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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/21/13

This week has been flying by. I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! As I was trying to choose what to write up for my pick, I realized that I am behind on almost every Thursday night drama! And with tonight’s midnight launch of the Xbox One, I fear that I am only going to get further behind on my TV shows! In case you’re all caught up and looking for ideas on what to check out tonight, we’ve got some suggestions.

Kyle’s Choice

thereturned1121smallThe Returned has been so good—it just keeps getting creepier every week! I’m so glad Sundance chose to air this series and didn’t shy away because of it’s non-English soundtrack! In last week’s episode, we learned more about Julie, who had survived an attack several years earlier by the same (now returned) man who attacked and tried to eat a young woman in the tunnel. While Julie was out searching for Victor’s real parents, he took the opportunity to “take care of” her nosy next-door neighbor. Meanwhile, Camille went out in public, telling folks she was her “cousin Alice,” while her sister Léna noticed a strange, rapidly-spreading scar forming on her back. And Simon finally accepted his situation and decided to make a move on Adéle, but her stalkery finace watched the kiss via CCTV cameras.

What’s up with Victor and how/why is he drawing pictures of the other returned folks? What does Léna’s scar mean? How is Thomas going to react to seeing Simon kiss his finacee? And what is this situation with the rapidly dropping water line—what is causing it and what is the danger it poses? And the biggest question of all is why have these people returned and how are they all interconnected?!

On tonight’s episode “Victor,” though Camille’s new identity is going well, a strange occurrence leads Lena to publicly denounce her sister. Those surrounded by the returned are becoming uncertain of their safety, while Adele uncovers truths buried long ago.

See if we get answers tonight on Sundance Channel at 9/8c.

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, Parks and Recreation, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, Glee, White Collar, and Covert Affairs.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/7/13

I’m still not used to this hour change from Daylight Savings—it’s pitch black by 5pm now! As the days get shorter, at least we have Thanksgiving and Christmas to look forward to. I can’t believe I already started my Christmas shopping earlier this week. At this rate, I’ll be all done before Black Friday! Now that it’s November, that means Sweeps month, with a packed primetime lineup every night, so we’ve got some suggestions to help you decide what to watch.

Kyle’s Choice

thereturned117smallLast week, Sundance Channel premiered the new zombie import, The Returned, which originally aired as Les Revenants in France (and is an adaptation of a 2004 film of the same name). In a small mountain town, people who died are suddenly returning as though nothing happened. In last week’s premiere, teenager Camille shocked her mother when she suddenly showed up at the door four years after the bus she was on drove off a winding mountain road. Camille’s parents had separated after the accident but are now forced back under the same roof, and Camille’s twin Léna, with whom Camille seems to share some sort of psychic connection, is also shocked to see her sister, who hasn’t aged in 4 years. Other returnees include Simon (dead 10 years), who’s looking for his fiancee Adèle, and Madame Costa (dead 30 years), who returns to her overwhelmed husband who ties her up, sets the house ablaze, and then jumps to his own death. Finally, there’s the creepy young boy Victor, who doesn’t speak, seemingly has no family, and was the cause of Camille’s bus crash 4 years earlier.

The series is creepy (in a good way) and has a nice blend of drama and mystery. It’s not your typical zombie story with mindless brain-eating creatures rising from the dead. These “zombies” seem perfectly normal, like they just froze and thawed out in the present. All of these character’s lives seem inter-twined, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this whole mystery plays out. How and why have these people returned? How are they connected? And what’s up with creepy Victor—who is he, how long has he been dead, and why was he standing in the middle of the road?!

If you missed the first episode of The Returned, it had been available for free on iTunes and other digital platforms (not sure if it still is), so check for it online and On Demand.

On tonight’s episode, “Simon,” Simon approaches Adèle, but Thomas finds out about his “return”; Camille is unable to fit back in to her family.

Find out what happens tonight on Sundance Channel at 9/8c.

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, Inside the Actors Studio, White Collar, Covert Affairs, and The Greatest Event in Television History.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/29/13

We had a pretty good family camping trip, with only a couple of injuries and only one trip to the emergency room. My 13-year-old stepson got a fish hook through his finger—yes, it was as nasty as it sounds, but he’s doing fine and is back to normal. Now, we’re all back to civilization and catching up on TV. Let’s see what you should be watching tonight.

Megan’s Choice

mistresses729smallMistresses is still heating up our televisions every week, and I can’t think of a better way to spend the summer. These women are breaking boundaries and making TV racy again—people compare it to Desperate Housewives, but in my opinion, this show is far more entertaining, and the cast is incredibly hot. Last episode, we watched as Henry gave Savi an ultimatum about the baby: if it’s not his, then she has to choose between him or the child. In that moment, I hated Henry—choose to not have a baby because it’s not his? Well, too bad for him. The baby didn’t ask to be conceived. Don’t get me wrong… I get how Henry could feel so betrayed, but if he ever loved Savi, then he wouldn’t ask her to choose.

On tonight’s episode, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” when Savi and Joss’s free-spirited, open-minded and often absent mother comes for an unexpected visit, she brings big news, but also stirs up some long-simmering family tensions.

To see how the reunion goes, tune in to ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching The Bachelorette, Teen Wolf, Siberia, American Ninja Warrior, and Breaking Pointe.
 
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