<p>&nbsp;Ellen DeGeneres of 'American Idol</p>

 Ellen DeGeneres of 'American Idol

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Recap: 'American Idol' - 'Hollywood Round #1'

Ellen DeGeneres makes her 'Idol' debut as Hollywood Week begins

8:00 p.m. ET Welcome to the chaos of "American Idol" Hollywood Week and, most particularly, the debut of Ellen DeGeneres as permanent "American Idol" judge. 

8:01 p.m. I don't think I've ever done Hollywood Week as a live-blog, so this may be a mistake. There's much too much to process. We'll see how this goes and maybe I'll do something different tomorrow.

[Full recap of Tuesday's (Feb. 9) "American Idol" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Robert Knepper of 'Heroes'</p>

 Robert Knepper of 'Heroes'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'Heroes' - 'Brave New World'

Heroes descend from all corners of the globe to New York City, where Samuel plans to unveil himself to an unsuspecting world.

Did “Heroes” make the earth move under our feet in the season finale? Not especially, although there were a few nice moments sprinkled in here and there to remind us why we still watch the show at all. Did the climatic carnival battle disappoint? It was not a Kirby Plaza-esque disaster, but hardly a war worthy of a volume-ending episode. As for the hints of the next volume? Well, we’ll get to that at the end.

[Full recap of Monday's (Feb. 8) "Heroes" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Annie Wersching of '24'</p>

 Annie Wersching of '24'

Credit: FOX

Recap: '24' Day 8 - '10 p.m. to 11 p.m'

As Jack and Vlad meet face to face, Hassan takes more extreme actions in the wake of his brother's betrayal.

Ouch. That’s all I have to say about tonight’s “24,” and not just because of that Tarantino-esque flash of gore about two-thirds of the way through the episode. No, primarily I’m in pain at the slow pace of the season so far. Political intrigue and the threat of nuclear armament having taking a back-seat to squirt gun fights between Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dumber. Sigh. Onto the “action”…

[Full recap of Monday's (Feb. 8) "24" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Brandon Routh of 'Chuck'</p>

 Brandon Routh of 'Chuck'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Mask'

Chuck and Hannah and Sarah and Shaw spend quality time together at a museum

Dear "Chuck" fans...

We hope you enjoyed the season's first seven episodes. If you think about it, they were sort of a bonus, since the show wasn't supposed to come back at all and then it wasn't supposed to come back this soon. So we hope you won't get too offended by a little hiatus and we also hope you won't forget the show. Don't worry. We promise we'll advertise for "Chuck" occasionally during the Winter Olympics. Not as much as for "Parenthood" or the "triumphant" return of Jay Leno to "The Tonight Show," but we'll remind you that "Chuck" exists whenever there's a lull in the luging. Oh, who are we kidding? There's NEVER a lull in the luging.

And now, are you ready to CURL?!?!?

Love NBC, Your Official Home for the 2010 Winter Olympics


Yes, "Chuck" is about to take a couple weeks off for the pageantry and chilliness of Vancouver, but how fortuitous that the "Chuck" mini-hiatus arrived with "Chuck vs. the Mask," an episode that gave the strong impression that it was intended as a natural breathing spot within the arc of the first 13 episodes. "Chuck vs. the Mask" wasn't spectacularly cliffhanger-y, but it pushed the story to a couple emotional points that we've been building to for weeks.

[More chatter about "Chuck vs. the Mask" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Bill Paxton of 'Big Love'</p>

 Bill Paxton of 'Big Love'

Credit: HBO

Recap: 'Big Love' - 'Sins of the Father'

Bill Henrickson has a moment of reckoning in the latest 'Big Love.'

"Sins of the Father" seems as if it wants to be the "Come, Ye Saints" of season four. That season three episode, one of the best hours of television of 2009, was a collection of story points coming to a head, of characters finally confronting each other about things they'd been holding in for far too long. "Sins of the Father" has some of the same feel to it, but it ends up falling just a step or two behind "Come, Ye Saints," ultimately, mostly because the series' increasing reliance on the Bill runs for state Senate plot to hold everything together shines even more light on just how ridiculous of a plan it is. Now, I think that's the point. We're meant to see that Bill's hubris and belief in his own greatness are blinding him to just how deeply his run for election is hurting his family. But that plot has been a deal breaker for many viewers this season, who just don't buy that Bill would never be talked out of his idiocy.

