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Kidding Season Finale Recap

Last week marked the end of a phenomenal first season run by Showtime Originals tragicomedy Kidding. I have seriously and consistently raved about this one since it premiered a few months ago. It stars Jim Carrey as Jeff Piccirillo, who is the star of a popular children’s TV program called Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time. The show is overseen by Jeff’s dad, Sebastian Piccirillo, and also features the puppet design work of Jeff’s sister Deidre. Deidre has been dealing with a fractured relationship with her husband Scott. Early in the season, their daughter Maddy had seen her piano teacher jerking Scott off one afternoon. Jeff himself has been dealing with a personal life that has been spiraling into darkness for the past year since his son Phillip was killed in a car accident. Phillip was survived by his parents & his twin brother William. The main theme of the show is Jeff dealing with the pain of this loss. For us the audience, it has been all torturous and unexpected delight.

Central to most episodes are Sebastian, Deidre, William, Jeff, and his ex-wife, Jill. Jill is now seeing a new boyfriend, Peter, who works with her at the hospital where she works as a nurse. Jeff has secretly bought the house next to her house but has never really moved in. William has found a new group of friends in his middle school who have gotten him into doing weird pranks and smoking marijuana. The whole family has tried to intervene, but he’s adjusting to his brother’s death in his own way.

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Shameless Midseason Finale Recap

I don’t know if the UK version of Shameless, which inspired the American iteration is any good, but I do know that I love Showtime’s version like Gay Jesus loves LGBTQ rights. After the midseason finale in October, the show is on hiatus until January 20th. Recent announcements from Emmy Rossum (Fiona) & Cameron Monaghan (Ian) about each of them retiring from their roles on the show leave the fandom worried about the future. But season ten has already been contracted, and we will go on without them. Perhaps this will see Frank returning to the folds of the major family arcs more often, whereas the first half of this season he felt like a third-tier character. Also I expect Liam, who finally started talking last year at like age 8, to continue to emerge as a central character. He’s about the age that Karl was when the show first started. Notably, he’s also smarter already at age 9 than full-grown Karl will ever be.

One fun story that will still be in play when they return in January is Frank’s budding romance with clinically insane psychoanalyst Ingrid Jones (played by the always marvelous Katey Sagal!). The last few episodes, she had been off her meds and having a torrid love affair with Frank that led to a few knife attacks and lots of broken glass. In Ian’s last episode, he went back to prison for blowing up the van as a publicity stunt when leading the youth Gay Jesus movement. The switchback happy ending was that Mickey, who we presumed was in Mexico, was in the same facility and arranged to be Ian’s cellmate. Wow. Small world, I guess, but those two will be happy off-screen, we can presume. Lip has a new love interest and is a sponsor now for a younger AA member. He’s arguably the most “got their shit together” Gallagher of the season so far. Though, Debbie has also been fairly responsible, while raising Frannie, working as a welder, and testing the waters of a lesbian relationship. Karl has a militant new girlfriend who is working on helping him get into West Point, and poor Liam is back in public school after a year’s worth of a free ride at a fancy private school.

The biggest spectacle coming into the mid-season finale last month was watching Fiona crash and burn. For a year and a half, she had her life going so well. She’s a realtor on the rise who owns a diner & an apartment building. She’s also invested in a large retirement home development project, which was where things started to go awry. New inspections came up and she needed to throw an additional 25k at the project, but her investments were already overleveraged and she couldn’t get another loan. Finding out that her bf Ford was actually married was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and she wound up getting into a drunk driving accident and totaled her car.

Debbie helped her salvage some money for the vehicle and also put Ford in a giant metal pillory so that Fiona could blast his bare ass with paintballs as revenge for his deception. So Debbie is really on point lately. Her financial situation was balanced out by Max, her partner in the retirement home project, who offered to buy her other buildings in a way that let her stay in the investment. Because she lost the apartment building, she had to move back into the Gallagher house with the rest of the family. So her last seven episodes on the show have her back in the neighborhood. I can’t wait to see how crazy it all turns out. We miss Ian already and will value our last few months with Fi.

Don’t miss it when Shameless returns to Showtime on January 20.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/28/18

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

Week after week, the tragicomic lives of the Pickles family have been making my fall this year on Kidding, the new Jim Carey vehicle that airs Sunday nights on Showtime. Last week things revolved primarily around Jeff’s relationship with cancer-stricken Vivian and the visiting Pickle-san, a Japanese version of Mr. Pickles who has come to learn under the originator of the brand.

It starts lighthearted with Will & Jeff flying to California to record voice work for a new line of Mr. Pickles dolls going into production. They even get to show Vivian the ocean via some Facetime app, while she remains back East doing more chemo. Meanwhile, Deidre, who was still struggling with her husband’s gay affair, bonded with Pickle-san, who only spoke English when he was communicating through a puppet.

Vivian had put her cancer into remission by the time Jeff & Will got back, and they decided to throw a big party, and that’s where things got cringey to grating. Vivian mentioned she wanted to go ziplining in South America, and Jeff and the rest of the family all started to make this collective big plan to all go together next year. But she cut them off to break up with Jeff, saying that he would always remind her of the time she thought she only had five weeks to live. This hilariously turned into everyone in the family yelling “fuck you!” at her as one angry family. Even Will and Deidre’s young daughter pumped middle fingers as the cancer survivor left sadly. Then, Deidre’s husband walked in on Pickle-san as he puppeted a puppet with his penis. Awkwardddddddd. In the last scene, after paying off all of Vivian’s hospital bills, Jeff flipped out and smashed everything in his office as he screamed like a raving lunatic. He lacks coping skills.

