<p>&nbsp;Carol and Brandy of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

 Carol and Brandy of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race -- 'I Think We're Fighting the Germans, Right?'

World War I proves confusing for all, while Morse Code proves impossible for one team
From the newly revised American 2010 Declaration of Independence:
 
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (and also women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator (or by evolution, in the case of a Godless universe) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of a million dollars on the unscripted TV show of their choosing."
 
I took it upon myself to do a little Jeffersonian overhaul after watching Sunday (March 14) night's episode of "The Amazing Race" and pondering how the show's producers ended up with this pack of contestants who seem not to feel any urgency or excitement at being a part of this globe-trotting game show with a massive cash prize.
 
At least half of the remaining eight teams on "The Amazing Race" aggressively appear not to have any desire to win and, in addition, seem to have an almost anhedonic inability to enjoy what they're doing. At the very least, that's some dreadful casting work on a show which has thrived on pitch-perfect casting over the course of its Emmy-winning run.
 
So while Sunday's episode was tense and rather thrilling at points, I spent less time excited and more time eager to throttle the alleged competitors.
 
Click through for a recap of Sunday's Race...
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<p>&nbsp;Jude Law</p>

 Jude Law

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Jerry Seinfeld nearly upstages Jude Law and Pearl Jam

'Marriage Ref' star drops by, but the Digital Short for 'Boombox' is an 'SNL' highlight

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… 

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<p>&nbsp;Esai Morales of 'Caprica'</p>

 Esai Morales of 'Caprica'

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Recap: 'Caprica' - 'The Imperfections of Memory'

As Amanda spirals further downwards, both Daniel and Joseph take steps towards finding their daughters.

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… 

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<p>&nbsp;James of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'</p>

 James of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Knights of the Round Table'

The Heroes suffer more pain, as a knee injury threatens to knock James out of the game
Pre-credit sequence. So how will JT's first alliance handle his betrayal? And how will JT's second alliance handle the fact that despite one great blindside, they still don't have the numbers? The Heroes return to camp and Colby is pleased. "Tonight, JT is a hero," Colby grins. JT goes around and says that he didn't do what he did for personal reasons. He did it for the team. He tries to argue that he made his decision at Tribal Council. "I'm really pissed off right now," Rupert says. The next morning, JT and a pouty Amanda parlay. JT keeps insisting that what he did wasn't a matter of joining forces with Tom and Colby so much as taking the opportunity to boot Cirie. He repeats multiple times that he'd never turn on Amanda and the rest of that alliance. "I see right through him," Amanda tells the camera, noting that JT has made 20 alliances so far. But she's prepared. "Bring it on," Amanda announced. Now that's the Amanda I like. Does that mean she's doomed?
 
[Full recap of Thursday's "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...]
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NIna Garcia, Michael Kors and Heidi Klum the judges of "Project Runway."

NIna Garcia, Michael Kors and Heidi Klum of "Project Runway."

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Recap: 'Project Runway' - Who was the object of Heidi Klum's wrath?

Did the loser design a 'cat in a baby sling' dress or no?

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!”

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<p>&nbsp;Paige Miles of 'American Idol'</p>

 Paige Miles of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - 'Idol' reaches its Top 12

America unleashes several shockers as four more singers head home

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...

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<p>&nbsp;Strange 'America's Next Top Model' interloper Ren. We don't know where she came from.</p>

 Strange 'America's Next Top Model' interloper Ren. We don't know where she came from.

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' Premiere - 'Be My Friend, Tyra!'

Tyra Banks kicks off Cycle 14 with 13 full-sized models and Week One makeovers

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...]

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<p>&nbsp;Michael Lynche of 'American Idol'</p>

 Michael Lynche of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top 8 Men perform

Big Mike Lynche is the only male singer to impress on a lackluster 'Idol' evening

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...

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<p>Richard and Jack had a rather tense talk in just one of the many memorable scenes from 'Dr. Linus,' this week's episode of the final season of 'Lost'</p>

Richard and Jack had a rather tense talk in just one of the many memorable scenes from 'Dr. Linus,' this week's episode of the final season of 'Lost'

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Recap: 'Lost' 6.07 - 'Dr. Linus' offers Ben a choice and a chance at redemption

Michael Emerson does some of his best work of the series in an excellent episode

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."

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<p>&nbsp;Siobhan Magnus of 'American Idol'</p>

 Siobhan Magnus of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top 8 Women perform

With a big elimination coming, the ladies play it safe and only Siobhan and Crystal truly shine

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...

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