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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/16/20

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

I’m so happy because one of my favorite new shows (possibly THE favorite) from last season, Bob Hearts Abishola, returns tonight with its season premiere. By the time the finale rolled around, Bob and Abishola were in a good place in their relationship – starting with the fact that they were actually IN a relationship. It took Abishola a little bit to come around to it, but once she did, they began to settle in to being a couple…crazy families and all.

Dottie, Bob’s mother, met a fellow stroke survivor in rehab (played by the ever charming John Ratzenberger), and while I don’t think he’ll be back right away, who knows. He may show up again in the future. The other big story was Christina, Bob’s sister, and Kofo, one of the workers from Nigeria at Bob’s sock company. They had started up a flirtation while working on naming colors of socks, and when Kofo tried to back away, having been convinced that flirting and a relationship with his boss was a bad idea, Christina went kind of “boil a bunny” scary on him. Bob and Douglas (their brother), sent her away to a “spa retreat” type place that was actually a mental health and wellness program on a ranch that she’d been to before. Apparently she’s kind of…well…let’s just say she has some issues. And they feared she wasn’t any better when she told them she’d met Randy, a wrangler.

So how will Bob & Abishola’s relationship be when the show returns tonight? How will Abishola, as a nurse, be handling the pandemic, or is the show going to keep that part of real life out of it? And will Christina be back and over both Kofo and Randy? I can’t wait to find out all that and more tonight!

On tonight’s episode, “On a Dead Guy’s Bench,” Bob enlists Tunde’s help to buy an engagement ring, but his plans to propose to Abishola are upended by her belief that a traditional marriage is more trouble than it’s worth.

Don’t miss the fun premiere tonight on CBS at 8:31/7:31c.

I’ll also be watching Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Holiday Baking Championship, Christmas Cookie Challenge, & Weakest Link.

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No Schedules This Week…

Let me start off by saying I love you guys. I love this site, and I love doing the schedules. Usually. But I’ve been doing the weekly and daily schedules pretty much since April of 2007. That’s over 13 years. And the schedules are and have always been done by me alone. In the last few months, I’ve had to force myself more and more to work on them each Saturday, because they take me all afternoon to do. Not to mention then the daily schedules every day. Today I found myself in tears because it was nearly 5:00, and I was only halfway through Sunday on the weekly schedule. I’d found way after way of procrastinating before finally settling in to work on it, and it was already almost dinnertime, and I was just starting. I decided I just couldn’t do it. I desperately need a break. So…I’m taking one. We may still do some Remote posts. Those don’t take nearly as long to do, and I like telling you guys what I/we are really interested in watching. So keep an eye out. But for this week…and probably next week too, there will be no weekly or daily TV schedules on here. If I don’t take a good break now, I’m pretty sure it’ll get to the point soon where I just shut the site down completely, and I really don’t want to do that. I hope you guys understand.

For now, you can see a schedule a variety of places online. You just have to search for TV schedule and you’ll find them. You can also check out Kyle’s site, NoReruns.net, and he has a schedule he puts up.

Like I said, keep an eye out for the Remote posts, and I’ll plan to see you with a new schedule in a few weeks. Love you guys!

