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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/18/14

It’s a week until Christmas Day, and I am definitely looking forward to the two weeks the kids are home because it means we all get to sleep in! While I relax and think about catching up on sleep, let’s see what you should be watching tonight.

Megan’s Choice

thetastesmallThe Taste has been great so far this season, and it would appear that some things never change—such as Ludo having a bad temper and Nigella’s team being full of female attitude problems. I really enjoyed last week’s episode that was centered around seafood. I love all kinds of seafood but especially scallops—they are just so darn good! In the first part of the episode, Nigella’s team was a hot mess with the know-it-all chef Lindsay, causing quite the kerfuffle after Nigella’s team was voted worst again in the team challenge. Ultimately Lindsay was sent home because of her inability to take directions from her mentor. Moving on to the solo round, the writing was on the wall from the beginning when Marcus’s team had the expert advice of the guest chef in their kitchen, but Jake was still lost. The kid is nice, but ultimately his age and inexperience were his undoing and he was sent to the taste-off to compete against Jen (from Ludo’s team). I have to say that Jake was definitely working hard with Marcus’s coaching, but Ludo yelling at Jen was making me nervous for her. In the end, Jen came through and Jake was sent home because his halibut was overcooked. Sacrilege. I’m loving this season so far and look forward to seeing more of the intense mentors.

On tonight’s episode, “Happy Holidays,” ’tis the season for all things delicious with 13 remaining cooks competing in holiday-themed challenges. Tasked with creating dishes based on fowl, duck, and spiced chocolate desserts, the cooks take to the kitchen to see who will make the best bite. In the end, two more competitors will be sent home. Chef Naomi Pomeroy of Beast Restaurant in Portland, OR, is the guest judge during this episode.

To see which two chefs go home tonight, tune in to ABC starting at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching White Collar, Food Truck Face Off, Mom, People Magazine Awards, The McCarthys, Beat Bobby Flay, and Elementary.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/17/14

Christmas is just over a week away, and I’m actually pretty much done with my Christmas shopping—just waiting for all of the packages to arrive in the mail. However, I haven’t even started on my Christmas cards yet. Tonight, Syfy’s big three-night Ascension event comes to a close, but if you didn’t heed my advice on Monday and watch part one—or part two last night—don’t fret, because I’ve got another suggestion for tonight’s TV watching. Megan & Jenny are taking the night off, but Jenny said to watch Hot in Cleveland (their first Christmas episode) and The Exes if you’re missing the Wednesday-night comedies.

Kyle’s Choice

survivor2014smallTonight, another season of Survivor comes to a close with the show’s traditional 3-hour season finale/live reunion combo. Last week, we were down to the final 6, when it looked like Missy might have to exit the game due to an injured foot. However, she decided to stick it out, and despite her protesting, the group was finally able to pull off the big blindside orchestrated by Natalie. The group split the votes, causing a tie between Keith, Jon, and Jaclyn, and in the re-vote, Jon was sent packing, with an unused idol in his pocket. It’s unclear if he actually passed the idol to his girlfriend Jaclyn before he walked away, but I guess we’ll find out tonight. So we are down to the final 5, which includes the final pair—mother/daughter Missy and Baylor—and individuals Natalie, Keith, and Jaclyn. Will the individuals go after Missy and Baylor first, or will someone try to make a final 3 deal with the last remaining pair? I’m rooting for my Amazing Race “Twinnie” to win tonight.

On tonight’s finale, “This Is My Time,” the final five castaways compete for a spot in the final Tribal Council, where they are questioned by the jury.

To see who takes home the prize, tune in to CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The 100, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Top Chef, Chrisley Knows Best, and Ascension.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/16/14

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.

Megan’s Choice

masterchefjuniorsmallTonight 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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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/15/14

Camera? Check! Converter for electronics? Check! New clothes & sneakers? Check & check! British money? Check! Things are coming along nicely as we get ready for my kiddo’s trip to London. Only thirteen days left! Scary, but it’s so exciting, too. And as I write this up, I can hear the rain hitting the window outside… Rain is my favorite, so I’m having a very good night. Hopefully you had a good weekend too. To start off the work/school week, check out what we’re recommending for your Monday-night TV viewing.

