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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/20/14

It’s been a busy week, causing me to fall even further behind on my TV shows. On Monday night, I recorded another episode of the TV Times Three podcast, and the rest of the week, I’ve been in training for work—with a dozen folks (including 3 of my past/current managers) all in town for the week. We’ve also been getting a lot of snow here in New England, which has really excited these visitors from California. Tonight, there’s hardly anything on TV, but Jenny and I have some suggestions on a couple of non-Olympics programs you should check out.

Kyle’s Choice

kingofthenerds2014smallOn last week’s King of the Nerds, each of the contestants had to build a robot to compete in a game of Robot Dodgeball. For the third week in a row, Zack was put up for elimination, with Nicole joining him this time in the Nerd-Off. The two had to play a game of Zombi KerPlunk, and somehow, Zack managed to survive yet another week—this evil villain will just not die!

I cannot stand Zack—he is so irritating. Someone really needs to beat him one of these weeks! Also, I wish this show had a nerd-makeover episode, like Beauty and the Geek used to do. That one bearded guy needs a shave badly. However, since this show is all about celebrating the nerds as they are, I know that will never happen. But either way, I’m still enjoying the show, and I’m really looking forward to tonight’s episode, as I find tonight’s guest judge, Kumail Nanjiani, hilarious.

On tonight’s episode, “Trek Wars,” the contestants debate an age-old question, and one nerd’s big revelation comes into play. The guest judges are Kumail Nanjiani and Billy Dee Williams.

To see if someone can town Zack down, tune in to TBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Chopped Canada and Portlandia.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/13/14

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to secure a 4-day pass for San Diego Comic-Con, so I’ll be attending the show for my fifth year in a row. The rest of this week has been pretty slow—I knew that the primetime TV lineup would be a bit lighter during the Olympics, but I didn’t expect it to be a ghost town! The one good thing is that it has given me some time to make some progress on a large pile of Blu-rays I need to review. If you’re not watching the Olympics, then we’ve got some other suggestions for you to check out tonight.

Kyle’s Choice

houseofcardstop102013smallTonight at midnight, Netflix will release the 13-episode second season of the hit original series, House of Cards. I was pleasantly surprised by the series last year. I had waited for Netflix to release it on Blu-ray before I watched, and then I pretty much watched it non-stop, completing the entire season in one weekend. The series follows congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his ambitious wife Claire (Robin Wright) as they ruthlessly manipulate those in power in Washington, D.C. as they make their way to the top. As the first season came to a close, Frank had managed to convince the current VP to step down and run for governor of Pennsylvania. The President then asked him to fill the vacancy.

Will Underwood actually become the VP, or will the President change his mind? Will the press figure out the truth about what Underwood has been up to or about his involvement in Russo’s death? Who or what will Underwood set his sights set on next? Will this cockroach ever get what’s coming to him? I can’t wait to see where the series goes next.

On the season opener, “Chapter 1,” allegiances are abandoned after a promise is broken.

Check out all thirteen episodes starting tonight on Netflix at 12AM/11PMc.

I’ll also be watching/recording Rake and King of the Nerds.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/30/14

Sadly, another of this year’s new series has been gobbled up by the Cancellation Bear—NBC has stopped production on Thursday comedy Sean Saves the World. While UK folks need to pay an annoying TV license, at least they don’t have to worry about the shows produced with that money being pulled, leaving unaired episodes! I find this practice by US networks incredibly frustrating and annoying—all shows have fans, people put their time and effort into making those episodes, and those fans should get to see them! How do shows like Betrayal and Dads get to air out their full seasons while far better shows get pulled early?! But enough of my ranting… Let’s get on to our list of shows (that are still on the air) that we suggest you check out tonight.

