<p>Jack Coleman of 'Heroes'</p>

Jack Coleman of 'Heroes'

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Recap: 'Heroes' - 'Turn and Face the Strange'

Sylar stalks Noah, Parkman pursues Danko, and Angela gathers the family to unearth some family secrets

David Bowie was a chameleon back in the start of his rock and roll career, so it’s only fitting that “Heroes” titled tonight’s shapeshifting-filled episode “Turn and Face the Strange” after a line from Bowie’s hit single “Changes.” But the changes in tonight’s episode were not merely physical, but emotional as well. Quite a few characters experience life-altering events that shattered whatever passes as “normal” life within the confines of this show.

So, if I may steal a line from tonight’s resident Asian redneck, “Let’s rodeo!” (And yes, that’s the only time I’m going to mention him. In fact, I’m already regretting the fact that I brought him up at all.)

[Recap after the break...]

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<p>Jon Voight of '24'</p>

Jon Voight of '24'

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Recap: '24' Episode 17 (12 a.m. to 1 a.m.)

Jonas and Olivia play hardball and Jack learns that Kim may be his only hope

I need Elisha Cuthbert's stem cells and I need them now!

No, I'm not attempting to start some sort of Bizarro Jurassic Park where cloned Elisha Cuthberts roam free and NHL players pay a hefty fee for entrance (though that might be a good business plan).

No, I need Elisha Cuthbert because she may be the only person capable of saving Jack Bauer's life.

OK. To be perfectly fair, I'm doubtful that Elisha Cuthbert could actually save Jack Bauer's life, but Kim Bauer may be able to and I hear Elisha Cuthbert knows how to reach her.

All of that will make a lot more sense (complete with spoilers) as I recap Monday (April 6) night's "24" after the break...

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<p>Eliza Dushku and&nbsp;Tahmoh Penikett of 'Dollhouse'</p>

Eliza Dushku and Tahmoh Penikett of 'Dollhouse'

Credit: Carin Baer/FOX

Recap: 'Dollhouse' - 'Needs'

There's a revolution brewing in the Dollhouse, but are Echo, Sierra and Victor in charge?

Tonight, we get the great escape. All the promos have promised Echo and the other Actives will remember who they are, and try to break out. We can safely assume this will not actually happen, because the show is called “Dollhouse,” and it wouldn’t make much sense without the Dollhouse. But we can watch them try, can’t we?

[Recap, with spoilers, for Friday (April 3) night's "Dollhouse" after the break...]

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<p>Sydney of 'Survivor: Tocantins'</p>

Sydney of 'Survivor: Tocantins'

Recap: 'Survivor: Tocantins' - 'One of Those Coach Moments'

Coach has trouble with beans, Taj makes an Idol and JT makes an alliance

Pre-credit sequence. Wow. It's been a long time since last we hung out with our favorite "Survivor: Tocantins" castaways. Or, I guess, since we spent time with our least favorite "Survivor: Tocantins" castaways. We begin in Jalapao camp, where JT isn't concerned about the loss of Spencer, but he says that any loss is a tough one with a potential merge approaching. Sydney's worried about her fate if Jalapao loses again, though she's cuddling up with Joe again to make sure that her position secure. Joe, who admits he has "a thing" for Sydney [That's what she said!], assures her that she's safe. That's a ton of foreshadowing if Timbira ends up going to Tribal Council this week. Usually "Survivor" editing isn't this predictable.

[Will Jalapao lose another member on Thursday's (April 2) show? Click through for the full recap.]  

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<p>Kate meets her future and confronts her past, eyes wide open, on tonight's crucial episode of 'Lost'</p>

Kate meets her future and confronts her past, eyes wide open, on tonight's crucial episode of 'Lost'

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Recap: 'Lost' #511 - 'Whatever Happened, Happened'

It's all Kate this week as secrets get shattered

As soon as I finished watching tonight's episode, I walked through the house and kissed both my sleeping boys.  Good god, what an emotional rollercoaster this one was.

This is one of those episodes that is remarkably simple, and most of what it does is stuff that we probably already at least suspected, but seeing it play out makes all the difference, and Kate suddenly became a hero again, a character whose drive for returning to the island is so clear and so decent that she's given licence now to do whatever she wants.  She's not in this for herself, and that makes her right in every conversation.  So many of the characters on "Lost" have motives that are either (A) inscrutable (B) intentionally obfuscated or (C) entirely self-serving that to see someone make a whole series of choices that were the right choices for the right reasons is sort of refreshing.  And it brings her a loooooong way from where she started the series, something I really love about the way the show has evolved over the years.

