A mysterious crime leads Walter to hasten his search into William Bell's past
Season 3 of “Fringe” has featured many things: ups, downs, twists, turns, frustrations, and revelations. What it’s managed to avoid up until this point is a “placeholder.” But unfortunately, that’s what “Os” was, an episode that set the groundwork for events to come but featured very little in the way of major narrative progression. Maybe if the episode had been called “Ring My Bell,” we’d have a disco-infused title that got to the heart of what this episode was truly building towards. Instead, what transpired was a perfectly acceptable hour of television with a slam-bang cliffhanger meant to disguise the fact that almost nothing happened.
[Full recap of Friday's (March 11) "Fringe" after the break...]
Who made the Bottom 3? Who got the boot? And how did we fill time?
Last Thursday's "American Idol" results show, which cut the field from 24 to 13, was an example of how lean and mean the FOX hit can be. If you take out the first 20 minutes, when nothing happened, and maybe trim a few other moments of clip-package flab, there was a remarkable amount of activity that took place over those two hours.
Will Thursday (March 10) night's "Idol" results show feature similar economy?
Umm... Don't count on it.
Minute-by-minute breakdown after the bump...
Russell and Matt Duel, while Phillip gets on everybody's nerves
The latest elimination challenge for the final five catches fire -- literally
It’s down to the final five, and the chefs are coming together in the Bahamas to duke it out, Caribbean style. Of course, it’s been a little while since the last challenge, as Richard has had time to slick down his hair and Mike appears to be shaped a little more like a Weeble.
It's time for... Makeovers! And nothing else really matters after that.
So long, Nicole. We’ll see your high-fashion spreads in Women’s Day and Redbook soon enough, gurl. For the remaining contestants, it’s makeover time. But because this is Tyra, we can’t just say that. We can’t just say hey girls quit shrieking and get in the TyraMobile and sit still for six hours while we build up your coif with hair from some poor anonymous girl in India. No, we need to come home to a big old curtain tassel that must be pulled! While shrieking! A scrim drops down listing all the makeovers in store for the girls. One transformation threatens to be “manly, short brown spikes,” and Sara hopes it isn’t her. Poor girl already has a rat tail.
James brought a softer side, but Naima brought a storm
Last week there were 24 singers on "American Idol" and you sent 11 of them packing, America. In fact, you tried to send 14 of them packing, but the judges kept Ashthon Jones, Stefano Langone and Naima Adedapo around.
You can read my interviews with the entire Top 13 here.
On Wednesday (March 9) night, the "Idol" Finalists sang songs from *their* Idols.
How did that turn out? Click through...
Students and teachers alike struggle with their sexual identities
In honor of tonight’s “Glee,” I contemplated making this review eight completely unrelated paragraphs. That, I felt, would be a literal and honest response to yet another schizophrenic hour of television. But somehow I feel like the powers that be here at HitFix might frown upon such a technique, so I’m left trying to cobble together coherent thoughts about “Sexy,” an episode that was honestly anything but.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (March 8) "Glee" after the break...]
NBC's confusing fall thriller returns with more questions, few answers
“The Event” returns from a lengthy hiatus tonight with not one, but two hours chock full of...well, stuff that happens. The series has been gone for so long that, in my excitement over recapping it again, I forgot for a moment that I don’t actually much care for this show. But with the appropriately titled “And Then There Were More,” and “Inostranka” fresh off my television set, I already feel exhausted by the thought of coming up with something, [i]anything[/i], to say about this series that’s supposed to be providing water-cooler intrigue.
[Full recap after the break...]
The teams head to Japan to play in the mud
Did 'SNL' return with an episode that was pretty cool?
I know, I know: you’re worried about Miley Cyrus hosting “Saturday Night Live.” But look at it this way: a lot of people were worried about Taylor Swift hosting, and that ended up being one of the strongest episodes in recent years. Plus, given this season’s tendency to make the host fit around the cast (as opposed to the other way around), it’s possible that her youth, singing voice, and hopefully game attitude will produce some interesting sketches.
Then again, it’s possible that the entire show will consist of “The Miley Cyrus Show,” a lot of Charlie Sheen sketches, plus The Strokes intermittently saving the day. Could go either way. I’m staying positive until showtime.
As always, I’ll be grading each sketch in real time. Onto the show!