If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/27/17

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

Today, the BBC comedy Asylum makes its US debut via the Acorn TV streaming service. The series takes the hypothetical situation of what would it be like if Julian Assange and Kim Dotcom were roommates while living in asylum in a foreign embassy. Dan Hern (Ben Miller, Death in Paradise, The Worst Week of My Life) is a whistleblower who leaked the CIA’s torture manual online for the public to see. For the past year, he has been living in asylum in the London embassy of the Latin American nation of the Democratic Republic of El Rico. While the U.S. government and MI6 are still constantly plotting ways to lure Hern out of the building to be arrested/executed for treason, Ambassador Castillo (Darrell D’Silva, Game of Thrones) is afraid that Hern’s celebrity has faded. So Castillo has his children, Rafael (Kayvan Novak, Thunderbirds Are Go) & Rosa (Yasmine Akram, Sherlock) find a fresh new face to offer asylum to in order to get their country back in the news. Enter the loud, obnoxious, but kind-hearted Ludo Backslash (Dustin Demri-Burns), a hacker responsible for releasing thousands of pirated films across the internet. Hern and his new roommate couldn’t be any more different, and comedy ensues.

The series also stars Niky Wardley (The Catherine Tate Show) as Hern’s extremely incompetent lawyer, Lorna, and John Guerrasio as embassy employee Mo, who’s constantly trying to make Hern feel as unwelcome as possible. There’s also a hilarious guest appearance by David Cross (Arrested Development) in the second episode. The series originally aired almost two years ago in the UK, and only 3 episodes were ever produced. However, there are some really fun character dynamics and situations in these three episodes that could have easily led to even more fun episodes. In addition to the odd couple-like roommate comedy, there’s plots involving MI6 trying to catfish Hern, the search for a mole in the embassy, El Rico desperately trying to make a bid to host the World Cup, and more.

If you already subscribe to Acorn TV, this series is worth checking out. Or if you’ve been curious about the streaming service, this series is another reason to check out a free trial. Head to acorn.tv for more details on the service, which is available as a standalone app on Roku, Apple TV, iOS, etc. and as an over-the-top add-on to Amazon Prime.

I’ll also be watching/recording Quantico, Superior Donuts, The Great Indoors, Taken, 24: Legacy, APB, Supergirl, Jane the Virgin, Bates Motel, Young & Hungry, and Baby Daddy.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

Superior Donuts, CBS’s latest comedy, is a hit in my book. I love the jokes and the kind of off-color humor it features, and the cast is fantastic. After Katey Sagal’s time as Gemma on Sons of Anarchy, seeing her in a lighter role again is fantastic. Her character is sarcastic and funny, and she plays it well. And I love Judd Hirsch in everything he does, so no surprise I love him in this. And this is the first time I’ve seen Jermaine Fowler in anything, but he’s effortlessly funny and plays well of the others, especially Hirsch. This is a cute comedy that I love spending 30 minutes a week with, so I was excited when CBS announced last week that it was picked up for a second season!

On tonight’s episode, “Get It, Arthur,” when Randy’s mom comes to town, Franco encourages Arthur to go out on his first date in years. Brenda Vaccaro guest stars as Helen, Randy’s mom.

See if Arthur and Helen hit it off tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing APB, The Great Indoors, & Taken.

Megan’s Choice

I know there are a lot of people who don’t like APB, but I honestly think it has extreme potential, especially because the cast works so well together. Last week’s episode was a mixture of humor, character growth, and love stories. Murphy butted heads with Gideon’s financial advisor over what Gideon should be focused on when they find a suspect is at the convention with the goal to kill Gideon. Murphy wanted Gideon to lay low, but his partner (who is actually his bed buddy as well), said he needed to focus on his actual business. I don’t like this woman at all and think that Murphy and Gideon make a way better couple. Thankfully they caught the guy before Gideon was killed. I’m concerned where they are going to go now with the story line, seeing as his partner wants him to privatize police services now for profit. That would be a disaster for the police department and destroy the good work Gideon has done in the district so far.

On tonight’s episode, “Fueling Fires,” after another fire hits one of the gang-run buildings, Murphy and Gideon find out that the cause is much worse than an act of gang retaliation. Meanwhile, Goss is unsure about Brandt’s old service buddy, after he’s accused of assaulting a customer at the bar where he’s a bouncer. Goss seeks the truth, and Gideon is faced with an important decision.

To see if Gideon makes the right choice, tune in to FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching 24: Legacy, The Voice, Taken, and Quantico.

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