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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/2/19

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

With the new year approaching, the Winter TV season is finally upon us, and there are lots of new and returning shows about to premiere. Tonight FOX launches the fun new mystery singing competition series, The Masked Singer.

I had stopped watched these singing competition series a while back, but The Masked Singer provides a fun new twist on the genre. If you saw the YouTube clip of Ryan Reynolds dressed as a unicorn signing on a Korean TV show last year, this is the same show but for US audiences. The series finds 12 celebrities hiding their identities under full-body costumes as they take the stage to sing incognito before a live audience. All told, the 12 celebrity competitors have amassed 65 Grammy nominations, 16 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Emmy nominations, nine Broadway shows, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and four Super Bowl titles! Each week some of the contestants will participate in head-to-head sing-offs. The studio audience and judges will vote, and at the end of the night, one of the singers will be eliminated and reveal his or her identity. Hosting the series is Nick Cannon, and the judging panel includes Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger.

I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere. As each masked singer is introduced, they give some clues to help you try to identify them. The judges also ask each contestant a question or two and make their own guesses. When the contestants are interviewed, their voices are distorted, but it’s fun to try to figure out who these singers are based on the clues, their mannerisms, their singing voices, etc. It’s obvious that some of these folks have a lot of experience singing/performing, while others not-so-much. My screeners for the first two episodes were blurred and bleeped during the big reveals, so I am really excited to check out tonight’s episode to learn the identity of one of these celebrities! In tonight’s episode, we meet half of the contestants, and next week we meet the second half.

On tonight’s premiere, “Mask On Face Off,” the first six undercover celebrity singers – peacock, hippo, monster, unicorn, deer and lion – face off against one another in elaborate head-to-toe costumes.

Check out the wildly fun competition tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording MythBusters Jr.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/28/18

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

This Wodensday night promises to be a bloody good TV night, as Vikings season 5B kicks off! The last half season culminated with two pairs of brothers leading armies against each other. Ivar the Boneless & Harald Finehair have gone to war with Bjorn Ironside & Halfdan the Black. Bjorn, eldest son of Ragnar, led his army to a recent victory against his younger brother Ivar’s forces, but now his Uncle Rollo is sending Frankish reinforcements. This second major battle between the armies took up most of the episode, though for a few moments we checked in on Iceland and Floki’s follies there.

The finale utilized a repeating flashback plot mechanism wherein characters at a moment of possible death flashback to other parts of their life. They were able to do this because several main characters died while others merely come face to face with their mortality. Lagertha, Bjorn’s mother and queen of Kattegat, killed her ex-lover Astrid, when Astrid confronted her in the middle of the battle. She confessed that she was carrying Harald’s baby in her womb and that she didn’t want the baby; she wanted death instead, and Lagertha gave it to her. The brothers Halfdan & Harald faced off on the battleground as well, and sadly history told us Halfdan was the one who must die. Harald would go on to become the first King of Norway.

Harald and Ivar won this particular battle, and Bjorn & his mother called for a retreat shortly after the arrival of the reinforcements that Rollo sent. In the aftermath of having to kill her ex-lover and an unborn child, Lagertha’s hair all went stark white. Over in Iceland, Floki’s inability to keep his townspeople from quarreling had escalated to murder and promises of vengeance. To quell this madness, Floki made the slighted family the governor and offered himself as a sacrifice to the gods. He didn’t go through with it yet though, so we have plenty to look forward to tonight. Can’t wait!!!

On tonight’s episode, “The Revelation,” legendary Viking Duke Rollo arrives, causing further upheaval in a Kattegat still reeling from Ivar the Boneless becoming its king; Floki battles the elements in Iceland, and his own settlers’ desire for revenge, to forge a colony.

Don’t miss the exciting midseason premiere tonight on History Channel at 9/8c.

I’ll also be going down to South Park, gonna have myself a time.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/13/17

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

Last season of The Librarians was tense, with both DOSA and Apep going against the Librarians – DOSA wanted the Library, while Apep just wanted to cause chaos. Baird was working with DOSA, or so we thought, but in the end, it turned out that she and Flynn had their own plan to secure the Library. And it turned out to be a good thing, since the woman in charge accidentally let loose Apep once again. Thankfully they took care of Apep and convinced DOSA that they weren’t equipped to handle the care of the Library and to leave it in the hands of Flynn, Baird, Jenkins, & the Librarians.

Tonight is the season premiere, so it’ll be interesting to see where they go from there. The “big bad” is gone, but I’m sure there will be another one. Regardless, I love this show and can’t wait for the new season, starting with the two-episode premiere.

