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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/17/19

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

First thing this morning, A Discovery of Witches made its U.S. debut on streaming services Sundance Now and Shudder. The series, which aired on Sky TV this past September in the UK, is based on the bestselling “All Souls” trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Historian Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer, Hacksaw Ridge) is a witch who refuses to use her magical powers – not that she really knows how to control them anyway. After her parents were murdered, Diana was raised by her Aunt Sarah (Alex Kingston, ER, Doctor Who) and her partner Emily (Valarie Pettiford, Being Mary Jane) in their farmhouse in Madison County, New York. Sarah is upset that Diana denies her magical heritage and wants her niece to embrace being a witch, but Diana is more concerned with her academic career. While she received tenure at Yale, Diana has now returned to Oxford in hopes of obtaining a professorship.

While doing research for a paper on Alchemy, Diana accidentally discovers a bewitched manuscript that had been thought to have been lost for hundreds of years. When she opens the book, she finds herself thrust into a dangerous world of witches and vampires, with many parties eager to get their hands on the manuscript. Vampire/geneticist Dr. Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode, The Crown, Downton Abbey) has been trying to figure out why his breed are dying out and are having trouble siring new vampires. He has been looking for The Book of Life for over 100 years and believes the manuscript contains information about how the vampires were created – this information may be the key to their survival. He finds himself inexplicably drawn to Diana after she opens the book but must try to control his urges. Meanwhile, power-hungry witch Peter Knox (Owen Teale, Game of Thrones) is also after the book, but he has other, more nefarious purposes in mind.

This series is beautifully shot, with some really great production value. The pilot quickly establishes the main characters and some of the rules of this world, where vampires, witches, and other demons hide in plain sight among the humans, always fearful of being discovered. The first season is 8 episodes and covers the events of the first book of the trilogy. The series has already been renewed for two more seasons, and the plan is to cover one book per season, so there’s plenty more to come for fans! I’m not sure if there are plans to eventually air the series on the linear Sundance TV network, but today the entire season is available on both the Sundance Now and Shudder streaming services.

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I got the chance to speak with some of the cast and creators of the series and hold the actual book itself! Check out my interview videos at NoReruns.net.

Check out the entire first season streaming now on Sundance Now and Shudder!

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Fam, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, Gotham, and The Orville.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/14/19

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, FOX kicks off the new series, The Passage, which is based on the trilogy of novels by Justin Cronin. Project NOAH is a top-secret government medical organization formed through the cooperation of the CDC and DOD. Its goal is to create a vaccine that would prevent and cure all deadly diseases. While exploring a remote cave, Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick, Lost) makes a startling discovery, a vampire-like creature that has been alive for over 250 years. Unfortunately, his best friend, scientist Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane, Bosch, Bloodline, Sons of Anarchy) is attacked, becomes patient zero of a new deadly virus and the target of Dr. Lear’s research.

Heading up Project NOAH is Major Nichole Sykes (Caroline Chikezie, The Shannara Chronicles), who authorizes the use of prisoners as test subjects for the vaccine research. The project’s latest acquisitions include death-row inmates Shauna Babcock (Brianne Howey, The Exorcist) and Anthony Carter (McKinley Belcher III, Ozark, Mercy Street). With each new subject, they make some progress with the vaccine but also yield new and interesting side effects. They decide that a much younger test subject will be needed in order to stave off these side effects and start looking for a child that no one would miss.

Clark Richards (Vincent Piazza, Boardwalk Empire, Rescue Me), head of security of the project, had been tasking his former Special Ops trainer, Federal Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Pitch), with obtaining the test subjects. Wolgast doesn’t know what’s going on at the secret facility but does know it can’t be good for the people he brings there. So once he meets 10-year-old target Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney, Fences, Hidden Figures), he has a change of heart. She reminds him of the child he and ex-wife, Dr. Lila Kyle (Emmanuelle Chriqui, Entourage, Murder in the First) had lost. So he makes it his mission to protect her by any means necessary. Meanwhile, inside the walls of the Project NOAH facility, lies a deadly new race of beings with increasingly mysterious, untold powers.

Tonight’s premiere does a lot of setup work, establishing the characters and the premise. I’m not familiar with the source material, but it looks like the series will be a nice blend of sci-fi thriller mixed with character drama – kind of like Touch meets The Strain. The pilot just gives a glimpse at what these vampire-like beings are capable of, and it seems like only a matter of time before they get loose and start to wreak havoc. Meanwhile, we also get a look into the emotional backstories of many of the main characters, learning their motivations for what they are doing. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the series.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” as an imminent flu epidemic threatens the U.S., federal agent Brad Wolgast is tasked with bringing in a 10-year-old girl to be used as a test subject at a secret medical facility; after meeting her, Brad’s loyalties are tested.

Meet Amy, Brad, and the rest tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Good Doctor, Manifest, and The Resident.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/9/19

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, ABC kicks off the new comedy Schooled, which is a 1990-something set spinoff of The Goldbergs. Barry Goldberg’s former girlfriend Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) hasn’t had much success in launching her music career, so she heads back home and applies for a job as the music teacher at her old high school, William Penn Academy. Lainey thinks that she’ll be able to relate to the students since they aren’t that much younger than herself. In a way that’s true, but she also realizes that she’ll need to quickly step up and take charge if she wants the students to see her as an authority figure. Helping Lainey navigate these new waters are the school’s new principal/former guidance counselor, Mr. Glascott (Tim Meadows) and the familiar Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen). This new peer relationship with her former teachers and calling them by their first names is going to take some getting used to!

