<p>Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke of 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke of 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' - Performances - Week 10

Can anybody keep up with Gilles and his perfect 60?

A bunch of non-celebrity dancers usher in the semi-finals of this, the eighth season of "Dancing With The Stars," with a wink-wink-nudge performance to The Clash's "Should I Stay Or Stay Or Should I Go?"

Though as the four remaining "stars" come down the stairs with their prof, its remarkably evident: Ty should go. He should have gone last week instead of Lil' Kim, and it would be ridiculous if he stays here past Gilles, Shawn or Melissa.

Tom lets us know there's once again two dances this week - a ballroom round and a latin round - and then shows us how an episode with just 8 dances can turn into a 2-hour program. We'll now have 4 minute videos in which the dancers each reminisce via voiceover upon a few of their "breakthrough ballroom and latin dances."  It plays like a poor man's DVD extra, and it's going to be 8:45 before we even see anyone dance live (though I'll admit it's fun to see what turns into a "best of" Gilles' shirtless moments). 

I wasn't that far off with 8:45. Finally, at 8:31, we get to the dances:

[Recap after the break...]

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

Elisha Cuthbert of '24'

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Recap: '24' Episode 22 (5 a.m. to 6 a.m.)

The bioweapon makes its way into the Washington subway system. Will Jack be able to save the day?

This is why Kim Bauer can't have nice things.

No show on television is more rigorously structured than "24," with its hour-by-hour cliffhangers, twists and reversals built into the framework by now. Part of how they make the show run like clockwork -- Because the whole show is on the clock? -- is by making the characters programatic as well. If all else fails, go to Jack interrogating somebody and yelling "Damnit!" If all else fails, cut to Chloe delivering technical instructions with an expression that implies she just scarfed down a lemon. If all else fails, cut to Tony sneering and and looking untrustworthy. If characters have default settings, they're easier to write and easier for viewers to understand.

Want to know why fans tired of Kim Bauer and why there wasn't exactly a wave of happy feelings when she returned? Because for several seasons, the writers' default setting when it came to Kim was, "Kidnapping." Kim Bauer could do no right, because no matter where she went or how far she tried to run, she'd inevitably find herself tied to some metaphorical railroad track by the Snidely Whiplash of the moment. Kim was constantly being held hostage and used as leverage to get Jack Bauer to do things. Even the mountain lion who once menaced Kim probably had an ulterior motive.

Oh, Kim.

[Recap, with spoilers for Monday (May 11) night's "24," after the break...]

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<p>Cara and Jaime of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Cara and Jaime of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Finale - 'This Is How You Lose a Million Dollars'

One team choked, one team earned redemption and the right team won

 

The 14th installment of "The Amazing Race," which got off to a superb start, flagged for a few episodes, but then delivered one of my all-time favorite endings just last week, reached its conclusion on Sunday (May 10) night.

Titled "This Is How You Lose a Million Dollars," the finale wasn't as exciting as perhaps it could have been, something the producers presumably realized as they cut together an episode that included maybe only 40 minutes of racing (including commercials) once you took away the extended opening clip package and the triumphant hugging and tears at the final Pit Stop.

At the very least, though, I hope we can all agree that the right team won...

[Recap, with results, after the break...]

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<p>Eliza Dushku of 'Dollhouse'</p>

Eliza Dushku of 'Dollhouse'

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Recap: 'Dollhouse' Finale - 'Omega'

Joss Whedon's new drama ends its first season with some big Alpha relevations

Here we go. It’s been a long trip and this is probably the last episode we’ll see of “Dollhouse.” Despite the bumps, it’s been an interesting ride. We’ve seen Caroline, a young woman on the run from the law, decide to solve her problems by joining a super-secret organization that rents her body with custom-designed brain-patterns included. We’ve seen FBI Agent Paul Ballard toss his career in the crapper to chase down Caroline and the Dollhouse. We’ve seen a lot of Eliza Dushku in the flesh, as well as selected slices of the other cheese- and beefcake on the show, Sierra and Victor. And now, we’re left with Echo in the hands of Alpha, the rogue doll who went slashy-slashy and stabby-stabby a while ago.

[Recap and spoilers for the "Dollhouse" finale after the break...]

