If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/24/14

Is anyone else keeping up with the World Cup? The US tied with Portugal on Sunday, 2-2. It was an exciting game that kept fans on the edge of their seats, apparently. We don’t play again until Thursday, against Germany. I have to admit that I’m not keeping up with it, but good luck to the US team! As to something we’re all interested in… Tonight’s TV, of which there’s plenty. 🙂 So check out our recommendations to help you maybe narrow it down a little. 😉

Jenny’s Choice

rizzoliisles624smallLast week’s premiere of Rizzoli & Isles was darn near perfect, even on my second watch. The case was interesting and suspenseful… A woman was murdered, and at first, it seemed like a run-of-the-mill murder case, until they discovered an empty stroller nearby and knew they were now searching for a missing, possibly dead, baby. In the end, the baby’s father and his girlfriend had set it up, and instead of being found by the people of the church where the girlfriend had left him, the little baby had been found by a homeless woman who was determined to take care of him to the best of her abilities. The baby was given to his aunt — his mother’s sister — and her husband, so we knew he’d grow up in a loving home. But to know that your father and his girlfriend murdered your mother? That’ll be hard on the kid when he gets older. Of course, the most emotional part of the episode was at the end, when they learned that Frost had been killed in a car accident on the way back from his mother’s house. When they all went to the accident scene and Jane broke down, my son turned to me and solemnly said, “You know, I’m sure some of that is real emotion because of the actor.” Very insightful for a 16yo…

Tonight is the continuation of that story, with the team dealing with Frost’s death. I’ve seen the episode, and that is pretty much what I remember from it. The case is interesting, but truly, the emotions from Jane especially are what takes the cake. If Angie Harmon ever deserved an Emmy nod, this episode would be it.

On tonight’s episode, “Goodbye,” a woman walks into the station covered in blood, carrying a gun, and saying she killed someone. Unfortunately, the trauma of what she did caused her to forget who she is or who the victim is. The team tries to unravel this bizarre case as they deal with the loss of close friend and colleague, Det. Barry Frost.

See how they deal with the loss and if they can close the case tonight on TNT at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Next Great Baker, Chopped, & Sullivan & Son.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Megan’s Choice

nextgreatbakersmallI’m a sucker for cooking competitions, and tonight is the season premiere of Next Great Baker, which I am super excited for. The competitions are always intense, but I also enjoy learning new things about cake decorating and seeing how these bakers handle pressure. At the end of the day, I love Buddy and his staff, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they have to bring this season, which is slightly different than it’s been before…

This season, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro is joined by two esteemed judges during the entirety of this season’s competition. Famed chocolatier Jacques Torres and Magnolia Bakery’s Chief Baking Officer, Bobbie Lloyd, will evaluate competitors on their baking skill and execution of each challenge. Also new to this season, teams of two will compete in hopes of winning the ultimate prize, a chance to work for Buddy at the new Carlo’s Bakery at The Venetian in Las Vegas, as well as the grand prize of $100,000. The stakes are more intense this year as each episode features a Cake Challenge and Elimination Challenge for the lowest ranked teams from each challenge. The competitions’ focus will be not only on cakes, but also an array of other desserts to ensure that each baker masters flavor and creativity.

On tonight’s season premiere, “Empire State of Mind,” along with the help of two new experts, Buddy judges 10 pairs of bakers in the first phase of the competition, which has them racing to iconic sites around NYC to garner inspiration for their first cake challenge.

To see what mix of baking competitors we get this season, tune in to TLC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching The Night Shift, Tyrant, Pretty Little Liars, Chopped, and Chasing Life.

Kyle’s Choice

tyrant624smallTonight, FX launches the new drama series, Tyrant. Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) is the son of a despised Middle Eastern dictator, but for the past 20 years he has been living in Pasadena, California, working as a pediatrician. He has enjoyed the peaceful life with his all-American family: wife Molly (Jennifer Finnigan) and their two teenage children, Emma (Anne Winters) and Sammy (Noah Silver). Barry reluctantly agrees to return to his homeland of Abbudin for his nephew’s wedding, but is soon confronted by his ailing father, who wants him to step in to lead the country, a notion that doesn’t sit well with his out-of-control older brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom).

The series comes from executive producer Howard Gordon (24, Homeland), writer Gideon Raff (Homeland), director David Yates (State of Play), and also stars Justin Kirk (Weeds). I’m looking forward to checking out tonight’s premiere—the premise sounds really interesting. The series is being shot in Israel, and with the Homeland team involved, I expect it to be a visually-stunning, thought-provoking hour of television. (Some of my favorite episodes of Homeland are the ones they shot abroad.)

On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” a dictatorship is threatened by political unrest in the opener of this series, in which the son of a Middle East ruler reluctantly leaves the U.S. to return to his home country.

Check out how this familial and political drama begins tonight on FX at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Celebrity Wife Swap, The Night Shift, Chasing Life, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs, and Heroes of Cosplay.

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