After Jenâ€™s freak-out, the chefs try to play it safe
The Racers arrived in Los Angeles. Would history be made?
The 'Clueless' Paul was hosting, but 'SNL' gave Sir Paul plenty to do
Robert DeNiro may have iconic Hollywood status, but doesn’t necessarily have skills that translate to “Saturday Night Live” success. Paul Rudd, however, possesses those skills in spades. Will he help SNL take the rather ragged Fall run towards a successful conclusion? Sure, Jeff Bridges will take things home next week, but we can’t worry about the future. We can only worry about the Power of the Pauls: not only the host, but musical guest Paul McCartney. Will Paul honor the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death in one of his numbers tonight? Only one way to find out.
Onto the recap, with all thoughts composed live as the show proceeds…
Several new arrivals in town cause trouble, while Tyler undergoes his transformation
Hey, everyone – didja know it was a full moon tonight? Because it’s a full moon. A FULL MOON. Get it in your head already. The moon? It’s full.
The last episode of “The Vampire Diaries” until January 27 served up more of what this show does well: It moved characters closer together while adding to the series mythology, giving fans just the right amounts of emotion, action, intrigue, and surprise to carry us through the winter break.
But the best part was that Elena/Katherine didn’t overshadow the episode. Instead, everyone else got a chance to play in the supernatural sandbox thanks to the full moon and all it brought to Mystic Falls: Bonnie and Luca, Damon and Rose, and Little Red Riding Caroline and her Big, Bad Wolf Tyler all grew closer, though none of those pairings is without its complications. Even relative newcomers got into the mix: Elijah made his face turn and revealed his agenda, while Mystic Falls’s first lady werewolf made a memorable, violent entrance.
The idea of duality is another scripting trick that’s become a “TVD” signature, here more subtle than usual as Elena/Katherine found themselves in similar predicaments, both pining for Stefan. (Another no-fail element: The art of the love triangle. Everyone in town’s got one.) The storyline packing the most affecting emotional punch, however, was the budding friendship between Caroline and Tyler, which developed in unexpected ways as he experienced his first full moon. What girl can resist a guy who’ll collapse half-naked in a heap of tears and allow himself to be taken care of at his lowest moment? I see great things ahead for Tyroline. Start counting the days to January 27…
[Full recap of tonight’s (Dec. 9) episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” entitled “By the Light of the Moon,” below…]
As Olivia struggles to re-acclimate herself, Peter struggles with his own guilt.
In some ways, last week’s episode of “Fringe” could have served as a perfectly satisfactory Fall finale for the show. Getting the two Olivias back to their home universes could have marked the end of one block of programming and allowed things to start from there next January, when the show moves to Fridays with an episode called “Firefly.” No, that’s not a joke. No, it’s not April Fool’s. No, Whedon fans that love “Fringe” are NOT amused.
[Recap of Thursday’s (Dec. 9) “Fringe” after the break…]
You wonâ€™t believe the contender gets sent packing in this week's Joe Jonas-tastic episode
One thing I’ve learned watching “Top Chef” is you’ve really got to eat dinner before the show, because otherwise you open up your fridge, look around and get depressed. Just a thought. Anyway, this all-star season is especially tempting, as so far I haven’t seen anything gag inducing (not always a given in previous seasons) and tensions were already running high in the first week. So let’s get to it!
[Full recap of Wednesday's (Dec. 8) "Top Chef All Stars," after the break...]
A somewhat dull episode is all about Sash and poor Kelly-Nay
Brittany and Sue have very different attitudes towards Christmas, with New Directions caught in the middle.
Many of you might think of me as the “Glee” Grinch who swoops in weekly to steal away the joy you get from the show. That’s definitely not my intention, and I definitely don’t get a sense of joy at tearing down a particular episode that I dislike. Disliking “Glee” is never, ever my first option: in fact, I think it’s singularly capable of producing as much joy in my too tiny heart as anything on TV right now. So when I leave out my weekly emotional milk and cookies and get television coal in return, well, I get a little angry.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (Dec. 7) "Glee" after the break...]
Could Team Quitter -- Nick & Vicki -- recover from their penalty?
Well that was an hour of TV! No. Really. Including commercials, Sunday's (Dec. 5) episode of "The Amazing Race" definitely took up an hour of primetime real estate. I say that with all confidence and sincerity.
'SNL' starts a run of new December shows with the 'Raging Bull' star
Robert DeNiro is in the house, y’all, along with Diddy-Dirty Money. Just as God always intended. Will there be more references to the “Godfather” trilogy or the “Fockers” trilogy tonight? Will Bill Hader bust out his Al Pacino impression so we can finally witness “Heat II: Electric Boogaloo”? Will tonight’s episode be on the same level of quality as “Goodfellas” or “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle”?
So many questions, I know! Only one way to answer them: via a sketch-by-sketch recap. That’s just how we do what we do round here. Onto the show, after the break...