<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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Chuck Zito in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Chuck Zito as Frankie Diamonds in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Andare Pescare' is a smooth ride

Kurt Sutter shines behind and in front of the camera in one of the season's most consistent episodes

Episodes like this are why I can't give up on "Sons of Anarchy."

"Andare Pescare" (translated from Italian it's "to go fishing") is as consistent, satisfying, and simply well done an episode of "Sons" as we've seen in a long time. If the balance of tough guy action and emotional character interactions was always this finely tuned, "Sons" would be a threat to the best dramas on TV.

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<p>Michaela Paige of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Michaela Paige of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Monday - The Live Playoffs, Part 1

The three-day Election Week run of 'The Voice' begins
Our long, national, pre-taped nightmare is over, America. “The Voice” has finally moved onto the live episodes, which they are dubbing “Playoffs” for reasons that probably made sense at once point in a marketing meeting. Each team now has 5 contestants, with only 12 of the current 20 making it through this week. I assume that means each team will be reduced to three participants through a combination of coaches’ picks, audience votes, iTunes downloads, and some calculations Nate Silver dreamed up the other night after listening to some Maroon 5. 
 
With the Knockout Rounds over, I’m returning to a running diary for the three (yes, three) episodes this week. Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, and Blake Shelton will no longer have the power of post-production editing at their disposal to come off sane in their analysis tonight. Then again, in some cases, not even careful film splicing could help their decisions make any sense at all. But the thing that concerns me the most? The overblown production values that usually start creeping in around this time of the season. The show is called “The Voice”, and not “Lots of Cirque du Soleil Dudes Running Around In Dry Ice”, for a reason.
 
Onto the recap!
 
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<p>Louis C.K.</p>

Louis C.K.

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Louis C.K. and Fun.

Would comedy's reigning king be able to wring laughs on 'SNL'?
I’ll be honest: I’m equally excited and terrified by the prospect of Louis C.K. hosting “Saturday Night Live” tonight. On one hand, “Louie” is one of the best, if not the flat-out best, series on television right now. But how much of that can possibly translate into the “SNL” format? Maybe if tonight’s episode is a 90-minute take on “Sad Mouse”, the short from the Bruno Mars episode, maybe “SNL” will achieve the tonality, visual flair, and emotion of a typical episode of “Louie”. Still, it’s best to treat both shows as separate beasts and see how Louis C.K. the actor/comedian, not Louis C.K. the auteur, does as host. Along for the ride is musical fun., a band designed to make my word processing Spelling And Grammar auto-correct commit suicide.
 
Onto the recap! As always, I’ll be grading each sketch as they air. As always, you’ll express disbelief that these grades somehow vary from your own. It’s how we roll around these parts.
 
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<p>Joshua Jackson on Friday's &quot;Fringe&quot;</p>

Joshua Jackson on Friday's "Fringe"

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'An Origin Story'

Peter and Olivia grieve in different ways in tonight's pivotal episode.

“You don’t even know what you don’t know.”

Thus sayeth a captured Observer to Peter Bishop in tonight’s episode of “Fringe”. But it also sounds like a showrunner talking to his or her audience, as well. Part of the fun in reviewing a show on a weekly basis is the opportunity to capture immediate reactions in real time. The downside, of course, is that you’re always operating with only part of the overall puzzle revealed at any given time. Just as Peter tries to assemble a cube that might deal a crippling blow to The Observers, those following along with the show on a weekly basis are constantly evaluating and re-evaluating how to fit the pieces of the show together in order to produce a coherent image. “An Origin Story” doesn’t fill in all the gaps, but certainly provides some sense of where things might go over the last eight hours of the program.
 
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Katey Sagal, Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Katey Sagal, Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff in 'Sons of Anarchy'

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Ablation' better be the start of something new

Jax's proposition for Gemma could make or break the season

Jax vs. Clay. Tara vs. Gemma. Gemma vs. Clay. Jax vs. Gemma.

The repetitive nature of the conflicts on "Sons of Anarchy," and the way they always seem to resolve themselves through time or plot contrivances, have led to a frustrating state of inertia. It feels like the more these characters argue, the less there actually is at stake. Nothing ever really changes.

But what if something actually does change? Maybe, after last season's cop out finale, Clay actually could die. Or SAMCRO could splinter. Or Jax could, finally, leave. We know that "Sons" has at least two seasons left in Kurt Sutter's master plan, but we don't know what those seasons will look like. And right now, halfway through Season 5, it's a tantalizing prospect to imagine.

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