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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/7/18

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

Among other things, one of South Park’s trademark moves over the last two decades has been really over-the-top holiday episodes, and last week’s Halloween episode completely delivered! There were two initial plot threads that they eventually sewed together wonderfully, and the whole thing was narrated by future Kenny, in a meta-irony move. For years Kenny’s gimmick (other than reincarnation) has been how he’s always wearing that orange hoodie and we can’t make out all the foul-mouthed stuff he says. So hearing him reminisce about the “last great Halloween” like he was Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years was hilarious.

The one plot centered on how these free scooters that had popped up all over town terrorized and infuriated the usually calm guidance counselor Mr. Mackey. He dragged the thousands of free “leave ’em anywhere” scooters into the woods, but they all came back the next day. The only thing you needed to use the scooters was a smart phone, as they were powered by a phone app. Which was seriously impacting Kenny because he was too poor to have a smart phone. All of the other kids his age would be using the free scooters to expand their trick or treating range, and he’d be left in the proverbial dust.

When Kenny went to Mr. Mackey with his problem, they both realized the phone app was their biggest issue, so they set out to destroy the local cellphone tower. Another funny thing they did with Kenny for this episode, as I guess they had to, was make his voice a lot less muffled as he and Mr. Mackey “saved the day” so to speak. It was South Park in a very self-aware moment, to say the least. Once the tower was destroyed, Kenny rejoined his best friends, who could no longer use the scooters, and they went on to have the “last great Halloween” together. For costume selection, I vote that Cartman won for his rad rendition of Snake Plisken, main character in the Escape From… films. This was an instant classic that won’t be enough to stop them when they try to #CancelSouthPark; (That hashtag, btw, is a joke that they run on Twitter to send you extra South Park promo tweets!)

On tonight’s episode, “Time to Get Cereal,” when dead citizens start popping up all over town, the boys realize they need Al Gore’s help. The boys are willing to do almost anything to save the town and themselves but it may just be too late.

Don’t miss another fun episode tonight on Comedy Central at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the season finale of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, American Horror Story, and Stan Against Evil (which I just discovered and am catching up on now).
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/26/18

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 #1

My first pick tonight is the new single-camera comedy on ABC, Single Parents. Looking at the premise, I assumed that it would be one of those shows that I liked but that critics didn’t, but from almost everything I’ve read so far on TV sites/blogs, critics are really enjoying it. And I have to say that I’ve seen the pilot as well and I loved it too.

The show focuses on a group of single parents all raising their kids (mainly 7-year-olds) as…well…single parents. They’re sarcastic, funny, and don’t hesitate to say out loud what so many of us parents want to say but don’t. Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond among others) especially has a dry sense of humor and seems to have few boundaries – such as saying kids are the perfect size to wash cars as his twin daughters are outside washing his car. When the small group of single parents meets a new father/daughter (Will & Sophie) at school, they quickly learn he’s a single father as well, but there’s one big difference: Will has fully immersed himself into single parenthood. His life revolves around his daughter and nothing else, including who he himself is as a man. The group decides it’s up to them to bring him out of the parenting vortex and remind him he’s allowed to have a life while still being a loving and attentive father to his daughter.

The cast is great. Besides Brad Garrett, who is always exceptionally funny in everything he does, it includes “parents” Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Kimrie Lewis, & Jake Choi, as well as kids Marlow Barkley, Tyler Wladis, Devin Trey Campbell, & twins Mia and Ella Allan. (And a baby who plays Jake Choi’s character’s infant son. Choi is brilliant as a new dad. So funny.)

I urge you to give this one a chance. It’s really quite amusing!

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Will Cooper has been so focused on raising his daughter, Sophie, he’s lost sight of who he is as a man and has headed deep into the parental vortex. When the other single parents – Angie, Douglas, Poppy, and Jake – at his daughter’s school see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.

