<p>Jeanine Mason (L) and Philip Chbeeb (R) perform a Hip Hop routine choreographed by Tabith and Napoleon Dumo on Wednesday night's "So You Think You can Dance."</p>

Jeanine Mason (L) and Philip Chbeeb (R) perform a Hip Hop routine choreographed by Tabith and Napoleon Dumo on Wednesday night's "So You Think You can Dance."

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Top 20 Performances

Judges gush as the competitors knock it out of the park

Tonight was the two-hour debut of this season’s “SYTYCD” top 20, but amazingly it didn’t feel like a two-hour episode. The reason? With a few exceptions (and trust me, they know who they are), this season’s batch of dancers was shockingly, astonishingly, “did you see that, oh my God!” kick-ass gooooood. C’mon, when Mary Murphy screams herself raspy and Adam Shankman gets weepy and sees God, you know it’s a good show. Or a nervous breakdown at the judges’ table, but I digress.
 
Jeanine and Phillip
Verdict: Unfreaking real
Sure, when it comes to a hip hop routine, pop-and-locker Phillip had this one in the bag. What was shocking is how well Jeanine, who admittedly knew nothing about hip hop, delivered. Of course, seeing her get weepy about her passion for dance in the intro, it shouldn’t have come as a big surprise that she rose to the challenge like an old pro. After all, she doesn’t have the long legs=2 0or lean build we associate with natural dancers, and yet the girl can move like crazy. When Nigel gushes that their dance is a great way to start the show, he’s exactly right. Expect these two to be back next week.
 
Asuka and Vitolio
Verdict: Better than their material
Boy, talk about crappy luck. First off, Asuka and Vitolio are stuck following one of the better performances of the evening. But more significantly, they get stuck with one of the hokiest, lamest dance routines imaginable. Even the costumes suck. Given the unenviable mission of aping silent movie characters (white Mickey Mouse/Al Jolson gloves included) to a lousy song, they did their best only to be reprimanded by Nigel and Mary for bringing a lack of energy and personality to a dance that was the physical equivalent of having to wear a sweater your grandmother knitted you to a school dance. That they got through this mess without grimacing, well, that was really the accomplishment. I hope they don’t get the boot for this routine, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

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<p>Cat Deeley of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

Cat Deeley of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' presents its Season Five Top 20

Nigel, Mary and the rest of the judges end the Vegas round by choosing 10 men and 10 women

Ah, it’s time to announce the top twenty on the latest season of  "So You Think You Can Dance" which also means giving the boot to a bunch of quivering-lipped kids whose big eyes well up like they're Disney characters facing a firing squad every time they step in front of the judges. Which, now that I think of it, isn’t so far off. I could totally see Mia Michaels leaping from her seat, screaming, “I LOVE TO CUT!” while brandishing an AK-47 and riddling the subpar dancers with hollow point bullets. I’m just saying. Woman’s rough.

Of course, I’m basing a lot of that impression on watching her rip poor Brandon a new one for what seemed like no good reason. Mia, like crunkster Lil ’C, was not a fan of my man Brandon. Or, to quote gentle Mia, “I can’t take you. You annoy the $%^#@ out of me.” Wow. Whatever happened to, I ’m not feeling you? I’ll pass? It’s not you, it’s me?

 

[Full recap of Thursday (June 4) night's "SYTYCD" after the break...]
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<p>Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Ryan Seacrest of 'American Idol'</p>

Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Ryan Seacrest of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Finale - And the winner is...

We're live-blogging the two-hour countdown to the coronation of either Kris Allen or Adam Lambert

This is it, kids. Five months of excitement, musicality and Simon distilled down to two hours of pageantry and excess and ridiculousness culminating in the DVR-thwarting coronation of the next "American Idol."

Will it be Kris? Will it be Adam? Or will it be a surprising out-of-left-field dark horse? My guess? Either Kris or Adam. 

Since I tend to go minute-by-minute with my "American Idol" results recaps anyway, I'll live-blog this puppy. Follow through for 125 minutes of surprise guests, product plugs and merriment. Sound off. Comment. Or just hit reload and read along...

