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

Anna Torv of 'Fringe'

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Os'

A mysterious crime leads Walter to hasten his search into William Bell's past

Season 3 of “Fringe” has featured many things: ups, downs, twists, turns, frustrations, and revelations. What it’s managed to avoid up until this point is a “placeholder.” But unfortunately, that’s what “Os” was, an episode that set the groundwork for events to come but featured very little in the way of major narrative progression. Maybe if the episode had been called “Ring My Bell,” we’d have a disco-infused title that got to the heart of what this episode was truly building towards. Instead, what transpired was a perfectly acceptable hour of television with a slam-bang cliffhanger meant to disguise the fact that almost nothing happened.

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

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<p>Haley Reinhart of 'American Idol'</p>

Haley Reinhart of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - The first Finalist heads home

Who made the Bottom 3? Who got the boot? And how did we fill time?

Last Thursday's "American Idol" results show, which cut the field from 24 to 13, was an example of how lean and mean the FOX hit can be. If you take out the first 20 minutes, when nothing happened, and maybe trim a few other moments of clip-package flab, there was a remarkable amount of activity that took place over those two hours.

Will Thursday (March 10) night's "Idol" results show feature similar economy?

Umm... Don't count on it.

Minute-by-minute breakdown after the bump...

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<p>Russell and Matt of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'</p>

Russell and Matt of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Don't You Work For Me?'

Russell and Matt Duel, while Phillip gets on everybody's nerves
Pre-credit sequence. Russell arrives at Redemption Island, having been voted out for the first time in his three seasons in the game. Matt is amused to see him. "I figured I'd see him sooner or later, but first off? That's a bit of a surprise," Matt says with slacker glee. "I was pissed off. I watched to b****slap every single one of them," Russell grumbles of discovering that it was Matt waiting for him on Redemption Island and not Francesca. "Blindsided by Rob, bunking with Russell," chuckles a star-struck Matt. Russell hopes his old tribemates come to see him and one-by-one, he'll make them suffer. "Sleep in the mud, fool..." cackles Russell.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (March 9) "Survivor: Redemption Island...]
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<p>Hosea returns to face off against Carla on 'Top Chef All-Stars'</p>

Hosea returns to face off against Carla on 'Top Chef All-Stars'

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Recap: 'Top Chef All-Stars' - 'Fit for a King'

The latest elimination challenge for the final five catches fire -- literally

It’s down to the final five, and the chefs are coming together in the Bahamas to duke it out, Caribbean style. Of course, it’s been a little while since the last challenge, as Richard has had time to slick down his hair and Mike appears to be shaped a little more like a Weeble.

Richard announces to the girls, who are the only ones who care, that is daughter is going to be named Embry Lotus. Lotus? Really? What kind of damn hippie are you, Richard? Anyway, Richard is going to be pissed if he loses AND misses the birth of his kid. If he wins, though, no big deal. Well, at least he can save some of his winnings for Embry Lotus’ therapy sessions.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (March 9) "Top Chef" after the break...]
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<p>Kasia of 'America's Next Top Model,' post-makeover.</p>

Kasia of 'America's Next Top Model,' post-makeover.

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Lori Goldstein'

It's time for... Makeovers! And nothing else really matters after that.

So long, Nicole. We’ll see your high-fashion spreads in Women’s Day and Redbook soon enough, gurl. For the remaining contestants, it’s makeover time. But because this is Tyra, we can’t just say that. We can’t just say hey girls quit shrieking and get in the TyraMobile and sit still for six hours while we build up your coif with hair from some poor anonymous girl in India. No, we need to come home to a big old curtain tassel that must be pulled! While shrieking! A scrim drops down listing all the makeovers in store for the girls. One transformation threatens to be “manly, short brown spikes,” and Sara hopes it isn’t her. Poor girl already has a rat tail.

[Full recap of Wednesday's (March 9) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]
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<p>Naima Adedapo of 'American Idol'</p>

Naima Adedapo of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 13 Performances

James brought a softer side, but Naima brought a storm

Last week there were 24 singers on "American Idol" and you sent 11 of them packing, America. In fact, you tried to send 14 of them packing, but the judges kept Ashthon Jones, Stefano Langone and Naima Adedapo around.

You can read my interviews with the entire Top 13 here.

On Wednesday (March 9) night, the "Idol" Finalists sang songs from *their* Idols.

How did that turn out? Click through...

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<p>Matthew Morrison and Gwyneth Paltrow of 'Glee'</p>

Matthew Morrison and Gwyneth Paltrow of 'Glee'

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Sexy'

Students and teachers alike struggle with their sexual identities

In honor of tonight’s “Glee,” I contemplated making this review eight completely unrelated paragraphs. That, I felt, would be a literal and honest response to yet another schizophrenic hour of television. But somehow I feel like the powers that be here at HitFix might frown upon such a technique, so I’m left trying to cobble together coherent thoughts about “Sexy,” an episode that was honestly anything but.

[Full recap of Tuesday's (March 8) "Glee" after the break...]

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<p>Clea Duvall of 'The Event'</p>

Clea Duvall of 'The Event'

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Recap: 'The Event' - 'And Then There Were More' and 'Inostranka'

NBC's confusing fall thriller returns with more questions, few answers

“The Event” returns from a lengthy hiatus tonight with not one, but two hours chock full of...well, stuff that happens. The series has been gone for so long that, in my excitement over recapping it again, I forgot for a moment that I don’t actually much care for this show. But with the appropriately titled “And Then There Were More,” and “Inostranka” fresh off my television set, I already feel exhausted by the thought of coming up with something, [i]anything[/i], to say about this series that’s supposed to be providing water-cooler intrigue.

[Full recap after the break...]

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

Zev and Justin of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'We Had a Lot of Evil Spirits Apparently'

The teams head to Japan to play in the mud
"The Amazing Race" is a competition/challenge series that happens to go through a number of foreign countries, sometimes taking advantage of the cultural specifics and topography of said countries, but sometimes just using those countries a convenient way-stations for a game or two.
That is to say that "The Amazing Race" is not a travel show. It's a show on which people travel. 
Maybe because "The Amazing Race" is no stranger to Japan and maybe because a full quarter of an episode had to be dedicated to a choice between two flights ostensibly arriving 15 minutes apart, Sunday's (March 6) episode made a very compelling case that The Land of the Rising Sun is a place where people talk funny, dress funny and perform really wacky rituals. Rarely have I noticed the show falling so completely and utterly on its face when trying to showcase another nation and its rituals.
But there were a number of reasons why Sunday's episode was pretty poor. Casual mockery of the Japanese was only part of it.
Click through for the full recap...
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<p>Miley Cyrus</p>

Miley Cyrus

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Miley Cyrus and The Strokes

Did 'SNL' return with an episode that was pretty cool?

I know, I know: you’re worried about Miley Cyrus hosting “Saturday Night Live.” But look at it this way: a lot of people were worried about Taylor Swift hosting, and that ended up being one of the strongest episodes in recent years. Plus, given this season’s tendency to make the host fit around the cast (as opposed to the other way around), it’s possible that her youth, singing voice, and hopefully game attitude will produce some interesting sketches.

Then again, it’s possible that the entire show will consist of “The Miley Cyrus Show,” a lot of Charlie Sheen sketches, plus The Strokes intermittently saving the day. Could go either way. I’m staying positive until showtime.

As always, I’ll be grading each sketch in real time. Onto the show!

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