If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/13/16

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!

Kyle’s Choice

secondchance113smallTonight, FOX kicks off its latest sci-fi drama venture, Second Chance, a modern-day Frankenstein tale/cop drama/thriller. Seventy-five-year-old Jimmy Pritchard (Philip Baker Hall, Modern Family) is a former LA County Sheriff who was forced to resign decades earlier due to his part in a corruption scandal. His health is failing, and now he spends his days drinking and hitting on hired women. One day, Pritchard stumbles into a robbery at his FBI Agent son Duval’s (Tim DeKay, White Collar) home and is killed in the process. However, his death is short-lived (so-to-speak) because billionaire high-tech twins Mary (Dilshad Vadsaria, Revenge) and Otto Goodwin (Adhir Kalyan, Rules of Engagement) reanimate his body as part of their secret Lookinglass experiment. The new younger, stronger Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky, True Blood) wakes up disoriented, angry, and confused. But he soon realizes that he has a second chance on life. How will he use it? Will he fall back to his old vices? Will he try to fix his relationship with his son? Will he try to clear his name? Will he go after the people who killed him? Who can he trust? Just how far can he stretch his new abilities, and what kind of complications will arise from the reanimation process?

The series comes from executive producer/writer Rand Ravich (Life, Crisis) and Emmy Award-winning executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24). Both of these guys know how to create a good, suspenseful series! The cast also includes Vanessa Lengies (Glee) and Ciara Bravo (Red Band Society).

I enjoyed tonight’s premiere a lot more than I expected to. I had some doubts after the show went through a series of name changes, starting off as The Frankenstein Code (which I think was the best), and then it became Lookinglass before settling on its current title. The pilot establishes some interesting characters and dynamics, a nice overall mystery/conspiracy and premise, and some great action-packed moments. I’m really looking forward to checking out more.

On tonight’s premiere, “A Suitable Donor,” a disgraced former cop gets a chance at redemption after he’s resurrected by a billionaire and his bioengineer twin sister, but it’s an opportunity that may not be worth the risk.

Catch this pilot and see if it’s worth second episode tonight on FOX at 9:01/8:01c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Criminal Minds, The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, black-ish, Younger, American Horror Story: Hotel, Man Seeking Woman, and Face Off.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

chicagopd113smallHow good was the Chicago crossover event? I really loved how they weaved all three shows together. I’m digging Chicago Med a lot, and I still love Chicago Fire, but my favorite still is Chicago PD. I’ve really begun to love Voight, and Lindsay and Jay are one of my favorite couples to ship for. On the crossover episode, we learned a lot about Voight’s history, and even a bit more about Lindsay’s. We knew his wife was dead – in fact, we might have even known it was cancer – but to see his emotion about her, to watch the video of them when they were young and had a young son, was excellent. I was pretty impressed with how he handled dealing with the doctor who might very well have killed his wife. Really great job all around.

On tonight’s episode, “Knocked the Family Right Out,” teenage girl is violated during a home invasion; Voight helps a former acquaintance; Platt and Mouch receive upsetting news regarding their upcoming wedding. Steven R. McQueen and Christian Stolte (both from Chicago Fire) guest star.

See if the team can catch the perpetrators tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing 2 Broke Girls, The Mysteries of Laura, The Goldbergs, Mike & Molly, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, Modern Family, Second Chance, black-ish, Code Black, Mystery Diners, & Restaurant Startup.

Megan’s Choice

criminalminds113smallCriminal Minds left us hanging in the fall finale concerning what was going on with the Dirty Dozen and Garcia. She was really starting to get stir crazy living in that office. At the end of the episode, Hotch said he might have figured out a way to deal with it, so I’m hopeful this story line is going to wrap up soon.

Last episode, the UnSub was a guy who was trying to find a way to cure diseases by transfusing blood from a healthy person to someone with a terminal disorder. It didn’t go as planned, and the subjects kept dying, causing the UnSub to unravel quickly. Luckily for the last healthy victim, the team solved the case in time to save her. It was a great episode, even though Reid was missing. He’ll always be one of my favorite nerds on television.

On tonight’s episode, “Entropy,” the BAU implements an elaborate strategy to try and take down the “Dirty Dozen” hitmen ring, with Reid playing a central role. Aubrey Plaza guest stars.

To see how Reid helps save the day, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching 2 Broke Girls, Code Black, American Idol, The Mysteries of Laura, Law & Order: SVU, Second Chance, and American Crime.

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