If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/16/18

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

My pick tonight is ABC’s latest drama, The Rookie, starring Castle vet, Nathan Fillion, who plays John Nolan, a small-town guy who pursues his dream of being an LAPD officer after an incident one day changes the way he looks at his life. He’s the force’s oldest rookie, so many of the higher-ups feel like he’s just a “walking midlife crisis,” and some are even really hard on him, since if he can’t keep up, he’ll not only be a danger to himself but to the public and other officers out there with him.

I was a big Castle (& Nathan Fillion) fan and was sad when it ended, even though the last few seasons weren’t as great as the beginning. I’m an even bigger fan of cop shows, so combine Nathan, cop shows, and a few producers from some of my all-time favorite shows like Criminal Minds & Human Target, and you know I’m going to look forward to it. When I got a chance to watch the pilot, I was both scared and excited – excited, because, duh…and scared because I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. But it did, even more than I’d hoped. There’s some serious story lines, but there’s also that Fillion charm and some laughs and romance as well, so I have my fingers crossed that it’ll be as popular with others as I think it should be.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” after a life-altering incident, John Nolan decides to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer; as the force’s oldest rookie, John is met with skepticism from some higher-ups.

Find out why John decides to join the police department tonight on ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Conners, The Little Couple, NCIS, The Kids Are Alright, Chopped, FBI, Lethal Weapon, NCIS: New Orleans, & Sweet Home Sextuplets.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, ABC premieres the hilarious new family comedy The Kids Are Alright. Set in 1972, the series follows the lives of a working-class Catholic family with eight boys. Mike Cleary (Michael Cudlitz, The Walking Dead, Southland) works at a local aeronautics facility doing contract work for the government. His wife Peggy (Mary McCormack, Falling Water, In Plain Sight) is a tough, no-nonsense housewife who makes all the boys’ clothes, cooks all the meals, and pushes her children in the right direction (whatever she deems that to be). Twenty-year-old Lawrence (Sam Straley, Chicago PD) is a bit of a hippie and is on track to becoming the priest of the family when he decides that’s not the direction he wants his life to go. Next in line is Eddie (Caleb Foote, American Horror Story) who has a secret girlfriend he’s been keeping from his mother and is worried that his parents will want him to be the priest if Lawrence quits the seminary. Frank (Sawyer Barth, Public Morals) is the snooper of the family, who always seems to be eavesdropping outside doors to overhear what his brothers are up to so he can either blackmail them or snitch to his mother. Then there’s Joey (Christopher Paul Richards, Me, Myself and I), the cool, popular one, with his own treehouse hideaway. He serves as a mentor to 12-year-old Timmy (Jack Gore, Billions), the artsy one and the center/narrator of the series. Timmy shares a room with younger brothers Pat (Santino Barnard) and William (Andy Walken). And rounding out the family is the newborn.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two episodes of the series – the second of which had me constantly laughing out loud. Who knew that Mary McCormack could be so hysterical?! She also has great chemistry with TV husband Michael Cudlitz and all their boys. The child actors are all so much fun. Each of the boys has his own unique personality, and there are so many different dynamics between them that the show can explore. The series has a Wonder Years-like vibe to it, with episode narration provided by an older Timmy fondly recounting his family’s adventures from when he was growing up. The Kids Are Alright provides a great mix of heart and humor, like many of ABC’s other comedies, plus it checks off another decade in ABC’s arsenal of period comedies, which now cover the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s! This is definitely a series worth setting a season pass for!

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” Lawrence returns home from the seminary and tells his family that he’s dropping out for good, leaving Mike and Peggy upset; Timmy decides he wants to audition for a children’s theater production; Eddie tries to keep his girlfriend a secret.

Meet this fun new family tonight on ABC at 8:31/7:31c.

I’ll also be watching/recording black-ish, The Rookie, This Is Us, The Gifted, The Flash, Flipping Out, Mayans M.C., The Guest Book, and The Purge.

