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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/24/15

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

ncis224smallLast week’s NCIS was focused on Sergei Mishnev after he was behind the explosion that killed one Marine at a summit for global terror event. But when Emily Fornell came to Gibbs, asking for his help with her father, Gibbs opted to sit out the case—sort of. He got Fornell out of jail when he was locked up after being caught on a DUI, and then he took him out to a remote cabin and basically performed an intervention. Vance and the team found out that Mishnev had it out for Gibbs so bad because he’d killed Ari, Ziva’s half-brother, who was also Mishnev’s half-brother, sharing a mother rather than a father like Ari and Ziva did. In the end, Gibbs set it up so Mishnev knew he was there, and with Russian Counselor Anton Pavlenko’s help, Mishnev went there on the assumption that the Russian government had sanctioned Gibbs’s murder. Gibbs was able to sneak up behind him and knock him unconscious, and when Mishnev came to, he was back on the road much like the one where Gibbs thought he’d killed him (It wasn’t clear to me… WAS it the same road? No matter…), and out of the glare of the headlights stepped Fornell, who shot him dead. This time, Gibbs took the time to make sure he was dead. (Thank goodness!)

I’m glad the Mishnev story line is done, and I hope now Fornell can find some peace, not only for himself but also for his daughter. I also really enjoyed seeing Pavlenko actually be a solid help for Gibbs, not an “is he or isn’t he a good guy” routine.

On tonight’s episode, “Blast From the Past,” a covert identity created for one of Gibbs’ undercover cases 20 years ago resurfaces after a murder victim is found living under the alias. Alan Dale guest stars.

See Gibbs go undercover in a very un-Gibbs-like role tonight on CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing MasterChef: Junior, 19 Kids & Counting, Hotel Showdown, Married at First Sight: The First Year, NCIS: NOLA, Rizzoli & Isles, Chopped, Forever, Our Little Family, Person of Interest, Restaurant Startup, & Cougar Town.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/13/15

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

parksandrec113smallTonight, Parks and Recreation returns for its seventh and final season. Last year, the series jumped forward 3 years for the last few minutes of the season finale. We learned that Leslie was successful in setting up the National Parks Service Midwest office in Pawnee, and it seems like she has a huge staff. We saw her fire one employee (played by Jon Hamm) and learned that Larry, formerly Jerry—and now going by Terry—still works for Leslie. Ben was dressed in a tuxedo, prepared to go to some big meeting (what could it be?!). And April and Andy (whose arm was in a cast) were going to be babysitting Ben and Leslie’s triplets.

Where are Ron, Donna, and Tom? Do they still work with Leslie, for the town of Pawnee, or are they off on their own new adventures? What are April and Andy up to, and are they planning to have any kids of their own? Will we see more of Jon Hamm’s character? It will be interesting to see how the series handles being in the future and what kind of predictions they make about it. I’m excited for but also a little sad that we are heading into the final 13 episodes of the series. This show is always hilarious, and I’m really going to miss it once it’s gone—which won’t be long from now, as NBC will be airing a double-dose of episodes each week!

On tonight’s premiere, “2017,” Leslie enters into a competition with the tech company Gryzzl for a large parcel of land, which she wants to turn into a national park. Meanwhile, April and Andy try to become more spontaneous; and Ben is honored with a speech by Tom at a Bicentennial Gala. Then, in “Ron and Jammy,” Leslie and Ron come together to help their old foe Jeremy Jamm escape the diabolical Tammy 2’s clutches. Meanwhile, Ben makes it his mission to find April’s true passion in life; and Andy travels with Tom to Chicago.

Catch up with some of your favorite characters tonight on NBC at 8/7c & 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Face Off, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Forever, Marry Me, About a Boy, MasterChef: Junior, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Switched at Birth, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Cougar Town, and Kroll Show.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/9/14

I took yesterday off from this column because my power went out from 6pm (Tues) until 2am (Wed)—I know exactly when it was restored, as I was awakened by every light in the house turning on and the sounds of electronics whirring back to life! Ironically, my pick for yesterday was going to be the midseason premiere of Revolution! But now the power is back on (knock on wood), and I’m ready for tonight’s packed primetime schedule! Check out our suggestions as to what you should be watching this evening.

Kyle’s Choice

spoilsofbabylonsmallTonight, IFC kicks off The Spoils of Babylon, a parody of those epic dramatic TV mini-series of the 70s and 80s, with a double-episode premiere. Author Eric Jonrosh wrote, directed, and financed the original 22-hour adaptation of his best-selling novel, and now, decades later, he has edited that down into tonight’s epic television mini-series that chronicles the relationships and lives of multiple generations of the Morehouse family through war and the oil business.

