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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/6/18

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 #1

It’s another night of fun cooking shows for me, and first up is the season premiere of The Great American Baking Show on ABC. Last season was scrapped after the season premiere when judge Johnny Iuzzini came under fire for sexual harassment (unrelated to this show). Because of that, we missed out on watching this show last year. So it’s been almost a year now since we last saw it, and now we get to meet a new cast as well as a new host and judge!

Ayesha Curry won’t be back as host. Alongside Anthony “Spice” Adams will be Emma Bunton…otherwise known as Baby Spice in the Spice Girls group. And joining last season’s judge (& judge on The Great British Baking Show!) Paul Hollywood is fabulous pastry chef Sherry Yard, who also judged Halloween Baking Championship. I don’t know if I care about either of hosts – I don’t know them well enough yet to – but I really enjoy both judges, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they have up their sleeves for the bakers this season.

On tonight’s 2-hour premiere, “Cake and Pastry Week,” it’s on your marks, get set, bake…slices of cake, and sweet and savory pastries.

Meet the contestants and new judge and host tonight on ABC starting at 9/8c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/1/18

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

Last week, NBC’s The Good Place headed off in a new direction as the Soul Squad went on their first mission. Michael, Jason, and Tahani headed to Florida to try to save Jason’s father…who turned out to be the “Donkey Doug” that Jason is always referring to! The group tried to get Doug to get his mechanic’s license and start on an honest career path. However, he and Pillboi had other plans – they had invented Double Trouble, a product that was half energy drink/half body spray. And now they were planning to rob three factories – one for the energy drink, one for the body spray, and one for the bottles – to realize their vision. The group decided to just call Donkey Doug a lost cause and instead focused on saving Pillboi. They scared him straight by posing as secret astronaut spies from NASA (which, of course, was Jason’s idea).

Meanwhile, Chidi was afraid that if he stayed with Simone, he would be unable to lie to her and would ultimately tell her the truth about what was going on, thus damning her to the Bad Place. So Janet created a virtual reality machine that he could use to test every breakup scenario to find one that worked. Things didn’t quite go as smoothly as planned when Chidi had to do the break-up in reality, but he managed to get through it. Afterwards, the group headed to Budapest, where they planned to save Tahani’s sister, whose museum exhibit was about to open. However, Janet casually revealed that one of Eleanor’s parents was not technically, actually dead and that Eleanor’s mother had in fact faked her own death. So Eleanor decided to head back to America to have a reckoning with her mom.

The Good Place is my go-to show on Thursday nights. The show is so creative, and I just love these characters – they always make me laugh. Lately the group seems to be splintering in half each week as they deal with two different situations at a time. No matter who the show seems to pair up, things always lead to humorous situations. This show is constantly reinventing itself, and I have no doubt that things will be shaken up once again by the end of the season, and speaking of shake-ups, I can’t wait to meet Eleanor’s mother, to see if she’s the reason Eleanor ended up on her path to the Bad Place.

On tonight’s episode, “A Fractured Inheritance,” Eleanor makes a startling discovery when she travels with Michael to Nevada to confront the mother she believed was dead; Tahani struggles to make amends with her sister.

To see how it goes with Eleanor and her mother, tune in to NBC at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Superstore, Will & Grace, and I Feel Bad.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/25/18

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Kyle’s Choice

A few years ago, Sundance TV aired the series Deutschland 83, a German-American spy drama set during the Cold War in 1983, which ended up being one of my favorite shows of 2015. Late night tonight, the sequel, Deutschland 86, finally premieres. In the first series, 24-year-old East German Martin (Jonas Nay) was recruited by his Aunt Lenora (Maria Schrader) to become an undercover spy for the HVA, the intelligence branch of the Stasi. He was sent into West Germany posing as a soldier and aide to the Major General to gather military intelligence. By the end of the season, Martin had to reveal the truth about his actions to both the East and West German governments in order to prevent a nuclear war from breaking out, but this also put him in danger in the process, leaving him a wanted man by both sides of the country. Meanwhile, Annett (Sonja Gerhardt), Martin’s former fiancée and mother of his child, was also recruited to work for the Stasi. It was revealed in the finale that Walter Schweppenstette (Sylvester Groth), Lenora’s boss, was Martin’s father.

