If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/14/14

I can’t believe how busy last week was and this week is for TV! To help you pick, we’re here to give you our recommendations, so read on. 🙂

Jenny’s Choice

majorcrimes714smallMy pick tonight is Major Crimes. I’m really, really enjoying this season. Last week was exceptional, but pushed a LOT of buttons for me. A foreign man was found murdered in a hotel room, and the team learned that a diplomat’s daughter was in an arranged marriage to the man. The diplomat was an abusive asshole who was forcing his newly graduated, eighteen-year-old daughter into the relationship. In the end, though, it was the daughter’s boyfriend who killed the man, and she turned on him basically to save her life. Because she chose to testify against him in exchange for asylum, that meant her father — who attacked her there in the police station! — couldn’t force her into another marriage and he couldn’t continue to abuse her. In the end, I think he would have ended up killing her, so I believe it truly saved her life. In the end, Rusty had some big pieces of the episode, though. Not only did he talk to the girl and help her make the decision, but he finally came out as gay to the squad…not that any of them didn’t know. They handled it well, making more of a big deal about Sykes dating Lt. Cooper, so Rusty knew that they weren’t bothered by it. And when he talked directly to Provenza out in the hallway, it nearly made me tear up. Provenza is an older man, so the topic — sex & relationships in general, but especially a same-sex relationship — is an uncomfortable one. He did the best he could to reassure Rusty that it wouldn’t change their relationship. It was really touching.

On tonight’s episode, “Jane Doe #38,” after finding a young runaway murdered and thrown in a trashcan, the Major Crimes unit is led on a long, puzzling hunt to find the deceased girl’s killer and her identity. Meanwhile Raydor consults her husband (guest star Tom Berenger) about a big proposition she has for Rusty.

Find out what proposition Raydor has for Rusty and if they can find the poor girl’s killer tonight on TNT at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing MasterChef, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, American Ninja Warrior, Longmire, & Murder in the First.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Megan’s Choice

masterchef2014smallMasterChef has really been stepping up the challenges this season, and last week was no exception. Courtney was safe from competing in the challenge because she won the week before, but she also got the advantage of picking who had to work together in pairs. I wasn’t surprised that she paired Leslie and Ahran together, but I was surprised that the two managed to work together to make a very cohesive dish, as well as find new respect for each other. Truth be told, I don’t care if he had one nice week. I still despise Leslie and want him gone. What was a surprise was how Francis B. and Christian bombed completely on their dish, when both of them are such great chefs. Cutter and Dan Wu also had a really bad performance, so bad that their dish ended up in the trash. Those four guys headed to a pressure test that had them making spring rolls and a dipping sauce, which should have been a fairly easy task for all of these guys except Cutter, who has shown before that small, intricate tasks are not his forte. In the end, it was actually Francis B. who got sent home because his spring rolls were soggy, which is a definite no-no. Shame. He was so talented.

On tonight’s episode, “Top 14 Compete,” the remaining 14 home cooks will split into two teams and take command of the kitchen at Dinah’s, one of the busiest and most iconic diners in Los Angeles. The stakes are high as the contestants will prepare classic American fare for the restaurant’s regular diners. The team who receives the most customer tips will be safe from elimination, while the losing team members will face an intense pressure test, during which they must make an elegant and delicious three-layer red velvet cake.

To see who manages to pull through this week, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching American Ninja Warrior, Mistresses, Teen Wolf, and 24: Live Another Day.

Kyle’s Choice

seed714smallTonight, another Canadian comedy, Seed, gets imported to US television — this time on The CW. Single, underachiever Harry DeCosta (Adam Korson) is happy in his life as a bachelor bartender. Fifteen years earlier, he donated sperm to make some quick cash and was happy in his ignorance, not knowing whatever became of it. However, his world soon changes when he’s tracked down by 9-year-old Billy (William Ainscough), the oddball son of a laid-back lesbian couple, and rebellious teenager Anastasia (Abby Ross), the daughter of an up-tight, upper-class family. And just as Harry starts up a new relationship with Zoey (Stephanie Mills), she makes a decision that is going to make things even more complicated.

I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere of Seed. The characters and relationships are a lot of fun — and since it’s single-camera there’s none of those annoying laugh tracks. It’s great to see the US networks picking up these Canadian shows to allow us US audiences to see them!

On tonight’s episode, “Ill Conceived,” an anonymous sperm donor named Harry develops relationships with the kids he has fathered and their less-than-thrilled families in this comedy. In the opener, Harry’s thrown for a loop when a 10-year-old boy shows up at his door, claiming to be his son.

See how Harry reacts to being a father and what decision his new girlfriend makes tonight on The CW at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Under the Dome, MasterChef, 24: Live Another Day, Backpackers, Switched at Birth, Major Crimes, Murder in the First, and Teen Wolf.

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