The "Fringe" teams looks for another clue.
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'Fringe' Recap - 'Five-Twenty-Ten'

The show makes things personal, even while Peter's personality starts to disappear.
One thing I’ve never gotten about the spoiler culture surrounding television is why it’s so important to know what’s going to happen before episodes air. “Spoiler culture” is a vague term, one that incorporates different things for different people. Short of simply unplugging from all forms of media, it’s extremely difficult to stay truly unaware. For instance, “Fringe” and FOX hyped up the return of Nina Sharpe tonight, removing any and all surprise that would have ensued for people just turning on tonight’s episode “Five-Twenty-Ten” without any knowledge of such casting news. The “why” was kept under wraps, and there’s the not-small matter of journeys being more important than destinations when it comes to television. But still: why strain to look ahead when there’s a great view right outside your window?
 
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Darren Criss and Vanessa Lengies on 'Glee'

Here's two people I like on "Glee": Darren Criss and Vanessa Lengies

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'Glee' recap: 'Glease' is not a word

'That's unfortunate, but it doesn't really have anything to do with us.'

How low has "Glee" sunk? They're writing their own reviews.

"Three words: 'Grease.' McKinley. Bravo," raved some idiot from the McKinley High newspaper.

I've got two words for that: Yeah, right.

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Tommy Flanagan, Kim Coates, Charlie Hunnam and Mark Boone Junior on 'Sons of Anarchy'

Tommy Flanagan, Kim Coates, Charlie Hunnam and Mark Boone Junior on 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Crucifixed'

An extra half hour doesn't do much to drive the story forward

Jax is getting a little too cocky and Clay is getting a little too comfortable. And that's "Crucifixed" in a nutshell.

This was one of the show's annual epic installments, running a full 90 minutes on FX including commercials. And while there was plenty of action, when all is said and done it still feels like we're in a bit of a holding pattern, or maybe just setting the table for the season finale.

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<p>Bryan Keith of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Bryan Keith of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Tuesday - Top 12 Results

Which two went home tonight?

 

One hour. That’s how long two eliminations take on 'The Voice', apparently. And so we have it with tonight’s results episode, which will send those two receiving the least votes after last night’s performance episode home tonight. There’s no guarantee that each team will have participants at the end, so theoretically two people from the same team could depart tonight. That’s a smart move, since it doesn’t unnecessarily penalize singers on a strong team from cannibalizing each here from this point on.
 
Last night, I predicted that Adriana Louise and Michaela Paige would be those two. But that’s far from a safe prediction. All that we can know for sure is that Carson Daly…will take lengthy pauses….before announcing…those dismissed. On tap tonight is also a performance from Christina Aguilera, making her the second coach in two weeks to perform on the show. It seems safe to assume CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton will partake in that trend soon enough.
 
For now, let’s get to tonight’s running diary as we get to the final ten contestants for this cycle.

 

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<p>Trevin Hunte of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Trevin Hunte of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Monday - Top 12 Performances

The Top 12 yields several strong performances and few stinkers
If the listings on my cable package are correct, we’re going to be down to four contestants by the end of tomorrow’s night’s results episode. That’s…kind of quick, no? Granted, I’m all for the show forgoing any stall techniques as it heads to the finish line. But there’s a difference between racing to the finish and turning into The Flash on the home stretch. Again, we’ll have confirmation once the episode starts, but it sounds like only one member of each team will be around next week. That means two per team may be packing in roughly 24 hours.
 
In any case, all 12 remaining contestants will be performing tonight, which should make for a fast-moving, streamlined show with a minimum of overt product placement. That should mean mercifully few moments in Christina Milian’s Social Media Circle Of Doom. There are no more saves for Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton from this point on. It’s all about the audience vote at this point. That means those saved by the coaches last week (Adriana Louise, Cody Belew, Melanie Martinez, and Michaela Paige) seem to be at a major disadvantage at this stage of the game. Their performances may be the most make-or-break of the night. I’ll make predictions at the end of recap as to who will survive tomorrow night. For now, let’s get to tonight’s running diary.
 
