If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/21/14

What happened to summer?! It seems like it just started but feels like it is already over. Kids are already back to school in some areas, the Emmys are already next week, and yesterday I even saw someone asking for snow removal recommendations on my work’s community mailing list! As the onslaught of fall TV looms ahead, we’ve got some recommendations of some it’s-still-summer TV for you to check out tonight.

Kyle’s Choice

welcometoswedenlogosmallI was disappointed to see that NBC has already bailed on its Canadian co-produced comedy, Working the Engels—especially since the upcoming episodes included guest arcs by Gregory Smith (Rookie Blue) and Martin Short! However, with this pulled from the schedule, it means we will get a double-dose of Welcome to Sweden for the next few weeks! In the last episode, Bruce was having a difficult time fitting in in with Emma’s friends and always seemed to do the wrong thing. At the end of the episode, Bruce learned that his parents were coming to visit.

While it took me a little time to warm up to the series, it’s now one of the comedies I look forward to each week—although I wish it was airing on cable instead of NBC so that things didn’t have to be bleeped, blurred, or cut out. That said, I am really enjoying the humor, the characters and relationships, and the whole fish-out-of-water aspect of the series. They have also found some fun ways to bring in some recognizable guest stars, despite the distance. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and happy that NBC has already renewed it for a second one.

On tonight’s first episode, “Parents!/Föräldrar,” Bruce’s parents visit, leading to a culture clash with Emma’s parents. Meanwhile, Bruce tries to prove that moving to Sweden was a good idea, and Emma shares big news.
And then in “Homesick/Lagom,” Bruce receives an offer from Amy Poehler (playing herself) to return to New York to help her resolve a financial problem. Poehler will stop at nothing to get Bruce’s aid, even enlisting Aubrey Plaza (playing herself) to help get him back to the U.S. Meanwhile, Bruce sets out to work as a celebrity money manager.

To see what news Emma shares and if Amy manages to lure Bruce back to the States, tune in to NBC at 9:01/8:01c & 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, The Quest, Rookie Blue, Married, You’re the Worst, Mythbusters, and Defiance.
 
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
 

Jenny’s Choice

thefeedsmallMy pick tonight is the series premiere of The Feed, on FYI. Three hosts share their take on today’s most innovative food trends. Culinary expert Gail Simmons (Top Chef judge), superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson, and comedian and food writer Max Silvestri get together to compete against each other in unconventional food challenges that allow each competitor to show off their unique perspectives on the food world. Gail, Marcus, and Max take their quirky, fun-spirited competition outside the kitchen and onto the streets of New York City. I love Gail on Top Chef, and I always love seeing Marcus on shows. I don’t know Max Silvestri, but paired with the other two, I have no doubts it’ll be fun.

On tonight’s first episode, “Ghostly Meals & Food with Wheels,” Marcus, Gail, and Max seek to answer the age-old question: what do ghosts eat? They then try to revolutionize on-the-go cuisine. Then on the second episode, “Mashed Up Dishes & Food Design Wishes,” Marcus, Gail, and Max try to create their own craze by inventing new food mashups and then design what they each think will be the next great food product people will be spending big bucks on.

Check out the premiere tonight on FYI at 10/9c, followed by a 2nd new episode at 10:30/9:30c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Rookie Blue (2-hour season finale!), Beat Bobby Flay, & My Big Family Renovation.

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