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

Ralph Macchio of 'Dancing with the Stars'

Credit: ABC

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'

Credit: ABC

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'

Credit: The CW

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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<p>Jacob Lusk of 'American Idol'</p>

Jacob Lusk of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Results - Down to 6

David Cook and Katy Perry perform and another contestant heads home

Welcome to another Anything Can Happen Thursday (April 21) on "American Idol." Last night's recap predicted that Haley would go home, but several commenters disagreed. So who knows what might happen?

I certainly don't.

Click through for the full recap...

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<p>Steve of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'</p>

Steve of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Rice Wars'

Accusations of racism and ricism boil over at camp and Tribal Council
Pre-credit sequence. Matt is a broken man. As we begin the episode on Redemption Island, Matt's praying to various facets of the Trinity making it clear that he'd just as soon go home, but that he's willing to stick around and fight if it's God's will. Matt isn't sleeping and while he says he's trying to hold onto his sanity, there's ample evidence that that particular ship has already sailed. He's ready to go head-to-head with Marine Mike, when David walks into their little camp. Suddenly, Matt is going through a list of people who wouldn't quit. That list includes his dad, his brother and, of course, Jesus. "My mind's completely blown at this point," Matt admits. Nobody has a clue what to expect from future Duels or from possible positions on the jury. Why won't God or Jeff Probst explain things to them?!?
 
Full recap of Wednesday's (April 20) "Survivor: Redemption Island" after the break...
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<p>Celina Tio and John Currence of 'Top Chef Masters'</p>

Celina Tio and John Currence of 'Top Chef Masters'

Credit: Bravo

Recap: 'Top Chef Masters' - 'Diners to Donors'

The elimination challenge is full of surprises – including the winner

Eeeeee! Tonight is the bug challenge! This is both exciting and revolting at the same time, not unlike a Charlie Sheen podcast. Although part of me loves that “Top Chef Masters” comes up with some wacky challenges for our chefs, I do wonder if making them cook bugs is a bit too far, as I’m not sure it really shows whether or not they’re good chefs. I mean, I wouldn’t hold someone’s fried scorpion against them, literally or figuratively. Of course, that’s assuming I would eat the thing anyway.

[Full recap of Wednesday's "Top Chef Masters" recap after the break...]

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<p>Casey Abrams of 'American Idol'</p>

Casey Abrams of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Top 7 - Songs of the 21st Century

Several singers don't push hard enough, but one kisses Jennifer Lopez

Tuesday (April 20) night's "American Idol" theme is Songs of the 21st Century, which ought to give our Top 7 the chance to be a little bit more contemporary than our recent string of old-skewing themes.

Who benefited from going modern? Click through for my recap...

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