If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/20/19

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, Showtime launches the new comedy Black Monday. On October 19, 1987, also known as Black Monday, Wall Street experienced the worst stock market crash in history. Who or what caused the crash still remains a mystery to this day. Showtime’s outrageous, over-the-top comedy opens one year before that tragic day, when there seemed to be no end to money, drugs, and opulence of the 1980s. Mo Monroe (Don Cheadle, House of Lies) is living the high life (literally), riding around in his Lamborghini limousine with an endless supply of cocaine. He is the founder of a small Wall Street trading firm known as the Jammer Group. He likes to party and take risks and hires the underdogs who don’t have the pedigree or connections to join the bigger blue blood firms. Dawn (Regina Hall, Insecure) is Mo’s head trader and partner in crime. She’s a tough, intelligent woman who has managed to rise to the top of what is largely a boy’s club. The Jammer Group is filled with misfits, like Keith (Paul Scheer, The League, Fresh Off the Boat), whose life is a mess, and the lines between parting and work are often blurred.

Blair Pfaff (Andrew Rannells, Girls, The New Normal) is a mild-mannered, wide-eyed new Wharton business school graduate with a rich, demanding girlfriend, Tiff (Casey Wilson, Happy Endings). He has invented an amazing algorithm that can figure out what stocks to buy and sell, and so Blair seems to have his pick of the top firms to join…until he crosses paths with Mo, who burns all of Blair’s bridges, leaving him only one choice, the Jammer Group. The cast also includes a host of other recognizable comedic actors, such as Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, in dual roles as the twin Lehman brothers), Eugene Cordero (The Good Place, Wrecked), Kadeem Hardison (Love Is_), Yassir Lester (Making History, Champions), and Kurt Braunohler (Lady Dynamite). This show definitely won’t be for everyone, but it looks like it could be a wild, fun trip back to the 80s, when greed was good, and everything was in excess. I’ll definitely be checking out more episodes.

On tonight’s premiere, “365,” wide-eyed Blair is thrust into the insane world of 80s Wall Street; Mo enacts his master plan to take over the Georgina Jeans Company.

Head back in time tonight on Showtime at 10/9c.

You can also check out tonight’s premiere early via YouTube, Showtime’s website, or On Demand.

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

Phoebe’s Choice

Grab a beer and South Side Chicago hot dog, folks, cause the Gallaghers are back tonight! This season of Shameless is unique in both its episode count (14) and the fact that they split the run into fall and spring phases. So this is the spring phase kick-off… Okay, winter. But still I’m amped! This is the last six episodes that Fiona will star in. After this season, she is leaving the show. We’re told they will leave it open for some guest appearances in the future, but her absence will be felt by all the show’s loyal fans.

And it’ll be an odd dash to the finish line for Fi, who in the last few episodes had her life fall apart around her. She found her boyfriend was married, found out she was in danger of defaulting on her loans, and wrecked her car all in one day. After almost two years of consistent adulting leading to her success as a big city real estate agent, she’s finally bottomed out and wound up living back at the family home on the South Side. On other fronts: Kev and V might adopt a baby, Frank is riding the roller coaster of his new bi-polar gf’s insanity, & Carl’s new gf is helping him gun for a scholarship to West Point.

Lip reunited with Tami, the girl he had “bad sex” with at a wedding, who refers to him as “Jabby.” They get along well enough and go on a date though, even giving sex another go. Soon after, Fi gets financially rescued (kind of) by Max, who will buy out her properties so that she doesn’t lose her credit. But it seems she’s out of the real estate business and back to square one. Debbie is the real superhero of last fall’s finale as she both helped Fi manage her disasters annnnnd even put Fi’s lying ex in a pillory, in public, so Fi could shoot paint balls at his bare-naked ass. It was a satisfying midseason finale that has had me bouncing in my seat for weeks, excited for tonight.

On tonight’s episode, “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Alibi,” Fiona’s downward spiral continues; Carl and Kelly continue their relationship in secret; Ingrid ropes Frank into fulfilling her lifelong dream; Tami shows Lip a different version of adulthood.

Don’t miss the winter premiere tonight on Showtime at 9/8c.

I’ll also be tuning in for Supergirl.

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