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#SaveMacGyver Campaign Going Strong

Tonight is the series finale for MacGyver on CBS at 8/7c, but the show’s fans are doing everything possible to try to convince CBS to change their minds. The #SaveMacGyver campaign is working hard to highlight the positives regarding the show: It’s one of the few shows on TV that provides positive representation in diversity and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), with the cast that includes Lucas Till, Tristin Mays, Levy Tran, Meredith Eaton, Henry Ian Cusick, Justin Hires and Alexandra Grey.

Its ratings have been strong for 5 seasons straight and it won the Friday 8/7c time slot every week for 13 weeks in a row.

So why did CBS cancel it? Many fans believe it’s because of the controversy that came to light in 2020. Lucas Till came forward with allegations that the creator/showrunner had created a toxic work environment, and others followed suit. CBS cut ties with the original showrunner and brought in Monica Macer. Unfortunately, she was only given 8 episodes. During that time, Monica began to create a positive and healthy work environment. According to the #SaveMacGyver campaign, all signs pointed to a renewal for the series until it was abruptly cancelled, and the concern is that the cancellation was related to the previous harassment the cast and crew suffered.

But fans believe CBS should have given the show another season to prove what a good showrunner could do with MacGyver’s great cast and crew. To that end, the campaign of fans worldwide has done the following to save the show:

  1. Sent CBS’s LA office 350K+ paperclips (and are planning a larger round).
  2. Their petition has garnered 21K+ signatures since the cancellation announcement. (Go to https://www.change.org/p/cbs-savemacgyver to sign the petition yourself!)
  3. News coverage from Forbes, CNN, ET Canada, and Screen Rant among others.
  4. 300K tweets in the #savemacgyver tag since it was started 3 weeks ago.
  5. Raising funds for Cancer Research Institute to give back to the community. (Go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/operation-cure-cancer-from-fans-of-macgyver to donate to a great cause, regardless of your thoughts on the show!)
  6. Created a website: https://www.savemacgyver.com/
  7. Four digital billboards in the following locations Los Angeles (2), Times Square New York (1), and Atlanta (1).

If you aren’t fortunate enough to see them in person, here are pictures of two of the billboards (1 in LA, and the one in Times Square). Fans raised the funds to pay for all the billboards, which is an awesome thing!

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/2/20

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

Probably my favorite (or at least in the top 5) show returns tonight, and I’m so excited because we get a double episode premiere. Like so many shows, SEAL Team had to cut last season short due to the pandemic, and they left a whole whopping lot of story lines open. Clay had signed up for STA-21. Ray was waiting to hear whether or not he got the warrant officer position/rank. Both Jason and Cerberus were having to face the possibility of retirement. Jason and Mandy slept together. Mandy’s dealing with her own possible career change after having lost another asset. And hanging over Bravo’s heads is the Marsden letter, which could impact them greatly if it was one of Bravo who sent it. Not to mention they were in the middle of hunting down the Al-Hazred terrorist, the son of the man Jason killed 13 years ago, before he became Bravo 1.

I haven’t seen the double episode premiere, but I have read that it’s exciting stuff, as in edge-of-your-seat exciting. So I can’t wait, but I’m also terrified. I haven’t heard about anyone ON THE TEAM leaving the show. But here’s a bit from TVLine.com that is really interesting.

Executive producer Spencer Hudnut | So yeah, like most of our characters, even Cerberus is at a crossroads this season.

TVLINE | Do you have any idea what that looks like in the real world? Like, does the dog get rotated out and placed in a good home…?

SH | That is my understanding, and we’re dealing with it with Dita, who plays Cerberus, because Dita doesn’t know that this isn’t real combat. So to her, she’s been through three seasons and 60-plus missions. But yeah, finding a purposeful life for Cerberus is much like finding a purposeful life for any of our SEALs who move on from operating.

For those who don’t know, the guy who plays Brock, Justin Melnick, is an actual K9 police officer and is Dita’s real-life handler. Fascinating stuff, right?

On tonight’s first episode, “God of War,” Bravo Team enters enemy territory in the snowy Spin Ghar Mountain Range to capture Al-Hazred, the leader of a terrorist group and son of the terrorist leader that Jason took down early in his career and made him Bravo One. When they are attacked, Jason and Cerberus, Bravo’s canine member, are separated from the team. (Episode was directed by David Boreanez.)

Then on the second episode, “Forever War,” Bravo Team reunites with Jason and Cerberus, then go underground to search booby-trapped tunnels for terrorist leader Al-Hazred.

Don’t miss the exciting 2-hour premiere tonight on CBS starting at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching The Goldbergs, American Housewife, The Conners, Coroner, & Guy’s Grocery Games.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/19/20

Young Sheldon returned for a new season a couple weeks ago, and it is already shaping up to be a great season. On last week’s episode, Missy started her period on the way to a baseball game with George, and it turned out to be a moment that brought them closer together. Watching George have a moment of panic trying to figure out what to do about the situation was hilarious. Speaking of growing closer, Mary and Georgie had a bonding moment when Georgie found out about her guilty pleasure of watching action movies. I really liked getting to see more of these characters. Even if I love Sheldon, sometimes it’s fun to spend time on the other family members.