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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' - 'The Ultimate Sacrifice'

Coach continues to get on everybody's nerves, but will Debbie's big promise backfire?

 

Pre-credit sequence. We're down to the Final Six, as they return to Forza camp. JT is glad that the drama is gone, or at least the drama in cute little Sierra form. Little does he know that Coach is outraged that Erinn and Taj voted randomly at Tribal Council. He's ready to bring the Warrior Alliance, the alliance that stabbed Tyson in the back, back into play, reiterating, "There's a reason why we have a name." Coach is really hung up on naming things, isn't he? But I guess that's to be expected from a middle-aged man named "Coach." He's proud of his honesty and his boldness, but Debbie notes, "It is so old." As she goes and vents Coach's disapproval to her comrades, Coach continues his slide into Shakespearean excess, slouching in a chair, muttering, "Cowards, cowards, cowards all around me." Given the opportunity, I suspect he would exchange his kingdom for a horse.

[Is this Coach's last stand? Recap after the break...]

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<p>Richard Alpert may play a key role in not just next week's season finale, but in the show's overall mythology</p>

Richard Alpert may play a key role in not just next week's season finale, but in the show's overall mythology

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Lost' #515 'Follow The Leader'

All the pieces are finally in place for the season finale, but in the ways we expected?

Before we get into it, I want to pose a question to you as we head into the last week of waiting this season.  I can't believe next week's two hour show is the end of it.  We're done with the season, and then next year, it's one last blast of episodes and we're done.  So my question to you is this:  what is the one thing that you absolutely, positively, no argument HAVE TO HAVE ANSWERED before the show finishes next year?  Either leave it in the comments or e-mail it it to me and we'll talk about them in next week's recap, which will also serve as a wrap-up for the season.

Can I just say how much I like watching Ben and Richard look like they have no idea what the hell is going on?  After watching them smile and gloat and sell the idea that they have all these answers they're just not sharing, it's nice to see that they may, in fact, be big fat liars who are just as confused as anyone else.  I'm not sure what was going on in that one little sotto exchange of theirs, but their relationship, which has always seemed tense at best, may be more complicated than previously suggested.

Big week for the couples on the island.  Jack and Kate are pretty much completely opposed in how to handle things, and the way he casually hurts her with his determination to "fix" everything is a fairly realistic emotional touch.  I like how he doesn't even seem to fully understand just what he's doing to her each time he talks about wiping clean "all the misery." 

[more after the jump]

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

Aminat of 'America's Next Top Model'

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 12 - 'Take Me to the Jungle'

Would Celia's fierce fashion sense keep her around or would the light hit Aminat the right way?

Fo, Fo, you fabu Blaxican, we hardly knew ye. You may be five feet seven inches, but you will always be tall to us. Fare thee well, tiny supermodel. Fare thee well, mighty midget.

Back to the catfight for that $100,000 Cover Girl contract. We have Celia, who, as we’ve learned, is 25 and photographs as “not frosh.” Teyona is perfect at everything she does, especially now that she has a decent wardrobe, which she won during a challenge. We have Allison, queen of the mighty seas, or, at least, the piscine kingdom, and -- who else? Oh, Aminat, almost forgot you were there. That can’t be good. 

[Recap for Wednesday (May 6) night's "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]

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

Kris Allen of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - Down to the Top Three

Performances by Paula Abdul, No Doubt and Daughtry steal the Wednesday (May 6) night thunder

9:00 p.m. Sniffle. Sniffle. Still digesting that "Scrubs" finale. Will I have any tears left for whichever contestant gets eliminated on Wednesday (May 6) night's "American Idol"?

9:01 p.m. Who will graduate from the 'Idol' School of Rock and who will just get schooled?" That's Ryan Seacrest's big question. My big question: Have they fixed the "American Idol" stage yet?

9:02 p.m. We had over 64 million votes registered last night, the show's most-ever for an episode outside of the finale.

[Results and recap after the break...]

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<p>Lil' Kim and Derek Hough of 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Lil' Kim and Derek Hough of 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' - Results - Ty versus Lil Kim

Would the rapper be heading home, or did viewers finally turn on the dancing rodeo icon?

