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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/29/17

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

Earlier this year, Amazon released the pilot for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as part of its spring pilot season. The episode got rave reviews, and the series was picked up a month later for 2 seasons. Early today, Amazon dropped the entire first season exclusively for Prime members (non-Prime members can still check out the pilot). Set in New York City in 1958, the series follows 26-year-old housewife Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards), whose life seems so perfect, just before it comes crashing down. Her husband Joel (Michael Zegen, Rescue Me) is a successful businessman by day and struggling comedian by night. The couple has two children – 3-year-old Ethan and a new baby girl. Midge is the portrait of a perfect housewife, maintaining the home and supporting her husband is his career and comedic aspirations. However, one night after bombing at a comedy club, Joel announces to Miriam that he’s leaving her for his secretary. Miriam drowns her sorrows in alcohol and, in her inebriated state, ends up on the stage at the comedy club. Shedding her prim and proper exterior, Miriam lets loose and instantly wins over the crowd, but her lewd behavior and crude language attracts the attention of the local authorities. However, club manager/wannabe agent Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein, Family Guy, Getting On) sees potential in Midge and wants to help her launch a stand-up career.

The series comes from Gilmore Girls creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino, and even though this highly-serialized series is a period comedy/drama, it shares a lot in common with the Palladinos’ previous series. It centers around a young single(ish) mother dealing with her disappointed parents – always-irritated father, mathematics professor Abe (Tony Shalhoub, Monk) and more-supportive but overprotective mother Rose (Marin Hinkle). The family’s apartment in the Upper West Side is quite stately, and they have a maid – not unlike the Gilmores’ Connecticut home. Characters are constantly breaking into rapid-fire banter, and while there aren’t any troubadours, the Palladinos have still managed to weave musical performances in throughout the episodes. Even though the series is set in New York City, it still manages to capture a small-town feeling at times.

The series is really well written, with interesting characters, witty dialogue, some great character drama and development, and some fun recurring jokes. Rachel Brosnahan is charming in the lead role, even when she’s cursing like a sailor. And the supporting cast is also a lot of fun, especially Tony Shaloub and Alex Borstein. Other actors that pop up in the first few episodes include Kevin Pollak (Angel from Hell) and Caroline Aaron (Episodes) as Joel’s parents, Luke Kirby (Rectify) as comedian Lenny Bruce, and Max Casella (Doogie Howser, M.D.) as a lawyer. I checked out the first four episodes and could have easily watched more if that had been made available. I look forward to checking out the rest of the season on Amazon!

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, American Housewife, Designated Survivor, Survivor, Riverdale, Vikings, MythBusters, and Mr. Robot.
 
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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… 5/25/16

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

waywardpines525smallTonight, FOX is taking viewers back to that creepy town of Wayward Pines, as some new residents are starting to wake up to discover all is not as it seems. As the first season came to a close, David Pilcher decided that Group B had failed his social experiment and that it was time to burn things to the ground and start anew. So he turned off all of the power, allowing the blood-thirsty Abbies to climb over the wall and clean up the “mess.” The aftermath left many dead, including David Pilcher and Ethan Burke – the man who helped open people’s eyes to what was truly going on in the town. Kate Hewson, the woman behind the revolt, managed to survive, along with Pilcher’s henchwomen Nurse Pam and Megan Fisher. It seemed like things might take a turn for the better now that Philcher was out of the picture, but the show then cut to three years later, where Ben Burke, Ethan’s son, awoke from a coma to discover that the first generation of native-born Wayward Pines teenagers had taken over control of the town and were governing it using the same fear and denial tactics that Pilcher had.

The second season picks up shortly afterwards, with Ben and some others trying to lead a rebellion to overthrow this first generation and allow the residents of Wayward Pines to live freely and not in fear – at least not of their fellow people, because there are still the Abbies to worry about. At the same time, Group C is starting to be thawed out and introduced into the population. Tonight we are introduced to one of those new residents, our new protagonist Dr. Theo Yedlin (Jason Patric), who finds himself in a similar confused state as Ethan Burke displayed in the opening moments of the first season.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first season, and I guess a lot of others did as well, because the show is back despite the fact that it was only supposed to be a single season. I’m a little wary of this second season, as the series has a new showrunner and already went through all of the material from the original book trilogy in the first season. However, I’m hoping they can continue to bring the creepiness and surprises in this second season. I just hope the characters I loved from the first season survive long enough to make it through this season, as this is a show that’s not afraid to kill off characters, especially if they are played by well-known actors!

