What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – NFL Playoffs

The NFL playoffs continue this weekend, with games between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens. Only two of them will be in the conference championship games next week. Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. Undercover Boss. The CEO of Kampgrounds of America works behind the scenes of his own company. 7:00 PM CT CBS

2. Last Man Standing. The longtime architect of Outdoor Man faces professional competition from a beautiful young woman, and Vanessa questions if her recent promotion was because of her looks or talent. 7:00 PM CT ABC

3. NBA Basketball. Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

4. Malibu Country. Reba is taped saying some not-so-nice words about Kim during her baby shower, June tends with her crush on Sage, and Lillie Mae helps Cash find a way to get girls to notice him. 7:30 PM CT ABC

5. CSI: NY. The CSI team tries to get the truth from the suspects that allegedly shot an off-duty cop during a robbery. 8:00 PM CT CBS

6. Dateline NBC. A nursing student disappears during her shift, and her family tries to find out what happened to her 8:00 PM CT NBC

7. Shark Tank. Proposed ideas include a capsule that keeps beverages hot, a new way to clean stuffed toys, and a new type of ice cream experience. 8:00 PM CT ABC

8. Fringe. Trying to find out information about Donald, Walter goes into the deprivation tank, and Capt. Windmark goes on a revealing missing. 8:00 PM CT Fox

9. Killer Karaoke. Stinky dance partners and unruly attack dogs accompany contestants singing karaoke. 8:00 PM CT truTV

10. Say Yes to the Dress. In the first half hour, Crystal looks for the perfect Princess Pnina dress, Kelly wants a black gown inspired by Grace Kelly, and Deborah wants to have the Royal Wedding of South Beach, feeling a connection to Princess Diana. In the second half hour, Ebony has a rush order for a form-fitting gown, Cynthia’s veil and dress clash, and Passant is visiting from Egypt and only has a short amount of time to find a dress. 8:00 PM CT TLC

11. Ghost Adventures. From 1901 to 1981, 13,500 people were incarcerated at Wyoming Frontier Prison, and 200 of those prisoners died inside the walls. Of those lost their lives, fourteen people were executed by the state and two prisoners froze to death in the unheated dungeon one cold winter night. The rest were victims of lynching, murder, suicide, disease and old age. Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin look for evidence that these prisoners are still there in some way. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

12. Blue Bloods. Jamie deals on the job with the consequences of his actions, and Erin grills Mayor Poole 9:00 PM CT CBS

13. 20/20. Stories include a man who lied about his dad drowning, accidents fakes for monetary gain, a bomb threat called in to ruin a rival’s trip, a fake family created on the Internet, pranks, and a young man pretending to be a doctor and a cop. 9:00 PM CT ABC

14. Merlin. In this episode, prophecies of Mordred begin to weigh heavily on Merlin. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

15. Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best. the first half hour, the top 10 All in the Family moments. In the second half hour, the top 10 classic brides. 9:00 PM CT TLC

16. Teen Trouble. Josh forces a 14-year-old who is out of control to confront death. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

17. NBA Basketball. Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

18. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Ben Affleck, Kristen Bell, and Rodriguez. 10:35 PM CT NBC

Saturday

1. College Basketball. Georgetown at St. Johns. 10:00 AM CT ESPN 2

2. College Basketball. Duke at North Carolina State. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

3. College Basketball. Tennessee at Alabama. 12:00 PM CT ESPN 2

4. College Basketball. North Carolina at Florida State. 1:00 PM CT ESPN

5. College Basketball. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma. 2:00 PM CT ESPN 2

6. NFL Football. AFC Divisional Playoff Game, Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos. 3:30 PM CT CBS

7. Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals. AFC Divisional Playoff Game, Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos. 4:00 PM CT NBC

8. 20/20. The Road to Miss America 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. NFL Football. NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. The 2013 Miss America Competition. Chris Harrison and Brook Burke-Charvet host from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. 8:00 PM CT ABC

11. Staten Island Law In the first half hour a couple wants help with a pre-nup. In the second half hour, a barbershop owner has a dispute with one of his barbers. 8:00 PM CT OWN

12. 48 Hours: Hard Evidence. In the first hour, a woman is found dead in her home shot in the head, with a suicide note. In the second hour, a man disappears with the only clue being a garage that had one been used by Mark Twitchell for filming, with his last products being a movie about a serial killer than he acted out for real. 8:00 PM CT TLC

13. Pit Boss. The staff disagrees with Shorty who wants to open is own kennels, and Mikey and a guest disagree during a gig at an L.A. nightclub. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

14. Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unsusual. Series premiere. In the first half hour, Cyndi is invited to appear on an episode of NBC’s hit show The Voice, where she will sing “Money Changes Everything” with season one finalist Beverly McClellan and has lunch with Kathy Griffin. In the second half hour, Cyndi is invited to perform at the celebrity-studded Kentucky Derby and brings the family along for the weekend. On the way to the stage, there’s a technical snafu, and Cyndi is handed a mic that she believes is turned off, but it’s not, so when she accidentally drops the f-bomb, it is broadcast to a live TV audience 8:00 PM CT WE

