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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/21/14

It’s here, it’s here! The new fall season is here, and I couldn’t be more overjoyed about it. I’ve watched a lot of the pilots, seen a few of the premieres for returning shows, and I’m beyond excited. Tonight is rather light compared to some of the nights this week, but there’s still a lot on, so check out our recommendations to help you narrow down your list of what to watch.

Jenny’s Choice

rvgkidssmallMy pick tonight is the finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off. Yes, there are premieres tonight, but I truly adore this show. The kids are amazing cooks and so freakin’ adorable. I definitely have my favorites — I love Finn because he’s just so adorable; Sean is cute and sweet; Lauren is kind of the kid who is a little nerdy, a little unsure of herself sometimes, but she’s great; Gibson really wants to win, and he shows it, even if he doesn’t always come out on top. Really, they’re all great, and it’ll be interesting to see who pulls off the victory tonight.

On tonight’s episode, “Food Fest Showdown,” for the final challenge, the kids host a food festival, where they must cook and perform a live demo of their signature dish for the crowd; then, through comment cards from festival goers and Chef Curtis Stone, a winner will be crowned.

See who takes home the prize tonight on Food Network at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Madam Secretary, The Great Food Truck Race, Cutthroat Kitchen, & Pressure Cooker.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/17/14

I’m so happy the new fall season is here! Yes, it’s just a few shows this week, but…the rest are coming up fast. I’ve been watching screeners for a few days, and I’m excited for some of what I’ve seen and disappointed in others. But overall, I’m excited for new and returning shows. A couple of those new shows premiere tonight, so check out our recommendations!

Jenny’s Choice

mysteriesoflaura917smallOne of tonight’s two new series is The Mysteries of Laura, on NBC. The title does the show no justice, in my opinion. It stars Debra Messing (Will & Grace, Smash) as Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective with twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband (played by Josh Lucas, The Firm) who seems to be putting off signing the divorce papers. She’s a tough cop at work and a tired mother of her…exuberant children at home. But her personal life bleeds into her professional life quite a bit—both when she has to take time off to pick up the boys from school and when her husband, who is also a cop, becomes her boss. Laz Alonso (Breakout Kings, Deception) stars as Billy Soto, Laura’s partner on the force.

I’ve seen the premiere, and I loved it a lot more than I thought I would. Like I said, the title really does it no justice. It’s very funny and enjoyable, so I urge you to give it a chance!

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Homicide Detective Laura Diamond balances her day job with her chaotic family life. Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars, Person of Interest, Flashpoint) guest stars.

See if your life could possibly be any crazier than Laura’s tonight on NBC at 10/9c. (It will normally air at 9/8c.)

I’ll also be watching/DVRing America’s Got Talent, Hell’s Kitchen, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Mystery Diners, Top Chef Duels, & Wahlburgers.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/16/14

Can I just say that I LOVE shopping with other people’s money? *laugh* A group I belong to on Facebook has adopted a troop and a platoon of Army soldiers overseas, and I’ve been collecting donations and letters from them to buy things to put in a care package for each group of soldiers. It’s been a lot of fun. :) But moving on to TV, tonight’s another great night, so we have some recommendations for what you should watch. Check them out!

Jenny’s Choice

americasgottalent2013smallMy pick tonight is the last performances episode this season of America’s Got Talent. Last week, the group was narrowed down to the final 6, and while it’s not my perfect six, I’m a big fan of several of the remaining acts. My top pick is Mat Franco, the cutey patootie magician. He’s really amazing, and his personality just shines every time he gets on stage (or off stage, as the case may be, since most of—if not all of—his acts take place down at the judges’ table and in the audience. I love watching him every time and could watch him all day. I also love AcroArmy. They’re crazy good at what they do, which is kind of dance combined with gymnastics combined with cheerleading. I love watching them because they have that danger element that doesn’t make me cringe and look away. Sons of Serendip are an amazing musical group, and I’m glad they made it through. I’m not a huge fan of Miguel Dakota, Quintavious Johnson, and Emily West, the remaining three acts, all of whom are singers. They’re all good, yeah, but…something about all of them puts me off. I’d much rather have had the other magic acts & musicians Emil & Dariel. So my fingers are crossed for Mat, and if not him, then AcroArmy or Sons of Serendip!

