<p>Paul Wesley and corpse of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

Paul Wesley and corpse of 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'The Dinner Party'

Damon takes on an Original but gets more than he bargained for

So, it’s Elijah killing season! Or at least, that’s what Damon is hoping. He’s got his dagger, he’s got his Elijah hunting license, he’s got a few pints of Andie’s blood in his system, he’s ready to go. But will that wascally dagger do the trick?

[Full recap of Thursday's (Feb. 17) "Vampire Diaries" after the break...
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<p>&nbsp;An 'American Idol' hopeful</p>

 An 'American Idol' hopeful

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - Hollywood Round Episode 3

After last night's groups, the contestants face The Rooms of Doom

To give "American Idol" a little credit, Wednesday night's epic two-hour Group Day episode definitely introduced us to some new people, several of whom might possibly have seemed talented. Unfortunately, because I hadn't met them before and because their names whizzed by in a matter of seconds, I probably didn't retain their names.

Hopefully Thursday's (February 17) blissfully short "Idol" episode will reintroduce a few of them until they stick in my head. 

Click through for the full recap...

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

Phillip of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Redemption Island' - Season Premiere

A classic Tribal Council gets the new season off to a strong start
Pre-credit sequence. Welcome to Nicaragua, boys and girls. It seems like only days ago that we handed Fabio his well-deserved default million bucks. And now we're back! We quickly meet software CEO Phillip, who tells us that in a past life, he was a federal agent. He thinks that's meaningful, so we nod politely and move on to Matt, who seems like a Fabio wannabe until he says that he's all trying to become more like his Savior. I assume he means Jesus, but I hold out hope that he's talking about Fabio. And then there's Ralph. "We ain't never had a dumbass win the game, have we?" asks self-described redneck Ralph. Well that's a fun trio.
Full recap of the "Survivor: Redemption Island" premiere after the break...
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<p>'Top Chef' guest judges Telly, Cookie Monster and Elmo</p>

'Top Chef' guest judges Telly, Cookie Monster and Elmo

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Recap: 'Top Chef All-Stars' - 'Lock Down'

Elmo compares one chef’s food to cow flop and another gets shaken loose

I am so glad it’s time for another edition of “Top Chef,” because I’ve had the “Beef Tongue” song on a loop in my head for the last seven days and I’m hoping this episode will force it out once and for all. As long as it isn’t replaced by Fabio repeating the word “hambooger” over and over again, I’ll be happy.

[Full recap of Wednesday's (Feb. 16) "Top Chef" after the break...]
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<p>A group sings on Wednesday's 'American Idol'</p>

A group sings on Wednesday's 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Hollywood Round Episode 2

It's time for Group Singing, always a Hollywood Week highlight

It's time for our second "American Idol" episode from Hollywood Week.

Last Thursday, we re-met all of the same people we met in the audition rounds. 

Will Wednesday's (Feb. 15) episode showcase some fresh faces? Click through to find out...

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<p>Chord Overstreet of 'Glee'</p>

Chord Overstreet of 'Glee'

Credit: Adam Rose/FOX

Recap: 'Glee' - 'Comeback'

Reeling from The Cheerios' defeat, Sue takes desperate measures to regain her mojo

Is it really a surprise that this week’s “Glee” was a pale imitation of the great one that aired at roughly the same time last week? Of course not. “Glee” isn’t written so much as concocted by a few writers that approach the show in much the same way that amateur cooks would in creating a new stew on a weekly basis. The basic ingredients that go into said stew might not be bad on their own. Some of them might even be pretty tasty. But there’s no thought process about how those ingredients go together. Occasionally, the mix produces brilliant results. But since these would-be Iron Chefs didn’t bother to write down the recipe that produced a winning meal, they are unable to replicate the process after tasting success.

[Full recap of Tuesday's (Feb. 15) "Glee" after the break...]

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<p>Russell Brand</p>

Russell Brand

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Russell Brand and Chris Brown

Did 'SNL' turn the 'Hop' and 'Arthur' star loose?

Well, usually the third episode of “Saturday Night Live” in a row without a break signals a weak effort. The strain of producing the show non-stop for that long tends to produce a subpar episode. But throwing Russell Brand into that third slot? Well, color me more intrigued. Will giving him a live stage upon which to perform yield buzzworthy television? And what will have to say, if anything, about beleaguered musical guest Chris Brown? Let’s just establish this right now: if that combination of guest host and musical act can’t provide at least a few memorable moments tonight, then the show’s no longer allowed to put on three consecutive episodes.

Agreed? Whew. Glad we got this settled in a way that is easily applicable and enforceable. Yea internets! As always, I’ll be grading each segment live, as they happen. Put on your skinny jeans and let’s do this, people.

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<p>Anna Torv</p>

Anna Torv

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Immortality'

Over There, a series of murders leads to a shocking revelation for Fauxlivia

It’s a week later, and I’m still not sure quite how to feel about the revelations in the end of last week’s episode of “Fringe.” But the follow-up installment, “Immortality,” certainly indicates that this new direction will be followed through for the rest of the season. And if the fate of the two universes coming down to essentially the most dramatic rose ceremony ever bothers you, then the revelation of Fauxlivia’s pregnancy probably made you perfectly apoplectic. (And perhaps alliterative, as well.)

[Full recap of Friday's (Feb. 11) "Fringe" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

 Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Crying Wolf'

The werewolves fight back – but they’re no match for Elijah

I guess the werewolves who survived last week’s bloodbath are hiding in the woods, crying for kibble and looking into open dog positions. Or at least that’s what any werewolf who doesn’t have a speaking part in this episode should consider doing, because they’re probably going to last as long as a nameless red shirt on the Star Trek Enterprise. Anyway, that hot lupine couple Jules and Brady aren’t going down without a fight. Well, okay, another fight. They want that moonstone and they want it now!

[Full recap of Thursday's (Feb. 10) "Vampire Diaries" after the break...]
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<p>Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson of 'American Idol'</p>

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - The Hollywood Round begins...

Is it time for Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson to start playing favorites?

We've survived seven episodes of auditions and if we scratch our heads and think really hard, we may even remember a few of the better contestants who shared their sob stories with us.

But now, it's the start of the Hollywood Round, when the scores can really change...

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