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.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice #1

sleepyhollow120smallWith much sadness, I am choosing tonight’s final two hours of Sleepy Hollow for my first pick—the final two hours of this season, of course. It’ll be back…in EIGHT MONTHS. After last week, I can’t imagine what they have prepared for us for tonight. Speaking of last week, we saw Ichabod in new clothes, a demon who can jump from human vessel to human vessel (giving us the episode title of “The Vessel”), & Captain Irving was threatened with his daughter’s life and safety. The captain moved his daughter & ex-wife to a safe house, except it wasn’t so safe. Turned out the demon had previously inhabited Abbie’s sister, Jenny, and Sheriff Corbin had defeated the demon once in the past. Of course, everything worked out, and we now know Washington’s Bible has a huge secret hidden in disappearing ink—and we learned that Washington may not have died after all? Eek! What a way to go into the season finale!

On tonight’s first episode, “The Indespensible Man,” Ichabod and Abbie discover a dark secret buried within the pages of George Washington’s Bible and unearth the shocking true nature of the founding father’s death. Meanwhile, Capt. Irving makes a near-impossible decision for the sake of his beloved family that drastically changes his future. Then, in the second hour, “Bad Blood,” the battle between good and evil comes to an explosive head. Sacrifices must be made, worlds collide, loyalties are tested, and the town of Sleepy Hollow will never be the same.

Bite your nails and hang onto your seats tonight for the 2-hour season finale on FOX starting at 8/7c.

Kyle’s Choice

klondike120smallTonight, Discovery kicks off its first scripted mini-series, Klondike. This three-night event is based on Charlotte Gray’s book, “Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike.” It’s the 1890s, and childhood friends Bill Haskell (Richard Madden, Game of Thrones) and Byron Epstein (Augustus Prew, The Borgias) head to the gold rush capital of the Yukon Territory to get their share of the fortune. However, they soon discover that finding the gold is just part of the problem—between the extreme weather conditions, ruthless gold-diggers, and angry natives, it’s going to be a struggle just to stay alive.

The series comes from writer/executive producer Paul Scheuring (Prison Break), along with executive producers Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker. The amazing cast also includes Tim Roth (Lie to Me), Sam Shepard, Abbie Cornish, Johnny Simmons, Ian Hart (Luck), Conor Leslie, Tim Blake Nelson, and Brian Markinson (Continuum). It looks like it should be an exciting miniseries with a great cast. I can’t wait to check it out!

On tonight’s episode, frontiersmen arrive in Dawson City, Yukon, in search of gold.

See what happens when the men get to Dawson City tonight on Discovery Channel at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mom, Intelligence, Castle, Hollywood Game Night, The Blacklist, Sleepy Hollow, Switched at Birth, Archer, Chozen, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, Being Human, Bitten, and Teen Wolf.

Megan’s Choice #2

masterchefcanadasmallMy second suggestion for tonight is directed mostly at our Canadian readers, and I hope they’re as excited as I am. MasterChef Canada is premiering tonight, and I am looking forward to seeing what kind of Canadian flare gets brought to it. The judges are Claudio Aprile, Michael Bonacini, and Alvin Leung, and from what I hear, they are all masters in the kitchen. Hopefully they are equal to the American version. Everything else will follow the format of the MasterChef we know and love, so I’m looking forward to seeing great cooking and exciting challenges.

On tonight’s season premiere, the judges begin to whittle down the competition from the Top 50 home cooks.

To check out what Canadian home cooks have to offer, tune in to CTV at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Sleepy Hollow, Hollywood Game Night, Intelligence, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, Mom, The Blacklist, and Klondike.

Jenny’s Choice #2

castle120smallMy second pick tonight is Castle. Last week, Castle’s dad returned. I loved the part at the beginning, where Castle got a phone call, telling him not to react, and then his dad popped out to introduce himself (or rather, his fake self) to Beckett & Castle. For a while, we weren’t sure if he really was still a big bad-ass spy or if he’d turned rogue. Watching Castle try to play it cool was fun, and then watching him try to believe in his father was kind of sad. In the end, he really was still working for the CIA, and although Castle is upset because Daddio left without saying goodbye (after killing the killer and taking his body, no less), Martha was glad it had all happened because she got some closure. Now she really knows that he left because he simply couldn’t stay and that their night had meant something to him, as well. And though Beckett & Castle both believe that Daddio only brought them in so he could use Castle, I don’t think that’s the case. I think he realized Beckett & Castle could be a help to him and he wanted to see his son again. Maybe I’m naïve, but that’s what I’m going to choose to believe. 😉

On tonight’s episode, “Limelight,” when a rising young pop star is found dead in an alley, Castle and Beckett delve into the victim’s out-of-control hard-partying lifestyle, but as they dig deeper, a shocking revelation threatens to rock their investigation. Alexandra Chando (The Lying Game, As the World Turns), Lola Glaudini (Criminal Minds), & Myko Olivier (Castle).

See what they uncover tonight on ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Hollywood Game Night, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, Bakery Boss, Bitten, Intelligence, & Mystery Diners.

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