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<p>Rihanna and Anne Hathaway</p>

Rihanna and Anne Hathaway

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Anne Hathaway and Rihanna

Two 'SNL' favorites deliver a mixed bag, with more good than bad.
Anne Hathaway and musical guest Rihanna are our captains for tonight’s “Saturday Night Live”. Both have history with this show: this will be Hathaway’s third time hosting, and Rihana has appeared several times as both musical guest and sidekick for Adam Samberg’s “Shy Ronnie”. Without Samberg (or Digital Shorts, at least in their former incarnation), it seems that the likelihood of seeing Rihanna with a Tommy gun again seems unlikely. Oh well. What I do hope for? Hathaway in a “Les Jeunes de Paris” sketch. That’s not asking for much, is it?
 
Let’s break things down on a sketch by sketch basis. As always, I’ll grade each segment as a stand-alone piece. As always, you’ll express shock that comedy is a subjective experience yielding different viewpoints. The formula is set. The recipe is locked. Let’s do this.
 
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<p>John Noble of &quot;Fringe&quot;</p>

John Noble of "Fringe"

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There '

The show's season-long scavenger hunt slows things down to a crawl at an inopportune time
There’s a tendency to overanalyze episodes of television shows as they approach their announced end dates. This is a relatively recent phenomenon, and it’s one that’s coincided with the rise of online analysis of shows on a weekly basis. Even when a show like “M*A*S*H” ended, there simply weren’t the forums available for widespread, multidirectional analysis, no matter how many fans watched that finale. So on one level, it’s unfair to judge tonight’s episode of “Fringe” based on the fact that only seven more will ever air. On the other hand, “Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There” would be a middling episode of “Fringe” at best were it not placed at this time in the show’s run. As is? It’s a borderline travesty.
 
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Harry Shum Jr., Amber Riley, Cory Monteith and Kevin McHale in "Glee"

Oh look, four people I like. More of these please "Glee!"

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'Glee' recap: 'The Role You Were Born To Play'

Out with the new, and please bring back the old

It's been five weeks since "Glee's" breakupocalypse, and after tonight's episode, I'd be thrilled if the show went away for another five years.

By then Marley, Jake, Kitty, Unique and Ryder would have graduated high school and "Glee" could quit trying to make any of those duds happen and simply focus on the grown-up lives of the better, funnier, more diverse and interesting characters we've been following since season one.

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<p>Thursday night's &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Thursday night's "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Thursday - The Live Playoffs, Results

NBC's singing hit concludes its five-hour week with some results!
After two “playoff” episodes this week, “The Voice” is back again, this time with a one-hour results show. Announcing the twelve contestants that will continue onwards should take all of ten minutes, so expect lots of padding tonight. Announced performances by Maroon 5 and Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul only highlight how much filler will be in tonight’s show.
 
Before we get started, allow me to repost my predictions after last night’s episode ended. The first two listed will be those voted in by the audience, and the third will represent the coach’s save. Let’s break down who I think will represent Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton going forth.
 
Team Xtina: De’borah, Sylvia Yacoub, Dez Duron
 
Team CeeLo: Nicholas David, Trevin Hunte, Cody Belew
 
Team Adam: Bryan Keith, Amanda Brown, Loren Allred
 
Team Blake: Liz Davis, Cassadee Pope, Michaela Paige
 
I can, and will, be wrong about this. I wouldn’t be surprised nor disappointed to see either Melanie Martinez or Terry McDermott make it through. We might learn that Julio Cesar Castillo and MacKenzie Bourg have strong voting fan bases, which might force Shelton or Green to make a difficult save. I would be shocked if Joselyn Rivera, Devyn DeLoera, Adriana Louise, or Diego Val continued.
 
There, I feel better about specifically detailing how off my predictions will be. Let’s get onto the recap! All times, as always, are EST.
 
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<p>Nicholas David performs on Wednesday's &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Nicholas David performs on Wednesday's "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Wednesday - The Live Playoffs, Part 2

Thanks to the election and the desire to crush 'X Factor,' 'The Voice' hits Wednesday
Once more unto the Live Playoffs breach, fans of the “The Voice”. Monday’s two-hour show featured singers from Team Adam and Team Blake, so it’s time for the remaining ten contestants to perform an awkward group number then show their stuff on the solo front. Tomorrow, a live one-hour results show will narrow the field down from 20 to 12.
Let’s see what Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, and Blake Shelton have to say about tonight’s participants. Also, let’s see what Green is wearing. It can’t be any weirder than what he wore on Monday.
 
Onto the recap!
 
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