We’re down to just seven chefs! That’s fine by me, actually, because I’m hoping that means team challenges will soon be a thing of the past. It always seems like someone gets to skate by with French fries while the rest of the team has to do the heavy lifting. But that doesn’t mean the end of ridiculously impossible challenges, which I’m sure we have more of tonight. It’s only a matter of time before we have the one-armed cook-off or the only cutting utensil the chefs are allowed to use is their own teeth.
Wednesday (May 11) night's "American Idol" was supposed to be Songs of Leiber & Stoller, but the "Idol" producers looked at one of the greatest songwriting teams in the history of American popular music and decided they didn't have enough songs to fill a whole show. So Wednesday's "Idol" is now one-half Inspirational Songs, mentored by nobody, and one-half Leiber & Stoller, mentored by Lady Gaga.
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NBC has put out clips explaining what the heck Tuesday (May 10) night's "The Voice" is going to be like, how these alleged Battles are going to work. I've skipped those clips, because I want to experience the bloody, musical gladiatorial combat with fresh eyes. Also, I enjoy being confused.Â
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There’s a moment early in tonight’s episode of “Glee” in which Will wrote “Prom” on the board, prompting Sam to say, “Please don’t tell me we’re doing songs about prom.” From your mouth to God’s ears, Trouty Mouth. There’s a tendency in many episodes of the show to shoehorn in songs that don’t really make a lick of dramatic sense, but have a tenuous (at best) connection with the Will’s Word of the Week. Luckily, “Prom Queen” took the time to examine the seminal high school rite through character interactions, not iTunes selections. The results were still a mixed bag, though overall produced one of the second season’s strongest episodes.
[Full recap of Tuesday’s (May 10) “Glee” after the break…]
The title of this week’s episode of “The Event” contains a major spoiler: “One Will Live, One Will Die.” After last week’s introduction of a certain all-too-convenient antidote, it’s not hard to figure out which character will live. The reveal that someone will die, however, is typically a fairly big deal for a television series, leaving fans guessing as to who it will be. In this case, sadly, the answer is equally as unexciting as that time “The Event” promised to reveal that a major character is secretly an alien.
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!
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...]