If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/19/12

It’s the start of a new week. I had a great weekend. Friday was my 16th wedding anniversary. My husband had extra work at night every night last week and through Saturday night, dealing with conventions for work, so we didn’t get to celebrate until after he was finished Saturday night, when we caught up on some episodes of Blue Bloods from last season, to today, when we’re going to play cards, watch more TV, and geet Chinese takeout for dinner. Plus, some great new TV. 🙂 So check out what we think you should be watching. (Oh, and Megan, I hope the next time you eat sushi, you don’t order it from Kansas! You know we aren’t known for our seafood! *snicker*)

Jenny’s Choice #1

One of my favorite Food Network series starts again tonight. The Great Food Truck Race takes eight teams of food truck chefs and has them compete to win $50,000. This season, though, there’s a twist: it’s no longer a competition between teams that already own their own food trucks. All eight teams have a dream, a concept, and the culinary skills needed. But none of them have a food truck of their own. This season, they are provided a vehicle for the race, and only the grand prize winner gets to keep their food truck and the $50,000 cash prize. With everything from authentic Aussie barbecue to signature Korean-style sausages and everything in between, teams start at Long Beach, California and continue through the finale at the West Quoddy Lighthouse in Maine, the easternmost point of the United States.

On tonight’s episode, “3559 Miles to a Dream,” host Tyler Florence greets eight new teams in Long Beach, California; the competitors journey to Los Angeles, where they are challenged to an epic battle in one of the most ruthless environments for food truck entrepreneurs.

See how the new changes affect the show tonight on Food Network at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Great Food Truck Race @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/DVRing Cupcake Wars, Chopped, The Great Escape, Falling Skies, Leverage, One Car Too Far, All American Handyman, & Leverage.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, BBC America kicks off its first original drama, Copper. Set in New York City in 1864, the series follows Irish-American immigrant Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5), a former boxer-turned-cop who returns from the Civil War to find his wife missing and daughter dead. With partner Detective Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan) and African-American doctor Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh), Corcoran investigates crimes in the notorious Five Points neighborhood of NYC. The cast also includes Anastasia Griffith (Trauma), Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity) and Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties, Being Human).

The setting and location of the show is the same as that depicted in Gangs of New York, but Copper has an equally-impressive cast and crew behind it. The series was created by Tom Fontana, who also brought us great shows like Oz, Homicide, and St. Elsewhere. And the series is executive produced by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson! I hope that BBC America takes full advantage of the fact that it’s a cable network and gives us a gritty, violent, and graphic (as needed) drama to rival the other Sunday dramas on HBO & AMC. If you’re a fan of post-civil war drama, then it looks like Sunday nights are a great night of TV—first, tune in to Hell on Wheels at 9/8c on AMC, and then watch Copper at 10/9c on BBC America!

In tonight’s premiere, “Surviving Death,” Corcoran searches for a child killer.

See the premiere tonight on BBC America at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of Copper @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording Breaking Bad, The Great Food Truck Race, Big Brother, Chopped, Leverage, Falling Skies, The Great Escape, Political Animals, Hell on Wheels, Drop Dead Diva, True Blood, The Newsroom, Weeds, and Episodes.

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