If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/2/19

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 kicks off the new drama Almost Family, the latest series from executive producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and writer Annie Weisman (About A Boy, Desperate Housewives). Julia Bechley (Brittany Snow, Pitch Perfect) has grown up as the only child of renowned fertility doctor Leon Benchley (Timothy Hutton, American Crime, Leverage)…at least that’s what she believed. Julia’s world is about to come crashing down when it’s discovered that her father used his own sperm to help over 100 women become pregnant. Being his partner in the clinic, Julia now has to deal with the fallout, both emotionally and legally.

As Julia deals with her father’s betrayal and starts to explore the breadth of the incident, she is upset to discover that one of her potential siblings is former best friend, now lawyer, Edie Palmer (Megalyn Echikunwoke, The Following, 90210) – the two had a falling out when Edie stole and married the guy Julia loved. Another one of the potential “Benchley Babies” is former Olympic athlete Roxy Doyle (Emily Osment, The Kominsky Method, Young & Hungry), who wouldn’t be that upset to discover that the parents who are still trying to make money off of her former glory might not be her real parents. For better or for worse, this unusual situation has brought these sisters together. They’ve started to form a bond and will be the ones to help one another weather the storm of their forever-changed lives. And this nontraditional family will likely grow as additional siblings come out of the woodwork.

I quite enjoyed tonight’s premiere – this series has a really great cast. In addition to establishing the main premise of the series, the first episode also sets up some other interesting storylines and character dynamics to explore. It doesn’t make light of this serious situation – it seems like Leon isn’t going to just get a slap on the wrist – but the episode does have some really fun moments. I look forward to seeing more of the fallout of this scandal and how the characters deal with it.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” only child Julia finds her life turned upside-down when her father makes a startling revelation.

Join the Benchley family tonight on FOX at 9:01/8:01c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Schooled, Modern Family, Single Parents, Stumptown, Survivor, The Masked Singer, and American Horror Story: 1984.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice #1

I’m so excited because tonight is the season premiere of two of my favorite cop/military shows that I have loved since they started. First up is SEAL Team, which features the team (or most of them…) back together after almost getting split up at the end of last season. Because they were able to capture several highly sought-after terrorist leaders, the guy who was gunning for the team to be split up had no choice but to back off. A happy Washington meant a happy SEAL team. Unfortunately, Mandy wasn’t actually part of the team, and when her bosses learned she’d given up one of their assets to a foreign government in exchange for helping rescue Ray, they demoted her. No more field work. She’s now stuck in an office, and the scene of her looking out her new window into the rainy view she had was kind of heart wrenching. She’s still considered a series regular, though, so who knows… Maybe that won’t last. As for the rest of the team, there were some pretty big changes by the end of last season. To pay for his daughter’s college, Jason sold the house. Ray returned home in a completely new frame of mind after everything that had been plaguing him for the season, and he and his wife finally baptized their baby. Sonny and Lisa were together and shown hanging out as a couple. It felt a little awkward, but it was cute. And finally, Clay seems to be doing well, walking without the cane…and now it seems like maybe he’s back with Stella (or at least they were…”together” together.

So will Clay be back with the team? How much time has passed since the finale? Will Mandy be back? What will happen with Lisa now that she’s an officer? I can’t wait to find out the answers to these and more!

On tonight’s episode, “Welcome to the Refuge,” Jason leads the team on a mission in Serbia to track down an organization linked to the bombing of multiple American military outposts. Scenes were shot on location in Serbia.

Visit Serbia with the SEALs tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

Megan’s Choice

My Wednesday nights belong to Chicago as I tune in weekly to watch the three Chicago dramas we all refer to as #OneChicago. Last week helped tie up most of the cliffhangers from last season’s finales, but we were also introduced to a slew of new stories.

On Chicago Med, we learned that both Will and Natalie survived the crash but that Natalie had been left with memory loss from her brain damage. Her memory loss opened the door for the incredibly disturbing boyfriend, Philip, to claim they were actually engaged, and he slipped a ring on her finger while she was in a coma. Will was shaken by this development and also very wary of Philip, seeing as Natalie had come to see him in the car that night to tell him something special about how she felt.

Speaking of creepy people… Connor accused Ava of killing his father and after some well-timed information was leaked about how the insulin used could be traced, Ava lost her mind. She started to flee, when Connor followed her, and she asked for time to escape, but when he said no, she grabbed a scalpel, called him an ungrateful prick, and slit her own throat. Unfortunately she died, and this trauma was too much for Connor, so he left the hospital for a fresh start elsewhere. It was an eventful episode that left us all a little shell-shocked but has me looking forward to an exciting season ahead.

