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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… 9/8/19

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

My favorite new dark comedy is on tonight on Showtime: On Becoming a God in Central Florida. This Kirsten Dunst vehicle follows the struggles of a young widowed mother who works at a water park outside Orlando in the 1990s. Krystal Stubbs, (played by Dunst), is also burdened with crippling debt after her husband died while attempting to commit auto insurance fraud. Last week started with her back at the water park, where she took the water aerobics instructor job for the extra $64 a month because the house was under foreclosure till she could pay the fine on her alligator poaching tickets. Did I mention this show is awesome?

Krystal, along with her baby Destinee, lived in the supply room of the water park now. She kept the house shuttered and was lying to the neighbors, telling them it was under renovation. Because she was stuck with her husband’s FAM merchandise, she had to distribute the pile of boxes piling on her lawn. That is the other huge theme in this show… FAM. It is a pyramid scheme, get-rich-quick organization based on Amway. When she dropped off the new shipment to an older woman named Mimi, she found her husband’s secret. He’d bought tens of thousands of the FAM products himself, to look more successful, keeping them hidden at Mimi’s.

Cory, her husband’s old friend and “upline” supplier of FAM goods, was throwing a rally soon, and Kristen wanted to do a speech during it. She wrote an angry monologue about how FAM destroyed her family and made her homeless. Meanwhile an older man on his houseboat took advantage of a live news report about to happen near him. He showed up to talk and fly a sign about how FAM was a predatory cult that would take everything from you. Krystal found her neighbor and co-worker Ernie moping around the water park alone at night, and she did him the “favor” of taking the half-off tickets that he was having trouble getting rid of.

When Cory tried to deny Krystal the chance to make her speech, she locked him in a closet and went up anyway. She changed her speech though and instead decided to stick with FAM and gave out all the half-off tickets. The news reporter from before showed up to investigate FAM and decided to try to interview Krystal. The next week, she had dozens of people signed up for her aerobics class, so she’d make a lot more money on that job now. Also, she used knowledge of her boss’s peeping hole that he used to look into the women’s locker room to blackmail him into buying ten thousand dollars’ worth of FAM product. The man who photobombed the news had his houseboat burned into the sea – he escaped but his parrot died. In the end, Ernie decided he wanted to join the FAM team and become part of Krystal’s “downline.”

This show reminds me a lot of Kidding, with the slow escalation of darker and darker drama tinged with absurd comedic moments. This fall looks good for dark comedy!

On tonight’s episode, “Manifest Destinee,” stricken with a bird disease; Krystal goes on an odyssey; a collection of vintage motivational tapes changes Cody’s destiny; Ernie tries recruiting.

Check out Krystal’s odyssey tonight on Showtime at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Pennyworth, Preacher, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Ballers.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/31/19

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

The running gag in Black Monday, other than the cocaine-laden MTV late-80s homophobia, has been the idea of the hilarious “Georgina Play” that Mo is trying to pull off. The series started with Blair proposing to Tiff Georgina at the same time that Mo acquired and then hid 49% of the stock in her family’s company. Then Mo recruited Blair to his brokerage firm, the Jammer Group, to try to wrestle away control of the company.

Last week we saw Blair convince Tiff to buy into the backstabbing maneuver after her parents had her kidnapped for publicity value. He’d essentially cut Mo out of the play and was willing to walk away if he couldn’t get a decent percent of the Jammer Group for his complicity in the scam. He was content to split it with Tiff, who mistakenly thought he was gay. (Nope. He’s in love with Mo’s ex, Dawn.)

Keith trying to keep the SEC off everyone’s coke-sniffing nuts was funny, but we still have a major lingering thread. Who is the person who dies at the start of the series wearing the earring/tie-pin that we saw on the corpse in the opener? This show is fantastic. Tell me season two is a go. Either way, tune the eff in tonight!

On tonight’s season finale, “0,” everything comes crashing down.

Don’t miss the finale tonight on Showtime at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Supergirl. & American Gods.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/10/19

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!

Jenny’s Choice

I love me some cooking competitions – and that includes ones like tonight’s new Buddy vs. Duff on Food Network. Buddy Valastro (the Cake Boss) and Duff Goldman (the Ace of Cakes) are both elite bakers, and in this new series, they face off in a baking battle for the chance to be crowned the undisputed king of cheeses – oh, no, that’s Parmigiano-Reggiano. They’re competing to be crowned the undisputed kind of cake. There are two rounds in each episode, like most cooking competitions of this vein, and they’ll be judged by renowned chefs Sherry Yard and Keegan Gerhard, as well as a rotating cast of guest experts, such as Hannah Hart, Aarti Sequeira, Penn & Teller, Florian Bellanger, and many more.

On tonight’s episode, “The Battle Begins,” in the first of six bake-off challenges, Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman must make their most beloved family recipes; the chefs create car-inspired birthday cakes for celebrity gearhead Richard Rawlings.

See who…takes the cake on tonight’s premiere on Food Network at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Family Food Showdown & Private Eyes.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/10/19

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, The Walking Dead returns to AMC. In the first half of the season, we said goodbye to Rick Grimes. While our main group believes that he is dead, we know that he was taken away in a helicopter and that his story will continue in some future TV movies. There was a time jump, and folks tried to move on, but Michonne still struggles with the loss of Rick. She was at odds with daughter Judith, who welcomed some new arrivals to Hilltop. Meanwhile, Negan has spent the past several years locked in a cell in Alexandria (why didn’t they just kill him?!), and Carol is married, living in the Kingdom, and helping to raise Henry as her son.

As the first half of the season came to a close, Daryl, Jesus, and Aaron were on a rescue mission to save Eugene and Rosita, who had been injured and were being pursued by an unusually intelligent herd of walkers. This herd was a lot more organized than usual, double-backing and following them at every turn – and Eugene swears that he heard them talking. The herd ended up cornering them into a cemetery and attacked. As Aaron was about to kill one of the walkers, it quickly dodged his weapon and then stabbed and killed him with a knife, whispering “You are where you do not belong” – certainly not your typical walker behavior! The others managed to kill this “walker” and then discovered that it was a normal human wearing a mask made out of walker flesh. Meanwhile, back in Alexandria, Negan discovered that Gabriel forgot to lock his cell and decided to make his escape.

Who are these new “Whisperers” with the ability to control the walkers, and what do they want? Do they plan to attack Alexandria, Hilltop, and/or The Kingdom? What does Negan plan to do with his newfound freedom? Will he go back to his old ways and rally his troops to get his revenge? Or will he just quietly go away? (I really hope it’s the latter!) I did not enjoy the last two seasons with all the Negan stuff, but the first half of this season was a surprising return to the great show I once loved – I didn’t even miss Rick, and I’m actually really looking forward to tonight’s midseason premiere! While I do wish the show would think about winding things down and plan an ending, it’s already been picked up for a tenth season, and Norman Reedus (Daryl) has signed on for 3 mores seasons (I guess they are trying to lock down at least one of the original characters for the long haul), so there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.

On tonight’s midseason premiere, “Adaptation,” the communities thought they could build a better future separately, but the recent loss of one of their own drives them to band together; new leaders rise when a disturbing and dangerous threat is unmasked; an escaped captive revisits his past.

Catch up with the survivors tonight on AMC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Worst Cooks in America, Counterpart, Black Monday, and SMILF.
 
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