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Saturday on TV – 11/14/20

Saturday is the series premiere of Lovely Bites, Tregaye’s Way, Food Fantasies, & Tanya’s Kitchen Table on OWN, starting at 12PM/11AMc. On Lovely Bites at 12PM/11AMc, Chef Connie “Lovely” Jackson is a Chicago native who’s known for festive foods that are both tasty and gorgeous, using edible flowers, gold leaf and other touches of elegance on her signature dishes. A fierce fan favorite from Hell’s Kitchen and Food Network Star, Chef Lovely’s food is approachable, clean and beautiful – and her positive attitude is as inviting as her dishes. Her stand-and-stir show will focus on fun entertaining and celebrating festive occasions. Chef Lovely’s bubbly energy is infectious and delicious food is her way to create long lasting memories. Then on Tregaye’s Way at 12:30PM/11:30AMc, Chef Tregaye Fraser is a fearless Atlanta chef who’s not afraid to push the boundaries of traditional cuisine, and not afraid to push her kids’ palates. The celebrated winner of “Food Network Star” is well-versed in cuisine from 24 different countries and is known for taking everyday foods from various regions and pairing them in unexpected ways that her family can enjoy. In this stand-and-stir series, her personal motivation is to help people create meals for their families and getting dinner on the table quickly and easily. Then on Food Fantasies at 1/12c, Do you ever wonder what mouth-watering dishes our favorite culinary connoisseurs daydream about daily? “Food Fantasies” shows us exactly what chefs would make when each is presented the same hypothetical culinary fantasy such as: “What’s the one dish you would make if calories didn’t count?” And “what’s the meal you would make for your nine-year-old self?” Join chefs Eddie Jackson, Nyesha Arrington, Jernard Wells, Darnell Ferguson, Danni Rose and more as they create and indulge their fantasy dishes. And finally, on Tanya’s Kitchen Table at 1:30/12:30c, Oakland-based chef Tanya Holland is a well-known restaurateur, cookbook author and soul food innovator. In this new stand-and-stir series, Chef Holland will showcase the beauty of “cooking local while thinking global” when audiences are invited to experience a one-of-a-kind course in cooking and some professional tips and tricks along the way.

Finally, tonight is the series premiere of History’s Greatest Mysteries on History Channel at 9/8c. Hosted and narrated by Laurence Fishburne, the show investigates a wide range of historically compelling topics and the mysteries that pervade each including the Titanic, Roswell, John Wilkes Booth, and Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ice ship. Each title within the franchise will showcase fresh, new evidence and perspectives including never-before-released documents to the public, personal diaries and DNA evidence to unearth new facts and information about these infamous and enigmatic chapters in history.

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Today is the 30-minute special, Turkey Day Sunny’s Way, on Food Network at 12:30PM/11:30AMc. Sunny Anderson is named the first guest editor of Food Network Magazine; Sunny invites friends who are featured in the magazine to share favorite holiday recipes; Sunny makes grilled turkey with lemon pepper glaze and crowd-sourced stuffing.
 
Tonight is the holiday movie Christmas in Vienna on Hallmark at 8/7c. Jess (Sarah Drew), a concert violinist whose heart just isn’t in it anymore, goes to Vienna for a performance. While there, she finds the inspiration she has been missing, and a new love. It also stars Brennan Elliott.
 
Tonight is also the holiday movie Christmas on Wheels on Lifetime at 8/7c. Ashley (Tiya Sircar) returns to her small hometown to care of her uncle who recently broke his ankle. When she learns that he has sold her mom’s vintage red convertible, a car that holds many wonderful Christmas memories for Ashley, she is disappointed. But with the help of Duncan (Michael Xavier), her uncle’s attorney, Ashley is reunited with the car and restores it to its former glory, and fills it up with gifts for the community — just as her mother used to do. As she reconnects with happy Christmas memories, she feels torn about her plans to return to the big city and what she may be leaving behind.
 
Finally, tonight is the holiday movie Meet Me at Christmas on HMM at 10/9c. When Joan’s (Catherine Bell) son’s wedding planner unexpectedly quits, she must coordinate his Christmas Eve wedding with the help of Beau (Mark Deklin), the bride’s uncle. As they work alongside each other they discover their fates and pasts are intertwined.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror (#206) – AMC @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Lovely Bites (#101) – OWN @ 12PM/11AMc
  • *Series Premiere*Food Fantasies (#101) – OWN @ 1/12c
  • *Series Premiere*History’s Greatest Mysteries (#101) – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • *Series Premiere*Tanya’s Kitchen Table (#101) – OWN @ 1:30/12:30c
  • *Series Premiere*Tregaye’s Way (#101) – OWN @ 12:30PM/11:30AMc
  • *Special*Christmas in Vienna – Hallmark @ 8/7c
  • *Special*Christmas on Wheels – Lifetime @ 8/7c
  • *Special*Meet Me at Christmas – HMM @ 10/9c
  • *Special*Turkey Day Sunny’s Way – Food Network @ 12:30PM/11:30AMc
  • *New*Behind Every Man (#102) – OWN @ 10/9c
  • *New*Destination Fear (#210) – Travel Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*Dr Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet (#708) – Animal Planet @ 9/8c
  • *New*Earth’s Great Seasons (#102) – BBC America @ 8/7c
  • *New*Ghost Nation (#209) – Travel Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Hell Den (#202) – Syfy @ 12AM/11PMc
  • *New*Iyanla: Fix My Life (#703) – OWN @ 9/8c
  • *New*Killer Siblings (#202) – Oxygen @ 6/5c
  • *New*Mega Zoo (#107) – Animal Planet @ 10/9c
  • *New*NASCAR 2020: Under Pressure (#103) – MotorTrend @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *New*Secrets of the Zoo – Nat Geo WILD @ 8/7c & 9/8c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Secrets of the Zoo: North Carolina – Nat Geo WILD @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Secret Life of the Zoo – Animal Planet @ 11/10c
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/13/20

