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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/4/18

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

After the super long hiatus, Ash vs. Evil Dead is finally back, folks. And if chop ’em up slapstick gore-fests starring Bruce Campbell are your thing, then your fix is on Starz Network Sunday nights this spring!

At the end of last season, Ash had defeated the demon trying to take over earth with the Necronomicon. As such, season three opened with Ash happily opening a hardware/dildo store in his hometown of Elk Grove, where he was finally hailed as a hero. But even as the store was having its Grand Opening day, a girl was on an “Antique Evaluator” show asking for the worth of the book, bound in human skin, she found “in the mud.” The appraiser of course read from it, and wham bam thank you ma’am, the unholy powers of darkness had been reawakened. Almost immediately, (a freshly blonde) Ruby showed up to claim the magical Book of the Dead that she helped write eons ago.

Same time that this was going on, the runes that showed Pablo’s possession through season two had returned, and at the Elk Grove high school, the team mascot had seemingly been possessed and was harassing two girls with detention. At the celebration for his store’s opening, he was confronted by former stripper Candace “Candy” Barr, who claimed to be his wife “from that one night” years ago.

Ruby performed a blood ritual with the Necronomicon (which almost made me and her both puke) as Candice informed Ash that not only did they have a daughter together, but that she was at the high school under duress and they must save her at once. They found her and her friend Rachel in the music classroom. But sad thing was – Rachel had already become a Deadite, who launched into intense instrument warfare, attacking them with every musical implement in the room. In the midst of these attacks, Candice died. Finally, though, Ash stomped her face to pieces with the super sharp strings of a harp. The gore factor here was “over-the-top-sliced-to-jelly-face-9.9-outta-10.” This show is not for the weak of heart.

After they slayed Deadite Rachel, the mascot reappeared just in time to get killed by Kelly, who had tracked them down along with her new pal, and Ash devotee, ancient Sumerian: Dalton. The gang was all reunited, and Ash decided to light up the stashed doobie he’d been saving, which he promptly offered to his 16-year-old shell-shocked daughter Brandy Barr.

On tonight’s episode, “Booth Three,” Ruby dons a new disguise in order to bond with Brady after she gives birth to something evil; Kelly comes back with a friend who leads the search for The One; Ash comes to realize that his daughter is being targeted by evil forces.

To see what disguise Ruby takes on, tune in to Starz at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/21/18

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

Tonight, FOX airs the first half of the two-night premiere of the new medical series The Resident, which takes a look at the darker drama happening behind-the-scenes at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. The series follows recent Harvard Medical School graduate, the wide-eyed young Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal, Halt and Catch Fire), as he embarks on his new internship at the hospital. As he arrives on the first day, Dr. Pravesh learns that his supervisor will be hot shot third-year resident Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry, Gilmore Girls), who has a reputation for being a bit of a jerk. As Dr. Hawkins uses tough love to teach his new intern the ropes, Dr. Pravesh quickly discovers that for these doctors, the ethical lines for treating patients are blurred.

Meanwhile, Dr. Conrad constantly finds himself dealing with problems caused by the Chief of Surgery, Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson). The aging chief refuses to acknowledge that he’s no longer the sharp surgeon he once was. He often puts patients at unnecessary (and sometimes fatal) risk and then uses his power to intimidate the other doctors into covering up his mistakes. Other staff members include Dr. Conrad’s former flame, nurse Nicolette “Nic” Nevin (Emily VanCamp, Everwood), and intelligent, gifted surgeon Dr. Mina Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson, Billions), who has no bedside manner and little patience for the chief. The series cast also includes Moran Atias (24: Legacy, Tyrant), Merrin Dungey (Big Little Lies, Alias), and Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY).

I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere. The series is fast-paced and mixes interesting medical cases with some really engaging character drama. It doesn’t seem like this series will be a simple case-of-the-week type medical procedural. A lot of the focus is on the drama going on behind the scenes at this hospital as the doctors struggle to fix the broken system, starting with how to deal with this chief who is putting lives in danger while hiding behind his notoriety, fame, and power. The series looks beautiful and has a very cinematic feel to it, making use of some creative camera angles, including a scene shot from the POV of the patient. The cast is great, and I really look forward to seeing what happens next, when the series moves to its regular time slot tomorrow night!

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” on his first day as an intern, an idealistic Dr. Devon Pravesh faces the harsh realities of medical care; resident Conrad Hawkins teaches him unconventional methods for treating patients; Conrad goes head-to-head with Dr. Solomon Bell.

To meet the new doctors and nurses, tune in to FOX at 10/9c.

Note: Tonight’s premiere will follow the football game, so be sure to pad your DVR recording for the inevitable sports run-over.

I’ll also be watching/recording Worst Cooks in America, The Alienist, Crashing, and Counterpart.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/7/17

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, the third season of The Last Man on Earth comes to a close on FOX with a special 1-hour finale. Last week, the show took a sudden and unexpected leap forward in time, and Tandy comically and casually mentioned all of the “boring” stuff viewers missed during those 6 months. Melissa was now sane again and ready to walk down the aisle with Todd. Meanwhile, Jasper was talking up a storm, Erica and Gail were a couple, and Erica’s and Carol’s pregnancies had advanced tremendously. And the episode ended with Erica’s water breaking.

Will these untrained survivors be able to deliver the baby successfully, or will Erica face the same fate as her baby’s father? Will Carol also give birth before the end of tonight’s finale? And will we finally see the return of Kristen Wiig’s character? (I really hope so. She’s so hilarious!) The series creators already warned that this season finale was not written as a series finale, so we’ll likely be left with yet another twist/cliffhanger, so I really hope we hear of some good renewal news from FOX soon!

