<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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<p>'American Idol' contestant Scott Dangerfield</p>

'American Idol' contestant Scott Dangerfield

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Milwaukee Auditions

Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and J-Lo head to Wisconsin

As you may have noticed, I've been in Utah for the past week covering the Sundance Film Festival, but who has time to catch two evening movie screenings when "American Idol" is doing two hours of audition footage from Wisconsin?

Click through for Wednesday's (Jan. 26) recap of Milwaukee's Finest...

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<p>John Noble and Michael Cerveris of 'Fringe'</p>

John Noble and Michael Cerveris of 'Fringe'

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'The Firefly'

A visit to a musician sparks new fears in Walter about the fate of Peter.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way up front: dubbing the return episode of “Fringe” as “The Firefly” is a pretty good joke. It keys in nicely with FOX’s marketing strategy to make Fridays not simply another victim in the so-called “death slot.” (Incidentally? “Death slot” is a phrase I am so loath to use I feel like I just consumed some of Walter Bishop’s special milk that so does NOT make a body feel good.) But we’re not here as leaves on the wind, findin’ trouble in the ‘verse. We’re here to talk about “Fringe,” and the slam-bang return that was tonight’s episode.

[Full recap of said episode after the break…]

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<p>Some tool from the New Orleans audition of 'American Idol'</p>

Some tool from the New Orleans audition of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - New Orleans Auditions

Would the Big Easy bring out more leering from Steven Tyler?

Does anybody understand how 51 people from the seemingly lackluster "American Idol" New Jersey auditions got sent along to Hollywood? Did the producers just decide we didn't deserve to see the good contestants? Were at least 30 of those contestants freaks Jennifer Lopez couldn't bear to send home, or hotties Steven Tyler was hoping to hook up with after the show?

And if the "Idol" producers thought New Jersey was capable of sustaining a full two-hour premiere, what hope is there for New Orleans, home of Thursday (Jan. 20) night's showcase?

Click through for my reactions to The Crescent City...

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<p>'Live to Dance' judge Travis Payne</p>

'Live to Dance' judge Travis Payne

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Recap: 'Live to Dance' - Performance Show #2

An act moves into the finals, but one judge isn’t happy about it

It’s probably too late now, but someone at CBS should consider giving this show a revamp before it frustrates someone to death. Wondering how much fluff is packed into the beginning of the show? Two minutes to tell us who’s going to be on the show, a minute for the judges to walk onto the stage like three little Eva Perons greeting their public, and then another minute to recap the previous week’s episode. So, if you were wondering how the producers stretch six short performances into a full hour of prime time, well, there you go.

[Full recap of Wednesday's (Jan. 19) "Live to Dance" after the break...]

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