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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/18/14

Another week down, another one beginning. We’re in what pretty much amounts to the last week of the current TV season. Then we’ll have a short rest where there’s not a lot on, and we’ll be complaining… Before long, the summer shows will start, and then we’ll start complaining about wishing we had more free time! (Oh, is that just me? *snicker*) For right now, though, let’s concentrate on those shows still new, so check out our recommendations for tonight.

Jenny’s Choice

americasbestcook518smallI’ve really been enjoying America’s Best Cook on Food Network. Michael Symon is still reigning surpreme, with both his cooks left in the competition. Last week, cutie Chef Marcel Vigneron was the guest judge, and after the chefs had to cook with tough ingredients like octopus, quail, and chicken livers, he sent only Sheri (Team Tyler) and Ben (Team Cat) to the Pressure Cooker, where they had to filet and cook a fish. I liked both Sheri and Ben, although I liked Ben better, and I liked Tyler better…so I wasn’t sure who I was rooting for. In the end, Sheri went home, meaning Michael Symon has two cooks left in the competition, while Cat Cora and Alex Guarnaschelli both have one. I have no idea who will take home the prize, but I know it should be a fun and exciting episode, especially since Bobby Flay is the guest judge!

On tonight’s episode, “Thunderdome Finale,” the final four cooks compete in three challenges, with Bobby Flay eliminating one cook after each, and only one cook and one mentor will stand victorious.

See who takes home the prize of $50,000 tonight on Food Network at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Dream Builders, Guy’s Grocery Games, Signed Sealed Delivered, Cutthroat Kitchen, Kitchen Casino, Hungry Investors, The Mentalist, & Salem.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/27/14

Well, it’s been a big weekend in the Rarden household… Our 16yo son has his learner’s permit and is now driving. It’s such a scary thought. Luckily, the hubs is teaching him, so I don’t have to be in the car. LOL While I sit home chewing on my fingernails, check out our recommendations for what to watch.

Jenny’s Choice

americandreambuilderssmallI’m really digging American Dream Builders. I love design shows, and I love competition shows, so combining the two is a recipe for greatness for me. Last week was unfortunate because the judges would’ve chosen the opposite team that the neighborhood council did, but because the rules state that they must choose someone to go home from the losing team that the neighborhood council didn’t choose, they had an extra tough decision to make. They did make the right decision in sending Erinn home. They loved her kitchen, but one of their least-favorite rooms out of both houses was the son’s bedroom that Erinn did. It was much too old, boring, & kind of hotel-y for a young boy.

We’re down to the final six designers. While Elaine has been…better the last couple of weeks, she’s still much too cocky and much too…witchy for me. Other than that, it’s kind of hit or miss for me. Some weeks, I like one contestant. Some weeks, I like another and hate the one I liked the week before. So it’ll be interesting to see how it continues to play out.

On tonight’s episode, “Colonial Duplex,” for the first time in the competition, the designers must renovate a single project, a colonial-style duplex. Six designers remain, and the focus for this week’s challenge is to create a “Lowe’s fantasy bathroom.” Personalities clash as the teams are reshuffled. Jay Riordan serves as site manager of Team Blue, but he struggles to lead with team member Dann Foley trying to take control. On Team Red, Lukas Machnik and Elaine Griffin find difficulty in site manager Darren Moore’s casual work style. Ultimately, one designer is sent home.

Find out who goes home tonight on NBC at 7/6c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing America’s Funniest Home Videos, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, America’s Best Cook, Believe, Catch a Contractor, Cutthroat Kitchen, The Mentalist, & Salem.
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/30/14

It’s the start of another week, which means we’re in for some more great TV. I’m so excited for some of the stuff that’s on, and that includes tonight, so check out our recommendations. 🙂

Jenny’s Choice

americandreambuilderssmallLast week was the premiere of American Dream Builders, and it was a lot of fun. Nate, Monica, & Eddie were great as the hosts/judges, with the surprising twist that the neighborhood council got to walk through each house and help judge who the winning team was. Some of the renovations the teams made were great, but there were some definite mistakes & stupid decisions. Trying to make space for the family, and they turn the master closet into a bedroom for the two kids (a boy and a girl who were already sharing a room), while turning the old room they shared into a new den for the family? Stupid. Nate put the kibosh on that real quick by giving his opinion that it was a mistake, and the team changed their mind, giving one child the new room and the other child in the old room, which they redesigned. And then there was the whole bathroom vanity… Not only was it ugly and horribly refinished, but it wasn’t even functional! A family of that many people who all share one bathroom HAVE to have storage that the team didn’t give them. Crazy.

On tonight’s episode, “Mid-Century Modern,” two teams of designers will tackle sweeping makeovers for two mid-century Modern-style homes that are just a few doors down from one another in Palm Springs, Calif. This week the focus is on bringing a “dream home” to reality. The contestants are challenged to create a stunning “outdoor oasis” and, in the midst of things, must deal with a massive rainstorm that causes delays and frustrations. In the end, one designer from the losing team will be sent home.

See who gets sent home tonight on NBC at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing America’s Funniest Home Videos, Food Court Wars, Believe, Chopped, Resurrection, Catch a Contractor, Crisis, Cutthroat Kitchen, & The Mentalist.
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Recap/Review – The Good Wife – “Goliath and David” – 1/5/14

thegoodwiferecap112smallAlicia and Cary take on a copyright case; Eli presses Marilyn for the identity of her baby’s father.