15. Hysteria. Two doctors in Victorian England cure their patients with manual stimulation of the female genitals, which leads to the invention of the vibrator. 8:00 PM CT Starz

16. 48 Hours. A young man stands accused of killing his mother. 9:00 PM CT CBS

17. Wedding Band. The guys find themselves having to contain a rock star fan who starts hanging out with then at a Sweet 16 party. 9:00 PM CT TBS

18. Pit Bulls and Parolees. Memphis Grizzlies star Zach Randolph talks to Tia about a dog rescued from a drainpipe, and Mariah and Early get a puppy prepared for adoption. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

 

Top Chef Seattle – Ep 10 – You Can’t Fake Soul

I’ll get right into the crux of the elimination this week, by saying something rather simple. Why would you want to open a restaurant that serves raw meat, when you could just go get sushi? Is there such a big clamoring for an all-Carpaccio theme restaurant? Is there a yearning in the American public for one place where you could get as much raw beef as you want? And even if there was, would you want a plate covered in gobs of random raw meat, vegetables and various sauces? It was just a bad, bad, bad idea.

And it took such an epic fail of a restaurant concept to overcome the latest episode of “The Josie Show.” The problem with “The Josie Show” is that each episode seems just too formulaic. Josie claims to make food close to her heart and soul. Josie tries to serve the food to a room full of hungry people. Josie fails miserably and does everything short of a ventriloquism act to distract the hungry people while she cooks at a speed barely measurable on film. Tom gets pissed at Josie. And the food comes out badly. And she survives to cook another day. If they don’t start mixing up the plots of “The Josie Show,” it’s going to go the way of the sitcom with the monkey doctor.

So, that prelude is basically what this week was all about. Restaurant Wars was split into two parts this season – the Final 8 have an individual challenge this week, leading up to the official wars next week. Each chef has to come up with a concept and then serve a dish which personifies their restaurant concept. The two favorites will be selected as Executive Chefs for the Wars, and will pick their teams right there in the Stew Room. The trick…they will not know who is in the Bottom Three as they select the teams. One team will wind up fighting Restaurant Wars with one fewer team member as a result. Nice twist, Show.

I’m going get right in there and spoil who wins the challenge. If you don’t care to know, well, watch this for a few minutes, and then watch the friggin episode. I mean, you know I’ve posted this column late. I always post this column late. No excuses.

Is everyone gone that wanted to be gone? Someone do a head count. I’ll wait.

(Whistling)

OK, so Kish and Papa Smurf each earned the win, with OTV falling just short. Both winning concepts were good ones – but I worry for Kish. She chose a French theme, but the food is not the issue. The problem is going to be the fact that she wants it to be a formal dining experience. She will have less than 48 hours to open this restaurant, and that concept seems to be rather complicated. Papa Smurf used his grandfather as inspiration to go for a modern Filipino theme – which should prove easier to set up. The trick there is I am uncertain if his team members have much experience with this cuisine. I assume Papa and OTV were battling for the second slot as their concepts were similar – OTV using his dad for inspiration for his steak and potatoes style restaurant. I wonder if Papa Smurf got the nod because of the complexity of his concept.

So, here’s the fun part of the episode – in my opinion. And maybe this is my love for Survivor coming out, but it is a rare case where strategy comes front and center in Top Chef. Kish and Papa Smurf have to select a team. Kish picks first – not sure if that meant she was main winner of the challenge, or if she won Rock, Paper, Scissors or something. She makes a smart pick – Brooke. Not only has Brooke done lots of winning recently, but Kish knew she was safe due to her immunity win at the Quickfire. Papa Smurf counters with an equally smart pick – OTV. He knew he was safe because he stood with Kish and Papa in the winner’s circle. Now for the tricky part – who should Kish take next between Lizzie, Thumb, Micah and Josie. I personally think you want Stefan the Thumb for this one, but Kish goes with Lizzie, as Papa grabs Thumb right away. Kish mutters a curse after this. Did she really think Stefan would last to her? I wonder why she took Lizzie – does she consider her to be a better chef, or did she like her concept more than his and thus thought Lizzie would be one of the middle chefs this week?

Clearly, both Papa and Kish knew that Micah and Josie were in trouble. Kish had the choice here and went with Josie. That surprised me a lot. The question to me lies with this – is it more beneficial to have Josie or lose Micah? Josie has proven to be a difficult teammate to manage this season – and the previews for next week show that may in fact be the case. Are you better off with the fourth set of hands, or to go shorthanded but with presumably fewer staff issues? I guess we shall see next week how that works out for Kish.