The teams seek wisdom and play with manure in India
Would Dame Helen's salty British wit lead to a good episode?
I have to say I can’t quite figure out the number of lengthy breaks during this season of “Saturday Night Live.” After tonight, there won’t be another episode until early May, when Tina Fay returns to host for the third time. That’s essentially a month in between episodes, which might give the show’s featured players more time to make feature films but doesn’t appease many with a love for as much new “SNL” as possible. (Or those with a love/hate relationship with the show, a demographic that probably far exceeds the former.) Hopefully tonight’s Dame Helen Mirren/Foo Fighters edition will provide enough good vibes to last us through Easter Sunday.
It’s not as if the show will struggle to find things in Mirren’s wheelhouse: she can pretty much do it all, and do it better than anyone. Let’s hope there’s some material for her to really sink her teeth into tonight. Only one way to find out! Onto the recap…
Mommyâ€™s back, but is she in cahoots with Klaus?
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen “Vampire Diaries,” but let’s rewind. Isobel is visiting Elena! Isobel is Elena’s vampire mom! Jenna answers the door! Rick is Jenna’s boyfriend and Isobel’s husband! Jenna thinks Isobel is dead! This is all really not good! For someone! Probably Jenna! And Elena, who is always pissed about something or sulking about something, has something new to sulk about. Phew, I’m exhausted and we haven’t even started yet.
Constantine Maroulis performs and somebody surprising goes home
This bears repeating: On Wednesday (April 6) night, we saw performances from the "American Idol" Top Nine. That means there were nine performances and three judges' critiques per performance. That's 27 individual evaluations over 90 minutes and not a single one of those 27 evaluations was what I would describe as "negative."
The performances on Wednesday were decent, but they weren't *that* good.
This is the second straight week in which all three judges were afraid to say anything resembling a discouraging word. And so, for the second straight week, it's a wide-open field with elimination approaching on Thursday. I predicted Stefano going home, with Haley and Jacob also making the Bottom Three.
Was I right?
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The chefs are given a challenge so tough more than one canâ€™t complete it
Time for “Top Chef Masters”! I can’t decide if I like this show as much as regular old “Top Chef” because, even though the food always looks insanely good, the chefs tend not to be as insane. I mean, you’re not going to get a Marcel on “Top Chef Masters” simply because a weasel like Marcel is never going to get that far in life. Or at least that’s what I have to hope. Anyway, let’s take a look at our masters:
As the Merge arrives and a Redeemed player returns, things get interesting
Noted Fashion Photographer Nigel Barker shoots the girls
Goodbye Monique, ye of the couture perma-scowl and a voice that only a boutique owner in Malibu could love. You were a ray of sunshine, that is, if the sun were a black hole made of tar and the nightmares of child slaves.
The judges love all of the remaining 'Idol' finalists equally
One of the ladies is sent home and Selena Gomez sings
I can’t say I have much expectation built up for tonight’s super! Dramatic! And tense! Elimination! If Wendy Williams doesn’t go home, then I’ll be surprised, but seriously, unless it’s opposite day, she probably already has her suitcase of enormous false eyelashes and hair extensions flying home ahead of her.
Sophia makes a call, Sean gets tough, The President gets shady
One episode in and I already miss Thomas. And no, it’s not a good sign that I have routinely maligned “The Event,” week after week, and yet begin this week’s review with a note of nostalgia. “You Bury Other Things Too,” however, confirmed my fears of where the show is heading with the major characters we’re now stuck with. Sophia is Hitler, while Martinez is probably Roosevelt at his Japanese-interning worst, but for the sake of simplicity, let’s just call him Stalin. Bluntly, I hate the entire set up. Thomas’ death has committed “The Event” to a path I would hate even if the show were well executed.