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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/13/18

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

If you’re a fan of shows like American Idol or The Voice and like country music, then you might want to check out Real Country on USA Network tonight. In each hour-long episode, country stars Shania Twain, Jake Owen, and Travis Tritt will hand-select emerging solo artists, duos, and groups to perform in showcases that spotlight the rich traditions, songs, and themes of country music. The best artists from each showcase will perform in a two-hour grand finale, for the chance to be named one of country music’s next breakout acts. In each episode, there will be a guest star, including Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd, & more, and it’s hosted by Graham Bunn, from Southern California’s radio station Go Country 105.

On tonight’s episode, “Drink Up and Party Down,” a panel of music icons and celebrity guests search for country music’s next breakout musical acts. Joined by special guests, Big & Rich.

See if this new show’s for you tonight on USA Network at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Conners, NCIS, The Kids Are Alright, Chopped, FBI, Lethal Weapon, The Little Couple, NCIS: New Orleans, The Rookie, & The Guest Book.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/4/18

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!

Kyle’s Choice #1

Tonight, USA Network kicks off the new 10-episode event series The Purge, which is an extension of the popular film franchise. The 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution established the National Purge, a 12-hour period where all crime, including murder, is legal and all emergency services are shut down. This series takes place 10 years after the events of The First Purge and follows the intersecting stories of some of this year’s Purge participants (some willing and some not so much).

As the series opens, we are just 97 minutes away from the Purge, and folks are getting ready for the night of mayhem. Miguel (Gabriel Chavarria, East Los High) is a marine who returns home looking for his missing sister, Penelope (Jessica Garza, SIX), who had been coerced into joining a Purge-worshipping cult run by the charismatic Good Leader Tavis (Fiona Dourif, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency). Rick (Colin Woodell, Masters of Sex) and his wife Jenna (Hannah Emily Anderson, Shoot the Messenger) are trying to climb the social ladder by attending their first pro-Purge party with the rich and elite. And Jane (Amanda Warren, The Leftovers) is a hardworking woman who seems to always get passed over for promotion, so she has hires a Purge-assassin to help her break through the glass ceiling at her firm.

I am a big fan of the Purge franchise and have been really looking forward to this series. I am curious to see how a Purgestory can be told in a much longer format, where we can get more character development and backstory. I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed with tonight’s premiere, which mainly concentrates on the events immediately leading up to the start of Purge Night. It sets up a lot of interesting characters and events and introduces several ominous and mysterious situations. The series will make use of flashbacks to provide more backstory into how each of these characters ended up where they are at the start of the series. I’m excited to see how the rest of the season plays out!

At this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, I got to speak with some of the cast and creators of the series. You can find my interviews at NoReruns.net.

On tonight’s episode, “What Is America?” Purge Commencement looms. Several characters find themselves venturing into the chaos of the night.

Catch the premiere tonight on USA Network at 10/9c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/1/18

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

Tonight, USA Network’s psychological crime drama series The Sinner returns for a second installment and an all new case. In the first season, a young woman named Cora committed a horrible murder on a public beach. There was no doubt that she was responsible for the crime, but she claimed to have no recollection as to why she did it. Detective Lt. Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) became obsessed with the case, digging into this woman’s past and unlocking things from her childhood she had long blocked out, eventually figuring out what led her to commit the brutal murder.

The second installment of the series follows a brand-new grisly case—this time an 11-year-old named Julian (Elisha Henig, Alex, Inc.) appears to have murdered his parents, but once again, there seems to be no motive for the murder. Detective Heather Novack (Natalie Paul, The Deuce) ends up picking up the case. Her father Jack (Tracy Letts, Divorce) is a longtime friend of Harry Ambrose, and so she asks the detective to come back to his hometown of Keller, NY for a few days to assist her with the case.

In the first season, Cora had a disturbing past, being raised by religious zealots who really messed her up. It appears that perhaps some of these same types of forces may be at work with Julian. While digging into the boy’s past, Harry Ambrose will be forced to confront the secrets and demons of his own past and the dark things that went on in his hometown when he was a child.

I really enjoyed the first season of this series – it took viewers on this mysterious and spooky roller-coaster ride as Detective Ambrose and Cora tried to piece together the disturbing events of her past. And while watching tonight’s premiere I had that same sense of pending gloom, wondering when something horrible was going to happen. Once the investigation begins, we start to get glimpses that there is something really dark and disturbing in Julian’s past. And then comes a twist that opens up so many more questions. I look forward to checking out another dark, creepy, and puzzling season of this series. The actor playing Julian was so much fun on Alex, Inc., so it’s both strange and captivating to see him play such a different character in this series. I’m also interested in seeing more of the dynamic between Ambrose and his new partner Heather and how their different personalities will come together to solve this case. This season also stars Carrie Coon (Fargo, The Leftovers) as an enigmatic woman named Vera – I can’t wait to find out more about that character!

