<p>Blair Underwood of 'The Event'</p>

Blair Underwood of 'The Event'

Credit: Adam Rose/FOX

Recap: 'The Event' - 'Casualties of War'

Lives are at stake as Thomas and The President play chicken

It’s come time for the early season payoff of “The Event,” in which Sean Walker and President Martinez show us exactly why they’re the heroes of this show. If this were “24,” this would be the episode where Jack kills the mid-level bad guys and seemingly solves the country’s crisis. Of course, this merely marks the point in the season where we head further down the rabbit hole; Jack would discover that the apparent threat was just a distraction from something much more sinister. Sean and Martinez will be in a much worse situation soon, to be sure, but for now we’re given a brief moment to cheer for their success.

[Full recap of Monday's (Oct. 19) "The Event" after the break...]

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<p>Bristol Palin of 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Bristol Palin of 'Dancing with the Stars'

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' - TV theme for the Top 8

The celebs dance to TV themes, and one couple makes monkeys of themselves

Is it me, or was anyone else quietly sick to their stomach when they heard this week’s dances would be set to TV theme songs? Clearly, someone is feeling some pressure to keep “DWTS” fresh, but really, in the distance I see Fonzie on water skis, people. Sure, many of us have fond memories of goofy old TV theme songs. We may even know the words to some of the really annoying ones. But that doesn’t mean I want to see some D-list celebrity hoofing a foxtrot to “The Facts of Life.” Most theme songs are catchy, yes, but in the way a Wiggles song is catchy. While this may make a song lodge in a deep, dark part of your brain for life, whether you like it or not, it doesn’t make it good dance music. I’m worried that the next theme episode will be dancing to TV jingles of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and we’ll be watching the celebs waltzing to Alka-Seltzer and RC Cola ditties.  

[Full recap of Monday's (Oct. 18) "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...]

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<p>Michael and Kevin of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Michael and Kevin of 'The Amazing Race'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'We Should Have Brought Gloves and Butt Pads'

The teams head to Sweden and visit the Icehotel
This season of "The Amazing Race" started last month with The Watermelon Incident, which took an otherwise so-so leg and made it awesome.
 
That was followed up by two dismal legs with poorly motivated challenges, bad editing and almost no drama, particularly with last week's Non-Elimination anti-climax.
 
But on Sunday (Oct. 17) night, "The Amazing Race" finally delivered the season's first truly excellent leg, an action-packed hour that included airport drama, difficult tasks, tough choices and a somewhat sad elimination, all set against the backdrop of a location I've always wanted to visit.
 
More thoughts on this week's reversal-of-fortune leg after the break...
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<p>April of 'Project Runway'</p>

April of 'Project Runway'

Credit: Lifetime

Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'We're in a New York State of Mind'

The final four are chosen – and one designer botches the last challenge

Final five! Whoo hoo! It’s probably too much to hope that Gwetchen will be given the boot, but at this stage in the competition, it’s hard to imagine who else will be aufed. Yes, Michael C. has been circling the drain for the last few challenges, but so has Gwetchen, and if I had to pick one of the two to go to Fashion Week, well, I’d go with Michael C. even if the rumors about him being a backstabbing cheater are true, only because we’ve seen ample evidence of Gwetchen’s evilness. And besides, the woman’s designs are so nauseatingly boho they’d make Stevie Nicks want to man it up a little.

 

[Full recap of Thursday's (Oct. 14) "Project Runway" after the break...]
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<p>John Noble (and a pair of journalist heads) on 'Fringe'</p>

John Noble (and a pair of journalist heads) on 'Fringe'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?'

A shapeshifter is discovered in a surprising place, which threatens Fauxlivia's infiltration efforts

I’m not the world’s biggest expert on “Blade Runner,” or even a medium expert. So while I am sure there will be tons of reviews of tonight’s episode of “Fringe” that do point-by-point comparisons of the movie inspired by the Philip K. Dick novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, this won’t be one of those.

[Full recap of Thursday's (Oct. 14) "Fringe" after the break...]

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<p>Chelsey and Ann of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

Chelsey and Ann of 'America's Next Top Model'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Patrick Demarchelier'

The models learn to be brands and then take to Rodeo Drive for a shoot

Welcome back to the latest in the adventures of the Ann the Ent, in which she shambles through the forests of Lothlorien, befriending hobbits and ... wait, what? This is not a show about slow-talking sentient redwoods who can speak and so forth?

Whatever. I have no idea what I’m watching right now. I’ll just recap whatever I see.
 
[Recap of Wednesday's (Oct. 13) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]
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<p>NaOnka of 'Survivor: Nicaragua'</p>

NaOnka of 'Survivor: Nicaragua'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Nicaragua' - 'Turf Wars'

A shakeup ends the 'Old vs. Young' game and changes the 'Survivor' dynamic
So has anybody else been following coverage of the Chilean miners? 
 
Does immersion in that particular saga leave anybody else just a wee bit tepid heading into Wednesday (Oct. 13) night's "Survivor: Nicaragua"? On one hand, you have a group of low-wage employees stuck 2000 feet underground since the beginning of August. Then you have the reality show with a group of Americans competing for a million dollar prize and complaining about the hardships they've faced spending the past two weeks on a beach.
 
Full recap after the break...
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<p>Kurt Warner performed on Monday's 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Kurt Warner performed on Monday's 'Dancing with the Stars'

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Results - Down to 8

Another celebrity goes home – but was the worst dancer given the boot?
So, it’s nice to see Brooke all dressed up and not looking cranky in a videotaped deposition which has been endlessly run and re-run on the local ABC news. You would think that an ABC affiliate might not be so quick to make one of the network’s minor stars look like an irritable furniture thief, which is what the legal action against her and her boyfriend claims, but go figure. In any case, Brooke has more important things to worry about, namely an elimination episode of “DWTS.” As they say, the tediously drawn-out show must go on, so let’s just make like Brooke and get down to it, shall we?
 
[Full recap of Tuesday's (Oct. 12) "Dancing with the Stars" episode after the break...]
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<p>Amber Riley, Matthew Morrison and Naya Rivera of 'Glee'</p>

Amber Riley, Matthew Morrison and Naya Rivera of 'Glee'

Credit: Michael Yarish/FOX

Recap: 'Glee' - 'Duets'

Will's new assignment for the group yields some unusual pairings, and some surprising results.

A broken clock is right twice a day. And every once in a while, “Glee” works on every conceivable level. There’s no guarantee that what happened tonight will happen again anytime soon, but there’s no denying that “Duets” took what could have been another awful “Theme Week”-type episode and used it for the strange purpose of actually advancing character and story. I call that purpose “strange” not because that it’s wrong, but “strange” because the show so infrequently chooses to do so.

[Full recap of Tuesday's (Oct. 12) "Glee" after the break...]

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<p>Sarah Roemer of 'The Event'</p>

Sarah Roemer of 'The Event'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'The Event' - 'A Matter of Life and Death'

Leila fights back, Sean forgets to charge his cell phone and other thrills

I have made no secret of my general distaste for “The Event,” but I nonetheless go into each week hoping for the best, and ready to extend the show some benefit of the doubt. Part of this is because I’d rather not watch terrible television, and part of it is because I genuinely cheer for almost all art to be good; even if it’s not a show for me, I’ve wanted “The Event” to live up to its potential and offer something decent to its fans. But at this point, sadly, my patience and good will are wearing awfully thin. Within the first couple minutes of tonight’s episode, “A Matter of Life and Death,” I was ready to throw my hands in the air and declare this series a lost cause.

[Full recap after the break...]

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