On tonight’s episode, “Finale Performance,” the Final 6 acts compete one last time live at the legendary Radio City Music Hall for the chance to win one million dollars and be named the most talented act in America.

Check out the last performances of the season on tonight’s two-hour new episode on NBC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Dancing with the Stars, 19 Kids & Counting, The Jennie Garth Project, Married at First Sight, MasterChef Canada, & Chopped.
 
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If We controlled Your Remote… 9/15/14

It’s hard to believe that we are almost halfway through September already, although I am really enjoying the cooler fall temperatures. The cooler temperatures and leaves falling can only mean one thing: new fall TV!! Let’s see what we’re recommending tonight to get you ready for a night of new television.

Megan’s Choice

masterchef2014smallMasterChef has been very interesting this season with a few home cooks that I never imagined lasting staying until the end. Last week, we watched as Christian laid his heart on the line to stay, but he didn’t make it and was sent home. Then we saw Cutter battle to stay in the competition, and unfortunately, he too was sent home. Now we are left with Leslie, Courtney, and Elizabeth—out of the three, I definitely want Elizabeth to win. Here’s the thing… Courtney and Leslie both have terrible personalities, and I believe they would throw their own mother in front of a bus if it got them the win. Elizabeth is actually a great cook but also a good person, and whether that’s important to you or not, I need to feel like the winner deserves it on all levels.

On tonight’s two-part finale, “Top 3 Compete/Winner Chosen,” the three remaining contestants, with a little help from a few other home cooks, will create dishes for a judging panel of renowned chefs representing all 50 states. The home cook with the most number of votes will move on in the competition, while the remaining two home cooks will face the pressure test, during which they must complete three classic American desserts. The home cook with the best desserts will move on to the finals. Later, in the final challenge in the MasterChef kitchen, the top two home cooks will have one last chance to prove to the judges that they deserve the MasterChef title. After evaluation of the final dishes, the judges will reveal America’s next MasterChef, and the deserving home cook will walk away with a trophy, a book deal, and the $250,000 grand prize.

To see who cooks their way into the top spot, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching American Ninja Warrior: USA vs the World and Dancing with the Stars.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/14/14

Welcome to a new week for TV. There are a ton of finales this week because we’re gearing up to the new fall season—which actually begins this week with a few shows. As for tonight, we’re here to give you our recommendations out of the myriad of choices, so check it out!

Jenny’s Choice

unforgettable914smallTonight is two new episodes of Unforgettable, which includes the season finale. I’m really very sad about that because I love this show. It hasn’t been renewed yet, but I have my fingers crossed that it’ll be back next summer! Last week, a woman who worked for a famous matchmaker was killed. But they kept uncovering secrets, which led to more suspects and motives. My favorite part was seeing Carrie use her memory to talk to the men at the matchmaker’s place, convincing them one by one that they knew her and getting them to leave to “meet her” somewhere, until the owner finally agreed to give them the info they were searching for.

I’d love to see Carrie & Al get together—or at least share a kiss!—before the end of the season, but we’re down to the last chance, and I’m not sure it’s going to happen. She’s been seeing the Secret Service guy, and while he isn’t a bad guy, I’m a huge Al & Carrie shipper, darnit! So I’ve got my fingers crossed, but I’m not holding my breath…

Finally, CBS is upping the start times for their Sunday night shows by 30 minutes, which means hopefully we won’t have to wait—or at least as long—because of football overruns, so pay attention to the time below!

On tonight’s first episode, “Moving On,” Carrie and Al delve into the disturbing – and dangerous – world of celebrity obsession when a television star is found murdered in his dressing room. Then on the season finale, “DOA,” Carrie is unable to utilize her perfect memory when an assassin doses her with a deadly poison that attacks her brain, leaving Al on a desperate hunt for the antidote.

See how the season ends and if we get some Carrie & Al coupledom tonight on CBS at 9:30/8:30c & 10:30/9:30c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Rachael vs Guy: Kids Cook-Off, The Great Food Truck Race, Cutthroat Kitchen, Hungry Investors, & Pressure Cooker.
 
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