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

Ralph Macchio of 'Dancing with the Stars'

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Performances - The Top 5

One dancer is injured – but can he make it through his instant dance?
Aaaack! It’s the last step before the semi-finals! Tom is talking about Armageddon and falling stars and I’m going to start hyperventilating from the excitement and drama and there is SO MUCH TO LOSE! Okay, maybe they’re playing it up a bit. But they really need to stop dragging this out to two hours, as even with the celebrities dancing twice there’s still a lot of dead time during the show. Brooke can only ask so many pointless questions no one wants to answer, you know?
 
Full recap of Monday's (May 9) "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...
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<p>Big Easy mixes a drink on Sunday's 'Amazing Race' finale</p>
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Big Easy mixes a drink on Sunday's 'Amazing Race' finale

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Finale - The winner is...

The teams went from Switzerland to Brazil to Florida for the million
"The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" was the first "Amazing Race" season to air in high definition, so perhaps Sunday's (May 8) finale was an appropriate one: No, it didn't wrap up with a winning team who particularly represented the season as a whole, but the real winner ended up being viewers who got to watch in HD. The finale was beautiful, but it wasn't entirely satisfying. 
 
Actually, I take that back. 
 
[More after the break, just so I don't spoil anything...]
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<p>Ellie Goulding, Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig of 'Saturday Night Live'</p>

Ellie Goulding, Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig of 'Saturday Night Live'

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Tina Fey and Ellie Goulding

Would a couple eventful weeks and a beloved host lead to a funny show?

Feels like forever and a day since the last time “Saturday Night Live” has aired a new episode. And it’s not exactly hyperbole that the world has significantly changed since then. “SNL” hasn’t been exactly breaking out it’s “A” game this season in the arena of politics, so it will be interesting to see how they handle the death of Osama bin Laden. That, plus host Tina Fey, makes this a potentially landmark show.

And yes, that’s probably more wishful thinking than anything resembling reality. But it’s positive wishful thinking, so that has to count for something, right? As always, I’ll be grading each sketch as it airs. In addition: Elliot Gould makes his musical debut on the show! [What? Oh, my bad. I misread the press release. It’s Ellie Goulding making her debut tonight.]

Onto the recap!

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<p>Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv of 'Fringe'</p>

Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv of 'Fringe'

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Recap: 'Fringe' Finale - 'The Day We Died'

Fringe ends its third season with a finale head-scratching on every level

So can “Fringe” make me forget this hour ever happened, the way that it made everyone in the show forget Peter ever existed?

OK, that’s a strong statement. And not entirely accurate. But let’s be frank: that was a 55-minute dream sequence followed by five minutes that set up Season 4. And while predicting that last five minutes was essentially impossible, the fact that everything we saw unfolding up until that point was either 1) a potentiality or 2) a reality that would be undone at some point robbed the proceedings of anything resembling drama or tension. And that’s a shame. I’ve championed this show long before covering here at HitFix. I’ve reviewed every single hour of it. And I’m not sure I’ve been more disappointed by any single episode of the show more than I was by this one.

[Full recap of Friday's (May 6) "Fringe" finale after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Steven R. McQueen and Kat Graham of 'The Vampire diaries'</p>

 Steven R. McQueen and Kat Graham of 'The Vampire diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'The Sun Also Rises'

Klaus puts his ritual into action – and the Gilbert family pays the price

So, Klaus is the bad guy, Elijah is now a good guy, Elena has vampire blood in her system but she’s not a vampire yet, Damon seems to have a werewolf bite (and we know how THAT tends to turn out) and Elena and Jenna are at the ritual site and are looking at a whole lotta hurt. Oh, and Jules and Jenna are, it seems, the new sacrificial lambs (well, wolf and maybe-soon-to-be-vampire) for Klaus’ plan to become the ultimate hybrid werepire or vampwolf and Caroline and Matt are about to be eaten by a wolfy version of Tyler. I’m exhausted and the show hasn’t even started yet!

