<p>&nbsp;Nat &amp; Kat of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

 Nat & Kat of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Tastes Like a Million Dollars'

A Fast-Forward helps one team get a-head in the race. Get it? A head?
I'm an "Amazing Race" hypocrite. 
It's not like I don't know this.
On one hand, I complain about the proliferation of travel-based equalizers that prevent dominant teams from extending leads and that allow lame teams to work their way back to the pack. 
Hate that!
On the other hand, if you *don't* allow for the occasional "All teams left on the same flight" or "The museum doesn't open until 10 a.m." equalizer, you end up with a leg like Sunday (Oct. 24) night's "Amazing Race." 
In the episode, the team that started in first, ended in first, followed by a very slight realignment of the teams that began the leg in the lead pack.
In the episode, the team that started in last, ended in last, followed by a very slight realignment of the teams that began in the trailing pack. 
And the result was a ridiculously suspense-free episode of "The Amazing Race."
The leg was so devoid of tension, even fabricated in the editing room, that I almost don't have anything to say about it. But I'll try. After the break.
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<p>Emma Stone</p>

Emma Stone

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Emma Stone and Kings of Leon

For at least one Digital Short, the 'Easy A' star made 'SNL' amusing again

The puns almost write themselves with Emma Stone hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Will her inaugural duties be “Superbad”? Lord knows there’s no such thing as an “Easy A” when it comes to grading this show. Often times, by the end of a bad edition, most of the viewing audience feels like they are living in “Zombieland.”

Hopefully, the writers of "SNL" have something better up their sleeves than what on display in the previous paragraph. Something else to look forward to: with the song “Use Somebody” FINALLY out of my head after repeated, self-inflicted punches to the face, the show has musical guests Kings of Leon on tap to probably put it right back in my head. Sigh.

Let’s see how the future Gwen Stacy fares on live TV, after the break!

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<p>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 18px; ">Candice Accola and Katerina Graham of 'The Vampire Diaries'</span></p>

 Candice Accola and Katerina Graham of 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Plan B'

Deaths, near-deaths and heartbreak? Just another week on The CW

You’ve got to hand it to Katherine; the girl’s a meticulous planner. So when Damon throws a wrench into her Mason Lockwood machinations in tonight’s episode, “Plan B,” we see how easily the evil vampiress can turn the lives of our intrepid heroes upside down with a single phone call. And how!

But Katherine’s not the only one with solid organizational skills; episode scribes Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, veterans of Joss Whedon’s “Angel” and co-show runners of “Dollhouse,” must have kept impeccable notes on the flurry of plot threads and character movements that unfold in the fast-moving “Plan B,” in which just about every character in Mystic Falls gets some action. (Insert clever contraceptive joke here.)

Get ready to pay attention, folks – this episode is full of metaphorical doors opening and closing, juggling storylines, dueling dualities, new mythologies and unsettling revelations, two amusing if random Indiana Jones references, pretty boys in agony, pretty boys in tears, and the official inauguration of Steven R. McQueen into the Derek Zoolander Club for Serious-Face Actors. (Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder are already members.)

 [Full recap of Thursday's (Oct. 21) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "Plan B," after the break…]

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<p>Andy of 'Project Runway'</p>

Andy of 'Project Runway'

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Recap: 'Project Runway' Season 8 Finale - Part 1

The final three are chosen – and one eliminated designer breaks down

It’s down to the final four, and this is both exciting (we’re that much closer to the really big show!) and dreary (Tim has to tromp around the country and eat bad meals with designers and their families). But we do get a peek at the finalists’ designs, which should be fun. Or, in Gwetchen’s case, probably a little gag inducing, but hey, I’m just allergic to patchouli. Anyway, let’s get to it!

[Full recap of Thursday's (Oct. 21) "Project Runway" after the break...]

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<p>Some random model and Liz of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

Some random model and Liz of 'America's Next Top Model'

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' 15 - 'Francesco Carrozzini'

The models compete to be Grammy Girls and portray fashion icons

Can we just give Ann the contract now and avoid the whole awkward presentation of the  yay-we’re-going-to-another-country-bring-in-the-male-models-in-lederhosen? Please? No?

[Full recap of Wednesday's (Oct. 20) "Top Model" after the break...]
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<p>Jud (or &quot;Fabio&quot;) of 'Survivor: Nicaragua'</p>

Jud (or "Fabio") of 'Survivor: Nicaragua'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Nicaragua' - 'Worst Case Scenario'

The claws come out as both Tribes face Tribal Council
Welcome to another week of "Survivor: Nicaragua," the season formerly known as "Survivor: Jimmy Johnson Edition," until Jimmy Johnson was voted out, and "Survivor: Old vs. Young," until the age-based twist was eliminated last week. As Wednesday's (Oct. 20) episode begins, it's more like "Survivor: Who The Heck's On Which Tribe?" 
Let's see if clarity ensues... After the break...
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<p>Tony Dovolani and Audrina Patridge of 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Tony Dovolani and Audrina Patridge of 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Results - Down to 7

Another dancer gets the boot, and Shakira shows off her moves

When Brooke Burns declares the dances of the TV theme episode “the most entertaining yet,” it makes me wonder if the producers of “DWTS” are just sadistic. I don’t think sticking someone in a monkey suit or jerking around a senior citizen until she gets whiplash are exactly entertaining moments, but maybe I didn’t watch enough “Jackass” when I had the chance.

[Full recap of Tuesday's (Oct. 19) "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...]

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

Blair Underwood of 'The Event'

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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'

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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'

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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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