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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/22/14

I’m sitting here Monday night writing this up to post Tuesday morning, and I’m sweltering. I swear it feels like a hundred degrees in here! Bleh. Unfortunately, while it only (only. LOL) got up to 94 today, tomorrow we’re supposed to break 100 for the first time (I think?) this summer. So…Double bleh! On a good note, Tuesdays are one of my favorite days of the week this summer for TV, so I’m thrilled about that. ;) Check out what we’re recommending!

Jenny’s Choice

foodfighterssmallMy pick tonight is the new series Food Fighters on NBC. Adam Richman (Man Vs. Food) hosts this show in which an amateur home cook will face off with five professional chefs. The home cooks will have five of their best signature dishes, and for each professional chef that comes out, the home cook will choose which of their dishes they and the chef must cook. The completed dishes will be judged in a blind taste test, and the verdict will determine the winner of that round. The home cook wins money for every round, and in the fifth and final round, they money they can win is double whatever they’ve won so far in the previous four rounds. The professional chefs include Cat Cora, Lorena Garcia, G. Garvin, Duff Goldman, Elizabeth Faulkner, Jet Tila, & more.

I’ve seen tonight’s premiere, and I gotta say that it’s a heck of a lot of fun. It’s great trying to watch the home cook figure out which dish the professional chef is most likely to know the least about, although they don’t know who’s coming up in the later rounds, so it can be a bit dicey. It’s a fun twist on a cooking competition show, and I can’t wait to see more.

On tonight’s episode, “Elisha Joyce,” a married mother of three tries to win up to $100,000 as she faces off one by one against five culinary pros, including acclaimed celebrity chef Lorena Garcia.

Find out how much, if any, money the home cook takes home tonight on NBC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Buddy’s Bakery Rescue, America’s Got Talent, Next Great Baker, Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, Chopped, Restaurant Startup, & Sullivan & Son.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/21/14

I had a really wonderful birthday weekend that included a barbeque with some of my friends and family. There was great food, drinks, laughs and even more exciting…fireworks! Now that my celebration is over, let’s see what’s we’re recommending tonight to keep the party going.

Megan’s Choice

amninjasmallThis season of American Ninja Warrior has been very exciting so far, and I have been enjoying it a lot. One of my favorite moments was watching Kacy Catanzaro finish the qualifying course in Dallas, making her the first woman to ever finish this course. She was so fierce and strong, giving little girls (and adults too) a role model to look up to. The courses are intense and the athletes even more so. Love it! If you haven’t been watching, you definitely should.

On tonight’s episode, “St. Louis Finals,” the top 30 competitors travel to St. Louis, where they take on the St. Louis Finals course.

To see these athletes demonstrate their amazing abilities, tune in to NBC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Hotel Hell, MasterChef, Teen Wolf, and Mistresses.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/20/14

Megan’s birthday was yesterday (Happy birthday, Megan!), so she had a party last night with her family & friends…ergo she wasn’t awake enough to participate in today’s Remote. But Kyle & I are here to entertain you, so check out what we’re recommending. *grin*

Jenny’s Choice

flippingtheblocksmallA few years ago, I had a friend who lived in Australia and was able to get me episodes of a show that aired there, called The Block. Teams of two had to renovate apartments in a single building (and later on, separate houses, rather than apartments in the same building), living in the space as they renovated. It was a great show, and my husband & I loved it. FYI just started a series a few weeks ago called Rowhouse Showdown, with a similar concept, except they aren’t living in the houses they’re renovating, which is honestly one of the best parts of the Australian series.

So when HGTV started advertising their latest series, Flipping the Block, I was really excited, especially when I learned it’s the same format as the Australian series. Four teams move into identical living spaces, where they will demo the place and make over the entire home before it goes on the auction block. The winning duo keeps the return on investment, along with a $50,000 cash prize. They’ll be mentored by David Bromstad (first winner of Design Star), Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict), & Scott McGillivray (Income Property). It should be a lot of fun seeing the pain the teams will have to go through as they live in the messes they’re renovating!

On tonight’s episode, “Welcome to the Block,” four teams are tasked with the job of renovating a dilapidated condo complex for resale in only eight weeks. Their first challenge is to redesign a master bedroom from the floor to the ceiling, and the winner receives $5,000.

See the spaces the teams have to move into and find out who wins the first prize money tonight on HGTV at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Guy’s Grocery Games, Food Network Star, The Last Ship, The Musketeers, Unforgettable, Cutthroat Kitchen, Frankenfood, & Reckless.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/17/14

With Comic-Con just a week away, I’m in full panic mode. I thought that getting the press badge was the hard part—but getting into the press rooms I want is proving to be even more difficult! I’m also trying to catch up on all of the series I plan to see there—a task that isn’t helped any when we keep getting nights like tonight with a half dozen new series premieres! We’ve got some tips to help you choose from tonight’s vast TV offerings!

Kyle’s Choice

married717smallTonight, FX adds two new relationship comedies to its lineup (isn’t this what they created FXX for?!) — Married and You’re the Worst. I’m really excited for the former, which finds married couple Russ (Nat Faxon, Ben and Kate) and Lina Bowman (Judy Greer, Archer) trying to rediscover the loving relationship they once had, before kids and suburbia sucked the romance out of it. While they fall back to the friendship between them to get through the tough times, their other friends don’t seem any better off — there’s divorced AJ (Brett Gelman, Go On) who is still not over his ex-wife, and married Jess (Jenny Slate) whose much older husband can’t keep up with her.

I really love this cast and can’t wait to check out tonight’s premiere — even though the last thing I need is yet another show added to my already way too long summer TV list!

On tonight’s premiere, “Pilot,” an inappropriate relationship is developed with a waxing technician.

Check out this new comedy tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, Rookie Blue, Hollywood Game Night, Welcome to Sweden, Working the Engels, You’re the Worst, Mythbusters, Rush, Satisfaction, Defiance, and Dominion.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/16/14

It’s Hump Day! That means not only are we looking at some great shows, but also it’s midway through the week, so we’re that much closer to the weekend! Yay! :) Kyle’s catching up on shows from earlier in the week, so Megan and I are here to give you our recommendations.

Jenny’s Choice #1

hotincleveland716smallLast week on Hot in Cleveland, the ladies learned that Elka had written a play. They decided to go see it, and there, they learned it was about them and when they moved in. The characters were all basically caricatures. All their “worst” features were exaggerated. “Melanie” was way too perky and wanted people to like her. “Victoria” was self-centered and all about telling people she was famous. Last but certainly not lease, “Joy” was actually played by a man. The ladies were really offended and embarrassed, so they left early. In the end, they went back because they wanted to see how the play ended. They were shocked when Elka had ended the play by thanking them for shaking up her world. It was cute.

On tonight’s episode, “Auction Heroes,” Joy decides to finally tell Mitch how she feels, but a handsome yet scheming dating coach gets in the way. Meanwhile, Victoria is surprisingly taken with a very Cleveland-y screenwriter. Tim Daly, Coby Bell, & Dan Lauria guest star.

Find out if Joy is able to tell Mitch her feelings tonight on TV Land at 10/9c.
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