If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/27/17

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!

Jenny’s Choice #1

Like Monday night, one of my picks tonight is another new military-action drama. This time it’s CBS’s SEAL Team, starring David Boreanaz (Bones, Angel). He plays the “respected, intense leader” of a Tier One Navy SEAL team (ergo the title of the show…) that deploys on covert missions worldwide at a moment’s notice. Along with Hayes, the team consists of: Ray (Neil Brown Jr, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), the man who’s been there the longest and with whom Hayes shares an ingrained shorthand, and Sonny (AJ Buckley, CSI: NY), an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies. Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot, Bates Motel, Texas Rising) is a young, multi-lingual second-generation SEAL with heavy drive and dedication, and he’s undergoing additional rigorous training in the hopes of joining Hayes’s select team. Also vita to the team are CIA analyst Mandy Ellis (Jessica Pare, Mad Men, Jack & Bobby) who has sacrificed everything in her drive to root out evil and take down terrorists, and Davis (Toni Trucks, Barbershop, Made in Jersey), a no-nonsense, take-charge logistics officer and unofficial den mother responsible for outfitting the team with the necessary gear for each mission.

I really enjoyed this pilot. There’s a lot of action, a lot of family time that is far from without drama. It out of all the like-minded shows this season reminds me of The Unit, which is one of my all-time favorite shows. I’ve been excited to share this one with my family and can’t wait to see the pilot again and new episodes myself.

On tonight’s episode, “Tip of the Spear,” an elite unit of Navy SEALs must navigate their professional and personal lives as they execute dangerous, high-stakes missions.

Check out this military drama tonight on CBS at 9/8c.
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Kyle’s Choice #1

Tonight, Modern Family returns for its ninth season as part of a wonderful new Wednesday lineup on ABC! I just recently re-binged the entire eighth season of the series on DVD. This show still manages to make me laugh every time I watch, and I’m really excited for the new season. When we last left off, it was graduation day for Manny and Luke. While Manny was headed off to college, Luke still wasn’t sure what he was going to do with his life. Meanwhile, it looked like Haley’s relationship with the older weatherman was over after she realized she wasn’t ready for marriage, but Alex was still enjoying her secret relationship with her mother’s assistant.

So, when will this season open, and where will these characters be? I can’t wait for more crazy adventures and to see what Phil and the rest of the extended Dunphy-Pritchett family gets up to this season. The writers of this show always come up with fun, inventive stories that have this great way of coming together in some unique way by the end of each episode.

On tonight’s premiere, “Lake Life,” Jay forces the family to take their vacation on a house boat on a lake; Mitchell runs into an old flame; Cam must avoid the sun; Phil and Claire try out some adventurous excursions; the kids’ quest for a good time goes awry.

Laugh along with tonight’s premiere on ABC at 9/8c.

Megan’s Choice

I have loved Chicago PD since the very beginning, and I am determined to continue loving it. That said, when we left off last season, Lindsay had accepted a job in another city and Halstead was trying to get ahold of her to propose. While on hiatus, we found out that Lindsay (Sophia Bush) will not be returning to PD. The actress wanted to move on to other projects after taking a break. This is very sad news for me because Halstead and Lindsay were one of my favorite couples on television. *sigh* I will go on and hope that the strength of the show’s writing and the rest of the stellar cast can make up for it. Part of that is the return of Tracy Spiridakos, who played Hailey Upton in a few episodes last season. She’s joining the cast as a series regular. Thankfully, the powers that be have said their plan is not to have a romance between her and Halstead, even though they’ll be working as partners.

On tonight’s episode, “Reform,” the district is in a state of change — Lindsay has moved to New York, and the CPD is under scrutiny about the corrupt nature of its institution. Under the watchful eye of the city, the team attempts to bust a gun deal that quickly turns dicey when innocent civilians and children get involved. Tension erupts when Chief Lugo brings in Denny Woods to review the shootout, and Halstead becomes a key player in the outcome of the case.

To see if our favorite intelligence unit can survive this new debacle, tune in to NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Criminal Minds, SEAL Team, Law & Order: SVU, and Survivor.

Phoebe’s Choice

Last week’s Broad City gave us a great double gimmick of an episode: they both told the tale of the first day they met six years ago and a second version of reality in which the day went quite differently. Both versions of reality started with Ilanna swiping Abbi into the subway, only to be denied entry herself. She jumped the turnstile and they rushed down the stairs.

