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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/27/14

It’s the start of the week, which is good because there’s some great stuff on, but we’re now over halfway through the weekend, which makes me want to cry. To console myself, here’s what we’re recommending tonight.

Jenny’s Choice

foodnetworkstar2013smallI’ve been enjoying Food Network Star this season, and most of the people I dislike are gone, thank goodness. Last week, the group was split into two teams to present a four-course meal to the judges, including Bob, Susie, and guest judge Penn (from Penn & Teller). I actually loved the way the teams were split. I just knew that Emma, Lenny, & Loreal were going to kick butt. But honestly, the concept Emma came up with might have worked had they been able to execute it correctly. Their team was a train wreck from the beginning. Emma did a horrible job at giving out the ingredients to Lenny & Loreal. And then, she totally ruined the excellent pork she’d been given. So when their team lost, it came as no surprise (especially since the other team kinda rocked it out), and I was pretty happy that Emma went home. I do have to say, though, that while I loved Lenny in the beginning, he’s starting to annoy me. If it were once every few times that he raised his hat and said “Ma’am” when Giada said his name, fine. But his cowboy/Southern “charm” is so over the top that it’s become obnoxious. So…yeah. We’ll see if I want him out next or not…

On tonight’s episode, “Rachael Ray Show,” the contestants are challenged to solve a culinary problem for a Rachael Ray Show viewer, and they must each create a dish that addresses the viewer’s concerns. Then they must perform a demo of the dish on the Rachael Ray Show.

See who performs the best and who goes home tonight on Food Network at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Guy’s Grocery Games, Flipping the Block, The Last Ship, The Musketeers, Unforgettable, Cutthroat Kitchen, Frankenfood, & Reckless.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/15/14

Did you have a good Monday? I slept most of the afternoon after having not slept Sunday night, so my Monday was weird. Hopefully my Tuesday will be different! I’ve got stuff I need to do! But there’s plenty for me to watch tonight, regardless, so check out our recommendations. :)

Jenny’s Choice

chopped715smallI love when Chopped does special episodes and tournaments. I loved the lunch ladies. There’s been episodes of moms and dads, members of the Armed Forces, and quite a few more, but honestly, one of the ones that’s always the most fun is the teens. It’s amazing to see what kids even as young as fourteen can do in the kitchen. They’re truly incredible to watch, and I love seeing how bright a future they have. Tonight is the start of the first ever teen tournament. For four weeks, four sets of four teens will compete to earn a spot in the grand finale. On tonight’s first round, there are three 16-year-olds (Alexandria, Ashley, & Jay) and one 14-year-old (Jason). I can’t wait to see how well they all handle the pressure of the Chopped kitchen.

On tonight’s episode, “Teen Tournament: Part One,” four young cooks must utilize lamb loin chops and kale chips in the Appetizer Round; french fries and cookies make an appearance in the Entree Round; in the Dessert Round, the teens must transform a frozen treat into a dessert.

See which of the four amazingly talented young cooks comes out on top tonight on Food Network at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Buddy’s Bakery Rescue, America’s Got Talent, Married at First Sight, Next Great Baker, Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, Underground BBQ Challenge, Restaurant Startup, & Sullivan & Son.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/8/14

I looked at the calendar today and realized my kiddo has just over a month until school starts. That’s crazy. I swear, June flew by, and we’re already into the second week of July! I am happy, though, because it means we’re that much closer to the new fall TV season. Woohoo! But I’m getting ahead of myself, since there’s plenty on tonight to hold our interest. Check out our recommendations. :)

Jenny’s Choice #2

marriedatfirstsightsmallThere’s a new channel on our TV lineup…sort of. Named the Biography Channel until today, the FYI network is rolling out a whole host of new shows, starting with my pick for tonight, Married at First Sight. Based on the hit Danish show, it’s an extreme social experiment following six people who are looking for a life-long partnership as they agree to a (crazy?) proposal: getting legally married the moment they first meet. Four specialists — sexologist, Dr. Logan Levkoff; spiritualist, Greg Epstein; psychologist, Dr. Joseph Cilona; and sociologist, Dr. Pepper Schwartz — will create what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will never meet or know each other until they walk down the aisle and see each other face to face, for the first time, when they get married. Each episode will follow the classic lifestyle stories of newlyweds — from the honeymoon, to early nesting, to other relatable events of married life. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to separate?