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

Today, Amazon’s free IMDb TV service launches its first original series, Alex Rider, which is based on Anthony Horowitz’s best-selling teenage James Bond-like spy novel franchise. (The author also serves as an executive producer on the TV series). Alex Rider (Otto Farrant, Mrs. Wilson) is just your normal London teenager, who enjoys hanging out with best friend Tom (Brenock O’Connor, Game of Thrones, Dickensian), and deals with normal teenager problems. But all that is about to change.

Alex lives with his uncle Ian (Andrew Buchan, The Spanish Princess) and American housekeeper Jack (Ronke Adekoluejo, Been So Long). When Alex’s uncle is brutally murdered, Alex discovers a secret that shatters his seemingly-normal world. Ian Rider was actually a spy, and he had been secretly training Alex in all aspects of espionage since his childhood. Now MI6 wants Alex’s help to investigate his uncle’s death, which they believe is connected to the assassination of several high-profile billionaires. They ask Alex to go undercover, posing as a new student at Point Blanc, a mysterious, elite boarding school in the French Alps, where the ultra-rich send their troubled teenagers to be reformed. However, Alex soon uncovers something much more sinister going on at the school. In order to survive this deadly, dangerous situation, he’s going to have to utilize all the skills his uncle had taught him over the years. At the same time, Alex doesn’t necessarily know who he can trust as it starts to look like his uncle’s death may have been an inside job.

I have been a fan of the Alex Rider novels for a long time, so I was really excited to check out this series. Fortunately, I was far from disappointed — it successfully translates all of the action, tension, and drama from the novels onto the small screen, with top notch production value. As each episode ended I was excited to keep binging to see what happened next. In this series, Alex has been aged up slightly from the books, but the casting was well done — Otto Farrant gives an excellent portrayal of this iconic title character. The rest of the cast is also great — Ronke Adekoluejo’s casting as Jack is probably the most drastic difference from the books, but I quite enjoyed the actress’s take on the character.

In 2006, the first Alex Rider book was adapted into the feature film Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker. The first season of this series adapts the second novel, “Point Blanc,” across eight episodes. However, Alex’s origin story has been reworked into this first season, so there is no need to have seen the previous movie. The series includes several iconic scenes and action sequences from the book that are faithfully re-created for fans of the novel. Alex Rider has a great blend of action, drama, mystery, and even some humor, and should make for an exciting and entertaining binge. I am thrilled that the series has already been renewed for a second season — I look forward to many more Alex Rider adventures!

IMDb TV programming is available for free with ads and can be viewed the same way you watch other Amazon Prime programming. However, it does not require an Amazon Prime subscription to access. You can find the new Alex Rider series here: https://amzn.to/3na6NGa

I’ll also be watching/recording The Blacklist, The Graham Norton Show, Inside Pixar, and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.

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Friday on TV – 11/13/20

Season Finale

  • Long Way Up (#111) – Apple TV+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • Love After Lockup (#318-90) – WE @ 9/8c (90-Minute Season Finale)
  • Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (#108) – Disney+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • My Big Italian Adventure (#103) – HGTV @ 9/8c

Series Premiere

  • Becoming You – Apple TV+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc (Complete First Season Premiere)
  • Inside Pixar – Disney+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc (Complete First Season Premiere)
  • James May: Oh Cook – Amazon @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc (Complete First Season Premiere)

Season Premiere

  • Gold Rush: White Water (#401) – Discovery Channel @ 9/8c
  • The Blacklist (#801) – NBC @ 8/7c

