Recapping Television's Hottest Shows with Monkeys as Critics
A paso doble rocks while 'Sweet Charity' turns sour
Kevin of 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Well, we’re down to the final 14, and I can’t believe we’re already to the point in the competition where everyone’s so darn good you’re sorry to see anyone go home... wait, Kathryn’s still here... and oh yeah, Mollee and Nathan are still stinking up the joint, so scratch that thought altogether. Would all of you Twitards who are keeping them in the competition go see “New Moon” and stop voting for a minute? I know Nathan’s cute and you want to be Mollee’s giggle buddy, but really, they can’t even get through the show intro without screwing up.
[Recap of Tuesday (Nov. 17) night's "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break...]
As Hiro's travels to the past reveal the true nature of Samuel's power, Parkman reveals the true nature of Nathan's demise to Peter.
Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia of 'Heroes'
Credit: Chris Haston/NBC
For weeks, “Heroes” fans have patiently awaited an explanation for Samuel’s recruitment process and his ultimate goal. In tonight’s episode, “Brother’s Keeper,” they finally got their answer. Did it satisfy? As with all things about the “Redemption” volume, yes and no. While the answer more or less proved organic in the context of what we’ve seen so far, it’s unclear if that answer is anything more than the histrionic desire for POWER. Sweet, delicious, augmented POWER!
[Full recap of Monday (Nov. 16) night's "Heroes" after the break...]
Matt & Gary get a relaxing Speed Bump, while tensions flare between Sam & Dan and the Globetrotters
Dan and Sam of 'The Amazing Race'
I don't like non-elimination legs on "The Amazing Race." Well, sure, I'd have gladly taken a non-elimination leg when poor Team Aspy lost their documents and went from first-to-last in an instant. And I guess I wouldn't have turned the reprieve down any of the two or three times in the past that non-elimination legs have saved teams that I genuinely liked. But in general? I'm not a fan.
One thing I know for sure, though, after Sunday (Nov. 15) night's "Amazing Race," is that it's time for the show's producers to rethink the added obstacle faced by the teams surviving non-elimination legs. Because this Speed Bump thing has become a total failure.
[Full recap, with results, after the break...]
Watch clips from the best of the Jason Sudeikis dominated show
January Jones couldn't match her 'Mad Men' co-star Jon Hamm's excellent outing as an 'SNL' host.
It's been awhile since we've had a chance to visit "Saturday Night Live," but besides missing what turned out to be a popular hosting stint by none other than Taylor Swift it seems this season hasn't necessarily turned around yet aside. So, it was with great hope that we tuned to catch "Mad Men's" January Jones inaugural stint as host. Who knew Jones would be forced to resort to potty humor and it would turn into Jason Sudeikis' night to dominate the show instead?
Intro: A Message from the Vice President
Sudeikis gives us a taste of things to come as he appears once again as Vice President Joe Biden. Seems Biden has crashed the Oval Office while President Obama is overseas in Asia. Biden admits he's not allowed in the White House, but explains "Why am I here? Because Joe Biden follows his heart and not instructions." He also promises that while Obama's gone he'll solve one of the three following problems: Afghanistan, Economy or Health Care. Afghanistan? Not possible, "It's worse than Scranton." Fix the economy? "We already did it. The stimulus is working. Remember: the stimulus is working!" Health Care? "We're gonna crave in like crazy. [The President will] literally sign anything. Remember that public option? Poof!"
Instead, Biden promises to get Health Care passed and add a middle class tax cut. "Joe, how are you going to pay for a 1.2 trillion plan by cutting taxes? Finally..."
...it's live from New York, blah, blah, blah...
