If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/21/18

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

Tonight, FOX airs the first half of the two-night premiere of the new medical series The Resident, which takes a look at the darker drama happening behind-the-scenes at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. The series follows recent Harvard Medical School graduate, the wide-eyed young Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal, Halt and Catch Fire), as he embarks on his new internship at the hospital. As he arrives on the first day, Dr. Pravesh learns that his supervisor will be hot shot third-year resident Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry, Gilmore Girls), who has a reputation for being a bit of a jerk. As Dr. Hawkins uses tough love to teach his new intern the ropes, Dr. Pravesh quickly discovers that for these doctors, the ethical lines for treating patients are blurred.

Meanwhile, Dr. Conrad constantly finds himself dealing with problems caused by the Chief of Surgery, Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson). The aging chief refuses to acknowledge that he’s no longer the sharp surgeon he once was. He often puts patients at unnecessary (and sometimes fatal) risk and then uses his power to intimidate the other doctors into covering up his mistakes. Other staff members include Dr. Conrad’s former flame, nurse Nicolette “Nic” Nevin (Emily VanCamp, Everwood), and intelligent, gifted surgeon Dr. Mina Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson, Billions), who has no bedside manner and little patience for the chief. The series cast also includes Moran Atias (24: Legacy, Tyrant), Merrin Dungey (Big Little Lies, Alias), and Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY).

I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere. The series is fast-paced and mixes interesting medical cases with some really engaging character drama. It doesn’t seem like this series will be a simple case-of-the-week type medical procedural. A lot of the focus is on the drama going on behind the scenes at this hospital as the doctors struggle to fix the broken system, starting with how to deal with this chief who is putting lives in danger while hiding behind his notoriety, fame, and power. The series looks beautiful and has a very cinematic feel to it, making use of some creative camera angles, including a scene shot from the POV of the patient. The cast is great, and I really look forward to seeing what happens next, when the series moves to its regular time slot tomorrow night!

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” on his first day as an intern, an idealistic Dr. Devon Pravesh faces the harsh realities of medical care; resident Conrad Hawkins teaches him unconventional methods for treating patients; Conrad goes head-to-head with Dr. Solomon Bell.

To meet the new doctors and nurses, tune in to FOX at 10/9c.

Note: Tonight’s premiere will follow the football game, so be sure to pad your DVR recording for the inevitable sports run-over.

I’ll also be watching/recording Worst Cooks in America, The Alienist, Crashing, and Counterpart.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

My pick tonight is the series premiere of the new drama on Starz, Counterpart. J.K. Simmons (from so many shows and movies, although a personal favorite of mine was Pope on The Closer) stars as Howard Silk, a lowly worker in a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. He discovers that the agency keeps the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, and because of that knowledge, he finds himself in the middle of a shadowy world of intrigue, danger, and double cross…and the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from the parallel world. It’s an interesting premise and a pretty good cast. Aside from Simmons, it stars Harry Lloyd (Manhattan, Game of Thrones), Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland, Scandal, General Hospital), Olivia Williams (Manhattan, Dollhouse), Ulrich Thomsen (The Blacklist, Banshee), Kenneth Choi (9-1-1, American Crime Story), & more.

I don’t know if I’ll want to stick this show out. I tend not to like dramas unless they’re more procedural than not, but the premise is fun enough that I’m going to at least give it a shot, and I think it’d be worth it for you as well!

On tonight’s episode, “The Crossing,” Howard Silk discovers the truth about where he works; the Office of Interchange searches for an assassin.

See how Howard learns the truth tonight on Starz at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Guy’s Grocery Games & Worst Cooks in America.

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