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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/10/19

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

Tonight, Showtime premieres the new 6-episode British comedy-drama Back to Life. Miri Matteson (Daisy Haggard, Episodes) has spent the last 18 years in prison, ever since some mysterious horrible incident when she was 18. She has just been released and returns home to her small coastal hometown, moving back into her old bedroom at her parents’ home, which looks like it has been frozen in time for nearly 2 decades. As Miri tries to move forward with her life, she discovers that there is so much that she’s missed – from her old relationships, to changing technology, and pop culture. She’s like a stranger living in a strange new world. And on top of that, there are people in town who will never let her forget the incident that sent her to prison and make it known that they are not happy about her return.

The series is this odd mix of dark and melancholy humor, romantic comedy, and family drama, mixed with a bit of mystery. Series creator/star Daisy Haggard does an excellent job of finding the humor even in some dark circumstances – the series is filled with lots of genuine laughs. The banter between Miri and her parents leads to some of my favorite moments. It’s not until the second episode that we really start to get some details about why Miri was in prison, and even then, specifics are doled out slowly. But despite her past, you find yourself really rooting for Miri, wondering how such a seemingly sweet and charming person could have done what it appears that she did, hoping that things will turn around for her, and that the town can forgive and forget.

The series also stars Geraldine James (The Five) and Richard Durden (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) as Miri’s oddball parents who have some secrets of their own; Liam Williams (Pls Like) as Nathan, who’s new to town and opening a fish and chips shop; Adeel Akhtar (Ghosted) as next-door neighbor Billy, who takes a liking to Miri but doesn’t know of her past; Christine Bottomley (The End of the F***ing World) as Miri’s former best friend Mandy, who made no contact the whole time she was in prison; Jamie Michie (Borderline) as Miri’s ex Dom, who is now married with kids but also in a shocking side relationship; and Frank Feys as Samuel, a mysterious man who is intent on investigating Miri’s past.

Showtime will be airing two episodes each week on the cable channel but is making all 6 episodes available today on its streaming and On Demand platforms. The series makes a great binge and is definitely worth checking out.

On tonight’s premiere, “Episode 1,” after 18 years in prison, Miri Matteson returns to her hometown, to a place she no longer recognizes, in the dysfunctional family home she involuntarily vacated as a teen, living with parents she can no longer hold a conversation with. Then, in “Episode 2,” Miri is excited about her first day working at Nathan’s fish and chip shop, but the community is making it very clear she is not welcome; Miri’s childhood best friend, Mandy, is eager to rebuild their old friendship.

Meet Miri and see how she handles being home again tonight on Showtime starting at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Rookie, The Simpsons, Bless the Harts, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Supergirl, The Walking Dead, Worst Cooks in America, Mr. Robot, Watchmen, Silicon Valley, and The Dublin Murders.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/20/14

Looks like there’s another deep freeze headed towards my town this week, and while I love winter, I am so over it. So while the wind and snow beat at my window, I’m going to bunker down and watch some great TV. Let’s see what we’re all recommending.

Megan’s Choice #1

rickandmorty120smallI know it’s rare for me to suggest that you watch an animated show, but Rick and Morty is one that’s worth your time. It’s the combination of great characters and hilarious writing. To be honest, I’ve only seen a few episodes, and mostly thanks to my teenage son, but when I was asked to interview Justin Roiland (Co-Creator, Executive Producer, and the voice of both Rick and Morty), I got a chance to delve deeper into the show. What I found was a reason to giggle and escape reality. Every episode is its own individual story, and the series has little to no continuity, with the episodes being spins on classic movies/shows, tying back into the show’s original muse of Back to the Future and the legendary characters of Doc Brown and Marty McFly. Last week’s episode was called “M. Night Shyam-Aliens!,” and it really twisted the limits of hilarious, but dark. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be tuning in, even if you haven’t seen any episodes, because you won’t have missed a thing. I’m looking forward to some upcoming episodes based on Something Wicked This Way Comes.