Kyle’s Choice

kingofthenerds2014smallLast week, TBS kicked off another King of the Nerds competition, with eleven new geeks from all walks of nerd-dom entering the hallowed halls of Nerdvana to duke it out to take a seat atop the Throne of Games. The season started off with captains Zachary and Chris selecting their teams. Since there was an odd number of players, Kelsey was left unselected. However, she was given the power to swap places with one of the others, and she chose Nicole. Nicole thought she was headed home, but in a twist of events, it was deemed that being kicked out by somebody who wasn’t even on a team was nerdier than not being picked at all, so she got to choose her team, and that team would be the winner. She chose for Kelsey to head to the losing team. In the Nerd-off, Kelsey and Chris competed in a fantasy trivia competition called “Nerdditch,” which ultimately sent Kelsey home. I can’t say I was sad to see Kelsey go—I found her pretty annoying…especially her constant speaking in other languages. I’m not sure who I’m rooting for yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing what other fun, nerdy competitions await these contestants.

On tonight’s episode, “Weird…Science?,” the nerds’ knowledge of science is tested. Appearing: Bill Nye, Mayim Bialik, and Blake Marggraff.

Find out which nerd goes home tonight on TBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, Community, Parks and Recreation, and Rake.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/23/14

I can’t believe I made it a week without losing my power again (knock on wood)! I know we just had a long weekend, but I could really use another! I have been struggling to keep up with all of the new TV—my TiVo has been hovering around 98% full! The nice thing about having 6 tuners is that you don’t miss recording anything—the problem is finding the time to watch it all! We’ve got some suggestions on what you can fill your own DVR with tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

rake123smallTonight, Greg Kinnear returns to TV in the new FOX comedy/drama Rake. This remake of an Australian series finds brilliant, but damaged criminal defense lawyer Keegan Joye (Kinnear) taking on wacky cases and defendants in Los Angeles. However, the person who really needs saving is Keegan himself—from his own self-destructive behavior and mess of a life, including an ongoing battle with IRS tax attorney David Potter (David Harbour, The Newsroom). Joining Keegan for this wild ride are his best friend Ben (John Ortiz, Luck), Ben’s wife—and Assistant DA—Scarlet (Necar Zadegan, Emily Owens, M.D.), Keegan’s assistant Leanne (Tara Summers, Ringer, Boston Legal), Keegan’s favorite prostitute Mikki (Bojana Novakovic), Keegan’s ex-wife/therapist Maddy (Miranda Otto, The Starter Wife), and their hormonal son Finn (Ian Colletti).

I have heard the series referred to as House with lawyers, and I think that’s a pretty accurate summary—though we get a little deeper of a glimpse into the messed-up world of our brilliant-but-damaged protagonist. While I wasn’t blown away by tonight’s pilot, I like the premise of the series, and it looks like they have some really oddball cases, clients, and guest stars lined up for the season, so I’m interested to see more.

On tonight’s episode, “Serial Killer,” a serial killer’s confession that may or may not be the work of the Los Angeles police chief. Meanwhile, a client remunerates Keegan with an expensive fish, but he needs to collect the money from a sushi restaurant so he can pay his bookie part of his gambling debt.

See if this new show’s for you tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Community, Parks and Recreation, The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World, Parenthood, and King of the Nerds.
 
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Interview with Celeste Anderson from King of the Nerds

celestekotn38asmallLast night, Celeste Anderson won the title on King of the Nerds. I got the chance to speak to her about her experience on the show, how it changed her, and what being a nerd means to her. She was just as sweet on the phone as she was on the show, and you can tell how much being there meant to her, so read on to see what she had to say.

Jenny: Several contestants changed not for the better as the show went on, and by the end, the viewers maybe felt like they didn’t deserve to be there, but you only continued to grow, which was nice to see.

Celeste: Yeah, that whole experience was definitely very challenging for me. I didn’t think I was gonna get that far, let alone win the show, to be honest, because I went into the show feeling so out of place and so different from everyone. Because you know, I wasn’t the NASA engineer or the neuroscientist, and I had a lot really different issues where I was still needing to come out of my shell and all that kind of stuff. So yeah, I’m really happy with people getting to see the kind of growth I experienced because a lot of people have been reaching out to me, saying how inspirational it is. That’s what I wanna do. I want to make sure the people that struggle with the same thing I did while growing up know that you can really accomplish anything.
 
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