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

 Karen of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Week 3 - Eliminations

Two dancers go home – but not the two that should have
Ugh, elimination night! The first live results show of the "So You Think You Can Dance" season! Which means stupid America makes the first cut! Noooo! Because we all know that voters are tween ninnies who vote for who they'd like to giggle with at a slumber party (Mollee) or have a chaste first kiss with (Nathan). There is no justice in the world. Someone, take away their bedazzled Hello Kitty iPhones, STAT!
[Recap of Wednesday (Nov. 11) night's "So You Think You Can Dance," complete with results and spoilers, after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Scott Wolf of 'V'</p>

 Scott Wolf of 'V'

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'V' - 'There Is No Normal Anymore'

Erica and Father Jack find themselves under suspicion, while Chad plays TV hardball
I kind of feel like "V" should be cheesier or something. The high-gloss sheen that covers the series, from the very-good-for-TV special effects to the A-list cast to the solid technical work, just makes the fact that a lot of what's going on is pretty stupid that much more apparent. Last week, I speculated that "V" wants to be a lot of different shows, but it increasingly feels like the only notable science fiction series the producers of "V" watched before producing the series was, well, the original "V." There's still good stuff in the series, but the overwhelming feeling one gets after watching it is that it's kind of all over the place and way too dedicated to trying to keep its small-scale and large-scale storytelling separate.
[More on Tuesday (Nov. 10) night's "V" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Mollee of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

 Mollee of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Week 3 - Top 16 Performances

One dancer can't bring the sexy to the final 16
Wow, I can't think of a worse cross promotion than "The Simpsons" and "So You Think You Can Dance." Maybe "Dexter" and "My Pretty Pony" or maybe "Paula's Home Cooking" and "Celebrity Fit Club," but really, I know Fox needs to get people tuning in during sweeps, but I have this fear of seeing Homer and Marge galoomping across the stage doing a Viennese waltz and it makes me want to throw up a little.
[Full recap of Tuesday (Nov. 10) night's "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Zachary Quinto of 'Heroes'</p>

 Zachary Quinto of 'Heroes'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'Heroes' - 'Shadowboxing'

As Parkman and Sylar wage war over Matt's body, Samuel and Noah wage war over Claire's allegiance.

It’s fitting that the main villain of this season’s “Heroes” can create sinkholes, since this week’s episode was all about fighting formless enemies. In “Shadowboxing,” the stories themselves didn’t quite overlap, but all featured fights against an invisible foe. Some were external, and a few were internal. Unfortunately, none were all that compelling. As “Redemption” reaches its halfway point, it’s high time for Samuel’s master plan to start revealing itself. All these feints, dekes, and stalemates are growing colder than Matt Parkman’s body in the back of that ambulance.

[Full recap of Monday (Nov. 9) night's "Heroes" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Jon Hamm of 'Mad Men'</p>

 Jon Hamm of 'Mad Men'

Credit: AMC

Recap: 'Mad Men' Season Finale -- 'Shut the Door. Have a Seat'

With the future of both Sterling Cooper and his family at risk, Don takes bold action to salvage his professional and personal lives.
With the third season of "Mad Men" having come to its glorious conclusion, it's out with the old and in with the new. In "Shut the Door. Have a Seat," Don Draper lost everything familiar and came out on the other side bruised but chastened, down but not out, surrounded by associates yet more determined than ever to reestablish family. If Season 3 was about knocking Don down to size (and then ultimately to the ground), this season finale was about him starting to pick himself up again. 
[Full recap of Sunday (Nov. 8) night's "Mad Men" season finale after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Gary and Matt of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

 Gary and Matt of 'The Amazing Race'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' -- 'This Is the Worst Thing I've Ever Done in My Life'

A classic Roadblock returns and causes fireworks for several teams
Poor Lena & Kristy. They were both mighty cute, but as "Amazing Race" teams go, they're memorable for one reason and one reason only: They spent 10 hours in a Swedish pasture unrolling bales of hay without ever finding a clue in a treacherous Season Six challenge. And they didn't even have the most memorable meltdown in the task. They're only memorable for having failed at the challenge.
That legendary Roadblock made a triumphant return on Sunday (Nov. 8) night's "The Amazing Race," producing the requisite exhaustion and tension, but no Lena & Kristy-esque failures.
[Full recap of Sunday night's "Amazing Race," complete with discussion of the results, after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

 Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - '162 Candles'

Stefan celebrates his birthday, an old friend comes a-callin' and Damon gets bloody


I’m still in shock over the death of Vampire Vicki. So is Elena, who still struggles with all the secrets she now has to keep. She must have been the most honest person in Mystic Falls, because this vampire business has seriously complicated her life – and her relationship with Stefan. Muddling things further is Lexi, a hot, blonde vampire who’s been around the block for a few centuries and comes to visit Stefan for his 162nd birthday!
[Full recap of Thursday (Nov. 5) night's "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]

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

 Carol of 'Project Runway'

Credit: Lifetime

Recap: 'Project Runway' - ' The Art of Fashion'

With Bryant Park around the corner, two designers are auf’ed this week

 Oh ma God, two designers are going home on Thursday (Nov. 5) night's "Project Runway"! And then it's Bryant Park! Could you just die? Obviously, this is going to be a Very Stressful Week, so I expect screaming and bitching and Irina just generally being Irina and Christopher just being Christopher, which means lots of crying. So let the games begin!

[Full "Project Runway" recap, with double-spoilers, after the break...]

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