<p>Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas of 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas of 'Dancing with the Stars'

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' - The Top 9 performs in-the-round

The first tens are handed out to one lucky dancer – and another bombs big time

It’s the first acoustic week ever on “DWTS!” Wow! But wait, that’s just one of several HUGE changes for the show, none of which is a big whoop, but will be presented as such! I’m assuming this is happening because ABC has decided that D-list celebrities dancing awkwardly just isn’t enough to hold your interest, fickle viewers, so this is really all your fault. Anyway, the dance floor is now round and elevated, and the judges will be providing two sets of scores – one for technique, one for performance. Wow! Color me shocked! Knock me over with a feather boa! A new dance floor, I swoon! I’m not really sure why there are two sets of scores or whether this will have any impact on who stays or goes, except that it forces me to do more math in my head than I would like, but whatever.

We are informed through a truly ridiculous montage sequence that dancing to acoustic music is REALLY HARD and will put the celebrities under A GREAT DEAL OF PRESSURE which may end in tears or broken bones. Okay, maybe not the last part, but still, big deal. Don’t get me wrong, I love “DWTS.” But then, I like watching dancing. And I like watching some celebrities dance badly even more, because it makes me feel better about the fact that I have squashed many a toe in my lifetime. I don’t really need ABC to create false drama, or force their pro dancers to do canned segments about how acoustic music is SO DAMN HARD TO DANCE TO while they try to look earnest, even though you know they’re thinking, “Damn, this is stupid, but I’m making about a million times more doing TV than dancing at some pro ballroom competition or teaching frisky seniors how to rumba on a cruise ship, so yeah, I’m sucking it up and then some.” Really, ABC. Calm down. I’m sure you had most of us at “rumba,” and the rest of us at “D-list celebrity.” But speaking of rumba, let’s get to the dancing!

[Full recap of Monday's (Oct. 11) "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...]
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<p>Connor and Jonathan of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Connor and Jonathan of 'The Amazing Race'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'In Phil We Trust'

Can you find Ghana on a map? Most of the teams couldn't
This past year, when "American Idol" did its "Idol Gives Back" special, the show actually bothered to send a contestant home, proving that charity and eliminations can, indeed, go hand-in-hand.
 
It was the third time FOX had done "Idol Gives Back," but the first time a singer had gotten the boot, following a not-so-surprising non-elimination episode and then a separate non-competitive "Idol Gives Back" special the following year.
 
It's just hard to harsh the buzz of good deeds with the harsh reality of competitiveness. 
 
Viewers got a refresher course in that particular lesson doing Sunday (Oct. 10) night's episode of "The Amazing Race."
 
Full recap after the break...
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<p>Kristen Wiig and Jane Lynch of 'Saturday Night Live'</p>

Kristen Wiig and Jane Lynch of 'Saturday Night Live'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Jane Lynch and Bruno Mars

Could the 'Glee' Emmy winner prevent another 'SNL' dud?

It’s been a week since “Saturday Night Live” sent a bottle of sparkling apple juice to your house. (Did you get it?) Aside from the stunning Kanye West performances, last week’s episode didn’t exactly set the world on fire. Bryan Cranston might be a three-peat Emmy winner, but SNL is in danger of starting its season 0-3 in terms of providing an overall entertaining episode. Will Jane Lynch save the day? Will Bruno Mars prove a better musical choice than 30 Seconds to Mars? And what’s the over/under on “Glee” actors showing up for cameos tonight?

Only one way to find out. Let’s break things down, sketch by sketch.

[Recap after the break...]

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<p>Candice Accola of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

Candice Accola of 'The Vampire Diaries'

Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Kill Or Be Killed'

Secrets exposed, more secrets exposed and some brawling between wolves and vamps

Alliances shift and things heat up as Mystic Falls' resident werewolf proves a much more dangerous frenemy in tonight's juicy episode of "The Vampire Diaries." And thanks to the focus on Mason Lockwood and his wolfy secret identity -- the worst kept secret in Mystic Falls -- we're treated to intriguing developments that set up a much bigger showdown to come, all part of Katherine's still-ambiguous master plan.

Among the episode's better moments were scenes that reminded us why we love these characters. Caroline, fast becoming one of the series most watchable characters after spending a season as its most irritating, shows her true colors both as a friend and as a super-powered vampire when she stands up to her crusading mother. (Candice Accola also seals her place as the most bad-ass vamp on the show when she's in full veiny-eyed vampire mode, like a bloodthirsty blond angel of death.) Elena and Stefan, seemingly secure in their commitment to each other, engage in a fascinatingly layered pretend arguments that feels too real to be a complete fabrication. But one genuine argument later, they're back in harmony again, united in a love that can get them through any trial, be it Stefan's little substance abuse problem or Katherine.

