It is rare, these days, that you get what one could call a “thespian” taking over the reins of “Saturday Night Live.” Jude Law, after all, just recently wrapped up a stint playing Hamlet on Broadway, so at first glance you wouldn’t necessarily think that he would make an ideal host (at least based on the show’s recent track record, if not what would actually make a great host objectively speaking). However, then you remember that Jude Law is really quite funny (his last movie role, after all, was his nice supporting turn as Watson in Sherlock Holmes), and you also realize that he’s here promoting a film that no one has heard of and is getting dumped in March (“Repo Men”), which makes things much more comfortable. Sure, Jude Law is a really great actor, but he’s here on the same terms as every other “SNL” host, so it’s unlikely that the show is really going to become that much more classy or, well, good as a result of his presence.
A review of an “SNL” that managed to live up to, but not exceed in any way, those expectations after the jump…
With “The Imperfections of Memory,” “Caprica” featured three people searching elusive, out-of-reach goals. Joseph Adama spent the hour looking for his daughter’s avatar. Daniel Graystone sought to unlock the mystery of the MCP with his rival breathing down his neck. Amanda Graystone sought solace through drugs and alcohol. All got closer to their goals, but not without working through demons from their past.
Read on for my full take on another solid episode from the increasingly engrossing SyFy drama…
Oh boy! Tonight is the night we get to see the design Heidi describes with the stinging criticism, “It’s like a cat in a baby sling!” Which just sounds so weirdly fascinating I have to see it as soon as possible. Is there a pillow involved? Maybe fur? Is this like that chicken-and-egg outfit from last season? How exciting! As much as I love the great designs on this show, it’s the disasters that really make an impression. And this season’s been a little short on weirdness. If the late, great Alexander McQueen can put his models in alien hoof shoes, well, I think these guys can push the envelope a bit further than they have.
Mila informs us that Maya is an old soul, because even though she’s almost twice Maya’s age, she can totally relate to her, which really means she likes the fact they basically have the same haircut. I mean, come on, Mila isn’t exactly the deep and meaningful type. Meanwhile, Anthony urges his teammates to “trust their viscera.” Even though he doesn’t know what that means or where to locate his own viscera. Pssst, Anthony, think fancy word for guts. But I will say, at least it sounds better than trying to inspire everyone with, “trust your entrails!”
Sheryl Crow may think that the first cut is the deepest, but the gang over at A List Of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago has always liked to point out that on "American Idol," the last round of the semifinals actually produces the deepest cuts. It's here that we trim four contestants out of 16, the highest percentage of contestants eliminated in a single show until the end of April.
So who's going home? And who makes our Top 12?
Follow our minute-by-minute recap of Thursday's (March 11) "American Idol" after the Break...
Oh mah gawd. GURL. I feel so fierce. And we haven’t even met new judge Andre Leon Talley yet! Could this possibly be the most ferocious cycle of "America’s Next Top Model" yet? I do think so. And welcome to it.
Technically, this is supposed to be Cycle 14. But that’s just the official name. We here at Hitfix hereby declare this season to be Cycle Spell-Your-Name. Alasia, Naduah, Raina, Anslee ... sigh. So much for girls with gentle names like Britney and Hope. Thanks in advance, Tyra. Thanks A LOT.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (March 10) premiere of "America's Next Top Model: Spell-Your-Name" after the break...]
If the "American Idol" women played it safe on Tuesday night, what can we expect from the "American Idol" men on Wednesday (March 10) night's telecast?
Click through after the break, while Kara tries explaining to Simon what a "binky" is...
Holy cow. As a friend of mine just commented on Twitter, "I haven't cried during a 'Lost' episode in forever. Who knew it would be Ben that broke that streak?"
The arc that Michael Emerson has followed over the course of this series is one of the great happy accidents in TV history, and I find him endlessly watchable. As most 'Lost' fans know, when he was hired to play his role, it was not designed to be as central to the show as it's become, but the producers and the writers watched what he was doing and how audiences were reacting to him, and they shifted things, making Ben Linus a key part of the larger mythology of the Island. And the show is definitely better for it. Ben is one of those characters that they must love writing for, both funny and menacing, sad and scary, all of it depending on the context of the particular episode.
So should it be a surprise that probably the best episode of this final season so far is the one where Ben is the focus? Probably not.
The "previously on" clips this week were short. We saw the death of Jacob, then Jack and Hurley in the lighthouse as Jack's brain melted, then Jacob's warning to Hurley and the rampage where Smokey kicked everyone's ass at the Temple. And then finally, the one beat from last week that I really didn't mention in my recap, when Ben found Sayid sitting over the bodies of Dogen and Lennon and said, "There's still time."
For the past two weeks on "American Idol," we've done 12 performances and then 10 performances spread over two hours. That has allowed for quality informational tidbits on the contestants. Yes, "quality" and "informational" can both be put in ironic quotes, if you like.
On Tuesday (March 9), though... It's eight performances in an hour. So let's go!
Fully recap after the break...