Anna Torv of "Fringe".

Anna Torv of "Fringe".

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'Fringe' Recap - 'The Human Kind'

The final five 'Fringe' Fridays kicks off with the end of one arc and the start of another.

There are times in which shows inadvertently demonstrate their own shortcomings onscreen. And there are other times in which those shortcomings are in fact part of the show’s design, meant to highlight intentional faults in order to reveal truths. For most of tonight’s “Fringe”, I worried the former was the case on display in “The Human Kind”. But by the final scene, those worries were dissipated. That doesn’t mean the episode as a whole worked. But tonight served to close off the second act of this final season and reset things for the final overall act of the series. Meet the new Peter. Same as the old Peter. And with all his hair intact, to boot.

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Lea Michele on 'Glee'

Lea Michele on 'Glee'

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'Glee' recap: 'Swan Song'

New challenges for New Directions

"Let's just enjoy this week and look forward to our big comeback next year." - Finn

I've reached a point with "Glee" where even when I enjoy a lot of things about an episode -- as I did with "Swan Song" -- it doesn't matter. The recent string of unbearable episodes has completely severed my connection to the show (a connection that survived through Season 2 and Season 3), possibly for good.

It'll take a lot more than a halfway decent episode to bring it back, and I just don't see that happening given the current state of the show.

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Charlie Hunnam and Rockmond Dunbar on 'Sons of Anarchy'

Jax (Charlie Hunnam) helps Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) work toward a "common goal" on the season finale of "Sons of Anarchy."

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 5 finale recap: Jax's revenge in 'J'ai Obtenu Cette'

Jax may be victorious, but is it worth it?

Kurt Sutter really wrecked the curve for "Sons of Anarchy" season finales with last season's disastrous "To Be, Act 2." So anything would probably have been an improvement over that. But there was still a chance that "J'ai Obtenu Cette" (French for Opie's final words, "I got this") would go completely off the rails after what's been a solid enough (not great, not awful) season.

It didn't go off the rails. But it also didn't do much to really change the repetitive game we've been watching for five seasons now.

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Trevin Hunte of "The Voice"

Trevin Hunte of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Tuesday - Top 6 Results

Who made it to the semi-finals?

It’s only one part of the overall voting process, but if iTunes results are any indication of larger trends, then the results tonight will be perfunctory rather than truly surprising. Last night I predicted that the audience watching “The Voice” wouldn’t vote for a classic rock singer into the Final Four. But there sits Terry McDermott at Number Two on the charts, so I vastly underestimated American’s hunger for Foreigner. Cassadee Pope had an even stronger overall showing, placing both of her songs inside the Top 10. Nicholas David’s cover of “Over The Rainbow” also made it into the coveted Top 10, as did Trevin Hunte with “And I Am Telling You I am Not Going”. Only Melanie Martinez and Amanda Brown failed to crack the all-important threshold. Brown’s showing was expected, but Martinez has been surprisingly strong on the charts over the last three weeks, which is why I picked McDermott over her to leave tonight.

 
But hey, anything’s possible. (Except Cassadee Pope. She’s going NOWHERE but into the Final Four.) So let’s watch the antepenultimate Results Show and see just how awkward Carson Daly can make things for the six remaining hopefuls.
 
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Cassadee Pope of NBC's "The Voice".

Cassadee Pope of NBC's "The Voice".

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Recap: 'The Voice' Monday - Top 6 Perform

Each contestant performs twice for the right to make it to the Final Four.

We’re down to the final six contestants on “The Voice”, and we’re at the point at which overall fan bases might start determining who stays and who goes from this point on. Those still in the competition have had ample time by now to establish a body of work by which to be judged, and there’s little stylistic overlap between the remaining competitors at this point. Unless a certain singer really goes out of his or her way to show something new tonight, we can make some strong assumptions about who will be in the Final Four.

 
But I’ll share those assumptions at the end of tonight’s final two-hour installment of the season. (The next two Mondays will be one-hour affairs.) With only six left, look for those still standing to make multiple appearances onstage tonight. I’d imagine we’ll see a combination of solo and group numbers to ensure we don’t witness 120 minutes of Christina Milian reading tweets.
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Heather Morris, Dianna Agron and Naya Rivera on "Glee"

Heather Morris, Dianna Agron and Naya Rivera on "Glee"

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'Glee' recap: 'Thanksgiving'

Nothing to be thankful for here

"I just feel like every time we go home just makes me sad and like we're not moving forward, you know?"

Yeah, I know, Rachel. Because that's how I feel watching anything on "Glee" involving the current McKinley High crew. Sure, there are new faces, but the spectacle of bland characters dominating episodes with their bad storylines is certainly sad and definitely not moving forward.

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Charlie Hunnam on 'Sons of Anarchy'

Need someone to blame, Jax? Look in the mirror.

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Darthy'

Someone needs to give Jax a time-out

I'm kinda glad there's only one more episode of "Sons of Anarchy" left this season because I need a break. Not a break from the show, necessarily, but definitely a break from Jax Teller.

I've had enough of his smug self-serving schemes, spoiled child-like tantrums, and stubborn refusal to do anything about the constant threat that hangs over the head of everyone he supposedly loves as long as he remains in SAMCRO.

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The Top 8 with Carson Daly.
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Recap: 'The Voice' Tuesday - Top 8 Results

Two more are sent home after tonight's results show.

 

It’s time for another elimination episode of “The Voice”, or, as I like to call it, the “Carson Daly Puts Hopefuls Through The Weekly Emotional Ringer” episode. Last week’s unintentional fake-out for Sylvia Yacoub might have been the most awkward moment of the season that didn’t involve the one-hit wonder Cupid, so let’s hope the producers of this show have coached Daly on how NOT to impart information tonight.
 
Two are going home tonight, and last night I predicted those two would be Dez Duron and Terry McDermott. Cassadee Pope and Melanie Martinez enter the episode both still charting in the iTunes Top 10, so mathematically they are all but shoo-ins to continue. (Nicholas David was there for a while, but isn’t there now, which means he’s not eligible for the voting bonus that entails.) We’ll see how this play out over the next hour. Let’s do this, running dairy style. It’s like gangnam style, only with more of a cultural shelf life. 
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<p>Terry McDermott of &quot;The Voice&quot;.</p>

Terry McDermott of "The Voice".

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Recap: 'The Voice' Monday - Top 8 Perform

The Elite Eight compete for America's vote.

Eight contestants and eight episodes. That’s all that’s left of this cycle of “The Voice”. Without knowing the exact numbers of how the viewing public has voted, it’s impossible to say who is in the driver’s seat at this point. Going off downloads alone, Cassadee Pope and Melanie Martinez seem primed to go deep into the competition. But who knows if people responded to the artists or the simply the songs they performed last week. Guess we’ll have a clearer sense of things after tomorrow night and two more contestants go home.

As always, I’ll be keeping a running diary of the events. I’ll keep things focused on the actual competition and less on any 50 Cent action that might be on display tonight. After all, nothing says “The Voice” like the man who gave us “In Da Club”, right? I understand artists want to use the show’s platform, and I further understand that the show is in a mutually beneficially relationship with those artists. But couldn’t those artists, I don’t know…sing? It seems like a lot to ask, I know. In any case, let’s get this show on the road!
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Kevin McHale and Cory Monteith on "Glee"

Kevin McHale and Cory Monteith on "Glee"

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'Glee' recap: 'Dynamic Duets'

Not really a Thanksgiving episode, just an episode that airs on Thanksgiving

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'll restrict this week's recap to the things I enjoyed about "Dynamic Duets."

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