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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/14/13

I can’t believe it’s only 2 weeks until Black Friday! No, I know what day of the week it is, but apparently Thanksgiving doesn’t exist anymore, because most stores will be starting their Black Friday sales on Turkey Day this year! While many folks seem to be upset by this, I think it’s great—I’d much rather go shopping at a normal hour of the day, rather than wake up for a 4 or 5am sale! I’m still not sure if I’m even going to bother with the crowds just to save a few dollars, but I’ve still got plenty of time to decide. Speaking of deciding, we’ve got some suggestions to help you decide what to check out on TV tonight.

Kyle’s Choice

parksandrec1114smallTonight, Parks and Rec returns for a guest arc on the NBC schedule. This week and next, we get double episodes, and then it hibernates until January. In the last episode, Leslie was under fire after Donna accidentally made an explicit tweet, Andy and April helped Tom get a date, and Ben helped an cooperative Ron make a will to protect his secret fortune from going to the government.

I hate how NBC has chosen to bounce this show around the schedule in order to try to boost ratings of some of its new shows like Sean Saves the World. This also has the side effect of having fun holiday-themed episodes, like tonight’s Halloween episode, no longer air at the appropriate time of year.

On tonight’s first episode, “Filibuster,” Leslie is forced to leave the birthday party she’s throwing for Ben and attend an emergency late-night filibuster. Meanwhile, Tom is determined to make some lasting memories with his new girlfriend; Ron and Donna go hunting; and April and Andy reconnect. Then, in “Recall Vote,” Leslie faces the recall election on Halloween as she also prepares a haunted house with Ben, Ann, and Chris. At the same time, Tom worries Rent-a-Swag’s days are numbered, and so he recruits Ron to help save his business.

Enjoy the extended Halloween tonight on NBC at 8/7c & 8:31/7:31c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, Glee, Ground Floor, White Collar, Covert Affairs, and The Returned.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/26/13

Wow, this has been a busy week for new TV—and there are eight more new and returning shows premiering tonight! This week, I’ve had the advantage of having seen screeners for most of the new series, but starting next week, I have no idea how I’m going to keep up with everything! We’ve got some suggestions to help you decide on what to check out tonight.

Kyle’s Choice #1

elementary926smallTonight, Elementary heads across the pond for the premiere of the show’s second season. I really enjoyed the first season—I was a little skeptical at first, with Sherlock already on airing on PBS, but I was immediately won over. Jonny Lee Miller makes a perfect Sherlock Holmes, and I really enjoy the dynamic Lucy Liu brings as a female Watson. The cases are always interesting, the chemistry between the leads is great, and I always enjoy watching them use their powers of deduction to solve the mystery. I’m looking forward to meeting more of the classic Sherlock characters in tonight’s season premiere.

On tonight’s episode, “Step Nine,” Holmes and Watson travel to London to help a former mentor investigate an unsolved mystery. Meanwhile, Sherlock’s estranged brother, Mycroft, reunites with him and reveals some secrets of his own. Rhys Ifans guest stars.

See Sherlock on his home turf tonight on CBS at 10:01/9:01c.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/2/13

What a difference a week makes! We’re only two days into the May sweeps month, and my TiVo is already working overtime. There is so much on TV now as shows are ending and new shows are starting back up or returning. But fear not, because we’ve got a few suggestions to help you wade through the vast sea of new programming that’s on tonight.

Kyle’s Choice

zachstonesmallTonight, MTV premieres the new scripted comedy, Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous. Recent high school graduate Zach Stone (Bo Burnham) just wants to be famous—he doesn’t know how or why he will achieve his fame, but he will do anything to achieve it. So Zach decides to do a reality show about his life as a pre-celebrity and has a camera crew follow him 24/7. Zach takes advantage of any opportunity to become famous—even if that means “headlining” at a funeral.

Zach’s dad (Thomas F. Wilson) believes in a hard day’s work and doesn’t care for his son’s get famous quick schemes. Zach’s mother (Kari Coleman) tries to be supportive of her Zach’s venture, but his younger, popular, overachiever brother Andy (Cameron Palatas) wants no part of it. Zach’s peers include oldest friend Amy (Caitlin Gerard), who keeps him grounded (as much as possible), his loyal best friend Greg (Armen Weitzman), and Christy (Shelley Hennig), the hottest, most popular girl at school, who has no idea who Zach is.

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” a young man attempts to become famous by hiring a camera crew to document his life.

See how interesting Zach Stone’s life is tonight on MTV at 10:30/9:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous @ TV.com.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Grey’s Anatomy, Community, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Hannibal, Glee, Giving You the Business, Men at Work, and Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/21/13

With February sweeps going on, my TiVo has been getting so backed up—and trying to squeeze in some movies before the Oscars on Sunday isn’t helping my situation any! Tonight, there’s once again a lot of great new TV to choose from, and we’ve got some suggestions for you.

Kyle’s Choice

parksandrec221smallParks and Recreation has been really great this season. Last week, Leslie and Ben held a black-tie gala to raise money to build the park. However, Councilman Jamm arranged for an emergency-response drill at the same time to try to prevent Leslie from raising the $50K she needed. Meanwhile, Andy took the police-academy exam and scored 100% on the written portion but flunked the personality test. And Ron filled in for Leslie on “Pawnee Today.”

Tonight is the moment we’ve been anticipating all season—Leslie and Ben’s wedding! This is Pawnee, so I’m sure something strange will occur to make it a truly memorable event! Also, will tonight be when the city counsel finally votes yay or nay on Leslie’s park? And what craziness will my favorite trio—April, Andy, and Ron—get up to this week?

On tonight’s special double episode, “Leslie and Ben; Correspondents’ Lunch,” Leslie and Ben have two hours to complete a year-long project; at the same time, Ron’s temper gets him in trouble. Later, Leslie is at a loss for words after the speech she prepared for a special event is stolen. Meanwhile, Ben begins his new job at the Sweetums Charity Foundation; and Ann summons the courage to ask an important question.

See the hour-long episode tonight on NBC at 8:30/7:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Parks and Recreation @ Clicker.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Zero Hour, Grey’s Anatomy, Community, 1600 Penn, Archer, Legit, King of the Nerds, and Suits.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/1/12

So, how was your Halloween? The weather here was perfect—a nice change from Sandy’s reign earlier in the week. However, I still didn’t get a lot of Trick-or-Treaters and have almost 2 pounds of candy left over! We’ve got some recommendations on what you should check out tonight while snacking away on all your fun size left-overs.

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, Showtime premieres the late-night scripted mini-series, Reality Show. Mickey Wager, a reality TV producer who hasn’t had a hit show in a while, is looking for the idea that will get him back on top. He decides to secretly film an average American family, Truman Show-style, for a new reality series. However, he soon realizes that the family is too boring, so he starts to inject some artificial drama and temptations into the family’s life, with crazy results.

The series star and creator, Adam Rifkin, also created last year’s LOOK mini-series for Showtime. While I could never really get into LOOK, the idea for this new show sounds great. And based on the trailer, it looks like it’s going to be a really fun dark comedy and a great commentary on just how exploitative and fake reality TV has become.

In tonight’s episode, “The Pitch,” the perfect subjects are found, although they may be too average.

See if this show catches on with you tonight on Showtime at 11:30/10:30c Learn where to find episodes online of Reality Show @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, The League, Sweet Genius, Childrens Hospital, and NTSF:SD:SUV::.
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