<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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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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Recap: 'Big Brother''s final three duke it out as the finish line looms

Things are getting tougher now that the Quack Pack's smaller

Can you believe Shane, totally suckered by Dan's Personal Sock Puppet (Danielle), is gone? Or that resident dork Ian, who seemed destined to be heading home on his tippy-toes in week one, is in the final three? Actually, the same could be said about both Dan (otherwise known as the biggest threat in the house to anyone thinking clearly) as well as Danielle (see sock puppet reference above). This isn't the final three I ever would have predicted, but that's the thing about "Big Brother." Hard to predict. And this season, that doesn't even take into consideration predicting the Hamster Most Likely to Wear a Pink Tank Top category. I mean, come on! It was a guy! 

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<p>Frank Ocean and Seth MacFarlane of &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;</p>

Frank Ocean and Seth MacFarlane of "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' Premiere - Seth MacFarlane and Frank Ocean

'SNL' launches its 38th season by giving new exposure to familiar stars

Every season of “Saturday Night Live” is a beast unto itself. But in my short time recapping episodes for HitFix, the time between seasons has seen the most change. Stalwarts Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg are gone. Jason Sudeikis will join them in a few months. Three new cast members (Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong) have been added as featured players. Lorne Michaels finally decided to let Jay Pharoah play President Obama. These aren’t seismic changes, to be certain. The show has handled more turnover in its past. And no one expects the overall quality of the show to take a sudden downhill turn even with the aforementioned changes.

But maybe people should expect more from the show this season. At the very least, they should expect something different. I wrote up ten suggestions last week for “SNL,” and while I don’t expect the powers that be to stop production and have every member of the writer’s room read that gallery (although let’s be frank, that would be the smart thing to do!), I do expect the change in the show’s onscreen talent to inevitable change the overall makeup of the show. Such change is built into the program’s DNA, and has kept it a part of the pop culture landscape for nearly thirty years. How successful the writing of the show adapts to the new cast composition will go a long way to determining the show’s success this season. 
 
So I’ll keep a keen eye on which cast members break out, which ones recede, and how the new combinations possible given the absence of Wiig and Samberg affect the in-sketch dynamics. The lucky first host to be part of this ongoing comedic experiment? Seth MacFarlane, who took time to leap off his big pile of money AMASSED from his FOX animated comedies and this past summer’s surprise box-office smash “Ted” to come down and host the show for us little people. Along for the ride is musical act Frank Ocean, a writer/producer who entered the public consciousness over this past year through both his music (the album “Channel Orange”) and his personal life (announcing publicly that his first love was a man).
 
Will Ocean stay on stage, or join so many previous musical guests in appearing in sketches as well? Will he help pen an opening monologue song for MacFarlane? What is the future of pre-produced comedic content on the show? Will Pharaoh’s chance to shine be a mere imitation of Obama or a unique impersonation? Will the women of the cast have a chance to form their own version of the female-led ensembles that represent some of the show’s finest seasons? So many questions, and only one way to answer them: by grading each segment of the show as they happen in real time. After that, you tell me how wrong I was, how I have no business covering a show that hasn’t been funny in years, and then we do the whole thing again next week. We cool? Cool. Onto the recap!
 
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Matthew Morrison and Melissa Benoist on 'Glee'

Yep, Matthew Morrison is still on "Glee." And now, so is Melissa Benoist.

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'Glee' season premiere recap: 'The New Rachel' and the new 'Glee'

New students, a new setting and all new problems

Being brand new to the cutthroat world of "Glee" recaps, I was really hoping to write something about why I like the show, why I've stuck with it over the years and why I've often been annoyed with its status as a designated punching bag in some corners of the web. An episode like the season four premiere, "The New Rachel," makes that hard to do.

In many ways it was a fresh start for the show. We've been hearing for several months that season four will take on the ambitious challenge of splitting screen time between New York -- where Rachel Berry is newly enrolled at NYADA -- and the usual setting of McKinley High, where a handful of returning cast members will be joined by new recruits. There's a lot of potential in this approach for both success and failure, and after watching the first hour I'm more concerned than optimistic.

That's because "Glee" has a whole new problem. For the first time they've introduced a slew of characters who are one thing the show almost never is: boring.

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