<p>Friday's &quot;Fringe&quot;</p>

Friday's "Fringe"

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'In Absentia'

The show finds its future stride by slowing things down
A funny thing happened on the way to the “Fringe” forum: the show turned in one of its strongest episodes in recent memory.
Last week, I worried about the way the show was exchanging its internal focus for an external one. “Fight The Future” just doesn’t have quite the same personal ring as “Fight For Loved Ones”, which was the show’s previous standard MO. But if last week’s premiere saw our heroes lost in the shuffle of a new world order and an avalanche of exposition, “In Absentia” brought things down to a far more human-scaled affair. When “Fringe” gets small, the rewards are often big.
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Jayma Mays and Matthew Morrison on "Glee"

Jayma Mays and Matthew Morrison on "Glee"

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'Glee' recap: 'The Break-Up' doesn't know when to quit

The question isn't who broke up, it's who didn't?

"Glee" has pushed all sorts of emotional buttons for me in the past, so why did "The Break-Up" leave me dry-eyed and irritated? Am I grumpy? Heartless? Horrible?


I'm also frustrated by the feeling that we've seen this all before, that it won't mean much in the long run, that the powers that be are only messing with fans who have invested a lot of time in and developed affection for relationships that didn't need to be simultaneously blown apart in an hour long episode of break-up porn.

Sometimes break-ups are necessary, and that hurts. But "The Break-Up" wasn't necessary, it was nonsensical.

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Ashley Tisdale and Charlie Hunnam in 'Sons of Anarchy'

Ashley Tisdale and Charlie Hunnam in "Sons of Anarchy"

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'Sons of Anarchy' recap: 'Stolen Huffy' mourns a fallen Son

Keep your grief to a minimum, we've got things to do here

After last week's stunning, brutal and divisive installment, it would've been a surprise to see "Sons of Anarchy" deliver a follow-up quite as memorable. But I wasn't expecting an episode that felt so... hollow.

There were two major things that needed to be achieved in "Stolen Huffy": send off Opie in a fitting way and keep the story moving forward. While the hour attempted both, the results were merely OK.

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<p>Rudy Parris of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Rudy Parris of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Monday - Blind Auditions, Part 8

Is this really the end of Blind Auditions? Yes!!!
We’re here at the end of the blind auditions for “The Voice”, ladies and gentleman. Tomorrow night’s one-hour slot will be a recap of the entire audition process, so expect a 60-minute mega-mix of “The Cupid Shuffle”. In the meantime, all four teams have fourteen members, leaving eight remaining slots in total.
Still, after tonight we’ll get Battle Rounds, which will feature a twist in which each coach can steal two contestants from other teams should they be eliminated in that round. Ostensibly, this should produce some chess-like strategy between the coaches. But I’m not sure we’ll get even “Connect Four” levels of gamesmanship between the four of them. But who knows? Maybe Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and CeeLo Green worship at the altar of Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov when not offering up sacrifices to the musical muses to produce a hit single. We’ll just have to see. For now? We need eight more contestants. Eight more sob stories. And eight more chances for me to rewrite those stories should I see fit. Let’s do this.
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<p>Joshua Jackson of &quot;Fringe&quot;</p>

Joshua Jackson of "Fringe"

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Recap: 'Fringe' Premiere - 'Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11'

'Fringe' starts its final season via a time jump that is alternately thrilling yet perplexing.

It’s only fitting that Yaz’s “Only You” closes out the final season premiere of “Fringe”. Written by Vince Clarke, who many will know from his work in Depeche Mode and Erasure, “Only You” is a synthesizer-based ballad. In other words, it creates beauty from inside the cold confines of technology. That’s always been the greatest strength of “Fringe” as well. It has taken the sometimes-cold world of science fiction and imbued the genre with enough heart and emotion to fill a half-dozen other television programs. Even if the fourth season never quite generated those some emotional highs as previous years, it has still aimed to tell very personal stories within a vast universe. This makes tonight’s episode, “Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11", so perplexing.

Before you jump to the comments and chew me out, let me explain. I’m not convinced tonight’s episode is bad by any stretch (especially since this season’s narrative gamble needs to play out in full before final judgment is rendered), but it certainly demands some adjustments from the viewer. Even with Season Four’s “Letter Of Transit” serving as out introduction to the “Fringe” future world of 2036, it’s still difficult to properly process everything that’s going on through a first pass. What makes this difficult? Glad you asked!

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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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