Recapping Television's Hottest Shows with Monkeys as Critics
'Dancing' offers an elimination plus 90 minutes of Election Night counter-programming
Bristol Palin of 'Dancing with the Stars'
So, it’s elimination night on “DWTS.” And it’s election night. We can only hope as many people voted for their political representatives as “DWTS,” but that’s probably too optimistic. In any case, all that election stuff is, apparently, stretching this elimination program, which shouldn’t be more than a half hour at most, to an agonizing hour and a half, so at the very least, hope you get the senator you wanted.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (Nov. 2) "Dancing" results after the break...[
Past contestants return to judge, but one couple doesnâ€™t impress
Rick Fox of 'Dancing with the Stars'
It’s the 200th show week of “DWTS,” which sounds fairly dramatic until you realize that just means the show’s been on the air for five years. And eleven seasons. Remember when seasons were roughly the same as calendar years? This is starting to hurt my head, but let’s just say, “Dancing,” big hit, yay.
[Full recap of Monday's (Nov. 1) "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...]
Cinema and classical music prove challenging for the teams in a Russian leg
Chad and Stephanie of 'The Amazing Race'
With a World Series game on one channel, a reasonably good Sunday Night Football game getting ready to start on a different channel and the annual Late October Costuming & Candy Beggary Festival taking place outside, Sunday's (October 31) installment of "The Amazing Race
" was always going to have to struggle to find an audience.
The producers probably couldn't have anticipated that this particular leg would line up with Halloween Night and its myriad entertainment alternatives, but the timing was fortuitous.
[Full recap of Sunday's "Amazing Race" after the break...]
'Mad Men' star makes his third visit to 'SNL' with positive returns
This is actually a picture of Jon Hamm the last time he hosted 'Saturday Night Live.' We're assuming he looked roughly the same this time.
The World Series is currently in full swing for Major League Baseball. A Jon Hamm-hosted episode of “Saturday Night Live” may not qualify as important as a game between the Giants/Rangers, but one could make the argument that for their respective audiences, there’s as much excitement surrounding each. Hamm’s first appearance on the show blew people’s minds. The second confirmed that his first outing wasn’t a fluke. Will the third time be as charming as Don Draper himself? (You know, when he’s not in a drunken haze stealing ideas post-Clio Awards.)
Musical guest Rihanna will also appear tonight. Sadly, that probably rules out another installment of “Hamm and Buble,” though I must confess than I prefer my pork covered in Nutella…ella…ella…ay…ay…ay. Last time out, Rihanna rocked out with “Shy Ronnie,” proving she had comic as well as musical chops. Hamm + Rihanna sounds pretty harmonious on paper. But how will it play out? Onto the breakdown!
[Full recap of Saturday's (Oct. 30) "SNL" after the break...]
A plan is hatched to take Katherine out for good, but will the witches cause hitches?
Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'
Credit: The CW
Operation: Kill Katherine Dead is in full effect in this Very Special Halloween episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” which is also throws in a little Mission: Impossible and touch of “Jerry Springer” for good measure. Who will die? Who will NOT die? And who’s the dude in the creepy clown mask?
Katherine’s arc appears to come to a close – at least for now – as Damon and Stefan’s task force sets an ambush at the annual Mystic Falls Masquerade Ball. Jumping into action from the get-go, show runners Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson take the scripting reins, deftly shifting momentum around so that everyone gets some action – even dour Bonnie, whose love life might finally be looking up after tonight.
The episode’s best trick, alas, turned out to be a one-off gimmick. (How are Elena and Katherine connected, if not by a single magical spell?) Tonight also demonstrated how much we’d miss the sensual, smart, badass Katherine if she weren’t around anymore to make wanton passes at Mystic Falls’ most eligible bachelors and slyly show us that she knows that we can tell her and Elena apart.
So bid farewell to Katherine (at least, for now) and get ready for more dowdy, whiny Elena as Katherine’s arc closes and another one begins. At least those annoying Mystic Falls High floozies are gone. Bring on the next underboss!
[Full recap of Thursday's (Oct. 28) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "Masquerade," after the break…]
The three finalists hit the runway, and a favorite tosses a dress that might have made the difference
The 'Project Runway' finale judges
It’s the big finale of “PR,” and you can look at the episode as either a battle between good (Mondo or Andy) vs. evil (Gwetchen) or as a battle between good taste and bad taste or maybe just as another reality TV show catfight, but in any case, it should be exciting. I’ll be sad to see season eight end, although I do have high hopes that during the part of the show in which all the designers come together to gab about their memories, Ivy will come unglued and beat the hell out of someone. I’m sentimental that way.
The models walk the runway, while a roller skating shoot brings out insecurities
Jane of 'America's Next Top Model'
Now that Liz has broken Ann’s winning streak and one of the most gorgeous faces in the competition has been eliminated (oh, Kendal, we hardly knew ye), and the world has officially gone mad -- mad, I say! -- what more could possibly happen to shock us?
[Full recap of Wednesday's (Oct. 27) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]
Will a bold Immunity Idol move shake up the game? Or backfire hilariously?
Jane of 'Survivor: Nicaragua'
Still scratching your head about why Team Brenda decided not to take the chance to vote Marty out when they had the chance last week? Still wondering how Dan remains able to stand?
Click through to see how things played out on Wednesday (Oct. 27) night's "Survivor
Rock Week ends with a judgesâ€™ favorite getting the boot
Jennifer Grey of 'Dancing with the Stars'
It’s time for another couple to go home, and considering how weird the judging was last night, I have no idea what to expect tonight. I can only hope neither Jennifer or Brandy get the boot, but at this point I’m beginning to think Bristol may just win the whole thing, even though she tends to stagger around the floor like a semi-tranquilized farm animal, at least in comparison to some of the stronger dancers. But hey, it’s about popularity, not talent, right?
[Full recap of Tuesday's (Oct. 26) "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...]
Desperate to win Emma back, Will decides to stage her favorite musical.
Credit: Adam Rose/FOX
Oh, for the love of God, “Glee.”
See, I knew this would happen. After the last outing, one I particularly enjoyed, I caught sight of the preview for “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” and felt a pit in my stomach. It was a different pit than the one I felt upon learning about “Britney/Brittany,” but it was there all the same. And lo and behold, this episode fulfilled all my worst fears about what such an episode would entail. But just to add salt to the wound, the show actually bothered to point out the far more interesting way in which they COULD have done this episode, only chose not to do so. I’d like to do the Time Warp back before I actually watched this debacle.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (Oct. 26) "Glee" after the break...]