Specials/Sports

  • Christmas on the Vine – Lifetime @ 8/7c
  • I Am Greta – Hulu @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – Netflix @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc

New

  • Ancient Aliens (#1513) – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • Diners, Drive-ins & Dives – Food Network @ 9/8c
  • Gold Rush (#1104) – Discovery Channel @ 8/7c
  • How To With John Wilson (#04/104) – HBO @ 11/10c
  • Live Rescue – A&E @ 9/8c
  • One Day at Disney (#150) – Disney+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • Put a Ring on It (#104) – OWN @ 10/9c
  • Ready to Love (#204) – OWN @ 9/8c
  • Real Time with Bill Maher (#549/1834) – HBO @ 10/9c
  • Ridiculousness – MTV @ 11/10c
  • Shark Tank (#1204) – ABC @ 8/7c
  • The Amber Ruffin Show (#107) – Peacock @ 9/8c
  • The Graham Norton Show (#2806) – BBC America @ 11/10c
  • The Great British Baking Show – Netflix @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • The Mandalorian (#203) – Disney+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • The Right Stuff (#107) – Disney+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – NBC @ 11:34/10:34c
  • Undercover Boss (#UB1005) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • Warrior (#207) – Cinemax @ 10/9c
  • Wilmore (#109) – Peacock @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • WWE Friday Night Smackdown – USA Network @ 8/7c

ABC

  • *New*Shark Tank (#1204) @ 8/7c

CBS

  • *New*Undercover Boss (#UB1005) @ 9/8c

NBC

  • *Season Premiere*The Blacklist (#801) @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon @ 11:34/10:34c

A&E

  • *New*Live Rescue @ 9/8c

Amazon

  • *Series Premiere*James May: Oh Cook @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc (Complete First Season Premiere)

Apple TV+

  • *Series Premiere*Becoming You @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc (Complete First Season Premiere)
  • *Season Finale*Long Way Up (#111) @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc

BBC America

  • *New*The Graham Norton Show (#2806) @ 11/10c

Cinemax

  • *New*Warrior (#207) @ 10/9c

Discovery Channel

  • *New*Gold Rush (#1104) @ 8/7c
  • *Season Premiere*Gold Rush: White Water (#401) @ 9/8c

Disney+

  • *Series Premiere*Inside Pixar @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc (Complete First Season Premiere)
  • *Season Finale*Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (#108) @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *New*One Day at Disney (#150) @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *New*The Mandalorian (#203) @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *New*The Right Stuff (#107) @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc

Food Network

  • *New*Diners, Drive-ins & Dives @ 9/8c

HBO

  • *New*Real Time with Bill Maher (#549/1834) @ 10/9c
  • *New*How To With John Wilson (#04/104) @ 11/10c

HGTV

  • *Season Finale*My Big Italian Adventure (#103) @ 9/8c

History Channel

  • *New*Ancient Aliens (#1513) @ 9/8c

Hulu

  • *Special*I Am Greta @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc

Lifetime

  • *Special*Christmas on the Vine @ 8/7c

MTV

  • *New*Ridiculousness @ 11/10c

Netflix

  • *Special*Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *New*The Great British Baking Show @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc

OWN

  • *New*Ready to Love (#204) @ 9/8c
  • *New*Put a Ring on It (#104) @ 10/9c

Peacock

  • *New*The Amber Ruffin Show (#107) @ 9/8c
  • *New*Wilmore (#109) @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc

USA Network

  • *New*WWE Friday Night Smackdown @ 8/7c

WE

  • *Season Finale*Love After Lockup (#318-90) @ 9/8c (90-Minute Season Finale)

