<p>Scotty McCreery of 'American Idol'</p>

Scotty McCreery of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

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"

Credit: Bravo

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

Credit: The CW

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!

Credit: CBS

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'

Credit: FOX

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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<p>Cee-Lo Green of 'The Voice'</p>

Cee-Lo Green of 'The Voice'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'The Voice' - Blind Auditions, Part 2

How did Christina, Blake, Cee-Lo and Adam fill their teams?

America really liked "The Voice" last week. How much did they like it? They liked it enough to watch two straight hours of programming on NBC.

Now that's sacrifice!

And since I kinda enjoyed the premiere, it seemed only right to recap Week Two, see if interest remains. If ratings fall or nobody has anything to discuss, I can always quit next week.

I'll be treating the second night of Blind Auditions the way I'd normally treat an "American Idol" audition episode, namely with a minute-by-minute (performer-by-performer, in practical terms) recap. 

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<p>Chelsea Kane of 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Chelsea Kane of 'Dancing with the Stars'

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Results - A sixth dancer departs

After a surprisingly solid performance, another celebrity gets the boot

It’s elimination night (waah waah) and, as usual, we get the tired patter about how anyone can go home and one bad dance could put a nail in a celebrity’s dancing career coffin or some other weirdly mixed metaphor that makes sense if you don’t think about it too much. This week, Tom mentions that one couple was shocked by their crap dance, so he asks us if lightning strike again. Okay, I take that back about making sense if you don’t think about it too much. I really think they should just ask Tom to wing it through the intros, because even on a moment’s notice he’s still a hell of a lot pithier than the show’s writers.

[Full recap of Tuesday's (May 3) "Dancing with the Stars" results after the break...]
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<p>Chord Overstreet and Dianna Agron of 'Glee'</p>

Chord Overstreet and Dianna Agron of 'Glee'

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Rumours'

A Fleetwood Mac-inspired episode starts strong but loses its way

OK, now this? THIS? This should have been the 90-minute episode of “Glee.” Last week’s entry “Born This Way” was overlong, undercooked, and designed primarily to hurt the premiere of “The Voice” rather than show scenes that simply couldn’t land on the cutting room floor. Now, in saying that “Rumours” should have been the extended episode doesn’t mean the hour was flawless by any means. But it had enough good ideas that it could have used the extra breathing room in order to flesh them out.

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<p>Scott Patterson of 'The Event'</p>

Scott Patterson of 'The Event'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'The Event' - 'Us or Them'

The flu takes flight and one character makes a heroic, dangerous choice

And then there was another episode.

It’s hard to believe that there is so very little time left in the first (and likely last) season of “The Event.” This week’s installment, “Us of Them,” seems to consciously avoid any effort to build momentum or ramp up the action. Instead of watching our heroes perform the badass deeds we expect of an end game, we watch them develop an under-cooked love story. We watch them find the bad guy...but then not really. They quarantine an airplane...but then not really. What we really watch them do is kill time, and little else. I’m forced to assume that poor reception and terrible ratings have forced the writers to abort most of what they had planned for the inaugural season, because this simply cannot be all that they had planned, right?

I feel bad continuing to take potshots at a series that has clearly had everything possible go wrong for it, but at the same time no show, with this few episodes remaining, should be this much of a chore to sit through.

[Full recap of Monday’s (May 2) “The Event” after the break...]

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<p>Kisha and Jen of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Kisha and Jen of 'The Amazing Race'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen'

Tensions rise over chocolate gnomes before a rules-bending conclusion
I'm one of those guys who watches sporting events and yells at the TV as if the little men trapped inside the screen not only can hear me, but would follow my advice after hearing my obscenity-filled words of wisdom.
 
I yell at football players to tackle better. I yell at basketball players to recognize when they have a man open at the three-point line. I yell at baseball players to have better strike-zone recognition. And I yell at hockey players because I have absolutely no idea what's going on in a typical game of hockey.
 
Sunday (May 1) night's episode of "The Amazing Race" found me bellowing at my Slingbox and using words that would earn a TV-MA rating, which isn't unusual. The unusual part was that I was yelling aggressively for one team to cheat, just so that they could incur a penalty and go home. Thus, in my mind, I wasn't rooting for poor sportsmanship. I was rooting for an excuse to see good sportsmanship rewarded.
 
Much of this "Amazing Race" season has been so sluggish and sterile, it was a pleasure to have a reason to cheer.
 
Full recap of Sunday's gratify episode after the break...
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