If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/8/14

I looked at the calendar today and realized my kiddo has just over a month until school starts. That’s crazy. I swear, June flew by, and we’re already into the second week of July! I am happy, though, because it means we’re that much closer to the new fall TV season. Woohoo! But I’m getting ahead of myself, since there’s plenty on tonight to hold our interest. Check out our recommendations. 🙂

Jenny’s Choice #2

marriedatfirstsightsmallThere’s a new channel on our TV lineup…sort of. Named the Biography Channel until today, the FYI network is rolling out a whole host of new shows, starting with my pick for tonight, Married at First Sight. Based on the hit Danish show, it’s an extreme social experiment following six people who are looking for a life-long partnership as they agree to a (crazy?) proposal: getting legally married the moment they first meet. Four specialists — sexologist, Dr. Logan Levkoff; spiritualist, Greg Epstein; psychologist, Dr. Joseph Cilona; and sociologist, Dr. Pepper Schwartz — will create what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will never meet or know each other until they walk down the aisle and see each other face to face, for the first time, when they get married. Each episode will follow the classic lifestyle stories of newlyweds — from the honeymoon, to early nesting, to other relatable events of married life. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to separate?

This show seems insane and a recipe for a messy disaster (both in their lives and on our TVs), but I can’t help but want to watch. Color me intrigued. *shrug* Before tonight’s premiere, there’s a one-hour casting special.

On tonight’s 90-minute premiere, “Matchmaking,” a team of relationship experts is tasked with creating three ideal couples from a group of six singles, and once the matches are made, the couples must prepare for their weddings without knowing anything about the person they are going to marry.

See the start of this crazy relationship ride tonight on FYI at 8/7c for the special and 9/8c for the premiere.
 
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
 

Megan’s Choice

choppedsmallIn this basket we have…Chopped! I really do enjoy this show immensely because you never know what you’re going to see. You’d never think that cotton candy would be able to make such yummy savory dishes, but when used by these chefs, anything is possible. I’d love to see a basket have some haggis and black pudding in it to have a Scottish flare and to see if chefs would know how to transform such strong tastes. Regardless of what’s in the baskets, it’s always exciting television.

On tonight’s episode, “Fig Out,” the chefs find two fishy ingredients in the first basket: Will their appetizer dishes hook the judges? Then in the entree round, some spiny leaves and beef kidneys must be combined. And as the finalists rush to make dessert from figs and lemon verbena, a collision in the kitchen causes a stir.

To see what chef performs the best, tune in to Food Network at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching The Night Shift, Next Great Baker, Buddy’s Bakery Rescue, and Pretty Little Liars.
 

Kyle’s Choice

findingcartersmallTonight, MTV kicks off the new drama series Finding Carter with a special 2-hour premiere. What if you suddenly discovered that the woman who has raised you all your life isn’t actually your biological mother, but a person who kidnapped you when you were just three years old? That’s exactly what has happened to teenager Carter Stevens (Kathryn Prescott). Now Carter must deal with the fact that her whole life and identity has been a lie and must start over and try to find her place in the family she never knew.

On tonight’s first episode, “Pilot,” a teen is reunited with her family after discovering that the woman she thought was her mother had actually abducted her as a child. Then, in “The Birds,” Carter rebels against her biological mom.

Check out the 2-hour premiere of latest family drama tonight on MTV starting at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Celebrity Wife Swap, The Night Shift, Chasing Life, Tyrant, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs, and Nathan for You.
 

Jenny’s Choice #2

restaurantstartupsmallIt seems like everyone’s getting into the game of original programming, including CNBC. Yep, that’s right. CNBC! Restaurant Startup is very similar to a fairly new show on Spike TV, Hungry Investors, with another face familiar to those who watch a certain cooking show on FOX. Restaurateur and TV personality Joe Bastianich (MasterChef) and chef and restaurant operator Tim Love are looking to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they believe could make them millions. Each week, two teams selected from hundreds of applicants are invited to pitch their food ideas to the investors. Under high-pressure questioning, each team tries to convince Bastianich and Love that theirs is a concept worth backing. But only one team moves forward. The chosen team is given the keys to a working restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. They get 36 hours and $7,500 to put their dream to the test and launch a pop-up restaurant, come up with a branding campaign, and write a business plan. Under the watchful eye of Bastianich and Love’s culinary consultant Waylynn Lucas, the aspiring food moguls open their doors, serve their food, and test their concept on the public. Based on the reaction from the diners, the quality of the branding and the viability of the business plan, Bastianich and Love decide whether or not they will put their own money on the line to make someone’s dreams come true; and hopefully, make big money for themselves.

I really enjoyed the Spike TV show, and I really dig the twist this one gives that idea. I can’t wait to see Joe Bastianich in a new show and see if he’s as much of a hard-ass on this one as he is on MasterChef. This could very well be my new TV addiction!

On tonight’s episode, “Exotic Eats, U.S. Currency,” Joe and Tim choose between backing a trio of line cooks who want to popularize the Asian rice porridge called congee in the US, or a businessman who wants to seel falafels made from fava beans instead of chickpeas.

To see if this new show speaks to the chef in you, tune in to CNBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Next Great Baker, Rizzoli & Isles, Buddy’s Bakery Rescue, Chopped, & Sullivan & Son.

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