If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/2/17

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, NBC launches Powerless, the first sitcom to be set in the DC Comics universe. Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical) is a bright-eyed young woman who is sick of her boring job in the suburbs and decides to move to Charm City to work for Wayne Security as the new Director of Research and Development. Her new boss is Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk, Firefly), the black sheep of his family, who just wants to be noticed by his famous cousin Bruce and to run the family business in Gotham City. Wayne Security creates products to help regular human beings protect themselves from all the crossfire damage caused by battles between super heroes and supervillains. The business has been failing due to a lack of innovation, so Emily was brought in to hopefully inspire and motivate the staff — Chief Design Officer Teddy (Danny Pudi, Community), Lead Software Engineer Wendy (Jennie Pierson, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23), Head of Engineering/Chief of Childlike Wonder Ron (Ron Funches, Undateable), and Van’s disillusioned assistant Jackie (Christina Kirk, A to Z).

I had been really excited for this series ever since it was first announced last summer. At the time, the series was to be an office comedy about an insurance company that dealt with the damage left behind by superheroes. Shortly after San Diego Comic-Con, the series got a new showrunner and the premise was changed somewhat. I was a little concerned at first, but I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere. The series reminds me a lot of Better Off Ted with the office politics and crazy lab workers. It’s got some great office humor but also has a lot of fun with the tropes you see in superhero shows, movies, and comics. There are already so many superhero shows on TV these days, but this is a fun new take on the genre that’s worth checking out!

While the premise of the series has changed slightly since the original pilot, the cast hasn’t, and you can find my fun video interviews with the cast from Comic-Con at NoReruns.net (http://www.noreruns.net/2016/08/18/powerless-press-room-san-diego-comic-con-2016/).

On tonight’s premiere, “Wayne or Lose,” a woman begins her new job with a company specializing in products that make everyday citizens feel safer around damage caused by super heroes and villains that live among them.

Check out the different take on the comic-book world tonight on NBC at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Superior Donuts, Life in Pieces, Training Day, Superstore, The Blacklist, My Kitchen Rules, Riverdale, Top Chef, and Colony.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

I’m so on the fence about tonight’s premiere of Training Day. I absolutely hated (HATED!) the movie. I don’t like watching shows or movies about dirty cops. (Which is why I thought I’d hate Chicago PD, because Voight was previously a pretty damn dirty cop…) But even more, I hate to see Denzel Washington in anything but a good-guy role, so that might have been part of it. Now, having said that, I’m looking forward to seeing how they changed up the movie to fit the show, which is set 15 years after the events of the movie.

I love Bill Paxton (have loved him for a long time, since Twister & Apollo 13), but I don’t have the same “must be a good guy” attitude about him that I do DW, so hopefully I’ll like him in this. He plays Detective Frank Rourke, head of the Special Investigation Section of the LAPD. Rourke is a morally ambiguous veteran detective who believes the ends often justify the means. He gets paired up with younger, idealistic young cop Kyle Craig (played by Justin Cornwell), who has been sent in undercover to spy on Rourke and report his off-book methods.

The show also stars Katrina Law (Spartacus) as Rebecca Lee (a formidable officer and member of Rourke’s team, with killer aim and a dark past) and Drew Van Acker (Devious Maids) as Tommy Campbell (another member of Rourke’s team and a former pro surfer who follows Frank’s orders without hesitation). Christina Vidal stars as Detective Valeria Chavez, one of LAPD’s top investigators, while Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Blindspot, Without a Trace) plays LAPD Deputy Chief Joy Lockhart, who has a personal mission to take down Rourke. Rounding out the cast are Lex Scott Davis, who plays Kyle’s schoolteacher wife, and Julie Benz (Hawaii Five-0, Defiance, Dexter, Angel) as Rourke’s well-connected, highly unapologetic Hollywood madam girlfriend.

On tonight’s episode, “Apocalypse Now,” when Detective Frank Rourke’s penchant for operating in gray areas to fight crime raises the suspicion of LAPD brass, the department assigns untarnished cop Kyle Craig to pose as Rourke’s trainee and report back on his off-the-book methods.

See why Rourke comes to LAPD brass’s attention tonight on CBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Big Bang Theory, Hell’s Kitchen, Powerless, Superior Donuts, Chicago Med, Top Chef, My Kitchen Rules, & Beat Bobby Flay.

Megan’s Choice

This season of Hell’s Kitchen is coming to an end, and it’s all about the female chefs tonight, with Ryan and Heather being the final two standing. Personally, I find them both annoying and would have rather seen Heidi in the finale, but if I have to choose between these two, I’m backing Heather because she deserves it more in my opinion. Ryan was rude the entire season, and I don’t believe she’s capable of running a kitchen.

On tonight’s finale, “Leaving It On the Line,” as both finalists work on their menus for the last dinner service, Chef Ramsay surprises them with a special trip to the luxurious Ken Paves Salon, where they will receive a makeover before heading to the premiere of a new musical. When the two arrive at the theater, they are greeted by actor Rob Morrow and learn they are not actually seeing a musical but are instead jumping into their final challenge, for which they must create four dishes in the span of an hour, all while in front of a huge audience! Walter Manzke (chef/owner of Republique), Michael Cimarusti (chef/co-owner of Providence), Susan Feniger (Chef/co-owner of Border Grill), and John Kunel (CEO/Founder of Yardbird) serve as guest judges and help decide the winner of the challenge. As the contestants move into their final dinner service, they are welcomed by celebrity guest diners MLB Player C.J. Wilson, actress Andrea Roth, actor Danny Trejo, and actress Naomi Grossman.

To find out if your favorite can win it all, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Powerless, Superior Donuts, Chicago Med, Beat Bobby Flay, My Kitchen Rules, and Training Day.

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