About Last Night...THE EQUALIZER and AMERICAN IDOL - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


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“The Whistleblower” – After Mel is reunited with her brother Matthew, McCall helps him blow the whistle on his former unit’s unethical practices before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Aunt Vi and Trish’s relationship becomes fractured by Vi’s need to protect McCall’s true identity, on the CBS Original series THE EQUALIZER, Sunday, March 31 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on-demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on-demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs). Pictured (L-R): Alain Uy as Matthew, Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian, and Liza Lapira as Melody “Mel” Bayani. Photo: CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Highest quality screengrab available.

Let’s talk about Sunday night’s TV!

THE EQUALIZER: Oh, Mel. Poor Mel. I thought it was suspicious we didn’t see her brother if they were going to kill him off, but they did get me for a minute. (And Liza Lapira was so good!! She broke my heart.)

I felt awful for Aunt Vi, but the Trish storyline was a bit rough. The main problem is we haven’t seen these two women together in over a year (in another episode exploring Mel’s family, interestingly enough), so it’s hard to be invested in Trish suddenly wanting to know all about Robyn’s job. It’s a valid question, to be clear: As viewers know, Robyn’s job frequently impacts her loved ones, so it’s probably unfair of Vi to keep everything from Trish. But we hadn’t seen Vi/Trish as a couple recently and it would have been nice to be reminded why we should love them before this (figurative) bomb was thrown into their relationship.

Uh, so, I’m worried about Dante’s dad…

AMERICAN IDOL: So, I’m torn on this new competition element. On one hand, I appreciate the elimination of Hollywood Week, since it was notoriously brutal, and portions of it (notably the group performances) didn’t really factor into later parts of the competition; it was drama for drama.

Honestly, my biggest complaint about this arena was that there were 143 contestants and we saw a handful of them. Yeah, it’s not feasible to see all of them, but I don’t even think we saw half of the 56 who made it through. Even IDOL’s own YouTube channel has only put up seven performances in full videos (not counting the shorts) as of the time I’m writing this…I’m not sure how much we should be reading into who may be moving forward from that.

From what we saw: McKenna Breinholt was fantastic, as was Ajii. Kayko making it through when his friend didn’t? Ouch.

I do hope we see a bit more from the remaining 56 contestants before they whittle them down to 24.

Which shows did you watch last night?

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