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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/28/14

Since Friday is a light night of TV, these are the last recommendations we’ll be making before the long Labor Day weekend starts (at least for those of in the United States). If you haven’t already cleared your DVR backlog, this is the weekend to do so because the onslaught of fall TV will be here before you know it, and you will need more free recording space than you can find! :)

Kyle’s Choice

defiance828smallTonight, the second season of Defiance comes to a close with back-to-back episodes. Last week, Deidre (aka “Treasure Doll”) was murdered. With Nolan off looking for Irisa, Amanda was in charge of the investigation, and Alak was her prime suspect. Stahma assumed the murderer was either Alak or her husband, so she arranged for someone else to confess to the crime, but Amanda wasn’t falling for that. In the end, we discovered that it was Alak’s wife Christie who killed this woman who was trying to steal her husband—and when Stahma realized this, she couldn’t have looked prouder. Meanwhile, Nolan and Tommy tried to grab Irisa and bring her back, but the thing possessing her fought back, knocking out Nolan and stabbing Tommy.

Will Nolan be able to save Tommy before he bleeds to death? Can they remove whatever is possessing Irisa and the others and stop the Irzu’s plan to terraform the Earth? And will Amanda finally get even with Stahma for what she did to her sister? It should be an exciting two hours!

On tonight’s first episode, “All Things Must Pass,” Nolan races to save Tommy’s life and stop Irisa; tensions between Amanda and Stahma lead to a showdown. And then in “I Almost Prayed,” season 2 comes to a close with Nolan fighting both the Earth Republic and old acquaintances to stop Irisa’s destructive plan from becoming a reality. He’s also determined to save his adoptive daughter from the Kaziri forces that have been possessing her before his own friends attempt to kill her. Linda Hamilton guest stars.

See if Nolan can win the fight and how the showdown with Amanda and Stahma turns out tonight on Syfy at 8/7c & 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, The Quest, Welcome to Sweden, Married, and You’re the Worst.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/27/14

Well, we’re all still sick. Fun stuff. I feel like, well, poo, so let’s just get to it, shall we? Megan’s power went out Tuesday night when a storm knocked out some wires, so here’s what Kyle & I are recommending.

Jenny’s Choice

motive2014asmallI picked Motive last week, and it turned out to be a great episode. The case was interesting—a professor/wannabe writer killed an author who was responsible for turning down his submitted manuscript. He used chemistry to make a poison that he then inserted into the victim’s perfume when he broke into her house. Without meaning to, he set up the husband when it turned out not only the author was killed, but her lover got sick from exposure as well—dying a slower, yet painful death. Then the killer tried to set up a student of his who was a huge fan of the author’s, but the police were able to determine who really killed her—and justice was honestly served when it turned out he’d exposed himself to the poison and was dying. Meanwhile, Angie was struggling with the fact that she was subpoenaed to testify against Cross, and Vega knew just what she needed and set it up so her son surprised her with a visit.

Tonight is the season finale, and I’m anxious to see what’s going to happen with the trial. There’s no show without Angie Flynn, so she can’t get fired, but how does she make it out of and still keep her detective position? Will Cross be back next season? So many questions!

On tonight’s episode, “For You I Die,” with the League of Nations trial nearing, a major case from Detective Flynn and Sergeant Cross’s past resurfaces, and the fallout causes anguish for both. Meanwhile, the latest case involving the murder of a prosecutor becomes personal for Cross, and Angie knows they must come clean about their past. Kenny Johnson (who’s been on what seems like everything… lol) guest stars.

To see how the trial goes for Det. Flynn & Sgt. Cross tonight on ABC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Penn & Teller: Fool Us, So You Think You Can Dance, Young & Hungry, Mystery Girls, America’s Got Talent, Property Brothers, Restaurant Stakeout, Rowhouse Showdown, Legends, Hot in Cleveland, Taxi Brooklyn, Mystery Diners, Top Chef Duels, & Wahlburgers.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/26/14

Ugh. Welcome back to school. Here’s your yearly dose of sore throats, coughs, and drippy noses. Yes, the little petri dishes are back, which means they soak up every bit of germs they can and then bring it home, infecting not only themselves, but their families as well. My kiddo came home sick last week—stayed home from school for two days—then my husband got it over the weekend and stayed home Monday from work. Monday night? It’s my turn. So it’s all happy happy joy joy here. Josh is still fighting off his cough, Scott just feels blech, and my throat and nose feel like they’re trying to make me cry. To take my mind off our temporary ill health, let’s see what we’re recommending for tonight.

Jenny’s Choice

choppedsmallI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love when Chopped runs a special tournament. The one that’s starting tonight is a biggie. Sixteen previous winners are coming back to compete in one big five-week “Ultimate Champions” tournament. Chefs/cooks from four different groups (pros, amateurs, heroes, & celebrities) compete one group per week, and then in week five, the four winners compete in the grand finale for the chance to win $50,000 and a new car! That’s the biggest prize in the show’s history, but with so many great competitors, it’s no wonder.

On tonight’s episode, “Ultimate Champions: Pros,” four professional chefs have to wrangle and cook eels and figure out what to do with a super-salty veggie for their appetizers. Then, in the entree round, they have to work with a bird and a soda. And a special cheese and a creepy chocolate item appear in the dessert basket.

Find out what the creepy chocolate item could be tonight on Food Network at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Food Fighters, America’s Got Talent, Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, Restaurant Startup, Sullivan & Son, & Wizard Wars.
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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.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/24/14

Yesterday, we went and ate at Burger Revolution, a restaurant that was featured on You Gotta Eat Here, and it was incredible. I honestly have never had a better burger in my life, so if you’re in Belleville, ON, anytime, you should check it our for sure. Now on to my biggest addiction—television and what we’re recommending tonight.

Megan’s Choice

trueblood824smallIt’s the end of an era as True Blood comes to an end tonight with the series finale. Over the past seven seasons, we’ve fallen in love with vampires, werewolves, and even fairies. There’s been drama, sex, and humor. I don’t know about you, but while there have been a few bumps along the road for the series, overall it’s been so amazing. There will be a hole in our TV world without this show, yet I’m ready to see how it’s going to end.

On tonight’s episode, “Thank You,” Sookie weighs a future with and without Bill. Eric and Pam struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus. Sam makes a choice, while Andy comes upon an unexpected inheritance.

Grab your tissues and tune in to HBO at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Wipeout, Rachel vs Guy: Kids Cook-Off, The Great Food Truck Race, Cutthroat Kitchen, The Strain, Mountain Men, Teen Wolf, and Witches of East End.
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