Very unlikely to become the ninth couple eliminated from this season of "Dancing With The Stars," Melissa & Tony open tonight's results show with a re-do of their perfect 30 samba.  It's as fantastic as it was last night, and Melissa is just as trampy-looking in a re-do of her sparkly-blue-showgirl getup.

With two dances per couple to recap, Melissa's dance leads into an extra long montage that let's us know what we already do: Melissa & Tony are in the lead (with 57 points), with Gilles & Cheryl and Shawn & Mark just behind (with 56 each).  Lil' Kim & Derek are falling a bit behind after being on top last week (with 52 points), while Ty & Chelsie are obviously the ones that deserve to go (with 46).  I'll be pretty shocked if that's not the case, but I should keep in mind that last week they weren't even in the bottom two.

We'll find out in 55 minutes.

First up to held build the tension is guest performer Jamie Cullum, who becomes the first performer this season that I've never heard of. He's fine I guess, but I refuse to ever say I enjoyed a musician "I first heard on 'Dancing With The Stars.'" Cullum leads into something called "Dance Center," which continues the show's horrible, horrible tradition of attempting parody.  A spoof of Sports Center featuring Len and two people I don't recognize and didn't catch their names, it's the producers' oh-so-clever way of ensuring once and for all that we are totally caught up on what's happened so far this season through childish humor.  Example of the jokes attempted: "Lil' Kim has one huge asset. And she knows how to work that asset."  They only get through 3 contestants, so I fear their return.

First, though, we actually get some news on the competition: Gilles & Cheryl are safe. Gilles is very excited, despite this being very obvious to everyone other than him.

Dance Center is back already. They giveth, they taketh away.

Now Samantha's introducing the "Macy's Stars of Dance" by saying were about to see the biggest stars this dance floor has ever seen.  Bigger than Belinda Carlise!?? Actually, no. It's Marty Kudelka and Dee Caspary, who I'm not totally unaware of. I'm sure they are genuinely huge in the dance world, and with good reason: an intense number to Coldplay's "Vida La Vida" set inside a giant star is definitely the highlight of the night thus far.

We get one more couple that has made it to next week's semi-finals: Melissa & Tony. Shocking.

Ugh, now it's the pro-dancer part of the competition (where a separate competition decides who would be next professional dancer).  Do I really have to do this?  Quick, and with no feeling: There's three left -  Afton, Anna, Mayo - and they have been paired with three former contestants (Cody Linley, Maurice Greene and the only one I recognize, Lisa Rinna - to go on this show is one thing, to RETURN is a true stamp of the F-list star).   The best part is Rinna's rehearsal montage with Mayo, who is a foot taller than her.  Ever the cougar, Rinna says something along the lines of "your body is just so different than I'm used to. I'll just have to get used to. Like if I was sleeping with you."  He's a child, Lisa.  And very likely gay.  And aren't you still married to Harry Hamlin?  Wait.. later I see him in the audience clapping for you, so yes.

Mayo and Lisa are probably the weakest couple, with both Afton (with Cody) and Anna (with Maurice) excelling in both my eyes and the judges. 

Alright, 7 minutes left. Let's get to this.

One more safe couple: Shawn & Mark.  So we get the obvious bottom two, Lil Kim & Derek and Ty & Cheslie.  And let's hope after an umpteenth commercial break we get the get obvious voted off. Lil Kim CAN'T go home.

And... she DOES!  Travesty!  Lil' Kim and Derek are somehow, thanks to a bunch of extreme ill-judgement on the part of the viewers (those 18 Jewel fans can't be entirely to blame either), have been voted off!  For the first time, I feel emotionally connected to the show, and not in a good way. Ty better be gone next week...

Are you as annoyed as Peter?

[Peter Knegt is the associate editor of indieWIRE, where he also writes a blog, The Lost Boy.]

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

Allison Iraheta of 'American Idol'

Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - Classic Rock Night for the Final Four

Adam Lambert opens and closes the show with stadium-ready performances

The collapse of a portion of the "American Idol" stage left the Final Four performing without the benefit of a full dress rehearsal. But surely the sage vocal coaching of Slash would be sufficient to steer them to solid Classic Rock Night performances?

Click through for recaps of the four solo performances, plus what I can only pray will be the first and last use of "American Idol" competitive duets...

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