<p>&nbsp;Nathan of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

 Nathan of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Week 4 - Eliminations

One dancer flies high and gets eliminated anyway

Yes, it’s Cat Deeley’s least favorite day of the week – elimination Wednesday. And I’ll admit, it’s not my favorite either, in part because the people I think should go home (Mollee, Nathan, ahem) never seem to get kicked to the curb. But hope springs eternal, as there were some pretty stinky performances (and some pretty amazing ones as well) last night, so  you’ve got to think eventually justice will reign. Right? Right?

[Full recap of Wednesday (Nov. 18) night's "So You Think You Can Dance," complete with results, after the break...] 

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<p>&nbsp;Morena Baccarin and Christopher Shyer of 'V'</p>

 Morena Baccarin and Christopher Shyer of 'V'

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Recap: 'V' - 'A Bright New Day'

Anna gets a visa, Erica gets a new partner and the Resistance grows

"A Bright New Day" is half snooze, half actual plot momentum, as though the producers of "V" realized about midway through that, hey, this is a show about alien warfare they're building here, so everyone involved might as well get down to fightin' some aliens. With all of the ABC "Lost"-alikes this season, it often seems like the network really truly thinks that what made "Lost" such a popular show with so many people was its sense of dramatic portent, those scenes when the characters stared ominously into the distance as ominous music played and ominous birds made ominous noises off in the ominous distance. But that's not why it was at all! "Lost" is a really fun show, and it has a great sense of how to balance out its ability to be portentious with its ability to have, like, Hurley drive a van through some Others. So far, "V" and "FlashForward" haven't quite figured this out yet, but at least there were indications "V" knows the direction to head in in this episode.

But the bad thing is that all involved with "V" apparently think the best way to go about a show about killin' those damned aliens is by turning it into a police procedural. Tonight, there's a death threat against the V's, so, naturally, they turn to Elizabeth Mitchell's Erica because a.) the V's don't have security measures of their own and b.) Erica's the only woman for the job and c.) No one's apparently realized that she was Dale's partner, and maybe the fact that he died and was with her at the resistance meeting where he died doesn't raise any alarms for the V's, who mostly seem concerned with making sure they're pleasing all of the people all of the time at this stage of their mysterious plan. (To the show's credit, at least Erica and Joel Gretsch's Jack vocalized some of our questions about what's going on, like why the V's don't just blast us all to kingdom come and then take our kangaroos or whatever it is they're here for.)

[More on Tuesday (Nov. 17) night's "V" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Kevin of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

 Kevin of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Week 4 - Top 14 Performances

A paso doble rocks while 'Sweet Charity' turns sour

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...] 

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<p>&nbsp;Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia of 'Heroes'</p>

 Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia of 'Heroes'

Credit: Chris Haston/NBC

Recap: 'Heroes' - 'Brother's Keeper'

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.

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...]

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<p>&nbsp;Dan and Sam of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

 Dan and Sam of 'The Amazing Race'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' -- 'We're Not Meant for the Swamp'

Matt & Gary get a relaxing Speed Bump, while tensions flare between Sam & Dan and the Globetrotters

 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...]
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<p>January Jones couldn't match her 'Mad Men' co-star Jon Hamm's excellent outing as an 'SNL' host.</p>

January Jones couldn't match her 'Mad Men' co-star Jon Hamm's excellent outing as an 'SNL' host.

Credit: SNL

Recap: 'Saturday NIght Live' - January Jones masters fart humor

Watch clips from the best of the Jason Sudeikis dominated show

 

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...

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<p>&nbsp;Matthew Davis of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

 Matthew Davis of 'The Vampire Diaries'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'History Repeating'

Things keep getting witchier for Bonnie, Stefan and Damon bond and there's a mysterious new teacher in town

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...]   

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<p>&nbsp;Carol Hannah of 'Project Runway'</p>

 Carol Hannah of 'Project Runway'

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Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'Finale Part 1'

A mean stomach flu puts one of the top three in danger

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...]

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<p>&nbsp;Dave of 'Survivor Samoa'</p>

 Dave of 'Survivor Samoa'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Samoa' - 'Tastes Like Chicken'

The castaways eat a rodent, enjoy a waterslide and Russell sets off an interesting Tribal Council
Pre-credit sequence. 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.
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<p>&nbsp;Laura of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

 Laura of 'America's Next Top Model'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Hawaiian Hip Hop'

After dancing and embodying a goddess, the models face a surprising double-elimination

 

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...]

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