-goers was visiting New York, and one of the young women met up with an old friend she hadn’t seen since she’d moved to NYC. That friend was a lesbian, and the church girl was attracted to her, although her parents, church leader, and other members of the group did their damnedest to convince her otherwise. It went so far that another member raped her, although he (& his lawyer & the victim’s family & the other church group members) claimed that it was curative intercourse – supposed to help bring her back to God and away from homosexual thoughts. Even though she told him no at the time, they claim she wanted it. The poor girl was being pulled in so many different directions and was so confused. And even though Lucas was the one who raped her, I’m not so sure he’s not just as confused and blindfolded to the true bad guy, the church leader, who had everyone snowed. They finally decided to go after the reverend. Lucas admitted to having been caught with a boy by the reverend, and then they figured out the revered was paying boys like Lucas for the “curative intercourse.” It just… Argh. In the end, the reverend pled guilty to stop them from calling in the Feds, who would seize all his and his church’s money.

So from one strong story to another… Tonight’s episodes focus on Muslims and deportation and hate crimes. From the frying pan into the fire, I guess. LOL They’re ending the season with a bang, that’s for sure! Will everyone survive, and how will their friendships and working relationships fare?

On tonight’s first episode, “American Dream,” a hate crime against a Muslim family results in the death of their daughter. When a crucial witness in the case is deported, Barba is forced to drop the charges against a suspect, and tensions rise between communities on opposing sides of the case.

Then on the season finale, “Sanctuary,” the unexpected release of a suspect in a hate crime case leaves Benson and Barba caught between two families seeking justice for their loved ones. As public protests escalate to violence, Benson goes to desperate lengths to make an arrest.

To see what lengths Benson goes to tonight, tune in to NBC starting at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Bakers vs Fakers & Cooks vs Cons.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/2/15

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

santasinthebarnsmallI was going to pick the season premiere of Top Chef for tonight because I love that show so much, but instead, my pick is the series premiere of another reality competition show, Santas in the Barn on TruTV, the search for the nation’s best Santa. Ten Santas from across the country come to live at the ultimate Christmas fantasy camp, where they’ll compete in over-the-top Christmas-themed challenges to see who most lives the “Santa Way.” They will vote on who most exemplifies the Christmas spirit, with the winner getting $100,000 and the title of America’s Best Santa.

I have no idea how good or bad this is going to be. It could be cheesy and simply awful, or it could be a lot of fun, something to help get viewers into the Christmas spirit. I’m hoping it’s the second, but even if it’s the first, it might be fun to watch regardless! Based on the photos I saw on the show’s site, most of the wannabe Santas are…different-looking than your normal Kris Kringle. I can’t wait to see how fun and silly the challenges are and which Santa is my favorite!

On tonight’s episode, “Welcome to the North Pole,” the Santas learn how to stack gifts, climb chimneys, and a whole lot more as they embark on a once in a lifetime journey to become America’s Best Santa.

Meet the Santas tonight on TruTV at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Hellevator, Rosewood, The Goldbergs, Criminal Minds, Cutthroat Kitchen, Modern Family, black-ish, Code Black, Mystery Diners, & Top Chef.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/26/14

The cold weather’s back here in Kansas. I was really enjoying the (slightly) warmer weather. But tonight, I’ll be curled up under a blanket as I watch all the new TV. Check out our recommendations so you can join me. 🙂

Jenny’s Choice

mixology226smallMy pick tonight is the series premiere of Mixology, on ABC. I really enjoyed this pilot when I watched it last summer. It’s a different premise than the norm. From ABC: “One bar. One night. Ten single people.” The show is a mix of characters interacting at Mix, a high-end bar in Manhattan’s meat-packing district. The show stars Adam Campbell (Epic Movie), Adan Canto (The Following), Alexis Carra (Incredible Girl), Craig Frank (8.13), Ginger Gonzaga (Legit), Blake Lee (Parks and Recreation), Vanessa Lengies (Glee), Andrew Santino (Punk’d), Frankie Shaw (Blue Mountain State), and Kate Simses (What’s Your Number) as Liv.

The pilot was cute. Not perfect, but really sweet and funny. I’ve been waiting a long time now for it to come out so I can see it again and so everyone can see it with me. Be sure to tune in to at least check out the first ep!

