If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/25/19

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!

Phoebe’s Choice

Well, the end of August is here, bringing with it a new season of NFL football and the final season of HBO’s Ballers. Last season had that odd nine-episode count that saw Spencer take on the NCAA in honor of his brother’s tragic death. The finale started with Spence visiting his brother William’s grave. He declared “Fuck the NCAA,” just before we saw that the league’s head had been served with lawsuit papers. Joe had his meeting about the Illegal Civilization sneaker deal interrupted by news of Spencer’s reckless actions. Meanwhile over at Ricky’s house, his family had an intervention confronting him about his steroid use. Joe confronted Spencer about the lawsuit. He could be screwing over everyone around him: the NFL had already threatened to revoke their licenses that allowed them to operate a franchise in Las Vegas.

Ricky confessed to Charles about his drug use just before he signed his new contract. Charles was furious and told him to cut the drugs out and act as if he never told him. In a live TV interview, Spencer cited the tragic death of his brother in the wake of his loss of NCAA eligibility and went on to call out numerous abuses the NCAA perpetrates against student athletes. Joe intercepted the Anderson brothers at the airline and convinced them to not axe the Vegas deal, to get on the right side of history. When the NCAA sat down with Spencer, they offered to reinstate Quincy in exchange for dropping his lawsuit, but Spencer refused. The NCAA refused to pay student athletes, so there was no deal. No dice, Spence. No dice.

Joe assured Spencer that he had his back one hundred on hundred, but Spence resigned to shield all his partners, clients, & employees from the potential blowback his lawsuit would create. In the last scene, Spencer saw on the news that Quincy got reinstated anyway and that he had selected USC to play football for. In a mid-credits scene, we watched Joe reach out to Lance about coming back to work with the agency he now ran by himself. An offer of ayahuasca sets the stage for whatever wackiness those two will indulge in this coming season five. The Rock, Rob Corddry, & Russel Brand for eight episodes this year? I’m in.

On tonight’s episode, “Must Be the Shoes,” after learning of competing owner offers, Spencer engages with past allies. Joe is tasked with apologizing for creating a hostile work environment with the help of Kate, a sharp Sports X exec. Ricky and Vernon each consider different kinds of futures, while Charles tries to hide some unwelcome news.

Don’t miss the premiere on HBO at 10:35/9:35c.

I’ll also be tuning in for Preacher & Pennyworth.

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