Tonight, the new series, Deutschland 86 picks up 3 years later (as is evident by the title). Things are getting rough in East Germany, which is running out of food and money. Lenora has a plan to raise money by selling weapons in South Africa. So she once again recruits her nephew, who had been banished “for his own safety” to an orphanage in Angola, where he’s been teaching the children German for the past three years. Needless to say, he’s not thrilled to see his aunt but is willing to go along with her plan as long as it means he can return home and see the child he hasn’t seen in ages. Joining Lenora and Martin in their mission is tough undercover agent Rose (Florence Kasumba). Meanwhile, Annett and Walter are working on their own way to raise money, involving some questionable West German drug trials for a pharmaceutical company in the West. It looks like this series should be another fun and exciting show. Though, I won’t be trying to watch/read subtitles at midnight, so this will be one for the DVR to watch the next day.

On tonight’s premiere, “Tar Baby,” banished for his sins in 1983, Martin wallows in limbo until his Aunt Lenora conscripts him into her plan to drum up hard currency abroad.

Check out the second season premiere tonight on Sundance at 3:01AM/2:01AMc.

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Superstore, The Good Place, Will & Grace, I Feel Bad, and Legacies.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/18/18

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

NBC’s The Good Place continues to be a lot of fun and filled with unexpected twists and turns. Last week we sped through a year in the life of the characters. Michael and Janet were now trapped on earth without their powers and resorted to using hidden cameras to track the progress of the humans. Every time it looked like a member of the ethics study group was going to leave, they stepped in to fix things. First Eleanor needed money in order to afford to stay in Australia, so Janet used her knowledge to obtain an $18K lottery ticket. Next, Tahani was getting “mad horny” and was about to have sex with Jason, so Michael and Janet arranged for a meet cute with her ex Larry Hemsworth (the often-forgotten brother of the famous ones). However, things went a little too well, and six months later they were engaged. At their engagement party, Tahani announced that they were planning to move back to London. Eleanor didn’t like the idea of the group breaking up – this was the first time she felt a part of something – and lashed out. Michael decided they needed to reset the earth timeline, so he summoned a door back to the afterlife, but the humans happened to walk by and saw it, leading them to ask What the Fork?!

This seems very familiar – Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason discovering that all is not as it seems. How much do they know/suspect? Will Michael just tell them everything? And how would knowing about their long history together change the group? Or will Michael just reset things, causing the humans to be none the wiser? And if Michael does use the door to go back to the afterlife, will the Judge stop him before he can reset the timeline or prevent him from returning to earth? I have been thoroughly enjoying this season and am really anxious to see what happens next!

On tonight’s episode, “Jeremy Bearimy,” Eleanor and the gang explore the three main branches of ethical thought after learning the truth about their history with Michael and Janet.

Learn along with the group tonight on NBC at 8:30/7:30c

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Superstore, Will & Grace, and I Feel Bad.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/27/18

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Phoebe’s Choice

Tonight, one of the best comedies of the last two years returns when The Good Place airs on NBC at 8pm. It’s a special hour of the show, which follows the afterlife of 4 morally dubious humans, one demon torment architect, & the lovely and polite robotic helper Janet. In case you forgot what happened at the end of last year’s rollercoaster ride of a season, let me remind you! After escaping from the fake “Good Place” to the central city that all angels, demons, and judges live in, the human stars Elanor, Chidi, Jason & Tahani get their moment before Judge Gen.

Played by Maya Rudolph, the judge was ready to have them all sent to “limbo’ style” Medium Places until a more formal decision could be made. Michael made an impassioned speech on behalf of the humans, and instead of the Medium Place, they instead re-inserted them all back into life, at the moment of death. They saved them all with a slight “push” to prevent their disastrous deaths. Struck by her near-death experience, Elanor decided to get her shit together. She quit her job and started working soliciting money for saving the environment. She even became a vegetarian. But after a half year, she grew bored of being good and opted for a Taylor Spliffed concert instead of work. (Yes, that’s a reggae band that covers Taylor Swift songs!)

Michael, who was monitoring them all, sneaked down to Earth to leave her a hint that led her to Chidi. After a night drinking together, Michael asked her, “What do we owe each other?” which led her to a YouTube video of Chidi lecturing on ethics & morality. And like totally sane people do, she tracked him down and flew to Australia to meet him. Cue season three!

On tonight’s episode, “Everything is Bonzer,” Michael intervenes in the near-death accidents of Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason on Earth, in hopes that a second chance at life allows them to become better versions of themselves.

Catch up with the gang tonight on NBC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching the premiere of the Murphy Brown reboot, because that’s just weird.
 
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