OK, "American Idol"... Time to make a deal. If you give me *one* contestant I want to see in the Hollywood Round or possibly in the Top 20, I'll consider Thursday (Feb. 3) night's audition episode a success. Are you happy, "Idol"? Have you lowered my expectations sufficiently?
Surely the judges can find people to send to Hollywood in LA?
The final six acts bring it â€“ but one stands out
Is it me, or is this show made up of so much filler there’s really only about fifteen minutes of actual show? Anyway, we’re down to the top six, so I’m guessing there will be even less show and more timewasting shambling than we’ve seen previously. Hopefully some of that will involve Paula Abdul acting all hella crazy. She’s been far too pulled together on this show, really.
An Italian challenge brings some unexpected winners â€“ and losers â€“ to the table
Nine chefs left!Whoo!
Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson head to Texas
The 'Social Network' star gets a visit from Mark Zuckerberg
Hot off the Oscar nominations comes Jesse Eisenberg to host tonight’s episode of “Saturday Night Live.” The musical guest? His twin sister, Nicki Minaj. OK, maybe they aren’t twins like the Winklevoss brothers, but there will surely be plenty of references to “The Social Network” throughout the show. Plus? Real-life Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been rumored to appear tonight as well. It’s unclear if he’ll appear in the monologue, in a sketch, or simply on “Weekend Update” to announce that he’s purchased Colorado and renamed it Zuckerburbia. Guess we’ll have to watch and see for ourselves.
Onto the recap!
An encounter with The Doomsday Device has a profound impact on Peter
For those still watching “Fringe”, the start of Season 3 was a thrilling, back-and-forth tale of two Olivias. There was Our Olivia, and Over There Olivia, who many on the interwebs (including myself) called Fauxlivia. (Apparently, the writer’s room had similar thoughts, as we learned tonight.) Both iterations of Olivia focused their gaze on the single, solitary Peter Bishop, the man at the center of the fates of each universe. If there was a criticism that could be leveled at the resolution of that mini-arc in the Fall, it was that con man Peter Bishop should have sensed that he himself was being conned. Tonight’s episode, “Reciprocity,” showed that no one was angrier about Peter being fooled than Peter himself.
Rose falls ill from her werewolf bite â€“ but is she a goner?
So “Vampire Diaries” is back, and not a moment too soon. There are so many loose ends that need tying, what with that moonstone and ancient curses and dead werewolves and the like. Luckily, “VD” keeps things simple this time out, just in case you’ve been busy and had to reallocate the valuable brain space you once used for keeping your werewolves, witches and vampires straight for something like, oh, algebra or the intricacies of your data plan. But just in case you’ve forgotten, new girl in town/werewolf tried to kill Damon but bit Rose instead, vampire Caroline is torn between werewolf Tyler and nice boy Matt and Elena is generally a big, mopey bore. Caught up? Good! Let’s get to it.
[Recap of Thursday's (Jan. 27) "Vampire Diaries" after the break...]
It's off to Music City for Randy, J-Lo and Steven Tyler.
The judges make their last pick for the finals â€“ and pan one act for blowing it
This is the last qualifying week for the finals! Wheeeee! This is the most important dance stage in the world right now! Someone tell the Bolshoi Ballet, I’m sure they’d be happy to hear that they suck in comparison to a TV show packed with amateurs. Really, I feel like Andrew Gunsberg might be better suited to infomercials, because he acts like he’s going to wet his pants from the excitement of “LTD.” But hey, I’d buy a Slap Chop from him, no problem.
Oh, yay, we have the royal appearance of the judges. Aw, they’re all holding hands like lovey-dovey Hollywood starlets or pre-school students! Everybody, grab your Safety Buddy! Especially you, Paula!
Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and J-Lo head to Wisconsin
As you may have noticed, I've been in Utah for the past week covering the Sundance Film Festival, but who has time to catch two evening movie screenings when "American Idol" is doing two hours of audition footage from Wisconsin?
Click through for Wednesday's (Jan. 26) recap of Milwaukee's Finest...