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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/7/17

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, the third season of The Last Man on Earth comes to a close on FOX with a special 1-hour finale. Last week, the show took a sudden and unexpected leap forward in time, and Tandy comically and casually mentioned all of the “boring” stuff viewers missed during those 6 months. Melissa was now sane again and ready to walk down the aisle with Todd. Meanwhile, Jasper was talking up a storm, Erica and Gail were a couple, and Erica’s and Carol’s pregnancies had advanced tremendously. And the episode ended with Erica’s water breaking.

Will these untrained survivors be able to deliver the baby successfully, or will Erica face the same fate as her baby’s father? Will Carol also give birth before the end of tonight’s finale? And will we finally see the return of Kristen Wiig’s character? (I really hope so. She’s so hilarious!) The series creators already warned that this season finale was not written as a series finale, so we’ll likely be left with yet another twist/cliffhanger, so I really hope we hear of some good renewal news from FOX soon!

On tonight’s season finale, “When the Going Gets Tough; Nature’s Horchata,” the long-term consequences of surviving an apocalyptic event start to have a major impact on the group as their daily lives are turned upside down.

See how the season (series?) ends tonight on FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Madam Secretary, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Making History, Into the Badlands, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, Veep, and American Gods.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/9/14

This is the summer, which used to be a leisurely time to catch up on those shows you missed or catch some movies, but not anymore—it seems like there is at least one new series starting up every day! I am having more trouble now keeping my TiVo under 90% full than I did during the fall! I picked up two new shows last night, and tonight I’m adding yet another one to my bursting DVR.

Kyle’s Choice

Outlander 2014Tonight, Starz premieres the new series Outlander, from executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Helix) and adapted from the best-selling book series by author Diana Gabaldon. The series follows combat nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) who is reunited with her husband (Tobias Menzies) after 5 years apart, when World War II comes to an end. However, her second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands comes to an abrupt end when she finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to 1743, where she is found by a group of Scottish warriors who are being hunted down by British soldiers. How did she get here? Will she ever return to her time? And how will she survive in the meantime?

I must admit that I had never even heard of the book series until I got to San Diego Comic-Con, where there was a huge presence for the show. It was amazing to see the devotion and love for the material from the hardcore fans. I found tonight’s premiere to be visually stunning, with a unique concept and interesting, well-defined characters. The performances are also really good—it was very nice to see such a strong female lead character who holds her own with the tough men she comes across. While the premiere can be a little slow at times, it does a great job establishing the worlds and the premise of the series, and by the end, I was sucked into this world and really interested to see what happens next.

On tonight’s episode, “Sassenach,” a married British combat nurse time-travels from World War II to 1743 Scotland, is kidnapped by Highlanders, and tends to an injured young warrior.

See if this new series is for you tonight on Starz at 9/8c.

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Mark Ryan Interview for Black Sails

markryancall21asmallAfter a few years of interviewing people in the entertainment business, there are few that cause me to feel nervous. Mark Ryan was one that stirred my nerves. Mark is the voice of Bumblebee from the Transformers franchise of films, which to some is not as exciting, but to me, it is amazing. I love Bumblebee. Now, fan-girl aside, Mark is an astoundingly well-accomplished actor, stunt choreographer, author, and the list goes on. At the moment, he can be seen as Gates in the new series on Starz, Black Sails, which follows the Golden Age of Piracy in 1715, a prequel to the stories laid out in Treasure Island.

I was curious about the way today’s technologies have affected a show like Black Sails, and Mark was quick to say that “the production values are epic. If you put Michael Bay [the executive producer] together with Starz, you get a production on the scale of this. The technologies today have made it possible to do shows like Black Sails.”

On the topic of amazing production and cast, Mark had some interesting insight into his character, Gates. Gates is the Quartermaster of the ship, the elected voice of the crew and the most senior member. He’s highly respected and loyal to the ship’s Captain Flint, almost to a fault. In fact, Mark said that Gates’s “loyalty is the key. He’s propelled by his loyalty and friendship to Flint, making him appear to be the most motivated. Gates is similar to Bumblebee in that loyalty, and there’s something very endearing and honest about a character that appears to be loyal and trustworthy.” The men trust him “because he’s highly experienced.”