[Full recap of Thursday's (May 5) "Vampire Diaries" after the break...]
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<p>Scotty McCreery of 'American Idol'</p>

Scotty McCreery of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - Down to the Final 4

Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Lady Antebellum perform before the elimination

Time for another "American Idol" Thursday (May 5) featuring two minutes of results and 58 minutes of commercials and live performances. 

Are you feeling the excitement? Full results after the break...

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<p>A scene from Wednesday's (May 4) &quot;Top Chef Masters&quot;</p>

A scene from Wednesday's (May 4) "Top Chef Masters"

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Recap: 'Top Chef Masters' - 'Would You Like Fries With That?'

The chefs cook on a budget and serve up fast food

So, we’re down to just eight master chefs, and now that the kitchen is less congested the show’s producers are getting their crazy on with the challenges. Hey, let’s make ‘em cook at a fast food restaurant! And not tell them that’s the challenge until after they’ve bought their food! And let’s line the floor of the kitchen with hot coals and make them cook barefoot while we blast them with firehoses! Okay, not that last part, but I guess that they’ve realized they can’t count on highly paid executive chefs to melt down and scream at one another the way struggling chefs would, so they’ve got to up the ante somehow. Of course, I think they have to be cautious of pushing too hard, as I think there will be a mass walk-off if the challenge involves cooking pets or waiting tables naked. Actually, I bet Hugh would do the latter, but that’s not something I need to TiVo, honestly. So let’s get to it!

[Recap of Wednesday's (May 4) "Top Chef Masters" after the break...]
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<p>The 'America's Next Top Model' Top 4</p>

The 'America's Next Top Model' Top 4

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Daniella Issa Helayel'

An outdoor market in Morocco is too much for one model to take

Now that Kasia has been eliminated, it stands to wonder whether Tyra and her fabulous friends really ever took their “fiercely real” contestant seriously. She was 26. She was deliberately sent to fashion designers who had no clothes in her size. She was thrown into a cycle clearly aimed at high couture, not potentially “inexpensive” plus-sized models, as Rachel Zoe so tactfully put it. At best, it appears that this cycle was merely humoring Kasia, if not outright wasting her time. 

Speaking of wasting one’s time, the four remaining contestants arrive back at their apartment in Morocco and immediately start saying stuff like, “I am in freaking Morocco.”
 
[Full recap of Wednesday's (May 4) "Top Model after the break.]
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<p>&nbsp;Thanks, Sprint!</p>

 Thanks, Sprint!

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Recap: 'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'You Mangled My Nets'

The Ometepe Six have to devour one of their own
Pre-credit sequence. We pick things up on Redemption Island, where Matt and Mike welcome Ralph, who briefs them on Ricegate and other happenings around camp, including Steve's deteriorating condition. But just at that moment... in walks Steve! Laughter abounds. "Redemption Island just keeps getting crazier and crazier," Mike says. For his part, Steve is perfectly happy not to have gone to camp with the Ometepe Six. Sitting around a Redemption Island fire, they realize that the Jury will end up being a Zapatera majority. Ralph somehow interprets this information as meaning that if a single Zapatera can make it to the Finals, they'll be guaranteed to win. He may be right. This would be an epic abomination, so let's hope that doesn't happen.
 
[Full recap of Wednesday's (May 4) "Survivor: Redemption Island" after the break...]
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<p>Haley Reinhart of 'American Idol'</p>

Haley Reinhart of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 5 - Now and Then Night

Haley Reinhart brings down the house with The Animals

It's Now and Then Night on "American Idol," meaning that each member of the Top 5 will sing their favorite songs from the soundtrack of that bad movie with Demi Moore and Rosie O'Donnell.

What now? Oh. Sorry. Each contestant will sing one current song and one song from a far more nebulous "then."

Click through for all the excitement...

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