The last week of school before Christmas break is always a busy one for me because between special spirit days at school (ie. red day, green day, etc), baking treats for the classes, and getting gifts for the teachers, I find myself feeling like I’ve had enough of the holidays by the end of it. Today my task was to find an ugly Christmas sweater for Chloe to wear to school tomorrow—rest assured, the one I found at the thrift shop is by all accounts hideous. Now tonight, I will sit and bask in my success with a cup of tea and great television, so let’s see what we’re recommending for tonight to amuse us all.
Tonight is the season finale for MasterChef: Junior, and I am not entirely happy with the final two contestants of Logan and Samuel because I feel like it should have been Samuel and Adaiah. Last week, we watched as the final four were challenged to filet a King Salmon, which is not an easy task for an adult chef, let alone children. Abby struggled, which is to be expected, as did Logan, but Samuel faired quite well. However, the surprise of the evening was the precision and talent that Adaiah worked with—it has taken me years to manage to do it as well as she did. Moving forward, they all had to cook salmon dishes, but Adaiah got to pick how many ingredients they had to work with. She gave Abby 100, herself 50, Samuel 25, and poor Logan only had 5. I wasn’t surprised when Abby found herself overwhelmed by the amount of ingredients to choose from, but I was pleasantly surprised when Logan chose to poach his fish in the olive oil—well done, kid. Now that doesn’t mean I think he should win, because overall I feel like Adaiah is a much better chef than Logan—heck, even Abby is a better chef than Logan, but the judges are the judges, which means our final two are Samuel and Logan. My money is on Samuel because that kid is more refined and mature than most adults. His biggest challenge will be reining in his desires to overcomplicate everything.
On tonight’s episode, “Junior Edition: The Finale,” the two finalists will compete head-to-head and prepare the most important three-course menu of their lives.
To see which of the young cooks take the title home, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.
I’ll also be watching Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, NCIS, The Voice, NCIS: NOLA, Chopped, and Ascension.
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Everyone’s favorite “elf,” Buddy, returns in the all-new hour-long animated Christmas special, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas. This new animated special finds Santa (Ed Asner) recounting the events of the 2003 film, in which Buddy (Jim Parsons) leaves the North Pole to head to New York City to find his biological father (Mark Hamill). Buddy’s relentlessly upbeat attitude is contagious, spreading his holiday cheer to everyone who crosses his path, and even warms the heart of his Christmas-hating father. Tonight’s special combines that stop-motion style of animation used in the classic holiday specials with the spirit and humor of the film and nine songs from the hit Broadway show Elf: The Musical to create a unique but familiar holiday-viewing experience. The talented voice cast also includes Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kevin Michael Richardson, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles, and Steve Higgins.
Elf is one of my favorite Christmas films, so the fact that they have turned it into an animated holiday musical special has me really excited! This has all the makings of an instant classic for me! I can’t wait to go on a musical adventure with Buddy the Elf. I have a good feeling that tonight’s special will be added to my list of must-watch-annually holiday programs.
See all the fun animation tonight on NBC at 8/7c.
I’ll also be watching/recording MasterChef: Junior, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Chrisley Knows Best, Benched, and Ascension.