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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/30/17

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!

Jenny’s Choice

One of my favorite new comedies last season was Superior Donuts, so I was thrilled when it was renewed. In case you didn’t see season one, here’s a quick summary/recap: Judd Hirsch plays Arthur, a gruff, set-in-his-ways donut shop owner in Chicago who refuses to sell his shop (which he opened in 1969 and ran with his late wife) or update the food & drinks he sells, even though business is slow because the world around him seems to be moving into the future without him, with cronuts & fancy coffee. One day, a young man named Franco (played by Jermaine Fowler) stopped in and somehow convinced Arthur to hire him. Franco is an artist (although to this point, his art has been pretty much confined to graffiti in his neighborhood), and he’s determined to bring Arthur into the 21st century, even if he has to do it kicking and screaming. Along with Arthur and Franco, there are a handful of regulars in the shop: cop Randy (Katey Segal), whose late father was Arthur’s best friend, and her overeager rookie partner James (Darien Sills-Evans); Tush (David Koechner), who uses the store as his makeshift office for the odd jobs he takes via fax machine; Maya (Anna Baryshnikov), a privileged grad-school student working on her Ph.D; Fawz (Maz Jobrani), a businessman from the Middle East who is over-the-top in so many ways and pushes Arthur daily to sell the donut shop’s building to him; and finally, there’s Sweatpants (Rell Battle), Franco’s longtime friend and roommate.

The cast has amazing chemistry together. Franco is one of the nicest characters on TV, in my opinion, and he and Arthur are great together. Randy is full of dry wit and humor and really cares about Arthur. Fawz is one of my favorite characters, though. He’s racist and rude in so many ways but seems to have a heart buried beneath all of it and is just funny all the way around. Together, the whole cast makes up a fun half hour, and I can’t wait to see what they get up to in season two!

On tonight’s episode, “What the Truck?” Arthur’s business is threatened when Sofia (Diane Guerrero), an ambitious young entrepreneur, parks her organic food truck in front of the donut shop, becoming a hit with his customers and catching Franco’s eye. Also, Franco grows frustrated trying to follow his dream of going to college.

Catch up with the donut shop gang tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Dancing with the Stars, 9JKL, The Gifted, Halloween Baking Championship, Scorpion, & The Brave.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/8/17

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!

Jenny’s Choice

I’ve really enjoyed the first season of Superior Donuts. Judd Hirsch is always great, and he has a lot of chemistry with Jermaine Fowler, who plays Franco. The rest of the cast is a lot of fun too. The always racist Fawz might be my favorite character, though. He’s so wrong it’s hysterical. Last week, Franco decided he should show his art. He tried to get into a real gallery, but the gallery owner said no way, so the gang rallied and turned the donut shop into a gallery to show just Franco’s art. The gallery owner even came and gave Franco some advice, telling him he had a long way to go but it would be worth it for him to continue. Unfortunately, Arthur took it upon himself to invite Franco’s father, who always said pursuing his art wasn’t worth the time. In the end, his father still isn’t supportive of his art, but Franco stood up to him and said that was fine. He wouldn’t continue his art without his father’s support since he had the support of Arthur and all his friends there at the donut shop.

Like I said, I really loved the entire season and all the characters. I’m sad tonight is the season finale, but thank goodness it’s been renewed for another season already, so I don’t have to worry about whether or not it’s coming back!

On tonight’s episode, “Secrets and Spies,” when Maya momentarily leaves her open laptop unattended, the gang discovers she’s been studying them all year for her dissertation. Also, Franco and Randy become determined to learn the truth about where a tight-lipped Arthur really spends each Sunday.

Find out where Arthur’s been going on Sundays tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Kevin Can Wait, Kids BBQ Championship, Man With a Plan, The Great Indoors, Help My Yelp, & Scorpion.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/27/17

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

Today, the BBC comedy Asylum makes its US debut via the Acorn TV streaming service. The series takes the hypothetical situation of what would it be like if Julian Assange and Kim Dotcom were roommates while living in asylum in a foreign embassy. Dan Hern (Ben Miller, Death in Paradise, The Worst Week of My Life) is a whistleblower who leaked the CIA’s torture manual online for the public to see. For the past year, he has been living in asylum in the London embassy of the Latin American nation of the Democratic Republic of El Rico. While the U.S. government and MI6 are still constantly plotting ways to lure Hern out of the building to be arrested/executed for treason, Ambassador Castillo (Darrell D’Silva, Game of Thrones) is afraid that Hern’s celebrity has faded. So Castillo has his children, Rafael (Kayvan Novak, Thunderbirds Are Go) & Rosa (Yasmine Akram, Sherlock) find a fresh new face to offer asylum to in order to get their country back in the news. Enter the loud, obnoxious, but kind-hearted Ludo Backslash (Dustin Demri-Burns), a hacker responsible for releasing thousands of pirated films across the internet. Hern and his new roommate couldn’t be any more different, and comedy ensues.

The series also stars Niky Wardley (The Catherine Tate Show) as Hern’s extremely incompetent lawyer, Lorna, and John Guerrasio as embassy employee Mo, who’s constantly trying to make Hern feel as unwelcome as possible. There’s also a hilarious guest appearance by David Cross (Arrested Development) in the second episode. The series originally aired almost two years ago in the UK, and only 3 episodes were ever produced. However, there are some really fun character dynamics and situations in these three episodes that could have easily led to even more fun episodes. In addition to the odd couple-like roommate comedy, there’s plots involving MI6 trying to catfish Hern, the search for a mole in the embassy, El Rico desperately trying to make a bid to host the World Cup, and more.

If you already subscribe to Acorn TV, this series is worth checking out. Or if you’ve been curious about the streaming service, this series is another reason to check out a free trial. Head to acorn.tv for more details on the service, which is available as a standalone app on Roku, Apple TV, iOS, etc. and as an over-the-top add-on to Amazon Prime.

I’ll also be watching/recording Quantico, Superior Donuts, The Great Indoors, Taken, 24: Legacy, APB, Supergirl, Jane the Virgin, Bates Motel, Young & Hungry, and Baby Daddy.
 
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