And then there were the plot turns, the big reveals, the bullets, blood, and male bonding. The subtle callbacks to previous events, the clues that unveil themselves, and the minor progressions of secondary threads that suggest it's all being guided to a larger event, advancing the overall story. Something big is coming our way. For now, revel in the foreplay.

 [Full recap of Thursday's (Oct. 7) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "Kill or Be Killed," after the break…]

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<p>Michael Costello of 'Project Runway'</p>

Michael Costello of 'Project Runway'

Credit: Lifetime

Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'That's Downright Dirty'

The designers fight to do Heidi’s dirty work – and one is accused of cheating

I know, it’s time to talk fashion and the improper usage of epaulets and fringe, but first, did everyone see Tim Gunn’s video for The Trevor Project? (If you haven’t, it’s here). In it, Tim admits that he attempted suicide when he was 17, which just hurts my heart, because I cannot imagine a world without Tim Gunn in it. Or maybe I can, but it would, in a word, suck and we really don’t even want to think about it, honestly. It would be like a world without Lanvin or “Modern Family,” but even worse. Anyway, big props to Tim Gunn for reaching out and sharing in that wonderfully avuncular way he has.

[Full recap of Thursday's (Oct. 7) "Project Runway" after the break...] 

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<p>John Noble and Lance Reddick of 'Fringe'</p>

John Noble and Lance Reddick of 'Fringe'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'Fringe' - 'The Plateau'

In her first full Fringe case 'over there,' Olivia sees signs from her past.

So much of “Fringe” deals with the limits that science can impose on the human mind, or, to be more specific, human will. It’s not a particularly original topic in the world of science fiction, but that doesn’t make it any less potent in this realm. Where “Fringe” deviates from the norm is showing multiple case studies on what in many ways are identical test subjects. The question isn’t “Which version of Olivia is real?” when deciding between the iteration that we followed during the first two seasons and the “Fauxlivia” that has lived a similar though obviously different path on the other side. As the Peter inside Olivia’s brain pointed out tonight: “Real is just a matter of perception.”

[Full recap of Thursday's (Oct. 7) "Fringe" after the break...]

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<p>Kayla of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

Kayla of 'America's Next Top Model'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Karolina Kurkova'

The models wrestle with conveyor belt runways, and also actual wrestlers

This week on “America’s Next Top Model,” nothing really happens! Yes, there is fighting, there are tears, and there are men in Mexican wresting masks, yet someone it manages to be the most boring episode of the season so far. Will I be able to get through the recap without making an obvious “Nacho Libre” reference? Read on after the break and find out.

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<p>Dan of 'Survivor: Nicaragua'</p>

Dan of 'Survivor: Nicaragua'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Nicaragua' - 'Pulling the Trigger'

Another Idol is found and a Tribe picks between strength and chemistry
Is there any way that Wednesday (Oct. 6) night's episode of "Survivor: Nicaragua" can compete with the Doc Halladay no-hitter a handful of us just watched?
 
Well... no.
 
But click through for the full recap...
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<p>Cory Monteith of 'Glee'</p>

Cory Monteith of 'Glee'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'Glee' - 'Grilled Cheesus'

New Directions rallies around one of its members, who doesn't want their brand of help.

In a previous review of “Glee,” I likened the show to New England weather. In both cases, if you don’t like something, wait just a bit and it’ll pass and transform into something else. As sure as sunshine turns to downpours in the Northeast, the superficial silliness of last week’s Britney Spears Incident gave way this week to more sacred and sober concerns. Even with the ridiculous title of “Grilled Cheesus,” “Glee” took on religion in as straightforward a manner that is possible given the overall DNA of this show.

[Full recap of Tuesday's (Oct. 5) "Glee" after the break...]

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<p>Laura Innes and Ian Anthony Dale of 'The Event'</p>

Laura Innes and Ian Anthony Dale of 'The Event'

Credit: Harper Smith/NBC

Recap: 'The Event' - 'Protect Them from the Truth'

Sean proves resourceful, Leila shows spunk and yet another cliffhanger

We still don’t know what “the event” is (I’m sure we won’t for quite some time), but going into the third episode of “The Event,” we finally have some idea of what the show itself is about. The government is trying to conceal the existence of people they think are aliens (but who aren’t forthcoming about their true identities), while another, seemingly more anti-alien government faction seems intent on killing everyone who stands in their way, and stuck in the middle is Sean Walker, who just wants his girlfriend back.  For all the fanfare and hype surrounding this big mystery, I’ve been underwhelmed to say the least.

[Full recap of Monday's (Oct. 4) "The Event" after the break...]

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