I’m excited because we just got a “Save the Date” for this year’s Syfy Digital Press Tour event in October. Last year was the first time I was invited, and I had a great time. This year, we’ll be headed to Montreal to see the sets of Being Human and the new series Helix. It looks like I’ll be making the road trip along with two other bloggers, so it should be a fun time, with lots of great info to report back. But let’s get to the reason you read this column—our suggestions on what you should check out on TV tonight.
One new series I’ve really been enjoying is Supermarket Superstar. Each week, three contestants try to get their food product onto supermarket shelves. In the first round, a panel of judges (including Debbi—aka Mrs.—Fields and Chef Michael Chiarello) tastes the contestants’ products and provide some feedback. The contestants then refine their recipes in high-tech test kitchens, while taking into account cost and nutrition. The new products are then given to a focus group, and based on their feedback, the judges eliminate one of the products. Finally, the remaining two contestants work with a marketing expert to design the packaging and branding for their product. They present these to a supermarket buyer, who decides which of the products will move forward to the later rounds of the competition.
I find it fascinating to see how the contestants go about altering their recipes to lower the cost, and then how they go about fixing their branding in order to appeal to more customers. However, the one thing that always bugs me is that there is always some stubborn contestant who refuses to take the advice of the experts, and sure enough, they are usually the one to go home. The exception was last week, where a younger contestant who was too eager to please the judges was eliminated early, while the most stubborn contestant yet managed to win!
On tonight’s episode, “Sauces,” sauces are prepared by a small business owner, a single mom, and a vegan pin-up model.
Find out which home cook goes forward tonight on Lifetime at 10:30/9:30c.
I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, Rookie Blue, Hollywood Game Night, Wilfred, Childrens Hospital, and NTSF:SD:SUV::.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
Jenny’s Choice #1
I’m doing two season finales tonight, which makes me very sad, because I’ve adored both these shows. First up is Motive. I’ve been a fan from the beginning, and this show has helped fill the cop-show void since I stopped watching Rookie Blue at the beginning of this season. It’s nice because, while I love the chemistry between the leads on here, that’s not one of the big draws for me, so if they never get together, I’m okay with that. 😉 Last week’s episode was kind of heartbreaking. A pair of brothers, jealousy and anger and blame, and the younger brother finally snapped, crushing his brother’s knee with a hand weight and then stabbing him with part of his wheelchair. The end, where the widow was begging him to tell them it wasn’t true, that he didn’t kill her husband, was just heartwrenching.
On tonight’s first episode, “Ruthless,” Detectives Flynn and Vega investigate the murder of an executive assistant and discover an unexpected link between the killer and the victim—a link that threatens to expose an even more deadly secret.
Then on tonight’s second episode, “The One Who Got Away,” while investigating the murder of a teenage boy, Angie’s experience and training are challenged to right the wrongs of the past and catch a killer before he can kill again. Patrick Gilmore (Stargate Universe), Andrew Airlie (Defying Gravity, Reaper, Saved), & Amanda Tapping (Stargate: SG-1, Sanctuary) guest star.
Check out the 2 episodes, including the season finale, tonight on ABC, starting at 8/7c.
Rookie Blue is still by far one of my favorite summer shows. Last week, we watched Nick and Andy create more chemistry, while Andy confessed her sins to Gail. Traci had her first murder case, during which Chloe showed everyone how useful she actually is. Chloe is one of my favorite new characters, because she’s just so honest and straightforward.
On tonight’s episode, “Deception,” Andy finds out Marlo has been carrying out an unauthorized investigation into a pedophile; the drug sweep Traci is overseeing takes an unexpected turn when Sam leaves to help Marlo. Eric Johnson guest stars.
To see if Sam gets Andy involved in trouble, tune in to ABC at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching Panic 9-1-1 and Four Weddings.
Last week’s episode of Project Runway was so nice. It established Ken as a failing designer and Alexandria as a possible finalist. During their fight the episode before, I really started hating Ken, and as far as I’m concerned, he can leave the competition. And Tim Gunn using his save on Justin was sweet, because it’s halfway through the competition, and now, he hopefully won’t lose himself during a challenge. But so far, I’m most excited about Dom and Kate, and it would be fun if they could reach the finale.
On tonight’s episode, “Shoes First!,” the designers realize that they must impress the judges; the designers must choose a shoe and then create a look based on that shoe.
Find out who puts their best foot forward tonight on Lifetime at 9/8c.
I’ll also be watching Hollywood Game Night.
Jenny’s Choice #2
One of my absolute favorite shows this summer has been Hollywood Game Night. Jane Lynch is a brilliant host. She’s done a great job engaging the contestants and the celebrities, teasing out the “rivalries” and joking with them. She feels natural and easy as the host. Most of the time, the celebrity players themselves have been at ease and haven’t seemed worried about upholding an image or whatever. It’s just a lot of fun to play along with them and watch to see who, if anyone, will win the money.
On tonight’s episode, “Portrait of a Killer Party,” two contestants will lead their respective teams of three celebrities, which include Tom Arnold, Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Everybody Hates Chris), Emilie de Ravin (Lost, Once Upon a Time), Jerry Ferarra (Entourage, David Giuntoli (Grimm), and Hoda Kotb, in a series of unique party games in hopes of winning the $25,000 grand prize.
Catch the season finale tonight on NBC at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell, Owner’s Manual, & Supermarket Superstar.