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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/8/14

Ahh, Sunday. Friend or foe, your choice. For me, it’s both a blessing and a curse, especially this week. My husband had last week off for vacation, so he goes back to work today (boo!), but there’s a lot of great TV on this week, starting tonight (yay!), so… What about you? For now, check out what we’re recommending you watch tonight!

Jenny’s Choice #1

thebigtipsmallMy first pick tonight is a Food Network special, called The Big Tip with Rachael Ray. Tonight is a sneak preview of a new show hosted by Rachael, which will air this coming fall. In this brand-new series, Rachael will travel to one town each episode and meet three incredibly hardworking people who have been serving as waiters and waitresses for years. Each of these deserving individuals will receive a life-changing tip — but only one of them will receive the big tip.

I love the idea of this show because too often, servers — even hardworking ones — go unnoticed and under-appreciated. Years ago, when my family and I lived in the small town of Garden City in the southwest corner of Kansas, there was a cheap, family-style restaurant (think a step down from Applebee’s or Chili’s, but a sit-down place, not fast food) that I loved to go to. The food was good, not great, and the prices were cheap, but not quite McDonald’s. But there was one waitress there who was always friendly, always had a smile on her face, was always efficient, and always got my order right (and if you knew me, you would know I tend to place the most complicated orders in the history of dining out: no sauce, light sauce, extra sauce, sauce on the side, no lettuce, etc etc. LOL). I’d love to imagine others like her who get noticed by Rachael’s show and rewarded for the extra effort they put into their jobs.

On tonight’s episode, “Serving Up Big Tips,” Rachael Ray and Rossi Morreale travel throughout America on a mission to give life-changing tips to deserving waiters and waitresses, meeting a foster mother studying for the ministry, a woman who volunteers, and a waitress who has a dog rescue.

Catch the show tonight on Food Network at 10/9c.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/23/14

It’s the start of another week, the first full week of spring…except the weather is still much more like winter than not, so… Regardless, there’s some great TV on this week, and tonight’s no exception. JJ’s busy with school and Megan’s dad is visiting, so Kyle & I are to give you our recommendations. 🙂

Jenny’s Choice

americandreambuilderssmallIt’s no secret that I love design shows and competition shows. Put them together, and it’s a recipe for a fun show! Tonight, NBC is premiering their latest, American Dream Builders. Hosted by Nate Berkus, each weekly episode features two teams who will be asked to redesign and renovate a space from the inside out, all in a matter of days. Eddie George (former Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL All-Pro from the Tennessee Titans, who has now become a renowned landscape architect) and interior design expert Monica Pedersen are joining Nate as the judges.

This has all the makings of what could be another fun design competition show, and I love Nate Berkus, so I’m looking forward to seeing how NBC puts its spin on things. Also, be sure to check out our American Dream Builders giveaway, where you can win a $50 Lowe’s gift card!

On tonight’s episode, “The Tudors,” the teams tackle two Tudor-style homes across the street from one other. Team Red (headed by Tennessee-based builder Tarrick Love) attempts to build a bathroom vanity from a repurposed work bench and create a new dining room table out of the original kitchen’s beloved hardwood floors. Team Blue (headed by Chicago builder Jay Riordan) must decide what they should do with the master bedroom. In a surprise twist for the contestants, Berkus invites a “neighborhood council” to vote on which house they feel is the best makeover. In the end, one designer from the losing team will be sent home.

Meet the teams and see who goes home tonight on NBC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing America’s Funniest Home Videos, Food Court Wars, Believe, Chopped, Resurrection, Catch a Contractor, Crisis, Cutthroat Kitchen, & The Mentalist.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/9/12

It’s the start of a new week, but thankfully, we have one more day to relax before the work week itself starts. How was your Saturday? Mine was pretty good. We all got caught up on sleep and play. My kid is in NJROTC this year, and Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, he has to get up at 5am to be at the school for drill at 5:45am—which means his dad & I have to be up, as well. Then Friday night was their first football game (he’s in the marching band), so he was up until nearly 11pm. Then Saturday morning, we had to be up at 6am because they had drill from 7-10am, so by noon, we were all one big pile of exhausted. lol Thankfully, our Sunday is slow so we can relax and enjoy the last of our weekend. 🙂 And that means some new TV tonight. Yay!