3:00AM/2:00AMc

  • *Series Premiere*Becoming You – Apple TV+ (3:01AM/2:01AMc – Complete First Season Premiere)
  • *Special*I Am Greta – Hulu (3:01AM/2:01AMc)
  • *Series Premiere*Inside Pixar – Disney+ (3:01AM/2:01AMc – Complete First Season Premiere)
  • *Series Premiere*James May: Oh Cook – Amazon (3:01AM/2:01AMc – Complete First Season Premiere)
  • *Special*Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – Netflix (3:01AM/2:01AMc)
  • *Season Finale*Long Way Up (#111) – Apple TV+ (3:01AM/2:01AMc)
  • *Season Finale*Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (#108) – Disney+ (3:01AM/2:01AMc)
  • *New*One Day at Disney (#150) – Disney+ (3:01AM/2:01AMc)
  • *New*The Great British Baking Show – Netflix (3:01AM/2:01AMc)
  • *New*The Mandalorian (#203) – Disney+ (3:01AM/2:01AMc)
  • *New*The Right Stuff (#107) – Disney+ (3:01AM/2:01AMc)
  • *New*Wilmore (#109) – Peacock (3:01AM/2:01AMc)

8:00/7:00c

  • *Special*Christmas on the Vine – Lifetime
  • *New*Gold Rush (#1104) – Discovery Channel
  • *New*Shark Tank (#1204) – ABC
  • *Season Premiere*The Blacklist (#801) – NBC
  • *New*WWE Friday Night Smackdown – USA Network

9:00/8:00c

  • *New*Ancient Aliens (#1513) – History Channel
  • *New*Diners, Drive-ins & Dives – Food Network
  • *Season Premiere*Gold Rush: White Water (#401) – Discovery Channel
  • *New*Live Rescue – A&E
  • *Season Finale*Love After Lockup (#318-90) – WE (90-Minute Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*My Big Italian Adventure (#103) – HGTV
  • *New*Ready to Love (#204) – OWN
  • *New*The Amber Ruffin Show (#107) – Peacock
  • *New*Undercover Boss (#UB1005) – CBS

10:00/9:00c

  • *New*Put a Ring on It (#104) – OWN
  • *New*Real Time with Bill Maher (#549/1834) – HBO
  • *New*Warrior (#207) – Cinemax

11:00/10:00c

  • *New*How To With John Wilson (#04/104) – HBO
  • *New*Ridiculousness – MTV
  • *New*The Graham Norton Show (#2806) – BBC America

11:30/10:30c

  • *New*The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – NBC (11:34/10:34c)

Full Schedule

  • *Season Finale*Long Way Up (#111) – Apple TV+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *Season Finale*Love After Lockup (#318-90) – WE @ 9/8c (90-Minute Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (#108) – Disney+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *Season Finale*My Big Italian Adventure (#103) – HGTV @ 9/8c
  • *Series Premiere*Becoming You – Apple TV+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc (Complete First Season Premiere)
  • *Series Premiere*Inside Pixar – Disney+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc (Complete First Season Premiere)
  • *Series Premiere*James May: Oh Cook – Amazon @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc (Complete First Season Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*Gold Rush: White Water (#401) – Discovery Channel @ 9/8c
  • *Season Premiere*The Blacklist (#801) – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *Special*Christmas on the Vine – Lifetime @ 8/7c
  • *Special*I Am Greta – Hulu @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *Special*Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – Netflix @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *New*Ancient Aliens (#1513) – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Diners, Drive-ins & Dives – Food Network @ 9/8c
  • *New*Gold Rush (#1104) – Discovery Channel @ 8/7c
  • *New*How To With John Wilson (#04/104) – HBO @ 11/10c
  • *New*Live Rescue – A&E @ 9/8c
  • *New*One Day at Disney (#150) – Disney+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *New*Put a Ring on It (#104) – OWN @ 10/9c
  • *New*Ready to Love (#204) – OWN @ 9/8c
  • *New*Real Time with Bill Maher (#549/1834) – HBO @ 10/9c
  • *New*Ridiculousness – MTV @ 11/10c
  • *New*Shark Tank (#1204) – ABC @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Amber Ruffin Show (#107) – Peacock @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Graham Norton Show (#2806) – BBC America @ 11/10c
  • *New*The Great British Baking Show – Netflix @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *New*The Mandalorian (#203) – Disney+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *New*The Right Stuff (#107) – Disney+ @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *New*The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – NBC @ 11:34/10:34c
  • *New*Undercover Boss (#UB1005) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *New*Warrior (#207) – Cinemax @ 10/9c
  • *New*Wilmore (#109) – Peacock @ 3:01AM/2:01AMc
  • *New*WWE Friday Night Smackdown – USA Network @ 8/7c

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