If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/27/19

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, FOX continues its annual tradition of bringing Broadway to broadcast, with a brand-new, live performance of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent. The play is a re-imagining of the Puccini opera La Bohème, set in more modern times, following the lives of a group of struggling artists living in New York’s East Village during the peak of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The original Broadway production opened in 1996 and ran for 12 years, making it one of the longest-running Broadway shows. This is probably the most mature production that FOX has taken on so far, so it will be interesting to see how much they will need to change for network television – though they did manage to do Rocky Horror a couple years ago.

The special will be directed by Alex Rudzinski (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Grease: Live, Dancing with the Stars), and the star-studded cast includes actress Kiersey Clemons (The Flash, Angie Tribeca), Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Power), singer/songwriter Jordan Fisher (Dancing with the Stars, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical, Powerless), newcomer and singer/songwriter Brennin Hunt, R&B/Pop superstar Mario (Empire), recording artist Tinashe, and performer Valentina (RuPaul’s Drag Race). Plus there will be a “Seasons of Love” solo by Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman).

I usually enjoy these live musical productions, and this one has some memorable songs in it, so I’m looking forward to checking out tonight’s live production.

Don’t miss the performance tonight on FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be recording Big Brother, Supergirl, Worst Cooks in America, Crashing, Counterpart, Black Monday, and SMILF.

Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

Last week’s NCIS: LA was heartbreaking. It opened with a man (David Sarraf) running for his life and ending up getting trapped between a wall and a vehicle when the bad guy ran into him. Of course, if you’ve seen the movie Signs, you knew right away that was a very, very bad thing. And it was. The vehicle was the only thing keeping him alive. The moment they moved the vehicle, he would quickly bleed out and die. It turned out that guy was working with the Global Criminal Tribunal, gathering video evidence that proved chemical weapons were used in Syria on their own civilians. And he was so invested in that because his young son was a victim. While the rest of the team worked with Turk to track down the bad guys, who’d stolen the flash drive the victim had downloaded the video onto, Kensi stayed behind and talked to Sarraf, keeping him calm and getting the Wonder Twins (Nell and Eric) to get ahold of Sarraf’s wife so he could say goodbye. In the end, the team was unable to get to the bad guys before they wiped the drive, but they lied to Sarraf, telling him they’d gotten it and the man responsible in Syria would go down, and he was able to die with that (albeit false) knowledge. Kensi was absolutely brilliant in this one, and the entire thing was so freaking heartbreaking. (I do have to say that throughout, I kept thinking, “Swing away! Swing away!” Again, if you haven’t seen Signs, you won’t get that reference… LOL)

On tonight’s episode, “Smokescreen,” the NCIS team partners with the FBI to locate a terrorist cell in Los Angeles believed to be prepping for an imminent attack. Kerr Smith guest stars.

To see if the team can work well with the FBI, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Worst Cooks in America.

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