On tonight’s first episode, “…and the Dark Secret,” when a secret sect of the Vatican Church unearths an ancient map detailing the locations of the four cornerstones of the Library of Alexandria (the original Library), it’s up to Flynn and the Librarians – with the help of an unexpected ally – to stop them before the stones can be used to destroy the Library.

Then on the second episode, “and the Steal of Fortune,” when people begin getting hurt in the unluckiest of ways, the Librarians are led to a casino where the owner appears to possess an artifact capable of stealing people’s luck. Despite falling under the bad luck curse themselves, the Librarians must turn the tables before the plague of bad fortune spreads to the wider world.

See how they save the Library tonight on TNT starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Goldbergs, Iron Chef Showdown, Modern Family, & American Housewife.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/30/16

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Kyle’s Choice

vikings1130smallTonight, after over seven months away, Vikings finally returns to History for the ten-episode second half of the show’s fourth season. When we last left off, Ragnar joined forces with some other Vikings and led his ships to raid Frankia. However, his brother Rollo was ready and waiting with his own army and a secret plan. A massive, bloody battle broke out on a floating barge. While the sickly, badly-beaten Ragnar was eager to fight his brother to the death, his men carried him back to the ship in retreat. Duke Rollo returned to Paris a hero, where Emperor Charles crowned him Caesar. The show then jumped several years into the future, where Bjorn and Queen Aslaug are ruling Kattegat. Ragnar, who is technically still king, returns after disappearing for years, demanding that one of his sons fight him to the death, but they all refuse.

I’m really curious to see how the time jump effects the story in this second half of the season. Ragnar’s sons are now much older, more mature, and ready to join the fight. Who will be king? Can Ragnar finally get over his embarrassment and once again lead his people, or will one of his sons rise to challenge him? And will he set his sights on bringing down the brother who betrayed him and the rest of their people? Also, how has Rollo’s new position and family changed him over these past few years?

On tonight’s midseason premiere, “The Outsider,” Ragnar returns to Kattegat and formulates a plan to head back to Wessex, where he intends to right past wrongs.

Check out Ragnar’s plans tonight on History Channel at 9/8c. (And if you’re interested, there’s a 1-hour recap special at 8/7c before the episode airs.)

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, black-ish, Designated Survivor, Survivor, Criminal Minds, Lethal Weapon, Empire, Arrow, Frequency, Incorporated, Younger, and Impastor.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/18/16

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

vikings218smallTonight, Vikings returns for its fourth season on History Channel. As the third season ended, Ragnar was growing weak, and in his final days he turned to Christianity, deciding he wanted a Christian burial. Count Odo agreed to let this happen as long as the men who brought his body to the church were unarmed. After some very teary good-byes, Ragnar’s boat-shaped coffin was brought into the Paris cathedral. However, Ragnar suddenly emerged from his coffin and held a knife to the Emperor, while the other Vikings armed themselves with swords from the boat. Ragnar killed the bishop, and the emperor fainted in fear. Ragnar freed the princess he had taken captive before making his way across the bridge to the Viking camp. The others were surprised to see that Ragnar was still alive – while his son Bjorn was overjoyed, the others didn’t seem too pleased by the deception. The Vikings decided to leave Paris but planned to return in the spring, and so Rollo was left behind in Frankia until they returned. The emperor came up with a plan to get back at Ragnar – he offered his daughter Gisla’s hand in marriage to Rollo, offering to make him a Duke. Meanwhile, on the boat back to Kattegat, Ragnar told Floki that he knows he was the one who killed the priest Athelstan.

So what adventures does this new season hold? Will the Vikings make their way back to Paris? How will Ragnar react to Rollo’s latest betrayal? And how will Rollo’s new position come into play? Speaking of betrayal, how will Ragnar make Floki pay for his actions against Athelstan? Is Ragnar through with Christianity, or will this continue to be a divisive point between him and the other men?

If you need to catch up on the series, History Channel will be marathoning the second half of season 2 followed by the entire third season today, leading up to tonight’s premiere.

On tonight’s premiere, “A Good Treason,” a dangerously ill Ragnar returns to Kattegat, where his suspected death kicks off a scramble to succeed him. Meanwhile, Lagertha engages in a power struggle with her calculating, former second in command, Kalf; Rollo betrays his heritage and remains in Frankia; and Floki pays the price for his brutality against the Christian priest.

See how the season starts tonight on History Channel at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Grey’s Anatomy, You, Me, and the Apocalypse, The Blacklist, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The 100, Top Chef, Recipe for Deception, and Workaholics.
 
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