On tonight’s episode, “Meseeks and Destroy,” take a trip through the most boring alternate universe these creators can imagine.

To get ready for tonight’s episode, check out my interview with the awesome Justin Roiland, and then tune in to Adult Swim (Cartoon Network) tonight at 10:30/9:30c.
 
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Interview with Justin Roiland from Rick and Morty

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Adult Swim has been making animated shows fun for adults again with the fabulously written Rick and Morty. The talent behind this show is pretty amazing, with Justin Roiland (Adventure Time) and Dan Harmon (Community) at the helm of the creative team. Recently, the hilariously witty Justin took some time out of his insane schedule to chat with me. I have to be honest… I’ve done quite a few interviews over the years, but he quickly became one of my favorites because of his contemplative answers and his overall ease to speak with.

justinrowlandcall120asmallWhen I say he has an insane schedule, I’m not even kidding. Justin is the Co-Creator, Executive Producer, and the voice of both the title characters, Rick and Morty; goodness, I get tired even reading that. While we were discussing his multiple roles and which is his favorite, he said, “It’s different periods of the production pipeline determines where I spend my time, which in some cases, I end up hopping around to different places. When it’s at its craziest, I don’t have an outside life. To be honest, I don’t ever really think what I’m doing is my favorite at the time because I’m so in the moment, but afterwards, I’d have to say that the writing process is the most fun.”

The passion this guy has for his job is easy to see, especially when Justin also said that getting “a huge stack of art to go through is like Christmas every day.” That kind of happiness is hard to find in a career, and it’s inspiring to see.
Inspiration is hard to harness at times, so I was curious if the ability to bend reality that the animation medium brings helps or hinders his creative process. Justin was pretty open about how he got to where he is today in his writing, which is far from the cautious boy he was when writing in his early days. He admits to being “more cautious with the scope of his story” in the past because whatever he wrote had to be brought to life by him and without the budget he has now.

This humble man credits Dan with helping him with this, because he told him to “disconnect from that for this show” and that whenever he gets that urge “that something is too much, or too grand a vision,” to just ignore it. Now, in respect to this show, he just “wanted it to be without limitations.” What a great outlook to have so that they don’t squash the genius that flows so freely from this team.

Speaking of genius… We discussed his outlook for people who want to pursue a career in his field with a nice view. It’s “never been easier, and yet, there’s never been more competition. I tell everyone the same thing, which is to make stuff as early as you can. I started with comics. I didn’t have knowledge of the programs. All I knew was how to draw and write. Just start small and finish what you start.” I think that’s the case with many of life’s milestones: just start small and work until you’re done.

Don’t let Justin’s wise and easygoing attitude distract you from the hilarity that ensues from Rick and Morty. It’s one of the first animated shows that I’ve laughed at in a long time. It has strong comedic timing, quirky characters, and a story arc that could go on to rival the best of the best. My favorite was the episode where Rick and Morty walked around nude to avoid being monitored by the aliens—it was funny because it was so random. If you are looking for a show that not only makes you laugh, but makes you appreciate the random ironic moments in life, then look no further.

At the end of the interviews, I enjoy asking them a few questions to peek into their lives a bit. Here’s what he had to say:

Favorite TV Show, past or present? ”Farscape.”
If you could guest star on any show? The Simpsons because I’ve already been on Gravity Falls and Adventure Time.”
What’s on your playlist? ”It’s all over the place. Everything from DMX to Neil Young. Jefferson Airplane, Nirvana.” [I love his smorgasbord of music because like I always say you can’t trust a person whose TV or music selection is based on genre. They usually aren’t very interesting.]
Guilty pleasure? ”Laying around day, play video games all day.” [With his schedule, I don’t blame him taking that opportunity when he gets the chance!]

Unfortunately, that’s all for this interview with Justin Roiland, but please do yourself a favor and tune in to Rick and Morty on Monday nights at 10:30/9:30c.

– Megan

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