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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/7/20

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

Today, Apple TV+ has released the entire nine-episode first season of its new comedy Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. The series is a workplace comedy that follows a video game company preparing to release the first major expansion to its massively popular Role Playing MMO game Mythic Quest. Creative Director Ian Grimm (Rob McElhenney, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is a bit of an eccentric and is nervous about the release. He is constantly tinkering with the code and wants to delay the launch, but the rest of his team are ready to move forward. Ian is constantly butting heads with lead programmer Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao).

The series reminds me of Silicon Valley, if Pied Piper were a video game company. The show finds humor in the interactions between the departments of the company, from marketing, to the designers and coders, to the testers, the all-important (but obnoxious) gameplay streamers, the odd creative director, and even the head of HR, whom the employees treat like their personal therapist. The amazing cast also includes Danny Pudi (Community), David Hornsby (Good Girls), Jessie Ennis (Better Call Saul), and the hilarious (who knew?!) Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the game’s writer, who treats his work like he’s writing a Shakespearean masterpiece. Other characters include internal game testers Rachel (Ashly Burch, Critical Role) and Dana (Imani Hakim, Everybody Hates Chris), and 14-year-old YouTube gamer Pootie Shoe (Elisha Henig, The Sinner).

I checked out the premiere and really enjoyed it – there is some great chemistry between this ensemble cast. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the show. The series is co-created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz, who had all worked together on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The show has already been picked up for a second season, so there’s plenty more to come.

See the entire first season now on Apple TV+.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/6/20

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, NBC kicks off the new comedy Indebted. Young parents Dave (Adam Pally, Happy Endings) and Rebecca (Abby Elliott, Odd Mom Out) are thrilled that they are finally beyond the years of changing diapers and dealing with crying babies and are ready to enjoy their married life. However, that quickly changes when Dave’s parents, Debbie (Fran Drescher, The Nanny) and Stew (Steven Webber, Wings), show up at their door. Years of mismanaging their money and spending beyond their means has finally caught up with Dave’s parents, and now they are broke. So while contractor Dave fixes up their home to sell, Debbie and Stew move in with him, and Dave and Rebecca soon discover that they need to act more like the parents to these child-like adults. Also living with them is Dave’s sister Joanna (Jessy Hodges, Barry).

While I wasn’t bowled over by tonight’s premiere, it did make me laugh a bit. Debbie and Stew can be a bit much after a while, but I did really enjoy the chemistry between Dave and Rebecca. The series has a wonderful cast – I am thrilled to have both Fran Descher and Adam Pally back on my TV – and so I’ll withhold final judgement on this show until I see a few more episodes.

On tonight’s premiere, “Everybody’s Talking About the Pilot,” young parents Dave and Rebecca end up having to take care of Dave’s parents, who have mishandled their finances and need help to pay down a sizable debt.

Meet the newest family on the block tonight on NBC at 9:30/8:30c.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/5/20

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!

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Tonight, FOX kicks off the fun new reality competition series LEGO Masters. Ten teams of two compete for a grand prize of $100K and the title of “LEGO Masters.” Each week the teams are given some huge new challenge and must utilize their LEGO-building skills to win over the judges, who will eliminate the team that fails to impress them. The teams are an eclectic bunch of folks from around the country, including bearded buddies from Portland, a cop and a technical cell phone consultant from the East Coast, cosplayers from Texas, a Puerto Rican father/son team, brothers from New Jersey, artists building together for the first time, married thespians, office managers with big hair, newlyweds from Florida, and 20-something buddies who resemble Superman and Clark Kent, one a soldier and the other a LEGO educator.

Hosting the competition is the hilarious voice of LEGO Batman, Will Arnett, who takes on a persona similar to that of his animated character – self-obsessed, sarcastic, and overly confident. And deciding who stays and goes each week are certified LEGO BrickMasters and professional LEGO designers Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard. I was quite impressed with what these builders were able to come up with.

In tonight’s premiere, the contestants are given 15 hours to build a theme park that includes some motorized element to it. Even if I was given twice that, I don’t think I could come up with anything close to their amazing creations. The show is so much fun, especially the banter and antics of Will Arnett as he talks with the contestants and judges. And when it’s time to show off the builds for the judges, the show brings them to life in an entertaining way via LEGO Movie-like animation. I am really looking forward to seeing more of this series, especially since in future episodes, Will will be joined by some great celebrity guests.

