<p>This if Matt of &quot;Survivor: Redemption Island.&quot; God has a plan for him.</p>

This if Matt of "Survivor: Redemption Island." God has a plan for him.

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Recap: 'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'A Mystery Package'

Will a twist impact the annihilation of the Zapatera tribe?
Pre-credit sequence. Murlonio arrives back at camp after last week's Tribal Council, which was so eventful that I only remember the lectures on race relations and I'd completely forgotten that Julie was sent to Redemption Island. Steve approaches Phillip and extends a really insincere olive branch. Steve doesn't apologize, but he also says Phillip doesn't need to apologize either. That, by the way, is almost identical to the way Segregation ended in the South. "I felt it was a little self-serving," Phillip says, figuring that Steve will be targeted next. For his part, Steve is disappointed that he had to reach out to Phillip and not the other way around. "I'm just gonna keep plugging away," Steve says, hoping that Boston Rob may decide to cut Phillip loose next. Yeah. No. "Phillip's not going anywhere. Phillip's under my protection. As long as he keeps up his stupid antics, he'll be coming with me all the way to the Finals," Rob says.
 
Full recap of Wednesday's (April 27) episode after the break...
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<p>'Biggest Loser' host Alison Sweeney judges on Wednesday's 'Top Chef Masters'</p>

'Biggest Loser' host Alison Sweeney judges on Wednesday's 'Top Chef Masters'

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Recap: 'Top Chef Masters' - 'Biggest Loser'

One chef lectures the judges – and pays a price for it

This week, the chefs are facing a low-cal dining challenge, which doesn’t seem that challenging to me. I mean, if Applebee’s can pump out low-cal meals that may or may not taste like crap and/or be miniature food (anyone who can weigh in, feel free), I would hope that very skilled master chefs would be able to do the same. The contestants from “The Biggest Loser” will be on hand to sample the meals, which should be a treat for them as no one will be screaming at them to do push ups until they vomit. Hopefully.

[Full recap of Wednesday's (April 27)  "Top Chef Masters" after the break...]
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<p>James Durbin of 'American Idol'</p>

James Durbin of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 6 - Carole King Night

James Durbin has Wednesday's best solo and worst duet

Wednesday (April 27) night is Carole King Night on "American Idol." Or, as most of the "Idol" target demographic calls it, Who? Night.

How did the Top Six handle both solos and duets? Click through for the full recap...

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<p>A scene from Tuesday's 'Glee'</p>

A scene from Tuesday's 'Glee'

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Born This Way'

With New Directions and Emma both suffering, Will comes up with an idea to boost their esteem

Admit it: when you saw that this week’s “Glee” was supersized, you either jumped for joy or jumped off the nearest ledge. I didn’t really do either of those things, as I figured “supersized” was code for “about 7 extra minutes of show and 23 extra minutes of commercials.” That proved to be true, making “Born This Way” an episode that felt quite choppy for anyone watching it live. Then again, the show’s scattershot approach to what should have been a fairly streamlined episode probably felt choppy to most even if they fast-forwarded through the many and sundry commercial breaks.

[Full recap of Tuesday’s (April 26) “Glee” after the break…]

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<p>Ralph Macchio of 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Ralph Macchio of 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Results - A fifth star departs

New Kids and Backstreet Boys perform and one unlucky couple goes home

It’s elimination night! With an hour of other stuff in front of it to fill out the ABC schedule, but let’s just concern ourselves with the important part. Although we do learn who the judges see as contenders right before the hour break, which is worth noting. Bruno declares that in his mind there are two dark horses, and one is Kendra Wilkinson. If only she had more confidence! I really don’t think confidence is Kendra’s only problem. No BLEEPING elegance might be the bigger issue. But I digress. Bruno’s other dark horse is Ralph Macchio, who needs to stoke his fire to master Latin dances. Bruno and his fiery crotch comments! I swear the guy has an infection that needs clearing up or something. Carrie Ann says Hines Ward is best from a technical perspective but she also likes Kirstie Alley. And Len doesn’t get to answer the question, as Carrie Ann and Bruno babbled on too long.

