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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/16/19

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 #1

When a big, long-running show ends, it usually marks the end of an era, and that’s truly the case with tonight’s series finale of The Big Bang Theory. All season, we’ve been seeing repeat guest stars, story lines wrapping, and the show preparing the characters and the audience for the end. That’s why getting advance notice of a series ending is so important. That doesn’t mean everything will wrap up with a nice and tidy bow. As of last week, Raj is single again. Sure, he may have a “meet cute,” romance-movie moment where he meets a woman and it looks like she’s the one. But that’s all it’ll be, since we won’t get to see their relationship grow like we have the others – including Stuart and Denise, who said their I-love-yous and agreed to move in together last week! I do hope we at least see Raj get his “moment,” though. And surely one of the characters will be pregnant… Will it be Amy & Sheldon? We know both are open to and/or want kids. Or will it be Penny & Leonard, who are on opposite sides of that wish? Or…will no one end the show with another kiddo on the way? Will Sheldon & Amy win the Nobel Prize? Surely they will, right? Now that Leonard’s relationship with his mom is in as good a place as it can be, there’s no other parental relationship up in the air…except for Howard’s father. Will the series end without so much as a single visit? Or maybe a repeat visit from his surprise brother, who we’ve only seen and heard of that one episode? Ahhh! So much to think of and only an hour left…

Of course, then after the Young Sheldon finale, there’s the half-hour special, where we get a look back at the show, so if you’re a fan, you won’t want to miss it!

On tonight’s first episode, “The Change Constant,” Sheldon and Amy await big news.

Then on “The Stockholm Syndrome,” Bernadette and Wolowitz leave their kids for the first time; Penny and Leonard try to keep a secret; Sheldon and Amy stick together; and Koothrappali makes a new friend, as the gang travels together into an uncharted future.

Later tonight, on “Unraveling the Mystery: a Big Bang Farewell,” actors Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco host a retrospective look at the show, sharing backstage secrets, unforgettable clips, personal memories and favorite moments; features tours of the iconic sets.

Don’t miss the exciting and emotional 1-hour series finale starting at 8/7c and the 30-minute special at 9:31/8:31c, both on CBS.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/9/19

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

The Halloween heist episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine are always fun, and tonight, there’s a special heist episode in the same vein, which is why it’s my pick tonight. Last week, Gina contacted Jake and asked him and Terry to come to her place. She’s become an internet superstar “influencer” and hadn’t been in touch much at all since leaving the 99, so Terry was a little upset about it. Jake tried to convince him to give her a chance. When they got there, they had to wait while she filmed some weird “Gina as Moses” bit, but then she told them that she had an appearance coming up and the people behind it were threatening to close it down if she didn’t get a police presence because she’d gotten some death threats. During the guarding, Jake learned Gina had canceled on drinks with them for work and got upset. But in the end, after Gina was stabbed in the back by the husband of a woman who took Gina’s “advice” and left him because he concentrated more on parkour than her, she and Jake made up. Meanwhile, the side stories were Holt convincing Boyle that his son was a genius (when it turned out Nikolaj was just drawing a superhero logo and not solving a big math problem) and Amy trying to convince Rosa she could ask for help when she was trying to handle everything on her own with both of her hands out of commission. Both were fun story lines.

On tonight’s episode, “Cinco de Mayo,” in order to distract Terry from the stress of his upcoming lieutenant’s exam, Jake, Holt, and the squad decide to hold the annual Halloween heist on a new date, Cinco de Mayo.

See who wins this new heist tonight on NBC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Big Bang Theory, Beat Bobby Flay, Impractical Jokers, & S.W.A.T.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/2/19

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 fifth and final season of iZombie kicks off on The CW. Last season, the secret about zombies came out, and New Seattle was born – a sectioned off part of the city that kept the zombie population separate from the humans. A woman known as Renegade was smuggling terminally ill people across the border in order to save them by turning them into zombies. When she died, Liv took over the role. As the season came to a close, this was discovered, and Chase, the CEO of Fillmore Graves, called for her public execution. The rest of the gang – Clive, Ravi, Peyton, and Major – teamed up with the remaining crew of the Underground Railroad to help save Liv. As Peyton rallied protesters via TV, Major hulked out and stormed the warehouse where Liv was being held. In the commotion, Liv killed Chase, smashing his head with an anvil.

Meanwhile, Blaine and Brother Love decided to take advantage of the execution distraction and organized their followers to break out of New Seattle to spread the zombie virus. However, soldiers were waiting for them on the other side of the wall and killed Brother Love and his devotees. Fortunately for his son, Blaine had played it safe, watching his father’s attempt at an exodus from a distance. With Chase dead, Major took over the position as head of Fillmore Graves, telling Liv that the company would no longer block the Underground Railroad and their only enemy was the US Army. He also offered Blaine and Don-E a proposition – they could be the good guys for once and help smuggle brains into New Seattle now that the government had cut off their supply.

Finally, Ravi offered Liv a brain that would turn her human again. However, she turned it down, giving it to Dale, who had just married Clive in a surprise wedding at the police precinct. So things ended on a positive note, but will this continue with everyone working on the same side for once, or will Blaine find some scheme to benefit himself? Will Ravi finally find a cure for the zombies virus before the season is over? And will Liv and Major finally get their happy ending?

