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Romance, revelations, flashbacks and shocking deaths this week in Mystic Falls!
Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'
Credit: The CW
Flashbacks, revelations, and the truth about how Stefan and Damon became vampires abound this week in Mystic Falls, where we also see the beginnings of puppy (or is it vampy?) love between Anna and Jeremy. We also get answers to some juicy questions: Why has Damon hated Stefan for over a century? Why does Stefan want to die an angsty death? And are you ready to see beloved characters kick the bucket in this shocking episode of "The Vampire Diaries??"
[Full recap of Thursday (April 29) night's "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]
A grief-stricken Walter turns to the literature and music of his youth to process Peter's absence.
Anna Torv in the 'Brown Betty' episode of 'Fringe'
"Knights had no meaning in this game. It wasn't a game for knights." A line from Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep,” and potentially apt for “Fringe” as a whole. We’ve got soldiers, but these soldiers don’t come from any round table. They come through cracks in dimensions, shape shifters and scientists and other than violate the known laws of the universe in order to ensure their side wins in a war neither really understands. All the know is they have to win, even if the first shot fired was friendly in nature.
[Full recap of Thursday (April 29) night's "Fringe" after the break...]
One Hero and One Villain contemplate shift alliances, while yet another Idol comes into play
Candice of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'
Pre-credit sequence. I'm still scratching my head at the absurd, ridiculous awesomeness of Parvati's move last week. I'm not the one one. The Yin Yang tribe returns to camp on Night 27 and Rupert is all "TOLDJA!" to Colby. The women are cackling, but Russell is feeling confused about all of the secrets going around, specifically the secrets that didn't include him. Over fire, Russell vents to Parvati that he feels lied to, while Parvati insists that it was a surprise. "Russell likes to be in control, because he thinks he's the Godfather of this game," Parvati explains, admitting that she enjoyed seeing Russell scared. The remaining Heroes are scrambling, with Amanda telling Rupert that she's going to try working on Sandra. Rupert, still rocking his Cassandra Complex, knows that he had the shot with Sandra last week and nobody listened to him. He opines, "With all that has happened, I don't know how easy it will be to pull Sandra back in. She opened the door once. My only hope is to maybe get Sandra to open the door again."
Full recap of Thursday's (April 29) "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...
The models take a 22-hour flight, do go-sees and pose with sheep
Alexandra and a sheep of 'America's Next Top Model'
Credit: The CW
Anslee is gone, and six girls remain for Cycle 14 of "America's Next Top Model" -- you know, the rustic sheep cycle! This episode sees the girls traveling to New Zealand to do their go-sees and check out the, um, fashion scene. Well, to its credit, New Zealand probably has a seriously ferocious wool sweater industry. Anyway, it’s down to Jessica, Alasia, Krista, Alexandra, Raina and Octomom -- I mean, sorry, Angelea. At this point, Raina, Krista and Angelea have the strongest portfolios, but Alasia just may have the most raw talent in the bunch, and Alexandra, last time I checked, still has those killer looks. Jessica, well, it takes all kinds.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (April 28) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]
Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts perform before another 'Idol' contestant is sent home
Michael Lynche of 'American Idol'
9:00 p.m. ET Wednesday (April 28) night's "American Idol" begins with another of those hilariously bombastic high-drama openings that suggests that tonight, dreams will be shattered, rebellions fomented and the very laws of gravity will be defied.
Full recap, including Wednesday's results after the break..
Kristin Chenoweth returns and Mercedes and Kurt get emo in this heartfelt ode to home
Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison of 'Glee'
Credit: Carin Baer/FOX
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
Anna and Evan of 'Dancing with the Stars'
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'
Joe Gretsch and Elizabeth Mitchell of 'V'
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
Casey James of 'American Idol'
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
Nicole and Derek dance on Monday's (April 26) 'Dancing with the Stars'
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...]