If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/25/17

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!

Jenny’s Choice

I’m a big fan of Briga Heelan, who starred in Ground Floor & was in a handful of episodes of Undateable & Cougar Town. So when I learned about her latest comedy, Great News, I knew I’d have to check it out. It doesn’t hurt that it also stars “Young Ducky” from NCIS, Adam Campbell, who has a delicious English accent and is really cute. Briga Heelan stars as Katie Wendelson, a smart, ambitious news producer at “The Breakdown,” a national cable news show. But one day, her mom, Carol (played by the hilarious Andrea Martin), decides to go back to work after being a stay-at-home mom for 30 years, and she gets an internship at “The Breakdown,” much to Katie’s dismay. Starring alongside them is John Michael Higgins, also hilarious, as the news desk veteran, Chuck Pierce, who isn’t easy to please and thinks awfully highly of himself. Rounding out the cast are Horatio Sanz, who plays Justin, Katie’s closest friend at the office and the laidback video editor, as well as Nicole Richie, who plays Portia, the young, very hip co-host opposite Chuck Pierce, and Tracey Wigfield, who plays creepy meteorologist Beth.

I’ve seen the first few episodes and really enjoyed them all. The cast is great – really funny and there’s some good chemistry between them. Andrea Martin, who is probably best known for her role in the My Big Fat Greek Wedding movies, is absolutely hysterical as the over-the-top smother (smothering mother). The relationship (not romantic!) that develops between her character, Carol, and Chuck Pierce is fantastic. Overall, it’s a highly enjoyable comedy and more than well worth your watch.

On tonight’s first episode, “Pilot,” Katie, a frustrated cable news producer, is horrified when her mom, Carol, gets an internship at “The Breakdown.” Despite Katie’s best efforts, Carol is instantly beloved by the entire office, including blowhard veteran anchor Chuck. But when Katie hits a roadblock while producing a big story, she realizes that maybe having a mom at work isn’t such a bad thing. Then on “Bear Attack,” Katie tries to set workplace boundaries with Carol, but when a big story about an escaped bear lands in her lap, her mom can’t help but meddle. Meanwhile, Greg tries to get Chuck and Portia to do a little friendly banter at the end of the show.

Meet Katie, her mom, and the rest of the news crew tonight in back-to-back episodes on NBC starting at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chopped Junior, Prison Break, Imaginary Mary, Chicago Fire, & Chopped.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, the National Geographic channel kicks off the new scripted series Genius, a period drama following the adventures of Albert Einstein through two different stages of his life. In the 1920s, Einstein (Geoffrey Rush, Pirates of the Caribbean) lives in Berlin with wife Elsa (Emily Watson), where he works as a university professor. However, Hitler is starting to rise to power, and Germany is quickly becoming a dangerous place. In the late 1890s, a younger Albert (Johnny Flynn, Lovesick) finds himself bored by the slow pace of his school and wants to jump ahead to university. However, while he knows his physics, he needs a more well-rounded education in order to pass the entrance exam, and so he seeks the assistance of mentor Jost Winteoer (Nicholas Rowe, The Crown). But no amount of studying can prepare him for the university experience that lies ahead.

The series is based on the novel “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” and the production looks excellent, with costumes and sets that really bring the eras to life. Tonight’s premiere sets off two interesting tales – one of a younger, wide-eyed Einstein who is eager to soak up knowledge, and one of an older Einstein who has already living his dream as a professor but now faces new dangers in a politically dangerous times. There’s also a bit of sex thrown in (in both eras). Who knew Albert Einstein was such a player?! If you like tonight’s premiere, the series was just picked up for a second season, so there are a lot more stories to come.

On tonight’s 75-minute episode, “Chapter One,” Albert Einstein’s tumultuous life reveals the man behind the mind.

Get to know Einstein tonight on Nat Geo at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Imaginary Mary, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Great News, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mick, Prison Break, The Flash, iZombie, The Americans, Cosplay Melee, and The Detour.

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