If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/20/14

I hope that the Easter Bunny is good to all of you and that whatever holiday you celebrate, whether it be religious or just a welcoming of spring, you enjoy your time with your family. My kids will spend the day hopped up on sugar and running rampant all over my house. Love it! Tonight, I’m going to kick back and unwind after what will be a busy day, so let’s see what we’re recommending tonight to help us chill out.

Megan’s Choice

tarsmallThe Amazing Race has been very competitive this season, and it is definitely the cause of many discussions in our house. I personally am still cheering for the Cowboys, but have a soft spot for Afghanimals surprisingly enough, because I find their change of behavior from their original season refreshing. Last week, we watched another close race to the finish that ultimately led to John and Jessica being eliminated. I’m actually quite okay with that elimination because John annoyed me tremendously, and I’d love to see a final three with the Cowboys, the Afghanimals, and the Globetrotters because I think it would be an incredibly tight race.

On tonight’s episode, “Donkeylicious,” the competition gets fierce as the remaining six teams face a double U-Turn, and the Cowboys contemplate a major decision.

To see which teams choose to use the U-Turn, tune in to CBS at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, Cutthroat Kitchen, In My Dreams, Believe, Crisis, and Salem.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice #1

salem1smallMy first pick tonight is the series premiere of Salem, on WGN. Set in a dark and mystical period of American history, “the witches are a part of day-to-day life, but they are not who or what they seem to be. Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery, Human Target) is the most powerful witch of Salem. She is the wife of George Sibley (Michael Mulheren, Rescue Me, Law & Order), the ailing, wealthy head of the Selectmen of Salem. Leading a double life, Mary depends on her faithful servant and friend, Tituba (Ashley Madekwe, Revenge), a mysterious and ageless accomplice to carry out her agenda. Mary is ruthless, yet vulnerable; her world is torn into two when Salem’s native son, John Alden (Shane West, Nikita, ER, Once and Again) returns after many years at war. John and Mary were lovers before he left the Puritan town of Salem. John, a war veteran, takes on the role of being the voice of reason in a town that is obsessed with witch hunts and unexplained phenomena. He realizes that suspicion and fear result in innocent people being victimized. On the contrary, Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel, Fringe, Dirty Sexy Money) is a well-educated local aristocrat who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt. John and Mary find themselves in the middle of an epic romance, even as Cotton’s witch hunts engulf the town in hysteria, horror, and the supernatural.”

The premise of the show is interesting, but I’m most excited about the cast. I love Shane West. In addition to the people listed above, Xander Berkley (The Mentalist, Nikita), Azure Parsons (the upcoming Astronaut Wives Club), & Diane Salinger (Carnivale) also star. I can’t wait to see if the show is creepy and interesting enough to hold my attention.

On tonight’s episode, “The Vow,” John Alden returns from war to Salem in 1692 to find his hometown in the midst of a witch panic.

Check out the premiere tonight on WGN (check your local listings!) at 10/9c.

Kyle’s Choice

gameofthrones420smallWhat a big turn of events on last week’s episode of Game of Thrones! King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell had just been married, and at the reception, Joffrey was being his typical bratty self, hiring dwarves to comically recreate the deaths of the Stark family. Tyrion could see the pain this display was causing for Sansa, and so he spoke up, but Joffrey just made his uncle the new target of his mockery. Tensions were running high between the two, but the arrival of the pie caused a short-lived cease fire to the escalating war of words. Joffrey took the first bite of the pie and soon after started choking. Cersei and Jaime rushed to him, but there was nothing they could do. After her son died, Cersei pointed to Tyrion, accusing him of poisoning Joffrey, and demanded he be detained immediately.

Memo to self: If you are ever invited to a wedding in Westeros, RSVP “No,” and if you are already at the wedding and you hear “The Rains of Castamere” playing, get out of there immediately! While I definitely wanted to see that brat Joffrey kick the bucket, the actual moment wasn’t as satisfying as I had hoped. I would have rather seen one of the Stark family members get to do the deed with a sword. So who really killed Joffrey? I highly doubt it was Tyrion. However, Dontos seemed to know what was going to happen, so maybe he was repaying a favor to Sansa for saving his life. It also could have been Margaery or her mother in order to take the throne back to the Tyrells. Or it could have also been Oberyn Martell, the self-invited wedding guest who seemed to have a grudge against the Lannisters. I’m really looking forward to seeing the fallout of Joffrey’s murder!

On tonight’s episode, “Breaker of Chains,” in the frenzied aftermath of the royal wedding, Tyrion gets a visit from a loyal subject, but wonders if anyone in his family will help him out of his current predicament. Meanwhile, Tywin offers to work for the common good with a presumed enemy; Sam takes stock of the personnel at Castle Black; the Hound gives another life lesson to Arya; and Daenerys makes a decision outside the walls of Meereen.

See the aftermath from Joffrey’s murder tonight on HBO at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording The Amazing Race, The Good Wife, The Mentalist, Once Upon a Time, Believe, Crisis, Bob’s Burgers, TURN, Devious Maids, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Nurse Jackie.

Jenny’s Choice #2

signedsealeddeliveredsmallMy second pick tonight is…sort of the premiere of Signed, Sealed, Delivered on the Hallmark Channel. It’s a “combination of romance, comedy, and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office and into an unpredictable world where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves, and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius, Ugly Betty, The L Word, Eyes), a genius postal detective and the group’s leader; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, ‘girl next door’ Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe, Primeval: New World) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson, Primeval: New World), a master in conventional research methods.”

The pilot for this aired back in October as a TV movie, during which the newest team member, Shane, was mistakenly transferred into the Dead Letter Office. The network re-aired the movie last week, but in case you missed it, that was how the series started. Shane brings new ideas to the team, convincing them to step out of their comfort zone in new, risky, and unorthodox ways.

On tonight’s episode, “Time to Start Livin’,” the postal detectives begin to unravel a mystery behind a boy whose life is in danger.

See if the new show’s for you tonight on the Hallmark Channel (check your local listings!) at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing American Dream Builders, In My Dreams, Food Court Wars, America’s Best Cook, Believe, Catch a Contractor, Crisis, Cutthroat Kitchen, & The Mentalist.

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