Is it just me, or have the opening "Previously on 'Lost'" segments become absolutely indispensible this season?  Five years in, there's so much dense detail to keep track of that it really does serve as a crash course every week now.  "Hey, remember that woman who got totally hosed by Sawyer and then she had his baby and also Kate met her at one point?  Yeah?  Well, she's back."  I'm not surprised that the next clip they show is Sawyer whispering to Kate just before he jumped off the helicopter.  His "Just do it, Freckles" has been hanging out there ever since, and I sort of suspected it had to do with the woman and the daughter.  Whaqt other loose end was there for Sawyer at this point?  We also saw a bit of Kate when she decided to lie and claim Aaron as her own son, and again... I figured this was something that had to get resolved fairly soon.  And I suspected it would work like this.  She had to get back in touch with Claire's mother.  What I didn't anticipate is the way that story resolved with Kate's promise to Claire's mother.  And of course the scenes from earlier episodes ended with last week's cliffhanger, Sayid dropping the hammer on young Ben Linus.

[more after the jump]

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<p>Natalie of 'America's Next Top Model</p>

Natalie of 'America's Next Top Model

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 12 - 'Here's Your Test'

Celia experiences blowback from last week's snitching and the models have to embody colors

Hey, let’s make a bet. I’ll bet you a $100,000 contract with Cover Girl that Celia gets clobbered by another contestant on this here upcoming episode of "America's Next Top Model." Wishful thinking? Of course not! Celia is like a wispy little Coddington fairy who looks like she could get crushed by a banana leaf. I wouldn’t wish that uneven fight on my worst enemy’s dog!

Then again, the last four episodes of "ANTM" Cycle 12 have teetered awfully close to boring. If it takes sacrificing Celia to the throat-chewing bitchiness of, say, a Sandra, well, sorry, li’l fairy. Nice knowing you. Can we at least get a halfway decent catfight, please? Or at least some more footage of Fo pointlessly crying over her haircut?

[Recap of Wednesday's (April 1) episode after the break...]

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<p>Allison Iraheta of 'American Idol'</p>

Allison Iraheta of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Results - Joyless elimination cuts 'Idol' to 8

Anoop Desai, Megan Joy and Allison Iraheta make up the Bottom Three, while David Cook and Lady GaGa perform

9:00 p.m. That's a mighty cheesy opening segment, "Idol" producers. With the spinning back-lit heads, fast cutting and gauzy lenses? I guess if you were going for "Xanadu," perhaps you achieved your goal. That's an idea, actually. An entire "American Idol" episode on roller-skates? I'd watch.

9:01 p.m. Oh wait. I'd watch anyway. 

9:02 p.m. Alexis Grace and Jason "Clifford the Muppet" Castro sitting together in the audience? I believe that's a rumor we need to embellish in the weeks to come. But first, let's get to the results of the 36 million votes cast last night.

[Results and recap after the break...]

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<p>Dmitry Chaplin and Holly Madison may have had their last dance.</p>

Dmitry Chaplin and Holly Madison may have had their last dance.

Credit: Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Results - Double Elimination - Week 4

Two couples get the boot, plus Boyz II Men and Kevin Rudolf

"Tonight, our stars are in double trouble," Tom exclaims in the intro the third elimination episode of "Dancing With The Stars." He's referring to the show's "first ever!" double elimination week, though we've yet to learn if this means a double dance-off.  Tom also lets us know that co-host Samantha Harris, barely able to speak due to some sort of laryngitis-y illness (which provided much entertainment last night), will be giving her voice "a rest tonight." Aw..

An excessive recap informs what anyone who watched last night already knows - perfect scorer Gilles, as well as Lil Kim and Melissa were the week's big winners with the judges, while Holly, Steve and Steve-O are going into the double elimination with really, really low scores.

And what's this? Gilles & Cheryl are going to re-perform their perfect score dance? Tom explains this is a "Dancing" staple, and I should have known as the contestants get fewer, the filler gets more excessive. But after watching it last night, and getting a third of it replayed in the recaps, do we really need it again?? And besides, they don't possess the same intensity they had last night (reasonably, I assume, because they're very tired). So why mess with the memory? Ah, yes. You have a FULL HOUR of programming for something that could take two minutes.

