<p>Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino and Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino and Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Daddy Issues'

Wolves and vampires and scares, oh my

Oh boy, it’s werewolf/vampire smackdown time!

But before we can have a smackdown, Caroline needs to let Tyler down easy. She can’t go there with him. She can’t, she can’t! But not because one hickey from him will make her batcrap crazy and subsequently dead. She can’t date Tyler because she still likes Matt. That is a slightly more palatable reason, really. She thinks everything’s duckywith Tyler until he throws her against a car for forgetting to inform him his Uncle Mason is taking a dirt nap. Well, that’s one way to change the topic.
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<p>This 59-year-old man got more screen time than any actual contestant on Thursday night's 'American Idol'</p>

This 59-year-old man got more screen time than any actual contestant on Thursday night's 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' 10 - Los Angeles Auditions

Surely the judges can find people to send to Hollywood in LA?

OK, "American Idol"... Time to make a deal. If you give me *one* contestant I want to see in the Hollywood Round or possibly in the Top 20, I'll consider Thursday (Feb. 3) night's audition episode a success. Are you happy, "Idol"? Have you lowered my expectations sufficiently?

Make it happen... Los Angeles auditions after the break...

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<p>D'Angelo and Amanda of 'Live to Dance'&nbsp;</p>

D'Angelo and Amanda of 'Live to Dance' 

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Recap: 'Live to Dance' - The Finalists Dance

The final six acts bring it – but one stands out

Is it me, or is this show made up of so much filler there’s really only about fifteen minutes of actual show? Anyway, we’re down to the top six, so I’m guessing there will be even less show and more timewasting shambling than we’ve seen previously. Hopefully some of that will involve Paula Abdul acting all hella crazy. She’s been far too pulled together on this show, really.

[Full recap of Wednesday's (Feb. 2) "Live to Dance" after the break...]
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<p>Lorraine Bracco and the diners on Wednesday's Top Chef: All-Stars.&nbsp;</p>

Lorraine Bracco and the diners on Wednesday's Top Chef: All-Stars. 

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Recap: 'Top Chef All-Stars' - 'An Offer They Can't Refuse'

An Italian challenge brings some unexpected winners – and losers – to the table

Nine chefs left!Whoo!

Isaac Mizrahi is in the house for some reason. Because he designs clothes have good taste? Oh, no, because Padma is showing her jewelry line at Fashion Week, so we needed a tie-in. Nice plug, Padma! Subtle! And she’s wearing one of her own necklaces! Which looks like something I beaded at summer camp! Isaac’s new collection was inspired by his Xerox machine. Whaaaa? For the Quickfire Challenge, the judges will be going off of aesthetic beauty and will not be tasting the dishes. Mmm, sounds… pretty not tasty?
 
[Full recap of Wednesday's (Feb. 2) "Top Chef: All-Stars" after the break...]

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<p>This armadillo auditioned for 'American Idol'</p>

This armadillo auditioned for 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Austin Auditions

Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson head to Texas

The brief nightmare of two-hour audition episodes is past. "American Idol" is down to a well-contained and restrained hour as the show looks for the best talent Deep in the Heart of Texas...

Full recap of the "American Idol" Austin auditions after the break...

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<p>Mark Zuckerberg meets Jesse Eisenberg, the Oscar nominated actor who portrayed him in &quot;The Social Network,&quot;&nbsp;on &quot;Saturday Night Live.&quot;</p>

Mark Zuckerberg meets Jesse Eisenberg, the Oscar nominated actor who portrayed him in "The Social Network," on "Saturday Night Live."

Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Jesse Eisenberg and Nicki Minaj

The 'Social Network' star gets a visit from Mark Zuckerberg

Hot off the Oscar nominations comes Jesse Eisenberg to host tonight’s episode of “Saturday Night Live.” The musical guest? His twin sister, Nicki Minaj. OK, maybe they aren’t twins like the Winklevoss brothers, but there will surely be plenty of references to “The Social Network” throughout the show. Plus? Real-life Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been rumored to appear tonight as well. It’s unclear if he’ll appear in the monologue, in a sketch, or simply on “Weekend Update” to announce that he’s purchased Colorado and renamed it Zuckerburbia. Guess we’ll have to watch and see for ourselves.

Onto the recap!

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<p>The 'Fringe' cast in the 'Reciprocity' episode</p>

The 'Fringe' cast in the 'Reciprocity' episode

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Reciprocity'

An encounter with The Doomsday Device has a profound impact on Peter

For those still watching “Fringe”, the start of Season 3 was a thrilling, back-and-forth tale of two Olivias. There was Our Olivia, and Over There Olivia, who many on the interwebs (including myself) called Fauxlivia. (Apparently, the writer’s room had similar thoughts, as we learned tonight.) Both iterations of Olivia focused their gaze on the single, solitary Peter Bishop, the man at the center of the fates of each universe. If there was a criticism that could be leveled at the resolution of that mini-arc in the Fall, it was that con man Peter Bishop should have sensed that he himself was being conned. Tonight’s episode, “Reciprocity,” showed that no one was angrier about Peter being fooled than Peter himself.

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<p>Michaela McManus of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

Michaela McManus of 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'The Descent'

Rose falls ill from her werewolf bite – but is she a goner?

So “Vampire Diaries” is back, and not a moment too soon. There are so many loose ends that need tying, what with that moonstone and ancient curses and dead werewolves and the like. Luckily, “VD” keeps things simple this time out, just in case you’ve been busy and had to reallocate the valuable brain space you once used for keeping your werewolves, witches and vampires straight for something like, oh, algebra or the intricacies of your data plan. But just in case you’ve forgotten, new girl in town/werewolf tried to kill Damon but bit Rose instead, vampire Caroline is torn between werewolf Tyler and nice boy Matt and Elena is generally a big, mopey bore. Caught up? Good! Let’s get to it.

[Recap of Thursday's (Jan. 27) "Vampire Diaries" after the break...]

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<p>Matt Dillard of 'American Idol'</p>

Matt Dillard of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Nashville Auditions

It's off to Music City for Randy, J-Lo and Steven Tyler.

For me, the Sundance Film Festival is over. And for "American Idol," it's off to Nashville for another audition episode.

If technology at the Salt Lake City airport holds up, I'll be recapping Thursday's (Jan. 27) "American Idol" after the break...

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<p>Paula Abdul of 'Live to Dance'</p>

Paula Abdul of 'Live to Dance'

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Recap: 'Live to Dance' - Performance Show #3

The judges make their last pick for the finals – and pan one act for blowing it

This is the last qualifying week for the finals! Wheeeee! This is the most important dance stage in the world right now! Someone tell the Bolshoi Ballet, I’m sure they’d be happy to hear that they suck in comparison to a TV show packed with amateurs. Really, I feel like Andrew Gunsberg might be better suited to infomercials, because he acts like he’s going to wet his pants from the excitement of “LTD.” But hey, I’d buy a Slap Chop from him, no problem.

Oh, yay, we have the royal appearance of the judges. Aw, they’re all holding hands like lovey-dovey Hollywood starlets or pre-school students! Everybody, grab your Safety Buddy! Especially you, Paula!

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