This show seems insane and a recipe for a messy disaster (both in their lives and on our TVs), but I can’t help but want to watch. Color me intrigued. *shrug* Before tonight’s premiere, there’s a one-hour casting special.

On tonight’s 90-minute premiere, “Matchmaking,” a team of relationship experts is tasked with creating three ideal couples from a group of six singles, and once the matches are made, the couples must prepare for their weddings without knowing anything about the person they are going to marry.

See the start of this crazy relationship ride tonight on FYI at 8/7c for the special and 9/8c for the premiere.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/3/14

Comic-Con is less than three weeks away, and now I’m in full panic mode as panel and press room schedules are starting to go out. This will be the first year I’ll be officially attending as press, so I’m trying to schedule more press-y things than ever before. Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, which means there’s pretty much just fireworks on TV. So we’ve got some recommendations to help you get ready for the long (slow tv) weekend.

Kyle’s Choice

bigbrother2012smallLast night on Big Brother, Caleb and Devin got paranoid that greenskeeper Donny was actually a Navy Seal or some kind of super soldier. So they made him the target of “Bomb Squad” alliance. It was heartbreaking to see how trustful Donny was toward Devin and how much of a jerk he was in return. Fortunately, the not-so-simple-minded Donny won the spelling veto competition by leaps and bounds. So when Donny took himself off the block, Caleb put Joey up in his place because she tried to start an all-girl alliance.

Tonight, we get the first eviction of the new season of Big Brother, and either Paola or Joey will be sent packing. I don’t really care which one goes—I am just so happy that Donny was able to save himself last night, because I really want him to win!

Find out who gets sent home tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Rookie Blue, Undateable, Defiance, Dominion, and Rectify.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/2314

The weekend’s over, and I’m kinda sad to see it go. Saturday was okay, but Sunday seemed to fly by, and it was over before I blinked, I swear. Tonight is a relatively light night for new TV, especially given the rest of the week, but there are some good things on, so check out our recommendations. :)

Jenny’s Choice

mysterydinerssmallOne thing I don’t recommend usually is Mystery Diners on Food Network. If you haven’t seen it, basically it’s this: Restaurants call the Mystery Diners company. The top guy, Charles, arranges to cover their entire restaurant with hidden cameras. He usually sets up one of his employees to go undercover as either a server or something similar. Then during the dinner service, he’ll have another mystery diner or two go in as customers or vendors, and they try to catch one or more of the employees doing something naughty, whether it’s stealing from the restaurant, from the customers, or just generally acting inappropriately. Some of the things I’ve seen on this show absolutely amaze me. I think one of my favorite ones was at one of those restaurants where they blindfold all the customers so they have to eat without sight. The servers were making inappropriate actions to the customers right beside them, going through people’s purses, eating off customers’ plates and drinking from their glasses… It was horrible. You couldn’t help but laugh because it was so bad. The best part, though, is when they bring the offenders back to the viewing room and show them all the evidence, and the offenders are almost always indignant, like, “How could you do this to me? I didn’t do anything wrong!” *snort*

This is a great show to just veg out to when you want something quick and easy to watch. I love it.

On tonight’s episode, “Heavy Lifting,” the Mystery Diners travel to Las Vegas to assist the owners of a healthy restaurant who notice there are discrepancies with their supply of expensive protein supplements.

See where the supplements are going tonight on Food Network at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing MasterChef, Rewrapped, Whose Line is it Anyway?, American Ninja Warrior, Major Crimes, Longmire, & Murder in the First.
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