A while back, ABC had done a backdoor pilot for this spinoff that wasn’t picked up. They did air the episode last year (and it wasn’t very good). This is a completely re-worked version of the series that is better but is still missing those fun family relationships and sibling rivalry that The Goldbergs offers. This series is not a replacement for the original but has the potential to be a fun 90s counterpart. It follows a lot of the same structure, with Lainey doing narration, photos/clips/interviews with the show’s real-life counterparts during the credits, and lots of great 90s music and fun pop-culture references. It’s hard to tell after just one episode what the focus of the series will be – i.e. does it plan to follow the same students from season to season, will there be other regular teachers in the cast, will we see more Goldbergs cameos after the premiere, etc? But I’m definitely interested in seeing where it goes.

On tonight’s premiere, “Be Like Mike,” Lainey returns to William Penn Academy, where she has a hard time adjusting to being an authority figure; Coach Mellor struggles with Michael Jordan’s influence on modern-day basketball.

See if this new show’s for you tonight on ABC at 8:31/7:31c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Match Game, The Masked Singer, and I’m Sorry.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/6/19

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!

Jenny’s Choice

There were a lot of good moments in the final 2018 episode of NCIS: LA. NCIS Special Agent Nicole DeChamps (Marsha Thomason) was back, filling in for Callen, who spent all episode with Anna in the hospital. The case itself was okay, some parts of it better than others – I really enjoyed Sam sort of bonding with the guys from the Army and Marines who were originally thought to be the bad guys but who’d been drugged so they weren’t exactly in charge of their actions when they ran their vehicle through a Christmas tree lot and shot up the place. I also really enjoyed Nicole and Sam at the rich drug dealer’s party.

Outside the case, there were some great moments. Rogers being a Grinch, even banning the company party and decorations. Callen spending Christmas with Anna, who was in the hospital after being beaten up very badly in prison…and Arkady maybe finally realizing that Callen does truly care about her. Deeks freaking out about hosting the company holiday party at the bar – he was so funny about the food, going so far as to getting a bunch of cakes or bread or whatever from the girlfriend of one of the “suspects” of the case. The team toasting to the people they lost in the previous year, remembering Granger and Hidoko, even mentioning Hetty, who is off on some mysterious project (in reality, Linda Hunt was in an accident over the summer and is apparently still not better enough to get back to work…).

I still want Kensi & Deeks to pick a wedding date and name the bar! (Hello! I have two: Fern’s or The Golden Shark! Duh!)

On tonight’s episode, “The Sound of Silence,” after the chief of logistics for a naval weapons station collapses on the job, the NCIS team must determine if this is a terror threat or a stress-induced breakdown. Also, Kensi and Deeks research different honeymoon locations.

To see if there’s a terror threat and find out where we’re (I mean they’re) going on the honeymoon, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Worst Cooks in America.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/3/19

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

So if you’re anything like me, you go nuts every comic book TV show that they make…and you watch these shows even when they’ve become gratingly awful, which brings us to tonight’s big return, my beloved #SloMoSharkJump: Gotham! This show actually peeled itself back from the ledge of corny and finished strong, making this final season that much more exciting. Last year we saw Selina Kyle, the Catgirl, going into the ER after a shot to her vertebrae by Jeremiah, the Joker. GCPD was busy collecting his bombs, but he promised there was one they didn’t know about. He would only reveal where when Bruce Wayne came to face him. Meanwhile, a small consortium of Gotham’s biggest villains watched Dr. Hugo Strange resurrect the undead Solomon Grundy.

A general showed up to take over as the city was being evacuated and martial law was being put in place. He arrested Gordon for insubordination and ordered him taken out of the city, but Riddler kidnapped him during transit. Ed wanted Jim dead so Lee could finally leave that part of her life behind. He was crushing Jim under a huge industrial-sized press when Lee came in. She convinced Riddler that she was over Jim and ready to leave the city with Ed Nygma that night. Gordon, spared of his crushing death, returned to the police station. Ra’s al Ghul confronted Barbara and invited her to leave the city with him.

She declined. Bruce confronted the Joker, who revealed there were no extra bombs but that he needed to lure Bruce to where al Ghul could kidnap him. He absconded with both young Master Wayne and all the original bombs.

Alfred, Tabitha, Barbara, & the Penguin all went after Ra’s as Gordon realized the bridges were the target for the bombs. He ordered the bridges be cleared. The General again tried to arrest him, but GCPD all turned their guns on him. Knowing that only Bruce’s hand could slay Ra’s al Ghul, Barbara put the blade in Wayne’s hand and guided it into al Ghul’s chest. This happened as all the bridges got destroyed, leaving Gotham an isolated powerless island. As Ra’s disintegrated into ashes, he urged Bruce to “become the Dark Knight.” When it came time to leave the city, Lee decided to stay, so she and Riddler wound up stabbing each other. They kissed before collapsing to die – Hugo Strange found them though, so they were destined to be resurrected. Grundy was returned to life as Butch, but only long enough for Penguin to kill him in front of Tabitha. He wanted revenge for when she killed his mother. Bruce was offered a chance to get out of the city, but he stayed to fight the gangs that were already taking over.

Along with Gordon, Luscious Fox, and a few other cops, there was almost no one left to fight the rise of these pillaging gangs. Which brings us to tonight!!! I can’t wait to see how Bruce and Jim do against this dystopian version of Gotham. So much ass shall be kicked.

On tonight’s episode, “Year Zero,” Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne face the chaos Gotham City has become. Their mission to keep the city safe becomes more complicated as the villains who survived the attack on the city begin to resurface and claim various territories. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle grapples with how to deal with her uncertain future.

See how Jim and Bruce handle the chaos tonight on FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching The Orville.
 
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