If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/23/14

Welcome to Sunday… Tonight is a relatively slow night as we gear back up to the first BUSY week in several weeks. Tonight is the closing ceremony for the Olympics, which means TV is back with a vengeance tonight. So check out our recommendations for what you should be watching tonight in preparation for the rest of the week! 🙂

Jenny’s Choice

growingupfisher223smallLike last night’s About a Boy, NBC is choosing to air the series premiere of Growing Up Fisher late after the Olympics. J.K. Simmons (The Closer, Law & Order, Men at Work) and Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg, 1600 Penn) star in this comedy about a couple who is brought closer together after their divorce. Mel (Simmons) is a busy man—chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive, and playing football with his son—but the catch is, Mel is blind. Joyce (Elfman) is the typical teenager—but the catch is, she’s the mom, and that makes it difficult for their real teenage daughter. The last member of the family is Henry, Mel and Joyce’s 11-year-old son. He’s been his father’s eyes and wingman, so he’s less than thrilled when Mel gets a new guide dog, Elvis. Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) does the voiceover as adult Henry, who realizes upon reflection that his parents’ split finally allowed the Fishers to become one happy (divorced) family.

This looks like an adorably sweet, funny comedy, and I love the casting of J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman. I’ve got high hopes for this one.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” an 11-year-old boy who’s been his blind father’s eyes and wingman for as long as he can remember has his world turned upside down when his parents decide to separate, which starts the family down a path of changes from their usual roles.

Find out if this one catches your interest tonight on NBC at 10:36/9:36c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Buy This Restaurant, Food Court Wars, Chopped, & Cutthroat Kitchen.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Megan’s Choice

foodcourtwarssmallI’m excited about the season premiere of Food Court Wars tonight, because even though there are multiple cooking shows on our televisions these days, I never can get enough of a good competition. This show pits teams of food entrepreneurs against each other, and they battle to win their own food court restaurant rent-free for a year. Each week, it’s a different U.S. city mall, and they run the restaurant for a full day. It’s so much fun to watch, and I’m always interested to see what fabulously creative ideas the new groups of teams bring.

On tonight’s premiere, “Back for Battle to Win a Business,” teams of a budding entrepreneurs face off to win food court space in their local shopping malls.

To see what this season brings, tune in to Food Network at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, The Amazing Race, True Detective, and Growing Up Fisher.

Kyle’s Choice

tarsmallTonight, The Amazing Race kicks off another “All-Stars” season, with 11 teams returning to race again. I’m not generally a fan of returning contestants on reality shows—especially this one, because I think as many people as possible should get to experience this amazing opportunity to see the world. Also, I wouldn’t consider some of these returning teams to be “all-stars.” For example, there’s John and Jessica, who went home with an Express Pass in their pockets; and also, the incredibly irritating Rachel and Brendon are back—don’t these two have real jobs?! Also, cowboys Jet and Cord, mother/son Margie and Luke, and Globetrotters “Flight Time” and “Big Easy” have already run this race twice before, but they are returning for a third chance! If I had to pick who I’m rooting for, it’s probably either father/son David and Connor, who still managed to win two legs of the race with an injury (now that meets the definition of “all-star”!), or the energetic twinnies, Natalie and Nadiya.

On tonight’s episode, “Back in the Saddle,” eleven all-star teams compete for a chance to win the $1 million top prize as the 24th season begins. However, in a dramatic twist, one duo won’t make it to the starting line. (PLEASE let that be Brendon and Rachel!) The other pairs jet off to Guangzhou, China.

See which team goes home right away and how the other teams fare the second (or third) time around tonight on CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Growing Up Fisher, Downton Abbey, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, The Walking Dead, Talking Dead, True Detective, Looking, Shameless, and Episodes.

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