We get to relive the lovely moment where Eli spits out his wine after learning that Marilyn plans to name her son Peter. She claims she’s naming him after the father, not Peter Florrick, another Peter that needs his privacy.

Alicia approaches the two, and Eli is having trouble diffusing the obvious tension.

The band working the party approaches Alicia with a case. A Glee-like TV show, Drama Camp, recently covered a Rebel Kane song, “Thicky Trick.” But the show’s cover sounds exactly the same as the band’s cover, except they’re not making a profit. Alicia and Cary aren’t sure they want to take the case until they learn that the song is a hit and they could take a percentage of the earnings.

Burl Preston is representing the network for Drama Camp and looks for Alicia in her old office. While he searches, Diane and Co. hold a quorum to determine whether new clients should be solicited. Will loses this debate and seeks out Burl Preston anyway. He wants to help him beat Alicia.

Eli heads to Kalinda to help find the father of Marilyn’s baby.

The band’s manager isn’t the brightest. He purchased the compulsory license, but not the derivative rights, because it was cheaper that way.

So Alicia and Cary set out to purchase the derivative copyright from Rebel Kane. He’s unusually agreeable and sells the boys the copyright for $5.

But nothing is ever that simple. The network, represented by Burl Preston and Will Gardner, are now suing the duo for $800,000.

Damian wants to know why Kalinda is following him and is worried that she’ll find out some sordid information, though he won’t let on about that info just yet.

On the first day in court, Alicia begins to question Mr. Canton (Matthew Lillard) about when he wrote the melody to the song. Will interrupts and objects at every possible moment, simply to throw Alicia off her game.

Cary encourages Alicia to use the same tactic against Will, and she does so with a simple change of clothes.

While Will questions the creator of Drama Camp about his inspiration for creating the new melody for “Thicky Trick,” his thought process is deeply interrupted with memories of his and Alicia’s first night together.

Kalinda follows Marilyn to the OB-GYN, but is interrupted by Jenna. Kalinda doesn’t take too well to Jenna’s interference with her work, but an apology and dinner will surely make up for it.

Back in court, Will questions Mr. Canton and determines that he was on the lot of Drama Camp before he came up with the melody for “Thicky Trick.” Judge Marx halts the proceedings to determine that, yes, the creator of Drama Camp did steal the work, but as it was unauthorized, the band stands to gain nothing from it and Preston’s suit can still go forward.

After dinner, Kalinda searches for clues as to the whereabouts of the other Peter, with Jenna by her bedside. She finds photos from a reunion, one of Marilyn with a Peter. Jenna receives a call, presumably from Damian, upsetting Kalinda.

Now Alicia and Cary are claiming that the band satirized the rap song, and a work of satire would automatically be protected.

Will attempts to draw the quorum together again by threatening some of the new partners, but Diane sees right through it and disassembles it quickly.

It turns out Peter from the reunion is married and didn’t hook up with Marilyn at the reunion. He says she was called to work at the Sheraton in Springfield. Guess where Peter, the governor, was that night?

The defense and the prosecution put two opposing musicologists on the stand, and they accomplish nothing really.

Rebel Kane is next on the stand, and he does little to help matters; he says his song is already satirical.

Kalinda went to the Sheraton looking for security footage from the night of September 7th, and sure enough, that disc is missing.

Alicia sets Robin up to look for any forums that agree that the band’s version of the song is satirical.

Eli tries once more to get Marilyn to cop to the identification of the father, but she’s sticking to her guns.

While checking the forums, Robin reads a comment that points out the bowling pins heard in the clip played on Drama Club.

After the quorum debacle, Diane heads to Will’s office for a pep talk. She’s worried about how Alicia’s departure is affecting Will. He’s not thinking clearly.

Anne Stevens of The Tribune phones Eli, asking for a comment on some video footage she’s just received.

Robin plays back the tunes for everyone to hear, and there it is: the bowling pins. The band recorded the song in a bowling alley, and Drama Camp sold that version on Swedish iTunes before cleaning it up.

Kalinda wants to cool things off with Jenna because she’s not so happy with her need to share things with Damian.

Eli comes in to watch the video, and it’s not hotel footage; it’s evidence of Peter buying the election. A few moments later, Marilyn decides to bring the real Peter to light: it’s Peter Bogdanavich! That matters little now.

Ah, the guest stars. Matthew Lillard is phenomenal, and I nearly choked when finding out the answer to the baby daddy drama!

I missed the later episodes of last season and have to catch up on this buying-votes fiasco, but it sounds wonderfully juicy!

– Lindsay

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Recap/Review – The Good Wife – “The Decision Tree” – 12/1/13

thegoodwiferecap1214smallA former client has left Alicia a large sum of money; the Florrick/Agos Christmas party creates problems for Eli.


Kalinda’s trailing Damian yet again in what looks to be a high-speed chase. He’s stopped at Florrick/Agos to hand Alicia her $150,000 refund for her capital contribution. It is Damian, so he isn’t going to make it easy; first, she must sign off on the novella that is her exit contract from LG. She hands it off to Clarke Hayden to uncover any hidden traps before signing it.

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