<p>&nbsp;Katee Sackhoff of '24'</p>

 Katee Sackhoff of '24'

Credit: FOX

Recap: '24' Day 8 - '12 a.m. to 1 a.m.'

As a new threat looms over an unsuspecting NYC, personal problems derail CTU's efforts.

 "24" fans: it's the week you've been waiting for: the dreaded Kevin storyline comes to a close! Ding dong, the loser's dead! Since his death distracted two of CTU's finest at a critical juncture in the investigation, no doubt we'll feel the fallout from his death for some time to come. But for now, let's light up some nuclear fuel rods like radioactive sparklers on the 4th of July and relive what went down in the midnight hour. 

[Full recap of Monday's (Feb. 22) night's "24" after the break...]

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<p>Cassie Thomson and Zeljko Ivanek of 'Big Love'</p>

Cassie Thomson and Zeljko Ivanek of 'Big Love'

Credit: Lacey Terrell/HBO

Recap: 'Big Love' - 'Blood Atonement'

'Big Love' takes a disappointing detour to Mexico.

 "Blood Atonement" revels in almost everything I like least about "Big Love." The vast majority of the episode deals with inter-polygamist compound conflicts, a large portion of the episode seems to revolve around an apparent miracle (that's not given any of the ambiguity seeming miracles are usually given on this show) and even the Henrickson compound stuff ends up feeling like a few goofy soap opera twists too many. Now, I didn't hate all of it - it's insanely hard to do bad scenes with the show's central trio of wives, and I liked much of the storyline with Ana up until Margie's big decision - but this is probably the series' weakest episode since at least early season two.

[Full recap after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Jet and Cord of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

 Jet and Cord of 'The Amazing Race'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race -- 'When the Cow Kicked Me in the Head'

Three teams not know for intelligence make a smart bussing move in Chile
Last week, I made fun of the constants on this season's "The Amazing Race," referring to this as the "All-Stupid" season. I singled out several teams -- Brent & Caite, Jordan & Jeff, Jet & Cord, Steve & Allie -- for spectacular intellectual boners and anticipated a season characterized more by mental blunders than any smart racing.
At least temporarily, I have to pause and take off my cowboy hat to Jet & Cord, who were funny, likable and, dare I say it, smart in Sunday (Feb. 21) night's episode of "The Amazing Race," titled "When the Cow Kicked Me in the Head." The other dumb teams may not be off the hook yet, but Jet & Cord have moved from my "The Jury Is Still Out" category into my group of favorites.
[More on Sunday's "Amazing Race" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Eric Stoltz and Patton Oswalt of 'Caprica'</p>

 Eric Stoltz and Patton Oswalt of 'Caprica'

Credit: Syfy

Recap: 'Caprica' - 'Gravedancing'

As Daniel preps for his talk show appearance, Joseph and Sam keep their eyes on Amanda.

Well, it’s been two weeks since the last new episode of “Caprica.” Apparently SyFy thought that counter-programming a solid sci-fi show against the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics was a frakkin’ bad idea. That decision was everyone’s loss, as the show had only started to build a little momentum before being halted almost right out of the starting gate. It’s like something Fox would do to its Friday night programming. Did the show recover its mojo tonight? Not especially, although all things Patton Oswalt and Grandma Adama rocked. Onto what happened! 

[Full recap of Friday's (Feb. 19) "Caprica" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Jonathan of 'Project Runway'</p>

 Jonathan of 'Project Runway'

Credit: Lifetime

Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'A Little Bit of Fashion'

The designers discover dressing wee ones isn’t easy kid stuff

Oh, lord. Can I just say how uninterested I am in tonight’s episode? Seriously, I’m half a heartbeat away from turning on the Olympics and hoping I didn’t miss the curling competition. The reason I’m bored? They’re dressing little girls. On the one hand, it might irritate the designers to the breaking point. On the other, it might irritate me to the breaking point. Is it not enough that I already have to put up with high-pitched shrieking at every sushi restaurant I go to in this town? Not that I hate kids, far from it, but I certainly hate smug yuppie Los Angeles parents, whose definition of discipline is usually, “Now, honey, you go express yourself by kicking the shins of those nice people at the next table over. Aren’t you creative?” Seriously, curling is looking better all the time.
[Full recap of Thursday's (Feb. 18) "Project Runway" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Boston Rob experiences pain on 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'</p>