I remember watching those “event television” programs all the time growing up, so I’m really looking forward to seeing this comedic take on the genre—I love how they’ve even given the mini-series this whole fictitious backstory. Also, it has such an amazing cast, including Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, and Will Ferrell!

On tonight’s first episode, “The Foundling,” an entrepreneur hopes to strike it rich in the oil fields, while his adopted son begins an affair with his daughter. Then, in “The War Within,” when war breaks out, Devon decides to enlist, leaving behind a distraught Cynthia, who learns that there might be another woman in the picture.

See this fantantic cast in a fun new mini-series tonight on IFC at 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, The Assets, Community, Parks and Recreation, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, and Parenthood.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/21/13

This week has been flying by. I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! As I was trying to choose what to write up for my pick, I realized that I am behind on almost every Thursday night drama! And with tonight’s midnight launch of the Xbox One, I fear that I am only going to get further behind on my TV shows! In case you’re all caught up and looking for ideas on what to check out tonight, we’ve got some suggestions.

Kyle’s Choice

thereturned1121smallThe Returned has been so good—it just keeps getting creepier every week! I’m so glad Sundance chose to air this series and didn’t shy away because of it’s non-English soundtrack! In last week’s episode, we learned more about Julie, who had survived an attack several years earlier by the same (now returned) man who attacked and tried to eat a young woman in the tunnel. While Julie was out searching for Victor’s real parents, he took the opportunity to “take care of” her nosy next-door neighbor. Meanwhile, Camille went out in public, telling folks she was her “cousin Alice,” while her sister Léna noticed a strange, rapidly-spreading scar forming on her back. And Simon finally accepted his situation and decided to make a move on Adéle, but her stalkery finace watched the kiss via CCTV cameras.

What’s up with Victor and how/why is he drawing pictures of the other returned folks? What does Léna’s scar mean? How is Thomas going to react to seeing Simon kiss his finacee? And what is this situation with the rapidly dropping water line—what is causing it and what is the danger it poses? And the biggest question of all is why have these people returned and how are they all interconnected?!

On tonight’s episode “Victor,” though Camille’s new identity is going well, a strange occurrence leads Lena to publicly denounce her sister. Those surrounded by the returned are becoming uncertain of their safety, while Adele uncovers truths buried long ago.

See if we get answers tonight on Sundance Channel at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, Parks and Recreation, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, Glee, White Collar, and Covert Affairs.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/14/13

I can’t believe it’s only 2 weeks until Black Friday! No, I know what day of the week it is, but apparently Thanksgiving doesn’t exist anymore, because most stores will be starting their Black Friday sales on Turkey Day this year! While many folks seem to be upset by this, I think it’s great—I’d much rather go shopping at a normal hour of the day, rather than wake up for a 4 or 5am sale! I’m still not sure if I’m even going to bother with the crowds just to save a few dollars, but I’ve still got plenty of time to decide. Speaking of deciding, we’ve got some suggestions to help you decide what to check out on TV tonight.

Kyle’s Choice

parksandrec1114smallTonight, Parks and Rec returns for a guest arc on the NBC schedule. This week and next, we get double episodes, and then it hibernates until January. In the last episode, Leslie was under fire after Donna accidentally made an explicit tweet, Andy and April helped Tom get a date, and Ben helped an cooperative Ron make a will to protect his secret fortune from going to the government.

I hate how NBC has chosen to bounce this show around the schedule in order to try to boost ratings of some of its new shows like Sean Saves the World. This also has the side effect of having fun holiday-themed episodes, like tonight’s Halloween episode, no longer air at the appropriate time of year.

On tonight’s first episode, “Filibuster,” Leslie is forced to leave the birthday party she’s throwing for Ben and attend an emergency late-night filibuster. Meanwhile, Tom is determined to make some lasting memories with his new girlfriend; Ron and Donna go hunting; and April and Andy reconnect. Then, in “Recall Vote,” Leslie faces the recall election on Halloween as she also prepares a haunted house with Ben, Ann, and Chris. At the same time, Tom worries Rent-a-Swag’s days are numbered, and so he recruits Ron to help save his business.

Enjoy the extended Halloween tonight on NBC at 8/7c & 8:31/7:31c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, Glee, Ground Floor, White Collar, Covert Affairs, and The Returned.
 
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