[Full recap of Sunday's (Feb. 7) "Big Love" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Ashton Kutcher</p>

 Ashton Kutcher

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Ashton Kutcher channels Mel Gibson and Them Crooked Vultures rock

There are laughs to be had -- but why were they at the end of the show?

There are a few things that make me feel old. Not knowing the lyrics to a single Miley Cyrus or Jonas Brothers song. Thinking Taylor Swift is cute but can’t sing a damn lick. And being one of those people who whines about when “SNL” used to be good. Which really wasn’t that long ago (I’m thinking Tina Fey as Sarah Palin). But it’s such a traditional bitch about the show I hate to even drag it out. Still, this has not been a banner year for “SNL”, and I wonder if, without a bumbling idiot of a Republican or two in the headlines, if it’s just too much to ask for some pointed humor instead of potty jokes. But I’m going to think positive and dive right in tonight.

[Recap of Saturday (Feb. 6) night's "Saturday Night Live" after the break...]

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

 Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales of 'Caprica'

Credit: Syfy

Recap: 'Caprica' - 'Reins of a Waterfall'

In the fallout of Amanda's announcement, both Daniel and Joseph take drastic steps.

"Once you start in a direction, it’s best to keep going." So sayeth Sam Adama early in the latest installment of “Caprica.” After the explosiveness of the two-hour pilot and the histrionics of last week’s final moments, this week featured something of a breather. By pausing the action, it allowed the heads of the show’s three main families to take stock of a world now on uneasy ground, a world ripe for change. Let’s scope out the affects on the three families, starting with the most unconventional one first.

[Click through for the full recap of Friday (Feb. 5) night's "Caprica"...]

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

 Amy of 'Project Runway'

Credit: Lifetime

Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'Design Your Heart Out'

All the designers have heart – but the loser lacks taste

Wow. Now that Ping is gone, I just feel kind of deflated. Even if you didn’t like her buttless dresses and her tendency to model her own outfits, Ping was definitely a character during a season which seems pretty low on fun. This means Anthony better not leave anytime soon, or somebody needs to spike the water supply with over-the-counter cold medicine. I’m just saying, time to mix things up a bit.

[Full recap of Thursday's (Feb. 4) "Project Runway" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley play dress-up again on 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

 Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley play dress-up again on 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Children Of The Damned'

More bloodsucking flashbacks as Stefan and Damon recall the events that strained their relationship

It always comes back to Katherine, doesn’t it? As Stefan and Elena secretly work against Damon to find the Grimoire that can free Katherine, we flash back to the past to find out what exactly Stefan did to make Damon hate him for all of eternity. (Hint: it involves Katherine, their love triangle, and Kelly Hu.)

[Full recap of Thursday's (Feb. 4) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "Children of the Damned," after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Kara DioGuardi of 'American Idol'</p>

 Kara DioGuardi of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - Road to Hollywood

The 'Idol' season's final audition episode is a catch-all showcase

9:01 p.m. General Larry Plant is the only memorable contestant to audition for "American Idol," this season, a fact that the show sadly has no choice but to acknowledge as Wednesday (Feb. 3) night's "Road to Hollywood" special begins. The "Pants on the Ground" auteur is the only good *or* bad contestant to stir up any buzz in Season Nine, which can't possibly be ideal. But maybe Wednesday's episode will fix things?

9:02 p.m. Denver contestant Jessica Furney opts to sing something called "Footprints in the Sand," a composition notable for carrying Simon Cowell's name as a co-writer. It's an awful song, but Simon's new status as creative individual astounds that episode's guest judge, Posh Spice. She's through to Hollywood. I guess everybody tonight will be?

9:04 p.m. "We saved the best for last," Ryan Seacrest assures us. Oh good. Then why have we been watching for the past seven episodes and for the past eight-plus hours? It was one thing when this catch-all special was used to make sure that we didn't miss out on the few singers who weren't quite exciting enough to make individual audition episodes, but this season's openers have been all about the most intriguing stories and barely at all about the most talented singers. Does that mean that we're finally about to meet the next American Idol? Click through...

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