Full recap of Tuesday's (April 26) "Dancing with the Stars" results after the break...
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<p>Blair Underwood of 'The Event'</p>

Blair Underwood of 'The Event'

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Recap: 'The Event' - 'Strain'

The President fights for his life, an alien autopsy goes bad and other stuff

Now in its final stretch, “The Event,” in this week’s episode “Strain” weaves together a story of presidential assassination, frozen corpses, influenza genocide and coffee. (You’ll be surprised which of those things gets the most screen time.) It’s an episode that features none of the show’s periodic strangeness, but all of its dull political intrigue plots. This is a series that can’t afford any more episodes slogged down by tiresome filler, and yet this is another. 

[Full recap of Monday’s (April 25) “Event” after the break...]

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<p>Kendra Wilkinson of 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Kendra Wilkinson of 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Performances - Guilty Pleasures Week

One couple takes a tumble and two pairs make it to the top of the board
Oh boy oh boy, it’s Guilty Pleasures night! This promises to be good fun, but then again, some guilty pleasures are guilty for a reason. We kick things off with Hanson MMMBopping us into the show. You know, I would really consider Hanson more of a one hit wonder than responsible for a guilty pleasure, as the guilty part implies you should be a little ashamed for liking “MMMBop.” And really, who can dislike “MMMBop?” You may not get it out of your head for a year or so and back in the day it was a little disturbing to see happy little kids with Kurt Cobain hair, but it’s a perfectly decent pop song. Whether or not they agree with “DWTS” that they should be mildly ashamed of their one big hit, little (okay, not so little anymore) Zac, Isaac and Taylor are their hearts out and smiling like the Patridge Family on uppers. They will be performing other guilty pleasures throughout the show, which kind of makes me feel like they’ve been relegated to house band status, but if they don’t mind, I don’t mind, either.
 
[Full recap of Monday's (April 25) "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...]
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<p>Gary and Mallory of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Gary and Mallory of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'We're Good American People'

Would fondue be a fon-don't? And would it pay to have allies?
In an eerily prescient 1624 poem, John Donne wrote, "No 'Amazing Race' team is an island entire of itself."
 
Now you may be impressed that Donne was able to anticipate the advent of "The Amazing Race," but I find it even more amazing that he was specifically anticipating Sunday (April 24) night's episode. Because for most of the 18 season history of "The Amazing Race," it was actually entirely possible for a team to be highly successful while barely interacting with the other teams along the way. "Survivor" is CBS' social reality show, but "The Amazing Race" requires only that the two people on individual team remain aligned for a few weeks. Anything else is gravy.
 
But on Sunday night, one "Amazing Race" team finally fell victim to its isolationist stance. 
 
Never send to know for whom the bell tolls... On Sunday night, it tolled for...
 
[Full "Amazing Race" recap after the break...]
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<p>Joshua Jackson of 'Fringe'</p>

Joshua Jackson of 'Fringe'

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Recap: 'Fringe' - '6:02 AM EST'

When the Doomsday Device turns on by itself, Peter concocts a plot to save both worlds

Finales are hard work for some shows. On some levels, they are easy, in that they get to burn through story they’ve been holding back on all season long. But pacing everything in a satisfying manner can be difficult, often leading to rushed episodes that are sound and fury signifying…well, something, but something much less than potentially intended. “Fringe” is attempting to get around that conundrum by essentially staging a three-part finale, which kicked off tonight. As Act 1 of that trilogy, “6:02 AM EST” laid some satisfying groundwork for the next fortnight. But as an actual episode? It left a little something to be desired.

[Recap of Friday's (April 22) "Fringe" after the break...]

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<p>Joseph Morgan's Klaus on Thursday's 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

Joseph Morgan's Klaus on Thursday's 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Klaus'

Elijah’s back with juicy secrets to reveal

Elijah is BACK! Or, at least it seems fair to assume he is, as Elena plucked the dagger out of his chest last week. I’m also assuming that Elena hasn’t come to her senses and decided that said plucking was a CRAZY thing to do and promptly plunged that dagger right back in. I know, I know, she’s trying to save Bonnie’s life, as the dagger can be used to kill that other pesky original Klaus so that dear Bonnie doesn’t go toes up using her witchy powers to do the same thing. But that sort of overlooks the little complication that Elijah will not have a dagger in his chest during that time, and he’s SO much more agreeable when he’s sort of dead. Elena has her heart in the right place, but I fear that by the time this episode is over the rest of her organs may be in the wrong place and mostly dead.

[Full recap of Thursday's (April 21) "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]
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