<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'

Credit: Lifetime

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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<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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