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If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/6/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Jenny’s Choice

I’m excited because A) it’s post-Halloween and B) shows like Holiday Baking Championship & Christmas Cookie Challenge are starting tonight. Add those up, and it means it’s the start of the holiday season! Thanksgiving in a few weeks and then Christmas a month later… It makes my heart happy. Lots of quality family time, great food, smiles… What isn’t to love about all that? And that’s why Food Network is my pick tonight for what you should watch.

Nine new bakers are competing in the Holiday Baking Championship to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Chanukah. Jesse Palmer returns as host, while Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller, and Lorraine Pascale are back as the judges. The contestants will make everything from a candy cane dessert to a fruitcake and more in order to win a $50,000 grand prize and the title of Holiday Baking Champion.

On tonight’s episode, “Holiday Party Delights,” to kick things off, nine bakers must create eye-catching and tantalizing new holiday treats for seasonal parties. In the pre-heat, bakers create a dessert with an unusual candy cane flavor, and then, for the main heat, they use a holiday cocktail as sweet inspiration. One unlucky baker goes home.

Christmas Cookie Challenge is new this season, with host Eddie Jackson (winner of Food Network Star) and lead judge Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman on Food Network). More like Chopped than Holiday Baking Championship, each episode will feature five talented cookie makers who compete in two challenges, the winner of which will walk away with a $10,000 prize each week. There will be a rotating panel of guest judges joining Ree Drummond, including Damiano Carrara, Dan Langan, Jamika Pessoa, Aarti Sequeira, and more.

On tonight’s episode, “Christmas Family Fun,” first up is the decorating challenge where the bakers craft two different decorated Christmas tree cookies, and two bakers go home. The remaining three finalists are “puzzled” by the display challenge, where they must create a giant cookie puzzle based on a Christmas carol.

Check out both shows tonight on Food Network starting at 9/8.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Dancing with the Stars, The Gifted, 9JKL, Scorpion, & The Brave.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/23/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Jenny’s Choice

I’m still really enjoying The Brave. I love all the characters and the story lines. Last week was a tense one, when the team went over to Afghanistan to interrogate a former US soldier turned member of the Taliban to find out which military base the group was targeting next. Patricia actually went out into the field with the team this time because of her skills as an interrogator. Unfortunately, while they were there at the prison, a guard colluded with one of the prisoners, which allowed the prisoners to kill the guards and take over the prison in order to escape. After some trial and error at finding a way out of the prison, they made their own with explosives, taking the American prisoner with them. Thankfully, even though they were chased, shot at, and nearly blown up by some of the bad guys, our guys escaped relatively unharmed – and Patricia was able to get the location of the target from the prisoner.

What I really enjoyed was the episode’s opening and ending, with Patricia gathering dirt from Afghanistan – a physical reminder of her son, who died while serving overseas. I also really enjoyed seeing Jaz set up her sniper position with the motion sensor, and when it went off, she just calmly switched guns and shot without much more than a glance, knowing whoever was coming up without warning was a bad guy. And finally, with Patricia away from the office, Noah was left in charge. And although Hannah teased him about showing up in a suit and tie, he really did a great job filling in for Patricia, making the tough call when needed. It was great to see him stepping up and taking charge. I’m going to be very, very sad if this show doesn’t get picked up for a full season!

On tonight’s episode, “Enhanced Protection,” when Ambassador Charles Webb (guest star Ben Cain) is in danger while stationed in Nigeria, Dalton’s team heads to the region to find a situation different than they expected. Jaz makes a connection with a little girl she meets during the mission, and Patricia receives some personal news. D.K. Uzoukwo, Amanda Warren, and Jimmy Jean-Louis also guest star.

