If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/25/14

While most of you have kids back in school already, here in Canada, our kids don’t go back until next week. This is the last week of summer and also one of the busiest times as we get everything ready for school. To keep my mind off the insanity, let’s see what we’re recommending you watch on TV tonight.

Megan’s Choice #1

masterchef2014smallThis season of MasterChef has been incredibly unpredictable as far as who goes home and who manages to hang on by the skin of their teeth. Last week was a perfect example of this when Daniel, Jaimee, Cutter, and Willie ended up in the pressure test. That was a pressure test from hell—first poach an egg, then egg yolk ravioli, and finally a cheese souffle. All three of those take talent, and it was a blood bath. Willie managed to sing his way to a perfect poached egg in the first round. In the second round, a surprise was Cutter making a perfect egg yolk ravioli. Finally, we had Jaimee and Daniel go head to head on a souffle, with Jaimee just slightly nudging Daniel out. I was floored! Honestly, I believed that Cutter should have gone home out of all of them, but that man seems to have horseshoes up his butt lately. In the beginning, I really liked him, but my problem with him became his attitude and his inconsistency. For the ones who are left now, I am hoping that Jaimee or Willie win it all, but I think in the end, it’s going to be Elizabeth and Courtney fighting for the title.

On tonight’s episode, “Top 7 Compete,” before the next mystery box challenge, the remaining home cooks will receive a little hometown encouragement, as they head into a savory apple dish challenge. The home cook who creates the best dish will not only be safe from elimination but will also play a key role in the next challenge. Then, the remaining home cooks will be split into pairs as they prepare a variety of pot stickers.

To watch these talented home cooks battle it out again, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.
 
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
 

Jenny’s Choice

partners825smallI hesitantly started FX’s newest comedy, Partners, but I’m so glad I did. Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence have great comedic chemistry. Grammer plays hoity toity attorney Allen Braddock who was fired from his firm (by his father, no less) and run into Marcus Jackson (played by Lawrence), a kind-hearted community activist who is liked by judges…but is maybe a little too nice—when they meet, Marcus is in the middle of his divorce and about to hand over the majority of his assets to his cheating wife. When the judge ordered him to take a bit to re-think that decision, Allen convinced him to change the settlement agreement. Now, the two are partners in Marcus’s law office, which is located in the downstairs of the house he lives in with his mother, Ruth, and teenage daughter, Laura. Also in play are: Michael, Marcus’s gay assistant; Lizzie, Allen’s teenage stepdaughter; & Veronica, the law firm’s snarky investigator.

I really love this show. So far, they’ve tackled a problem with a wedding planner for gay couples who was basically fleecing them by not providing the services & quality they paid for, a case of “SWB” (shopping while black) when Marcus went with Allen to his uppity suit shop and got accused of stealing a watch after being watched like a hawk from the get-go, and more. I can’t wait to see what other fun topics they take on!

On tonight’s first episode, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Butt-Ugly,” when one of Allen’s former colleagues wants to divorce his wife over an ugly baby he can’t believe he fathered, the guys investigate a fertility clinic to uncover the sticky truth. Then on the second episode, “The Law School Reunion,” when Allen brings Marcus to his prestigious law school reunion, Allen finds himself sidelined by his friends and unexpectedly outshined by his partner. Frank Maharaj, John Brotherton, & Michael Gross guest star.

Prepare for laughter tonight on FX at 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing King of Cones, & MasterChef.
 

Kyle’s Choice

2014emmyssmallTonight, for the first time since 1976, the annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on a Monday night. It’s going to be odd for West Coast TV fans, who will need need to rush home for 5pm on a work night! However, when it’s NBC’s turn to air the ceremony, the awards need to be held earlier in the year due to their Sunday Night Football (sports are always messing up real programming!). Plus this year Labor Day is really early—next weekend—so that only left NBC with this week. And since they didn’t want to compete with last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, that left them with Monday.

While I don’t take too much stock in who wins these awards shows, I still find four of the major awards shows (Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes, and Tonys) entertaining to watch, and tonight, host Seth Myers should keep things fun. My only hope for tonight is that Breaking Bad wins for whatever it is nominated for and the over-hyped True Detective does not. It would also be great to see some new shows like Fargo and The Good Wife actually take home some awards and not just the same show winning the award every year (*cough* Modern Family *cough*).

See who takes home the awards tonight on NBC at 8/7c (with a 30-minute red carpet special at 7:30/6:30c).

I’ll also be watching/recording Under the Dome, MasterChef, and Hotel Hell.

Megan’s Choice #2

hotelhell1smallI understand that there are some who think two Gordon Ramsay shows in one night is too much—I am not one of those people, so I am recommending the hilarious, yet often disturbing Hotel Hell as well tonight. There have been times watching this show that I have to give my head a shake and look over at my oldest son and say “did that just happen?” It’s wonderful that he too is often confused as to why these insane people are doing what they’re doing. Last week was a prime example. These two sisters wanted a hotel, so their parents just bought them one. Say what?! I can just imagine if I went to my dad and asked for a hotel… He’d probably give me a hotel piece from a Monopoly game and then proceed to laugh hysterically. Those two girls were beyond clueless. I mean the one sister spent most of her day crying, and then other one just walked around all bitchy and then took naps. That is not how you run a hotel, in case you were wondering. Gordon helped them realize that they needed to just hand the reins over to the more than capable general manager and then walk away. They complied, and everyone was happy. The new rooms and cleaner environment really helped for sure!

On tonight’s episode, “Four Seasons Inn,” Gordon Ramsay heads east to the Four Seasons Inn in Vermont. Based on the name, he is expecting luxury but is instead greeted by a “dog-friendly” inn, with an overwhelming amount of dog hair and no connection to the well-known hotel chain. With the owner, Sandy, oblivious to the inn’s problems and a dining room serving meals that look surprisingly like dog food, the overhaul will be no easy feat.

To see if Gordon can save this dog friendly nightmare before it gets sent to the pound, tune in to FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards and King of Cones.

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