 Boston Rob experiences pain on 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'It's Getting the Best of Me'

Boston Rob goes for an Oscar, while one tribe has a verbally violent split
Pre-credit sequence. It's raining on Night 3 and the Villains are unhappy. Not having roof will do that for you. Everybody's shivering and crying and Boston Rob is unimpressed with the team morale. "It's making me physically sick," Boston Rob says of his colleagues and their complaints. "Again, again, again I'm on the buffoon tribe," Rob grumbles. Oh, poor Boston Rob. You're legitimately the only Villain I can imagine pitying in this context.
[Full recap of Thursday (Feb. 18) night's "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Didi Benami of the 'American Idol' Season 9 Top 24</p>

 Didi Benami of the 'American Idol' Season 9 Top 24

Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top 24 is Revealed

After picking 7 last night, which 17 singers will round out this season's 'Idol' Top 24?

Last night, "American Idol" revealed the first seven members of the Top 24. That leaves 17 open slots to be filled over the course of only one hour on Wednesday (Feb. 17) night. How will "American Idol" possibly be able to fit in all of the excitement?

And who will join Didi Benami, Michael Lynche, Aaron Kelly, Katelyn Epperly, Lee Dewyze, Todrick Hall and Casey James in the Top 24?

This is the final judgment. And this is "American Idol." After the break...

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<p>There's a &quot;vas deferens&quot; between the Lockes in the two timelines this season on 'Lost.'&nbsp; Ahahahaha... get it?&nbsp; No, seriously, check out the dry erase board behind Terry O'Quinn.</p>

There's a "vas deferens" between the Lockes in the two timelines this season on 'Lost.'  Ahahahaha... get it?  No, seriously, check out the dry erase board behind Terry O'Quinn.

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Lost' 6.04 - 'The Substitute' offers the season's first real answers

Plus little connections start to make the alternative timeline feel important

Now that's more like it.

I enjoyed last week's episode, but I thought it was a pretty typical second episode of a season, setting things up and doing the legwork it'll take for us to really have fun with the rest of the season.  The more I thought about it, though, the more I liked an element of the episode that I initially dismissed as too coincidental, and that's the relationship between Kate and Claire in the off-island "Timeline A" storyline.  My first thought was that I didn't really buy the way they interacted, or the way Kate kept making choices that helped Claire but that put herself harm's way.  But what if what we're seeing off-island right now is all about the way these people find themselves drawn together by forces they don't understand, and what if Kate stayed with Claire because she was compelled to, without even understanding why?

One of the things that started me thinking on that was the scene in the two-hour premiere where Jack gave John Locke his card in the airport and told him to call for a free consult.  And it gave me real pause to see Ethan show up as Claire's OB/GYN.  I think the "Timeline A" stuff is throwing viewers because they don't have a handle on it yet, but I think when the game becomes clear and we realize what we're watching, all those little things like the cut on Jack's neck or the date on Claire's sonogram being a month off from when flight 815 crashed in the first go-round will add up in a way that will take off the back of our heads.

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<p>&nbsp;Casey James of 'American Idol'</p>

 Casey James of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - 'Hollywood Round #3' - Meet 7 of the Top 24

'American Idol' finishes Hollywood Week and the first seven Top 24 contestants are revealed

We aren't quite sure what's going to happen on Tuesday's (Feb. 16) "American Idol," nor why it will take a full two hours, nor what FOX means when the network boasts that "some" members of the Top 24 will be revealed during tonight's episode, but whatever happens, I'll be live-blogging the heck out of it.

[Click through...]

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<p>&nbsp;Freddie Prinze Jr. of '24'</p>

 Freddie Prinze Jr. of '24'

Credit: FOX

Recap: '24' Day 8 - '11 p.m. to 12 a.m.'

With Jack captured by Sergi's men, Farhad learns he's not the only buyer in town for the nuclear material.

Jack Bauer doesn’t stop for the Winter Olympics, people. Nope, “24” just keeps on chugging along, pairs figure skating and biathlons be damned. Despite my Valentine’s Day wish, the Dana/Kevin plot inexplicably continued this week, more torturous than anything experienced by Jack in Sergi’s basement. Let’s find out what happened this week, shall we?

[Full recap of Monday's (Feb. 15) "24" after the break...]

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