If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/23/18

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!

Jenny’s Choice

I’m so excited because tonight is the beginning of the deluge of new episodes with the start of the new fall TV season. Yay! And back tonight is one of last fall’s breakout hits, 9-1-1, on a special night before tomorrow’s follow-up episode in the time slot premiere. A lot of people were skeptical before the show first aired and even after the first episode – because let’s face it… The show is a little over-the-top and silly at times. I mean, during season one, we saw them rescue a newborn baby from a drainpipe in the wall, a woman with a giant snake wrapped around her neck, a kids’ bouncy house that flew away and was perched dangerously on a cliffside, and a good number more. And don’t forget Chimney and the rebar right through his head! That’s a sight that took a long time to get out of my head, I’ll tell ya!

There was also a lot of personal drama over the course of the season. (Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen season 1!) Playboy/sex-obsessed Buck met and fell in love with 911 operator/older woman Abby, ending up alone when Abby took a leave of absence and decided to travel the world after her mother passed away. Cop Athena was dealing with her long-time spouse coming out as gay and her teenage daughter trying to commit suicide. Paramedic Henrietta cheated on her wife with her ex-girlfriend (ex-wife? I don’t remember), who was newly released from prison and is the other mother of her son. And if I remember right, the ex decided she was going to fight for custody. We learned fireman Bobby was injured years before on the job and became addicted to pain killers and alcohol, and that ended up getting his wife and kids as well as hundreds more people from their apartment complex killed when he accidentally set the building on fire by leaving on a space heater in the empty apartment where he went to be alone and use. He was never caught, and he still carries the guilt, but he’d been clean and sober since until he relapsed with alcohol after a bad call. At the end of the season, there seemed to be some sparks happening between Bobby and Athena, so that should be interesting… And then, of course, you can’t forget the rebar through Chimney’s head! Like…just above but right between his eyes! It was so freaky!

So that all leaves questions for the new season: 1) Abby’s still gone. How is Buck handling it? Is he back to his old ways? Alone and pining for her? 2) Is Henrietta’s ex still in the picture, and is there a custody battle going on? 3) How are things between Athena and Bobby? 4) How will new 911 operator Maddie (Buck’s sister!), played by the beautiful Jennifer Love Hewitt, fit in with the show? Will she be able to fill Abby’s shoes? 5) Will new firefighter/single dad Eddie work well in the new role? Will he be competing with Buck for “young, sexy guy,” and if so, how will Buck handle that? I can’t wait to find out!

On tonight’s premiere, “Under Pressure,” on one of the hottest days of the year, the first responders feel the pressure as harrowing incidents keep happening around the city. Meanwhile, Buck gets a surprise visit from his sister, Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Also, Athena questions her relationship with Bobby. Then, at the fire station, handsome new hire Eddie (Ryan Guzman) jeopardizes Buck’s chances of being chosen for a fireman calendar.

Don’t miss the start of another season of zany fun tonight on FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, & Worst Cooks in America.
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Phoebe’s Choice

The opening scene from the second episode of new black comedy show Kidding was a perfect microcosm of the twisted bizarre world that it takes place in. Children’s TV star, Jeff “Mr. Pickles” Piccirillo’s compact SUV was stolen from in front of his apartment complex in the middle of the night and taken to a chop shop, where it was being taken apart quickly, shown to us in time lapse. One of the mechanics found the puppet/instrument Uku Larry, and they realized the vehicle belonged to Mr. Pickles. They hurried to put it back together and returned it to its parking spot just in time for Jeff to get in and drive off in the morning.

He went to the hospital his estranged wife worked at to ask her about who her new bf was, but not before bringing cheer to a young patient who was a big Mr. Pickles fan. Jill, the wife, wanted a new car. He wanted their son one extra night per week. He went to kiss her goodbye, but she deflected him. The shaved strip in his hair that went over well with the brain cancer patient wasn’t as big a success at work. The producer, Jeff’s father Sebastian, scolded him and made him wear artificial hair for continuity. Both Dad and head puppeteer Deidre thought Jeff’s purchase of the house next to Jill & Will was a horrible, insane idea. Will, the surviving of two twin sons, had taken to skipping school to go get stoned with his new, older friends.

At night, Jeff spied on Will, Jill, & her new bf from next door. He was also hung up on the word “pussy” after Will took to calling him that, following a misunderstanding on TV where he foolishly didn’t get Danny Trejo’s “PHound” gold necklace bling. The next day, Deidre confronted her child’s piano teacher, whom the daughter spotted last episode giving Dad a handjob. That night, while snooping around trying to peek in Jill’s new car, Jeff dropped the blueberry pies he had made. He talked with Jill at the door till she finally invited him in. He made dinner with Will & her boyfriend Peter, very awkward.

Deirdre couldn’t bring herself to confront her husband yet – she just couldn’t accept that he was gay. On the set of “Mr. Pickles,” Sebastian went apeshit when Jeff repeatedly gendered Astron Otter as a woman when she was historically a guy. Jeff insisted that she was Gender Fluid and that now she is a she. All of this escalation of tension is based in Sebastian refusing to air the episode in which Jeff reacted to his son Phil’s death a year ago. The last scene of the episode was the removal of the “For Sale” sign next door, so Jill now expects a neighbor.

On tonight’s episode, “Every Pain Needs a Name,” Jeff tries to fix his heartbreak; Deirdre deals with her daughter’s developing medical condition; Seb outlines the future of “Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time” without Jeff; Jeff tries to get Will off pot by giving him a hobby.

Find out what hobby Jeff tries to get Will into tonight on Showtime at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching The Venture Bros., Ballers, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Get Shorty, and Shameless.

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