<p>Lil Rounds of 'American Idol'</p>

Lil Rounds of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - Down to 7 on 'American Idol'

Anoop Desai, Scott MacIntyre and Lil Rounds are in the Bottom Three, but who can spend the second Seder night at home?

8:59 p.m. A happy Passover to all. I've spent the past three hours recounting the Exodus from the land of Egypt with friends and family. I sang four questions, opened a door for Elijah and ate reprocessed fish with horseradish. I ate matzah and the bitter herbs and charoset. 

9:00 p.m. There's a part of the Seder service that talks about how you aren't supposed to set aside the Seder for the evening's entertain you. But I assure you, as Wednesday (April 8) night's "American Idol" begins, that I'm not expecting to be entertained. After all, why should this night be different from all other nights?

9:00 p.m. Did I mention the four cups of wine?

[Recap, with results, 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' - Top 8 perform Songs From The Years They Were Born

One singer drew a rare standing ovation from Simon Cowell. Was it Adam, Danny or Allison?

Tuesday (April 7) marked the return of that old "American Idol" thematic standard, Songs From The Year They Were Born. It also marked the return of the one-hour performance episode.

How would the Top Eight handle this latest task? 

Full recap after the break...

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<p>Lawrence and Edyta of 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Lawrence and Edyta of 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Results - Lawrence vs. David

Lawrence Taylor went head to head with David Alan Grier, but not on the football field

After taking a week off due to the dreaded, dreaded double elimination, the dance-off is back for tonight's elimination episode.  Steve-O & Lacey, Lawrence & Edyta, and Ty & Chelsie got the lowest marks from the judges, though I suspect David & Kym might be dance-off contenders as well (they're just so unappealing).

[Recap after the break...]

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<p>Would Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson create more controversy this week?</p>

Would Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson create more controversy this week?

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' - Performances - Week 5

Whoa Nellie, Gilles performs...shirtless

 

Here we go.  Five dancers gone (including my best options for attempts at comedy - Holly Madison & Denise Richards), eight to go. And there are finally few enough contestants that "Dancing " has become the 90 minute show is should be (two hours is just too long).

Suggesting some sort of fancy dance tonight, the dancers walk down those ever-so-glamorous stairs as the "Dancing" theme song plays wearing some very classy outfits (or as classy as Melissa Rycroft's Texan fashion sensibility can pull off).  Soon we learn that fancy dance it is: The Viennese Waltz or the Dance of the Bull!

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<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'

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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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