If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/30/17

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

One of my favorite new comedies last season was Superior Donuts, so I was thrilled when it was renewed. In case you didn’t see season one, here’s a quick summary/recap: Judd Hirsch plays Arthur, a gruff, set-in-his-ways donut shop owner in Chicago who refuses to sell his shop (which he opened in 1969 and ran with his late wife) or update the food & drinks he sells, even though business is slow because the world around him seems to be moving into the future without him, with cronuts & fancy coffee. One day, a young man named Franco (played by Jermaine Fowler) stopped in and somehow convinced Arthur to hire him. Franco is an artist (although to this point, his art has been pretty much confined to graffiti in his neighborhood), and he’s determined to bring Arthur into the 21st century, even if he has to do it kicking and screaming. Along with Arthur and Franco, there are a handful of regulars in the shop: cop Randy (Katey Segal), whose late father was Arthur’s best friend, and her overeager rookie partner James (Darien Sills-Evans); Tush (David Koechner), who uses the store as his makeshift office for the odd jobs he takes via fax machine; Maya (Anna Baryshnikov), a privileged grad-school student working on her Ph.D; Fawz (Maz Jobrani), a businessman from the Middle East who is over-the-top in so many ways and pushes Arthur daily to sell the donut shop’s building to him; and finally, there’s Sweatpants (Rell Battle), Franco’s longtime friend and roommate.

The cast has amazing chemistry together. Franco is one of the nicest characters on TV, in my opinion, and he and Arthur are great together. Randy is full of dry wit and humor and really cares about Arthur. Fawz is one of my favorite characters, though. He’s racist and rude in so many ways but seems to have a heart buried beneath all of it and is just funny all the way around. Together, the whole cast makes up a fun half hour, and I can’t wait to see what they get up to in season two!

On tonight’s episode, “What the Truck?” Arthur’s business is threatened when Sofia (Diane Guerrero), an ambitious young entrepreneur, parks her organic food truck in front of the donut shop, becoming a hit with his customers and catching Franco’s eye. Also, Franco grows frustrated trying to follow his dream of going to college.

Catch up with the donut shop gang tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Dancing with the Stars, 9JKL, The Gifted, Halloween Baking Championship, Scorpion, & The Brave.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Kyle’s Choice

On last week’s episode of The Good Doctor, Shaun saw a young patient named Evan who was the spitting image of his long-deceased brother. Evan’s parents hadn’t told their son that he had cancer and asked Shaun not to say anything. This reminded Shaun of his own childhood when his brother had asked him to lie to strangers in order to get money to survive on their own. Shaun tried but couldn’t lie to Evan – he wanted to save his “brother.” There was a glimmer of hope as Shaun thought Evan might have been misdiagnosed and that he actually had an extremely rare ailment that was less serious than cancer, but this ultimately proved to be wrong.

I’ve been really enjoying this series – it does a great job of balancing interesting medical cases with the drama of this intelligent but socially impaired young man trying to prove himself. They’ve also done an excellent job of weaving in related backstory from Shaun’s childhood to parallel the cases or situations he’s dealing with in the present. I didn’t even realize until last week that the series is actually a remake of a Korean series that ran for 20 episodes a few years ago. I checked out some clips on YouTube, and it’s remarkable how similar the two series look!

On tonight’s episode, “Not Fake,” Shaun and Claire devise an experimental procedure capable of saving a young groom’s leg and life, but the patient’s loved ones must learn to work together. Meanwhile, Jared struggles to connect with a patient whose scars may prove too deep to overcome.

Find out if they can save the young groom’s leg tonight on ABC at 10:01/9:01c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Superior Donuts, Me, Myself & I, Lucifer, The Gifted, and Supergirl.

Megan’s Choice

The dynamics on Scorpion have been different but in a great way this season since Paige and Walter have started dating. Last week’s episode finally gave Cabe a strong story line of his own when he was tasked to save Paige and Walter – along with a group of hostages from a mad gunman holding a tech conference hostage. Cabe managed to save the day with a little help from the rest of the team via phoned-in help. Sylvester helped while writing his bar exam to become a lawyer so he can help Cabe.

Another hilarious part of the story arc has been Happy and Doc deciding to try for a baby. They came up with another silly acronym to plan out what they should do to maximize fertility, but in the end they scrapped it and have decided to just try to let nature take its course.

On tonight’s episode, “Queen Scary,” at Halloween, Team Scorpion takes on a case to prove the existence of ghosts on the Queen Mary but find an all-too-real disaster when they locate a “ghost ship” on a deadly collision course. Also, Walter considers taking note of Paige’s interests to benefit their relationship.

To see how the ghost hunt goes, tune in to CBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching The Voice, Lucifer, The Good Doctor, The Brave, and The Gifted.

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