If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/21/10

Welcome to a short week for If We Controlled Your Remote posts! Why a short week? Thanksgiving, of course. There is nothing on TV on Thursday (aside from *gak* The Apprentice), and few things on Friday, so we’ll be taking those days off. The TV schedule will still be posted, such as they are, but this column won’t be. Enough of that, though, because we’ve got a treat for you this week! Jose, from Daemonstv.com, is our guest poster this week. His reviews over there are great, and we’re excited to have him here with us. Keep reading to learn more about Jose, and to see his pick, as well as the rest of ours.

Jose’s Choice

Greetings! My name is Jose Alvarez and I’m one of the reviewers at Daemonstv.com. While I watch all types of TV shows, my first love is science fiction, which isn’t much a surprise since my day job is in engineering. My goal for this week is to contribute in my own small way to expanding your TV viewing horizons by recommending some of my favorite shows that are a little outside the mainstream. It’s an honor to be a part of “If We Controlled Your Remote…” for the upcoming week, and I would love to hear what you think of my recommendations via my twitter account (@josedaemons) or the comments section.

Sunday night always seems to have a huge number of TV viewing options; from the animated Family Guy to the drama of Brothers & Sisters to the new zombie hit The Walking Dead. This week also has an interesting Sunday Night Football matchup, with the Eagles and Giants battling for the NFC East lead.

Tonight though, I’m going to ask you to tune in to Cartoon Network (yes that’s right) at 11:30/10:30c for the one hour long Season Four Finale of The Venture Brothers. This week’s episode, “Operation P.R.O.M.” has Dr. Venture throwing a prom for his sons, Hank and Dean, though things are never that simple in the Venture universe.

Jump with us to read more about my pick and to see what everyone else recommends.

For those of you not familiar with the show, The Venture Brothers are Dean and Hank Venture, fraternal twin brothers who go on Johnny Quest style adventures with their father, Dr. Venture (who himself had similar adventures with his Dad), and their bodyguard Brock. In the past, I’ve described it as part Saturday Morning Cartoons, part fractured fairy tale, and part legalized insanity. I’ve been a fan since Season 2, and I’m recommending it both for the incredible amount of pop culture references and the hilarious writing.

The Venture Brothers airs tonight at 11:30/10:30c on the Cartoon Network. Enjoy the episode and let me know what you think! Learn where to find episodes online of The Venture Bros. @ Clicker.

Megan’s Choice

I don’t know about you, but I have been loving all these guest writers for the column, it’s always nice to hear a guy’s point of view, well at least when it comes to television. 😉

Tonight, I’m going to suggest you watch The Amazing Race. (I’m nothing if not predictable.) What can I say, I’m a sucker for the drama of watching the human experience. I find it intriguing to see the way two people who are friends, lovers or family deal with the stress of this race. Sometimes the way they work through them and succeed surprises you and other times you can laugh at the insanity of the melt downs. My favorite is when couples think it’s a great idea to do this race to see if you can handle being married… if you have doubts before the race trust me you’ll probably have doubts after the race. 🙂 I love my husband but to be honest I believe that if we were on the race together the murder rate could go up at any given moment… especially if it involved us giving each other directions. 🙂

On tonight’s episode, the teams continue the race in Bangladesh, where two of the teams encouter a U-Turn that requires them each to complete an additional task. Oh my a double U-Turn! I forsee some aggrivated teams, and that means excellent television for us!

Tune in to CBS at 8/7c to enjoy the human experiment. Learn where to find episodes online of The Amazing Race @ Clicker.

Jenny’s Choice

One show that has been must-see for me on Sunday nights this season is The Next Iron Chef. I’ve been watching the show since it started, and although my favorite winner has been Michael Symon, the show is entertaining whoever is competing.

Tonight’s episode is the season finale, and it’s a battle between Chefs Marc Forgione (my favorite of the two, and who I’d like to see win) and Marco Canora (who I think is kind of arrogant and overconfident, but who is on a roll and who I think will win). In the final test of honor, the two remaining chefs battle it out in an extreme culinary challenge with a Thanksgiving theme actually in a battle in Kitchen Stadium; special judges include Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Simon Majumdar, Donatella Arapaia, and Michael Symon.

Don’t miss this battle on Food Network at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Next Iron Chef @ Clicker.

Lisa’s Choice

The Simpsons have just been renewed for yet another season of animation domination and hilarity, and this blogger couldn’t be happier! This show that is near and dear to many continues after all of these years to come up with the most zany, original, and laugh out loud funny moments that have ever been shown on TV.

Tonight, Mr. Burns becomes distraught when the town has an apathetic reaction to the announcement that he only has a few weeks to live and Bart decides it’s a good idea to secretly sneak Burns into their family home.

See what Burns has up his sleeve tonight on FOX at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Simpsons @ Clicker.

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