<p>Carson Daly of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Carson Daly of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Tuesday - The Knockouts, Part 2

NBC packs in another two hours of high-pressure Knockouts

Last night’s Knockout Rounds represented a TKO for “The Voice”. This new phase of competition emphasized performance over backstories, yielding ten total head-to-head battles over the course of a two-hour installment. That’s a lot of performances for a show that dragged out the auditions and Battle Rounds right up to the point of human endurance. Tonight, we do it all over again, this time carving Team Christina and Team Blake in half before heading into the live episodes next week. Adam Levine and CeeLo Green already have their teams, so they can sit back and make bland critiques tonight without the responsibility of anyone’s future directly in their hands.

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<p>Nicholas David of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Nicholas David of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Monday - The Knockouts, Part 1

Our East Coast recapper braves Sandy to bring you this report
Welcome to our coverage of the two-night Knockout Round event for “The Voice”. I describe it as an “event” rather than “a quick and dirty way for the show to shrink the still enormous number of contestants left on the show” because I’m a nice guy. As this is the first iteration of this phase in the history of the show, we’ll have to feel things out as we go tonight and tomorrow. From what it seemed in last week’s preview, each coach will pick two singers from his or her respective teams to face off in head-to-head competition. Each contestant will choose a song to perform individually, and the coach will pick a winner.
 
We have twenty of these knockouts to get through over four hours, which means either a series of no-frills, lean-and-mean contests or a combination of lengthy rounds coupled with quick montages. Either way, there are a lot of decisions for Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and CeeLo Green to make over the next two nights. I’ll try to make this recap as clean as possible, covering each pairing as a whole rather than maintaining a minute-by-minute running diary. I’m sure those will return once we get to the live shows starting next week, but even if this experiment fails, it’ll all be over in 24 hours anyways. Tonight, “The Voice” is focusing on Team Adam and Team CeeLo.
 
(I’ll note up front that I’m covering this from Boston, where Hurricane Sandy is currently pounding down. There might be times in which local coverage trumps the show itself. I’ll do my best.)
 
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<p>Friday's &quot;Fringe&quot;</p>

Friday's "Fringe"

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'The Bullet That Saved The World'

The episode that truly kicks off the final leg of this show's journey
Even for an already divisive series of “Fringe”, tonight’s episode is one for the books in terms of splitting an audience right down the middle. The show’s last outing, “The Recordist”, was a middling but ultimately inoffensive hour. No one was going to get particularly worked up about it either way. But “The Bullet That Saved The World”? Here’s an hour designed to evoke a response. And not just any response, mind you: It’s meant to evoke a visceral response. There are times in which the show exists in order to get from Point A to Point B. And there are times in which the show blows up the caravan on the way to Point B with an antimatter baton.
 
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Charlie Hunnam, Kim Coates and Joel McHale on "Sons of Anarchy"

Charlie Hunnam, Kim Coates and Joel McHale on "Sons of Anarchy"

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Toad's Wild Ride' (with Gemma at the wheel)

Joel McHale guest stars on another eventful episode

Jax: "She's a goddamn trainwreck."
Nero: "She's still your mother ... Women like your mom, they don't do so good without family."

It's been a very Jax-centric season of "Sons of Anarchy" so far, but Clay and Gemma took the reins tonight while Jax was mostly just trying to keep up.

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<p>Michaela Page of &quot;The Voice&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Michaela Page of "The Voice" 

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Recap: 'The Voice' Tuesday - The Battles Continue, Part 4

Another night, more Battles from NBC's hit
We’re here at the end of the Battle Rounds, which has yielded as many great moments as headscratching ones for “The Voice”. The introduction of the steal has increased the drama of this phase of the game, but hasn’t solved its inherently odd structure. Building up a solid team only to systematically dismantle it via one-on-one sing-offs really can’t be the best way to narrow the field down to more manageable size. But holding out hope for its removal from the show before the next cycle is probably asking too much.
 
But let’s focus on the present, rather than the past. Only four slots remain. Adam Levine’s team has been filled, but there are spots left for Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and CeeLo Green. Plus, Aguilera has the one remaining steal left, and something tells me she’ll use it tonight. Let’s get down to business.
 
