If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/25/19

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!

Jenny’s Choice #1

My first pick tonight is the new ABC drama Stumptown, starring Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother). Based on the “Stumptown” graphic novel series, the show follows Dex Parios, a strong, assertive, and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt, and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police. The previews look great. Dex is a smart-mouthed smartass and I think she’s going to be someone we can all root for. I like the rest of the cast too: Michael Ealy (Almost Human, Suspect, Sleeper Cell), Camryn Manheim (Person of Interest, The Practice), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Adrian Martinez (The Blacklist: Redemption), plus Tantoo Cardinal and newcomer Cole Sibus.

Be sure to watch tonight’s episode, “Forget It Dex, It’s Stumptown,” on ABC at 10/9c.
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Kyle’s Choice

I’m not really a music person, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first season of FOX’s whosungit mystery music competition series, The Masked Singer. Tonight the series returns with 16 all new mystery celebrity singers decked out in the craziest, most elaborate costumes. Also returning are series host Nick Cannon and panelists Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke, and Nicole Scherzinger, who will try to guess who these masked singers are, along with the rest of us.

On tonight’s 2-hour premiere, we will be introduced to half of the new contestants, including Thingamajig, The Skeleton, The Flamingo, The Egg, The Leopard, and The Butterfly. Just looking at the photos of these crazy costumes has me so excited. They are even more over the top than the last season! While the series does have some really amazing musical performances, what I enjoy most is the mystery of it all – trying to put together the clues and figure out who these celebrities are before they are unmasked. If it’s a sports personality or a professional musician, I’m probably not going to guess (unless they are uber famous), but I’m always hoping for the TV or movie star with a surprising talent for singing.

On tonight’s special 2-hour premiere, “Return of the Masks: Groups A & B,” the first eight undercover celebrity singers face off against one another in dazzling head-to-toe costumes.

Meet the new costumed characters tonight on FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Schooled, Modern Family, Single Parents, Stumptown, Survivor, Big Brother, Hypnotize Me, American Horror Story: 1984, Cake, and Glitch.

Phoebe’s Choice

Despite their efforts last year to get themselves canceled by constantly amplifying their #CancelSouthPark hashtag, tonight the foul-mouthed boys from South Park are back!! I don’t know how much episode to episode continuity this season will bring, but last year ended with a definite conclusion to the struggle versus Amazon.com CEO, Jeff Bezos. The season twenty-two finale started with Stan, Kenny, Cartman, & Kyle getting the bike accessories that they would add to their bicycles for the Bike Parade. This was a limited use of Amazon Delivery allowed on by a deal the kids cut with Bezos to get his Amazon Centers staffed again. Meanwhile, the big Amazon strike had skyrocketed the demand for weed around South Park. People were stresssssed.

Thanks to the kids, the Amazon Centers were now staffed by Golum-like trolls that hopped and lurked about creepily. Towlie suggested that Tegrity Farm use E-scooters to deliver their weed to the locals of South Park, to get an edge in the pot market, as the demand raged out of control. Despite the effects the boys added to their bike, they saw that Butters’ super Peacock-themed bike was destined to win the parade.

Bezos confronted Josh, the former Amazon employee, who was packed into a box accidentally. Their idealogical differences were made moot when Bezos handed Josh over to a group of kids excited to open the box for a surprise. The surprise turned out to be Josh’s guts exploding on the children, as the box was all that was keeping him together/alive. For a moment, the people of South Park wanted to ban the Bike Parade after the boys got them outraged about it, but Santa scolded them for being too sensitive. The kids then took the matter to the mayor but discover she’d been replaced by Bezos. He ordered Alexa to kill Kenny. In a last-minute moment of nonsense, Randy led a horde of scabs, strikers, and random townspeople (who were stoned AF) to stand up against Bezos and the town was saved.

On tonight’s episode, “Mexican Joker,” Randy battles home-grown weed and comes to terms with the fact that he might be a towel. Meanwhile, Kyle goes to camp.

See what happens with Kyle and camp tonight on Comedy Central at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiere, American Horror Story: 1984, and Wu-Tang: An American Saga.

Megan’s Choice

There aren’t many comedies that manage to keep my attention, but Single Parents keeps me glued to the screen and continuously laughing. The chemistry between this cast is perfection, and the writers know exactly how to work it for our enjoyment. Personally, I am waiting for Angie and Will to finally hook up, but I have a feeling I won’t be getting that satisfaction until later in the series, so until then, I will enjoy the witty banter and hectic parenting life moments.

On tonight’s episode, “Summer of Freedom,” the kids are away for the summer, and the gang looks forward to their freedom. But three months later, it looks like summer is a bust with Will doing all the things on the “Angie and Will’s List of Summer Fun” with Tracy Freeze. Angie obsessing over writing the world’s longest email to her ex, and Douglas inexplicably ghosting Poppy on their first date.