See what situation they find themselves in tonight on NBC at 10:01/9:01c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Big Bang Theory, Dancing with the Stars, 9JKL, The Gifted, Halloween Baking Championship, & Scorpion.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/10/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, TNT kicks off a double-episode premiere of the new series Will, which follows the early adventures of William Shakespeare (Laurie Davidson) as he tries to make his way as a playwright in 16th century London. As the series opens, Will leaves his wife and young children back home in the country to go to London to try to sell his plays. His wife is skeptical that anyone would want to buy his plays, but Will wants to see if there is a fortune to be made in his writings. The London theatre crowds seem to be getting bored with the same old tired tropes, and Will sees an opportunity to step in, but some don’t appreciate the competition. Will is used to the slower life of the country, and in the city he becomes a bit wide-eyed, finding himself the target of both thieves and temptations. This is also a dangerous place for him — the Protestants are torturing and killing the Catholics on sight, so Shakespeare must keep his religion a secret. The series also stars Olivia DeJonge, Ewen Bremner, Colm Meaney, Mattias Inwood (The Shannara Chronicles), Jamie Campbell Bower, William Houston, Lukas Rolfe, Max Bennett, and Jasmin Savoy Brown.

While I wasn’t blown away by tonight’s premiere, it did show some promise. It sets up several different threads to explore over the course of the season. Not only does the series look at what inspired Shakespeare to write some of his most famous plays, but it also explores the political and social climate at the time. The execution of the series kind of reminded me of A Knight’s Tale. It blends a modern soundtrack with a not-so-modern setting.

On tonight’s premiere, “The Play’s the Thing,” in 1589, a time of religious turmoil in England, Will Shakespeare arrives from the small town of Stratford to the wild streets of London with little more than a dream and a treacherous letter. Then on the second episode, “Cowards Die Many Times,” Will is racked with guilt over the arrest of the rival playwright, Baxter, and he makes a dangerous confession to the beautiful and rebellious Alice. The future of the theatre is threatened when the crowd-pleasing actor, Kemp, is tempted by another playhouse.

Go back in time to the 1600s tonight on TNT starting at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Superhuman & Dessert Games.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/5/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Jenny’s Choice

If you’ve been following this site for a while, you probably know I’m a big fan of ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. I’ve mentioned him a few times. So when I saw that he and his wife, Audrey (a food blogger) have a new series coming tonight to Food Network, you know I was thrilled. Taking advantage of Jeff’s touring schedule, they turned their time on the road into an unforgettable adventure. They discovered some of America’s best meals and met the mastermind chefs who created them, in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Plus, some of Jeff’s fun, quirky characters show up from time to time, which is always a treat!

On tonight’s episode, “Austin’s Craziest Cuisine,” Jeff and Audrey dive into some of the wildest creations in the city who motto is “Keep Austin Weird.” They include a big burger, a uniquely delicious ice cream cone, and one of the oddest chicken fried dishes.

See what fun foods this fun couple finds tonight on Food Network at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Kids BBQ Championship & Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/21/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

Food Network Star is about to return for its 13th season, but before we meet the new contestants, one last contestant needs to be chosen to join them. Tonight kicks off a special 3-week “Comeback Kitchen” competition, where six past finalists – Rob (season 12), Josh (season 8), Matthew (FNS season 11, “Comeback Kitchen” season 1), Jamika (season 5), Danushka (season 9), & Joy (season 12) – return to compete for the final open spot in the new season. Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence judge the returning contestants as they tackle the fatal flaws that kept them from winning the last time and try to prove they are worthy of competing again. Tonight one of the six will be sent home.

Tonight’s premiere is available for free on iTunes and Vudu, so if you’ve already got a packed night of TV, you can check it out early! I had forgotten how much I missed this show – and these contestants. It was a lot of fun seeing these contestants again and learning what they’ve been up to since they last appeared on the show. I had a tough time deciding who I was rooting for. Even Danushka had me laughing out loud this time around! While I never end up watching the winners’ shows, I always enjoy the Food Network Star competition itself. I’m looking forward to the start of the regular competition in a couple of weeks but am thoroughly enjoying this mini competition in the meantime.

On tonight’s episode, “Comeback Kitchen: A Fresh Star(t),” former finalists return to the kitchen for a second shot; hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence identify what kept each of them from winning previously; each takes on a retro dessert and shoots an Instagram video about their updated version.

Re-meet the contestants and see who goes home first tonight on Food Network at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Madam Secretary, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Making History, Family Guy, 12 Monkeys, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, Veep, American Gods, and Twin Peaks.
 
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