On tonight’s premiere, “Thug Death,” while investigating a murder case in which there is no body or brain to eat, the only evidence Liv and Clive have to work with is a grainy video and a little bit of blood found at the crime scene; Blaine is up to his old tricks.

See how the final season starts tonight on The CW at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Life in Pieces, Superstore, A.P. Bio, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Abby’s.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/18/19

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, CBS’s family comedy Life in Pieces finally returns for its fourth season, with a double dose of new episodes. The series follows three generations of the Short family, with each episode comprised of four (fittingly) short stories. The third season ended with a big family party and some major announcements. First, Matt and Colleen announced that they were planning to adopt a baby. Then, Jen and Greg’s young daughter revealed that her parents were also expecting another child. Meanwhile, Heather and Tim already have their hands full with their own kids – Tyler announced that he and his young bride were going to get a divorce, while Samantha accidentally asked her boyfriend to be her first in front of the entire party. And Joan and John called off their travel plans to stick around for their kids and grandkids, especially since the family is about to get even bigger.

This show is always a lot of fun – it was disappointing to see the new season pushed out so late this year, but now I’m excited for another season of craziness with this extended family. I’m curious to see how the new children will affect the stories and family dynamic this season.

On tonight’s premiere, “Jungle Push Resort Anniversary,” the Shorts arrive at their vacation resort in the Yucatan, but their accommodations aren’t what they expected; Heather is ridiculously overprotective of Sophia; Jen and Greg discover that Matt and Colleen have been duping everyone. Nat Faxon guest stars.

Then, in “Demo Nosebreath Surgery Match,” when Colleen and Matt try to impress a potential birth mother, they have a hard time competing against another couple; Jen’s pregnancy takes a toll on Greg; Heather lets John take credit for her housekeeping; Joan recovers from knee surgery. Joey King guest stars.

Catch up with the Short family tonight on CBS at 8:31/7:31c & 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Superstore, A.P. Bio, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Orville, and Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/11/19

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

Early this morning, Netflix launched the 8-episode first season of the new Z Nation prequel series, Black Summer. The exciting and intense series is set during the early days of the zombie apocalypse. People are just starting to turn into zombies, and the military is trying to contain things by evacuating cities and towns and then bombing them. Everyone is panicked as they discover that in this new world, those who die wake up as fast-walking, blood-thirsty monsters.

As the series opens, we focus on one small town that is being evacuated. Everyone is pushing and shoving their way to get onto a military transport to the evacuation site. Order quickly breaks down, and the military abandons the remaining people, who now find themselves under attack from the zombies. Rose’s (Jaime King, Hart of Dixie) daughter made it onto one of the evacuation trucks without her, and so she is now on a desperate mission to get to the evacuation zone at the stadium to be reunited with her daughter. She finds herself joining up with some of the other survivors to make it there on foot – army solider Spears (Justin Chu Cary, We Are Fathers), a mute named Ryan (Mustafa Alabssi), and 20-something frat guy Lance (Kelsey Flower, My Imaginary Ex-Girlfriend). Meanwhile, another group of survivors is also trying to make their way to the stadium, but they have a mini-van – driver William Velez (Sal Velez Jr., Mayans M.C.), a young Korean woman named Sun who doesn’t speak English, and scared but trusting grandmother Barbara (Gwynyth Walsh, The Man in the High Castle).

The dangers they face aren’t just the zombies but each other as well. There is little trust between strangers in this new world, and just because you have supplies or a mode of transportation now, that doesn’t mean that someone else isn’t already watching you and plotting a way to obtain your resources. Over the course of the season, these survivors will find themselves face-to-face with new dangers, and not everyone will survive. And new folks will join these groups as others leave. These ordinary folks will need to do unimaginable things they didn’t know they were capable of if they are going to make it to the stadium alive. And even if they do make it to the stadium, what awaits them there? (We already know things aren’t going to get fixed anytime soon, based on Z Nation!)

While Black Summer is a prequel to Z Nation, set in the same world of freaky, fast-walking, and adaptive zombies, this series has a very different tone. The episodes are so tense, feeling more like a horror series and without the comedic tones the original series had. My heart was pounding during much of the first half of the season. The stakes feel more real in this series – no character feels truly safe. This is the kind of show I had hoped Fear the Walking Dead would be…exploring human nature and what it resorts to as civilization starts breaking down and everyone starts to panic in the wake of a cataclysmic event.

Much of the series is filmed using steady-cam, with the camera making long flowing shots that weave around the locations and in and out of the action, making you feel like you are right there in the thick of things. The show also makes nice use of the surround sound to creep you out with zombie roars or to make you feel the boom of the roaring jets as they fly overhead. Each episode is broken down into many short scenes, each with its own title card. This is used to break up the action, allow for time jumps, or to switch the focus of which characters we are following. The episodes also run the gambit of lengths, ranging anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes.

I really enjoyed this show – I received screeners of the first 7 episodes and couldn’t help but binge all the way through once I started. Each episode flows nicely right into the next, making the episodes feel more like a long film. I look forward to seeing how the season comes to an end now that the full season has gone live on Netflix!

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, Fam, Superstore, A.P. Bio, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Abby’s, The Orville, In the Dark, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, and Tacoma FD.
 
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