If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/23/18

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!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, TBS’s comedic anthology series The Guest Book returns for a second season, with a reboot of sorts. As the second season opens, we learn that the ever-scheming Vivian (Carly Jibson, One Mississippi) lost her bar and has decided to make a fresh start to her life, leaving Mount Trace for a warmer climate. She is joined by food delivery guy Eddie (Eddie Steeples, My Name Is Earl), and the two end up in the small oceanside community of Mabel Beach. Vivian gets a job at the local diner, Emmy Lou’s Grill, which is run by Tommy (Dan Beirne, Fargo) and his pregnant fiancee Nikki (Kimiko Glenn, Orange Is the New Black). Tommy’s mother also owns a local vacation property, the Barefeet Retreat. Meanwhile, Eddie is back to delivering food but sleeps on the beach, which is where he befriends local handyman Bodhi (Jimmy Tatro, American Vandal). Each episode features new guests checking into the Barefeet Retreat and recounting their adventure in the property’s guest book. The series also follows the continuing story involving those who run and work at the diner and vacation home.

I wasn’t aware that the series was going to change to a new town and feature new regular characters each season, so I was a bit surprised and disappointed to not see Garret Dillahunt in tonight’s premiere. However, I really enjoyed the new characters and new setting. The series is just as fun as the first season, and I look forward to seeing what crazy guests and odd situations will arise this year. The series has an amazing lineup of guest stars for season two: Pete Davidson (SNL), Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire), Matt Walsh (Veep), Lisa Rinna (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Martha Plimpton (The Real O’Neals, Raising Hope), Nat Faxon (Friends from College), Michael Rapaport (Atypical), Steve Zissis (Togetherness), Allison Tolman (Fargo), Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together), Sufe Bradshaw (Veep), Nadine Velazquez (My Name is Earl), Darrell Britt-Gibson (Barry), Adhir Kalyan (I Love Dick), Joey “Coco” Diaz (I’m Dying Up Here), Matthew Moy (2 Broke Girls), Michael Cassidy (People of Earth), Kether Donohue (You’re the Worst), Lexi Ainsworth (General Hospital), and Jon Bass (Miracle Workers), plus some of the regulars from first season will return!

On the first half of tonight’s two-episode premiere, “Finding Reality,” Tara and Derek rent Barefeet Retreat in an attempt to improve their marriage, which has been complicated by Derek’s addiction to VR. Guest stars for the premiere include Joey Diaz, Kether Donohue, & Nat Faxon. Then in “Under Cover,” Rob and Shelley rent Barefeet Retreat to lure in their next mark, a woman named Angel who is abusing every substance that can be abused; Vivian develops a crush on Bodhi; Nikki goes into labor. Guest stars for episode two include Martha Plimpton, Sufe Bradshaw, & Will Arnett.

Take a retreat of your own tonight on TBS starting at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Kids Are Alright, black-ish, The Rookie, This Is Us, The Flash, Mayans M.C., and The Purge.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

I’m really enjoying FBI on CBS, which thankfully was picked up a couple of weeks ago for the full season. I love all the characters and the actors as well. Of course I especially love Maggie, Assistant SAC Jubal Valentine, & SAC Dana Mosier (played by Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto, & Sela Ward, all of whom I love), but I find myself thoroughly enjoying Ebonee Noel and her character of Analyst Kristen Chazal. For some reason, she is just fun to watch.

Last week’s episode was kind of heartbreaking. The active shooter they were after turned out to be former Army Ranger sniper (decorated several times over, no less) whose girlfriend died, and his heartbreak literally broke him. Because he’d been staying with her in her apartment, he was evicted, so he decided to go after the lawyers who’d evicted him, as well as the apartment complex itself. His last act was to target the church where he’d prayed for his girlfriend to get better, putting blame on God and the church for the fact that his prayers weren’t answered. Maggie had the horrible job of trying to talk him down when the police somehow let a random person walk across the street from where he was perched, and she tried everything she could, but when he started to aim for the person, she gave the order to take him out. It was also interesting to see OA bond some with a young man named Kofi, who Cooper (the sniper) met and took under his wing. Kofi was under 18 but separated from his father, who was deported. Unfortunately, Cooper got Kofi involved in his “cause,” and Kofi ended up shooting someone, although thankfully the man wasn’t killed. OA had a good conversation with Kofi about fathers and faith. I’m enjoying getting to know OA more each week.

On tonight’s episode, “Doomsday,” Maggie and OA investigate the death of a safety inspector and its possible connection to a leak at a nuclear power plant.

See if they can track down the source of the murder and leak tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Conners, The Little Couple, NCIS, The Kids Are Alright, Chopped, The Guest Book, NCIS: New Orleans, The Rookie, & Sweet Home Sextuplets.

Megan’s Choice

Nathan Fillion has always been on the list of my favorite actors. From Firefly or Buffy the Vampire Slayer back in the day to the more recent Castle, he never fails to be amazing. I went in to last week’s season premiere of The Rookie with high hopes, and I was not disappointed. While it is very true that I have been known to love crime dramas, this one is more of a dramedy that happens to be about police officers, which is fine with me. It is refreshing and a great idea for a change.

Fillion plays John Nolan, who is rookie cop in his forties. His age makes a few of the higher-ups uncomfortable, and it makes it that much more important that he strives to prove himself. Last week he did a great job of proving himself but also of showing that even at his age, there is more to learn. If you didn’t tune in last week for the premiere, then you should definitely give it a shot tonight.

On tonight’s episode, “Crash Course,” Talia forces Nolan to confront his personal moral instincts in order to be a good cop after he encounters a kidnapping victim. Meanwhile, Lucy is temporarily placed with a new training officer who tests her patience, and Jackson must confront his failures head-on if he wants to be an officer.

To see why this new show should become part of your weekly watching schedule, tune in to ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching The Voice, FBI, The Conners, NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, The Flash, and New Amsterdam.

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