If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/9/14

Soccer season is in full swing in this house, so my time is usually filled with chauffeuring my daughter to games and practices. Thankfully, tonight is a night off from the busy sports schedule, so let’s see what we’re recommending to help me — and you — relax.

Megan’s Choice

masterchef2014smallI wasn’t entirely sure that I loved the new format of MasterChef, because I missed seeing all the initial auditions like we used to; but now that we’ve had a couple of weeks, I realize it makes the competition that much fiercer, which is always good. Last week, Courtney won the mystery box challenge, even though personally, I think Willie should have. Her reward was slightly evil, and it was being safe, getting to choose what the others cooked, AND saving ten people who wouldn’t have to cook. I was a little disturbed by how excited she was to have the power, and she may end up being the crazy one of the season. Speaking of crazy… What the hell is wrong with Leslie? I get that he’s older and has a lot to prove, which is all the more reason he should just shut up and cook, because from what I can see, his cooking needs a lot of work and he’s got the art of running his mouth perfected. So far, I’m rooting for Elise and Willie because I think they are nice people and really have some natural talent.

On tonight’s episode, “Top 20 Compete,” it’s the ultimate culinary war when the remaining 20 home cooks compete in the biggest field challenge in MasterChef history: feeding an army of 500 servicemen and women on a desert army base. In their first team challenge, the contestants will split into two teams — the red team and the blue team — to create a hearty meal including one protein and two side dishes. Tempers flare as both teams struggle with consistency, and every dish counts, as the troops will vote for their favorite dish and determine the winning team. Later, the losing team will face an intense pressure test featuring the all-American classic, blueberry pie.

To see which home cook will crumble under the challenge, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Whose Line is it Anyway?, Mistresses, American Ninja Warrior, 24: Live Another Day, Major Crimes, and Murder in the First.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

majorcrimes69smallI’m so excited because Major Crimes returns tonight for the start of the third season. Last season, Rusty nearly got killed by one of Stroh’s hired killers, but he was rescued before it could happen. The would-be killer (who’d killed plenty of others before attempting to kill Rusty) got away, and Sharon called a halt to Rusty’s participation. Then Stroh’s lawyer showed up to try to make a deal in exchange for giving them info on the would-be killer, but Sharon learned that they’d tracked down the guy’s mother, which meant she could easily turn Stroh’s lawyer away. In the end, they found the killer, who had a friend — “protege” of sorts — and when he took his friend hostage, Provenza shot him before he could kill the kid. Meanwhile, Rusty was in court to testify against Phillip Stroh (who wasn’t actually there himself, claiming to be sick — in reality, the actor was busy filming Revolution). Rusty was able to set up the defense attorney, who didn’t want the threatening letters entered into evidence, and when he was forced to admit that he’d been lying to Sharon, he admitted that he’d gotten a lot of threatening letters than he’d hidden from her. Rios was thrilled, since it got the letters into evidence. The season ended with Rusty feeling worried that he was a lot like the killer (his would-be killer) because of their backgrounds, but Sharon hugged him, told him she loved him, and that he was coming home, so to basically shut up and deal with it.

The Stroh case doesn’t feel resolved to me. I’m hoping that we get more of a closure on it, especially since Billy Burke is free now that Revolution is done. Also, we were getting lots of hints about Rusty’s sexuality last season. I’ve seen tonight’s premiere already, and I can tell you that is definitely something that will keep coming up. Will they ever actually have Rusty come out and admit that he’s gay? I don’t know. But I do know I’m along for the ride.

On tonight’s episode, “Flight Risk,” when a father and his two young children go missing, the squad has to work quickly to find them, while uncovering a slew of terrible family secrets along the way. Meanwhile, Raydor does her best to trust Rusty as he begins to take suspicious trips out on his own.

Find out what secrets the squad uncovers tonight on TNT at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing MasterChef, Rewrapped, Whose Line is it Anyway?, American Ninja Warrior, Longmire, Murder in the First, & Mystery Diners.

Kyle’s Choice

murderinthefirst69smallJoining TNT’s lineup tonight is the new crime drama, Murder in the First, from esteemed series creator Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue, L.A. Law). The series takes the interesting approach of following a single case across the 10-episode season — from the committing of the crime, through the investigation and the trial. In this first season, SFPD Detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) are assigned to investigate the murder of a junkie. Their investigation initially leads them to top tech company CEO Erich Blunt (Tom Felton), who may have a connection to the victim. As the detectives do their daily job, they also struggle with their own personal drama at home — English has a terminally ill wife, while Mulligan deals with a child and an ex.

I have been a fan of Steven Bochco’s work over the past few decades, and I enjoyed tonight’s premiere. It was well-written and has some great dramatic performances. Plus, it’s really interesting to hear “Draco Malfoy” speak with an American accent! I like that the series will tell one complete story across the season. However, I wonder if this would be the type of show that would work better if you just saved up all 10 episodes on the DVR and marathoned them once the season was over.

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” two San Francisco detectives investigate the murder of a junkie in a case that may be tied to a notable Silicon Valley CEO.

See how the investigation starts tonight on TNT at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording MasterChef, 24: Live Another Day, Rewrapped, and Major Crimes.

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