by Kelly Lee
Chopped on Food Network
Official Summary: In each episode, four chefs compete in a three-round contest, where they attempt to incorporate unusual combinations of ingredients into dishes that are later evaluated by a panel of three judges. At the beginning of each round , the chefs are each given a basket containing four mystery ingredients and are expected to use all of them in some way. Although failing to use an ingredient is not an automatic disqualification, the judges do take such omissions into account when making their decisions. The ingredients are often not commonly prepared together. The competitors are given access to a pantry and refrigerator stocked with a wide variety of other ingredients.
Each round has a time limit, typically 20 minutes for Appetizer, and 30 minutes each for Entrée and Dessert. The chefs must cook their dishes and complete four platings before time runs out. Once time has expired, the judges critique the dishes based on presentation, taste and creativity and select one chef to be "chopped" - eliminated from the competition with no winnings. Ted Allen reveals the judges' decision by lifting a cloche on their table to show the losing chef's dish, and one of the judges comments on the reason for their choice to the eliminated chef.
In the Dessert round, the judges consider not only on the dishes created by the two chefs during that round, but also their overall performance throughout the competition. The winner typically receives $10,000.
ALNM rec: I have a problem with this show and that problem is that I CANNOT stop watching it. If I turn this show on, the chances are, it’s during a marathon on Food Network and I can’t stop watching it. When I was in the hospital for all that time, recovering from surgery, my nurses would tell me I would fall asleep with this show on my TV. I don’t know what it is about the Food Network shows that are so addicting, but there’s definitely something there. If you’re a fan of Food Network, you’re probably already familiar with Ted Allen and all his friends that frequently judge Chopped, but did you know that Hulu recently put the entire series on the streaming network? That’s right - all 35 seasons; all 470 episodes. In addition to watching and recording those marathons each week on Food Network, you can also watch it from the beginning on Hulu or watch recent episode on the Food Network app. If you need a day to veg out (no pun intended), this is the perfect bingeable show!
by Kelly Lee
Siren: “Pilot” and “The Lure”
Premiere Date: March 29, 2018
Air Time: 8/7c & 9/8c - series premiere and a new episode following the pilot
In the epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of once being home to mermaids, is turned upside down when a mysterious girl appears and begins wreaking havoc upon the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben and Maddie must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land, and are there more like her out there?
by Kelly Lee
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “I, Ava"
Premiere Date: March 26, 2018
Air Time: 8/7c
Channel: The CW
When Ava disappears, Sara and Ray set out to find her after some prodding from Time Bureau agent Gary and a disturbing truth about Ava. Amaya tasks Zari with helping train Rory in controlling his own Totem power. Meanwhile, Nate and Wally set out on a mission that goes awry when they pair with an unlikely person to try and get a Totem.
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Poll closes on March 26th at 12PM PST. Like last year, results will become hidden starting at Midnight Sunday night with the winner announced on the next episode of the podcast on Monday night. Shortly after we release the episode, results will be made visible again.
Official Summary: The Freedom - EP by Hamilton star Anthony Ramos includes the single "Freedom" as well as four other tracks.
ALNM rec: This is my go to album on Spotify right now during my drive home. These politically inspired songs all take full advantage of Ramos' impressive Broadway vocal range. They have me singing along every day.
Available to stream on Spotify and purchase on iTunes
Santa Clarita Diet
Premiere Date: March 23, 2018
Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix-original series as married realtors, Sheila and Joel, who are living a quiet life, raising their teenage daughter in Santa Clarita, Calif. Their world unexpectedly changes when Sheila goes through a dramatic transformation that sends her down a road of death and destruction -- but leaves her looking and feeling better than ever. Barrymore and Olyphant also serve as executive producers, alongside showrunner and creator Victor Fresco ("Better Off Ted").
I’m posting this because, if I’m going to cry my way through this on a Monday morning, so are you all.
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Polls close on March 22nd at 12PM PST. Have fun!