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

 Jesse of 'Project Runway'

Credit: Lifetime

Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'The Hi's and Lows of Fashion'

It’s teamwork time – and one duo dukes it out, big time.

Well, it’s the very first team episode, so I’m guessing there’s going to be hair pulling and seam ripping, because this crew is shaping up to be one dislikable bunch of wannabes. Even before we discover what the challenge for the day will be, it seems like everyone lines up to take a pot shot at Ping. Granted, she’s an easy target, what with a name like Ping and her buttless dress, but it seems a little early in the season for people to be this snide. Not that she was the only target. Jesse, who I hadn’t even realized was on the show up this point (yeah, memorable the guy is not) had to ask Jesus if his strategy for winning was to be in the bottom two week after week. Seriously, why not just smother him with a pillow, Jesse? Who put eau du jerkass in the communal body wash?

[Full recap of Thursday (Jan. 28) night's "Project Runway" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Vanessa Johnston of 'American Idol'</p>

 Vanessa Johnston of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - Dallas Auditions

The stars at night are big and bright, joining Neil Patrick Harris deep in the heart of Texas

8 p.m. Before rushing off to try to catch Louis C.K.'s new Sundance documentary, it's time to recap "American Idol" auditions from Dallas.

8:01 p.m. Kady Malloy footage? Oh yes. I'm most certainly sold on Texas auditions. 

8:02 p.m. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders? Well that's just gilding the lilly.

[More after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Austin Fullmer of 'American Idol'</p>

 Austin Fullmer of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - Los Angeles Auditions

The City of Angels draws Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne as guest judges

8:00 p.m. ET Welcome to the Los Angeles auditions for "American Idol," a convenient location that allows Ryan Seacrest not to have to take the day off from any of his 37 other jobs.

8:01 p.m. Hurray for Hollywood, indeed. The Rose Bowl brought out 11,000 hopefuls, who are all competing to earn a trip to Hollywood, which is just redundant.

[Full recap of Tuesday (Jan. 26) night's "American Idol" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Jack Coleman of 'Heroes'</p>

 Jack Coleman of 'Heroes'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'Heroes' - 'The Art of Deception'

As Noah zeroes in on Samuel, Sylar begs Parkman to strip him of his powers

Deception. It’s what most “Heroes” fans thrust upon themselves to digest the show at this point in its run. While there have been some tolerable aspects to the “Redemption” volume (the Claire/Gretchen relationship, Emma, the notable lack of Suresh), in general the carnival plot simply hasn’t gone anywhere. A villain with a lack of discernable motivation, coupled with too many plots not directly tied to the big top, has led to a sprawling, disconnected mess in which the high points have been buried under three rings of muck.

But enough with the metaphors, onto the review!

[More on Monday's (Jan. 25) "Heroes" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Kristin Kreuk and Zachary Levi of 'Chuck'</p>

 Kristin Kreuk and Zachary Levi of 'Chuck'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. First Class'

Chuck goes out on his own and meets Kristin Kreuk

Greeting from Park City, Utah, "Chuck" fans.

As much as I enjoy a good lengthy "Chuck" recap, my current Sundance Film Festival-based time crunch may make this week's recap a smidge less in-depth than usual. With that in mind, I invite y'all to delve into whichever aspects of "Chuck vs. First Class" that I happen to gloss over in an effort to get to an evening screening (and possible procure hot food of some sort).

Fortunately, "Chuck vs. First Class" is a good episode with lots of funny and exciting bits. And how could it not be, coming from the pen (or computer keyboard) of series co-creator Chris Fedak?

[Thoughts on Monday (Jan. 25) night's "Chuck" after the break...]

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

 Katee Sackhoff of '24'

Credit: FOX

Recap: '24' Day 8 - '8 p.m. to 9 p.m'

As Renee's cover story threatens to unravel, Dana's past comes back to haunt her.

After the 4-episode overload last week, it was nice to only have one episode of “24” this week to push the bounds of plausibility. Last week featured so much farfetched plot that it didn’t even register that Renee’s horror last season over Jack’s techniques makes absolutely no sense now that we know she was undercover with a Russian mob for several years prior to that. Took Hitfix’s Daniel Fienberg to point out that little nugget of inconsistency after I posted my recap. But hey, it’s hard to see the forest from the trees in the Shenanigans Forest that is this show.

