If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/5/14

Just a moment to grinch… On Friday night, I went to watch Hawaii Five-0 and realized that, while it showed it recorded, it wouldn’t play. I started checking all the other recordings, and everything from Thursday morning on is the same. I’d been catching up on shows from earlier in the week and hadn’t tried anything from Thursday or Friday until then, so I didn’t know. Argh! This same exact thing happened a month ago, and AT&T came out, tested all the lines, found nothing wrong, and replaced the DVR, which meant I lost everything on there. Thankfully it wasn’t too bad. But now the season’s started and I have a bunch of shows on there. Someone is coming out this afternoon (I was surprised but pleased they’d be working on a Sunday…) to look into it, but it’s going to turn out the same way. This was a NEW BOX. What caused it this time? *sigh* So yeah, I’m not a happy camper. On a good note, it’s the start of a new week, which means great new episodes. To help you narrow down what you should be watching, check out our recommendations.

Jenny’s Choice

halloweenwars2012smallI’m happy because Halloween Wars returns for a new season tonight. I’ve seen some great cake decorators and sugar artists on shows like Next Great Baker, but the talent on Halloween Wars absolutely blows me away. A cake decorator, sugar artist, and pumpkin carver all team up, and five teams compete to win $50,000, with one team going home each week. The Halloween-themed displays range from humorous to gory to creepy…but all are amazing. The show’s a lot of fun and well worth the watch.

On tonight’s episode, “The Haunted Farm,” five teams go to battle to create mind-blowing Halloween-themed displays that capture a terrifying Haunted Farm. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated. Naomi Grossman, who appeared in American Horror Story: Asylum is the guest judge.

See the fun and terrifying displays tonight on Food Network at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Guy’s Grocery Games, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Catch a Contractor, Madam Secretary, CSI, & Cutthroat Kitchen.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Megan’s Choice

brooklyn99105smallI was laughing out loud for real last week when Brooklyn Nine-Nine returned for its second season. Last season, it came onto the television scene and took us on a comedic ride that helped us all smile a bit more. Without a doubt, there have been very few comedies that have premiered with such a strong cast and hilarious writing and maintained it throughout their first season. The second season premiere continued to deliver more of the same hilarity and awesome awkwardness that I’ve come to love from this show. Jake is back from his undercover assignment dealing with the mob, and while we saw one of the mobsters get away, we also saw Jake admit to Amy that he still has feelings for her, even though she’s with Teddy. Charles was overjoyed that Jake was back, but Charles was also keeping a secret about sleeping with Gina—that won’t last long because we know that Charles can’t keep a secret. Captain Holt (one of my favorites on the show) was stressing out because there’s a new police commissioner, and he knows that his precinct is going to come under scrutiny. I’m looking forward to wherever this season decides to take us because it’s bound to be filled with laughs delivered from this amazing cast.

On tonight’s episode, “Chocolate Milk,” Holt is taken by surprise when his long-time nemesis, Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch (guest star Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer) arrives for an inspection of his precinct. Meanwhile, Jake and Terry test the boundaries of “work friends” vs. “friends friends” as they investigate a stabbing at a hipster chocolate milk bar.

To see how Holt faces this unexpected difficulty, tune in to FOX at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be watching Once Upon a Time, Guy’s Grocery Games, Madam Secretary, Halloween Wars, Mulaney, The Good Wife, Cutthroat Kitchen, and CSI.

Kyle’s Choice

homeland105smallTonight, Showtime’s Homeland returns for the start of its fourth season with a double-episode premiere. As the third season came to a close, Saul’s plan was successful—he was able to turn Javadi and plant him as a pro-US head of Iranian intelligence. He also got Brody to assassinate Akbari, though that didn’t work out well for Nicholas, who was captured and executed for his crime. And pregnant Carrie was distraught at the loss of her baby’s father. So where does this leave us for the new season? Does Carrie blame Saul for Brody’s death? Will she be able to get over the loss of Brody? How will she deal with being a mother and having such a dangerous job? Will she settle down to a desk job?

I’ve seen tonight’s premiere and really enjoyed it. It’s interesting to see what has happened to these characters after some time has passed from the events of last season. Besides addressing the personal issues and demons being faced by the characters, there is also a timely and thought-provoking new political conflict that the gang must deal with. And the series still brings the tense drama and heart-pumping action sequences we’ve grown accustomed to over the previous three seasons. I am so glad the whole Carrie/Brody thing is finally over—I was ready for Brody to blow himself up in the first season!

On tonight’s first episode, “The Drone Queen,” season 4 begins with Carrie, the CIA Chief of Station in Kabul, making a critical decision when her counterpart in Islamabad delivers urgent intelligence on a high-value target. Back in the U.S., Saul struggles to adjust to the private sector. And then in “Trylon and Perisphere,” an official inquiry brings Carrie back to the U.S., where she struggles with her ambivalence toward motherhood. Meanwhile, Quinn spirals out of control; and a disgraced former case officer reveals disturbing new information.

Check out the start of this season’s drama tonight on the 2-hour premiere on Showtime at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, CSI, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Mulaney, and The Strain.

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