Emotional season premieres were par for the course, when Chicago Fire said goodbye to Otis. Watching Cruz be in the room as Otis took his last breaths was heartbreaking, and the heartbreak continued throughout the episode. It is going to take a very long time before Cruz is able to move on from this loss, but Boden building a memorial outside for all the fallen firefighters was a good start. Brett was back in her hometown, and it doesn’t seem like this is going to work out in the long run because she is already bored and doesn’t seem overly excited about working as a paramedic in such a small town. Kyle suggested she didn’t need to work anymore and could just be a chaplain’s wife, but we all know that will not work out. Going forward, I really want Casey and Brett together, so she needs to leave that sleepy town and go home to Chicago.

Finally, on Chicago PD, the investigation into who killed Kelton got underway, and Halstead worried the whole time that it was actually Voight who pulled the trigger. After an intense hour, we learned it was actually Brennan. He had threatened her, and she knew he was going to ruin Chicago. I’m actually quite pleased with this outcome because we are free from both Brennan and Kelton now, which is great for the Intelligence Unit.

On tonight’s episode of Chicago Med, “We’re Lost in the Dark,” Dr. Choi and Dr. Charles have difficult decisions to make as a dying man tries to preserve his future life with a controversial scientific method. Dr. Marcel and April clash over how to handle a mysterious patient and Will questions Natalie’s capabilities. Sharon assigns a nurse to shadow Maggie, much to her dismay.

Next up on Chicago Fire, “A Real Shot in the Arm,” Casey struggles to get Chief Boden to sign off on an energetic new recruit. Against her better judgment, Foster extends an olive branch to her irritating new medic. Otis inspires Herrmann to seek new partners at Molly’s. Brett realizes life in Fowlerton will take some getting used to.

Finally, on Chicago PD, “Assets,” when Atwater goes undercover in a dangerous South Side drug syndicate, he learns there may be more to its kingpin than meets the eye. Halstead tries to join Atwater undercover but finds himself at a disadvantage. Voight petitions the brass to show Ruzek leniency in his court case.

To watch three hours of must-see TV, tune in to NBC starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching The Masked Singer, SEAL Team, Single Parents, S.W.A.T., Stumptown, and Almost Family.

Jenny’s Choice #2

I have to be honest… It took me a good few minutes to read the recap of the S.W.A.T. season finale to remember it. Once I did, of course it all came back. I guess maybe because it didn’t end on some sort of cliffhanger or something, I forgot that was the actual finale. The group called the Emancipators were beginning their trial, but the team figured out there were bombs in the courthouse. Luckily everyone escaped before it could go off. Jessica was knocked out when she was in there trying to make sure everyone got out, but Hondo found her and carried her out before any more could go off.

The big stuff was all the personal happenings. Hondo got Daryl released into his custody from the hospital and made the decision with his mother (and after getting permission from Leroy) to take in Daryl full-time, rather than just temporarily. And Hondo told Daryl he had 64 vacation days, and he was going to use them to spend some time together while Daryl finished healing from the gunshot wound to his leg. They decided they wanted to see some kangaroos. Cortez got an offer from the FBI for a 5-week undercover gig that could turn into a permanent job offer. She decided to take it and go from there. Hicks’s daughter, who Street flirted with, told her dad she got a job offer in LA and took it. Deacon got a police star because of his actions that saved the people in the crowd when he was injured, even though he didn’t believe he deserved it because of his actions with the loan shark dude and all that went with it. But Luca offered to help him with his speech, and later, Deacon gave Luca his first loan payment. And finally, Street found him mom high as a kite and brought her home with him. That can lead to nowhere good, unfortunately.

So how much time has passed? Is Cortez back? There’s a new woman joining the show, so it’ll be interesting to see what role she plays.

On tonight’s episode, “Fire in the Sky,” the SWAT team works with Lieutenant Piper Lynch (Amy Farrington), a senior LAPD Hollywood Division officer, when the mayor assigns her to oversee city departments joining forces to stop a serial bomber using drones as detonation devices. Also, just as Hondo settles into legal guardianship of his teen charge, Darryl, his home life becomes more complicated when his estranged father (Obba Babatundé) unexpectedly moves in.

Meet the new woman in the group tonight on CBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Chicago Med, The Goldbergs, Schooled, Chicago Fire, Guy’s Grocery Games, Modern Family, Almost Family, Single Parents, Chicago PD, & Stumptown.

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