On tonight’s premiere, “Enemy Lines,” Dr. Theo Yedlin awakens from suspended animation and finds himself in the middle of a rebellion in Wayward Pines.

Catch the introduction of Dr. Yedlin tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Price Is Right Primetime Special – The Amazing Race Edition, Arrow, and The Americans.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/11/16

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

chicagopd511smallLast week’s Chicago PD was one of the most intensely emotional episodes yet. The case involved a baby found in a duffel bag filled with rocks on the beach. She was darn near dead, but Dr. Manning (from Chicago PD) was able to nurse her back to health. There were a lot of twists and turns, and the police suspected almost everyone – from the surprise birth father who didn’t even know the seventeen-year-old birth mother was pregnant, to the birth mother’s parents, to the unlicensed midwife – finally arresting the adoptive father, who quickly proclaimed he’d done it, that he was drunk when his young son (9 or 10 years old) wanted to go out and look at the stars and he’d taken the baby with them and then forgot her outside, so when he thought she was dead, he tried to get rid of the body, rather than call it in to the police.

I caught on pretty quick that he was covering for someone, and I guessed right that it was for their son, who was around eight or nine years old. Thankfully, I guessed wrong about the boy’s motive. I’d assumed (given that I’ve seen it all too often on shows like this) that the boy was a sociopath or whatever and had done it on purpose. Unfortunately, it was just a horrible, horrible accident. The boy had woken up to go look at the stars and wanted his new sister to see them, so he’d taken her outside with him. When his parents figured out what happened, they were just trying to protect him. And at the end of the episode, the teenage birth mother, who had turned 18 a week after the baby’s birth, stood up to her parents (her mother was a piece of work and father had little spine going up against his wife…) and decided to visit the baby in the hospital and actually be a mother.

Meanwhile, Voight was surprised to learn that his son had come into town and hadn’t visited or called. Given the description of the season finale, I have a feeling this is a clue that something is up with his son. He seemed to have turned his life around once Voight forced him into the military. He has a baby and a wife now, and he seemed to have grown up. But now… I guess we’ll see! Also, tonight is the planted pilot for Chicago Justice, so we get to meet two (at least?) of the new cast members: Assistant State Attorney Peter Stone, played by Philip Winchester (who recently starred in the short-lived The Player and was a lead in Strike Back), and State Attorney Mark Jefferies, played by Carl Weathers (Colony, Brothers, In the Heat of the Night).

On tonight’s episode, “Justice,” Burgess goes on trial after accidentally shooting an unarmed African-American honor student; the same man who sent Voight to prison is assigned to help defend Burgess.

See how the trial against Burgess goes and meet the new Chicago Justice team members tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Heartbeat, Rosewood, The Goldbergs, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Law & Order: SVU, Modern Family, & black-ish.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/10/16

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

chicagopd210smallI love when get crossovers on NBC with the Chicago-based shows, and it’s fun when Law & Order: SVU is included. Tonight, it’s Chicago PD (my favorite of the Chicago series) that the New York City show is paired with. Dallas Roberts is back. He plays the deliciously evil Gregory Yates, who kidnapped and murdered a BUNCH of women, including Nadia on Chicago PD last season. They, along with the detectives from New York, helped catch him, and he was convicted of murder and put in prison. So why is he back? He’s escaped. Eek. It should be a fun ride as they attempt to catch him again in the back-to-back crossover episodes.

On tonight’s Law & Order: SVU episode, “Nationwide Manhunt,” Erin Lindsay and Antonio Dawson join the SVU team in the hunt for two escaped murderers they helped to convict. Dallas Roberts, Jefferson Mays, Sophia Bush, and Jon Seda guest star.

Then on the Chicago PD episode, “The Song of Gregory William Yates,” Intelligence learns that Yates intends to flee New York and is headed for Chicago. The SVU team informs them that Yates has been gathering information on Lindsay, and after Platt calls in a triple homicide likely at the hand of Yates, Benson and Fin catch the next plane to Chicago. Dallas Roberts, Mariska Hargitay, and Ice-T guest star.

Don’t miss either episode of exciting action tonight on NBC starting at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing 2 Broke Girls, The Mysteries of Laura, The Goldbergs, Mike & Molly, Criminal Minds, Modern Family, Property Brothers, Hell’s Kitchen, black-ish, Code Black, & Restaurant Startup.
 
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