If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/25/14

Wow… Looking ahead to the schedule this week, it’s pretty darn empty compared to the last little while! I think we can all use a break from the heavy amount of shows. In fact, I think Kyle was going to pull his hair out when we realized how many screeners for some of the summer shows as well as the first go-round of pilots started showing up! Fortunately, even though it’s a fairly light week, there’s still some good stuff on, so check out what we’re recommending tonight. 🙂

Jenny’s Choice

americandreambuilderssmallI’ve really loved American Dream Builders this season. It’s not a completely new concept, but there’s enough different and enough interesting personalities to make it a lot of fun to watch. I was so glad last week when Elaine was sent home. Sure, she’s been a bit better in recent weeks than she was for the first half (at least) of the series, but she was still overconfident, pompous, and rather witchy. And while I didn’t hate the red room as much as the others, I did see that it didn’t match the rest of the house at all. Find another way to work in the bold pop of color, but do it in a way that fits in with the house and the rest of the rooms, ya know? But what do I know? I’m certainly no designer. Anyway, I’m thrilled to pieces that it’s Lukas and Jay in the final two. Jay is really beginning to grow as a designer, instead of being a builder who does some design on the side, and Lukas has a great way of taking his minimalist POV and making it fit with the design and flow of the house. It should be an excellent finale, and honestly, I’ll be happy with whoever wins.

On tonight’s episode, “Beach Home,” after nine weeks and 19 renovations, the final two designers meet their final challenge. In their biggest renovation to date, they must transform two dream beach homes in Ventura, Calif. Luckily, they won’t have to go at it alone. They are reunited with a few surprise guests to help them. One designer will win the grand prize of $250,000 and be crowned as the first American Dream Builder.

See how the final renovations go and who comes out the winner tonight on the 2-hour finale on NBC at 7/6c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Guy’s Grocery Games, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Iron Chef America, Cutthroat Kitchen, Salem, & Kitchen Casino.
 
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
 

Megan’s Choice

guysgrocerygamessmallI really adore Guy Fieri, and his show Guy’s Grocery Games is very entertaining and amusing to watch. It’s possible that because as mom, I spend a lot of time in the grocery store and the kitchen, my love for the show is a sign of my own selfish need to see something that reflects my life in all shows I watch—or perhaps it’s just because it’s awesome. (I admit it may be entirely possible that I also over think everything.) My favorite challenge is the one where they have to cook a meal using only items from the frozen food section, due to the fact that I find frozen food daunting as well. What’s your favorite game?

On tonight’s episode, “Grocery Grilling,” in the first game of this grilling episode, four chefs must use peanut butter in their grilled pizzas. Next, the chefs must dig through Guy’s Clearance Carts filled with mystery meats, unmarked cans, and more, to cook up the best dish possible. In the final game, we find out who comes out on top in the game Top Shelf/Bottom Shelf.

To see who can make the best out of the mystery meat, tune in to Food Network at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Cutthroat Kitchen, Iron Chef America, Believe, Crisis, and Penny Dreadful.
 

Kyle’s Choice

believe525smallAfter being pulled from the schedule for 3 weeks during May sweeps and officially canceled in the meantime, NBC dramas Believe and Crisis return to Sunday nights to burn off their remaining five episodes each. It’s a shame that these shows didn’t do better in the ratings, but Sundays are a packed, tough night of TV during the regular TV season! Crisis was one of my favorite pilots that I watched last summer, and I was really enjoying the expanding mythology of Believe. I’m happy to see that NBC has at least returned these shows to the schedule so that the underrepresented fans without Nielsen boxes (like me) can see the rest of the episodes. Hopefully we will get some closure to these series by the end of each of their 13-episode run—I think this is likely (to some degree) in the case of Crisis, but I doubt that everything will be wrapped up by the Believe finale.

crisis525smallOn tonight’s episode of Believe, “Collapse,” Bo has a vision of a tragic event in the New York City subway, leading to a confrontation with Agent Ferrell that turns perilous. Meanwhile, Dani adapts to her new home at Orchestra and proves her worth to Skouras.

And then, on tonight’s episode of Crisis, “You Do Not Know War,” a parent mission could lead to war between the U.S. and China. Elsewhere, Dunn and Finley share their theories about the kidnapping with President Devore; and Ian discovers a secret entrance at the mansion, bearing witness to an unthinkable sight.

Catch the beginning of the end for these two shows tonight on NBC at 9/8c & 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording TURN, Devious Maids, and Penny Dreadful.

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