I had a moment listening to him talk about his character and the historic side that enthralled me to the point that I wasn’t even transcribing while we chatted. It was as if my dad was sitting down to speak to me about history and the Templar society, as he often did when I was younger. The Templar society came up when we spoke of the tattoos on the back of Gates’s head. Mark was “very interested in having a mark of some kind. People would ask ‘what is that? Why do you have an All-Seeing Eye in a pyramid on the back of your head and ‘Hold Fast’ on your knuckles?’ Hold Fast is an old naval tradition, of course, and the eye is a nod to the secret societies which were involved with the royal houses during the period. Not just financing, shipping, and navigation, though. It’s similar to the relationship between the Templar and the Assassins, as in Robin of Sherwood. It’s just a quiet nod to those mystical societies and the symbolism of them that plays out through the show, as well. I was allowed to bring little bits of myself to help flesh out the character of Mr. Gates.”

markryancall21bsmallEven as I wrote that, I smiled. Such an incredible man. To me, it’s a sign of great talent and experience that he brings so much to his character and to a chat with a TV addict such as myself. Mark mentioned that the many things he’s done in his career are “all part of the same creative process. Those experiences make you a better actor. The more you understand, the better you are.”

If all actors took that approach to their roles, our entertainment experiences would all be richer. Although, when we spoke on the subject of dramas in today’s television world, he was quick to express his joy that we “are moving into a new era of drama because we can go further. Expand our demographics because we can push the limits. Showtime started it [twenty] years ago with Robin of Sherwood, and now we see it with Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and the new show coming up, Outlander.”

I agree fully that dramas have been entering into a new world, and a lot of this is thanks to the cable networks. They have given us deeper characters, more growth, and shorter seasons, which force the story arcs to be more in depth, but in a smaller amount of episodes. Television is only getting better and will continue to do so if they keep putting out the quality shows like Black Sails.

I usually wrap up my interviews with a few quick questions, but due to my incredible chat with Mark, I only managed two of them.

Favorite TV show (past or present): The Daily Show & The X Files
Guest star on any show (past or present): Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, & Game of Thrones.

To catch more of Mark and his amazing character, Gates, tune in to Black Sails, airing Saturdays at 9/8c on Starz.

– Megan

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/12/13

It has been a very hectic week, and I am so incredibly happy that it’s over! When Friday approaches, it’s like a tiny part of me is in my early twenties again—I think parties and hanging with friends…and then I remember I have children, so my Friday night will involve catching up on TV, but I’m okay with that because, after all, TV Is My Pacifier. 🙂

Megan’s Choice

bluebloods412smallWe’re being treated to another new episode of Blue Bloods tonight, and that makes any night a party night. Last episode, we saw Danny solve the case of a father that killed his daughter when she came to ask for his blessing for converting from Catholic to Muslim. It was a really sad episode and made me remember that no matter what our children choose, we should always support them.

One of the things I enjoy about this show is how they aren’t afraid to tackle the taboo subjects—and make them easier to relate to today’s culture.

On tonight’s episode, “Ends and Means,” when two Wall Street brokers are killed in drug deals, Danny looks to question a wounded accomplice at the hospital, but he is stopped by Linda, who won’t let Danny see him until after surgery. But when the accomplice dies during the procedure, Danny and Linda battle over the judgment call.

To see how everyone deals with the differences of opinions, tune in to CBS at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Blue Bloods @ TV.com.

I’ll also be watching Spartacus and Vice.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/25/13

I would be looking forward to this weekend, except I’m going to be spending all day tomorrow helping get a house ready to go on the market—painting, cleaning, and so much more. Blah. On the bright side, I have tonight’s line up of television to help me unwind and mentally prepare for the work tomorrow. Let’s see what you should be watching.

Megan’s Choice

kitchennightmaressmallSome would say that Gordon Ramsay is anything but relaxing. I would have to disagree. 🙂 Kitchen Nightmares amuses me to no end, and it makes me giggle with delight when Ramsay has to school people. Perhaps I may be slightly sadistic, but I enjoy watching clueless people learn lessons—it’s soothing. Regardless of why I watch, I find that every episode keeps me interested, and it should be a must-watch for you, as well.

On tonight’s episode, “Olde Hitching Post,” Chef Ramsay confronts the owner of the Olde Hitching Post in Massachusetts, who refuses to allow his daughter and co-owner of the eatery have any say.

To see how Ramsay deals with this control freak issue, tune into FOX at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of Kitchen Nightmares @ Clicker.

I’ll also be watching Spartacus and Four Weddings.
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