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.
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...
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…]
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.
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...]
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...]
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.