Phoebe’s Choice

Last year’s new CW superhero show debut was Black Lightning, arguably the most influential African American superhero this side of Wakanda. We still haven’t been told if this one takes place in the Arrowverse or not, but it seems all DC properties are in the air right now with the launch of their exclusive streaming channel, DC Universe. In the meantime this show is back for its sophomore season with more family drama and “green light”-induced super powers.

The season started off with TV broadcasts replaying the shooting death of “green light baby” Issa Williams at the hands of the police. You see, this drug “green light” has been giving kids super powers, and in the tradition of The Uncanny X-Men, all super-powered people are outcast as dangerous freaks. Black Lightning’s wife, Lynn, found out she’d been banned from researching the pods containing dozens of kidnapped “green light babies” that she helped discover last year. She had to lie to cover for her families’ involvement. On the home front, both Jennifer and Anissa have powers now. Tobias Whale, last season’s Big Bad, had his moll girl, Syonide, attack Kara Fowdy in pursuit of a mysterious suitcase. Fowdy however proved more deadly, and she killed Syonide with a spiked heel to the jugular!

Fowdy next confronted Black Lightning’s gadgets guy, Peter Gambi, offering him help attaining the suitcase in exchange for help getting her out of the hero/espionage lifestyle. The local church discovered that the government was keeping the bodies of the dead pod people. They needed $500,000 to start a lawsuit against the city to regain rights to their families’ corpses. Jenn accidentally burned her mom’s shoulder with her novice control over her powers. She and Jefferson argued when she suggested Jenn needed therapy. Also, she was trying to get back on the team investigating the pods.

Anissa kicked the ass out of a houseful of drug dealers to take a huge bag full of $100 bills in stacks. She donated it to the church so they could sue the city, though she also kept a huge chunk for herself. Deputy Chief Henderson confronted Black Lightning, letting him know he’s deduced that his secret identity is Jefferson Pierce. When Issa came back from the dead while being dragged out in a body bag, massive drama ensued. Jenn just couldn’t get the hang of her powers yet, but Jefferson calmed her down. When the school board threatened to keep Garfield High School closed permanently, Pierce instead offered to resign. The last scene showed Whale harpooning Fowdy through the gut when she came to attack him, but she still managed to get away. Very impressive, young lady!

I admit, I am not as enthralled by this show as I am with most Arrowverse material. While I am used to the way that all main supporting characters in a superhero show usually become heroes or villains eventually, it’s a bit silly watching every member of the Pierce family get powers within the first ten episodes. Oh well. I’m still tuning in to this one for now. It has not gone full on Shark Jump yet.

On tonight’s episode, “Black Jesus Blues,” Jefferson must break the news to his students and faculty that he is stepping down. Struggling with his new life as Painkiller, Kahlil pays a visit to Jennifer in hopes of mending things. Meanwhile, Tobias continues to enact his plan.

See how the students and faculty handle Jefferson’s news tonight on The CW at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Lethal Weapon, The Gifted, & The Flash!

Megan’s Choice

There is never a time that you’ll hear me turn down a show with strong characters and emotional storylines. That is why I’ve been drawn into the new show New Amsterdam. The doctors are strong yet caring characters who have been showing some incredible growth since the season started. I find the mixture of raw honesty and humor refreshing, especially once you add that with the medical cases. It was nice to see Max attempt to patch things up with his wife. I’m glad she agreed to give him a chance. I hope Max finally tells her he has cancer so that she will understand him a bit better before baby Luna gets here.

On tonight’s episode, “Boundaries,” when Max volunteers New Amsterdam to take over for a short-staffed hospital nearby, things get chaotic quickly. Iggy has a crisis of conscience after receiving the news that funding for a garden has been granted, and an eager resident learns a secret about Dr. Bloom.

To see if Max can help turn this chaos around, tune in to NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching The Voice, The Gifted, The Flash, NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, The Conners, This is Us, FBI, The Kids Are Alright, The Rookie, and Lethal Weapon.

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