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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/20/18

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, the fourth season of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat comes to a close. In last week’s episode, Louis was initially thrilled to buy back Kenny Rogers’ stake in Cattleman’s Ranch. However, he soon started to doubt his decision and stressed over the fact that he was now solely responsible for the success or failure of the business. Jessica flew in her psychic from D.C., Madam Xing, to try to help Louis overcome his anxiety. But this just made him even more stressed, causing him to break a tooth. So Louis went to see Marvin, and the laughing gas in the dentist chair finally calmed him nerves but also caused him to have some strange delusions. Meanwhile, Evan announced that he was giving up Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for Lent, recording the episodes on VHS to watch after Lent was over. This annoyed Eddie and Emery, who weren’t giving up anything. So the brothers decided to try to trick Evan into breaking his Lenten sacrifice by tempting him with made-up stories of all the crazy things that happened on the talk show that week.

Even in its fourth season, this series continues to feel…well, fresh and continues to make me laugh each week. The series has done an excellent job of not only maintaining the fun character quirks, traits, and relationships but also allowing these characters to develop and grow over time. Jessica, who will always remain my favorite, has definitely learned to let her hair down and just roll with punches every once in a while, even if things aren’t necessarily happening the way she would like them to. Eddie seems to have changed the most this season, becoming much more responsible and mature. I don’t know if the series will be back for another season, but I really hope so, and I am really looking forward to tonight’s season finale.

On tonight’s season finale, “King in the North,” Honey plans a relaxing vacation before the baby arrives, but Jessica turns the trip into a quest to get Stephen King to endorse her novel; Louis scrambles to make Grandma Huang feel welcome; Eddie and Nicole rebel against the school’s dress code.

See how Eddie and Nicole rebel tonight on ABC at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Middle, black-ish, For the People, LA to Vegas, The Mick, Black Lightning, and The Detour.
 
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Review for ABC’s For the People

This new legal procedural show is basically How to Get Away with Murder without Viola Davis, and is exactly as disappointing as it sounds!

For the People is so excruciatingly self-conscious that, at times, especially during the pilot, it seems as if every actor is frantically waving their hands about and shouting for you to notice that they are in a TV show, finally!
 
Transparent Emotional Manoeuvring

When friends and roommates Sandra, played by Britt Robertson, and Ali, undertaken by Jasmin Savoy Brown, interact with one another in the stilted first episode. The subtext is very obviously that the best-friend-dynamic needs to be established as quickly as is possible. With the kind of emotional manipulation that it so obvious it is almost cynical, For the People tries to present the Shondaland ideal standard of six-odd youthful overachievers who all talk too fast and are simply smouldering with unresolved sexual tension, but falls very short.

Yawn. Personally, I would rather be spending some time at the kind of online casino New Zealand has to offer!
 
Subtle as a Battleship

Right from the first frame of For the People, the characters are scrambled up together in a variety of heterosexual romantic pairings, like they’ve been shaken up like dice in a cup and thrown down to see what will happen next.

But, unlike Rhimes’ greatest shows, For the People lacks even the pretence of subtlety, which is very often provided by the lead actor, a Kerry Washington, a Viola Davis, or an Ellen Pompeo. It’s spirited, and follows all the correct patterns, but I found For the People very difficult to invest in.
 
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