If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/9/14

It’s been a very active summer so far, and I’m loving it. We’ve been doing lots of fishing and going swimming a lot, but at the end of the day, I look forward to some great new television. There’s been quite a few shows that are really hitting it out of the park this summer season, so let’s see what we’re recommending tonight.

Megan’s Choice

sytycd2014smallLast week, So You Think You Can Dance absolutely blew me away with the level of talent the top 20 displayed. Ricky and Jessica were incredible. Their contemporary routine, choreographed by Sonya, was just mesmerizing. I also enjoyed Teddy and Emilio, but mostly because I really like Emilio and I’m rooting for him to go far. The people I think are in danger of being eliminated are Jackie or Jourdan, because their routine was forgettable. Whatever the results, I’m looking forward to seeing what else this season has to offer.

On tonight’s episode, the Top 20 perform again and then two are eliminated.

To see who makes it through to next week, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching Big Brother, Extant, Taxi Brooklyn, and The Bridge.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice #1

rowhouseshowdownsmallLike last night, my picks showcase brand new series on a new network. First up is Rowhouse Showdown, on FYI. Cutie renovation expert, Carter Oosterhouse, leads three teams as they battle it out to transform dilapidated homes in Cincinnati, Ohio. Taking on the rundown houses in a distressed neighborhood, the teams will renovate one home each — while also living together — in a bid to raise the property value of the community surrounding them. The team that increases the appeal of their home to the max goes home with the grand prize of $50,000, and their home renovation will be featured in Dwell magazine. Designer, Kathy Kuo; Cincinnati-based house flipper, Jim Bronzie; and Dwell’s Editor in Chief, Amanda Dameron judge the team’s renovations.

Years ago, I had a friend online who lived in Australia. There was a show very similar to this one that was on air there, and he sent me the episodes to watch on the computer. My hubs & I both really enjoyed it, so I’m quite excited about this one. HGTV has one just like it coming out in a couple of weeks, so I’m a happy camper. I love design competition shows, and this should be a lot of fun to watch!

On tonight’s episode, “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” the host leads three teams as they take on their first assignment at their houses by renovating the living room within four days while defining their style, including a “moditional” space, a “lumberjack sexy” style, and a “coastal elegance” motif.

Check out the designs and see which one you like best tonight on FYI at 9/8c.

Kyle’s Choice

extant79smallTonight, the thrilling new event series, Extant, premieres on CBS. Astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) returns from a 13-month solo mission in space. As she tries to reconnect with her husband and son and get used to normal, everyday life, she discovers a seemingly-impossible and unexpected surprise: she’s pregnant!

The series has a really interesting premise, is being produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars an Academy Award winner—how could it possibly be bad?! I’m hoping that since this is being billed as an event series, we will get a complete story across the 13 episodes of the season and not have to wait for answers like with CBS’s other supernatural drama, Under the Dome.

On tonight’s episode, “Re-Entry,” Molly is shocked to learn she is pregnant; and she recalls a mystifying encounter with another person on the space station.

Find out how Molly reacts to being pregnant tonight on CBS at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, Taxi Brooklyn, Young & Hungry, Mystery Girls, The Bridge, Wilfred, Suits, and Graceland.

Jenny’s Choice #2

tinyhousenationsmallMy second pick tonight is another premiere of FYI. On Tiny House Nation, renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 300 square feet. From a micro-apartment in New York City to a caboose car turned home in Montana to a micro-sized mobile home for road tripping — this is a series that celebrates the exploding movement of tiny homes. From pricey to budget friendly, Tiny House Nation is not a typical design show, but one that proves size doesn’t always matter. It’s creativity that counts.

It seems that “tiny homes” are exploding all over Facebook nowadays. You see them out of shipping containers, which are really cool, and I saw an awesome one that I swear was a miniature log cabin even smaller than my living room! That would drive me nuts, I think. I don’t need a ton of space, but I think I would feel closed in even just knowing I had that little space. I admire the people that can live like that, but I don’t think it’s for me. Thankfully, I can enjoy seeing the little spaces without having to live there myself! LOL

On tonight’s episode, “172 Sq Ft Dream Castle,” watch as John and Zack explore a dream home no larger than a small office space or large tree house.

To see if you could live in this tiny home, tune in to FYI at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing So You Think You Can Dance, Young & Hungry, Mystery Girls, Hot in Cleveland, Motive, Taxi Brooklyn, & Jennifer Falls.

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