[Full recap, with results, after the break...]

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<p>Gilles &amp; Cheryl&nbsp;of 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Gilles & Cheryl of 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Finale - And the winner is...

Did Gilles make America swoon? Did Shawn make America flip? Did Melissa get jilted again?

It all comes down to this.  As Lady Gaga pimps herself out with a show-opening performance of "Just Dance," the eighth-season finale of "Dancing With The Stars" has commenced.

Despite re-running the episode before this two-hour finale, we get a rundown of how last night's performance episode anyway: Gilles & Cheryl and Shawn & Mark are both heading into tonight with impressive 58 (out of 60) scores, and Melissa & Tony are just behind with 56. Tom re-iterates, and maybe you need to know: Last night's judges scores will be combined with the home votes, but tonight all three couples will dance once again, and only the judges' cores will count toward who becomes the winner of season eight (joining this classy lineup: Kelly Monaco, Brooke Burke, Kristi Yamaguchi, Helio Castronevers,  Drew Lachey, Emmit Smith, and Apolo Anton Ohno).

Results of Tuesday's (May 19) "Dancing with the Stars" finale after the break... 

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<p>Adam Lambert of 'American Idol'</p>

Adam Lambert of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top Two Perform

Adam Lambert had the performance of the night, but the coronation song favored Kris Allen

It's our second consecutive all-male "American Idol" Top Two and just like last year, when you were either a Cook Fan or an Archuleta Booster, the battle lines are pretty much drawn across this great nation. Nobody is allowed to be ambivalent. You can root for Kris. You can root for Adam. But don't tell me that you like them both equally and differently.

Kris won the coin toss last week and, like all good Pete Carroll coached teams, he opts to defer and go second. Each singer will perform thrice, including "No Boundaries," the inevitably corny coronation song courtesy of none other than Superfluous Fourth Judge Kara DioGuardi.

How did the night go down? Click through...

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<p>Elisha Cuthbert of '24'</p>

Elisha Cuthbert of '24'

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Recap: '24' Finale (6 a.m. to 8 a.m.)

Another long day ended for Jack Bauer, but what went down in the last two hours of Day Seven?

For a show so frequently mocked, criticized and/or praised for being ideologically right-leaning, how surprising to discover that the seventh season finale for FOX's "24" would be all about the freedom of choice.

It sure wasn't about excitement or twists or action-based cliffhangers, or even about justice, or at least not justice for all. It was a very peculiar season-ender for a show like "24," but maybe not so peculiar if you consider that several seasons have now ended with Jack in full existential crisis. Those finales have always been somewhat less embraced than the show's more conclusive endings, though, so I'm guessing there will be some rather great disapproval from some segment of the fanbase.

Me? I was amused, because Monday's (May 18) finale was almost "Grey's Anatomy"-esque in terms of how hard the writers worked to make sure that the thematic points hit home. I almost expected the producers to whip out some over-expressive Imogen Heap or Shins song over the closing credits to seal the deal.

[Thoughts on the season's last two episodes after the break...]

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'Dancing with the Stars' Performances - Final Week
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'Dancing with the Stars' Performances - Final Week

Who will shine for the final round?

Kelly Monaco. Brooke Burke. Kristi Yamaguchi. Helio Castronevers. Drew Lachey. Emmit Smith. Apolo Anton Ohno.

Tonight, the artists formerly known as an Olympic gymnast, a scorned reality TV star, and that guy who showered outside Samantha's house in the "Sex and the City" movie, now known as finalists on the second most popular reality television series in the U.S., will fight to join the forgettable ranks of those seven people, as the eighth winner of "Dancing With The Stars."

Tom tells us that if you add up all the scores from the season, Gilles has a 17 point lead over Melissa and Shawn (the gymnast) .  But tonight, Tom affirms, we start at zero.  And this is how it goes down... Because "The Bachelorette" is premiering at 9, the episode will be condensed into an hour, with one "faceoff" performance, and one freestyle performance.

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<p>Stephen and JT of 'Survivor: Tocantins'</p>

Stephen and JT of 'Survivor: Tocantins'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Tocantins' Finale - And the winner is...

