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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/28/19

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, TNT kicks off the new limited series I Am the Night, a noir thriller set in 1965 Los Angeles and inspired by true events. After making a startling discovery that her mother lied to her about her lineage, naive teenager Fauna Hodel (India Isley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) decides to head from Reno, Nevada into Los Angeles, in search of her grandfather George (Jefferson Mays, Law & Order: SVU) she never knew about. However, Fauna’s mother had good reason to keep her daughter in the dark, as there is a deadly mystery surrounding George Hodel. Meanwhile, former marine-turned-hack reporter Jay Singletary (Chris Pine) finds himself looking into the gruesome murder of a young woman. At age 18, Singletary had a promising career as a full-time reporter for the LA Times, but he messed up and told a story he shouldn’t have, which ruined his career. This story still haunts him years later and has left him a shell of the man he used to be: depressed, taking drugs, having thoughts of suicide, and doing grunt work for the LA Examiner. The subject of that fateful article was George Hodel, so it’s only a matter of time before Fauna and Singletary cross paths.

I checked out tonight’s premiere, and it’s a bit of a slow burn but in a good way. The pilot establishes the characters, poses a lot of questions, and whets the appetite for the larger mystery to come. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of the series and seeing how this mystery plays out. I’ve seen the trailer for this miniseries at least a half-dozen times in the theater, and so I’ve been anxious to see the show and learn how the famous unsolved 1947 Black Dahlia murder plays into the story.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” Fauna Hodel, a teenage girl who is given away at birth and grows up outside of Reno, Nev., makes a discovery that leads her to question everything about her origin; as Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets a ruined reporter.

Don’t miss the beginning of the story tonight on TNT at 9/8c.

I’ll also be recording The Good Doctor, Big Brother, Manifest, The Resident, The Passage, and Arrow.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/27/19

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 continues its annual tradition of bringing Broadway to broadcast, with a brand-new, live performance of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent. The play is a re-imagining of the Puccini opera La Bohème, set in more modern times, following the lives of a group of struggling artists living in New York’s East Village during the peak of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The original Broadway production opened in 1996 and ran for 12 years, making it one of the longest-running Broadway shows. This is probably the most mature production that FOX has taken on so far, so it will be interesting to see how much they will need to change for network television – though they did manage to do Rocky Horror a couple years ago.

The special will be directed by Alex Rudzinski (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Grease: Live, Dancing with the Stars), and the star-studded cast includes actress Kiersey Clemons (The Flash, Angie Tribeca), Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Power), singer/songwriter Jordan Fisher (Dancing with the Stars, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical, Powerless), newcomer and singer/songwriter Brennin Hunt, R&B/Pop superstar Mario (Empire), recording artist Tinashe, and performer Valentina (RuPaul’s Drag Race). Plus there will be a “Seasons of Love” solo by Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman).

I usually enjoy these live musical productions, and this one has some memorable songs in it, so I’m looking forward to checking out tonight’s live production.

Don’t miss the performance tonight on FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be recording Big Brother, Supergirl, Worst Cooks in America, Crashing, Counterpart, Black Monday, and SMILF.

 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/25/19

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

As Netflix is wont to do, they dropped the full season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt last night at 3AM. Sadly, this truncated 6-episode season will be the final installation of this Tina Fey comedic masterpiece. I guess on the upside, we can probably expect another ridiculously clever and funny show from her soon. The last half season ended on an especially weird and ominous cliffhanger.

Things started with typical Kimmy oddity when she rediscovered the backpack she had stolen in the pilot, (with $70,000 in it also!). The bag soon manifested as a talking puppet: “Janice Sport.” The imaginary friend sparked her creative imagination, and together they wrote a young adult novel in one night. Juxtaposed against that, we found Titus was in a depressing bout of writer’s block on the eve of a big pitch he was about to make to a big-time producer, a show called “Greg Kinnear & The Capist.” Lillian was involved the associated nonsense that came with finally telling the family of her dead lover that he was dead. It happened months ago, so the timing in telling them led to additional awkward hilarity. Jacqueline spent the episode helping her stepdaughter, Xanthippe, deal with a pregnancy scare.

When she realized her bestest pal Titus was left without a good idea, she let him use her YA fiction as his pitch. This worked perfectly for Titus, who really only wanted to charm the producer for acting opportunities. That scheming worked perfectly, and Titus was invited to an audition. Kimmy meanwhile was dejected because her publicist had rejected the story she and Janice wrote because “nobody wants to read happy stories from the bunker girl.” She was so determined to leave her past behind that she took Janice to the East River, where she was filling her with rocks about to murder her, when she got a surprising phone call. It was the son of the producer that Titus pitched to. He had found her story and wanted to know more. This encouraged her to keep working on the tales with the backpack. Later back at the apartment, all the core crew were celebrating various successes when it started to pull out in the POV of a sniper watching them all through a scope. He was speaking in Arabic and referenced an assassin. WTF, Kimmy?!? What did you do???

Catch the second half of season four now on Netflix!

I’ll also be watching the latest three episodes of Young Justice that went live on DCU. That is a surprisingly fun show that airs on the exclusive DCU streaming service.
 
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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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