Tom, after once again informing us yet again why Samantha isn't speaking, tells us that there WON'T be a dance-off of any kind tonight.  Why? "Because its a double-elimination."  Tom - that doesn't really explain the reasoning.  Why not do a triple dance off? You've got the time.

Anyway, we finally get the first two safe couples:  Gilles & Cheryl (shocker!), and Lawrence & Edyta (alright, that's actually a bit surprising.. but I assume Lawrence has the football-enthusiast boyfriends of "Dancing" fans vote all tied up).  And the first couple in the bottom three: Holly & Dmitry (they're so gone tonight). And the first performer to whore themselves out on "Dancing with the Stars" tonight: Kevin Rudolf, who I am completely unaware of by name. He sings "Let It Rock," a song I do recognize but not in any positive way.  The supplementary interpretative dance is really awkward. No professionally choreographed dance should ever be created to this song. It looks like a strip show. Rudolf looks like a 45 year old man dressed like what he thinks 20 year olds dress like. I wikipedia him to learn he's 26, but stand by my opinion.

One more safe couple: Shawn & Mark (not a surprise, but seriously: at least give us two at a time)

Jewel has allegedly complained to Tom that he's blocking her shot. Tom decided to acknowledge this on live television, thus making for the night's best moment so far as Jewel looks super embarrassed.   And now, from best to worst:  it's time for some ballroom dancing number choreographed by someone who's name I didn't catch but I assume is a dancing world big shot. Bathroom break!

I come back to a montage of stars and dancers discussing the "double elimination." Some of them are kind of confused about how it works.  Explain to us again, Tom!

One more safe couple: Chuck & Julianne (ugh), and one more not-so-safe couple: Steve-O & Lacey, and... another performer:  Boyz II Men. Who are most definitely finished with the transformation suggested in their name. And  I thought there were four of them? Anyway, they're a step up from Rudolf, but get TWO numbers (including "End of the Road," which I'll admit gets the 12 year old in me a little excited).

After a pointless montage of the judge's thoughts on the season so far,  this show finally gets going: Lil' Kim & Derek (yay) and Melissa & Tony are both safe. So that leaves David & Kym, Ty & Chelsie, & Steve & Karina for the last bottom slot.  You'd THINK given their 12 last night, it'd be Steve & Karina, but who knows...

Cue a 6 minute tutorial as to how "Dancing With The Stars" voting works. I swear to god, next week I'm only blogging the last 10 minutes.

Finally, we're here (I think, though I'm sure they'll cram in another montage somehow). Ty & Chelsie? Safe. Steve & Karina? Bottom three. So David & Kym are safe, and the judge's lowest three scorers are rightfully the overall lowest scorers.

With no dance-off, here we go...  The double couple voted off tonight: Holly & Dmitry, and - in a bit of a surprise - Steve & Karina. Holly doesn't seem like she cares, but Steve gives a heartfelt little speech about Karina. Cue "End of the Road" (well isn't that perfect) as they do their final dances.

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<p>Kris Allen of 'American Idol'</p>

Kris Allen of 'American Idol'

Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Performances - The Top Nine sing iTunes downloads

'American Idol' gives Apple a pat on the back, while Adam and Kris shine

The theme for Tuesday (March 31) night's episode of "American Idol" is Popular Downloads on iTunes, which means absolutely nothing.

I guess it's always nice to plug for your sponsors, though. But why not "Songs to Sing While Cruising in your Ford"? Or "Songs that Would Make a Great AT&T Ringtone"? Or "Songs as Refreshing as a Cool Coca-Cola"?

Find out what the night's theme meant to the "American Idol" Top Nine after the break...

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<p>Kiefer Sutherland of '24'</p>

Kiefer Sutherland of '24'

Credit: FOX

Recap: '24' Episode 16 (11 p.m. to 12 a.m.)

Patient Zero, an ambush and an unfortunate Presidential appointment on this week's '24'

It's rare for anybody to praise a network's on-air promotions staff for restraint, but if ever there were an episode that could have been advertised as "The Episode of '24' That Changes Everything!" Monday (March 30) night's episode was it. 

This was big. This was even bigger than Tony Almeida eating a candlelight dinner by himself.

[It's so big I can only talk about it after the break... With spoilers...]

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