But enough about the past, what happened tonight? Let’s get down to it.

[Full recap of Monday's (Jan. 25) "24" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Chloe Sevigny of 'Big Love'</p>

 Chloe Sevigny of 'Big Love'

Credit: HBO

Recap: 'Big Love' - 'Strange Bedfellows'

'Big Love' examines just why anyone would love Bill Henrickson in an uneven episode.

Why would anyone be married to Bill Henrickson? That's one of the bigger questions at the center of "Big Love," a question that the show has never really answered as well as it might have, since the three women at the show's center are so much more interesting and compelling figures in comparison to their mutual husband. Some of that may be due to Bill Paxton, a good, reliable guy at playing regular Joe types but someone who can't really live up to the lines the show gives the other characters about the charisma that shines off of him. Some of it may have to do with the show's milieu, a world where unquestioning patriarchy is the norm, as opposed to the more gender-equal society most people who can afford HBO live in. And some of it may just have to do with the fact that there's really no one who's good enough to score with Barb AND Nicki AND Margie. And, hell, Ana while we're at it.

[Full recap of Sunday (Jan. 24) night's "Big Love" after the break...]

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"Caprica" bring the world of "Batlestar Galactica" back to SyFy.

Credit: SyFy

Recap: 'Caprica' - prequel to 'Battlestar Galactica' returns

Does it have the magic of its predecessor?

For all of you that couldn’t frakkin’ live life without “Battlestar: Galactica,” today’s a banner day indeed as “Caprica” finally premiered on the Syfy Network. As background: I was a big “BSG” fan, though I couldn’t name all the variations of Six that appeared in the show’s run, liked everything about the finale except the final five minutes, and will undoubtedly make a mistake or three in terms of analyzing the show’s mythology. So I beg your kind forgiveness up front, gentle readers, as I try to contextualize this show in light of its predecessor. After all, all of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.

And yes, “Caprica” is all about context. Even if you don’t have any knowledge of the events in “Battlestar,” the opening shot gives you all the info you need: “Caprica: 58 Years Before the Fall.” The tension in the show derives from the same place as, say, the 4th season of “Lost”: we the audience know that this story is going to end badly, but the characters inside the show do not. Luckily, “Caprica” seems inherently less interested is how things will end and more pre-occupied with how things get there. 

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<p>&nbsp;Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

 Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of 'The Vampire Diaries'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Bloodlines'

Old flames, new friends, and BIG reveals as “Vampire Diaries” returns!

 OMG, you guys! How did we all make it through the last two months without new episodes of “The Vampire Diaries?” One People’s Choice Award and countless dull Thursday nights later, the CW show is back with a bang in the form of a slow-simmering episode that picks off right after Elena’s spooky car crash. As new friends get to know each other and old ones get reacquainted, exciting developments are looming for our favorite Mystic Falls inhabitants – starting with a few big story reveals. Who’s excited?

To recap for those of you with foggy memories: Bonnie’s a witch, Logan’s back, Logan’s dead, and Damon wants to reanimate Katherine. More importantly, Elena had S-E-X with Stefan, freaked when she saw Katherine’s photo, crashed her car, and ran over a hooded man with reanimating limbs who then started coming for her. And that is where we pick up this week.

[Full recap of Thursday's (Jan. 21) "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]

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<p>Mila of 'Project Runway'</p>

Mila of 'Project Runway'

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Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'The Fashion Farm'

The designers get an impossible task – and one designers bares butt

Does anyone else sense that “Project Runway” is getting progressively crueler to its contestants? At first I was thinking Heidi’s “ve vill make you wuhk” accent was swaying me, but no, I think the producers are gradually getting on the mucktastic reality TV show bandwagon with the goal of making their little designers cry, freak-out or come to blows. Start plying the designers with margaritas and this dog-and-pony show will be ready for VH1.

[Full recap of Thursday (Jan. 21) night's "Project Runway" after the break...]

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