Kristin Chenoweth returns and Mercedes and Kurt get emo in this heartfelt ode to home
Greetings, Gleeks! We kick off the third post-hiatus episode of "Glee" with a return to some of the best, underappreciated things about this show: namely, Kurt, Mercedes, and storylines about family, home, and self-confidence. Kurtcedes fans (that's Kurt + Mercedes, natch) are treated to an episode headlined by the fab twosome while Schuester is reunited with an old friend: Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes! Just how meaty is this episode? Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, AND the lady who plays Finn's mom get to cry! Dig in and tell us what you think below.
[Full recap of Tuesday (April 27) night's "Glee" after the break...]
The contestants have improved, but one misstep sends a dancer out the door
It’s time for the tediously drawn-out results episode of “Dancing with the Stars”! Yay! Not that viewers seem to care as much now that Kate Gosselin, the freakishly untalented baby machine, has been kicked off the show – last night’s episode scored the lowest ratings of the season. I will admit, I do miss Kate’s presence on the show, only because watching her clomp around the stage made me feel pretty darn good about myself
[Full recap of Tuesday's (April 27) "Dancing with the Stars" results...]
'V' makes a good argument for ABC to renew 'FlashForward'
Do you have any idea how hard it is to pay attention to "V" when there wasn't a new "Lost" before it? I, honestly, thought it would make it easier. There wouldn't be that constant comparison of "V" to a show that actually does most of the things "V" acts like it wants to do. There wouldn't be the slowly waning adrenaline rush of ONE OF THE LAST NEW EPISODES OF "LOST" EVER clouding the judgment. It would be that much easier to overlook some of the flaws "V" has and just let go. Instead, it somehow became even harder. I don't know what it was, but I would have turned off this episode of "V" were I not subjecting myself to it for the sake of you, gentle readers. Actually, I know exactly what it was: "Lost" gives me the hope every week that science fiction TV can be done well. And while "V" slowly smothers that hope, that hope is always present when I begin. No such hope existed this week, and the episode struck me as particularly bland.
[More on Tuesday's (April 27) "V" after the break...]
The judges love Casey James and Aaron Kelly, while nobody mentions Mutt Lange
I really wish that "American Idol" wasn't insisting on calling Tuesday (April 27) night's theme The Shania Twain Songbook.
I'm not saying that Shania Twain doesn't have hits aplenty. She's popular and Grammy decorated and it often feels like she's written enough hits for 30 different Dodge and Chrysler commercials.
But The Shania Twain Songbook? Come on. Bob Dylan has a songbook. Cole Porter has a songbook. But in 60 minutes of programming tonight, do you think we're going to hear the name "Mutt Lange" mentioned a single time? Because if you aren't going to acknowledge a man whose name is on nearly every meaningful page in the Shania Twain Songbook, maybe you ought to just call it "The Music of Shania Twain" or just "Shania Twain Night."
Full recap of Shania Twain Night after the break...
Erin Andrews also shines, while Evan fights a head-wound
Did you know that last week “DWTS” was the number one show in television? Do you care? Really, Tom Bergeron, I wouldn’t get all that cocky, because now that Kate Gosselin is gone, there’s really no one truly loathsome on the show, and really, that was half the fun. Now all that’s left is to hypothesize about who’s doing who, marvel at the ugly-ass outfits and think about, oh yeah, dancing. And seriously, who really likes ballroom dancing?
Anyway, this week, it’s tango or samba and a swing dance marathon. The kids are trotted out and Pamela Anderson is rocking a dark wig this week – I guess she’s trying to look more serious, less “Baywatch.” And, in other news, Erin Andrews appears to be mostly naked except for a hideous purple skirt and matching appliqués over her naughty bits. Really, I know ABC wants to keep that top spot in the ratings, but really, this is one step removed from pimping.
It’s time for dancing!
[Full recap of Monday's (April 26) night's "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...]
With Jack on the loose, President Taylor takes drastic actions to keep the peace agreement intact.
When last we saw Jack Bauer, he was flying away in a stolen helicopter with new CTU head Chloe O’Brien watching from the ground. With the show keen on showing that Jack’s work has left him all alone, it’s only fitting that he’s setting off to singlehandedly expose the involvement of the Russian government in the day’s atrocities. All this is well and good, but still pales in terms of the excitement of Alan Sepinwall announcing that he’s coming to HitFix, possibly to expose the nefarious acts of one Daniel Fienberg. So make sure to keep an eye on developments there, while I try and keep you abreast of the activities in the world of “24.”
[Full recap of Monday's (April 26) "24" after the break...]
'Chuck' channels 'The Lady Vanishes' and '39 Steps' in a romantic, fun episode
After Monday (April 26) night's episode, "Chuck" fans have seen the future and the future turns out to be a ton of fun.
'Breaking Bad' surely had its fans wearing their fingernails down to nubs with 'Sunset'
"Breaking Bad" is better than almost any series on right now at ramping up tension in almost completely organic ways. That's because, I think, it takes its time to build toward those moments of tension. It believably puts all of the pieces in place to make catastrophe seem not only plausible but almost the only logical outcome of what's happening. It puts the dominos in place, and then it just casually flips over the first, letting the others fall in rapid succession. That means that the show's more casual fans complain when it seems like there's not a lot happening, but it also means there's little fans can do but get ready for what's to come when that first domino falls. Other series would have drawn out many of the developments in this episode for the better part of a season. "Breaking Bad" is content to have Hank's investigation into the RV last just three episodes and culminate in one of the most effortlessly tense scenes I've ever seen in the medium.
[Full recap of Sunday's (April 25) "Breaking Bad" after the break...]
Teams make noodles and puzzles and face confused cabbies in Shanghai
The 'Precious' star brings a winning personality to lazy 'SNL' writing
When “Precious” (I refused to type out the rest of the title) debuted at Sundance, all of the hype was surrounding Mo’Nique’s breakthrough performance: it was showy, it was horrifying, and it eventually won her an Academy Award. However, Gabourey Sidibe was sort of an unsung hero at that point, a talented young discovery who manages to bring to life a character who needs to be something more than an emotional punching bag for that film to truly succeed. But as the Awards season wore on, her winning performance and her winning demeanor unsurprising won over pretty much the entire world: she seems uncorrupted by her stardom, always smiling and always excited to be able to do the things that her success have afforded her. However, this means that her appearance as the host of “Saturday Night Live” could go in two directions: either her enthusiasm will make for a winning experience, or else her enthusiasm will finally find itself horribly misplaced as she is stuck hosting a lifeless comedy show in the midst of a fairly substantial creative black hole.
Ultimately, I’d say that it leans more towards the former, although Sidibe succeeds at winning us over in spite of some pretty terrible material overall.
[Full recap of the April 24 "Saturday Night Live" after the break...