<p>Zev and Justin of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Zev and Justin of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'I Cannot Deal With Your Psycho Behavior'

The racers look to avoid Freudian slips as they race through Austria.

On a night when many are following an epic struggle over the Iron Throne of Westeros, “The Amazing Race” honestly feels sort of quaint. While the “Unfinished Business” conceit has perhaps added additional emotional interest to the race, in that we have preexisting connections to these teams, the actual legs have been fairly nondescript. The only major change this season has been the proliferation of “You’re Still Racing” moments, which are not exactly new and have created artificial cliffhangers instead of actual tension. That doesn’t mean the season has been bad, per se, but it hasn’t been anything to write home about.

However, with Dan indisposed this evening, I have my first chance to write about the season since the premiere, and “I Cannot Deal With Your Psycho Behavior” offers a few twists and turns which I thought were pretty effective. It’s not a perfect leg by any means, bunching in the same space we would expect it to bunch in, but a tricky detour tests each team’s sense of strategy and delineates between those who are letting the game control them and those who are looking to take control of their own destiny.

And, unsurprisingly, it’s the latter teams who come out ahead, as the former teams find they’ve bitten off more than they could chew.

Until they discover, of course, that one can always throw up and try again.

[Recap, and hopefully fewer terrible metaphors, after the break.]

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<p>Anna Torv of 'Fringe'</p>

Anna Torv of 'Fringe'

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Lysergic Acid Diethylamide'

Walter and Peter race against time to help Olivia return to her own mind

There’s a great passage in the recent Chuck Klosterman book “Eating the Dinosaur” about the movie “Vertigo.” In arguing why the movie is so compelling to viewers, he states, "Some might argue that Novak becomes interesting because the watcher can project whatever he desires onto her form, but that's not really what happens; what happens is that she becomes interesting simply because it's interesting not to know things." The emphasis is his, and I think it applies to my reaction to tonight’s episode of “Fringe.” To think about “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” is to think about the ways in which the show can move forward, both in this season and beyond.

[Full recap of Friday's (April 15) "Fringe" after the break...]

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<p>Steven R. McQueen and Kat Graham of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

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

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'The Last Dance'

It’s a battle to the death between Bonnie and Klaus… or is it?
If tonight’s episode gives you a creeping sense of déjà vu, for once it’s not just another pesky “Twilight” flashback. As we now know, Klaus is inhabiting Alaric’s body. For those keeping score from home, that means we have Elena and Katherine (same actress) and Klaus/Alaric (same actor). Is “Vampire Diaries” low on funds or just ideas? Oddly enough, Klaus/Alaric’s vaguely European accent pretty much disappears after the first scene for no particular reason. But he still calls Katherine "Katarina," so I guess that passes for an accent on the CW.
[Full recap of Thursday's (April 14) "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]
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<p>Stefano Langone of 'American Idol'</p>

Stefano Langone of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Results - Down to 7

Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson drop by before the latest elimination

It's Elimination Thursday for "American Idol." Somebody's going home. I can't really predict who it's going to be, though I said "Paul McDonald," because you've gotta say something. Between absentee judges and a lack of truly awful performances, we could be headed for another surprise. Or the "American Idol" voters may just eliminate another woman, in which case Haley Reinhart is probably doomed.

Click through for my recap of the proceedings... It's sure to be fun!

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<p>Phillip of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'</p>

Phillip of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'The Buddy System'

Rob tightens his grip as two Tribal Councils loom
Pre-credit sequence. Matt returns to Redemption Island. I might be amused. You might be amused. Matt is not amused. "First and foremost, I'd like to congratulate myself on being the most naive person ever to play the game of 'Survivor,'" Matt grumbles. "I can't believe I got blindsided twice by the same people," the clearly irate King of Redemption whines. Matt doesn't understand why God wanted him back on Redemption Island. "I trust you that this is your will, you using my stupidity for your glory," Matt tells God. I suspect God's all, "Sorry. Earthquakes. Chilean miners. Double rainbows. Baseball season. Then I'll catch up with 'Survivor' on my DVR..." God, however, does not get a "Survivor" talking head.
Full recap of Wednesday's (April 13) "Survivor: Redemption Island" after the break...]
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<p>Geoffrey Arend, Christina Hendricks and Curtis Stone of 'Top Chef Masters'</p>

