If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/22/14

We don’t generally do a Remote post on Saturdays, but there are a couple of shows we wanted to highlight, so check out our recommendations! 🙂

Jenny’s Choice

aboutaboysmallNBC either made a smart decision or a stupid one… They’ve chosen to air the series premiere of their new comedy, About a Boy, tonight after the Olympics (commercial-free, apparently…). Based on the best-selling Nick Hornby novel, this new show is written by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Revolution). Will Freeman (David Walton, Bent, Perfect Couples) lives a charmed existence as the ultimate man-child. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love, and freedom from financial woes. He’s single, unemployed, and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona (Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting, Barney’s Version), a needy single mom, and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham, 1600 Penn), move in next door and disrupt his perfect world. When Marcus begins dropping by his home unannounced, Will’s not so sure about being a kid’s new best friend, until, of course, Will discovers that women find single dads irresistible. That changes everything, and a deal is struck: Marcus will pretend to be Will’s son, and in return, Marcus is allowed to chill at Will’s house. Before he realizes it, Will starts to enjoy the visits and even finds himself looking out for the kid. In fact, this newfound friendship may very well teach him a thing or two that he never imagined possible – about himself and caring for others.

I love David Walton, and I enjoy Minnie Driver on movies, so I’m definitely interested in the show for the cast. I never read the book or seen the Hugh Grant movie, so I’m going into this without any preconceived notions. I hope it turns out to be as cute as it sounds.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” an unemployed man who lives solely off the money earned from writing a hit song has his perfect life turned upside down when a single mother and her 11-year-old son move in next door, thrusting him into playing the role of surrogate father.

See if this new show strikes a chord with you tonight on NBC at 11:05/10:05c.
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Kyle’s Choice

grahamnortonshowsmallYou can always count on The Graham Norton Show for some great laughs. It seems a lot looser than most American talk shows—the guests even receive a cocktail as soon as they sit down. Tonight, Graham’s guests are some of the cast members of The Monuments Men—Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and Hugh Bonneville. A slightly-inebriated Bill Murray leads to a lively and hilarious forty-five minutes, and watching tonight’s episode made me even more interested in seeing the film, as these guys have such great chemistry. This was easily one of my favorite episodes of the show so far—it’s definitely worth checking out while waiting for tonight’s About a Boy premiere! 🙂

Check out the fun tonight on BBC America at 10:15/9:15c.

I’ll also be watching/recording About a Boy, MythBusters, Ripper Street, and Black Sails.

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