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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/12/20

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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It’s been 20 years (the show premiered in May 2000) and 40 seasons of Survivor. That seems crazy, doesn’t it? What’s even crazier is that tonight, 20 of the previous winners are back to compete for not $1 but $2 million! If you’ve been around since the beginning, you’re going to recognize many of the names, but if you’re like me and haven’t watched in a big handful of seasons, you won’t recognize some of them too.

First, here’s a list of the competing players:

Adam Klein (28), Winner of “Millennials vs. Gen-X” (2016); Amber Mariano (40), Winner of “All-Stars” (2004); Ben Driebergen (36), Winner of “Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers” (2017); Danni Boatwright (43), Winner of “Guatemala” (2005); Denise Stapley (48), Winner of “Philippines” (2012); Ethan Zohn (45), Winner of “Africa” (2001); Jeremy Collins (41), Winner of “Second Chance” (2015); Kim Spradlin-Wolfe (36), Winner of “One World” (2012); Michele Fitzgerald (29), Winner of “Kaôh Rōng” (2016); Natalie Anderson (33), Winner of “San Juan del Sur” (2014); Nick Wilson (28), Winner of “David vs. Goliath” (2018); Parvati Shallow (36), Winner of “Fans vs. Favorites” (2008); Rob Mariano (43), Winner of “Redemption Island” (2011); Sandra Diaz-Twine (44), Winner of “Pearl Islands” (2003) & “Heroes vs. Villains” (2010); Sarah Lacina (34), Winner of “Game Changers” (2017); Sophie Georgina Clarke (29), Winner of “South Pacific” (2011); Anthony “Tony” Vlachos (45), Winner of “Cagayan” (2014); Tyson Apostol (39), Winner of “Blood vs. Water” (2013); Wendell Holland (35), Winner of “Ghost Island” (2018); & Yul Kwon (44), Winner of “Cook Islands” (2006).

If you read that list closely, yes, you’ll have noticed both Boston Rob AND his wife Amber are playing. I’m super excited about that. I love them both. But my pick has to be Ethan Zohn, who I remember watching and rooting for during the Africa season. He is a soccer guy, and my brother and sister both grew up playing soccer, so I was drawn to him from the beginning, and he was just a nice guy. Since his season, he survived cancer, so he’s feeling super lucky and happy to be back. I wasn’t thrilled about Parvati, although I read an interview where she talked about how much she’s changed since her season, and I was pretty happy about that until I saw another clip of her and it sounded like same old, same old. Another one I’m super not happy about being back is Sandra, who has already won twice. It isn’t that I care that she’s won twice, but it’s how she won. I know, I know… My like of Boston Rob to the contrary, I like to root for the players who play fairly, do well on the challenges, and don’t backstab their way through the game. And yes, I’m well aware that’s part of how the game is played! LOL But it doesn’t have to be. *shrug* Regardless, it should be a lot of fun being back with some of our favorite previous winners and seeing how they handle the new twists and turns that have cropped up since their original time on the show.

On tonight’s 2-hour episode, “Greatest of the Greats,” former champions battle it out in a classic Survivor challenge to ring in their first immunity win, while also navigating an all-new twist involving fire tokens.

Don’t miss seeing how this hopefully epic season begins tonight on CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Chicago Med, The Goldbergs, Schooled, America’s Top Dog, Chicago Fire, Guy’s Grocery Games, Modern Family, Lego Masters, Single Parents, 68 Whiskey, Chicago PD, Criminal Minds, & Stumptown.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/24/17

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

[Just a side note before you read my pick for tonight… This episode touches on a hot-button issue, especially right now, after the horrific attack in Manchester a couple of days ago. My thoughts and prayers are going out to all those affected, in Manchester and around the world.]

There are some story lines that bother me more than others. Last week’s Law & Order: SVU was one of those. Christians are often portrayed as crazy, religious zealots, and this was one of those cases. A group of young church-goers was visiting New York, and one of the young women met up with an old friend she hadn’t seen since she’d moved to NYC. That friend was a lesbian, and the church girl was attracted to her, although her parents, church leader, and other members of the group did their damnedest to convince her otherwise. It went so far that another member raped her, although he (& his lawyer & the victim’s family & the other church group members) claimed that it was curative intercourse – supposed to help bring her back to God and away from homosexual thoughts. Even though she told him no at the time, they claim she wanted it. The poor girl was being pulled in so many different directions and was so confused. And even though Lucas was the one who raped her, I’m not so sure he’s not just as confused and blindfolded to the true bad guy, the church leader, who had everyone snowed. They finally decided to go after the reverend. Lucas admitted to having been caught with a boy by the reverend, and then they figured out the revered was paying boys like Lucas for the “curative intercourse.” It just… Argh. In the end, the reverend pled guilty to stop them from calling in the Feds, who would seize all his and his church’s money.

So from one strong story to another… Tonight’s episodes focus on Muslims and deportation and hate crimes. From the frying pan into the fire, I guess. LOL They’re ending the season with a bang, that’s for sure! Will everyone survive, and how will their friendships and working relationships fare?

