If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/12/15

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

boschsmallSomething you may or may not know about me is that as much as I love watching TV, I’m also a huge reader—I always have been. My favorites are mysteries & books where the main character(s) is/are cops & the like. (I know. Surprise, surprise!) As such, of course I’ve read the Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly. My husband & I are both huge fans of that series. So when we learned over a year ago (jeez. A YEAR!) that, after many instances of speculation and stops and starts, it was FINALLY being made into a series, we couldn’t help but be thrilled. And now, a year after the pilot was released on Amazon, it’s FINALLY here.

Bosch stars Titus Welliver (Sons of Anarchy, Argo) as Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector (The Wire) as Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino (Being Human) as Lt. Grace Billets, Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, and Annie Wersching (24, Extant) as Julia Brasher, with Sarah Clarke (24) as Eleanor Wish and Jason Gedrick (Luck) as Raynard Waits. The series follows Bosch, an LAPD homicide detective, as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected killer in cold blood. Bosch is ultimately a good guy, a great cop who may skirt the edge of the law on occasion when he believes it’s called for…but definitely someone I love and root for.

The pilot went live last year, but tonight, the rest of the first season, episodes two through twelve, will stream on Amazon at 12:01AM/11:01PMc.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Backstrom, Chopped Canada, & Two and a Half Men.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Kyle’s Choice

theslapsmallTonight, the new miniseries The Slap premieres on NBC. Hector (Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing) is turning 40, and his family and friends have gathered for a celebratory barbeque. However, the event is full of stress—Hector is embarrassed to tell his wife Aisha (Thandie Newton, Rogue) that he was passed over by a promotion at work; he’s feeling pressure from his parents and cousin to take a trip to Greece; and he’s struggling to contain his attraction for his teenage babysitter, Connie (Makenzie Leigh, Gotham). The party comes to an abrupt end when Hector’s cousin, Harry (Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story, Heroes), slaps another couple’s unruly child.

While the pilot concentrates on Hector, it also gives us a glimpse at the rest of the group and the potential conflicts that could come into play throughout the series. It seems like each of the following episodes will primarily focus on another one of the party-goers as it explores aftermath of the slap. I enjoyed tonight’s premiere–it’s well-acted, and I liked the nature documentary-like narration that opens and closes each episode. I’m looking forward to learning what secrets the other members of this group hold, seeing the drama unfold, and discovering how this one small event affects the lives of these friends and family, and tears them apart.

The Slap is an adaptation of an Australian TV series of the same name (which was based on the novel by Christos Tsiolkas). The stellar cast includes Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), Melissa George (The Good Wife, Alias), Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), and Brian Cox (The Game).

Watch the slap that echoed around the…well, yard, tonight on NBC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Elementary, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, The Blacklist, Allegiance, Backstrom, Archer, and Wizard Wars.

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