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<p>Nicole Nelson of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Nicole Nelson of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Monday - The Battles Continue, Part 3

Presidential Debate reduces Monday's Battle to an hour
Last week’s rapid progression through the Battle Rounds was appreciated, but baffling. Why was the show in such a rush to reduce the field to forty contestants when it had a full three hours this week in order to wrap things up? Well, the answer is tonight’s presidential debate, which cuts “The Voice” in half for this one instance. That makes the remaining twelve slots make sense: the show can lock down six per night this week, then start the Knockout Rounds next week. (Unless they drag this out within an inch of its life. Which is possible, but I’m trying to be an optimist here.)
 
With only two steals remaining, those won’t be as omnipresent as they have been over the past two weeks. But both Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera are in a position to land a strong singer in this final week via this season’s twist. Adam Levine and CeeLo Green have both used up their two steals, and might find some strong talent pitted against their squad down the line.
 
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<p>Bruno Mars</p>

Bruno Mars

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Bruno Mars

Would being host and musical guest work out for Bruno Mars?
There are times when you can reasonably guess the quality of an episode of “Saturday Night Live” by the host. It doesn’t yield a particularly reliable prediction of what unfolds, but it’s a fairly good rule of thumb all the same. Christina Applegate hosting? One could reasonably assume a solid show. Daniel Craig? One could reasonably assume a shaky show. Neither assumption directly related to the result, but expectations were raised or lowered accordingly ahead of time. But with a host like Bruno Mars? All bets are off. It could be the best show of the season thus far. Or the worst. Or somewhere in the middle. Anything is possible, which is both thrilling and terrifying. Mars’ musical chops are known. His comedic chops? Far more unproven. But hey, Eli Manning was also unproven, and he led one of last season’s strongest episodes. So let’s err on the side of optimism until proven otherwise.
 
As always, I’ll be rating the sketches in real time. As always, you’ll be doing a Google search to discover where I live so you can bring the pitchforks to my place of residence rather than the comments section. Why mess with success?
 
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<p>Kurt Sutter and Maggie Siff of &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;</p>

Kurt Sutter and Maggie Siff of "Sons of Anarchy"

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Small World'

The body count keeps rising this season on 'Sons of Anarchy'
The body count keeps rising this season on "Sons of Anarchy" and "Small World" was full of "collateral damage."
 
The hour's four violent deaths provide a pretty decent overview of the episode, so let's look at each one:
 
 
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<p>&nbsp;Tuesday's &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

 Tuesday's "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Tuesday - The Battles Continue

NBC's hit turns in a less-than-thrilling hour
We’re slightly more than halfway through the Battle Rounds on “The Voice”. With only three steals remaining, there isn’t much in the way of strategy left for the four coaches. Then again, “strategy” hasn’t been the name of the game thus far in this phase of the competition. Still, there have been a surprisingly high number of good pairings thus far, with the lesser ones shunted off into montage-form for our benefit. Tonight’s one-hour installment will take us that much closer to The Knockout Rounds. Early favorites in that round already include Trevin Hunte, Amanda Brown, and Nicholas Davis. Will anyone join that upper tier tonight? Only one way to find out. As always, I’ll be recapping the show in real time.
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<p>Monday's &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Monday's "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Monday - The Battles Continue

It takes a while, but Monday's episode features some standouts
After one week of Battle Rounds, “The Voice” now has slightly over a quarter of the forty contestants that will participate in the next phase in the competition. So we have about three weeks left of people scream-singing at each other or working together to produce something greater than the sum of its parts. So far, the judges haven’t exactly grasped the concept of this season’s twist, with both CeeLo Green and Adam Levine leaving themselves wide open to having one of their strongest team members swiped by a competing coach via The Steal. Let’s see if the superstars get any smarter about their pairings as the Battle Rounds continue. And let’s see who will be the first contestant indignant about his or her partner.
 
It’s another 2-hour installment tonight, so we should see quite a few pairings before the night is through. Let’s see what Green, Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton have up their sleeves tonight. Spoiler alert: I’m guessing the final battle of the night will be the most dramatic. I just…have…a hunch. As always, I’ll be jotting down my thoughts in real time.
 
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