Geoffrey Arend, Christina Hendricks and Curtis Stone of 'Top Chef Masters'

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Recap: 'Top Chef Masters' - 'Everything Old Is New Again'

One chef drops out, another comes back and a third is crowded out

It’s “Top Chef Masters” time, and I’m really ready for the chefs to stop playing nice and start slinging a little mud and throwing diva-esque temper tantrums. So far it’s been altogether too polite for a reality TV show, and while the food is probably outrageously good and we can’t expect chefs of this caliber to steal recipes or toss knives at one another, it’s getting a little dull, like watching a cooking show hosted by an NPR newscaster or Chris O’Donnell.

But wait! Drama! Oh, wait, that’s just the music, it’s not actually a big deal; it just sounds like one. John Rivera Sedlar has had to drop out due to an emergency. Naomi doesn’t care, because that’s one less slab of human meat she’ll need to slice her way through to get the finish line. I have high hopes for Naomi, because she’s either going to have a meltdown or her own or drive another chef to one with her hypercompetitive streak. Anyway, Hugh Acheson comes back to take John Sedlar’s place. John Currence is glad he’s back, because they’re drinking buddies. I’m glad he’s back because he was kind of funny and not just because of the monobrow.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (April 13) "Top Chef Masters" after the break...]
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<p>Brittani of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

Brittani of 'America's Next Top Model'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Lana Marks'

Tyra Banks teaches the girls about portfolios and they pose at a landfill


Another week, another opportunity for high drama here at Cycle 16 of "America’s Next Top Model." Like a cockroach, Alexandria survives still, even after the nuclear meltdown she caused by way of archenemy Brittani. Before Brittani’s dressing down at the last panel, she was a model to beat in this competition. But at this moment, stealthy competitors such as Kasia are starting to look pretty darned good over here. 
[Full recap of Wednesday's (April 13) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]
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<p>James Durbin of 'American Idol'</p>

James Durbin of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Top 8 - Songs from the Movies

Casey and James defy Jimmy Iovine and one singer actually gets criticized

In case you've forgotten, Pia Toscano was eliminated on last week's "American Idol." Don't worry, "American Idol" isn't going to let you forget.

But how will last week's shocking results impact Wednesday's (April 13) show? What will the blowback be? Can we expect a newly feisty judging panel, ready and eager to voice their criticisms? Can we expect an judging Affirmative Action program to protect the endangered species known as the "American Idol" female?

Click through to find out...

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<p>Tuesday's 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Tuesday's 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Results - A third dancer heads home

A top contender lands in the final three in a surprising elimination
Oh yay, it’s elimination time. This is depressing for several reasons, not the least of which is that this is an hour of our lives we can never get back, although I guess that matters less if you’re like the morbidly obese guy who sat on his sofa for so long he grew into it and had to be removed by medical professionals. I’m guessing TV was kind of it for him. On the bright side, we can all be happy we’re not him, even if the Tuesday episodes of “DWTS” may make us feel a little like him. Thanks, ABC?
[Full recap of Tuesday's (April 12) "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...]
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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' Performances - Classical Week

A new star takes the lead and another one has a dance floor snafu
So, if we are to believe all the helpful ABC promos, tonight the Humiliating of Kirstie continues, which sounds like a TV movie you’d see on Lifetime and actually has all the components for it. There’s the charming but chubby lead, the dashing but surly love interest and the disaster from which our plucky gal can rise above. I expect Kirstie to be selling the film rights any day. It can’t be any worse than “Fat Actress.”
[Full recap of Monday's (April 11) "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...]
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