Would JT and Stephen stick together til the end, or would strategy get in the way?

Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 36 in Forza, as the Final Four returns to camp, celebrating their 1-in-4 chance at a million bucks (a statistical proposition which is, as always, totally specious). JT is feeling good that he kept his word to Coach and voted for Erinn, as he admits that he's been thinking about jury votes. Stephen is also aware that JT now looks like the loyal ally, while he'll look like a villain, like the man who betrayed Coach (which kinda ought to be a plus, if you ask me). Stephen acknowledges that loyalty is one thing, but a bigger thing is who he can beat in the Final Two to win a million dollars. Is this the first crack in the JT/Stephen bromance? Say it ain't so! If Stephen and JT break up, it'll be the most miserable reality TV breakup since tensions rose between Dustin and Kandace on "The Amazing Race."

[Results and an endless recap of Sunday (May 17) night's "Survivor: Tocanatins" finale...]

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

Erinn of 'Survivor: Tocantins'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Tocantins' - 'Martyr Approach'

Erinn and Coach compete to see which of them will be the Last of Timbira

 

Pre-credit sequence. Debbie is gone. Will anybody notice? Coach is a little bit relieved, after seeing his name written down at Tribal Council. JT and Stephen cleverly lead Coach to believe, somewhat correctly, that Debbie had been orchestrating his demise and that they protected him. "I'm like the lamb led to the slaughterhouse," Coach sighs, interpreting the action of the other players as a counter-attack to save Coach. "This is the first time in this game where I'm almost speechless. Almost." Coach is grateful, but he's also smart enough to realize that he's no longer in control in the game and that his actual elimination could be coming at any moment.The clip ends with Coach seemingly crying on JT's shoulder in gratitude, relief or general dementia.

[Full recap of Thursday (May 14) night's "Survivor: Tocantins" after the break...]

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<p>Matthew Fox finishes the fifth season of ABC's 'Lost' with a new direction for his character... but what does it mean for the show's final year?</p>

Matthew Fox finishes the fifth season of ABC's 'Lost' with a new direction for his character... but what does it mean for the show's final year?

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Recap: 'Lost' #516/517 'The Incident' - Fifth season finale

In which the game changes, we finally meet Jacob, and everyone speaks a little destiny

Next season starts when?  January?  Okay, all I need is enough Ambien to keep me knocked out from now until "Avatar" comes out.  A month of that will keep me busy until "Lost" returns, smack dab in the middle of Sundance next year.  And frankly, after the enormous punch in the groin that was the last minute of this year's season finale, that might be the only way I am able to handle the wait until the show's final run of episodes finally begins.

This week started huge and then just got bigger with each scene.  The first thing we see is the distant past.  Is that the Black Rock we see out there on the ocean?  I think it is.  But more importantly, we see the entire statue, complete with Osiris head, and we meet Jacob, who apears to be locked in a war of the wills with another "person" like him.

And I say "person" because I have a strong feeling that Jacob and his not-remotely-a-friend can't really be called people in any conventional sense.  And while I think Richard Alpert was human at one point, he's not anymore.  He's whatever they are, or he's closer to them at least.  They've obviously done something to him that has permanently altered him, and it appears to be something they can do to anyone.  And what's all this talk of "a loophole"?  Are we hearing that there are indeed ways to break the rules?  And if so... which rules are we talking about again?

We're getting ahead of the show, though.  And in an episode that is as jammed full of information as this one was, it doesn't pay to skip around.  We should discuss what happened, and in some sort of order, or we're never going to get through this one.  There are things that run through the entire episode, like Jacob appearing in the lives of many of the 815 survivors when they were younger.  The first one with Kate is intriguing, and it sets up some major implications.  The idea that Jacob had picked these people in their youth suggests that there are no accidents, that nothing was random about those people being involved in filght 815.  Or maybe it just means that Jacob, who is unstuck in time, used his knowledge of the future to pick out the people who would play such a large role in the life of the Island, just to see who they were.

[more after the jump]

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