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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/20/14

Megan’s birthday was yesterday (Happy birthday, Megan!), so she had a party last night with her family & friends…ergo she wasn’t awake enough to participate in today’s Remote. But Kyle & I are here to entertain you, so check out what we’re recommending. *grin*

Jenny’s Choice

flippingtheblocksmallA few years ago, I had a friend who lived in Australia and was able to get me episodes of a show that aired there, called The Block. Teams of two had to renovate apartments in a single building (and later on, separate houses, rather than apartments in the same building), living in the space as they renovated. It was a great show, and my husband & I loved it. FYI just started a series a few weeks ago called Rowhouse Showdown, with a similar concept, except they aren’t living in the houses they’re renovating, which is honestly one of the best parts of the Australian series.

So when HGTV started advertising their latest series, Flipping the Block, I was really excited, especially when I learned it’s the same format as the Australian series. Four teams move into identical living spaces, where they will demo the place and make over the entire home before it goes on the auction block. The winning duo keeps the return on investment, along with a $50,000 cash prize. They’ll be mentored by David Bromstad (first winner of Design Star), Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict), & Scott McGillivray (Income Property). It should be a lot of fun seeing the pain the teams will have to go through as they live in the messes they’re renovating!

On tonight’s episode, “Welcome to the Block,” four teams are tasked with the job of renovating a dilapidated condo complex for resale in only eight weeks. Their first challenge is to redesign a master bedroom from the floor to the ceiling, and the winner receives $5,000.

See the spaces the teams have to move into and find out who wins the first prize money tonight on HGTV at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Guy’s Grocery Games, Food Network Star, The Last Ship, The Musketeers, Unforgettable, Cutthroat Kitchen, Frankenfood, & Reckless.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/8/14

Ahh, Sunday. Friend or foe, your choice. For me, it’s both a blessing and a curse, especially this week. My husband had last week off for vacation, so he goes back to work today (boo!), but there’s a lot of great TV on this week, starting tonight (yay!), so… What about you? For now, check out what we’re recommending you watch tonight!

Jenny’s Choice #1

thebigtipsmallMy first pick tonight is a Food Network special, called The Big Tip with Rachael Ray. Tonight is a sneak preview of a new show hosted by Rachael, which will air this coming fall. In this brand-new series, Rachael will travel to one town each episode and meet three incredibly hardworking people who have been serving as waiters and waitresses for years. Each of these deserving individuals will receive a life-changing tip — but only one of them will receive the big tip.

I love the idea of this show because too often, servers — even hardworking ones — go unnoticed and under-appreciated. Years ago, when my family and I lived in the small town of Garden City in the southwest corner of Kansas, there was a cheap, family-style restaurant (think a step down from Applebee’s or Chili’s, but a sit-down place, not fast food) that I loved to go to. The food was good, not great, and the prices were cheap, but not quite McDonald’s. But there was one waitress there who was always friendly, always had a smile on her face, was always efficient, and always got my order right (and if you knew me, you would know I tend to place the most complicated orders in the history of dining out: no sauce, light sauce, extra sauce, sauce on the side, no lettuce, etc etc. LOL). I’d love to imagine others like her who get noticed by Rachael’s show and rewarded for the extra effort they put into their jobs.

On tonight’s episode, “Serving Up Big Tips,” Rachael Ray and Rossi Morreale travel throughout America on a mission to give life-changing tips to deserving waiters and waitresses, meeting a foster mother studying for the ministry, a woman who volunteers, and a waitress who has a dog rescue.

Catch the show tonight on Food Network at 10/9c.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 7/21/13

Welcome to a new week for TV. Kyle’s at Comic-Con, and Megan’s away for a birthday celebration with her man, so it’s just JJ & me tonight. And that’s okay, ’cause we’ve got some good recommendations. 😉 Keep reading to find out out what!

Jenny’s Choice #1

hgtvstarsmallI’ve been a fan of HGTV Star since the beginning. Then season’s been pretty good, too. I was upset that Anne went home last week. I’m not a fan of Brooks at all. I think he’s weird—which isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case…—and too awkward on camera. Anne was always enjoyable on camera, and yes, her designs were always “pretty,” but that didn’t necessitate sending her home, in my opinion. Out of the two designers left besides Brooks, I have to throw my vote to Tiffany. Jeribai is okay, but as a TV viewer, I’d prefer watching Tiffany.

On tonight’s episode, “Palm Springs Finale,” the three finalists must make over a suite in a Palm Springs resort hotel.

Find out who goes home the winner tonight on HGTV at 8/7c.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/9/13

I’m so glad it’s Sunday, because that means a new week of great TV (with even more premieres this week!). Then again, being Sunday means it’s also halfway through the weekend… It’s quite the dichotomy! I both love it and hate it. As for TV, there’s some fun stuff on tonight, so to see what we’re recommending tonight, keep reading. 😉

Jenny’s Choice

hgtvstarsmallTonight is the season premiere of HGTV Star (fka HGTV Design Star). I love this show because I’m a big fan of design shows and the challenges they put the contestants through can be almost brutal. I love David Bromstad, who was the Season 1 winner, as the host. He knows what the contestants are going through, and he’s just a nice, fun guy. Vern Yip and Genevieve Gorder are great as judges, and this season, Sabrina Soto joins them on the judging panel. I really enjoy her as well, so I’m looking forward to the new season.

On tonight’s episode, “A Brand New Season,” ten gifted contenders will compete for their own show on HGTV. Host and mentor David Bromstad gives the designers their first challenge: to create a vignette, or section of a room, that represents their personal style or brand. To make their space really distinctive, each designer will have the opportunity to create their own original fabric and wallpaper. The challenge winner will have an item from his or her space adapted for sale on the popular website One King’s Lane. Stress levels are high as the designers race against time to showcase their POVs and prove that they deserve to be the next HGTV Star.

Check out the new designers and see who you’re going to root for tonight on HGTV at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Food Network Star.
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