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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/29/17

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

Tonight, ABC premieres the new comedy Imaginary Mary at a special night and time before it moves to its regular Tuesday timeslot next week. When Alice (Jenna Elfman, Dharma & Greg) was 6 years old, her parents got a divorce, and to help deal with her emotions, she invented an imaginary friend named Mary (Rachel Dratch, SNL). But by the time she was 18, Alice was already becoming a strong, independent woman and no longer needed her fluffy, pudgy pal. Now, 20 years later, Alice owns her PR firm for athletes, and her relationship with boyfriend/divorced dad Ben (Stephen Schneider, Broad City) has been going great for three months. However, when Ben suggests it’s time that Alice finally meet his three kids – neurotic teenager Andy (Nicholas Coombe), nerdy middle child Dora (Matreya Scarrwener, Strange Empire), and youngest Bunny (Erica Tremblay) – the stress causes her old imaginary friend to reappear. Mary is thrilled to see her best friend again but may not be the best influence on Alice.

I checked out the first two episodes of the series and was pleasantly surprised. I expected the show to be a lot like Angel From Hell, where Mary would be constantly there talking in Alice’s ear trying to help her fix her life. There is some of this – from a young age Alice saw parenting as a scary thing, and she fears being a mother, so Mary is a bit of the devil on her shoulder trying to convince her to run away from motherhood. However, the series is much more of a family/relationship comedy, and the imaginary friend is just a small piece of that. That said, I really enjoyed the relationship between Mary and Alice. Rachel Dratch is hilarious. And I think this show will fit in well with the other ABC family comedies, where there’s always a bit of heart with the laughter.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” a thirtysomething woman’s life turns to chaos when an imaginary friend she created as a child returns after she begins dating a divorced father with three kids.

Meet Mary and Alice tonight on ABC at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Modern Family, black-ish, Designated Survivor, Survivor, Criminal Minds, Arrow, The 100, Legion, Schitt’s Creek, The Magicians, The Expanse, Major Crimes, and Nobodies.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/8/17

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, FX enters the world of Marvel Television with its new series, Legion, based on characters from the New Mutants comic. David Haller (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey) has been confined to the Clockwork Psychiatric Hospital for the past 6 years, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He has been seeing and hearing things ever since he was a young boy and believes he may even have telekinetic abilities. He finds it difficult to tell the difference between what is real and what is not. When he’s not trying to convince those in charge that he’s ready to be released, David spends his days in the common room with best friend and fellow patient Lenny (Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation). That is, until he meets kindred spirit Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller, Fargo), a new patient with whom it’s love at first sight. Through flashbacks and interviews, we not only learn more about how David got to this point, but the series also sets up a much larger, more interesting mystery about what’s really going on in the present.

The series comes from writer/director Noah Hawley (Fargo) and has a very unique, stylized look and feel that reminded me of 60s spy film meets The Prisoner. Add to that a soundtrack that goes anywhere from unsettling string music to 60s rock music, and you’ve got a very interesting viewing experience. The premiere really builds the mystery and tension throughout, while also adding in a bit of humor here and there. I found myself constantly trying to put together the pieces, and just when I thought I had things figured out, there would be some new twist. But by the end of tonight’s premiere, I was completely sold on the series and can’t wait to see what happens next. It felt like I was watching the formation of a new X-Men team.

Dan Stevens is fantastic in this role – I didn’t even recognize him and was shocked at the end to see his name pop up in the credits. The rest of the cast also includes Jean Smart (Fargo), Mackenzie Gray (LoliRock), Katie Aselton (The League), Jeremie Harris, and Amber Midthunder.

On tonight’s extended-length premiere, “Chapter 1,” a troubled young man battling mental illness wonders if the visions he experiences are real following a strange encounter with a fellow patient.

See if David connects with reality tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, black-ish, Match Game, Hunted, Criminal Minds, Arrow, The 100, Spy in the Wild: A Nature Miniseries, Workaholics, Jeff & Some Aliens, Man Seeking Woman, The Magicians, The Expanse, and Suits.
 
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