Check out the new fun tonight on ABC at 9:31/8:31c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/27/17

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 #1

Like Monday night, one of my picks tonight is another new military-action drama. This time it’s CBS’s SEAL Team, starring David Boreanaz (Bones, Angel). He plays the “respected, intense leader” of a Tier One Navy SEAL team (ergo the title of the show…) that deploys on covert missions worldwide at a moment’s notice. Along with Hayes, the team consists of: Ray (Neil Brown Jr, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), the man who’s been there the longest and with whom Hayes shares an ingrained shorthand, and Sonny (AJ Buckley, CSI: NY), an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies. Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot, Bates Motel, Texas Rising) is a young, multi-lingual second-generation SEAL with heavy drive and dedication, and he’s undergoing additional rigorous training in the hopes of joining Hayes’s select team. Also vita to the team are CIA analyst Mandy Ellis (Jessica Pare, Mad Men, Jack & Bobby) who has sacrificed everything in her drive to root out evil and take down terrorists, and Davis (Toni Trucks, Barbershop, Made in Jersey), a no-nonsense, take-charge logistics officer and unofficial den mother responsible for outfitting the team with the necessary gear for each mission.

I really enjoyed this pilot. There’s a lot of action, a lot of family time that is far from without drama. It out of all the like-minded shows this season reminds me of The Unit, which is one of my all-time favorite shows. I’ve been excited to share this one with my family and can’t wait to see the pilot again and new episodes myself.

On tonight’s episode, “Tip of the Spear,” an elite unit of Navy SEALs must navigate their professional and personal lives as they execute dangerous, high-stakes missions.

Check out this military drama tonight on CBS at 9/8c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/20/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight one of my favorite new shows from last season, The Good Place, returns to kick off its second season. Kristen Bell stars as Eleanor Shellstrop, a selfish, self-centered young woman who quickly realized that, due to some kind of error, she was accidentally sent to “the good place” upon her death when she really deserved to go to “the bad place.” Determined to keep this fact a secret from Michael (Ted Danson), the being in charge, she enlisted her assigned soulmate, ethics professor Chidi (William Jackson Harper), to help teach her how to be “good.” However, Eleanor soon discovered that she was not alone and that some others had also accidentally slipped through the cracks — dim-witted Jason (Manny Jacinto) and narcissistic socialite Tahani (Jameela Jamil). The first season ended with an amazing surprise twist that sets up some major changes for the second season.

I thought the first season was sheer perfection. Kristen Bell was forking delightful, and the entire ensemble worked so well together. Each episode would end in some sort of big reveal that always made you anxious to watch the next. So I was a little worried going into tonight’s premiere — how would last season’s finale change this fun, lighthearted comedy? The second season picks up immediately following the events of the finale, and I can happily say the series doesn’t miss a beat. The characters are still the same ones we fell in love with in the first season, and some of the other side characters, such as Real Eleanor, take on a hilarious new role. I checked out screeners for the first four episodes and probably would have binged the entire season in one sitting if it had been available. This show once again had me laughing out loud over and over again — the writers are so witty and constantly come up with fun new twists and turns. I’m so happy this show is back! If you haven’t seen the first season, I highly recommend binging it first, before watching tonight’s season premiere!

On tonight’s one-hour second season premiere, “Everything Is Great!” Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason — who’ve had their memories erased by ambitious master architect Michael — again settle into the Good Place. Eleanor discovers the one clue she left for herself, however, and attempts to piece things together.

Check back in to the Good Place tonight on NBC at 10:01/9:01c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, MasterChef, Worst Cooks in America, Channel Zero, The Sinner, and Mr. Mercedes.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/30/17

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!

Kyle’s Choice #1

Tonight, The Amazing Race returns to CBS as 22 new contestants start their adventure around the globe in hopes of taking home the $1M prize. However, for this 29th season, there is a big twist: all eleven teams will be comprised of complete strangers! This race is already difficult enough when you can plan ahead for your partner’s strengths and weaknesses, but meeting your teammate on the starting mat adds even more stress to the game! A while back there was a season where half the teams were “blind dates,” and it actually worked out surprisingly well for the teams that just met. It will be interesting to see if that’s the case again. Will the lack of a history to bicker about actually help these newly formed teams? At least there isn’t necessarily a forced pretense of a love connection between the teammates this time around.

On tonight’s premiere, “We’re Coming for You, Phil!” twenty-two strangers meet at the starting line in Los Angeles and then pair up to form eleven teams who then fly to the first destination: Panama City.

Meet the new teams tonight on CBS at 10/9c.
 
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