On tonight’s episode, “Tom & Maya,” newly single Tom is thrown back into the dating world and meets Maya, a beautiful but tough attorney.

See if this cute new comedy is for you tonight on ABC at 9:31/8:31c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Melissa & Joey, Law & Order: SVU, Modern Family, Psych, Criminal Minds, The Exes, Men at Work, Chicago PD, & Wahlburgers.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/4/13

Yesterday, I FINALLY got a new battery for my van. Let’s hear it for not having to get a boost every time I need to go somewhere! Hooray! As if that wasn’t enough good news for one day, I later found out I won a cookie baking contest at my daughter’s school, which ended up with me getting a gift card to the mall—in woman language, that’s just like flowers. 🙂 While I ride my high of good news—because let’s be honest, the bad news is probably just around the corner…lol—let’s see what’s on TV tonight to keep us all happy.

Megan’s Choice

superfunnight124smallI am having a serious girl crush on the beautiful, talented, and hilarious Rebel Wilson, as well as her character on Super Fun Night. It’s true that a lot of critics have been all crotchety about the show (even some of my fellow post writers…), but I really don’t care, because it makes me happy. By happy, I mean laughing my butt off and feeling like a ray of sunshine after every episode. There’s something awesome about watching a woman on TV truly own who she is, and Kimmie (Rebel Wilson) really does own it. Last week’s episode was bittersweet, because Kimmie was fixed up with Richard’s friend, James, and they hit it off. What’s bittersweet about this is that James could see the connection between Richard and Kimmie and graciously stepped back. In all honesty, I want Richard with Kimmie instead of Kendall, but James and Kimmie made a dynamic pair. What I did really enjoy was watching Richard have a turn at being jealous when he realized how much fun Kimmie was having with James. He felt left out because Kimmie is the person he has the most fun with. When Richard was honest with Kendall about having more fun with Kimmie than her, I cheered, but then I felt bad for Kendall because she isn’t all bad—just most of the time.

Tonight, ABC is airing the original first episode as a flashback so we can see where it all started. The episode, so originally titled “Pilot,” shows us Kimmie getting a promotion that threatens a long-standing tradition with her two best friends and roommates.

To go back to the beginning, tune in to ABC at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching The X Factor, Killer Contact, Mob City, Kirstie, Christmas in Rockerfeller Center, On the Rocks, and Top Chef.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/13/13

I have had a few pretty rough days, with back and hip pain due a fall I had a couple of months ago. The lesson I learned is that it’s probably better to let the water bottle float away than try to reach it with your foot and fall half in the lake and half on the incredibly hard rocks on the edge. While I sit back and put a heating pad on my back, let’s see what we should all be checking out on TV.

Megan’s Choice

superfunnight1113smallSuper Fun Night is among my favorite new comedies this fall, even though it’s not on the list of most of my fellow TV bloggers. There are a lot of people who find it a little rude, too much physical humor or that Rebel Wilson is just being the butt of every fat joke. I’m in strong disagreement with most of those issues. First, it can be rude, but it’s quite amusingly rude, so I’ll overlook it. As far as the physical humor goes, there is never too much, because Rebel is a genius at it, and she isn’t the butt of every fat joke—she overcomes them. Honestly, I no longer really notice Kimmie (Rebel Wilson) as the fat girl. I see her as the girl who is slowly learning how to be an adult in today’s world after she locked herself away to protect herself from all the judgements and teasing. Regardless of why you don’t watch, I think you should give it another try. It’s worth it. On last week’s episode, we watched as Kimmie and Kendall had a mini bonding session over drinks, but don’t think for a minute it really changes anything. They’re always going to be frenemies.

On tonight’s episode, “The Love Lioness,” Kimmie and the gang decide to attend a seminar by Jane Spencer, “The Love Lioness,” (guest star Molly Shannon) a relationship guru who likens finding men to hunting prey in the wild. They try her theories out at a hotel bar. It works a little too well when Kimmie picks up Parker (guest star Will Sasso) and isn’t sure what to do when he invites her up to his room.

To see how the hysterical Molly Shannon blends with the cast, tune in to ABC at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, CSI, The Tomorrow People, Arrow, The X Factor, American Horror Story, and Extreme Cheapskates.
 
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