If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/18/14

It was a super busy weekend around my house, including a soccer tournament that ended with a shoot-out in the finals! What an insane amount of running around and sports that drowned my schedule, so I am beyond ready to watch some great television and relax tonight. Let’s see what we’re recommending to help us all unwind after the weekend.

Megan’s Choice

masterchef2014smallMasterChef has been making me sit on the edge of my seat lately in the pressure tests, especially last week. Watching Leslie go through his fifth pressure test (a MasterChef first), was intense because he was going up against Ahran and Victoria in a challenge that involved cooking Santa Barbara Spot Prawns three ways. As if one way wasn’t difficult enough, but three ways? That is definitely a big hurdle when two were being sent home — Leslie’s lucky he has multiple lives… He made it through yet another test. Victoria left with a smile and was very proud of herself, but Ahran had everyone in tears — even Leslie, now that the two have gained some mutual respect for each other. I don’t believe it’s the end of Ahran’s career at all, seeing as she’s so young. That girl is going places for sure.

On tonight’s episode, “Top 8 Compete,” the remaining home cooks will split into four teams of two and prepare a poultry dish, each using different parts of the chicken. The two pairs who most successfully complete their dishes will be safe from elimination, while the two losing pairs will have to face a series of pressure tests with eggs. In each of the three pressure tests, one competing home cook will move on in the competition.

To see which home cook cracks under the pressure, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching American Ninja Warrior, King of Cones, Hotel Hell, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Teen Wolf, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Jenny’s Choice

amninjasmallI’ve really, really enjoyed this season of American Ninja Warrior, even though Brent Steffensen went out early — I have hopes that they’re doing the wild cards again and he snags a spot! Regardless, there were some spectacular moments, not the least of which is Brent’s girlfriend, Kacy Catanzaro’s run. She is the first woman to ever make it to the finals course at Mt. Midoriyama by completing both the city qualifying and finals courses. She is truly amazing and so much fun to watch. But she’s not the only one. There are a lot of contestants in the finals that I’m rooting for. Joe “The Weatherman” Moravsky — a newlywed (Congratulations, Joe!) — has a great shot at conquering Mt. Midoriyama. No matter who you’re rooting for, it should be an exciting two hours.

On tonight’s episode, “National Finals in Vegas,” the show travels to Las Vegas, Nevada, where the top finishers from the regional finals tackle the ultimate challenge — a four stage course modeled after Mt. Midoriyama in Japan. Competitors will attempt Stage One, with new obstacles the Piston Road and Silk Slider.

Root for your favorite tonight on NBC at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing King of Cones, MasterChef, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Eating America with Anthony Anderson, & Partners.

Kyle’s Choice

switchedatbirth818smallTonight, the third season of ABC Family’s Switched at Birth comes to a close. Last week, the truth about Daphne’s self-destructive behavior finally came out — her part in the vandalism, her taking cocaine, and her getting fired for stealing drugs from work. Things don’t look good for her, and she could be facing a possible jail sentence. Meanwhile, Bay and her friends decided to protest the school’s prom dress code by all wearing tuxes. And Tank helped Toby with his new DJ venture, but when he was offered a gig at Omega Psi, it put their blossoming friendship to the test.

The series has already been picked up for a fourth season, so there’s a lot more to come. What will happen to Daphne? Jail? Probation? Or just a slap on the wrist? And are her dreams of being a doctor permanently crushed? Will she just end up at this new deaf college that Emmett’s mother is setting up? I can’t say that I have been a fan of this downward spiral for Daphne — it seems to have come out of the blue and became so cliche and comical. I hope they can give her some better story lines in the future, starting with tonight’s episode! I’m interested to see what kind of cliffhanger we are left with as these characters graduate tonight, some without any definite college plans as of yet.

On tonight’s episode, “And Life Begins Right Away,” Bay and Daphne’s graduation day arrives, and surprising news about Carlton is revealed. Meanwhile, Daphne fears mistakes from her past will affect her future; and Bay’s plans for life after high school displease her parents.

See how the third season ends tonight on ABC Family at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Under the Dome, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, MasterChef, Hotel Hell, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord, and Teen Wolf.

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