If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/7/14

Ever coughed so much and so hard that you either bruise your ribs, pull all the muscles around your lower chest, or otherwise injure yourself? No? I highly recommend it. It makes breathing, sleeping, and moving oh-so-much fun. While I dose myself with drugs (over-the-counter, legal ones, of course!) and wallow in misery, check out what we’re recommending you watch on TV tonight.

Jenny’s Choice

pressurecookersmallThere’s a lot on tonight that I’m planning on watching tonight, but one thing I’m very interested in is the premiere of a new food competition show, which, as everyone knows, is one of my favorite things to watch on TV. In each episode, viewers will see three new teams compete in a different city in the US for a cash prize. One member of the team is a chef, while the other has little to no culinary expertise. They’ll have a limited amount of time to prepare dishes, and with just a small budget, a map, and a smart phone (with no internet), they must source the best produce from local suppliers and create a world-class meal for the panel of judges. Max Silvestri (one of the hosts of the new show The Feed) hosts. He’s pretty funny, so I think he’ll be a good host on this one.

On tonight’s episode, “Burlington, VT,” three teams compete to see who can make the best farm-to-table dish. They must race through the foreign farmlands of Vermont on a quest to find and gather only locally raised or grown seasonal foods, bring them back to the Pressure Cooker Pop-Up Kitchen, and create a unique farm-to-table meal aimed to dazzle our hardened judges.

Check out this new show tonight on FYI at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Underground BBQ Challenge, Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, The Great Food Truck Race, Hungry Investors, Unforgettable, Cutthroat Kitchen, & Reckless.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Megan’s Choice

rvgkidssmallIt doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen a show with either Rachel Ray or Guy Fieri… I love them as much if not more every time. Tonight’s installment of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off will be no exception, especially because the kids are equally as amusing as the hosts. I enjoy seeing how well both Rachael and Guy work with the kids, as well as how creative the kids can be with challenges that would stump most adults. One of my favorite challenges was watching them having to work with ingredients they hated, because we all know how strongly kids feel about gross food.

On tonight’s episode, “Barbecue Bonanza,” after tasting dishes that their parents may have had as kids, like salmon mousse and ambrosia, the kids choose one retro dish to modernize. In the Main Challenge, the kids will be asked to create a classic Southern barbecue, using ingredients that the other team picks for them. Chef G. Garvin comes to the kitchen to judge the kids on their barbecues and Camera Challenges!

To see how the mini chefs take on this week’s challenges, tune in to Food Network at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching The Great Food Truck Race, Cutthroat Kitchen, Ray Donovan, The Leftovers, and Witches of East End.

Kyle’s Choice

utopiasmallTonight, FOX kicks off its ambitious new reality “social experiment,” Utopia. The series finds 15 men and women placed in an isolated location and given the task to create their own society and rules, as cameras watch their every move 24/7, for an entire year! Each month, three of these “pioneers” will be nominated and could be sent packing. The viewers will decide who will take their place from among a group of hopeful new applicants.

The series is based on a Dutch show of the same name and comes from prolific reality TV producer John de Mol (Big Brother, Fear Factor, The Voice, and a lot more). While the live streams went live a week ago, I have been avoiding any news as to what’s going on in Utopia, so tonight will be my first glimpse into this world, meeting the cast and seeing how the show will play out. It sounds like an interesting concept, but without any real end goal or prize, it seems more like The Real World than De Mol’s other reality competition series. With so much new Fall TV on the way, it will really rely upon the cast’s personalities as to whether or not I continue to watch.

DVR Warning for the East Coast: Football is back on FOX tonight, so this program may not start on-time. (I REALLY hate sports overruns and having to adjust my delicate DVR Jenga!)

Check out tonight’s 2-hour series premiere on FOX at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, The Strain, Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, The Great Food Truck Race, and The Leftovers.

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