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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/21/14

What happened to summer?! It seems like it just started but feels like it is already over. Kids are already back to school in some areas, the Emmys are already next week, and yesterday I even saw someone asking for snow removal recommendations on my work’s community mailing list! As the onslaught of fall TV looms ahead, we’ve got some recommendations of some it’s-still-summer TV for you to check out tonight.

Kyle’s Choice

welcometoswedenlogosmallI was disappointed to see that NBC has already bailed on its Canadian co-produced comedy, Working the Engels—especially since the upcoming episodes included guest arcs by Gregory Smith (Rookie Blue) and Martin Short! However, with this pulled from the schedule, it means we will get a double-dose of Welcome to Sweden for the next few weeks! In the last episode, Bruce was having a difficult time fitting in in with Emma’s friends and always seemed to do the wrong thing. At the end of the episode, Bruce learned that his parents were coming to visit.

While it took me a little time to warm up to the series, it’s now one of the comedies I look forward to each week—although I wish it was airing on cable instead of NBC so that things didn’t have to be bleeped, blurred, or cut out. That said, I am really enjoying the humor, the characters and relationships, and the whole fish-out-of-water aspect of the series. They have also found some fun ways to bring in some recognizable guest stars, despite the distance. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and happy that NBC has already renewed it for a second one.

On tonight’s first episode, “Parents!/Föräldrar,” Bruce’s parents visit, leading to a culture clash with Emma’s parents. Meanwhile, Bruce tries to prove that moving to Sweden was a good idea, and Emma shares big news.
And then in “Homesick/Lagom,” Bruce receives an offer from Amy Poehler (playing herself) to return to New York to help her resolve a financial problem. Poehler will stop at nothing to get Bruce’s aid, even enlisting Aubrey Plaza (playing herself) to help get him back to the U.S. Meanwhile, Bruce sets out to work as a celebrity money manager.

To see what news Emma shares and if Amy manages to lure Bruce back to the States, tune in to NBC at 9:01/8:01c & 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, The Quest, Rookie Blue, Married, You’re the Worst, Mythbusters, and Defiance.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/9/14

It’s been a very active summer so far, and I’m loving it. We’ve been doing lots of fishing and going swimming a lot, but at the end of the day, I look forward to some great new television. There’s been quite a few shows that are really hitting it out of the park this summer season, so let’s see what we’re recommending tonight.

Megan’s Choice

sytycd2014smallLast week, So You Think You Can Dance absolutely blew me away with the level of talent the top 20 displayed. Ricky and Jessica were incredible. Their contemporary routine, choreographed by Sonya, was just mesmerizing. I also enjoyed Teddy and Emilio, but mostly because I really like Emilio and I’m rooting for him to go far. The people I think are in danger of being eliminated are Jackie or Jourdan, because their routine was forgettable. Whatever the results, I’m looking forward to seeing what else this season has to offer.

On tonight’s episode, the Top 20 perform again and then two are eliminated.

To see who makes it through to next week, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Big Brother, Extant, Taxi Brooklyn, and The Bridge.
 
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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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