On tonight’s season finale, “When the Going Gets Tough; Nature’s Horchata,” the long-term consequences of surviving an apocalyptic event start to have a major impact on the group as their daily lives are turned upside down.

See how the season (series?) ends tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Madam Secretary, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Making History, Into the Badlands, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, Veep, and American Gods.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/9/14

This is the summer, which used to be a leisurely time to catch up on those shows you missed or catch some movies, but not anymore—it seems like there is at least one new series starting up every day! I am having more trouble now keeping my TiVo under 90% full than I did during the fall! I picked up two new shows last night, and tonight I’m adding yet another one to my bursting DVR.

Kyle’s Choice

Outlander 2014Tonight, Starz premieres the new series Outlander, from executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Helix) and adapted from the best-selling book series by author Diana Gabaldon. The series follows combat nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) who is reunited with her husband (Tobias Menzies) after 5 years apart, when World War II comes to an end. However, her second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands comes to an abrupt end when she finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to 1743, where she is found by a group of Scottish warriors who are being hunted down by British soldiers. How did she get here? Will she ever return to her time? And how will she survive in the meantime?

I must admit that I had never even heard of the book series until I got to San Diego Comic-Con, where there was a huge presence for the show. It was amazing to see the devotion and love for the material from the hardcore fans. I found tonight’s premiere to be visually stunning, with a unique concept and interesting, well-defined characters. The performances are also really good—it was very nice to see such a strong female lead character who holds her own with the tough men she comes across. While the premiere can be a little slow at times, it does a great job establishing the worlds and the premise of the series, and by the end, I was sucked into this world and really interested to see what happens next.

On tonight’s episode, “Sassenach,” a married British combat nurse time-travels from World War II to 1743 Scotland, is kidnapped by Highlanders, and tends to an injured young warrior.

See if this new series is for you tonight on Starz at 9/8c.

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Mark Ryan Interview for Black Sails

markryancall21asmallAfter a few years of interviewing people in the entertainment business, there are few that cause me to feel nervous. Mark Ryan was one that stirred my nerves. Mark is the voice of Bumblebee from the Transformers franchise of films, which to some is not as exciting, but to me, it is amazing. I love Bumblebee. Now, fan-girl aside, Mark is an astoundingly well-accomplished actor, stunt choreographer, author, and the list goes on. At the moment, he can be seen as Gates in the new series on Starz, Black Sails, which follows the Golden Age of Piracy in 1715, a prequel to the stories laid out in Treasure Island.

I was curious about the way today’s technologies have affected a show like Black Sails, and Mark was quick to say that “the production values are epic. If you put Michael Bay [the executive producer] together with Starz, you get a production on the scale of this. The technologies today have made it possible to do shows like Black Sails.”

On the topic of amazing production and cast, Mark had some interesting insight into his character, Gates. Gates is the Quartermaster of the ship, the elected voice of the crew and the most senior member. He’s highly respected and loyal to the ship’s Captain Flint, almost to a fault. In fact, Mark said that Gates’s “loyalty is the key. He’s propelled by his loyalty and friendship to Flint, making him appear to be the most motivated. Gates is similar to Bumblebee in that loyalty, and there’s something very endearing and honest about a character that appears to be loyal and trustworthy.” The men trust him “because he’s highly experienced.”

I had a moment listening to him talk about his character and the historic side that enthralled me to the point that I wasn’t even transcribing while we chatted. It was as if my dad was sitting down to speak to me about history and the Templar society, as he often did when I was younger. The Templar society came up when we spoke of the tattoos on the back of Gates’s head. Mark was “very interested in having a mark of some kind. People would ask ‘what is that? Why do you have an All-Seeing Eye in a pyramid on the back of your head and ‘Hold Fast’ on your knuckles?’ Hold Fast is an old naval tradition, of course, and the eye is a nod to the secret societies which were involved with the royal houses during the period. Not just financing, shipping, and navigation, though. It’s similar to the relationship between the Templar and the Assassins, as in Robin of Sherwood. It’s just a quiet nod to those mystical societies and the symbolism of them that plays out through the show, as well. I was allowed to bring little bits of myself to help flesh out the character of Mr. Gates.”

markryancall21bsmallEven as I wrote that, I smiled. Such an incredible man. To me, it’s a sign of great talent and experience that he brings so much to his character and to a chat with a TV addict such as myself. Mark mentioned that the many things he’s done in his career are “all part of the same creative process. Those experiences make you a better actor. The more you understand, the better you are.”

If all actors took that approach to their roles, our entertainment experiences would all be richer. Although, when we spoke on the subject of dramas in today’s television world, he was quick to express his joy that we “are moving into a new era of drama because we can go further. Expand our demographics because we can push the limits. Showtime started it [twenty] years ago with Robin of Sherwood, and now we see it with Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and the new show coming up, Outlander.”

I agree fully that dramas have been entering into a new world, and a lot of this is thanks to the cable networks. They have given us deeper characters, more growth, and shorter seasons, which force the story arcs to be more in depth, but in a smaller amount of episodes. Television is only getting better and will continue to do so if they keep putting out the quality shows like Black Sails.

I usually wrap up my interviews with a few quick questions, but due to my incredible chat with Mark, I only managed two of them.

Favorite TV show (past or present): The Daily Show & The X Files
Guest star on any show (past or present): Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, & Game of Thrones.

To catch more of Mark and his amazing character, Gates, tune in to Black Sails, airing Saturdays at 9/8c on Starz.

– Megan

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