On tonight’s episode, “Training Wheels and an Unleashed Chicken,” with college in sight, Sheldon is determined to ride his bike without training wheels. Also, Mary and George Sr. argue over parenting styles.

To watch Sheldon try to learn this life skill, tune in to CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Station 19, Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, Law & Order: SVU, and B Positive.

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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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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/11/20

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 #1

Wednesday is probably my favorite night of TV as a whole, especially tonight, though, because my Chicago shows are back! We get the season premieres of Chicago Med, then Chicago Fire, and finally Chicago PD. Before I talk about the new season, let’s jump into a short recap about each show…cause you know those season finales were a LONG time ago! LOL

Last time on Med, Ethan was riding along with paramedics, really just to put some distance between him and April, who told him she’d finished moving her things out and gave him back his key. But when he rushed into a convenience store where a guy was holding hostages and was then held at gunpoint himself, April learned of the news and rushed to the scene. They hugged when he was released, and it looks like maybe something could happen between them again. Back at the hospital, Will had reason to doubt Hannah’s honesty about going to a meeting when her ex, a drug addict, shows up at the hospital, needing treatment, and Hannah tells Will he called her for help. Yet Will found Hannah’s cell phone in her apartment after she’d already left for her NA meeting. She explained that the ex had called a mutual friend at the meeting, who told her. He said he believed her, but was she telling the truth or was he just being naïve? Finally, two detectives from New Orleans showed up, and it came out that Crockett was a suspect in a murder that happened there three years before. Wanting more information about Crockett, Natalie cornered an old friend of his who was visiting, and he informed her that back then, Crockett was going through a lot because he had a daughter who died from leukemia after her first birthday. After some deducing and questions, Natalie figured out that Crockett had donated bone marrow, and the actual killer was the recipient, who apparently acquired Crockett’s DNA. Who knew?

On Fire, Capp was injured while on a call (but will be okay), and Severide took it hard because it shouldn’t have happened. He did some investigating into the scrapyard where the explosion occurred and found that they had a history of shady behavior. He was able to convince OSHA that fines like they had been giving just weren’t cutting it. He found out later that the place got shut down. Meanwhile, Foster reapplied for medical school and was accepted, so Annie Ilonzeh won’t be back this season. And poor Brett learned that her (now dead) birth mother’s husband was taking his daughter (Brett’s half sister) and moving back to Rockford because Chicago was too expensive on one salary. And Kidd’s first and most promising Girls On Fire participant suddenly went MIA, and Kidd is now worried.

Finally, on PD, Atwater was really the big story. He went undercover to do a gun deal with a bunch of…well, KKK-type guys and learned once he was in there that he had to work with Doyle, one of the (racist) uniformed officers (now a detective) who’d stopped him and treated him so poorly before. The guy was also undercover. It wasn’t going to be fun for Kevin. But the guy apologized, and they ended up working well together. He convinced Kevin to have a drink with him afterward. On the drive, he kept trying to apologize, but Kevin didn’t want to talk about it. Then they saw two guys on a street corner talking, one of whom was holding a duffel bag. Doyle stopped because he said he saw a drug deal. Kevin asked why, because he’s Black? Doyle asked what was in the bag, and the kid wouldn’t answer, instead just ran into the building. Doyle followed him in, and before Kevin could follow, he heard gunshots. He found an injured Doyle before getting into a shootout himself, and Doyle later died. Intelligence found that it was being used as a stash house, although the duffel bag only contained a pair of sneakers. Trudy advised Atwater to visit Doyle’s family’s house to give his condolences, and everyone there was hailing Doyle as a hero. But when Intelligence finally arrested the shooters, they claimed Doyle shot first, and Kevin told Voight they were right, that there was no probable cause for the stop, and he wanted to say something. Voight told him he and Intelligence would back him if that was what he wanted to do. In the end, he did that, and when he arrived home, Doyle’s partner was there, just waiting and watching. Then a bunch of patrol cars went by silently, their lights on, as if to tell him they were watching him. Dun dun dun…

Between COVID and the racial unrest happening across the country, #OneChicago has its hands full. I can’t wait to see how all three shows handle it all!

On tonight’s Chicago Med, “When Did We Begin to Change,” the entire staff at Chicago Med adjusts to the new normal of the pandemic. Dr. Choi, Dr. Lanik, and April fight on the front lines. Dr. Halstead and Hannah face a troubling reality. Dr. Charles tries to clear the air with his daughter following recent developments.

Then on Chicago Fire, “Rattle Second City,” Firehouse 51 welcomes a new member to the team, whose presence could provide some complications. Brett’s leadership shines during a scary call. Boden sees great potential in Kidd and proposes an idea that could have lasting repercussions.

And finally, on Chicago PD, “Fighting Ghosts,” the team responds to the shooting of a 5-year-old girl and they must work the case while facing new obstacles that come from the heightened attention on police reform. Atwater is targeted by a group of officers who want to hurt him for standing against the blue wall. Voight questions whether he’s cut out for a new form of policing as he manages oversight from the CPD’s deputy superintendent.

Don’t miss the exciting premieres tonight on NBC starting at 8/7c.
 
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