On tonight’s premiere, “Dream Park Theme Park,” the pairs of contestants are introduced; each duo must craft one section of a theme park, and when the sections are combined, they create an impressive theme park world.

Check out all the amazing LEGO creations tonight on FOX at 9:01/8:01c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players, The Masked Singer, Riverdale, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, Party of Five, 68 Whiskey, and The Magicians.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/2/20

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, immediately following the Super Bowl, FOX kicks off the third season of The Masked Singer. This season of the whosungit compeition series is the biggest yet, with 18 celebrities donning costumes and taking the stage to show off their pipes while the judges and viewers try to guess who is under those masks. Since there are so many competitors this season, they’ve been split into three groups. Tonight, the six members of Group A take the stage – White Tiger, Turtle, Miss Monster, Llama, Robot, and Kangaroo – and one of them will be unmasked. Later this week, during the show’s regular Wednesday night time slot, the remaining members of Group A will return to battle it out.

I checked out tonight’s premiere – though they bleeped and blurred out the identity of the unmasked singer, so I’m really looking forward to seeing who it is! There’s a good mix of obviously seasoned singers as well as first-timers and lots of clues to help viewers try to identify who is under those elaborate costumes. Nick Cannon returns as host, along with the judging panel of Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, and Robin Thicke. For tonight’s episode, special guest Jamie Foxx joins the panel. In the coming weeks, we’ll meet the rest of the contestants – Group B: Banana, Elephant, Frog, Mouse, Taco, & Kitty, and Group C: T Rex, Astronaut, Swan, Bear, Night Angel, & Rhino.

It’s still very much the same familiar show this season. Though one new thing I noticed is that instead of just displaying photos of the judges’ guesses on the screen, they are superimposing the celebrity head over the masked contestant’s body for a fun visual. I look forward to seeing the new season play out and learning who these celebrities are!

I’ll also be watching/recording Doctor Who, The EE British Academy Film Awards 2020, Worst Cooks in America, The Outsider, Avenue 5, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/30/20

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!

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Tonight, after just four short-but-delightful seasons, NBC’s The Good Place finally comes to an end. Last week, the gang finally made it to the Good Place. Michael was worried he wouldn’t be welcome, being a demon and all, but the committee members whisked him off to give him a job. Meanwhile, the four humans walked into their welcome celebration arm-in-arm, which caused the party space to be an eclectic mix of elements from all four of their ideal celebrations. There was also a green Holodeck-like door that they could go through to see or experience anything their hearts and minds desired.

After Michael signed his contract, the committee members quit, leaving him as the sole person in charge of the Good Place – and things weren’t really as good there as they seemed. At the party, Chidi and Eleanor were also about to learn this fact. Chidi was excited to meet philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria (Lisa Kudrow), but it quickly became clear that something was off with her. It turns out that having an eternity to do and see whatever you want is still an eternity, and eventually you become exhausted. And knowing there was no end to this boredom caused malaise and their brains to just slowly turn to mush.

So Michael and the gang had to come up with a way to fix the Good Place and make things better for all of these folks who had already been there for thousands of years. After thinking for a while, the team came up with a plan– they would create another door. When folks in the Good Place felt that they had had their fill of eternity, they could just enter it and move on. This idea that they weren’t stuck there instantly improved the moral of the residents. It seems like a simple fix, but is that all that is needed?

Tonight, the series comes to an end with a special 90-minute event, including a series discussion with the cast/creators. How will it all come to an end? Will we see how our four humans choose to spend their time in the Good Place? Will they eventually tire of it and want to move on? Will there be yet another twist to this story? I can’t wait to see how this ends, but I am going to really miss this show. It is easily one of my all-time favorites.

On tonight’s series finale, “Whenever You’re Ready,” various conversations occur, between various groups of people. (Such a descriptive and spoilery episode description!)

See how things end in the Good Place tonight on NBC starting at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Carol’s Second Act, Superstore, Outmatched, and Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.
 
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