On tonight’s episode, “Philliam,” Jeff meets the son of his pen pal, an inmate on death row, and decides to help him.

I’ll also be watching Shameless, Supergirl, & Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/23/18

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

I’m so excited because tonight is the beginning of the deluge of new episodes with the start of the new fall TV season. Yay! And back tonight is one of last fall’s breakout hits, 9-1-1, on a special night before tomorrow’s follow-up episode in the time slot premiere. A lot of people were skeptical before the show first aired and even after the first episode – because let’s face it… The show is a little over-the-top and silly at times. I mean, during season one, we saw them rescue a newborn baby from a drainpipe in the wall, a woman with a giant snake wrapped around her neck, a kids’ bouncy house that flew away and was perched dangerously on a cliffside, and a good number more. And don’t forget Chimney and the rebar right through his head! That’s a sight that took a long time to get out of my head, I’ll tell ya!

There was also a lot of personal drama over the course of the season. (Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen season 1!) Playboy/sex-obsessed Buck met and fell in love with 911 operator/older woman Abby, ending up alone when Abby took a leave of absence and decided to travel the world after her mother passed away. Cop Athena was dealing with her long-time spouse coming out as gay and her teenage daughter trying to commit suicide. Paramedic Henrietta cheated on her wife with her ex-girlfriend (ex-wife? I don’t remember), who was newly released from prison and is the other mother of her son. And if I remember right, the ex decided she was going to fight for custody. We learned fireman Bobby was injured years before on the job and became addicted to pain killers and alcohol, and that ended up getting his wife and kids as well as hundreds more people from their apartment complex killed when he accidentally set the building on fire by leaving on a space heater in the empty apartment where he went to be alone and use. He was never caught, and he still carries the guilt, but he’d been clean and sober since until he relapsed with alcohol after a bad call. At the end of the season, there seemed to be some sparks happening between Bobby and Athena, so that should be interesting… And then, of course, you can’t forget the rebar through Chimney’s head! Like…just above but right between his eyes! It was so freaky!

So that all leaves questions for the new season: 1) Abby’s still gone. How is Buck handling it? Is he back to his old ways? Alone and pining for her? 2) Is Henrietta’s ex still in the picture, and is there a custody battle going on? 3) How are things between Athena and Bobby? 4) How will new 911 operator Maddie (Buck’s sister!), played by the beautiful Jennifer Love Hewitt, fit in with the show? Will she be able to fill Abby’s shoes? 5) Will new firefighter/single dad Eddie work well in the new role? Will he be competing with Buck for “young, sexy guy,” and if so, how will Buck handle that? I can’t wait to find out!

On tonight’s premiere, “Under Pressure,” on one of the hottest days of the year, the first responders feel the pressure as harrowing incidents keep happening around the city. Meanwhile, Buck gets a surprise visit from his sister, Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Also, Athena questions her relationship with Bobby. Then, at the fire station, handsome new hire Eddie (Ryan Guzman) jeopardizes Buck’s chances of being chosen for a fireman calendar.

Don’t miss the start of another season of zany fun tonight on FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, & Worst Cooks in America.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/9/18

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 #1

What would happen if you took Dexter and added elements of a dark rom-com? You’d get Lifetime’s new series YOU. Joe (Penn Badgley, Gossip Girl) is the manager at a small local bookstore and on the surface seems like your average nice guy next door. His neighbors in the apartment across the hall are always going at it, so Joe keeps young Paco (Luca Padovan, Super Wings!) company when he is alone and scared in the hallway. However, there is a darker side to Joe. When he crosses paths with aspiring writer Beck (Elizabeth Lail, Dead of Summer, Once Upon a Time), he quickly becomes infatuated with her. He utilizes the internet, social media, and good old-fashioned peeping Tom techniques to stalk her, learning every intimate detail of her life. His goal is to get her to fall in love with him, and so he arranges for serendipitous meet-cutes and manages to ease his way into her life. However, there are still some obstacles in their relationship, and he plans to remove them no matter what it takes. The series is based on the based on the novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes and is produced by Greg Berlanti (responsible for the majority of The CW’s lineup) and Sera Gamble (The Magicians) and also features Zach Cherry (Crashing, Search Party), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), and a special guest appearance by John Stamos.

I got to see tonight’s premiere back in June at the ATX Television Festival and have been anxiously waiting for the series to air – it was probably my favorite of the new shows I saw at the festival. It is disturbing, very dark, and sometimes a bit funny and romantic. I had oddly conflicting feelings while watching. Joe can be incredibly charming, and you kind of root for him to succeed as he and Beck would make a fun couple. However, at the same time, he’s a complete psychopath, so you don’t really want him in Beck’s life. In the pilot we just scratch the surface of the dastardly things he’s capable, and I can’t wait to see how this thrilling story plays out.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” Joe meets Beck, falls in love, and goes down a social media rabbit hole to learn everything about her. He becomes so obsessed that he tracks her IRL (and they meet again). This might be a real shot at real love. But there are some things standing in the way…like her ex, Benji.

Meet Joe and Beck tonight on Lifetime at 10/9c.
 
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