On tonight’s episode, “Part I,” a troubled detective returns to his hometown to investigate why a young boy would kill his parents.

Check out tonight’s premiere on USA Network at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother and MasterChef.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/7/17

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, after three years, Psych returns to USA Network with Psych: The Movie! For eight seasons (and a musical) we followed the adventures of fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his slightly more serious best friend Gus (Dulé Hill). As the series ended, it was finally time for Shawn and Gus to go their separate ways. Gus had found his dream job, and Shawn had moved to San Francisco, where girlfriend Juliet (Maggie Lawson) and Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) had already relocated. Shawn planned to open up a new detective agency, and to his surprise, Gus had quit his job and also headed to San Francisco. Shawn finally proposed to Juliet, but as he was handing her the ring, someone grabbed it and ran off.

So, what has happened in the three years since we last saw these characters? Did Juliet say yes? Are she and Shawn married? Are Shawn and Gus back to their old psychic detective tricks? Psych is one of my all-time favorite shows. I can re-watch episodes anytime and still laugh out loud. While TV is getting darker and grittier these days, this series was from USA Network’s lighter, blue sky programming era. It was so smartly written, with lots humor and fun pop culture references mixed in. The buddy relationship between Shawn and Gus is what all friendships should be like! I haven’t seen the film yet, so I’m just as excited as all the other Psych-O’s out there to see what this new adventure holds. I’m sure it’s going to be a hilarious, fun ride, and I hope this is just one of many Psych movies to come!

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I got the opportunity to speak with the cast. They talked about what it was like returning to their characters, and they gave some hints as to what we can expect from tonight’s movie, including some of the amazing guest stars. You can find my videos from the press room at NoReruns.net. (http://www.noreruns.net/2017/08/15/psych-movie-press-room-san-diego-comic-con-2017/)

On tonight’s movie, after three years, the gang reunite when an assailant targets one of their own.

Catch up with Shawn & the gang tonight on USA Network at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Great American Baking Show, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Life in Pieces, Gotham, The Orville, Top Chef, Van Helsing, Ghost Wars, and Chrisley Knows Best.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/29/17

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

Earlier this year, Amazon released the pilot for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as part of its spring pilot season. The episode got rave reviews, and the series was picked up a month later for 2 seasons. Early today, Amazon dropped the entire first season exclusively for Prime members (non-Prime members can still check out the pilot). Set in New York City in 1958, the series follows 26-year-old housewife Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards), whose life seems so perfect, just before it comes crashing down. Her husband Joel (Michael Zegen, Rescue Me) is a successful businessman by day and struggling comedian by night. The couple has two children – 3-year-old Ethan and a new baby girl. Midge is the portrait of a perfect housewife, maintaining the home and supporting her husband is his career and comedic aspirations. However, one night after bombing at a comedy club, Joel announces to Miriam that he’s leaving her for his secretary. Miriam drowns her sorrows in alcohol and, in her inebriated state, ends up on the stage at the comedy club. Shedding her prim and proper exterior, Miriam lets loose and instantly wins over the crowd, but her lewd behavior and crude language attracts the attention of the local authorities. However, club manager/wannabe agent Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein, Family Guy, Getting On) sees potential in Midge and wants to help her launch a stand-up career.

The series comes from Gilmore Girls creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino, and even though this highly-serialized series is a period comedy/drama, it shares a lot in common with the Palladinos’ previous series. It centers around a young single(ish) mother dealing with her disappointed parents – always-irritated father, mathematics professor Abe (Tony Shalhoub, Monk) and more-supportive but overprotective mother Rose (Marin Hinkle). The family’s apartment in the Upper West Side is quite stately, and they have a maid – not unlike the Gilmores’ Connecticut home. Characters are constantly breaking into rapid-fire banter, and while there aren’t any troubadours, the Palladinos have still managed to weave musical performances in throughout the episodes. Even though the series is set in New York City, it still manages to capture a small-town feeling at times.

The series is really well written, with interesting characters, witty dialogue, some great character drama and development, and some fun recurring jokes. Rachel Brosnahan is charming in the lead role, even when she’s cursing like a sailor. And the supporting cast is also a lot of fun, especially Tony Shaloub and Alex Borstein. Other actors that pop up in the first few episodes include Kevin Pollak (Angel from Hell) and Caroline Aaron (Episodes) as Joel’s parents, Luke Kirby (Rectify) as comedian Lenny Bruce, and Max Casella (Doogie Howser, M.D.) as a lawyer. I checked out the first four episodes and could have easily watched more if that had been made available. I look forward to checking out the rest of the season on Amazon!

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, American Housewife, Designated Survivor, Survivor, Riverdale, Vikings, MythBusters, and Mr. Robot.
 
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