If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/21/12

I swear, some days, it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. Yesterday was one of those days. It was truly a Monday—and I don’t have a lot of those. Hopefully, today will be better. There’s some great stuff on tonight, though, so even if the day isn’t great, the evening should be fantastic. So let’s see what we think you should be watching. 🙂

Jenny’s Choice

Last week, we got to see the results of Auggie’s arrest. Arthur bailed him out and then sent him back to his old job—which is great for Annie/Auggie viewers since it means both Auggie & Annie are back to working for Joan. Of course, nothing ran smoothly. He had to go see a therapist, finally realizing it may be something he actually needs, not just something that he can blow off anymore. Annie went on a mission with Eyal, and though I loved seeing him again, I didn’t like finding out he’s evaluating Annie for the CIA… For whom? Joan? No… Lena? Maybe. And when Eyal questioned Annie about being in a relationship…you have to wonder about her reaction. Was she thinking of Auggie? Or has she truly developed feelings for Simon? I think it’s Simon, but damn, I hope I’m wrong.

On tonight’s episode, “Hello, Stranger,” Annie is faced with a considerable number of risks and warnings from the State Department when she makes an attempt to turn the prime minister of Yemen’s chief of staff into a new asset for the CIA.

Don’t miss it tonight on USA Network at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Covert Affairs @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’m also going to be watching/DVRing America’s Got Talent, MasterChef, HGTV Design All Stars, Chopped, All the Right Moves, & Counting Cars.
 
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
 

Megan’s Choice

MasterChef has been having a killer season with some epic showdowns. Last week, the episode was intense with poor performances from the all-male team but especially with Frank using the save on himself when he clearly didn’t deserve it. In the end, it was Josh facing off against David with Josh cooking his steaks better and sending David to the curb. It was a close call, but overall, I believe the better chefs stayed.

On tonight’s episode, “Top 5 Compete,” a game-changing twist surprises the five remaining hopefuls during a Mystery Box challenge. Later, the wannabe chefs are tasked with re-creating one of Graham Elliot’s signature dishes that he served to President Obama at his flagship restaurant.

To see if they can survive the twist, tune in to FOX at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of MasterChef @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/DVRing Face Off.
 

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, everyone’s favorite special effects make-up competition, Face Off, returns to Syfy. This season, 12 new contestants battle it out by showing off their skills in order to take home the prize, which includes the opportunity to become a guest lecturer at the Make Up For Ever Academy in New York and Paris, a car, and $100,000! This year, there are a couple changes—first, regular judge Patrick Tatopoulos will be replaced by Neville Page; and more interestingly, America will get to vote for the winner this year who will be announced in a live finale on Halloween! That said, the general format of the show remains the same—each week, the contestants participate in a short Foundation Challenge, where the winner is usually granted immunity for the larger Spotlight Challenge, where one contestant is eliminated.

This season’s contestants are a really diverse and talented group, each with very different personalities—which always causes some interesting dynamics when they are forced to work in pairs or teams. The lineup of guest judges is also quite impressive this season—with Sean Astin kicking things off in the season premiere. And the challenges are supposed to be bigger and more difficult this season. I can’t wait to see what the artists come up with—it’s always amazing what they are able to do in such a short time!

Last week, I got a chance to speak with host McKenzie Westmore and Judge Ve Neill about the new season. My write-up of the Q&A can be found here.

In tonight’s extended 90-minute season premiere, “A Force to be Reckoned With,” Sean Astin greets the contestants, who are challenged to create original aliens for the Star Wars cantina scene.

See it tonight on Syfy at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Face Off @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording MasterChef, Chopped, White Collar, Covert Affairs, and Collection Intervention.

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