If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/29/13

It’s been a hectic few weeks around here, and I’m looking forward to a few nights of peace and quiet. Tonight, I’m going to curl up with a cup of tea and a few hours of good television, so let’s see what you should be watching with me.

Megan’s Choice

americanbakingcompetitionsmallI really enjoy shows that revolve around cooking competitions, such as MasterChef or Iron Chef America. Now there’s a new one to tune in to. The American Baking Competition premieres tonight on CBS.

The 10 bakers were chosen from a nationwide search of amateur bakers at local casting bake-offs. Proving the joy of baking’s broad appeal, the six female and four male home bakers have varied lives and jobs, including a firefighter, photographer, homemaker, attorney, advertiser, home health care provider, college student, retiree, project manager, and a baking enthusiast trying to go pro. Each week, the show will feature these passionate home bakers competing in three unique challenges: “Signature Bake,” “Technical Bake,” and “Showstopper Bake.” The contestant who out-bakes the rest is that week’s “Star Baker,” while the one whose creations fail to impress is eliminated. The final challenge will be between the three remaining contestants, one of whom will go on to be crowned the best amateur baker in America and win the $250,000 grand prize. The winner will also be awarded a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster to publish their own cookbook with Gallery Books. It’s being hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, who is always amusing, so tune in and check it out.

On the premiere episode, “Pies and Tarts,” amateur bakers compete in various challenges.

To drool over all the yummy baked goods while these bakers compete, tune in to CBS at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching MasterChef.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice #1

melandjoey529smallI’m so excited because tonight is the season premiere of Melissa & Joey. The first two seasons were great, and I’ve been looking forward to season three. By the end of last season, both Mel & Joe had realized they had feelings for one another, although neither was ready to act on it. In the last season finale, Joe proposed to and was all set to marry his Russian girlfriend Elena in order to keep her in the country. (They met & had been seeing each other only via video chat, as she worked for a company Joe was working for.) In order to convince the police et al that the marriage was real, Mel told them she was going to be marrying the pair, even though the thought was clearly tearing her apart. In the end, Elena admitted that maybe she was caught up in the moment and she had to go back to Russia to help a coworker. So Joe’s marriage was over before it had a chance to even get to the honeymoon.

As much as I’d love to see Mel & Joe together, now isn’t the right time, and even I acknowledge that. Hopefully, we’ll see a lot of the romantic/sexual tension this season that we’ve come to enjoy & expect from the pair, as well as see a lof of fun stuff between the kids together and the kids & Mel/Joe.

On tonight’s premiere, “Works for Me,” Joe pursues a new job opportunity, sending Mel into a panic when she realizes he may actually leave. But the job isn’t quite what Joe expected, causing him to reevaluate his place in the house and Mel’s scheming to prove how much everyone needs him. Meanwhile Lennox thinks her artist boyfriend, Zander, may have found another muse, and Ryder’s class trip has an unexpected outcome.

Laugh along tonight on ABC Family at 8/7c.

Kyle’s Choice

yoda529smallTonight, LEGO Star Wars returns to Cartoon Network with the premiere of an all-new trilogy of specials, collectively called The Yoda Chronicles. It’s set in the prequel era of the Star Wars films when a young(ish) Yoda spends his time teaching young Padawans to become Jedi Knights and battle the evil forces of Darth Sidious.

I loved the previous two LEGO Star Wars one-off specials. Every time I watch them, I find new layers of humor. These LEGO Star Wars specials are always a great mix of action, clever comedy, and film and pop culture references. I’m so excited that we will be getting three more of these specials!

On tonight’s episode, “Episode I – The Phantom Clone,” Yoda and a class of Padawans fight to prevent the creation of a super weapon that could win the war for the forces of evil.

NOTE: If you missed either of the previous two specials, Cartoon Network is re-airing them tonight starting at 7/6c before tonight’s premiere.

See the new special tonight on Cartoon Network at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The American Baking Competition, Family Tools, How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life), MasterChef, Melissa & Joey, Baby Daddy, MythBusters, and Psych.

Jenny’s Choice #2

psych529smallTonight is the big season 7 finale for Psych, minus the musical ep, which is supposedly separate. Last week’s episode included a lot of Henry and Henry/Shawn interaction, which is always amusing. But the funniest part had to be Gus and his worry about his ears & the line in his forehead. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been for Dule Hill to hold his eyebrows up so much after Gus had botox or whatever. His facial expression… Geez. Had me laughing out loud several times. We also learned that Shawn & Juliet are officially back together. I have to admit that I’m a little surprised—although since it’s the season finale tonight, I guess it’s not THAT surprising.

On tonight’s finale, “No Trout About It,” an eccentric police consultant is brought into the SBPD to interview Shawn, Gus, Lassiter, and Juliet about their seemingly poor police work on a tough case. Joey Slotnick, Rebeka Montoya, Josh Pais, Sage Brocklebank, & Anthony Michael Hall guest star.

Find out what, if any, consequences there are tonight on USA Network at 10/9c.

JJ’s Choice

babydaddy529smallLast season, ABC Family coupled Melissa & Joey (Jenny’s first choice) with Baby Daddy. I love both comedies, and tonight, both are returning, so I’m very excited. Baby Daddy has a ridiculously attractive cast, but the dynamic between everyone is what seems to work the best. Oh, and ABC Family already ordered a third season two months ago!

The season ended with Ben and Riley dancing together after Katie’s wedding, while Danny was seeing it and looking quite upset. I really like Ben and Riley together, but Danny and Riley would be a very cute couple as well. It will be interesting to see how the dynamic might change.

On tonight’s episode, “I’m Not That Guy,” Ben tries to convince Riley that he is no longer a playboy; Tucker sets his sights on a model; Emma helps Bonnie get to know a handsome stranger.

I’ll also be watching MasterChef and Melissa & Joey.

Jenny’s Choice #3

topshotsmallI had to recommend a third show tonight because tonight is the season premiere of Top Shot…and this season is the All-Stars! Sixteen returning players, PLUS all four previous winners, will compete for another shot at the title. A lot of the faces, I’m thrilled to see—although there are a couple I wouldn’t mind going home pretty quickly. Here’s the info on the returning players:

Adam Benson (Season 1), Alex Charvat (Season 3), Blake Miguez (Season 1), Brian Zins (Season 2), Chee Kwan (Season 4), Chris Cerino (Season 1), Gabby Franco (Season 4), Gary Quesenberry (Season 3), Gregory Littlejohn (Season 4), Jamie Franks (Season 2), Joe Serafini (Season 2), Kelly Bachand (Season 1), Kyle Sumpter (Season 4), Peter Palma (Season 1), Phil Morden (Season 3), William Bethards (Season 4), Chris Cheng (Season 4 winner), Dustin Ellerman (Season 3 winner), Chris Reed (Season 2 winner), & Iain Harrison (Season 1 winner).

On tonight’s episode, “Best of the Best,” competitors compete with a Soviet semi-automatic rifle used in the 1941 Nazis invasion, a tactical OBR with 20 rounds of magazines, the Milkor M32A1 grenade launcher, an FNFAL self-loading selective fire battle rifle, & a mortar-rigged barbed wire fence.

See how these All-Stars compete for the second time tonight on History Channel at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The American Baking Competition, MasterChef, Baby Daddy, & Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy.

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