Chris Colfer and Sarah Jessica Parker on 'Glee'

Chris Colfer and Sarah Jessica Parker strike a pose at Vogue.com on "Glee"

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'Glee' recap: 'Makeover' introduces Sarah Jessica Parker

High school elections and New York fashionistas combine for a light, fun hour

I love Ian Brennan's vision for "Glee."

"Makeover," which "Glee" co-creator Brennan wrote and Eric Stoltz directed, wasn't a Very Special episode like last week's "Britney 2.0." There was no musical icon to celebrate or serious social issue to tackle. There was a special guest star in Sarah Jessica Parker, but Brennan knows how to write to that having previously penned Gwyneth Paltrow's debut episode "The Substitute" and Ricky Martin's "The Spanish Teacher."

More importantly, Brennan knows how to keep "Glee" light on its feet. "Makeover" was both the most relaxed and best episode we've seen so far in Season 4. We're still making progress.

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Charlie Hunnam, Tommy Flanagan, Ryan Hurst and Kim Coates on 'Sons of Anarchy'

Charlie Hunnam, Tommy Flanagan, Ryan Hurst and Kim Coates locked up on 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Laying Pipe' forces Jax to make an impossible choice

Opie, Tig, Chibs and Jax go to prison, but do they all make it out alive?

Kurt Sutter, you clever bastard.

Right when the networks are in the midst of launching and returning their big guns, "Sons of Anarchy" unleashes an episode designed to dominate TV chatter. Whether you loved, hated or were simply heartbroken by "Laying Pipe," it's not an episode you're going to forget. Or stop talking about for weeks to come.

If the amount of times someone says "Did you see 'Sons of Anarchy' last night?! Holy crap!" is one valid way to judge a showrunner's success, Sutter should be feeling pretty damn accomplished tomorrow.

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<p>Adam Levine of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Adam Levine of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Tuesday - Blind Auditions, Part 7

Guess what tonight's episode is? More Blind Auditions!
I remember a time when “The Voice” wasn’t holding blind auditions for its third season. The skies were blue. The fields were green. Dinosaurs roamed the earth. Good times.
 
OK, it hasn’t been that long, but you’ll be forgiven if it seems that way. Still, you really can’t blame NBC for stretching these auditions out as long as possible. Thus far, it seems like the ratings gamble for the network has paid off, with the show siphoning off viewers from other networks and helping The Peacock win the first official night of the Fall TV season. You read that correctly: NBC won the night. Look for cats and dogs living together anytime soon now. Mass chaos, is what I’m saying.
 
Let’s get into tonight’s one-hour episode. There are only twelve spots still open on the four teams combined at this point, so the competition will get fierce. Chairs will spin EXTRA hard, I’m telling you. They’ll spin so hard that Christina Aguilera’s fan will fly out and cut the head of CeeLo Green’s bird clean off. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton may or may stop flirting with each other long enough to actually notice.
 
As always, I’ll be keeping a running diary. As always, the times below are EST. As always, if the sob stories these contestants roll out raise my eyebrows, I reserve the right to make up new ones. In honor of “The Avengers” coming out on DVD/Blu-Ray today, I’ll have The Hulk have a stab at their backstory.
 
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<p>Alexis Marceaux of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Alexis Marceaux of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Monday - Blind Auditions, Part 6

Yup. More Blind Auditions with Christina, CeeLo, Adam and Blake
Here we are in the third week of blind auditions for “The Voice”. If you can currently pick half of the already-selected team members out of a crowd…well, you’re a better person than I. Having 64 participants may yield a vast and varied talent pool, but will also render more than half barely identifiable when the Battle Rounds start. Toss in the fact that each audition since the premiere has thrown in a montage of accepted contestants, and “The Voice” runs the risk of muddying up the waters before it even leaves the audition phase of the competition. Leaving the audience unable to bond with finalists seems like an unwise move.
 
So let’s see if anyone stands out tonight. Blake Shelton could use the most help, as he only has seven members on his team to date. Christina Aguilera has ten, and Adam Levine and CeeLo Green each have eleven. As always, I’ll be keeping a running diary of the auditions. As always, all times are EST. As always, if a contestant’s sob story doesn’t pass muster, I reserve the right to assign them a role in one of the 300 television programs premiering this week. Let’s press some buttons, people.
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<p>Jason Sudeikis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt prepare for &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;</p>

Jason Sudeikis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt prepare for "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mumford & Sons

Would the 'Looper' and 'Dark Knight Rises' star sing and dance again?

