If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/8/15

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

criminalminds48smallIt’s been a couple of weeks since the last new Criminal Minds (and how good was that? I totally called the mother being a creepazoid!), and I’m so excited for tonight’s episode, I can’t even explain it. I know a lot of people are tired of spin-offs, but give me a spin-off of my favorite procedurals, and I’ll for it. So tonight is the planted pilot, for lack of a better phrase, for Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The cast is fantastic for the new show: Gary Sinise (best known for his role on CSI: NY and as Lieutenant Dan on Forrest Gump) plays Jack Garrett, basically the Rossi of the group—he’s a 20-year veteran of the BAU; Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) plays Lily Lambert, an international law expert; Daniel Henney (who starred in Three Rivers and guest starred a few times on Hawaii Five-0) is Special Agent Matthew Simmons, who is the “Morgan” of the group, kicking ass and taking names; and Tyler James Williams (probably best known for the role of Chris in Everybody Hates Chris, but he also guest starred in a handful of episodes of The Walking Dead more recently) plays the new team’s “Garcia,” tech guru Russ “Monty” Montgomery, who surprises Garcia with some of his additional responsibilities.

I think the show runners have learned their lesson after the failure of the first spin-off. This team is very much like the original BAU group, in that they work out of the FBI, unlike how Suspect Behavior worked out of a karate studio or old gym or whatever it was, and the team really echoes our FBI faves. So I have my fingers crossed that this plated pilot works well, because I really want Gary Sinise back on my screen every week!

On tonight’s episode, “Beyond Borders,” when a family of four is abducted while on vacation in Barbados, the BAU is called to assist Unit Chief Jack Garrett and his International Unit on their investigation. Garrett and his unit, the FBI’s top division for handling cases involving Americans abroad, work jointly with Hotch and his team when they discover that this case matches one the BAU investigated last year in Florida. Tom Everett Scott and Bonnie Somerville guest star as Greg and Colleen Sullivan, two members of the kidnapped family.

Meet the new team tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Young & Hungry, The Goldbergs, Law & Order: SVU, Mystery Diners, black-ish, Chicago PD, CSI: Cyber, Hot in Cleveland, & The Soul Man.
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Megan’s Choice

chicagopd48smallThe last few weeks on Chicago PD have been incredibly tense to say the least, and I can’t get enough of it. On the last episode, we saw a drug transport go wrong when it was robbed and then it crashed. Two of the robbers were shot, while Charles got away. Voight had a special connection to him that at first he didn’t share with the rest of the team. It turned out that Charles was the son of an old informant of Voight’s, but she swore that he was clean. Eventually Charles showed up, and he was injured in the shootout. Voight did one more favor for them and had Jay’s brother Will come fix him up off the books. Sometimes it bothers me how much Voight teeters on the line of good and evil, but in the end, he always does what’s right, even if it’s not right by the usual standards. I am really loving having Will around, and this makes me very excited for the next installment into the franchise, Chicago Med.

On tonight’s episode, “The Three Gs,” when the dead bodies of several teen girls are found inside a factory in Chinatown, one of the fathers of the deceased admits to paying one of Chicago’s most wanted fugitives — a man who has escaped Olinsky in the past — to bring her into the US. Meanwhile, Roman has an altercation with a fellow officer, which lands him in a bit of trouble. At the same time, Platt helps prepare Nadia to take her polygraph test after passing the CPD written exam.

To see if Olinsky can finally put the ghost from his past away, tune in to NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, black-ish, CSI: Cyber, and Schitt’s Creek.

Kyle’s Choice

theamericans48smallThe Americans is a consistently amazing show that always manages to give its viewers some surprises each week. Philip and Elizabeth had been under pressure for a while to try to turn their daughter into the next generation of Soviet spy. However, I never thought they would actually reveal their secret life to Paige — at least, not this season. However, last week Paige confronted her parents, demanding to know what they were hiding, and Philip and Elizabeth finally told her everything — without actually saying the word “spy.” Meanwhile, Gabriel told Philip he had arranged for his son to get an early release from Afghanistan; Elizabeth set up a new relationship with a hotel manager that she plans to utilize in some way in the future; Zinaida made some sort of KGB message dead-drop in a movie theater bathroom; and Stan seemed to be spending a lot of time with Henry, using him as a stand-in for his own son, who hasn’t been around much since the separation.

I’m really interested to see where things with Paige go now that she knows her parents are Russian spies. In last week’s final scene, when Stan came to the Jennings’ home for dinner, it was so great seeing Paige’s reaction as she realized what was really going on with this friendship with the CIA neighbor — and how easy it would be for her to say something to him and end it all. Will Philip and Elizabeth actually turn their daughter into a spy? Will Paige tell Stan what’s going on? There are so many other things in play as well — like what about Philip’s illegitimate son… Will he suddenly appear on the Jennings’ doorstep? And there’s always the big question of when/if Martha will reveal the truth about Clark to her employers.

On tonight’s episode, “One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov,” Oleg and Tatiana are assigned by Arkady to a risky operation; Nina ponders her next move; Philip and Elizabeth’s personal and professional lives collide in a new way.

See how their lives collide tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Survivor, Criminal Minds, The Middle, The Goldbergs, black-ish, Young & Hungry, Broadchurch, Workaholics, and Big Time in Hollywood, FL.

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