To see why Douglas ghosted Poppy, tune in to ABC at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, The Masked Singer, Stumptown, and Hypnotize Me.

Jenny’s Choice #2

Last season, all three “One Chicago” shows ended on cliffhangers. First up, on Chicago Med, Connor learned that his father was killed with an overdose of synthetic insulin, Connor once again looked to Ava with suspicion. After they finished the surgery on creepy Phillip’s daughter, Ava tried again to offer her condolences to Connor, telling him that there’s nothing to keep them apart now that his father is gone. He didn’t bring up his suspicions but said no, they were finished. She called him an ungrateful prick and told him to rot in hell. Of course, that definitely pings his radar, making him (and viewers) wonder just what he should be ungrateful about. That was supposed to be the last episode for both Ava and Connor, but both will be back for the premiere, so hopefully we’ll get some actual closure. In the meantime, Ingrid the FBI agent informed Will that Tim Burke (one of the sons of the mobster Will helped put away) had been released from prison. She suggested he relocate out of state, but he said no, he was tired of being afraid and running away. Ingrid realized he wouldn’t leave because of Natalie, so she decided to tell Natalie that and let her know that she’d be stupid not to take him back. (Unfortunately Phillip overheard, and since he’d already showed the engagement ring he bought for her to Connor, here’s hoping he keeps it to himself!) Natalie decided she needed to talk to Will, so she went out to his car. Just as she was about to bring it up, Tim Burke drove his truck into the car, and Natalie went flying out the open door. The last thing we saw was Will, with a bloody forehead himself, carrying a bloody and unconscious Natalie into the ER. For the rest of the ER staff: Ethan learned that his sister Emily and her baby are shacking up with baby daddy Bernie plus Bernie’s wife and teenaged daughter; April’s period is late; the woman to whom Maggie donated her kidney came into the ER and they found a tumor…and Maggie learned that she is the one who might have breast cancer; realizing his daughter Robin might be right in that her mother Caroline doesn’t have the strength to go to Hawaii to get married, Dr. Charles set up a luau-themed wedding on a boat there in Chicago, where he and Caroline got married.

On Chicago Fire, the entire group from Firehouse 51 (including Boden, Brett, and Foster) were inside a burning mattress factory when the old boiler exploded, leaving our entire gang in jeopardy, some more so than others. But of course, before that, there were big happenings: Severide & Stella teamed up and tracked down the arsonist, and then they reunited as a couple when Severide told her she deserved a better man than him, so he decided he was going to be the man she deserved; also on the romance front, just when it looked like Brett and Casey might be on the same page, Kyle showed up at the firehouse and proposed…and she said yes as Casey looked on in surprise. Assuming Brett makes it out of the mattress fire alive, does that mean she’s leaving? After all, Kyle was on his way out of town to a new job back near her hometown…

And finally, on Chicago PD, someone FINALLY took care of the horribly corrupt former police superintendent/new mayor of Chicago, Kelton – who was found shot to death in his home, while it seemed like Voight was seen by viewers driving away from the scene of the crime. The whole thing with Antonio and Ruzek came to a head as well, as Antonio seemed to relapse (at this point, we’re just assuming it was pain pills he took, but since that was Jon Seda’s last episode…) and Ruzek was arrested by IA for misconduct and obstruction.

I’ve seen all three premieres, and for the most part, all the cliffhangers are indeed resolved across all three shows. And again, for the most part, I was happy with HOW they were resolved. Not completely happy, but…

On tonight’s episode of Chicago Med, “Never Going Back to Normal,” Will and Natalie face the aftermath of a horrific car incident and are left to battle for their lives. An investigation is launched following the suspicious death of Cornelius Rhodes, Dr. Rhodes’s father. Maggie receives life-changing news. Dr. Charles cuts his honeymoon short to tend to a young patient he suspects might have schizophrenia.

Then on Chicago Fire, “Sacred Ground,” the mattress factory fire spirals out of control. Truck and squad lay it on the line in hopes of getting the trapped victims out alive.

And finally, on Chicago PD, “Doubt,” when Kelton is found murdered, Voight’s grudge against the mayor-elect puts him under suspicion. Upton and Halstead are eager to prove their sergeant’s innocence, but the more evidence they gather, the closer they come to doing the opposite. After making bail, Ruzek searches for a missing Antonio.

Don’t miss all the exciting conclusions to the cliffhanger season enders that set up the new season starting tonight on NBC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching The Goldbergs, Schooled, Guy’s Grocery Games, Modern Family, & Single Parents.

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