On tonight’s first episode, “American Dream,” a hate crime against a Muslim family results in the death of their daughter. When a crucial witness in the case is deported, Barba is forced to drop the charges against a suspect, and tensions rise between communities on opposing sides of the case.

Then on the season finale, “Sanctuary,” the unexpected release of a suspect in a hate crime case leaves Benson and Barba caught between two families seeking justice for their loved ones. As public protests escalate to violence, Benson goes to desperate lengths to make an arrest.

To see what lengths Benson goes to tonight, tune in to NBC starting at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Bakers vs Fakers & Cooks vs Cons.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/8/17

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!

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I’m so excited because Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is back earlier than expected (after Doubt was quickly canceled). This spinoff had a short 13-episode first season, but it was a good one regardless of length. In case you’ve forgotten, this branch of the BAU is the IRT – International Response Team. They travel to foreign countries when American citizens run into trouble abroad. Jack Garrett, played by the incomparable Gary Sinese, is the unit chief. Members of his team include Clara Seger (Alana De La Garza), Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney), Mae Jarvis (Annie Funke), and Russ “Monty” Montgomery (Tyler James Williams). We know that Jack is married with older children. Matt is also married with young children (a whole bunch of them, if I remember right. Like…5?). Clara was married but her husband died a few years ago. Mae is a medical examiner, and Monty is a tech whiz.

I’m really looking forward to seeing where the team will travel this season and what we might learn about their personal lives, as well as what kind of bad guys we’ll see! With Criminal Minds in the name, there’s sure to be some baddies!

On tonight’s premiere, “Lost Souls,” Unit Chief Jack Garrett and his international response team are called to Tanzania when a 23-member church group disappears. Kirsten Vangsness guest stars as Penelope Garcia & Sherry Stringfield guest stars as Jack’s wife Karen.

Don’t miss the season premiere tonight on CBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Chopped Junior, The Goldbergs, Lethal Weapon, Major Crimes, Modern Family, Property Brothers, black-ish, Bakers vs. Fakers, & Six.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/14/16

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!

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I’m going to continue the holiday-themed-episode trend today with the Christmas/Hanukkah episode of The Goldbergs. The thing I love most about this show is the feeling of nostalgia I get whenever I watch it. Whether it be the most popular boy band of the decade, a hit TV show, or…like last week…a popular sports team/entertainment like the Harlem Globetrotters. I never got to go to a game myself, but we watched them on TV a couple of times, and they’re just plain fun to watch, as Murray found out when he and Adam went to see them play. Speaking of Murray… He turned 50, and Beverly threw him a not-so-surprise party, but he ended up missing it because he fell asleep and no one noticed after Erica threw all the coats from the guests on top of him on the bed. I swear, that’s going to be my husband if I do that in a few years! LOL

On tonight’s episode, “Han Ukkah Solo,” after finding out there is only going to be one Hanukkah song in the Holiday Pageant, Beverly convinces Erica to create the perfect song to bring some excitement to the holiday. Erica sees her shot to break into the music business while Barry does his best to prove he too can be a hit maker with music. Meanwhile, Adam’s childlike wonder with movies and entertainment is called into question when things he loved as a child aren’t as good as he remembers. [Note from Jenny: Just wait till he’s in his 30s and starts looking back! LOL]

See if everything works out for Erica or Barry tonight on ABC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Kids Sweets Showdown, Speechless, Brothers Take New Orleans, Cooks vs Cons, Modern Family, & black-ish.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/18/16

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!

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royalpains518smallI’m so happy because tonight is the season premiere of Royal Pains. On the season finale last July, all our favorite characters had big story lines. Hank came face to face with his ex-fiance, Nikki. Throughout the course of the episode, we got to see Hank’s memory of their breakup and then watched as he realized he had been remembering it wrong all this time. Maybe he can really move forward now that he isn’t completely blaming Nikki. Poor Divya lost her grandmother, but she also made the decision that she was going to go to school to become a doctor AND she and Raj met up again, and once he said that his marriage was over, he and Divya both admitted they still loved each other, he proposed, and she accepted! And finally… Evan and Paige were all set to adopt a young girl’s baby, but once she went into labor and Paige reunited her with her mother, they realized that Elan was ready to become a mother, so they bowed out of the adoption.

So where do they all go from there? Will Hank find love? Will Divya still be able to work with Hank Med AND go to school to become a doctor, and will she and Raj make a go of it? And what about Paige and Evan? Will they find a baby to adopt or will they get a miracle and be able to have their own? Whatever is coming for them all, I can’t wait to watch and find out!

On tonight’s episode, “Stranger Danger,” Hank treats a politician while Jeremiah enlists Divya’s help. Hank and Evan react very differently when Eddie returns to the Hamptons, and Divya’s future plans hit a roadblock. Henry Winkler guest stars.

Catch the premiere tonight on USA Network at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Rosewood, The Goldbergs, Law & Order: SVU, Modern Family, black-ish, & Chicago PD.
 
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