After a sturdy if semi-unremarkable season opener, “Saturday Night Live” returns with its second episode of the year with host Joseph Gordon-Levitt, back for his second time hosting the show. Will the star of “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Looper” reference his “3rd Rock From The Sun” days at some point in tonight’s broadcast? Will former “(500) Days of Summer” co-star Zooey Deschanel appear alongside him onstage to help promote the Tuesday return of “New Girl”? And most importantly: will we see five separate sketches based on the film “Premium Rush”, or only four?

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Heather Morris on 'Glee'

Why can't Heather Morris have a major story on every episode of 'Glee'?

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'Glee' recap: 'Britney 2.0' lets Heather Morris shine

Remember when 'Glee' was funny? Let's get back to that

Now, that was better. After last week's lackluster introduction to the multiple new characters on "Glee," it's a relief to get a second episode more focused on old favorites.

The newbies were all still around (even Marley's lunch lady mom had an encore), but "Britney 2.0" worked better as a showcase for Heather Morris, a reminder the writers really should be using Chord Overstreet more, and a tiny glimpse of what might have been if Kurt and Rachel actually got that New York spinoff. Plus, we saw a real Puckerman back in action.

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<p>The &quot;Big Brother&quot; Top 3 participate in the final HoH</p>

The "Big Brother" Top 3 participate in the final HoH

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Finale - The winner is...

Would Ian, Dan or Danielle claim the season's prize?

It's finale time for the 14th installment of "Big Brother." 

As we begin Wednesday's (September 19) night's finale, I think we can probably all agree that the potential Top 2 scenarios look like this: Ian beats Danielle. Dan beats Danielle. Ian and Dan would be a close vote. 

Right?

Let's see how things play out with the climactic Head of Household competition and where things go from there...

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Katey Sagal and Jimmy Smits in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Katey Sagal and Jimmy Smits in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Authority Vested,' wedding bells and prison cells

More great moments from Jimmy Smits in a less sensationalistic installment

After last week's incendiary season premiere it's probably for the best that "Sons of Anarchy" reined things in a bit in episode 2. This was a relatively calm installment -- at least by "Sons" standards -- with no torture, no murder, a single car chase that was more exhilarating than ominous, and a major event in the lives of two characters handled with genuine affection.

The very best moment was simply two guys talking shop in the front seat of a pickup. Sure, they happened to be discussing illegal activities, but it was still a friendly and relaxed chat that demonstrated how strong "Sons" can be when it steps back from hyperactive plotting and lets its characters breathe.

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<p>Joselyn Rivera of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Joselyn Rivera of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Tuesday - Blind Auditions, Part 5

The coaches salute more pretty people and more people with sob stories
NBC aired three blind auditions during the first week of “The Voice,” but there will be no head-to-head competition between this show and “The X Factor” anytime soon. That means the teams should be roughly half-filled by the end of tonight’s hour. Adam Levine and CeeLo Green both got strong talent last night, so let’s see if Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton can step up their game tonight. Also, let’s pray no one-hit wonders show up to perform said one-hit wonder as their audition song. I’ve had enough of that for an entire season after last night’s Cupid debacle. I shook my head to the left (to the left) and to the right (to the right) far too much after that debacle. My neck is sore.
 
With that in mind, let’s kick off tonight’s running diary. As always, all times are EST. As always, if the prepackaged sob story that accompanies a contestant is too dull, I will probably just insert the artist inside my in-progress spec script for “Revolution”, which debuted to surprisingly strong numbers last night for NBC. Because why not?
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<p>Thanks to &quot;The Voice,&quot; a woman who looks like this finally has a chance to make it in entertainment!</p>

Thanks to "The Voice," a woman who looks like this finally has a chance to make it in entertainment!

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Recap: 'The Voice' Wednesday - Blind Auditions, Part 4

The second week of 'The Voice' begins with more spinning chairs

Today, “The Voice” announced that Usher and Shakira will be taking the temporary place of CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera during the show’s next cycle. It’s a smart choice on the show’s part. Whereas the comings and goings of hosts on “American Idol” and “The X Factor” tend to overwhelm the show itself, building a deep roster of judges that can be mixed and matched each cycle seems like a smart way to not only keep the show fresh but also keep the coaches happy. If artists know they can drop in and out depending on their album/tour/celebrity status, wouldn’t they be more willing to sign on? Why buy a chair when you can rent one? With this move, “The Voice” turns into the X-Men of reality singing competitions, able to consistently change its lineup while keeping the core identity intact.

With that in mind, let’s kick off tonight’s running diary. As always, all times are EST. And no, I won’t make X-Men references all night. (Oh wait. I probably will.) As always, if the prepackaged sob story that accompanies a contestant is too dull, I reserve the right to come up with my own instead. Comic book writers re-con stuff all the time. Why can’t I?

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