Things keep getting witchier for Bonnie, Stefan and Damon bond and there's a mysterious new teacher in town
Matthew Davis of 'The Vampire Diaries'
Credit: The CW
Bonnie gets possessed this week on “The Vampire Diaries,” but it’s only the centerpiece around which juicy other happenings sizzle beneath the surface. A hot new teacher? Check. Paul Wesley crying AND shirtless? Give us more. Damon’s secret unveiled? You betcha. But with all of the nods to “New Moon,” is “The Vampire Diaries” piggybacking on this month’s “Twilight” movie?
[Full recap of Thursday (Nov.12) night's "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]
A mean stomach flu puts one of the top three in danger
Carol Hannah of 'Project Runway'
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! It's time for Fashion Week! Or at least a whiff of Fashion Week, because it's part one of the finale so we're not all the way there yet, but at least we're close. Althea, Carol Hannah and Irina are getting ready to duke it out which should be all kinds of good TV, and I'm bracing myself for those tedious Very Special Home Visits we usually get subjected to, but hey, you've got to take some bitter with the sweet, I suppose. I'm hoping it will all be worth it because Irina will somehow make a horrible misstep and design total crap, though I know that's about as likely as Carrie Prejean doing a sex tape... hey now, wait a minute!
[Full recap of Thursday's (Nov. 12) "Project Runway" after the break...]
The castaways eat a rodent, enjoy a waterslide and Russell sets off an interesting Tribal Council
I still haven't gotten over just how big a moron Erik was last week and how completely responsible he was for his own shocking blindside. But if the "Survivor
" editors want to give Natalie credit, I guess that's fine. Back at Aiga camp that night, Russell is feeling regret at having played his Idol at Tribal Council. Laura is also astounded by Russell's self-outing, gloating, "It could not have happened any better for us." She promises that Russell is out next. Russell has spent the entire season telling the camera about his own brilliance, but his only real achievement was finding the poorly hidden Immunity Idol that he subsequently wasted. Well, Russell... What do you have up your sleeve? Or are you a wizard in a wife-beater? Thursday (Nov. 12) night's "Survivor: Samoa
" may be a make-or-break episode for Russell. He either does something appropriately diabolical, or he gets my vote as the most overrated contestant in "Survivor" history.
After dancing and embodying a goddess, the models face a surprising double-elimination
Laura of 'America's Next Top Model'
Credit: The CW
Erin is still here -- in the bottom four, actually, by the skin of her skinny teeth. Being in the final four is like, soooo weeeeird for Nicole, the childhood nickname "Bloody Eye" apparently falling into the category of, like, booo-ring.
"Jen," Nicole intones, looking at the winning photo from last week, "I am obsessed with your leg muscles!"
"I know, they're like, insane a little bit," Jennifer replies.
Like, I know, right!?
[Full recap of Wednesday (Nov. 11) night's "America's Next Top Model," with results, after the break...]
Two dancers go home â€“ but not the two that should have
Karen of 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Ugh, elimination night! The first live results
show of the "So You Think You Can Dance
" season! Which means stupid America makes the first cut! Noooo! Because we all know that voters are tween ninnies who vote for who they'd like to giggle with at a slumber party (Mollee) or have a chaste first kiss with (Nathan). There is no justice in the world. Someone, take away their bedazzled Hello Kitty iPhones, STAT!
[Recap of Wednesday (Nov. 11) night's "So You Think You Can Dance," complete with results and spoilers
, after the break...]
Erica and Father Jack find themselves under suspicion, while Chad plays TV hardball
I kind of feel like "V
" should be cheesier or something. The high-gloss sheen that covers the series, from the very-good-for-TV
special effects to the A-list cast to the solid technical work, just makes the fact that a lot of what's going on is pretty stupid that much more apparent. Last week, I speculated that "V" wants to be a lot of different shows, but it increasingly feels like the only notable science fiction series the producers of "V" watched before producing the series was, well, the original "V." There's still good stuff in the series, but the overwhelming feeling one gets after watching it is that it's kind of all over the place and way too dedicated to trying to keep its small-scale and large-scale storytelling separate.
[More on Tuesday (Nov. 10) night's "V" after the break...]