If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/14/18

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

If you were a big fan of the original Charmed like I was, you’re either really excited about or really dreading tonight’s premiere of the “reboot” or whatever they’re calling it. It’s a little confusing because it’s not the same characters, but it is the same premise, yet one trailer does mention one of the characters from the original…so who knows!

Sisters Mel (Melonie Diaz, Laughs Unlimited) and Maggie (Sarah Jeffery, Shades of Blue) are dealing with the tragic death of their mother when they suddenly learn they have an older sister named Macy (Madeleine Mantock, Into the Badlands, The Tomorrow People). Then comes an even bigger shock: they find out they’re witches and each suddenly exhibit impossible new abilities. They speak to Harry Greenwood (Rupert Evans, Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, The Man in the High Castle), who explains about their mother and now the three of them being powerful witches and that he’s their “Whitelighter,” or advisor/guide. Together, the three of them must decide to accept their new destiny as the Charmed Ones and their new duty to hunt down the demons that walk among humans – including the one who killed their mother. Charlie Gillespie, Ellen Tamaki, and Ser’Darius Blain also star.

I can’t go into this show prepared to compare it to the original. That version (along with Prue, Piper, Phoebe, & Paige, not to mention Leo, Chris, & Darryl) will always hold a special place in my heart. So I have to watch and think of it as something new or else I know I won’t return for a second ep. What about you? Are you planning to watch?

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” after the tragic death of Mel and Maggie’s mother, the sisters are shocked to discover they have an older sister; the three sisters begin to exhibit strange new abilities.

Find out what abilities the sisters have tonight on The CW at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Halloween Wars, NCIS: LA, & Haunted Gingerbread Showdown.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Kyle’s Choice

Sunday is quickly becoming a packed night of TV, but I’m looking forward to checking out tonight’s premiere of Camping on HBO. This new 6-episode comedy is based on a 2016 British series of the same name and is written/produced by Girls star Lena Dunham and showrunner Jenni Konner. The series stars Jennifer Garner (Alias) and David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) as Kathryn and Walt, a not-so-happily married couple who decide to head to the great outdoors to celebrate Walt’s 45th birthday. Things quickly get out of hand, thanks in large part to Kathryn’s overbearing and controlling nature but also due to uninvited guest, free-spirited “peace-maker” Jandice (Juliette Lewis, Secrets and Lies), who joins new boyfriend Miguel (Arturo Del Puerto, The Last Ship). Also joining in on the camping trip are Kathryn’s son Orvis (Duncan Joiner) and her meek sister Carleen (Ione Sky, Say Anything), who brings along her partner Joe (Chris Sullivan, This is Us) and his daughter from a previous marriage, Sol (Cheyenne Haynes, Just Add Magic). And finally, there’s Kathryn’s former best friend Nina-Joy (Janicza Bravo) – who is currently holding a grudge against Katheryn, and she brings along her husband George (Brett Gelman, Another Period), who’s hoping the weekend might help fix his marriage.

I never watched Girls, so I don’t know how similar this series will be in tone to that show, but I really like this cast, so I have high hopes that this will be a really fun show.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” Kathryn’s “perfect” group camping trip in honor of Walt’s 45th birthday is threatened by tension between Kathryn and her estranged best friend, the unexpected addition of an angry goth teen, and the chaotic arrival of Miguel and his new girlfriend.

Join Kathryn, Walt, and their family & friends tonight on HBO at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording God Friended Me, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Supergirl, Charmed, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, You, and Kidding.

Phoebe’s Choice

I’ve been a Bob’s Burgers fanatic since day one. FFS, Louise is my Spirit Animal, and last week’s episode was a glimmering example of the show in its peak mode. In an homage to heist films like the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, the Belcher kids worked with their landlord/local tycoon & Wonder Wharf owner Mr. Fishowner on a plot to illegally win 10,000 tickets at “Family Funtime.” (Think Bob’s Burgers version of Chuck E. Cheese’s.) That’s the number you needed to win the coveted Dune Buggy. The B plot that followed Bob & Linda’s new pet chicken was just a light bit of mirth sprinkled on top.

After some early success cheating a skee ball game with a trick recommended by Fishowner, the kids went back to him seeking further insight. They needed to work around the arcade’s policy of shutting off games that started spitting out lots of tickets. So they assembled a team, including Zeke, Jim Ju, the Pesto twins, Daryl, & the Belchers. Fishowner taught them how to cheat and max out the ticket output of 7 games at once. Louise stopped in Family Funtime the night before the heist to discover the photo booth’s curtain had been removed, which spoiled their plans to hide the tickets there as they amassed them.

While snooping behind the counter for a blind spot on the security cameras, she was caught and banned from the establishment under the accusation of attempted theft. The kids kicked her off the team and went ahead with an adjusted plan. They managed to acquire thousands of tickets before they were caught, and Fishowner revealed he was co-owner of Family Funtime and that he just wanted to get rid of a prize as ridiculously high cost as the Dune Buggy. Louise walked in at that point and revealed they figured that out the night before and made the real heist about a massssssssive stuffed animal named The Wheely Mammoth.

At the beginning of the episode, Fishowner had bragged about how the Mammoth was “the most coveted prize on all the wharf.” So they decided if they weren’t gonna get the buggy, at least they’d get Wheely. This was the crystallizing Ocean’s Eleven moment that made the whole story come together perfectly. Meanwhile Bob & Linda decided to keep the chicken when, after three days, it finally laid an egg. A mostly harmless & forgettable subplot under a genius All-time best A plot. A++

On tonight’s episode, “Tweentrepreneurs,” Tina, Louise and Gene get a taste of business when they join the school’s Tweentrepeneurs club. Back at the restaurant, Bob and Linda find themselves outsmarted by a dine-and-dasher.

To see if Bob & Linda can catch the dine-and-dasher, tune in to FOX at 8:28/7:28c.

I’ll also be watching the Supergirl premiere, Family Guy, Kidding, Shameless, & Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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