In one version of reality, they made the train and went on their separate ways. In the other, they missed the train and came back up to the surface together. Once on the street talking about their plans for the day, they agreed almost at once to go get stoned. In the “Apart” version of the day, Ilanna accidentally got kicked in the face by break dancers. We saw them experiencing a moment with a bubble-gun sales guy on a corner both together and as an “Abbi Only” moment. While smoking pot together, they got hit by a sprinkler. In the “Apart” continuum, a serial hair cutter snipped Abbi’s hair as she waited for a bathroom door that just would not open: because Ilanna was inside it napping on a bag of coffee beans. She was summarily fired. Abbi found a weird half naked guy named “Bevers” in her apartment, and they hit it off just fine. Over at Ilanna’s place, she had a showdown with her roommates that she called collectively “The Madisons” because she knew that was one of their names and she couldn’t tell them from one another. They were at odds over such issues as Ilanna’s wall of graphic porn that was hung over her bed. She then popped in on a boyfriend in a college class they both were enrolled in. She was very unprepared for a presentation she was called upon to give and was booted from the class.

In the “Together” timeline, a fortune teller told them they were destined to die that day. In the spirit of living every day like your last, Abbi got a tattoo of Oprah on her lower back. In the “Apart” day, Ilanna lost her sundress and wandered by in a panic past a frozen yogurt shop in which Abbi was sadly eating alone. In the “Together” day, they were again smoking in a public park. This time a cop spotted them, and in a frantic rush, they ran into the street and were squashed by a bus, and they did really die! Back in the other version of the day, they met at the end of the day by accident at Ilanna’s favorite spot. They hit it off, because this is the reality in which they live and actually become best friends!

On tonight’s episode, “Just the Tips,” Ilana goes on a spending spree with cash she makes from her waitress job; Abbi basks in the glow of a new relationship; the girls bump into an old friend at a party.

See which friend they bump into tonight on Comedy Central at 10:30/9:30c.

I’ll also be watching Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, South Park, and You’re the Worst.

Jenny’s Choice #2

My second pick tonight is the exciting season premiere of Criminal Minds. Last season, especially the second half, mainly focused on Scratch and Reid’s imprisonment. It was a VERY long time for Reid to be in prison. In fact, if it had gone on any longer, I think the show might’ve lost more viewers than I’m betting they did. It was interesting to see the return of Lindsey Vaughn and Cat Adams, both of whom Reid and the team dealt with before. Cat explained that she was behind it all, not Scratch. Unfortunately, though they were able to rescue Reid’s mom, who’d been kidnapped by Lindsey, the rest of the team wasn’t so lucky. Morgan was back, and he’d brought with him a text message that he supposedly received from Garcia. But he knew it wasn’t from her, so the team deduced it had to be Scratch. So while Garcia stayed back at the office and Reid was reuniting with his mom, the rest were in two SUVs traveling to a (nonexistent) safe house Morgan was supposed to meet “Garcia” to try to capture Scratch. It was on the way there that they were ambushed – their tires were blown and then an 18-wheeler crashed into them at high speed. Eek!

So who, if anyone, was hurt or killed? We only know for sure that Damon Gupton won’t be back as Stephen Walker, but after the episode with his old partner/friend dying, maybe Walker is just retiring. I don’t know. I doubt it, but… We also know that now that Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders was cancelled, they felt free to bring over Daniel Henney as Matt Simmons, an ex-Delta Force soldier and former member of the International Reponse Team. Hopefully they’ll actually explain WHY he left the IRT and not just have him show up and we don’t know why he isn’t with Jack Garrett! LOL

On tonight’s episode, “Wheels Up,” Agent Matt Simmons joins the BAU team in a race to take down Mr. Scratch and save one of their own in the process.

See if they can finally take down Scratch and if anyone dies tonight on CBS at a new time of 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Goldbergs, Law & Order: SVU, Modern Family, Worst Cooks in America, American Housewife, Best Baker in America, & Chicago PD.

Kyle’s Choice #2

Also premiering tonight is the second season of Designated Survivor. Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who was suddenly forced to take on the role of President of the United States after a terrorist attack during the State of the Union wiped out the entire government. I thoroughly enjoyed the first season — the series does a great job of mixing the political and personal drama with thrilling action, intrigue, and suspense. It was also great to see that I could still enjoy Sutherland playing someone other than Jack Bauer.

Much of the first season was spent trying to figure out who was behind the attack and the conspiracy against Kirkman. It was finally revealed that private military firm CEO Patrick Lloyd was responsible, but he managed to escape in the end. Will we be seeing more of Lloyd this season, and if so, what does he plan to do with all of his stolen intelligence information? Joining the cast this season are Paulo Costanzo (Royal Pains) as White House Political Director Lyor Boone, Ben Lawson (Doubt) as MI-6 operative Damian Rennett, and Zoe McLellan (NCIS: New Orleans) as White House Counsel Kendra Daynes. It should be another exciting season.

On tonight’s premiere, “One Year In,” one year into office, President Kirkman is determined to rebuild the Capitol after the catastrophic attack and capture those responsible; a hijacked Russian plane puts Kirkman’s diplomatic skills to the test.

Find out if Kirkman’s diplomatic skills are up to the task tonight on ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Speechless, American Housewife, Survivor, SEAL Team, Criminal Minds, The Blacklist, Worst Cooks in America, You’re the Worst, Liar, Channel Zero: No-End House, and Mr. Mercedes.

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