Jenny’s Choice

ncisla1215smallLast week’s NCIS: LA was all about fathers and sons, and it was one of those cases that you couldn’t help but feel bad for the killer. Yes, he was a murderer, and that’s a very bad thing, but there were some DEEP psychological issues, including a stepfather who was abusive and a mother who was…well, not a great help to her children. The case hit Sam hard especially, given that, like the boys the killer was “protecting,” he had been a young boy in military school raised by a strict father, and his own son was also off at military school, although it sounded more like his son was structured on his own, rather than being ruled by Sam. And wait… Sam has a son? Who knew! Honestly, I hated when we found out a couple of seasons ago out of the blue that Sam was married and had a daughter. Now, after all this time, to suddenly find out he has a son, too? It’s just…weird. But oh well. LOL I still love the show.

The only thing I was disappointed with last week was that we didn’t see the impact of it more on Kensi, Deeks, and even Callen, who ALL have “daddy” issues. Kensi’s died, Deeks’s was abusive and he killed him when he was a young teenager, and Callen doesn’t remember his father. I understand why the case his Sam hard, given his connection to his own father, but to not even acknowledge the issues with the others was a big misstep on the show’s part, IMO.

Tonight should be really good, and if the preview is any indication, Densi fans are in for a treat. I won’t spoil it here for those who haven’t watched it, but I’m HOPING tonight will be a turning point (in a good way!) for Kensi & Deeks and that they aren’t just teasing us and nothing REALLY happens.

On tonight’s episode, “Humbug,” the team investigates a burglary at a cyber-security company, but Callen must steer clear of the crime scene after Hetty reveals his girlfriend, Joelle, is one of the lead witnesses. Also, the team discusses their personal holiday travel plans. Guest stars include Elizabeth Bogush as Joelle Taylor and Aunjanue Ellis, Layla Crawford, and Tye White as Michelle, Kamran, & Aiden Hanna.

Celebrate Christmas with the team tonight on CBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing 2 Broke Girls, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Mike & Molly, Ascension, Major Crimes, Scorpion, & Mystery Diners.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/14/14

Christmas Eve is ten days away, so I decided to start my Christmas baking today. Let me tell you that you should be jealous because my house smells delicious! I adore the shortbread and gingerbread cookies the most, and tonight I’m sitting down with a cup of peppermint hot chocolate and a cookie to indulge in not only some sweet treats, but fantastic television as well. Let’s see what we should all be enjoying.

Megan’s Choice

brooklyn991214smallBrooklyn Nine-Nine has become my favorite Sunday-night show without a doubt, and it’s mostly due to Peralta and Boyle, but last week it was due to Peralta, Rosa, and the Pontiac Bandit (guest star Craig Robinson). I am happy that the task force managed to wrap up the Gigglepig case thanks to the Bandit being an informant, but I’m even happier that they brought him back—that character is just plain comedic gold. The part with him saying that Peralta could be his son and that Peralta wasn’t adopted but his mom was so white she was almost invisible seriously had me in a giggle fit. Truth be told, the only part of the show that I found mildly annoying was Amy yet again trying to find a way around Captain Holt’s “no presents” rule, because this girl is always trying to find a way to soothe her Type “A” personality, which usually involves doing something the captain told her not to. It was funny at first, but now it’s getting old. Find new stuff. Overall, the episode was a win, and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

On tonight’s episode, “Stakeout,” Jake and Charles’s bro-mance starts to crack when they volunteer for an eight-day stakeout in very close quarters. Meanwhile, Captain Holt’s nephew, Marcus (guest star Nick Cannon), comes to Brooklyn and captures Rosa’s attention.

To see just what a man has to do to catch Rosa’s attention, tune in to FOX at 8:30/7:30c.

I’ll also be watching Once Upon a Time, Undercover Boss, Holiday Baking Championship, CSI, and Cutthroat Kitchen.
 
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