Jenny’s Choice

Tonight is the series premiere of Breaking Amish. Here’s what TLC says about it: “In a world where ‘plain’ is considered a compliment, TLC will pull back the curtains to reveal the strict traditions of the Amish/Mennonite religion and lifestyle as cameras follow five people who have chosen to leave it behind and explore the world outside of their community. The show provides a never-before-seen look inside the lives of young men and women as they, for the first time, trade horse and buggy with taxi cabs to break out from their respective Amish/Mennonite communities in their pursuit to chase big dreams in the Big Apple. It will shed light on many ‘firsts’ for the cast members. From flying in a plane and wearing jeans to using a cell phone and electricity, the show will highlight their transition into city culture and the basic amenities that come with it. Unlike Rumspringa, these young men and women get serious about the possibility of committing to careers, life, and options for living indefinitely on the outside. But after these new experiences and the opportunity to live out dreams take flight, will they take advantage of New York and carry out their newfound lives while leaving behind the Amish/Mennonite community and their families forever?”

I’m very interested in this, even though I’m not sure I can explain why. When I first heard about it, I thought it was going to be about teenagers on Rumspringa, but it’s not, which makes it even more intriguing. I don’t know if I’ll watch anything more than the first episode, but we’ll see.

On tonight’s episode, “Jumping the Fence,” four Amish and one Mennonite leave the only home they’ve ever known to see if there is more to life. Facing being shunned by their families and possible exile from their community, these people get their first glimpse of the outside world.

See if it’s worth watching tonight on TLC at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Breaking Amish @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/DVRing Cupcake Wars, The Great Food Truck Race, Leverage, All American Handyman, One Car Too Far, & Copper.
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Interview with Carter MacIntyre from Drop Dead Diva

Drop Dead Diva is one of those shows that always has me laughing and tearing up in the same episode. It’s going to be a change of pace with a new guardian angel in town, but Carter MacIntyre, who plays Luke, is very worth your time.

Recently, he took some time to chat with us about his character, the show, and himself in general, so let’s see what this talented guy had to say.

On how Luke compares to Fred

Carter: I would say in a very kind of general way they’re almost polar opposites. I think Fred was naïve and kind of overwhelmed at times by the ways of earth and what it takes to kind of be a human, whereas Luke jumps ahead full force and goes after what he wants, isn’t afraid to speak his mind, has a lot of confidence, and just really enjoys everything that life has to offer. He’s kind of hedonistic in a weird way, which is pretty much the opposite, I think, of Fred, who was kind of more like a lost boy. I think Luke is just a man who’s trying to milk life for everything that it’s worth.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/18/11

Forty-eight shows. Fifty-one episodes. That’s how much I have to record/watch this week. I guess the Fall season has truly begun, huh? It’s mind-boggling to look at this week’s schedule. We are going to try and pare it down for you each night, but I guarantee you now, we won’t be able to keep it to one show each after tonight! Still, we’ll try and limit it to one to three per person, except in extreme cases (Monday, anyone? Eek!). Now, as for tonight… Sunday is the calm before the storm, so to speak, so enjoy it! 😉

Jenny’s Choice

Who in the world would have guessed that Korilla’s would get kicked off The Great Food Truck Race for cheating?! I’ve seen two different thoughts on what went down at the end of last week’s episode. My personal thoughts are that the driver of the truck at the end is the one who did it, and the two in the car didn’t know he had. They blamed him and said he’d made them look like fools. The other thing I’ve heard from people is they think the guys were talking about Tyler (the host) when they said that about making them look like fools. What’d you think? Regardless, I was sad, because they were my pick to win. *sigh* Can’t believe that. Crazy stuff, man. We’re getting down to the end, so the competition for the top three teams is tough!

On tonight’s episode, the three trucks arrive in Atlanta, Georgia, and the contestants are challenged to create an original dish utilizing peaches and peanuts. A Speed Bump forces the teams to work without their head chef for the day.

Check it out tonight on Food Network at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Great Food Truck Race @ Clicker.

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